2015 August

Current Agenda:

Minutes Reading/Approval – Shannon Nissen

Treasurers Report – Jennifer Hellman





Weed Spraying - Shannon Nissen

Verploegen Thank You - Heather DePriest

Building on Main Street, Eagles - Jennifer Hellman

Rad's Deli Welcoming - Jennifer Hellman

Business After Hours - Jennifer Hellman

Sugarbeet Festival - Jennifer Hellman

SBF Vendor Refund - Jennifer Hellman/Sarah Pratt

Flashing Caution Lights on HWY 2 - Larry Surber

State 4-H Leaders Forum - Shannon Nissen

MDA Non-Profit Vendor Spot - Sarah Pratt


Tuesday, August 4th, 6:00 PM at the Eagles


Members Present:

Jennifer Hellman

Heather DePriest

Larry Surber

Rita Surber

Sarah Pratt

Mitzi Cecrle

Priscilla Heflin

Craig Lowham

Frankie Pehrson

Brandon Nissen

Shannon Nissen

Guests Present:



Minutes were read and corrections noted. Larry moved, and Frankie seconded to approve the minutes.


Treasurer's Report


FB SBF $8,322.31

FB OPERATING $7,064.16

WELLS FARGO OPERATING $1,401.15 (not accurate)




Jenn presented the bills to be paid. Sarah moved, and Mitzi seconded to pay the bills.



Fairgrounds – There is nothing new at this time.


CTEP – There is nothing new.

New Business:

Weed Spraying – Christian has sprayed some more businesses, but we are still not sure if all of them have been done. There was discussion about whether the Chamber will run this program next year or not. It was decided to revisit this next year.


Verploegen Thank You – Shannon will get a thank you card sent to them for cleaning the tables and chairs. The idea of putting a thank you in the paper as well was discussed. Larry moved, and Jennifer seconded to put a thank you in the paper.


Building on Main St. – Larry talked to Mike Inman, and he is wanting to do a July to July contract as that is the fiscal year for the Eagles. They will be having a meeting Thursday, but Mike thought that the rent would be about $300/month. There is no possibility of buying the building in the future. The room looks big enough to put the cabinets in. Craig moved, and Larry seconded to pay for 1 year prorated from July. Motion passed.


Rad's Deli Welcoming – Rad's has been open for 7 months. Jennifer will call the Journal and schedule a welcoming with a few board members.


Business After Hours –Tammy Edwards at the Wildlife Museum and Rachel at Chinook Lube and Tire are interested in hosting Business After hours. Loaves and Fishes is hosting next week, and everything looks in place.


SBF – Posters are done. Bucket rides and public pole climbing is not going to happen. Sarah is the vendor chair person. Vendor requests/inquiries can be sent to Sarah. The museum will be borrowing the speaker system for the movie. Someone needs to look into paying a royalty fee for showing movies to the public. Mitzi is going to the council meeting on Thursday to get a parade permit. Jennifer will call the police, fire department, and FFA for participation in the parade. Insurance only covers spectators, not participants. The other events will need to be covered through the utility company's insurance. Several forms are needed for the website. A registration form for the car show is needed. Waivers for the parade, car show and horse shoes are also needed. The fun run shirts will be done on site so that we don't end up with boxes of leftover shirts.


Meeting adjourned at 7:40



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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