September Chamber Meeting

September Chamber Meeting

Gordon Chamber of Commerce
Business Meeting
September 1, 2015

Meeting called to order at 5:30 PM at the Chamber Office. Members Carolyn Green, Rich Hoffman, Pastor Elzroth, Maureen Hess, Fred Hlava, City Manager Jacob Sheridan, Joe Patrulick, Jerry Saub, Pam Eaton, Guest Dianna Robbins, Sherri Bloom, Board Members Lisa Johnson, Jordan Heuther, Rachael Lambley (Retail Committee member), and Director Bea Lou Hardin were in attendance.

Office Report
September 1, 2015
Office Report – August 2015
We have had visitors from eastern Nebraska, California, Wisconsin, Colorado, Tennessee and Arizona. Everyone has been very complimentary about our little town and what we have to offer!
With tourist season winding down things have slowed down a little. Willow Tree is nearly here and your retail committee is in full swing planning the Harvest Festival in October! The office will be selling Willow Tree Buttons again this year. We will need members to step up and volunteer to help out with all the great activities planned for the Harvest Festival. If you are able to volunteer for Saturday, October 24th, PLEASE contact Rachael Lambley at 308.282.2500.
The Chamber Store/Visitors Center has been busy this summer and the Ambassadors have done an excellent job! We were just notified that the store can now accept American Express as well as Master Card, Visa and Discover.
We will be hosting the Western Nebraska Development Network group, September 16th. They will be holding a lunch meeting and then we will take them on a tour of town. There will be more information coming soon. As I understand it any of our members that would like to attend the luncheon meeting are welcome.
Bea Lou will be out of the office and town September 18 & 19 and October 8th. If you need anything that the Ambassadors cannot provide just call her at 360.2993 or 282.0562.
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 MUST be open Monday through Saturday all summer. Ambassadors are needed for either ½ days or full days. We will need to fill Monday, Friday and Saturday at least till 1 PM.
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

The Office Report and financial Report were given, Maureen Hess made the motion to accept the Office & Financial Reports, and the motion was second by Lisa Johnson. Motion passed.

Sherri Bloom from the Nebraska Respite Network explained what Respite Care is and that the program is there to help “caregivers” of Adults and Children. Care giver’s need a break from time to time as well as those who are being cared for sometimes appreciate a break from the normal daily routine. Funding for Respite has been available since 1999 and the program can access other programs as well to help with paying a Respite providers. They may only be able to give 10 hours a week but that can be a real blessing for the Caregiver. Respite providers do go through a background check and some general training but the most important thing is their desire to help someone. Anyone that is caring for an adult or child that needs help or would like to become a Respite provider can call Sherri Bloom at 1-866-737-7483 or stop and visit with her at Western Community Health Resources 300 Shelton Street Chadron, Ne. 69337
the Chamber Office also has information on the program that you may pickup

It was noted that the Chamber Office, Banks, & Stockmen’s Drug have Willow Tree Buttons for sale.
The Chamber will be hosting the Western Nebraska Development Network on September 16th. The group will be having lunch and a round table discussion between 10 AM & Noon at the Coffee Nook., then we will take them on a tour of the Tri-State Cowboy Museum and on to Essence. Any of our members are welcome to attend and need to RSVP to Sandy by Wednesday, September 9th at 308-254-5851 or

A sample of the new Gordon Brochures was presented to the group and suggestions were taken to improve and change the sample. The members decided that only member business would be listed in the brochure. Color was discussed – Blue & Gold, Red & White or Black & Yellow. The majority liked the Blue and Gold with pictures and to unclutter the map of the town. Jordon is working with Strategy to get the right pictures for the new brochure. Our Gordon Brochure has been sent to Europe, Asia and all around the United States by travelers request and we are nearly out of the great brochures we had in stock so we have to update and print new ones before next year.

Rachael gave the group the plans for the harvest Festival and it is impressive! Friday, October 23 the Chamber will be having a soup supper from 4PM until we run out of soup, at Chamberlain Pier Funeral home, this is a free will donation supper. Business are encouraged to have specials and stay open just a little longer so the folks coming to supper can shop your stores. We are starting earlier this year as it is more convenient for the elderly and there is a Football game that night. Rachael thanked Fred for helping to get the two blocks of Main Street blocked off Saturday, October 24th for the Festival. Super Foods have made huge donations of hot dogs and brats that are above and beyond the call of duty and we thank them greatly! The Lions Club will be cooking them on Saturday. Things that will be happening are: Show & Shine car show, Creeper race, Pumpkin Chucking, paint pumpkin’s, Skillet Toss, Grill Off, Store and residential decorating contest, a maze, kiddie tractor pull, costume contest and more. You will be hearing more as our Retail Committee solidifies the plan! Rachael did warn that if ½ inch of snow happen on that Saturday the Festival will not happen so everyone pray for great weather!!!
Gordon Memorial Health Service are having Diamonds and Denim that Saturday night.

Maureen Hess made the motion to adjourn at 7:30 PM, Joe Patrulick second. Motion Passed.

October meeting will be October 6th. The meeting place will be announced later.

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