2014 January

Minutes January 8th, 6:00 PM Eagles

Current Agenda reads as follows:

Bear Paw Battlefield-Heather DePriest
Fairground Improvements-Heather DePriest
CTEP-Heather DePriest
Garbage Cans-Larry Surber
Business after hours-Jennifer Hellman/Nancy DePriest
Chamber memberships-Heather DePriest and Jennifer Hellman
Treasurers Report-Jennifer Hellman
Bank Changes-Jennifer Hellman
Weed Spraying-Jennifer Hellman
Membership letters-Tomi Simenson/Heather DePriest
Chamber Banquet

Larry Surber
Tomi Simenson
Jennifer Hellman
Heather Depriest
Keri Hanson
Craig Lowham
Jay Eslick

Corey and Mitzi Cecrle

Minutes were read and approved


Bear Paw Battlefield - Nothing new at this time.

Fairgrounds - Heather will be going to the next fair board meeting and will be visiting with the board then.

Garbage Cans
- Ben Parsons is working on building the remaining two and will be donating them to us.


Business After Hours- Jennifer has been in contact with a member in Shelby about how they do their “After hours.” She received an email full of information about how they got started and what has worked and didn’t work. Jennifer will be forwarding the email to the group to look over. Discussion was held about this and it was decided to set our goal to get this started by March. Looking at March 12th and the hours would be 6-7:30. Chinook Pharmacy would like to host the first “After Hours” event. More information will be available at next meeting.

Chamber Membership- Tomi is working on editing the letter, once it is finished she will have Heather go over it and will get it sent out.

Weed Spraying- There will be some changes this year for the weed spraying for the business’s in town. We will be having the business’s prepay for the spraying and the cost will also be going up. More information will be available at a later date.

Bank Changes- Jennifer reported that we are getting charged service charges at Wells Fargo, and that it would be more convenient for her to have our checking and operating accounts in the same location. Discussion was held about possibly moving our operating account over to First Bank, and leaving the rest of the accounts at Wells Fargo. Heather moved to have Jennifer talk to Kathy Harbolt about the service charges and the accounts and leaving it up to Jennifer to handle the situation, Keri second it.

Chamber Memberships- It was noted that we need to find somebody that would be in charge of taking care of the unpaid memberships throughout the year. If anyone is interested please contact one of the board members.

Visitors Center building- Larry reported that there is a “buy/sell” agreement on the building we lease from Barry Murnion. Our contract is through 2015 but we will need to come up with another spot for our visitor’s center. Ideas were discussed and we will be looking into other locations and buildings.

CTEP- Heather brought the Engineer plan layout and showed it to the group, the project is expected to start this spring. There are still a few places that haven’t paid for their section so we will be sending out final statements to receive payment.

Banquet- Discussion was held about dates for the banquet and it was decided to have it March 29th. Tomi will be in contact with a member from the Eagles to see if we can have it there again, and possibly the Eagles catering it as well.

Treasurers Report:
BPCU CTEP checking $14,669.05
BPCU Savings $25.05
SBF First Bank of MT $2,536.76
Wells Fargo Operating $6,852.23
Chamber Bucks -$2,500 (these are still out, have not been redeemed)
WF Christmas Lights $457.00
Wells Fargo Tables and Chairs $923.60

Jennifer reported on the budget meeting and did not order more tables and chairs. Jennifer also passed out a “Profit and Loss” sheet for the 2013 year.
Bills were read and approved.

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 PM
Next meeting scheduled for February 12th at 6:00 PM at the Chamber Building


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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