Colon Area Chamber minutes 3/15/12

COLON ARE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Minutes of March 15, 2012

Meeting called to order at 12:05 by President Edith Doenges.
Members present: Edith Doenges, Nancy Percival, Julie Baker, Kathy Coats, Karin Malesh, Linda Musall
Absent: Greg Bordner & Mary Beth Bower

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Motion to accept Feb. minutes: NP, 2nd JB, passed
Motion to accept Feb. treasurers report: NP, 2nd LM, passed.

Old Business:
Dick Meyers was notified of his election as Citizen of the Year. He was excited, but felt there were other worthy people too.
Garden Club was notified of their election as Service Club of the Year. Big plans underway for the year!
Face Book page is doing well, have double digit “likes”. Be sure to check it out!
Brochure rack is up & running…Edie is donating some styrofoam for the bottom, so it is not so deep. We are looking for clear plastic business card holders to attach to it.

We discussed our MISSION STATEMENT. Right now we are tweaking. Here is what we have: TO ENHANCE THE OVERALL BUSINESS CLIMATE WHILE SERVING OUR MEMBERS AND PROMOTING TOURISM. Any ideas are welcome.

Motion to begin the quarterly meetings for all members at the Colon Township Library on Thursday May 17 at 7:00 AM by JB 2nd NP. Discussion included ideas for topics and networking of the local businesses. David Grim, of EnGedi Campground thought it would be a good idea. We will call it The EYE OPENER CHAMBER MEETING, it will include a continental breakfast, one half hour to mingle, a short presentation about marketing by Kathy Coates or Karin Malesh (5 – 10 min) then another short presentation about a local topic & how it can affect each business. Patti Miller has volunteered to do a short program about using the library resources and e-business forms. However the first meeting will deal with the 4th of July & Magic Week celebrations, and how they can positively impact your businesses. Tables will be available to display brochures or other information about local businesses, so RSVP will be needed to have enough room. We are hoping the DDA will also give an update. We may also have a 50/50 drawing, and door prizes. The Chamber feels this type of program would be a great asset to the local business community, and a forum for new ideas. We would love to hear any feedback on this plan. Please email Julie at the Village office (colonvillage@hotmail.com), Linda at (lmusall@msn.com), Karin at (karinmalesh@pprmi.com) or Kathy at (kcoats8080@yahoo.com). Let’s work together to strenghten Colon!! This motion was approved wholeheartedly!

Motion to adjourn at 1:10 by NP, 2nd JB, passed

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