April Chamber Meeting Minutes

April Chamber Meeting Minutes

Gordon Chamber of Commerce
Business Meeting
April 7, 2015

Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM at The Chamber Office. Members June Dudek, Pam Eaton, Joe Patriluck, Pastor Elsroth, Mark & Angie Anderson, Retail Committee members Rachael Lambley, Courtney Ostrander, Tourism Committee member Richard Hoffman, Board Member Jordan Heuther and Director Bea Lou Hardin.

Office Report – March 2015
April 7, 2015
Office Report – March 2015
The Office has been a busy place again this month. Getting ready for the Spring “Junkers Jaunt” and the Educational Seminar April 27th. We have had visitors from Illinois, Eastern Nebraska, Kansas & South Dakota. We have had requests for visitor packets from Minnesota, California and Eastern Nebraska.
We have several new members: Tastefully Simple, Whole Health, and The Stampede. Whole Health will be having their Open House April 23rd and we need to do a Welcome Ribbon Cutting that day.
We are preparing for our April 27th Seminar and encourage all of you to send your registration to the Chamber Office.
The Historical Route 20 Signs have been ordered and will be arriving soon. We will have an unveiling and dedication when they arrive. Most likely late April. The City of Gordon, Historical Society and Chamber will facilitate the dedication. I would like to thank everyone for your interest and support with this project!
The Office is beginning to receive calls from travelers requesting Visitor packets. We also have had several calls for the Welcome Bags. We are getting low on “fillers” for the Welcome Bags, it would be good if members would like to have something to advertise their business to bring it to the Chamber Office.
The Ambassadors are handling the Office with ease and I thank them for all they do. Carol Langer, Sally Hatch and Robin Bergman have been great this month! You may not see Robin in the Office but her “behind the scenes” work has helped us so much!
I do apologize that the Office was closed March 24, 25, & 26. I was sick and could not open the doors. Hopefully this will NOT happen again.
Summer is quickly coming and Bea Lou will be in the Hay Field soon. The Chamber Office MUST be open Monday through Saturday all Summer. Volunteers are needed for either ½ days or full days. It is not a “labor intensive” job, we just need Ambassadors to answer the phone and keep the door open to members and visitors, answer questions and give directions and make sales. If you, or any of your friends that would be able to give a few hours and would like to become an Ambassador for the Gordon Chamber, please let Bea Lou know- 282.0730
Bea Lou Hardin

Courtney Ostrander made the motion to accept the Financial Report, second by Rachal Lambley. Motion passed.

Bea Lou informed members of upcoming events. The Junkers Jaunt, April 10 & 11, has had a great turn out for participates. Headstart will be serving Pulled Pork sandwiches, coleslaw, & chips.
The Historical Route 20 Signs will be coming soon and we will setting a date for the unveiling with The City of Gordon, Historical Society and Chamber.
We will be doing a ribbon cutting for Whole Health on April 23rd at 11 :00 AM, The Western Nebraska Development Network has asked us to Host their September 23rd meeting. This will give this community a chance to “Strut our stuff” so to speak. You will be hearing more about this in the coming months. We have also received information about the Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Show and will inquire further. Remember the FREE Marketing Seminar to be held April 27th . Be sure to get your registration in to the Chamber Office no later than April 20th!
We have new Ambassadors! Merna & Burney Ganshert have become Chamber Ambassadors and will be tending the Office/Store on Thursdays. We now have Nancy Russell on Tuesdays, Sally hatch on Wednesday afternoon, Merna & Burney on Thursdays and Carol Langer as she is able. Rich Hoffman will be volunteering as he is able this summer also.

Rachel & Courtney spoke about being pleased with the participation for this weekend’s Junkers Jaunt. The Retail committee will begin planning the Harvest Festival and are going to speak with Bob Mills about having the 2 blocks of Main Street blocked off on the Friday of the event. Valentine and other towns are able to do this even though a Highway runs down their main street. It would allow more activity and better safety for our Children and families during the Festival.

Jordan informed us that Rushville will be hosting the Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament July 17 – 19.
Courtney informed us that the Sheridan County Fair will be July 18- 25th. Bea Lou asked that everyone be thinking of a parade theme and we will be discussing that next month.

With no further business Courtney Ostrander made the motion to adjourn, Mark Anderson second. Motion passed at 6:15 PM.

The May 4th meeting will be at Dudek’s Bookshelf at 5:30 PM

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