2015 July

Current Agenda:

Minutes Reading/Approval – Shannon Nissen

Treasurers Report – Jennifer Hellman

Tables and Chairs Rental of Haugen's - Heather DePriest

Verploegen Thank You - Heather DePriest

Building on Main Street, Eagles - Jennifer Hellman

Rad's Deli Welcoming - Jennifer Hellman

Sugarbeet Festival - Jennifer Hellman

Business After Hours - Jennifer Hellman


Tuesday, July 7th, 6:00 PM at the Chinook Motor Inn


Members Present:

Jennifer Hellman

Heather DePriest

Larry Surber

Sarah Pratt

Mitzi Cecrle

Shannon Nissen

Guests Present:

Anne Booth


Minutes were read and corrections were made.


Treasurer's Report


FB SBF $8,322.31

FB OPERATING $7,070.15

WELLS FARGO OPERATING $4,608.06 (not accurate)




Jenn presented the bills to be paid. Larry moved, and Shannon seconded to pay the bills.



Fairgrounds – There is nothing new at this time.


CTEP – There is nothing new.


Bonus Books – The Bonus Books are done! They were handed out to the Chamber board members to sell for $20.


New Business:

Weed Spraying – We need to find out which businesses have been sprayed. It appears that Christian has sprayed some businesses, but not all of the ones that have paid have been sprayed.

Business After Hours – The Chinook Eagles will host the Business After Hours next Thursday. They are having their Relay for Life dinner at the same time, but the events will be separate. Next month is Loaves and Fishes, and Ramblin' Rose will be in September. Triangle Communications is interested in hosting a Business After Hours event.


SBF – Planning for the Sugarbeet Festival is coming along. Since the high school sporting events schedule will not be out until August 1st, the homecoming festivities will be removed from the schedule of events. There will not be a house tour. The hot dog trailer might not be available, so it was left off of the schedule as well.


Fireworks Donation – The Eagles had asked for a donation for the firework show for the Fourth of July. However, since the firework show didn't happen, it was decided that the Chamber would not donate. Larry moved, and Sarah seconded this decision. The motion passed.


Tent Insurance – The tent is quite difficult to set up, so it was decided not to rent it out for events. The tent does need to be added to the insurance policy as equipment owned by the Chamber.


Sugarbeet Festival Insurance – The insurance company is not willing to take the risk of all the events. We could possibly get additional insurance for the participants added onto the utility company's current plan. We can get spectator coverage only for an additional $240. The possibility of having the city sponsor the festival so that they can take on the liability with special event coverage was discussed.


Fundraiser Idea – Heather presented her estimate for making vinyl wall decoration stickers for selling as a fundraiser. Her estimate was roughly half the price of buying them through Fatheads.


Storage and Visitor Center – The building next to Rad's appears to be vacant. Jenn will look into it to see if it is available.


Meeting adjourned at 7:22.

Next meeting is scheduled for August 4th.



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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