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
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.
~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.
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.
~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.
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