The regular board meeting of the Newkirk Chamber met in the Chamber office on Monday, February 4, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. Those in attendance were directors, Dawn Brakey, Theda Sheets, Debbie Leaming, Roy Chaney, and Marvin Johns along with Glenna Blair, secretary. Kirk Brown was absent. The meeting was called to order after which the minutes were approved on a motion by Roy, seconded by Theda. Theda also moved that the financial report be accepted. It was seconded by Dawn and approved with the fact that it may be revised after the bank statement is received and reconciled. Glenna gave the secretary’s report showing one new business member and two individuals. She sent thank you notes to all of the donors of the silent auction. National Pen Company sent a flyer for a special on pens with a laser-engraved business logo. A motion was made by Roy and seconded by Dawn to purchase 50 pens.
Under Old Business, the banquet was discussed. Everyone agreed that it was a huge success. We had a record crowd, awesome meal by Stagecoach BBQ, great selections for Citizen and Business Person of the Year. Next year, we might want to look at serving pizza to the servers. Also, we need to look at how many complimentary tickets we give out.
New Business—Debbie sent letters along with a thank you to all of the teachers in Newkirk School who were selected Teacher of the Year. We need to set a date in May for the annual appreciation meal for police, fire, first responders, and city workers. Debbie will talk to Jane about a date as well as checking the school calendar. The idea of having a booth at the County Fair in Blackwell and maybe Cowley County Fair was discussed as a way of promoting our town. Dawn talked about attending the Newkirk Pathway meeting and how the Chamber can be involved. If the grant is received, it will include a fitness path, bike path, and Safe Routes to School Path. The group decided it would like to adopt a crosswalk and partner with Lions Club on this.
Meeting was adjourned on a motion by Marvin, seconded by Theda.
Glenna Blair, secretary