The meeting was called to order by president, Debbie Leaming. Other board members present were Marvin Johns, Roy Chaney, Theda Sheets, and Kirk Brown. Karla Cheek was absent. Glenna Blair, secretary, was also in attendance. The minutes for March were reviewed and approved on a motion by Marvin, seconded by Theda. Roy moved that the financial report be accepted. Theda seconded the motion which passed. Glenna gave the Secretary’s report and passed out copies of current Chamber members. Marvin made the motion to accept the report and Roy seconded.
Under old business, Theda reported for Paisley Howerton, Advertising for the Cowley County Courier, that the Newkirk Herald Journal will have a dedicated one-page ad for the city-wide garage sale on May 5. Those who purchase a permit from the city office and turn in their ad to the Newkirk Herald Journal will be given the ad for free. The Chamber website was the next item of discussion. Glenna is working on getting everything updated. The board wants to look at a way to make payments online for joining the Chamber and other events that require payments. We also need to keep our Facebook page updated with something new often. We have several businesses that we need to look at doing ribbon cuttings. Glenna will work on getting these set up. Debbie has been working on a Mission Statement. The board approved the following: The Newkirk Chamber is dedicated to protecting and promoting our business community. We will be working on a flyer which will list “reasons to invest in the Newkirk Chamber of Commerce”. We also want individuals to have a voice and become members as well.
New Business included selecting our Business Partner for April which will be Hair Candy by Shelsey. It was also recommended that we not neglect having a quarterly coffee or after-hours event.
Meeting was adjourned on a motion by Marvin, seconded by Theda.
Glenna Blair, secretary