2014 May

Minutes May 14th, 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
Chamber office door-Casey/Larry Surber
Shirts for Business After Hours-Heather DePriest
Spring Cleanup-Tomi Simenson
Sugarbeet Festival Vendors-Jennifer Hellman
Sugarbeet Festival-Mitzi Cecrle/Rita Surber
Tables and Chairs- Perry Miller

Larry Surber
Heather DePriest
Keri Hanson
Bonnie Weber
Craig Lowham

Kim Reese

Minutes were read and approved


Bear Paw Battlefield - No new information at this time.

Fairgrounds - Heather reported that Wendy is working on trees and other improvements.


CTEP- No change.  The program has been sent to the State.

Chamber Memberships- There are 111 paid memberships so far.  Ten people checked the box stating they want to volunteer for Chamber activities.  Heather has a list of the unpaid members.  Tomi will send postcards to the unpaid members.

Business After Hours- Shores Floral will host on May 15.  Keri mentioned that Thursdays might not be as good anymore because Ladies’ golf has switched to Thursdays.  For now we are going to keep After Hours on Thursdays, and on June 12 it will be at the Journal.

Boots and Pearls- Heather called the insurance company and was told there would be no extra charge to cover Boots & Pearls, but that has now changed.  The cost will be $100, and the Boots & Pearls event will pay this amount to the Chamber.

Swim Team-The Swim Team has asked to use our insurance to cover using the Fairgrounds for camper parking.  Heather told them that the Chamber would not cover this.  At the meeting Craig moved, and Larry seconded the motioin not to let Swim Team use our insurance. Motion passed.

Sugarbeet Festival- Larry is going to talk to Rita about visiting with Carla Anderson about the possible “Honeybee Theme” for this year’s festival.  The Car Show will be back this year.  Nate Skoyen has said he will talk to the Blaine County Cruisers.  We still need a person to take charge of the vendors for the festival.

Taxes-Heather reported that Kasie McIntosh is almost done with the taxes.

Community Connect- Nothing new to report.

Spring Cleanup- Heather is not sure if Tomi talked to Rita Langford about this.

Chamber Office Door - It has been swinging open, and is now locked.  Bonnie will talk to Barry Murnion to see if he can fix it.

Guest Kim Reese talked about the “Lifestyles Montana” magazine.  She wondered if the Chamber wanted to buy a space.

Heather presented bills to be paid.  Larry moved to pay the bills, and Bonnie seconded.  Motion passed to pay the bills.

Treasurers Report:
BPCU CTEP checking $14,669.05
BPCU Savings $25.05
FB Sugarbeet Festival $2,966.76
WF Operating $10,183.42
Chamber Bucks -$3,190.00 (these are still out, have not been redeemed)
WF Christmas Lights $537.00
WF Tables and Chairs $1,073.60
WF Water Tower Project $6.87

Meeting adjourned at 7:05 pm
Next meeting scheduled for June 11th 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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