November 4th Chamber Minutes

November 4th Chamber Minutes

Gordon Chamber of Commerce
Business Meeting
November 4, 2014

Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM at Hinn’s Fine Furnishings. Members Chuck Hinn, Jonie Elwood, Nancy Russell, Maureen Hess, Pam Eaton, Pastor Elzroth, Rachael Heuther, Joe Patriluck, Retail Committee members Rachael Lambley, Courtney Ostrander; Board Members Carol Langer (Retail Committee), Jordan Heuther, Lisa Johnson and Director Bea Lou Hardin.

Office Report – October Happenings
November 4, 2014
Office Report – October
As usual the Office is a bustling place! Nancy Russell has volunteered to man the Office and Store every Tuesday. Nancy has done an awesome job and she even donated a metal shelving unit for all the maps and visitor’s information and she organized it! Thank You Nancy!! Carol Langer donated letter paper, file folders, and other paper goods for the Office. Thank You Carol! We have had several calls from folks requesting information about community services
We are still actively looking for Volunteer Ambassadors to man the Office a few days a week so Bea Lou can go back to work full time. So far we have Nancy Russell, Tuesdays; LaVone Schwarting, alternate; Sally Hatch has expressed desire to serve later on this fall.
Volunteers are needed for either ½ days or full days. Bea Lou will be in the Office on her days off from her other job. 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
The Harvest Festival was a great success! The Friday night Chili feed served at least 150 folks, Saturdays Hamburger/hot dog feed served 300 and we ran out of food by Noon! The hay Bale Decorating contest brought out some very creative deigns! Darringer’s truck, the First National Bank Pig and all the big rounds on Highway 20 were wonderful!
Bea Lou and Jerry left Sunday morning the 26th for Kansas City to be there for the birth of their grandson, Marshall Thomas Lee and to be with Marshall’s big brothers, Carrick & Declan. Nancy Russell and Jean Hess kept the Office open on Tuesday and Wednesday. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for stepping up to maintain the Chamber Office!
We have had visitors from Wisconsin, Texas, Georgia and Eastern Nebraska

Thank You, Myra Ward for keeping the street music going while I was gone!
Bea Lou Hardin

Treasures Report: Motion by Carol Langer to accept the October Treasures Report and the Office report, second by Maureen Hess. Motion passed

Rachael Lambley reported that she has 8 cases of pop left over from the Festival. It was decided that we could use them for the Parade of Lights. Everyone thanked the Lions Club for doing such a great grilling job and we realize that we will need more meat next year as we were sold out in one hour on Saturday.

At this point the meeting was turned over to Chuck and Jonie. The Parade of Lights will be December 6th. Line up will start at 5:30 and the Parade will begin at 6:30 PM. People must call and enter their floats and the deadline to enter a Float will be December 3rd. Please call Jonie at 282.0464
It was decided that the Tri-State Cowboy Museum (Dave Browder) will be the Grand Marshal as we need to honor them for being picked at the Outstanding Tourist Attraction for the entire State of Nebraska!
Chuck will check with the High School Choir to see if they will sing Christmas Carols on the 6th. Chuck will also contact KOTA TV and see if they will cover our Parade of Lights as they do other towns.
Prizes were decided on for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place Floats and for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place store fronts.
Businesses are encouraged to stay open and have a Christmas Open House until the Parade starts! Bea Lou has applied for the Parade Permit and will ask if the west side of 2nd street from the Alley to Main can be blocked off. If the Kiwanis Club does not do the Steak feed after the parade at the Legion, we may do another Chili Feed. It was suggested that the Legion have a dance that night and Courtney will talk to them about using a dance as a fund raiser for the Legion. Christmas for CARE will also be December 6th and the Methodist Craft Fair will be going on that day as well.

Nancy Russell reported that the Salvation Army will have Bell Ringers around the community as well as a “Kettle” Campaign during the month of December. This will help Sheridan County qualify for help for those folks needing help with utilities etc.

Joe Patriluck reported that Vireo may have a “Giving tree” which would provide groceries for those without Holiday dinners. We encouraged Joe to check with Mike Shell and possibly combine the effort with “Adopt a Family”.

Bea Lou, reported that she met with Dianna Robbins at the Office on Saturday. Dianna now lives in Colorado but is very interested in helping the economy of her home town, Rushville. We discussed how to join and the benefits of joining the Historical Route 20 Association. She suggested the possibility of purchasing a Historical Highway Sign for Rushville. For more information call the Chamber Office at 282.0730 or go directly to the Historical Route 20 web site

Bea Lou also informed the members of the letter the Chamber received concerning the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy of the Alco Company. She explained that it is simply a reorganizational move on the Company’s part.

We will be having a Ribbon Cutting November 15th for Exile Salon. I will be informing everyone as soon as Kaci sets the time.

Carol Langer made the Motion to adjourn at 6:23p.m., Rachael Lambley second. Motion carried.

There will be NO meeting in December! Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas!

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