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Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Meeting Minutes

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

October 14, 2020


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

Absent: Tim McGrath and Kevin Sing


Shari called the meeting to order at 5:18 pm. Kristy moved and Becky seconded a motion to accept the September secretary’s report. Motion carried. Donna paid the phone bill and Mandie’s September salary as well as $7,475 to Melrose Pyrotechnics for Labor Day fireworks. GoDaddy’s yearly amount for domain name and email of $119.88 was paid. She also moved $1,000 into each of the savings accounts at First Bank and BMO to avoid dormancy. Donna received $125 in membership each from Kraus and Ray’s Manhattan Collision, which is under new ownership. With an addition of $852.68 in membership received from PayPal, the total in the checking account is $12,263.54 and a grand total of $26,876.62 in all accounts. Mary Kay moved and Joe seconded a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion carried. Mary Kay moved and Kristy seconded to accept Donna’s recommendation to roll the CD, which is coming due Oct. 19, into a 13 month CD at .35% at BMO. Motion carried.


Christmas on State: Mandie will check with St. Joseph’s School about a craft show in their gym. She will also complete a parade permit after checking with Jimmy Walsh, Township supervisor about continuing the tree lighting event.


Letters to Santa will continue this year following last year’s format. The official box is in the office. Kristy has the key.


Craft packages to do at home were suggested.


Trunk and Treat: At least eight businesses/organizations have signed up for the event.  Mandie is encouraging all to spread the word. With a small number just the Wabash parking lot can be used and safely distanced. Forms are available on the PTO Facebook page. St. Joseph students have received the information, but unsure about the public school.


Wine tasting: Mandie noted that Tinley Park had such an event in their train station parking lot with expensive table costs. The group will reconsider such an event in May.


Lunch and Learn: A group of six members met with excellent food from Gina’s. Once a month at 11:45 am at the Village Hall was the air for next month. A presentation by J.J.C.’s small business department seemed appropriate for the Nov. 18 luncheon. Getting our businesses listed in the JJC directory is a goal.  Gallagher and then Fritz’s will be offered the opportunity to serve lunches in that order.


Welcome Bags: Mandy will post that the bags will resume Nov. 1 and cover the newcomers from September and October. She has been removing time sensitive material.


Scavenger Hunt: The event will launch Oct. 17. Mandie will send a final list of participants to all. She suggests at least 50% of the card be completed in order to compete for the $50 prize.  The winner will have a choice of gift card between member businesses.


October vote: As specified in our by-laws, the membership is to vote on the makeup of the board in October. Mandie will reach out to members to see who is willing to fill any vacancies. They would need to turn in a bio to the chamber soon. Mary Kay will check with the absent members about their intent to return to the board next year. A slate would be posted for email voting to end Oct. 31.


Spring gathering: If conditions are favorable, a membership dinner in late March will be offered.


The next meetings will be Nov. 10 at 3:30 pm and Dec. 8 at 3:30 pm.


The meeting adjourned at 6:16.


Respectfully submitted,

Mary Kay Cooper, secretary

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