September 2016 Meeting Minutes


McCartee’s Barn, On the Patio.

Directors attending: Sue Clary, Charlie Duveen, Jay Kerr, Joan Lowe, Donna Orlyk, Kristen Preble, Rose Ann Savage, Angela Sturgis. Members attending: Heather Bellanca and Laura Dunham.

President Sue Clary convened the meeting at 5:10 PM.

We had invited and expected Supervisor Seth Pitts, who, at the last minute, was called into duty at the Salem Central School, to oversee the cafeteria experiencing an unexpected lack of directorial personnel. In his stead, to inform us about the Main Street Area Renaissance Plan, was steering committee member Laura Dunham. We postponed normal business to hear from Laura first.

Whereas study and implementation of a Main Street sewer is paramount for businesses and the community to maintain and/or grow, Laura explained when a plan resulting from this study is implemented, paid for equally by a grant from the Hudson Valley Greenway and Town of Salem funds, it  will not address the sewer issue, but will serve to show the legislators granting sewer study funds that we are a vibrant, viable community deserving of their attention. The Main Street Area encompasses a square from the Revolutionary War Cemetery to the south and the railroad station to the north, and from the Courthouse on the east to SAW on the west. Laura recounted anecdotes from two public meetings where the steering committee collected input from interested residents about immediate and longterm needs for the Town of Salem. A final plan will be presented in October.

At 5:30, Sue asked for a motion to approve the minutes of our August meeting, made by Kristen Preble and seconded by Rose Ann Savage. Some discussion; motion carried unanimously. Treasurer Joan Lowe reported $4276 in checking, $6006 in savings, $2240 in the Crisis Fund, and $166 in Sign Post Fund. Jay Kerr moved we approve the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Angela Sturgis, and unanimously carried.

Rose Ann Savage had suggested that we hold a mixer at RA Taylor & Sons Brewery in Hebron, as soon as possible, to take advantage of their outdoor space. We zeroed in on to dates to propose to Taylor. Jay moved we approve up to $200 for appetizers and have a cash bar. Rose Ann seconded. Carried. Donna Orlyk moved, seconded by Joan, that we create a card to be sent snail-mail to members. Short discussion about cost (member Heather Bellanca, present, would design for $50 or less; chamber would pay for design and postage). Carried.

[The mixer date is set for Thursday, October 20, at 6 PM, at RA Taylor & Sons Brewery, 3602 County Route 31, a mile north of Bedlam Corners and one mile south of Belcher. Prospective  member business owners and their spouses are invited to meet chamber members and their spouses for informal discussions about business, Salem, and Taylor’s flavors of beer.]

On Wednesday, October 19, Mannix Marketing out of Glens Falls will be holding a digital marketing conference at Lake George discussing “marketing and branding techniques to help you reach and engage customers. Designed for business owners, executives, marketers, and communications professionals of small and medium sized businesses who want to increase sales.” Rose Ann, with Angela’s second, moved that we approve a $35 subsidy for any member of the marketing committee (up to five) who felt that attending would help their work with the committee and obviously with the marketing of their own businesses. [The five members of the marketing committee will attend the full day, each paying the remaining portion of the $75 fee; Donna Orlyk, non-committee member, will accompany them, paying the full load.]

From additional discussion: the Christmas Parade, Thanksgiving Saturday, will have a Victorian theme.

Sara Kelly, Cambridge chamber president, has invited us to display flyers for the chamber businesses at a new space in the Hubbard Hall building in Cambridge [members should feel free to drop off materials at the Hall]. Joan will be away for two weeks and Angela will have the checkbook. Please encourage new businesses to become members. There is an ongoing fire department raffle with a large cash prize [alert to SFD: most of the directors know nothing about it].

At 6:11, amidst dreams of how individuals would spend their raffle-gotten gain, Kristen Preble, seconded by Joan, moved for adjournment. Carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Jay Kerr, Secretary

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