Meeting Minutes

Call to order: Meeting called to order at 6 PM by Kim Lawrence, secretary in the president’s absence meeting held at VanMeter and VanMeter, chamber member.

Minutes:  Minutes from October  8, 2019 meeting reviewed, no changes. Motion to accept made by Tim Robertson and seconded by Sue Barker

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer report 4580.96

Deposit has been made for horse drawn carriage for Elves night.

Correspondence: No correspondence at this time

Old Business:

Elves night: Deb Eckler confirmed the Elves for elves night, they will also help serve cocoa and cookies in addition to singing. Elementary school choir is also confirmed.

OFA will be donating 20 dozen cookies to hand out at the library. OFA also has Bug country van coming, they will be “stuffing the bus” will need to confirm parking.

Could use additional volunteers at the cookie and cocoa table at the library. Need to confirm cocoa and where this comes from.

Decision needs to be made about raffle; the youth center is doing basket raffles so perhaps this should be changed. Suggestion was made to sell angels that could be placed on a Christmas tree in memory of loved ones. Berean Bean is willing to host the tree for this. Angels will be $5. Anyone willing to sell angels can contact Chris at VanMeter.

Volunteers will be decorating the park on 11/18/19 at 9:30. Report to the park if you would like to help. It was asked if the deer would also be put out on this day, we will have to check on this.

New Business:

December votes due for officers, nominations were made as follows:

Janet Stanley, President

Dolores Jacksland, Vice President

Kim Lawrence, Secretary

And new nominee for Treasurer, Jason Cooper from Cooper Financials

Motion was made to accept these nominations by Matt Draffen and seconded by Peter Douglas. No one else was nominated or interested in the positions.

Pastor Draffen informed us that the chamber sign has received significant damage due to the flooding. We will have more detail at the next meeting as to whether the whole sign has to be replaced or not. Suggestion was made to look at pushing it back or perhaps could it be moveable.

Member updates:

JYP reports they are able to receive donations on Amazon smile if you choose them as your charity. They get 5% and it comes from the company not the purchaser. There are after school openings if any children are in need of after school.

Eddie Watt reported he is looking into a farmer’s convention.

Office for aging has relocated to their new office and this is going well. If anyone knows of an isolated senior truly in need contact Tracy HoJohn at OFA and they will be adopted for the Holiday. Dave shared that the retired Amsterdam music teacher has formed a group Harmony Bridge and the students are volunteering and singing at places such as the nursing homes.

Jason Cooper shared about his business, Cooper financials, he assists small businesses with their accounting locally. Thank you to Jason for also agreeing to be our new treasurer.

Johnstone Florist will have their open house on 11/25/19 from 10-4.

Next meeting will be held at Gino’s. $15.00 a plate, will try to send out more detail about the meal when it gets closer.

Membership: No updates at this time

Fundraising:  No updates at this time


Meetings: Meetings to be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Next Chamber meeting 12/10/19 at 6 PM will be hosted at Gino’s for a Holiday celebration.

Motion: Motion to adjourn Tim Robertson, Sue Barker

Respectfully Submitted by:   Kim Lawrence, Secretary.