2015 May

Current Agenda:

Minutes Reading/Approval – Shannon Nissen

Treasurers Report – Jennifer Hellman

Tent deposit - Jennifer Hellman

Fundraiser IDEA- Brandon Nissen

Weeds - Shannon Nissen


Wednesday, May 13th 2015, 6:00 PM at the Eagles


Members Present:

Jennifer Hellman

Heather DePriest

Larry Surber

Bonnie Weber

Sarah Pratt

Mitzi Cecrle

Craig Lowham

Frankie Pehrson

Priscilla Heflin


Guests Present:



Minutes were read and corrections were made.


Treasurers Report


FB SBF $8,779.81

FB OPERATING $8,983.01





Jenn presented bills to be paid. Larry moved and Craig seconded to pay the bills. Motion passed.




Fairgrounds – The possibility of an indoor arena was discussed. This would allow the kids to practice more as the weather would no longer be a factor. Other than that, there is nothing new at this time.


CTEP – The project is still looking like it will start the first part of June.


Weed Control - A contract was drawn up and approved by Kelsie Harwood. The contracts will be hand delivered to each business by Shannon. The Chamber will pay for the Dixon lot to be sprayed.


Bonus Books - All of the spots are filled with Chinook businesses. The books are printing/done printing.


Fundraiser Idea - Postponed until next meeting.


Sugarbeet Festival - Several ideas were discussed regarding the Sugarbeet Festival this year. The Chamber would like to honor Mary Pyette by having her be the Grand Marshall for the parade. The possibility of a horseshoe tournament, hay bale races, a home tour, team sorting, a black pot contest, drive-in movie, and a car show were all discussed. There will be a Sugarbeet Festival meeting on Wednesday, May 20th at 6:00 PM at the Chinook Eagles during which most of these ideas and others will be discussed in further detail. The Ramblin' Rose volunteered to do the music. Tom said that he did not want to be in charge of the fun run this year. Emily Scofield may be willing to take over in place of Tom. Sugarbeet seeds need to be purchased and planted. Heather is hoping to get a poster out next week. Larry presented a tent to be purchased for $1300 ($264 freight). The Chamber could possibly rent it out for occasions. Mitzi moved to purchase the tent, and Jenn second it, providing Larry gets more information about how the tent is stored, how heavy it is, whether it comes with a warranty, and if it ties down. Motion was passed.


Business After Hours - The Bear Paw Roundup will be having their Business After Hours at the Commercial Building at the Fairgrounds. Loaves and Fishes will be in August, the Eagles will be in July after the fair, and the Ramblin' Rose will be in September.


Tuesday Meetings - Chamber meetings will be on the 1st Tuesday of the month, starting in June, for the remainder of the summer. The meetings were moved due to conflicts with several members' schedules.


Electric tongue jack - An electric tongue jack was not purchased.



New Business:


Chamber building - The Chamber is 3rd on the list for the car wash building. It is not likely that the Chamber will be able to afford it with so much competition.


Chamber bucks - The Chamber Bucks state that they should be redeemed within a year. This has caused some confusion with businesses. They can still be used if they are over a year old.


Chief Joseph sculpture - Heather received an email from Joyce Crowley. She has a 4' x 5' painting/scuplture of Chief Joseph that she would like to display in Chinook. She has been turned down by a couple of places in Chinook, so she would like to know if the Chamber has a place to display it. At this time, the Chamber does not have an adequate place to display such a piece of art. It would need to be secured and protected from vandals. There was discussion about finding a temporary place to display the sculpture, but nothing was definitive.


Central Montana Tourism Board - The terms for the Central Montana Tourism Board are expiring shortly, so they are looking for new board members. They meet once per month in Great Falls or surrounding areas. Terms last for 3 years.


Thank you - Heather read a thank you card from Mary Pyette.


Meeting adjourned at 7:30.

Next meeting is scheduled for June 2nd





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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