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Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Meeting Minutes

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting was held as a Zoom conference call.

July 8, 2020


Present: Donna Bateman, Becky Bouck, Kristy Byers, Mary Kay Cooper, Shari Fiocca and Administrative Assistant Mandie Wade.

Absent: Joe Cerullo, Tim McGrath and Kevin Sing


Shari called the meeting to order at 3:30 pm. Kristy moved and Becky seconded a motion to accept the June secretary’s report. Motion carried. Donna paid the phone bills for June and July.  Sales of Irish Fest shirts amounted to $90. The checking account balance for June was $21,560.05 with a total of all accounts of $35,171.86. Kristy moved to accept the treasurer’s report. Mary Kay seconded the motion. Motion carried. The Chamber does have a debit card, which Shari and Donna may use as signers on the bank account.


Meeting dates: Should the meeting dates be changed to Tuesday if that will help Mandie to attend due to her other work schedule? Those in attendance were fine with Tuesday meetings. Joe, Kevin and Tim will need to check their schedules.


Ladies Night Out: With approval of the Village and Park District, the event will be held Sept. 2 at Central Park. Tables can be spread out. Publicity could read “For the safety of our vendors, masks are highly recommended when shopping at the tables.” There would be no fee for members. A $25 fee for non-members plus a $5 fee to rent a table. In order to have at least 3 time slots of 45 min., the night may need to expand to 2 or 2 1/2 hrs. Last year was a 5:30 to 7 pm event with 5 pm setup. Last year a $50 gift basket was a requirement for each table with the Chamber giving a grand prize of $200. After last year, there was the idea that a person could only receive a gift basket prize from only one business. To make this happen, drawings would need to be staggered with a Chamber person keeping tracked of the winners.


Taste of the Chamber: The idea off a Pub Crawl hit a snag with the transportation portion especially with Gina’s being several miles away. Promoting driving and drinking was not something the Chamber wanted to endorse. Mandie will contact current restaurant and bar members to see if they interested in doing a weekend or week of special promotions. A card could be picked up at any of the participating businesses and be punched at each one a person purchases food at. This Scavenger Hunt type promotion would entitle the winner either to gift cards supplied by the restaurants or $100 in restaurant vouchers purchased by the Chamber at 5 of the participating venues. A person would not need to get their card punched at all the restaurants but a certain majority to qualify for the drawing.


Membership: Former members who are currently unpaid will be called as the restaurant event takes shape to see if they want to rejoin at a discount rate of ½ of their yearly amount. This is a one-time only reduction for this year for returning members. Non-paid former members will now be dropped from Constant Contact and other publicity on Facebook and Chamber web site.


Networking Zoom: Mary Kay will contact the four to six participants to see if they would prefer a different time. Wednesday July 15 is the next scheduled date at 1:00 pm unless the group decides differently.


Scholarships: The girl from Providence got the most votes. Kristy will check with Providence as to how to proceed and get her address for Donna to send the $1,000 check to her. She may have a picture that we can also post. We will need permission to post her picture and name on Facebook.


Labor Day Parade: Kevin’s input is needed if this will be allowed. New Lenox’s title of their parade as a thank you to essential workers may have helped their cause instead of a Fourth of July Parade. Manhattan Junior High band director, Carleen Pedziwater, said that they couldn’t participate due to having more than 50 in their group. A suggestion was made to have a parade loop the main subdivision streets. The teachers’ parade held during the stay at home order took over six hours going up and down each street.


Labor Day Fireworks: A check from Kevin Molloy for $1,875 representing half of the money he raised for fireworks was deposited. The other half will come after Labor Day. Would a more central fireworks location to Manhattan’s area help more people to see from at home? By the Water Tower was suggested. Also involving Dan Casper to do a live feed was met with favor. Romeoville had three locations for the Fourth of July. Joliet had a radio station play the accompanying music to their fireworks.


Donation policy: A member suggested that the Chamber donate to the family or the cause of a deceased member. The group agreed that individual contributions were a better way to go since otherwise it would mean donating to every member and their family, which would make for a huge group and difficulty in deciding which family relationships would be eligible for the donation.


Cruise Night: July 13, 2020 will be the first event this year from 6-9 pm at the Village parking lot on Wabash St.


Schools: District 114 will begin August 24. St. Joseph’s School will have shields for their teachers.


The meeting was adjourned at 4:42 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Mary Kay Cooper, secretary

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