2013 April

Minutes April 10th 7:00 P.M. - Chinook Chamber Building

Current Agenda reads as follows:
Bear Paw Battlefield - Heather DePriest
Fairgrounds Improvements - Heather DePriest
Treasurers Report - Jennifer Hellman
New Garbage Cans (In Front of Eagles - Need 2 More)
Chamber Trailer - Pigtails and Jack/Tire and payment
Justin Simenson - Bear Paw Roundup
Garret McHenry Baseball/Softball tournament BBQ- Jennifer Hellman and Heather DePriest
Spring Cleanup-Tomi Simenson/Valley Clovers 4-H Club
Stock growers event-Lori Swanson
Rod and Gun Club donation-
Tables for Rod and Gun Club event-
Advertising-Tomi Simenson

Larry Surber
Tomi Simenson
Nancy Demiert
Bonnie Weber
Deb Davies
Frank Pehrson

Kelsey Altenhofen
Venessa Serber

Minutes and treasurers report were read by Tomi Simenson
Nancy moved to approve both, Bonnie 2nd it.


Bear Paw Battlefield - Nothing new to report, still unaware of any progress.

Fairgrounds - There are currently a couple of bids and they are looking at getting the project started in May for the interior of the building to include insulation, new lighting, and a new overhead door.

Garbage Cans - No new information at this time.


Blaine County Wildlife museum free day- The annual free day for the museum will be held Saturday, June 8th. They will also be working with the Blaine County Museum and Bear Paw Battlefield to hold this free day. There will be bus shuttles available. A title for this free day is still needed. It was decided to purchase a mountain bike to raffle and split the proceeds with the Blaine County Museum, a budget was set at $500 and Bonnie volunteered to find the bike. The chambers tables and chairs will be needed for this event, so Rita moved and Nancy 2nd it to donate the tables and chairs for the day.

Recycling Day- Sweet Memorial Nursing Home and Blaine County 4-H will be hosting a Recycling launch April 28th from 11:30-1:00 where there will be a free lunch. Tables and chairs will be needed. Rita moved and Bonnie 2nd to donate the tables and chairs for this event.

Books - A new audit date was set for April 25th at 6:30 P.M. at American Garage.

Chamber Trailer/Pigtails- Jack will be put on within the week.

Bear Paw Roundup Sponsorship- Was held off until May meeting.

SBF- May 3-4th it was decided that it wasn’t for us, more agricultural related.

Garrett McHenry Memorial Tournament- It was talked about the Chamber putting on a possible BBQ during this tournament. It was tabled for now.

Beads- Discussion was held about what to do with the beads that were purchased for the Chamber Banquet. Rita Surber purchased half for Meadowlark Elementary, and the Chamber purchased half. We will need to pay Rita back for the purchase of these beads. Bonnie made the motion to purchase half the beads and pay Rita back and Frank 2nd it.

Spring Cleanup- Rita Langford will not be able to be in charge of the spring cleanup this year, so it was discussed to find someone to replace her. Tomi said she would talk to Keri Hanson and their 4-H club to see if anyone was interested in this job.

Rod & Gun Club- Rod and gun club will be hosting a gun show the 1st weekend of October and Frank asked to get the tables and chairs at a “Reduced price.” Bonnie made the motion and Rita 2nd it.

Sugar beets Festival - Themes for the SBF were discussed. Ideas thrown out were Railroad and “Good Ol’ Days.” We talked about having a Cowboy Shooting, a cowboy movie after the BBQ, something out at the fairgrounds, and spreading the event out to Sunday. Another title idea was “Wild Wild West.” Rita agreed to be in charge again this year; Nancy made the motion and Frank 2nd it. Rita thought having vendors stay until Sunday would be a good idea.

BPCU CTEP - $14,652.46
FB - Sugarbeet Festival - $9,060.89
WF - Operating - $9,908.67
WF - Christmas Lights- $145.00
WF - Tables and Chairs - $470.00
WF - Water Tower Project - $5.45

The Vigilante Theatre Company sent an email asking if we would be interested in hosting a dinner show. Tomi agreed to check on prices and dates.

Tomi read a letter from the Montana Association of Chamber Executives, wanting to know if we would be members. It was decided that we wouldn’t.

Tomi passed around an email printout from Casey Kyler-West for a nomination application for the 2013 Excellence in Leadership award.

Havre Christian School is looking for sponsors for their “Run for Education” it was decided to not sponsor.

Tomi also announced that there would be a MSU College of Business-Family Business free Seminar going on in Havre May 22nd if anyone was interested.

Meeting adjourned at 8:13 P.M.

Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8th-7:00 p.m. at the Chamber Office


Sandwich Board - We talked about making a few sandwich boards with some plywood - we inquired that maybe the school would be willing to make them if we asked.  Heather will contact Robin about this project as well.

Cell Phone Towers - Fred Langford Property

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

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.

Festival of Trees - Decided to possibly make a stand-alone event with drinks/hoursdoeuvres.

LARGE SUGARBEET STATUE - Colleen had brought a photograph of a large sugar beet 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 visitor’s 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 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 Cut Bank’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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