February 3, 2015 Chamber Minutes

February 3, 2015 Chamber Minutes

Gordon Chamber of Commerce
Business Meeting
February 3, 2015

Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM at Joe’s Wireless. Members June Dudek, Pam Eaton, Joe Patriluck, Pastor Elsroth, Butch Shadbolt, Carolyn Green, Retail Committee members Rachael Lambley, Courtney Ostrander; Tourism Committee member Rich Hoffman, Board Members Carol Langer (Retail Committee), Jordan Heuther, and Director Bea Lou Hardin.
Thanks to Joe and his Mom we were served great homemade cookies and BBQ little Smokie’s.

Office Report – January 2015
February 3, 2015
Office Report - January
The Office is has been slow this month, just too cold! Nancy Russell, Sharon Harris & Sally Hatch have done a great job keeping the Office open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. Carol Langer has helped out also and Norma Burnam has volunteered to be an ambassador during March. I thank you all. We have had several calls from folks requesting information about community services, past businesses and tourist information. The Membership Drive is going well – we have 76 members that have renewed their membership so far.
Ambassadors are needed for either ½ days or full days. Bea Lou will be in the Office on the days that our Ambassadors have other commitments. 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 know of anyone that would be trustworthy and able to give a few hours please let Bea Lou know- 282.0730
We have listed the Willow Tree Festival, Sheridan County Fair & Rodeo and Cowboy Museum on “We Go Places.com. We have Your Neighbor Welcome bags if anyone needs them. Since filling the last ones we are low on business products for the bags. If anyone would like to replenish or add to the items that go into the bags, Please bring them to the Chamber Office. Also if you need Post Cards we have a supply- just let us know or come by the office. Remember the Post cards sell for .10 (ten cents) each and you sell them for 25 cents each or 5 for a $1.00. We will be receiving maps and brochures soon so let us know if you need any for your business this spring and summer.
Rich has been talking to Pow Wow organizers and there may be a possibility of having a POW WOW here sometime this year. The Sheridan County Tourism board have expressed interest in helping fund this project.
The Member Appreciation Party was held on January 29th at the American Legion. The Retail Committee served a wonderful Potato Bar and deserts. The Potatoes were donated by Ross Schmitt and Western Potato. We thank them so very much for their generosity! The attending members were entertained by the Gordon Rushville High School Choir. It was wonderful to see so many talented youth. We thank them for their wonderful entertainment.
Bea Lou Hardin

Treasures Report: Motion by Carol Langer to accept the January Treasures Report and the Office report, second by Rachel Lambley. Motion passed

Bea Lou reported that the Membership Drive is going well.
Carol Langer asked if it would be a possibility to include within the Chamber Store a small line of Office supplies, especially printer ink, flash drives etc. The store could also do “Special Orders”. Carol has contacted a wholesale company that she is familiar with and gotten the information and “how to become a distributer” She is applying for approval from HP to carry their ink. She noted that the markup is not huge but it is a service to our community and would fill a need now that ALCO is gone.
Discussion ensued.
Rachael Lambley made the motion that the Chamber Store should go forward with getting a small supply of ink etc. Pastor Elsroth second. Motion passed.

Rachel, Courtney and Carol reported that the Spring Promotion is being planned and they will have details at the next meeting. They are planning for the Spring event to happen sometime in March.

There is a possibility of having a POW WOW here sometime this year. Rich has gotten contact information for us and Rich approached the County tourism Board about working with us. Scott Lindsey, the new president of the Fair board has informed me that they are excited to be involved. The Nebraska State Tourism board has a grant for just such a project and Jean Hess will be working on that. So stay tuned for more updates. This could bring a tremendous amount of people to town and strengthen our community.

Historical Route 20 was discussed with emphasis on how important is its to promote Highway 20 as a cross country highway Bea Lou informed the group that the new president of Bridges to Buttes is excited about the Historical aspect of Highway 20 and may help with the project.

It was brought up that Running Strong (Billy Mills) will help with any Youth run (1 K – 5 K) and that may be something the Cowboy Trail could organize to promote the Trail.

Courtney Ostrander made the motion to adjourn at 6:30PM, Carol Langer second. Motion passed.

The March 3rd meeting place will be announced at a later date.

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