General Meeting Minutes June 18, 2015

Granite Falls Chamber of Commerce General Meeting June 18, 2015 6:30PM

Meeting was called to order by Mike at 6:30pm

Round table introductions each person in attendance was able to talk about their business and what they have going on this month.


Meeting minutes were motioned and approved.

Caboose by Fred from the Museum.

Fred from the Museum had a Caboose donated to them that was renovated into a private residence. The proposal is that the caboose will be located next to the train in town, and be used as a visitor center; the chamber would help to assist in manning the visitor center. The property owner wants to support the museum and the city wants to support this as well. The owner will allow for the foundation to be build for the caboose to sit on and the city would help with power and insurance. There would be parking available as well. There was discussion around supporting this with “groups” in town to help man the caboose. If we can get the caboose manned then we would find value on moving it from the private party to the new spot in town next to the train. What we want to avoid is moving this and then it being vandalized because no one is able to man the visitor center.

Mike said that IGA would donate coffee and doughnuts and the local groups would support with volunteering for “donations” at the caboose for their teams.

Final thought is the committee to be formed to see what the interest will be to man the visitor center. Looking to move fast due to the weather. Mike and Billie will look into this and get back in August or September.

  • Ask groups if interested 2) have a point of contact 3) orientation around the visitor center 4) sign up for your groups weekends. 5) volunteer

It was requested a visual of how the entire lay out would like.

Committee Reports Review

Look what’s Local –

Membership – Membership continue to grow and we are still passing up the goals we set at the beginning of the year. We hope to gain a few more members with our mixer in August and we have a few more business that we are connecting up with this month.

Show N Shine:   August 1st – new committee chair is Maria. Sponsorships are starting to come in. We will need lots of Volunteers at the day of the event: Parking, registration, ballot counting, Directions for events. This is an all day family friendly event, car show, BBQ, art show, and vendors. Maria reported the following: Art work is completed that will be used on flyers poster t-shirts etc for this year’s Show and Shine. Next Maria is working on forms for publication and having them ready to post on the website, as well as working on flyers to hand out at car shows and car clubs.

Sponsorship forms have been handed out to the following business after the businesses contacted city hall, and City hall sent them to Jeanenne at Key bank.

  • Glens
  • Mail Zone
  • Eagles

Chamber Summer Social: August 20th at “The Look out” with. 5:30 – till 9pm. This will replace the August meeting. Email save the dates to go out beginning go July and the paper invitation to follow.   We are looking for raffle prizes like last time and we will also be running this the same way as last time with prizes all night long.

Rail Road – Jeanne is on track committee will be meeting soon.

One Day – T-shirts have been purchased for the event.

Adopt a block – nothing at this time to report

Marketing Committee / Website – Festival of the river we will have an informational booth and looking for business to staff this as well. – see Suzi if interested.

Goals for Web page:

June/July – Show and shine tabs will be ready to go.

July 16th will be looking forward to some type of presentation of our website at the General meeting.

Cascade Northwest Music Festival – This event is in its third year and brings over a thousand people in July 23-26 at Masonic Park. Chamber will be supporting with flyers of local business to support the weekend of the event. Mike will be working on a flyer that says welcome. Lisa is going to be shuttling people back and forth. Mike offered to support with gas or anything else they need. Lisa, Suzi, and Mike will be putting together and printing free shuttle signs and posting as people come into town, the shuttle will run every half hour.

Pathways to Prosperity:

Jude attended a conference and learned about “Pathways to Prosperity” this was an “Angle Fund”. Individuals, who have a business idea but not the working capital, can connect with local investors to obtain a Zero interest loan. This loan would be from local people investing in the community to buy into local business. We are looking to present this at the General Meeting in July.



New Business:

Tonight was the $250 visa gift card drawing and the winner was Lisa Owens, GenCare. Congratulations Lisa!

Next General Meeting July 1th, 2015 @ 6:30PM Board meeting @ 5:30

Motioned to Adjourn at 7:50 pm