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Greater Fennville Chamber of Commerce June 23, 2014 Meeting
Posted: Jun 24, 2014

Meeting Called to Order at 6:04 by President, Bill Busscher and Pledge of Allegiance recited by all in attendance.

Present:  Bill Busscher, Sandi Busscher, Reba Peterson, Jodi Welscott, Linda Barnes and Erica Ramos

Absent:  Larry Fuerst

Public Comments:  Barb Burmeister and Celeste Norris introduced themselves to the board.

Prior Meeting Minutes:  Motion to approve made by Reba, 2nd by Jodi and approved by all.

Treasurers Report:  Linda reported total of $9,713.98 in all accounts.  Motion to approve by Sandi, 2nd by Bill and approved by all.

Correspondence:  Bill read Thank You note received be scholarship recipient Madyson VanHowe.

Committee Reports:

~Christmas:  Erica reported she and Reba met with members of the DDA to begin plans for the 2014 Christmas Holiday Celebration.  Motion to approve up to $500 budget for the celebration as done in prior years made by Sandi, 2nd by Linda and approved by all with the stipulation that confirmation for min. 10 booth spaces for craft show and  min. 10 trees committed for by organizations be provided to the chamber board before final approval be  given for promotion of said activities.  The importance of not promoting or publicizing events or activities without absolute assurance of high level of participation and success was raised by Sandi.  Erica made note she will be on maternity leave so Jodi volunteered to chair this event.

~Winter Banquet:  Sandi will confirm reservation with Fenn Valley for the event.  Reba recommended checking with FHS to ensure no dance is scheduled for that evening, if possible so it will be easier to obtain student volunteer servers.

~Summer Concerts:  Linda reported first concert went well and has all set for next concert on 6/24.  Linda will look up the contract between the chamber and the gentleman who runs the sound at the concerts to be ensured of duties.

~Summer Banquet:  Jodi reported having difficulty obtaining a local chamber member to cater the event.  Reba made motion to not hold one this summer but begin plans for the event to be held in the summer of 2015.

~Community Guides:  Sandi will deliver to various members again and requested assistance in getting them distributed.

City of Fennville:  Jodi reported she will be attending city commission meetings 1-2 times per months to report on chamber events and to be kept abreast of city events.

DDA:  Erica reported the DDA has canceled their July event due to lack of participation/planning.  The DDA is planning on holding a large community event on Sept. 20.

Old Business:

~Strategic Planning:  Discussion held regarding time availability for board members to attend workshop from professional outside sources Erica has contacted.  Erica will check with her sources to see if evening hours are available to work out for the chamber board member schedules and let the board know asap.  Sandi suggested if not enough board members are available to work with the above professionals in the time that they have offered their services  that the chamber utilize the information provided by Mary K. at previous strategic planning session to begin the task on our own.  Reba made motion, 2nd by Erica to have Bill contact the Glenn Area Business Association (GABA) to see if that organization has the desire to become part of the Greater Fennville Chamber of Commerce in hopes that more board members will be available to attend the planning workshops.

New Business:

Bill asked Barb and Celeste their thoughts on the chamber with both expressing their desire to join the board of directors.  Motion made by Jodi, 2nd by Linda and approved by all to have them both become board members beginning immediately. 

Sandi made motion to adjourn at 7:41, 2nd by Linda and approved by all.

Next Meeting:  Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Fennville City Hall


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