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Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Meeting Minutes
255 South State Street, Unit B, Manhattan, IL 60442
October 8, 2019

Present: Donna Bateman, Kristy Byers, Mary Kay Cooper, Shari Fiocca, Joe Regan, Kevin Sing and Administrative Assistant Peggy Kraatz
Absent: Tim McGrath, 

Shari called the meeting to order at 3:32 pm. Kevin moved and Kristy seconded a motion to approve the September minutes. Motion carried. Donna’s treasurer’s report showed a checking account balance of $13,398.93. Kevin moved and Kristy seconded a motion to approve the report. Motion carried.

Membership: Peggy reported that we have lost two members due to closures: the Sanctuary Church and HomeStar Bank. Two businesses joined during the Ladies Night Out.

Ladies Night Out: The event received favorable evaluations. Suggestions for next year include: having longer hours, have earlier in the month since it was dark by the 7 pm closing time, let vendors pick their own spot and have vendors have merchandise to sell rather than take orders. Twenty-six vendors were on hand with over 120 people in attendance. Another suggestion is to ask the Park District to co-sponsor so as to allow beer, wine and food. Kevin noted that any vendor with a Manhattan liquor license could bring liquor to the event. The wandering accordion music was a nice touch. Either have a table with raffle prizes and stager the announcement of winners or have one person collecting the names of the raffle winners and allow only one prize per person. Many of the vendors did follow-up calls with attendees. Either have people bring their own table or charge a fee for the table was also suggested.

Networking; The next luncheon will be at the Village Hall on Oct. 16 from 11:45 am to 1 pm. Kevin Sing will speak about the new recreational marijuana laws, what the Village can do and what employers can do. The November luncheon will feature Joe who will speak about fitness. Joe has three luncheon food receipts to turn in. December will be a Christmas theme.

Membership-October dinner: Thus far 32 have signed up for the Oct. 22 dinner at 5:30 pm at Kat’s Café. Peggy will send an email requesting members vote on the upcoming board of Becky Bouck, Donna Bateman and Kevin Sing.

New Board: The new board will meet Jan. 7 to decide on officers, meeting dates and times and select a person to fill the vacancy. Another January meeting will then be the yearly planning meeting.

Christmas on State: Peggy has booked the Manhattan Junior High Madrigal singers to perform at the Hanson Community Center at 4 pm on Dec. 7. The Village will again have the Grinch. At 4:30 pm the scavenger hunt winner will be announced. A cash prize will be given. Peggy will send out a notice on Nov. 15 asking who wants to participate in the Scavenger Hunt. The replies will be due back by Nov. 24. About 30 businesses can participate. Kevin will investigate who would be a costumed character. Buying a costume on Nov. 1 sales would be a good idea.

Peggy will check with Ashley at the library if they want to take over the judging of the Ginger Bread House contest with the Chamber providing a $25 cash prize. There will be only one winner among all the participants.

Shari is waiting for a quote from Peggy at Ace about the cost of lights for State Street’s “Light Up Manhattan. “  The Village will hang the lights provided each business signs a waiver. Connecting lights to electricity may be an issue.

Kristy has the mailbox for letters to Santa. It will be posted in Time Square from Nov. 29 to Dec. 13. Pintrest has sample letters to use as replies.

Shari will also approach Ace for a discount on lights used for the parade. Peggy would like to get the application down to one page.

Membership 2020: Peggy will send out the application on January 2 with a January 30 due date. Fees will remain the same as this year.

Domain name: A company offered us our domain name. Since we pay GoDaddy for the name, it was not considered.

The meeting adjourned at 4:30 pm.

The next regular meeting will be Nov. 12 at 3:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Kay Cooper, secretary


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