2012 November

Minutes November 15th, 2012  - Chinook Eagles Club - 7 p.m.

Current Agenda reads as follows:
Signs Outside of Town - Committee - Chuck Hewitt/Kelcey Diemert/Max Hofeldt
CTEP - Keith Hanson/Heather DePriest
Fundraiser Raffle - Heather DePriest
Russell County Board of Directors - Larry Surber
Bear Paw Battlefield - Heather DePriest
2013 Memberships - Max Hofeldt
Fairgrounds Improvements - Heather DePriest
Treasurers Report - Jennifer Hellman
Parade of Lights and Festival of Trees - Nancy Diemert
New Garbage Cans (In Front of Eagles - Need 2 More)
Sugarbeet Stencil from CHS Ag Class (Robin Jirovsky) - Heather DePriest
New Grant Opportunities - Heather DePriest
SEGP Grant - Heather DePriest
Annual Banquet
Officer Nominations

Heather DePriest
Larry Surber
Jennifer Hellman
Max Hofeldt
Frank Pehrson


Minutes were read and approved.


Visitors Center
The cabinets are done and look great.  We need to schedule a day to cleanup the Chamber Office again since the Sugarbeet Festival.

The signage has been tabled still since the input we received from Krystal Steinmetz regarding CTEP.  Heather will work directly with Krystal on this project.

Nothing at this time - it is in the engineer’s hands.  Heather will report at the next meeting of any changes.

Central Montana - Larry has not spoke with anyone at this time.

Fundraiser Raffle - Tickets are being sold.  It was discussed to draw at the Parade of Lights if we have collected enough tickets, otherwise, might wait until Christmas or New Years Eve.

Bear Paw Battlefield - No information at this time.

Ad in “Russell Country” - Now Central Montana - Heather is currently working on a new design to present to the board at the next meeting.

Memberships - Max will contact the remaining stragglers on our list that have not re-joined again this year.   Heather will inquire to find out if he has done that.  It was noted that Master Sports did not join even though we discussed that with them before ordering the festival shirts.

New Businesses - No progress on the new businesses at this time.

Fairgrounds - Heather contacted Susie but has not heard back from her.     It was discussed that proper drainage, sloping and landscaping with trees, grass and vegetation would make our fairgrounds look fabulous.

Parade of Lights -  It was decided that the Chamber would be doing a float this year with the lawnmower on a trailer along with a palm tree and someone holding money promoting the raffle.    It was discussed to send a letter to the editor to the Journal and do PSA’s to New Media Broadcasters and the other publications/stations.  Heather will handle and send to Nancy for approval.  We approved the $900 spending of the Chamber Bucks Prizes for the Parade again.

Festival of Trees - We decided to do a wreath on behalf of the Chamber with $75 worth of Chamber Bucks on it - Frank moved and Heather 2nd.  Passed.  It is all setup to occur in the Library Meeting room as we didn’t think we could use the greenhouse again because of the tables.  Heather is handling the remaining setup of this and is involving the 3 benefiting organizations.


Window Clings - It was discussed that we should order window clings for the businesses in town so that people know they accept Chamber Bucks.  Something that says “We Accept Chamber Bucks” or something similar.  Heather will get prices on window clings.

Garbage Cans - It was brought to our attention that we are in need of a few more garbage cans on main street.  Max moved to get a price on them and Jenn 2nd.    Larry will work on finding pricing.

Grants - Heather brought to the groups attention that there is a couple grants that may be worth looking into - one being Northwest Farm Credit Services Rural Community Grant Program.  Heather has the paperwork if anyone is interested in writing it.

Sandwich Board -

Treasurers Report: 
WF Operating - $8593.33
FB Sugarbeet Festival - $119.63
BPCU - CTEP - $11,477.48
WF Xmas Lights - $344.97
WF Tables and Chairs - $673.36
WF Water Tower Project - $4.95

Meeting adjourned at 8:44 pm


Cell Phone Towers - Fred Langford Property

Grant Writing - Bridgette will get in touch with Heather once she is done with School.

Festival of Trees - Ambulance Crew was suggested for this years fundraiser group - it was agreed upon to table until the Festival gets closer.

LARGE SUGARBEET STATUE - Colleen had brought a photograph of a large sugarbeet that she had encountered in her travels and was wondering if something would be possible to add to our Visitors Center as a unique draw. We will be discussing later on when the building is complete and operational.

Notary Training - Tabled at this time - do not know if we will have enough interest in it to justify bringing the trainer down.

Marquees - The PTO has decided to take some of the funds for the Marquees and use for another project. The Chamber decided to hold off on the marquees until we have a visitors center/rest area to place it at.

Lights on the Tower
Anita DePriest Magnuson sent Heather a cutout of a Newspaper Article from Junction City, Oregon where they have succeeded in lighting up their water towers with LED lights that can change and be programmed to move and rotate. It was agreed that it was a neat idea and would be tabled until we had available funding to do a project of that magnitude. Heather will contact Chuck and see if he is interested in spearheading the project. <http://junctioncity.kval.com/content/eugene-company-helps-light-junction-city-water-tower>.

Strategic Alliance of Montana Chambers - Heather contacted SAMC and notified them of our interest in the project. We will wait to hear from them on when we will be doing a training in our area.

American Prairie Foundation
It was talked about at the meeting for our approach on this subject, and we decided to help encourage people to get educated on the subject and to express your opinion. The officers of the group decided to let the Stockgrowers and the CattleWomen do the public viewing of the movie with a speaker, etc. It was a unanimous opinion of the group that it will affect businesses and could directly affect each and every one of us. Heather will contact Lori Swanson.

Fran Hodgson sent Heather a link in July that showcased CutBank’s murals through town. She would like to suggest that Chinook look into it. The link is: <http://www.kfbb.com/news/local/92734869.html>. Tabled at this time.

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