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Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Board Minutes
255 South State Street, Unit B, Manhattan, IL 60442
July 9, 2019
Present: Kristy Byers, Donna Bateman, Mary Kay Cooper, Shari Fioccaand Administrative Assistant Peggy Kraatz
Absent: Tim McGrath, Joe Regan and Kevin Sing
Shari called the meeting to order at 3:50. She informed the group that Laura Umphrey resigned her position on the board due to a change in her job and its branch location. Kristy moved to approve the June notes with Mary Kay seconding the motion. Motion carried. Donna presented the treasurer’s report with Mary Kay moving and Kristy seconding to approve. Motion carried.
Membership: Peggy reported that we now have 82 members and maybe the future addition of a mortgage business. AMP got several likes for the membership spotlight. While delivery of Welcome Bags by some members has worked out well, others say they will do it but are slow to fulfill the commitment.
Banners: Peggy ordered five new banners and one replacement since White Wave wanted their new business name on their banner. After paying for the banners, there would be $175 left over which could go into the general budget if the board approved or towards fireworks.
Labor Day: Parade: Peggy will send out a snail mail with parade, fireworks and Ladies’ Night Out information to members and local businesses around August 1. Mary Kay will ask Ron Pacheco if he is available again to be the announcer. She will also contact the Garden Club or Friendship Garden to be the judges. Kristy moved and Mary Kay seconded a motion for Kevin Molloy to be the Grand Marshall due to his community Veteran breakfast, youth reading and children movie programs. Motion carried. Kevin was honored and finally agreed when he came in to speak with the group. Team Molloy at State Farm would be the banner’s signage. He would like to incorporate the Snow Angels, students who shovel snow for free for the elderly and disabled; Veterans, as well as the library reading group. He will get a car or a hayrack for his participants after speaking with his team.
Testing the sound system needs to take place at the August meeting.
Peggy will encourage more tractors through the Kestel farms and the Threshermen’s group.
Labor Day Fireworks: Berkot’s has promised $500 for the fireworks, and Whitmore Ace has changed from a one week to a four week round up campaign. Based on last year, that should be about $2,000.
Taco Truck at the Fireworks was tabled. An antique ice cream truck featuring Plush Horse soft serve has a local owner. As a parade entry and at the fireworks will be encouraged.
Networking event: Ace may be the featured October speaker for the monthly event. The Park District may host again. Thus far the chamber has not paid for any of the food for the luncheons. Jackie Rust of Customize Massage and Facials will be the speaker at the July 17 luncheon. The group will be waiting to see where the event will take place. Member Gina’s Teardrop has not yet been used for catering this type event this year.
Trivia Night: It is important that all board members attend a meeting on July 23 at 5:15 pm to cover the August 17 Trivia Night as well as parade preparations.
Ladies’ Night Out: Kevin Molloy spoke to the group about an event he is organizing July 24 in the strip mall on Laraway and Nelson Roads from 5-6:30 pm. He would assist us with a similar event which could be held in the following locations: Berkot’s parking lot, First Bank North St. parking lot, Township Wabash St. parking lot or the Park District parking lot. He suggested allowing only Chamber members orexhibitors free to Chamber members and $250 for non-members. There would also be a clause that the business would need to renew their membership next year since this year would be at half price. His group will be having a .1K Run around the tables. Businesses for his event are required to make a gift basket with at least $75 in merchandise. If attendees get their card punched from each participating business, then they are eligible to win a $500 southwest gift card or second place a $250 gift card. Each business with a table would also have its own handouts and gift basket raffle worth at least $75. If it rains, it could be moved inside the Park District or Village Community Room or publicize a rain date. If it were cold, the event would be held. We would need to see if we need a permit. Businesses would bring their own table. Publicity would say that there is a limit to the number of businesses. The goal for the first year would be 30. The group agreed that the event would take place on Sept. 18 and replace the networking luncheon. Newspaper coverage as well as online posts would be important. Notices could be handed out at the parade along with Sept. 21 Wine Fest.
Kristy is having a Moms’ Night Out at Family Chiropractic on July 29.
Shari adjourned the meeting at 5:30 pm.
Mary Kay Cooper, secretary