2013 February

Minutes February 7th - Pastime Lounge - 7 p.m.

Larry Surber
Frank Pehrson
Nancy Diemert
Tomi Simenson
Jenn Hellman
Jay Eslick

Barry Murnion
Brandon Baney - News Director at New Media Broadcasters

Minutes were read and approved. Jay moved.


No new information at this time.

No new information at this time.

Bear Paw Battlefield - No new information at this time.

Memberships - Membership letters have not been sent out, should be sending them out next week. Discussed to put invites to the Chamber banquet in the letters. Discussion also followed about having a guest speaker and suggestions for a speaker, along with awards that will be given out during the banquet.

Fairgrounds - No new information at this time.

CHS Stencil - The stencil is finished and being stored at the armory.


Gun Show: Barry Murnion along with another group of people will be hosting a gun show in Chinook, possibly the 5th of October. Barry proposed and idea to move the Sugarbeet Festival to the same weekend as the Gun Show to help draw more people in to both events. The Gun Show can’t be the same weekend that is set for the Sugarbeet Festival for this year, because of a Gun Show that is scheduled to take place in Great Falls that weekend. Barry says the Gun Show could bring in up to 200 vendors and up to 2500 people. Discussion followed about dates, and scheduling conflicts. Since we already had the date set for the Sugarbeet Festival this year, we decided that we couldn’t make it happen. However, there will be discussion of making them both the same weekend for next year.

TV for the Visitors Center - Jay is still in the process of finding a TV

Books - Kassi McIntosh can’t do a legal Audit of the Chambers Books, but can do a “Desk Audit” with members of the board. It was discussed to give her Chamber Bucks for the audit.

Garbage Cans - No new information at this time.

Chamber Trailer/Pigtails- Larry will be finishing up.

SEGP Grant - Tabled until we use it in September.

Annual Banquet - Jay reported everything was good to go.

Sugarbeet Festival - A theme will be discussed at next meeting.

Treasurers Report:
BPCU CTEP - $14,647.03
FB - Sugarbeet Festival - $9,060.89
WF - Operating - $4,449.29
WF - Christmas - $145.00
WF - Christmas Savings - $20.00
WF - Sugarbeet Festival - $63.74
WF - Tables and Chairs - $100.00
WF - Water Tower Project - $5.31

Meeting adjourned at 7:58 pm

Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the Pastime Lounge in Chinook.


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.

- 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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