2015 January

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
Business Welcome-Jennifer Hellman
Chamber Banquet-Heather DePriest
Membership Letter-Heather DePriest/Tomi Simenson
Parliamentarian Position-Heather DePriest
Unpaid Sugarbeet Festival Sponsorships from 2014-Jennifer Hellman/Mitzi Cecrle
Weeds- Jennifer Hellman/Christian
Facebook - Pages Following - Heather DePriest
Quick Books Class-Craig Lowham
Pippi the Clown-Heather DePriest
Tables and Chairs Round- Heather DePriest/Jennifer Hellman
Memberships - Reunion Registrants - 500 Postcards - Heather DePriest

Wednesday, January 7th 2015, 6:00 PM at the Mint Bar

Members Present:
Heather DePriest
Jennifer Hellman
Tomi Simenson
Brandon Nissen
Lori Swanson

Guests Present:
Sarah Pratt

Minutes were read and approved with the mistakes made to the Treasurers Report. Brandon moved to accept the minutes and Lori 2nd it. Motion passed.

Treasurers Report
BPCU Savings $25.05
FB SBF $8,179.81
FB Operating $1,196.80
WF Operating $4,186.28
Chamber Bucks –$4,635.28
WF Christmas Lights $384.32
WF Tables and Chairs $3,765.60
Bills were presented and Brandon moved to accept the bills and treasurers report, Lori 2nd it, motion passed.
It was mentioned that we need to contact Kasie McIntosh and have her over the Chamber’s books again, we will also need to find a Chamber Member to be present to oversee the meeting as well.


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.

New Business:

Officer Nominations- Officer Nominations were held and since Bonnie and Keri were not present, Lori made the motion to do a slate nomination to retain the existing officers, Brandon 2nd it. Motion passed. Heather then nominated Sarah Pratt to be reporter, Lori moved, Brandon 2nd it, motion passed. Your 2015 Officers will be President-Heather DePriest, Vice President-Bonnie Weber, Treasurer-Jennifer Hellman, Secretary/Communications Director-Tomi Simenson, Parliamentarian-Keri Hanson, and Reporter-Sarah Pratt.

 Vendor Issues- Heather Huravitch paid $50.00 for a booth for the Parade of Lights, when she should have only paid $20.00. It was mentioned that we could give her an Associate Membership as a refund for 2015. After some discussion was made Lori made the motion to go ahead with the Associate Membership as a refund and Brandon 2nd it, motion passed.

PA System- Jay will no longer be doing the PA system for us at our Chamber Banquet. Discussion was held about whether we should hire it out, or buy our own equipment to have at these events. Tomi will be contacting Doug White to see if he would be interested and what he would charge, Jennifer will be pricing some equipment to buy.

Christmas Tree- Jennifer has an artificial tree that she would be willing to give or the Chamber could purchase from her for next year’s Festival of Trees. Jennifer also went to Walmart and purchased items for the tree for 2015’s Festival of Trees. Lori moved to reimburse Jenn for the purchased items, Tomi 2nd it, motion passed.

Chamber By-Laws- Heather read the newly revised By-Laws and went over some details with the group. Jennifer moved to approve them, Brandon 2nd it, motion passed.

Neighbor In need/Community Chest- It was mentioned that the two groups have not been paid from the Chamber yet from the Festival of Trees. Jennifer will be calling the people in charge of them and setting up times to present the checks.

Missoula Children’s Theatre- Lori Swanson expressed her concerns about the Chamber housing the money for the MCT. It was discussed that we need to do some looking into what we may or may not be responsible for if something was to happen. Tomi will look on the website into guidance issues. It was also discussed that maybe the best thing for us would be to help the MCT setup their own account as a non-profit organization.

Grants- Laine Jergeson asked the Chamber about us helping her with a grant that would allow set up of an indoor arena at the Fairgrounds. Heather mentioned that we really only help her get the information she would need, but the Chamber will not do any of the writing themselves. Laine and a group of other people will be going to the Fair board to discuss this further.

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 PM

Next meeting is scheduled for February 11th at 6:00 PM at the Pastime.


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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