Newkirk Chamber met at 6:00 p.m. for the monthly board meeting in the Chamber Office. Members present were: Roy Chaney, Theda Sheets, Marvin Johns, Dawn Brakey, and Debbie Leaming, along with Glenna Blair, secretary. Kirk Brown was absent. Debbie called the meeting to order. Minutes were approved after a motion by Dawn, seconded by Theda. Dawn moved that the financial report be accepted and Roy seconded the motion. Glenna gave the secretary’s ...
Monday, November 5, 2018
The Newkirk Chamber Board of Directors met at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. Members present were Roy Chaney, Marvin Johns, Dawn Brakey, Debbie Leaming, and Kirk Brown along with Glenna Blair, secretary. Theda Sheets was absent. Debbie called the meeting to order followed by approval of the minutes on a motion by Marvin, seconded by Debbie. Roy moved and Marvin seconded that the financial report be accepted. Motion carried. Glenna gave the Secretary’s report.
The first order of business was to elect a new board member, Dawn Brakey.
Members reviewed the Police and Fire Appreciation event. It was suggested that we try to set a recurring date and make it a family event. Glenna will send thank you notes to Cheekyburger, Bruce Horinek, G&B Auto, and Gene Scheiber for their contributions. Everyone agreed that our Halloween Trunk or Treat celebration was a huge success. It was suggested to start 15 minutes later and end 15 minutes earlier. Some kind of PA system is needed and maybe a stage of some sort for the costume judging. Glenna reported that she is getting the Christmas Parade lined out using volunteers from the past. Kirk presented a map of what is planned for Newkirk if the grant goes through for a walking path. The City will hopefully give the Chamber permission to provide some things along the way to enhance it and entice participants.
January 22, 2019 was selected as the date for the annual Chamber Banquet. It will be held at the Newkirk Senior Center at 6:30 p.m. The theme will be “A New Tomorrow”. Members were advised that there is a meeting scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, at 5:00 p.m. at the Library for the City, Main Street, and the Chamber.
Meeting was adjourned on a motion by Marvin and seconded by Dawn.
The Newkirk Chamber of Commerce met in the Chamber office for their monthly board meeting. Debbie Leaming, president, called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Those in attendance were board members Marvin Johns, Roy Chaney, Kirk Brown, & Theda Sheets, secretary Glenna Blair, and Pioneer Tech rep. Dawn Brakey. The minutes were approved on a motion by Roy and seconded by Theda. Marvin moved that the financial report be accepted and Theda made the second. Glenna gave the secretary’s report. She asked the board to approve ordering Halloween toys from Oriental Trading to hand out on Halloween to the Kindergarteners and also at Trunk or Treat. Roy moved to allow up to $50.00 and Theda seconded the motion which passed.
Under old business the group evaluated Charlie Adams Day. Our vendors were up a little but pop and water sales were down because of the cool weather and the crowd was down a little. There was discussion on what to do with the leftover pop and water and the group decided that we might want to sponsor an appreciation event for area police, fire personnel, and first responders. Debbie will check on a date with the City office. The Chamber will sponsor Trunk or Treat on the Court House parking lot on the 31st. Several businesses and churches will be participating. Debbie will get flyers to the school to go home with the kids. Glenna will get judges for the costume contest and Debbie will get the prizes. There was discussion on flowers to help beautify Main Street. Kirk had talked to the City about watering and they don’t have the manpower for that but they will consider purchasing nice pots. We could probably get business owners to help water along with the possibility of area clubs or organizations that need to do community service.
The annual Christmas Parade was discussed under new business. The theme this year will be “Magical Christmas”. It is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, at 6:00 p.m. Glenna will talk to the Choir director at school to see about the kids caroling.
Meeting was adjourned after a motion by Marvin, seconded by Theda.
The first order of business was the Halloween Trunk or Treat. Debbie has talked to the businesses and churches about participating. The excitement seems to be growing. A costume contest will be included. Plans for Charlie Adams Day were finalized. Items discussed were the number of vendors, drink booth worker schedules, and persons responsible for setup supplies. Main Street was approached by the Chamber to help with putting up banners on Main Street. Glenna reported that their Design committee will order some for the 4th of July.
Under new business it was decided to sponsor the fall city-wide garage sales on Saturday, October 1. We will get a banner for each end of town to advertise. It will say, “City-wide Garage Sales this Saturday” so that it can be displayed in the spring and fall. Debbie is helping with posting on Facebook and we are gaining more interest. There was a lot of discussion on what the Chamber can do to help our existing businesses and reach out to new ones to fulfill a need in the community.
The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Marvin, seconded by Kirk.
The Business After Hours that was held recently was the first topic under Old Business. Everyone agreed it was a huge success. It was suggested that we might start earlier next time as a convenience to those that get off work at 5:00 so that they don’t have to go home and come back. Debbie reported that she will go to the different churches to see if they are willing to participate in a “Trunk or Treat” on the Court House parking lot for Halloween.
The board voted to do Community Sponsorship Ads monthly in the Newkirk Herald Journal after a motion by Debbie and seconded by Theda. Also under new business was Charlie Adams Day. It was decided that we would not do radio advertising this year, but would do press releases in the Newkirk and Ponca City newspapers to seek vendors. Kirk offered to pick up the stock tanks, and ice as well as tables. Glenna will provide chairs and contact Jiffy Trip about providing ice. She will also order pop and water from Apple Market. Glenna will get someone to pick it up and take to the event. Debbie commented on a letter from ODOT about a transportation grant to help with sidewalks and walking paths. Her son Andrew is using a drone to film in Newkirk to emphasize the need in Newkirk. The board is considering an afternoon Christmas parade for the kids this year. More will be discussed at a later date.
Marvin made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Theda.