The meeting was called to order by president, Debbie Leaming. Other board members attending were Marvin Johns, Kirk Brown, Theda Sheets, and Roy Chaney. Karla Cheek was absent. Glenna Blair, secretary, and Dawn Brakey, Pioneer Tech. rep. were also in attendance. The minutes were approved on a motion by Marvin, seconded by Theda. The financial report was reviewed and Theda moved that it be approved and Kirk seconded the motion. Glenna gave the secretary’s report which was approved on a motion by Theda, seconded by Roy.
The “God & Country” 4th of July Celebration was the first topic of old business. Everything is in order and Debbie and Rick will pick up the ice from Jiffy Trip that morning. The Christmas banners and brackets for the downtown area were discussed and it was decided to up the cost to $500.00. Business After Hours post cards have been sent out to the businesses. It will take place on July 12th at 6:30 at the Newkirk Senior Center. Lisa Kubik will sponsor the event. Debbie got gift certificates for door prizes from Apple Market and Locke Auto Parts. She also arranged to have flowers sent to Lisa for sponsoring the evening.
Under new business, we need to do a ribbon cutting for JP Plumbing. It will take place on Tues., July 3, at 10:00 if that works for Jesse Perry, owner. We need tents to use for our drink stands at Charlie Adams Day. Roy made a motion to purchase 2 8’X8’ or 10’X10’ popup tents in blue or white at a cost of no more than $400.00. The motion passed after a second by Marvin. Debbie announced that she gave a presentation for the Chamber at the July City Meeting and funding was approved for the Chamber for the new fiscal year beginning July 1. The board selected the Newkirk Herald Journal as the Business of the Month for August. There was discussion on Halloween and the possibility of having a Trunk or Treat event in the Court House Parking Lot. Debbie will contact the churches in the community to see about them joining with the Chamber to provide kids a safe place to trick or treat. Debbie suggested that we put an ad in the Back to School issue in the NHJ and that the Chamber be a drop-off place for school supplies.
The next board meeting will be Tuesday, August 7, 2018. The meeting was adjourned on a motion by Theda, seconded by Roy.
Glenna Blair, Secretary