Colon Chamber minutes 2/16/12

COLON AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Minutes of February 16, 2012 Meeting called to order at 12:10 PM by President Edith Doenges. Members Present:  Edith Doenges, Nancy Percival, Julie Baker, Kathy Coates, Karin Malesh & Linda Musall. Absent:  Greg Bordner & Mary Beth Bower Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Motion to accept Jan. minutes:  JB, 2nd NP,  passed Motion to accept Jan Treasurers report:  NP, 2nd LM, passed Motion to accept 2 bills to pay, $41.00 to Magical Creations & $1000.00 for the River Country tourism guide. NP, 2nd KM, passed Motion was made to give the $325.00 collected by the DDL for ads they sold for our page in the tourism guide.  They were using the ads as a fund raiser, while we were trying to fill our pages:  LM, 2nd KC,  Passed. We discussed a ‘member newletter’ sent to each member’s email addresses.  We have gotten alot of email addressess and websites on this years application, so it would be practical now.   In this way, when a member had something to announce they could let Julie or I know.  Great way to share news.   Any ideas on this?   We will discuss it at the next meeting and finalize plans. A motion was made to name DICK MEYER as the Citizen of the Year for 2012 by JB, 2nd NP, passed. A motion was made to name THE COLON GARDEN CLUB as the organization of the year by NP, 2nd JB, passed. It was noted that the Garden Club will have a presentation of a Blue Star Memorial this summer. The Chamber needs a “Mission Statement”.  We are to bring ideas to the next meeting.  A mission statement is important to keep on track with what is important.   Karin came up with:  “To enhance the overall business climate while serving it’s members and focusing on economic stability and tourism.”   That certainly says it all, can anyone add to or make it shorter?   Think hard about it!  If you can’t attend, email Julie or I with your thoughts. Julie offered to set up a Facebook page and be the administrator of it.  The motion to accept her generous offer was made by KM, 2nd by NC, passed. A brochure center was donated by Davis & Davis after the last minutes were sent out.  Thank you so much Tadd!   A motion was made by NP, 2nd by KM to have it installed at the village office as soon as possible and available for member use with brochures or business cards.  Passed. A motion was  made by JB, 2nd NP to allow the patrons who joined the chamber in Nov. & Dec’s dues to  count for 2012.  Passed. A Membership rewards program (somewhat like the Sturgis CofC) was discussed, possibly for the future. Karin is going to work on a Quarterly “meet & greet” for Chamber members.  A continental breakfast was discussed, possibly at the library at 7:00 am.  A short program or speaker of interest would be included, and a chance to discuss ideas and meet other members.   More information will come out after the next meeting.  Anyone with ideas or comments, please let Julie or I know.   We are looking forward to feedback about this idea. As per the By-Laws, the ANNUAL MEETING will be on April 19.  There will be an election of officers.  Feel free to STEP RIGHT UP!   Written notification will be sent by email within 2 weeks of the meeting, lest ye forget! Also – just a reminder – the Historical Society is presenting a power point  program on the history of LambKnit at the Library on Thurs. March 1 at 6:30.    These programs are very interesting, Joe Ganger will be the speaker. Meeting adjoured at 1:10 pm Respectfully submitted by Linda Musall, Secretary
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