April 2017 Meeting Minutes


McCartee’s Barn, 5 PM. Directors Present: Sue Clary, Charlie Duveen, Jay Kerr, Joan Lowe, Chris Preble, Donna Orlyk, Rose Ann Savage and Angela Sturgis.

President Sue Clary called the meeting to order promptly at 5:03 PM.

Joan Lowe moved that the March minutes be accepted; Rose Ann Savage seconded. The minutes, written by substitute scribe Angela Sturgis, were accepted unanimously.

Joan presented the Treasurer’s Report. In checking, $6380.32, including $445.50 in the Orton (Christmas) Fund. In savings, $6008.68 includes the $2500 for Main Streetr septic. Totalling $12,526. Our committed liabilities include $2040.01 for the Crisis Fund and $346.61 for the Sign Post Fund. Joan has been working on the 2016 Income Taxes [subsequently filed], and noted that the books should be auditted. The report was accepted unanimously.

First agenda item was the June mixer, to be held at 6 PM, June 8, at Hopkins House, 6603 State Route 22, up the hill north of Chamberlin Mills Road. Charlie moved, Rose Ann seconded, that invitations be mailed two weeks before the event. Discussion dwelled for awhile on whether or not everyone should be asked to bring some consummable to share, if bringing should be limited to directors, or if everything should be purchased. The solution: everyone will be asked to bring an appetizer or just themselves. Sharing of themselves, optional. Angela will ask Heather Bellanca to prepare a postcard and get it printed [done and done]. Information will be posted on website and Facebook.

Angela reported for the Marketing Committee that she had a fine response to her group advertising inquiry, and the same ad would be placed in four spring/summer publications, with 20% subsidy by the chamber. This chamber program, unique in the area, affords members the opportunity to reach out to advertisers for a fraction of the cost of an independent ad in any of these publications. Jay Kerr noted that subscriber checks were coming in for the 2017 Places-to-Go/Things-to-Do calendar and advertising brochure, beautifully designed by Heather, and distributed in early April. Another marketing tool unique to the area.

Rose Ann spoke of RSVP, which, according to its local website, “provides benefits of professional assistance to volunteers in making matches, mileage reimbursement, excess auto and liability insurance, recognition events, being part of a group making a difference in our two counties and nationwide!” Although the website does not appear to make this easy (i.e., someone should volunteer to make the website user-friendly), information for anyone interested in pursuing more information more or less exists there: https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org26207.jsp

Sue filled in members about town governmental issues, including the Main Street sewer (study funded), Dollar General (more community discussion), town/village signage (needs to be consistent now that there is no village), flood insurance and the federally-declared flood plain (some local homes newly declared to be in flood plain by feds sitting at their DC desks).

With a minute to spare, Chris Preble moved for adjournment, with unanimous seconding. The next meeting will be held at 5:00 PM, Monday, May 8, at McCartee’s Barn.

Respectfully submitted,

Jay Kerr, Secretary

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