Chamber Business Meeting - Parade of LIghts

Chamber Business Meeting - Parade of LIghts

Gordon Chamber of Commerce
Business Meeting
November 3, 2015


Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM at Hinn’s Fine Furnishing. Members Pastor Elzroth, Maureen Hess, Pam Eaton, Jan Grover, Bill Thornton, Buck Rucker, Brad Gates; Tourism Committee Member Rich Hoffman; Retail Committee Members Robin Bergman, Sherri Cookston; Board Members Shelly Beguin, Lisa Johnson, Rachel Lambley (Retail Committee member), and Director Bea Lou Hardin were in attendance.

 Office Report
November 3, 2015

Office Report – October 2015

We have had a quite October with being closed for a few of weeks due to repair of our building. It is wonderful to know that this great historic building is secure and safe now. Thank you, Wendy & Fred. Bea Lou checked the phone and returned calls as needed, giving the Ambassadors well deserved time off!  The Office/Visitors Center & Store are now open for regular business.

Your Ambassadors that are volunteering this winter are:
Nancy Russell, Marlys Roth, Sally Hatch, Sharon Harris. When you see them thank them for all they do!

The Ambassadors are handling the Office with ease and I thank them for all they do.  We nearly have a full crew but can always use more Ambassadors, so if you want to volunteer please do! The Chamber Office has begun its winter hours but MUST be open Monday through Friday. Ambassadors are needed for either ½ days or full days. We will need to fill Thursday &Friday.

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

The Harvest Festival was a great success thanks to Rachel Lambley, Sherri Cookston & Robin Bergman. These ladies have really outdone themselves! Courtney Ostrander was unable to help as she has a new baby and was involved with Diamonds and Denim. A huge Thank You to all those that donated prizes, food and labor! The Harvest Festival is truly a Family event that just gets better each year because of our exceptional Retail Committee. If any of you would like to work with the Retail Committee please contact Rachel at 282.2500. We can always use more ideas and hands to implement those event ideas!!

Bea Lou Hardin

The Office Report and financial Report were given, Rachel Lambley made the motion to accept the Office & Financial Reports, and motion was second by Bill Thornton. Motion passed.

During the Financial report Bea Lou informed the members present that the Harvest Festival took in a total of $2,747.99 between the free Will Donations for the Friday night soup supper, Saturday Hot Dog and Brat feed and Car Show. Mitch Gallant donated 1 penny so the total would be $2748.00! We thank everyone for their donations of Soup, Water, Service, Advertising, Prizes, Money, Time, Talent and Support! As soon as all the bills are in the balance will be deposited into the Savings account for the 2016 Harvest Festival.

Bea Lou also gave a report on the reaction to the new Gordon Brochure. Only 2 complaints have been brought to her attention. Laundromat is misspelled which is Bea Lou’s fault even though she proofed and spell checked 6 times she missed that spelling. The other complaint was that not all the Churches or businesses are listed. The explanation for this is that the Chamber Members Dues pay for these promotional tool, simply put if your business is not a member you were not listed. Join the Chamber and you will be listed in the next printing. The Churches are classified as non-profit and do not have to pay dues and even though they have been asked for their information only 2 at the time of printing had expressed desire to be Chamber Members. Since that time we have gained the Church of God and Grace Lutheran Church.

Brad Gates informed the membership about the upcoming Parade of Lights as Chuck Hinn and Joni Elwood were called away.

The Parade of Lights will be held December 5th at 7 P.M. The time is later than last year because of two games at the High School that afternoon and hopefully those attending will stay for the Parade. Hopefully they will spend the time between games and so forth, doing some Christmas shopping. All Stores are encouraged to stay open at least until the Parade begins. Any Service, High School group, Church Group, Rodeo Group are welcome to do soup supper, Hot Chocolate, Cider, Cookies on the street. Businesses are encouraged to have open houses that evening as well.

Christmas for CARE  will be at the City Hall form 9AM to 4PM and the Methodist Christmas Craft fair will also be from 9AM to 4 PM, the Methodist ladies will be serving soup and pie during that time.
Brad told us that Joni already has the Parade Judges and will ask KSDZ to announce the Parade and will advertise the Parade with the Sheridan County Journal Star, KSD and the Chadron Radio Station. Shelly mentioned that if CARE does a pamphlet she would put Parade activities in the CARE flyer so people will know when things are happening. Bill said he would ask his boss if the Stampede could donate some advertising as well as donate the space next to the Stampede for a place to serve soup or something if it is too cold to do it outside.

Jan Grover, representing the Rescue Squad, requested that the Floats DO NOT THROW CANDY as it is dark and children could be injured trying to get the candy. She suggested that if Floats want to do candy they could have someone walk by the float and give out candy.

Mike Shald will most likely be doing the Christmas necklaces & bracelets again this year.

There will be great prizes for the Business Window Decoration and Home Christmas Décor.   

The Deadline to enter your Business, Home or Float is Friday, November 27th. Please call Joni at 308.282.0464 or the Chamber Office at 308.282.0730.

 The Salvation Army will begin “Bell Ringing” November 18th and we will be broadcasting Christmas Music at that time as well.

 Bea Lou asked the members present if they would like Jean Hess, Tourism Director, to investigate applying for hosting a Chautauqua in 2017 or 2018. Tabled until Jean could explain it to the members as no one really understood what a Chautauqua is or what it entails.

Robin Bergman made the motion to adjourn at 6:30 PM, Rich Hoffman second. Motion Passed.


December meeting will be announced at a later time.



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