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Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Board Minutes
255 South State Street, Unit B, Manhattan, IL 60442
November 1, 2018 

Present: Donna Bateman, Shari Fiocca, Kevin Sing, Joe Regan and Mary Kay Cooper with new board members Timothy McGrath and Kristy Byers

Absent: Patel Krupesh, Erin McDonough and Laura Umphrey

Shari called the meeting to order at 3:35 pm.

Scholarships: Kevin questioned how scholarships improved the business community. Joe thought that presenting on the high school level got the name of his business in front of many parents as well as other local presenters. The group may want to rethink a monetary scholarship for junior high and go with a certificate or plaque. Awarding one larger scholarship between all three high schools: Providence, Lincoln-Way and Peotone wereconsidered. It would need the board/committee to decide the winner based on pre-determined criteria. Who could apply based on where the student lives and major was also considered.

Officers: After a paper ballot for president, next year’s officers/chairpersons will be Shari Fiocca-president, Kevin Sing-vice-president, Mary Kay Cooper- secretary, Donna Bateman-treasurer, Kristy Byers -Scholarship Chair and Joe Regan-Networking/Advertising Chair.

Meeting dates: The second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 pm at the Chamber office was agreed upon for meeting dates.

Miscellaneous: The Membership Spotlight on Facebook is a huge success. Vicki at the Park District has started a community calendar.

The next meeting will be Nov. 8 at 3:30 pm to plan for Christmas on State.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Kay Cooper, secretary

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