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KF Chamber of Commerce Annual Members Meeting 10-17-2019

KETTLE FALLS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING 2020

October 17, 2019 Meeting Minutes

1 Call to Order @ 7:10pm

  1. Sign-in of Members – sign in sheet was passed around

            Phil Teller, Riverwood B&B, Chamber President 

           Wayne Wardlow, Coast to Coast, Chamber Vice President

           Michael Olsen, Kettle Falls School District, Member

           Lee Moak, 3RBIS, Member

          Carrie Paetsch, Realtor, non-member – NEW MEMBER

          Robyn Westergard, Westergard Real Estate, non-member – NEW MEMBER

         Cheri Durbin, guest, non-member – NEW MEMBER

         Chip & Bunny Carr, North Lake RV Park, non-member – NEW MEMBER

         Larry Kulesza, KF Planning Commission, guest/non-member

         Allison Hansen, Backyard BBQ Manager, guest/non-member – NEW MEMBER 

         Vernita Wright, Backyard BBQ, guest/non-member – NEW MEMBER

         Ela Scott, New American Funding, guest/non-member – NEW MEMBER

 

We went around the room and introduced ourselves to the guests and those not familiar.  Phil Teller explained his career and accomplishments with the Chamber and his affiliation with the KFDA.  Larry Kulesza left the meeting abruptly, he voiced his frustration of the meeting not going straight to the agenda.

 

  1. General Business – Amending of Bylaws. Reducing the number of Directors from 8 to 5. (There has been a critical shortage of people willing to serve as Directors. In order to conduct business this change is necessary.) A copy of the Bylaws and the proposed changes will be provided at the meeting.

 

Proposed Amendments 

  1. Change: Article VI: Officers and Board Members Section 1: Election of Officers and Terms of Office 

From: Officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the general membership in attendance at the annual meeting. Officers shall be elected for one (1) year terms, with the exception that the Vice-President shall serve as President the following year. Officers may serve more than one (1) year in office. Occasionally a conflict of interest may occur. In the event of a conflict of interest, the chamber shall seek a different person to serve as a chamber officer.  

To: Officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the general membership in attendance at the annual meeting. Officers shall be elected for one (1) year terms. Officers may serve more than one (1) year in office. Occasionally a conflict of interest may occur. In the event of a conflict of interest, the chamber shall seek a different person to serve as a chamber officer.  

*Carrie Paetsch moved to Approve – Wayne Wardlow 2nd – Motion Passed

  1. Change: Article VI: Officers and Board Members Section 3: Board of Directors  

From: Officers of the Chamber are automatically members of the Board of Directors. At Large directors shall be appointed by the president from the general membership within one month of the annual meeting.

To: Officers of the Chamber are automatically members of the Board of Directors. The general membership by majority vote shall also elect one (1) Director at Large. The Officers of the Chamber and the Director at Large constitute the Board of Directors.

Proposed after discussion: Officers of the Chamber are automatically members of the Board of Directors. The general membership by majority vote shall also elect at least one (1) Director at Large. The Officers of the Chamber and the Director at Large constitute the Board of Directors.

 

  1. Change: Article VII: Government  Section 1: General Powers

From: The business affairs of the Chamber shall be managed by a Board of Directors consisting of not less than eight (8) nor more than twelve (12) members, which shall include elected officials as set forth in these by-laws, and at large members appointed by the President from the general membership. The Board of Directors shall exercise all of the powers of the corporation, except as otherwise stated in these bylaws.

To: The business affairs of the Chamber shall be managed by a Board of Directors consisting of five (5) members, which shall include four (4) elected officials, and one (1) Director at Large as set forth in these by-laws. The Board of Directors shall exercise all of the powers of the corporation, except as otherwise stated in these bylaws.

Proposed after discussion: The business affairs of the Chamber shall be managed by a Board of Directors consisting of five (5) members, which shall include four (4) elected officials, and at least one (1) Director at Large as set forth in these by-laws. The Board of Directors shall exercise all of the powers of the corporation, except as otherwise stated in these bylaws.

*Wayne Wardlow moved to Approve both items b & c as written – Ela Scott 2nd – Motion Passed

 

The items were revisited and discussion resulted in adding “at least” to the Director at Large to accommodate more than one Directors at Large on the Board.

