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Greater Fennville Chamber of Commerce Meeting Minutes
Posted: Jul 30, 2014

Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance  at 6:05 pm by president, Bill Busscher

Roll Call:  Bill  /  Sandi  /  Larry  /  Reba  /  Linda  /  Barb / Celeste all present.

Absent:  Jodi / Erica

Prior Meeting Minutes:    Motion to Approve made by Linda,  2nd by Barb and approved by all.

Treasurer’s Report:     Motion to Approve made by Sandi, 2nd by Reba and approved by all.  Motion to approve spending up to $50 for checks and a memory stick for backing up Chamber info. made by Reba, 2nd by Sandi and approved by all.

Correspondence –


  • Events: 
    •   Christmas –Sandi reported that Erica will need to be off for a few months and therefore unable to chair the Christmas event, nor attend meetings.  Sandi will chair.  Reba gave verbal report of proposed ideas for the event after meeting with the DDA events committee.  Reba expressed her concern on the proposed event activities and after full discussion the board made decision to not approve and that in order for the chamber board members to assist with the event to shift it back to Friday, December 5th and hold the parade, tree lighting & caroling and pictures with Santa after as was done in previous years.  Larry & Sue Suerst will play “Santa & Mrs. Claus”.  Bill offered to attend the next DDA meeting to inform them of the chamber board decisions & recommendations.
    • Winter Banquet –Sandi, chair  -will begin working on.
    • Summer Concerts-Linda, chair –going well and 1 concert left for the season. 
    • Summer Banquet-Jodi, chair – will work on for summer of 2015
    • Easter-Reba, chair –stated verbal agreement with Golden Orchards to host again.
    • Membership Recruitment-Barb, chair
    • Scholarship-Bill, chair
    • Marketing/Promotions-  Jodi requested the board discuss whether to have a joint newsletter of the Chamber, DDA and City.    After discussion the board decided it was not necessary at this time to create a newsletter.  Motion made by Linda, 2nd by Celeste and approved by all to put the energy and expense instead into improving our website.
    • Website-Sandi, chair  Bill will get copy of Ken’s contract, if any for the board to evaluate the services, expenses, etc.
    • Community Guide-Jodi, chair  Sandi will put request in to P.R. rep., Mary to send weekly reminders to all members about arranging for pick up or delivery if needed of guides to their businesses.  Reba suggested the board members present at the next concert to distribute to visitors.

City of Fennville Report –Jodi, liason   / Fennville DDA Report-  liason ?:   The board will evaluate the necessity of these positions.

Old Business:

  • Strategic Planning:  After discussion, the board made the decision to hold 1 strategic planning session on our own to determine if this is feasible for the board to obtain on its own or to have an outside source come to assist.  Monday, August 4th was the date chosen for this session and will be held at Larry’s home.

Adjournment:   Motion made at 7:25 pm by Larry,   2nd  by Sandi and approved by all.    

Next Meeting:  Monday, August 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Fennville City Hall

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