2014 August

Minutes August 13th, 6:00 PM Chinook Motor Inn

Current Agenda reads as follows:

Treasurers Report-Jennifer Hellman
Bear Paw Battlefield-Heather DePriest
Fairground Improvements-Heather DePriest
CTEP-Heather DePriest
Sugarbeet Festival-Mitzi Cecrle
Chamber Building-Larry Surber/Craig Lowham
New Business’s-Jennifer Hellman
Chamber bucks Ad-Jennifer Hellman
Weed Spraying-Jennifer Hellman
Signs at old SlumberJ location-Jennifer Hellman

Jennifer Helllman
Heather DePriest
Larry Surber
Mitzi Cercle
Brandon Nissen
Bonnie Weber
Bob Sharples
Frank Pehrson
Thom MacLean

Cory Cercle
Jamie Huestis

Minutes were read and approved

Treasurers Report:
BPCU CTEP $13,524.96
BPCU Savings $25.05
FB Sugarbeet Festival $2,647.51
Chamber Bucks $3840.00
Wells Fargo Operating $7,657.02
WF Christmas Lights $537.00
WF Tables and Chairs $3,268.60

Jennifer presented bills. Bonnie made the motion to accept the bills and Larry 2nd it. Motion passed.


Bear Paw Battlefield - No new information at this time.

Fairgrounds - Heather reported that Wendy Warburton stated they were working on drainage issues.


CTEP- Heather reported that she thinks the plan is at the state for approval.  Keith Hanson is working on it.

Chamber Office Door- The door is still coming open unless closed just right.

Chamber Building- Larry Surber and Craig Lowham are the committee which has looked into ideas for a new building.  Larry reported on bids they had received from Tuff Sheds for a building which they would come set up.  After discussion on the different types of buildings, it was decided to hold off on purchasing one right now.  We will wait to see what develops for other options.

Chamber Sign- Jennifer reported that Dan Friede has a sign at the former Doughten Ford building on the highway.  The sign is now vacant, and Dan wondered if the Chamber would be interested in using it for a welcome sign or such.  Mitzi mentioned that maybe a corner of the land at this location could be home to a new visitor center building.  Heather agreed to speak to Dan regarding this.

Tables & Chairs- There was discussion on whether a person renting just a few tables/chairs should be able to pay a lesser deposit.  From now on, the agreement will be that the deposit amount will equal the rental amount.  Bonnie moved and Frank seconded.  Motion passed.

Sugarbeet Festival- Mitzi reported on what has been organized so far.  The theme is the Honey Bee industry.  A “mini” version of the poster is completed and a few of the events were mentioned at the meeting.  Jennifer asked for input on some of the vendors participating requesting power.  The consensus was to tell the vendors they would need to supply their own power, such as a generator.  Thom reported on the Fun Run.

New Businesses- Jennifer reported on new businesses that should be welcomed and given a free 2015 membership to the Chamber.  Businesses are as follows:  Northwestern Mutual, Gretchan’s Getaways, Ashley Liddle, Pastime, Humming Dragon, Tire Center, Northwestern Energy.  Jennifer and Bonnie will coordinate the welcomes.  Three Chamber members will present a gift and membership to each.

Meeting adjourned at 7:44 pm
Next meeting scheduled for September 11th at the Chamber Building 6:00PM


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 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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