2012 September

Minutes September 12th, 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
Visitors Center - Heather DePriest/Larry Surber
CTEP - Keith Hanson/Heather DePriest
Chamber Office Sign - Heather DePriest
Fundraiser Raffle - Heather DePriest
Sugarbeet Festival Planning 2012 - Rita Surber
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

Larry Surber
Heather DePriest
Nancy Diemert
Jennifer Hellman
Rita Surber
Frank Pehrson
Val Frank

Allen Pula

Minutes were read and approved.


Sugarbeet Festival 2012 - September 21st and 22nd, 2012 - Blaine County’s 100th Anniversary is the theme of this years festival.

Fun Run
Kids Games
Car Show -
Cruisers (Gary Anderson suggested a category of “Best Original”)  Allan Pula has this handled.
Story Time at the Library
Sugarbeet Growing Contest
Parade -
Jenn and Heather suggested we have the participants sign a release form - Jenn will make the  form.
Concert - Dennis Wisch
Style Show -
Rita reported that they style show will be handled by Sue Reid and Paulette Cronk has agreed to help as well.
Courthouse Tour
Quilt Show
- Spinning Wool
Hands on History - Back of Eagles (6 activities for 50 kids - $500).
Old Fashioned Photos
House Tour
- to include MacKenzie’s, Crosses, Millers, Rasmussens and Burkhartsmeyers.  Chuck and Deb Davies will be helping with the Parade of Homes.  The cost is $5 per person to ride the bus.  There were suggestions of Mackenzie’s, Burkhartsmeyers, Rasmussens and also possibly some farmhouses.
Oreo Cookie - Cindy Haney
Water Bottles - Logo’d (Nancy Diemert working on this).  It was suggested to donate the bottled water to the community.
BBQ - Menu was discussed as Hamburgers/Brats, Saurkraut, Macaroni Salad, Beans, Possibly Orange Oreo’s.
Vendors - Rita also requested that the vendor fee be waived, one for each town or community so they can sell items as a fundraiser for their town, etc.   It was approved.
T-Shirts - Agreed to send an ad to the Journal for Pre-ordering shirts.  Rita will handle.

Visitors Center
Ron Dalton has the cabinet placed in the Chamber Office and it will be completed by the Sugarbeet Festival.

This has been tabled until fall 2012.

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 - Tickets are being sold but we need to work on selling faster.  Rita will have them on her “cart” at the Festival and Kimber has tickets in Turner at the Bar.

Bear Paw Battlefield - It was discussed to ask Gary Anderson to get the organization together to speak during the Battlefield Commemoration in October.  Heather will contact him.


Letter of Support to Sweet Medical Center - Nancy Moved and Frank 2nd  to send a letter of support to Sweet Medical Center for their grant.

Ad in “Russell Country” - Now Central Montana - Nancy moved we continue our ad in the magazine and Val 2nd.  Heather will work on a new design.

Memberships - Max will contact the remaining stragglers on our list that have not re-joined again this year.

New Businesses - There have been several requests for locations for new businesses in Chinook.  Heather has been working with those individuals to try and help find locations as well as the Realtors.

Fairgrounds - The current Fairboard meeting was postponed because of a lack of quorum.  Susie will inform Heather when the new meeting is.

Welcoming Committee - Heather and Jenn brought to the attention of the board that there are several new businesses that have not been recognized yet.  Those businesses are:  Little Kritters Daycare, Top Dog Performance, Cow Creek Feeds, CK Builders.  Kelcey Diemert will be contacting the newspaper to setup a time to do a welcome basket.

Thank you card - We received a thank you card from the family of Alan Bemis.  It was read to the board.

Treasurers Report:
WF Operating - $3284.67
FB Sugarbeet Festival - $5174.50
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 8:49 pm

Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 13th  at the Chamber Office - 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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