2012 October

Minutes October 11th, 2012 - Chamber Office - 85-1/2 2nd Street Chinook - 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
Memberships - Max Hofeldt
New Businesses in Town - Heather DePriest
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

Larry Surber
Heather DePriest
Rita Surber
Val Frank
Jay Eslick
Donna Pike


Minutes were read and approved.


Sugarbeet Festival 2012 - The Sugarbeet Festival was reported as a success and there were approximately 150 people that attended the courthouse tour, 42 cars in the car show, 72 quilts entered into the quilt show, 75+ kids at the Hands on History and approximately 120 people on the house tour.   Rita proposed purchasing a sign for the Sugarbeet Festival - Jay moved and Val 2nd to finalize the purchase.  Heather will work on this with Rita.   Rita gave some input on setting some guidelines for the next festival such as 1) What the car show people give away for prizes (value) and 2) should have a prize for the parade.

Visitors Center
The cabinets are done and look great.

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 - It was discussed to find another person from Turner/Harlem area to serve on the Central Montana Board.  Larry indicated he would call Shawna Billmayer and Shannon Billmayer to see if they would be interested in filling a seat on the board.

Fundraiser Raffle - Jay Eslick indicated he needed a book of tickets to sell.  Heather will send another reminder email to the community and collect tickets to get a tally.

Bear Paw Battlefield - Tammy Degroski of the National Park Service stopped by and spoke with Heather about the progress on the battlefield.  Heather reported at the meeting the progress.


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.

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

Fairgrounds - Heather will find out when the fairboard meeting is and let the board know.

Welcoming Committee - The welcoming committee met with Cow Creek Feeds, Top Dog Performance and Little Kritters Daycare and did a photo op welcoming them to Chinook’s Business Community and donating 1 year of membership for free.

Parade of Lights - Larry offered to go to the next Council meeting for the Parade of Lights permit.  It was discussed that Ben from the Eagles indicated we would be able to use the back room for our Festival of Trees.  Heather will verify that with Ben and it was decided to use the proceeds this year to help benefit three of the following organizations:  Chinook Food Bank, Blaine 1 Inc. for the Defibulator, and Garden Club for the ability to hire someone to water the plants on Main Street in the summer.

Hotel - It was brought to our attention that there have been rumors regarding the Chinook Motor Inn selling out to an oil and gas company.  Larry indicated that he would talk with the Realtors about this issue.

Treasurers Report:
WF Operating - $2,500
FB Sugarbeet Festival - $8,000
BPCU - CTEP - $11,472.50
WF Xmas Lights - $24.97
WF Xmas Lights Savings  - $20
WF Sugarbeet Festival - $63.74
WF Tables and Chairs - $410.36
WF Water Tower Project - $4.71

Meeting adjourned at 8:29 pm

Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 15th at the Chinook Eagles - 7 p.m.


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.

- 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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