Present: Vice President Bill Busscher,
Recording Secretary Sandi Busscher, Reba Peterson, Jodi Welscott, Linda Barnes
and Ull Frederiksen. Also Present,P. R.
Rep. Mary Kaspczyk
Called to Order at 6:00 p.m. by Vice
President Bill Busscher. Pledge of
Allegiance was recited by all.
- Board Photo:
Mary took group photo of board members present at request of the board
for inclusion in the upcoming Community
Guide. Bill reported the resent
resignation by Rob Nichol from Salt of the Earth from the Chamber board.
to Agenda: Ulla suggested our board
meetings begin with an “ice breaker” or “team building” exercise to assist in
getting to know each other better.
Sandi stated that new board members will need Chamber Name Badges and
offered to take care of obtaining as quickly as possible.
Meeting Minutes: Motion made by
Linda, 2nd by Jodi to accept with approval by all.
Report: Martha absent. Martha presented reports via email. Motion to accept by Ulla, 2nd by
Sandi and approved by all.
- Membership: Mary reported
73 current members. Ulla
recommended all board members assist with recruitment of new members. Mary and Ulla reported they are still in
process of creating a membership survey.
The board discussed whether to wait until this is completed and results
are in to hold strategic planning session but made decision that the planning
session cannot wait any longer and needs to be done. Results of survey will be evaluated by board
when that project has been done. Jodi
offered her assistance on creating the survey if needed.
- Scholarship: Reba reported that she assisted with the
Fennville High School Scholarship Committee today in the selection of 2
qualified seniors to be awarded the $500 Greater Fennville Chamber of Commerce
scholarships at the upcoming FHS Senior Awards Assembly. Discussion was held and unanimous decision
made by board to hold our 50/50 Drawings at our Summer Concert Series with all
board members to assist as possible.
- Events: Erica Absent. Reba reported the Easter Egg Hunt went
well. Jodi assisted at the event also
and suggested a megaphone be obtained for future Easter Events. Jodi noted that the DDA owns one (or similar
item) and suggested we could possible borrow theirs. Bill suggested a “thank you” be sent to
Golden Orchards who hosted the event.
Sandi offered to take care of if necessary and will check with Erica to
see if she was already doing. Reba
requested a budget to purchase a ribbon for the upcoming grand opening of
Fernwood 1891 if ribbon was not on hand already. Sandi made motion to approve up to $20 for
purchase of ribbon, 2nd Ulla and approved by all. Discussion held on where “giant” scissors
used in previous years were for use with Jodi offering to try locate.
–Mary Kaspczyk: Mary presented for
approval to board the draft from The Flashes of the Community Guide. All members present evaluated with giving approval of various content in
question by Mary as well as requesting the Membership Directory section be
categorized and that personal contracts be made with members that have not
renewed if possible. Jodi and Sandi
offered to make contacts on Tuesday morning and Sandi offered to finish
categorizing the directory section and will have completed and sent to Mary by
Tuesday afternoon to send to publishers.
Reba made a motion, 2nd by Jodi to allow Mary to receive
final draft and approve upon her inspection for print and publication. Motion approved by all.
- Committees: The board discussed the necessity of creating
new committes with the following suggestions:
*Business Development (recruiting
new businesses to the area) / * Marketing
& Public Relations / *Scholarship & Fundraising / *Events (with subcommittee for each
separate event) / *Banquet / * Community Guide / *Website
/ *Membership Recruitment
Planning: Motion on floor by Sandi,
2nd by Jodi and approved by all in attendance to hold strategic
planning session immediately following the May chamber board meeting. Expressions of importance and dedication
needed by all to hold this session as it has been ongoing for as long as 8 years
and should not be held off any longer were made. Ulla requested we have pizzas brought in for
the board as we will be meeting during dinner time. All agreed and Linda will take care of. Sandi made note that our meeting for 4th
Monday of May falls on Memorial
Day. Discussion held to find alternative
date. Linda made motion to hold May
meeting on Monday, May 19, 2014 at the Fennville DDA’s 220 Building if
available or Fennville United Methodist Church, per Reba. Motion supported by Jodi and approved by
all. Sandi secured location of the Fennville
DDA’s 220 Building for May meetings.
Adjourned: Motion made to adjourn at
8:17 by Linda, 2nd by Sandi and approved by all.
*Next Meeting: Monday, May 19, 2014 @ Fennville DDA 220
Building, 220 Main St., Fennville
(Please note changes of date and location
for May, 2014 meeting.