2015 February

Current Agenda:
Minutes Reading/Approval – Tomi Simenson
Treasurers Report – Jennifer Hellman
Fairgrounds Improvements – Heather DePriest
CTEP – Heather DePriest/Keith Hanson
PA system for Banquet-Tomi Simenson/Jennifer Hellman
Chamber Banquet-Heather DePriest
Weeds- Jennifer Hellman/Christian
Tables and Chairs Round- Heather DePriest/Jennifer Hellman
Business After Hours-Jennifer Hellman
BearPaw Roundup- JenniferHellman
Postcards Banquet- Heather DePriest/Jennifer Hellman
Dedication for volunteering- Heather DePriest
Lights in the Tree at Centennial Park- Heather DePriest
Donuts and Juice for CHS Meet and Greet-Heather DePriest

Wednesday, February 11th 2015, 6:00 PM at the Pastime              

Members Present:
Jennifer Hellman
Heather DePriest
Brandon Nissen
Craig Lowham,
Mitzi and Kory Cecrle
Bonnie Weber
Guests Present:

Mike Copenhaver
Priscilla Heflin
The minutes from the previous meeting were corrected to read that the PA system is “used at all Chamber functions.”  Minutes approved as corrected.
Treasurers Report
FB SBF $8,579.81
FB OPERATING $2,517.60
Jenn presented bills to be paid.  Craig moved and Bonnie seconded to pay the bills.  Motion passed


Fairgrounds – Nothing new at this time.
CTEP – There is no information new at this time, the project is on hold now until spring.
New Business:

PA System discussion:  The Blaine County Cruise club might split the cost of a new system with us.  Craig and Mike had some ideas on what system to purchase.  Craig moved and Mitzi seconded to allow a budget up to $1000 to purchase a PA system.


Budget meeting report:  Heather reported that the meeting with Kasie was completed, and all is good.


Officer Nominations:  Keri Hanson declined her nomination for Parliamentarian, and so we still need to fill this position.  Mitzi said she would be willing to do it.  She was nominated and elected.


Festival of Trees money:  The money has been paid to My Neighbor in Need and to Community Chest.


Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT):  We will help them become a non-profit organization, and then they will be able to operate on their own.


Welcoming Committee:  Businesses that need to be welcomed are Pastime, Tire & Lube, NW Energy, Northern Sass Salon, Leve Jones, and Rad’s Deli.


Chamber Banquet:  The banquet will be on April 4 at the Eagles.  Valerie Frank will be catering the event.  The meal will be free to members and will include a drink.  It is undecided who the speaker will be.


Membership letters:  Tomi reported that the letters are printed.  We need to find a new person who is interested in being the membership drive coordinator.


Weed Control:  Christian talked to Jennifer but she doesn’t know exact details yet.  We are hoping that Christian will be at the next meeting to answer questions.


Facebook for Chamber:  Heather mentioned that other cities are doing a Facebook page which shares members’ activities.  Mitzi is going to ask Sarah is she would be interested in managing a Facebook page for us.


Tables & Chairs:  Boots and Pearls might be interested in buying our tables and chairs for the Commercial building.  Discussion was held on this.  Mike Copenhaver is going to bring it up at the Fair Board meeting on February 12.  Tabled until next meeting.


Reunion memberships:  We are going to send postcards to reunion attendees to invite them to become Associate members.


Possible Film Award:  The Montana Film Office is awarding up to $40,000 for a video showing our arts, businesses, culture, and wildlife.  We are wondering if Todd Klassy might be interested.


Bonus Books:  Heather presented the idea to sell Bonus Books, in which each participating business gets a free ad.  The booklets are sold to raise money.  Is Sarah interested in doing this?


Chamber Bucks:  We looked at the new design and Heather will get some printed.


Meeting adjourned at 7:15.

Next meeting is scheduled for March 11th 6:00 PM at the Chinook Motor Inn





Storage Units- We need to find a storage area for the Chamber’s items. Keith will be talking to the City to see how long we can keep them at the Armory.

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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