*Wayne Wardlow moved to Approve both items b & c after discussion – Michael Olsen 2nd – Motion Passed

 

  1. Election of Directors. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director at Large

President – Wayne Wardlow – Carrie Paetsch Motion – Ela Scott 2nd – Approved

Vice President – Ela Scott – Carrie Paetsch Motion – Robyn Westergard 2nd – Approved

Secretary – Cheri Durbin – Carrie Paetsch Motion – Ela Scott 2nd – Approved

Treasurer – Carrie Paetsch – Robyn Westergard Motion – Lee Moak 2nd – Approved

Director at Large – Vernita Wright – Allison Hansen Motion – Robyn Westergard 2nd – Approved

Director at Large – Allison Hansen – Vernita Wright Motion – Robyn Westergard 2nd – Approved

 

  1. Financial Status Report

The Treasurer Report was presented by former President Phil Teller as of July 18, 2019

Checking $1,408.00

Savings $2,003.48

Town & County             $11,369.92

Wayne Wardlow, President and Carrie Paetsch, Treasurer will go onto the Kettle Falls Area Chamber of Commerce  bank accounts and Phil Teller and any and all other individuals will be removed. Town and Country Days falls under the Chamber of Commerce and bank accounts. 

Phil, Wayne and Carrie will go to Banner Bank on 10-18-2019.

 

Phil Teller wanted to give the $1,000 that was given to the KFDA last month back to the KFDA.  Carrie Paetsch, acting as President of the KFDA, stated that the KFDA will not accept the $1,000 at this time and may revisit the gift of funds when the details of the Taste of Kettle Falls are decided and a date is set.  The check for the $1,000.00 will go into the KFACC account tomorrow. This will add $1,000 to the balances above.

*Ela Scott moved to Approve the Treasurer Report – Lee Moak 2nd – Motion Passed

 

  1. Old Business—Committee Reports – No committee reports were presented

 

  1. New Business—2020 Goals and Objectives – We would like to see happen

The chamber will hold a Spotlight for each business in Kettle Falls regardless if they are a member or not.  Each business in Kettle Falls will have their name put into a pot of some sort and a business will be drawn either 1 or 2 times a month, we will interview, take photos and advertise that business.  – to Increase our members. 

  1. Membership Drive – Help in promoting business, advertising, collaborating
  2. Get the Kettle Falls business to work together with the Chamber and KFDA to plan events and promote the town.
  3. Website update and Facebook updates – Phil to get Linda to email Carrie all the information to have those sites admins changed.

 

  1. General Discussion  

Meeting date was discussed and changed to the 2nd Monday of each month at 6pm.  Any additional meetings will be called as needed.

Wayne thanked Phil for his time and service as the Kettle Falls Area Chamber of Commerce President and thanked those who attended the meeting, the new board members and new members that joined tonight.  Carrie to get membership forms to all the new members.

 

  1. Adjourn @ 8:30pm

 

Next meeting will be November 11, 2019 @ 6pm at the Kettle Falls Visitor Center.

 

Board of Directors Meeting Nov 15, 2018

 

