The Summersville Chamber of Commerce met at The Hungry Moose on Monday, January 13.
President Cathy Tuttle called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m. There was no meeting in December to recap the year.
In the treasurers report, the bank account balance has not changed since last meeting. Three bills were presented for payment: Brawley Lumber, paint for the tables in the square; TJ's Computing, for the website, and Summersville Beacon for ads for the Christmas parade. Deposit slips are still needed by the treasurer.
Under new business, Chamber elected officers for the coming year. Cathy Tuttle, President; Linda Barnett, Vice-President, Sharon Vaughn, Secretary-Treasurer. Motion by Airka Thompson, second by Ashley Schuler to elect the preceding officers.
Memberships are now due. Business dues are $30; Non-profit, $20; and Individuals, $10. All area businesses and residents are encouraged to support the local chamber by joining. All businesses and individuals donate their time to conduct chamber business. President Tuttle will print certificates to give when dues are paid.
The dates were set for events upcoming this year, which include Easter, Pumpkin Fest, and Christmas parade.
The Easter Egg hunt will be April 19; Pumpkin Fest, October 4, and the Christmas Parade will either be a night parade on December 5 or a day parade at 2 or 2:30 on Sunday, December 7. Public input is solicited to decide which day would be best for the community. The date of the parade will be decided at the June meeting.
A suggestion was made to try to have a fireworks display this year. The Chamber will contact the school to see about using the ball field, and also find out about the regulations and what the Chamber would need to do everything legal.
There are some eggs and Easter baskets left from last year. Members were encouraged to buy eggs if they can be found at a good price. Kollers will get the candy for the Chamber. A suggestion was made to ask the Junior Beta Club to help stuff the eggs as one of their community projects. They helped paint the boards on the tables in the square last fall. Eggs should be stuffed and ready no later than April 15.
It was decided to design a new t-shirt for the Pumpkin Fest. A suggestion was made to have a contest for best design. The chamber will contact a company to get a bounce house this year. At pumpkin fest, flyers will be passed out about the Christmas celebration.
Airka Thompson suggested we have an Expo at the Community Center following the parade, especially if it is a day time parade, which would include vendors, face painting, visits with Santa and the elves; and other fun Christmas activities. It might be good to have a food vendor in the square for a daytime parade also.
With no further business, meeting adjourned at 1 PM. Motion by Airka Thompson, second by Linda Barnett.
Next meeting, February 10 at The Hungry Moose.