2014 November

Monday, November 10th, 2014 - Chinook Motor Inn - 6:00 p.m.

Members Present:
Heather DePriest
Jennifer Hellman
Keri Hanson
Frank Pehrson
Carol DePriest
Tara Overcast
TJ Overcast
Pricilla Heflin
Craig Lowham

Minutes were read and stood as approved.

Treasurers Report
Bills were presented and Frank moved to approve - Keri 2nd.

Jennifer indicated that the Davies’ family donated $1,000 to the Chamber - it was discussed to have Tomi write a Thank You note to the family.  We are very grateful for their donation.

Sweet Medical Center Grant
Heather was approached on October 13th by Meghan Morris to write a letter of support for their Grant application.  Due to the fact that there was no meeting held before the letter was due on October 31st, Heather made an administrative decision to write the letter of support.  It was sent to Meghan on the 20th of October.

SBA Small Business Week
Award nominations have been opened up to businesses that fall within the following categories:
Small Business Exporter
Veteran-Owned Small Business
Women-Owned Small Business
Minority Owned Small Business
Millenial Entrepreneur - Under 35 Years
Encore Entrepreneur - Over 50 Years of Age

Discussion was held that if anyone had someone to nominate for these categories, that we should send the nominations in to Crystal Baker of the SBA by December 23rd.


Bear Paw Battlefield - Nothing new at this time.

Fairgrounds - Nothing new at this time.

CTEP - There is no information new at this time, the project is on hold now until spring.

Chamber Building - Tomi contacted Ron and asked him to remove the cabinets once he returned from his vacation - Tomi will call and find out the status of them.

Festival of Trees
Carol DePriest presented that she had 22 trees this year already.  Craig moved to approve a $150 budget on Beeter gear to place underneath the Tree, Frank Pehrson 2nd.   Jennfier and Heather have been working on the tree and have it started and will take care of setting it up on Monday the 17th.

Parade of Lights
We are still searching for an administrator for the Parade of Lights.  The board will be taking care of the organization this year, therefore we are in need of 3 judges.  If anyone knows of any outside judges (not from the area) we would appreciate their names.  There were 4 known floats at this time - we are still in need of more floats.  Brandon Nissen and his secretary Jacy Mitchell will be calling around inviting everyone to participate with a float this year.  Bonnie Weber is handling the vendors - postcards will be going out on Wednesday, November 12th to help boost the vendor participations.

Meeting adjourned at 6:48 PM
Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Chinook Eagles.


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.

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.

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.

Signs Outside of town
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

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