Kettle Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, Nov 15th, 2018, 7 Pm
ATTENDANCE:
Phil Teller –President, Owner of Lakeview and Riverwood B and B
Aditi Sood- President, Owner of Harvest Foods and True Value
Angela Monette-Beardall – Vice President, Owner of Old Apple Warehouse
Lorilee Technetium- Advocate for Disabilities, Chamber Secretary, Chamber Treasurer
Larry Kulesza- Historical Liaison
Karen Frostad- Chamber Operations Volunteer
Judy McAbbe- Chamber Operations Volunteer
Katy Pike- Kettle Falls Library Branch Manager
Cheryl Larcom
Meeting called to order at 7:03 Pm
The last meeting minutes were approved by Vice President Mrs. Monette-Beardall and seconded by President Mrs. Sood.
President’s Report
President Mr. Teller gave the president’s report. Check number 1988 for 1500.00 was written for the Woodland Theater screen. Check number 1989 for 1945.41 was written to Colville sign for the city entrance signs. The signs will be done within a couple of days. Vice President Mrs. Monette-Beardall will organize volunteers to help hang the signs. 8 4×8 sheets of plywood will need to be donated and painted in President Mr. Teller’s garage so that the new signs will be sturdy. We will also need two gallons of dark green paint to ensure the wood is weatherproof. This will keep the signs beautiful for many years to come. Vice President Mrs. Monette-Beardall will work on the donation wood. Lorilee will call Colville Sign for an update as to when they will be completed.
We will not be doing away with the Grouch. The grouch is a wonderful tradition that we have all loved. But we would like the city signs to grow with us for the next 30 years. As we upgrade the town, the signs need to symbolize our growth and professionalism. The grouch signs will be moved. Chamber has proposed one to Northern Ales and one to Happy Dell Park with cutouts for tourist pictures. This will be decided on the next Chamber meeting. If you would like to weigh in on this decision, please attend our next meeting at noon on Dec 3rd at the visitors center.
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Decorations for the Holidays
Art Director Julie Chamberlain will be decorating the inside of chamber. Dianne Marco and Donna Stewart will be decorating the outside of chamber. Thank you ladies. You are incredible.
Check number 1992 for $200 was written to True Value for visitor center lighting. It was motioned by Vice President Mrs. Monette-Beardall and seconded by President Mr. Teller.
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Community Unity
Lorilee will gather the funds raised for Habitat for Humanity and the families who were affected by our wildfires. She will be contacting the local business who took part in the fundraiser. Totals will be available at the next meeting.
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T-Shirt Order
Vice President Mrs. Monette-Beardall will be ordering the Tshirts for chamber.
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New Business
Mr. Kulesza, as the Kettle Falls History Liaison, brought to our attention that there were a few errors in the Statesman Review article concerning the Grouch Tradition. Mr. Kulesza will be calling the Statesman to run a new article with more accurate information as to the history of the beloved tradition. He will also call The Monthly and the Silverado to have articles written. He is backed by the Chamber Board of Directors.
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Membership Drives
Vice President Mrs. Monette-Beardallwill begin to handle the membership drives. Lorilee will create the spreadsheets and prepare proper documentation for records and accounting. All renewals will be due Jan 1st.
New business will have their first year as a chamber member for free as a gift from chamber, along with their Grand Opening press release. This was motioned by President Aditi Sood and was seconded by Vice President Mrs. Monette-Beardall. President Aditi Sood is in charge of the Grand Openings and Press Releases.
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Free Books
Kettle Falls Library Branch Manager Katy Pike has a new program that is happening at the Kettle Falls Library. Children 5 and under get free books that they can keep. Yes, you read that right! Contact Katy at the library to learn more!
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Visitor Center Night Lighting
Vice President Mrs. Monette-Beardall will find out why the lights are not turning on correctly on the outside of the visitor’s center. Perhaps it was the time change?
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Christmas Tree Lighting- 12/1/18
4:30pm City Fire Trucks will be at the Middle School to load
5:00pm Fire Trucks will leave middle school
5:30pm Fire trucks will meet Santa at the railroad tracks
6:00pm Tree Lighting by Santa.
4:30-6:00pm, Free cookies and hot cocoa will be served.
4:30-6:00pm Donations of food or gifts will be excepted.
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Attn: *******************************
As of tonight, President Mr. Teller has handed the Chamber of Commerce President position to Aditi Sood while he attends to personal matters. He will be out of his position for the next few months. Get well soon Sir! We expect you back as soon as you are better. Any question that would normally go to Mr. Teller will now go through Mrs. Sood.
Meeting adjourned at 8:12 Pm
NEXT MEETING
The next scheduled Chamber Board meeting is Monday December 3rd, 2018, 12 Pm at the Information Center.
Meeting Minutes By: Lorilee Technetium.

Meeting Minutes – October 18, 2018

 Kettle Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 Pm
ATTENDANCE:
Mayor John Ridlington
Phil Teller –President
Lorilee Technetium- Advocate for Disabilities, Chamber Secretary, Chamber Treasurer
Julie Chamberlain- Art Director
Aditi Sood
Angela Monette-Beardall
 Thaynan Knowlton – Superintendent Kettle Falls School District
Meeting Called To Order at 7:00 Pm.
The meeting began with a reading of the last minutes.
CORRECTION********
The winter Christmas Tree Lighting Festival will be on Dec 1. We are putting together the event lineup. Here is a sample lineup… feel free to email me at technetiummusic@aol.com or call 675-7080 if you have an event that should be added.
9-3 Craft Fair for the Lady Lions
3:30 Movie at Woodland Theater
5:30 Fire trucks begin loading
6:45 Tree Lighting, Caroling and Hot Cocoa
7:30 Movie at Woodland Theater
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Early Learning Center********
The early learning center grand opening will be on October 24 from 5pm to 7pm. Mr. Knowlton and his crew have worked very hard to make this happen. Please come down and show your support.
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Halloween Parties********
October 27th One Spooky Night 6PM Backyard BBQ
October 27th Witches ball from 1pm-4pm.
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Other Events********
Apple Dessert Bake Off- Meyers Falls Market Saturday October 20th 12pm.
Michael Pickett Northern Ales October 25 at 6pm
The Northern Alien Invasion Northern Ales October 26th at 7 pm.
Sara Brown- Northern Ales November 1st at 6pm
David DeVeau Northern Ales November 8th at 6pm
Veterans Day Benefit Concert Backyard BBQ November 10th at 4pm.
Veterans Eat Free at Backyard BBQ November 10th at 3pm
Lady Lions Craft Fair Dec 1st from 9am -3pm Kettle Falls Middle School
Tree Lighting Winter Festival -December 1st -throughout Kettle Falls from 9 am until 9pm
Christy Lee and the Broken Rosary Whiskey Thieves- Northern Ales- Dec 7 at 7pm
Breakfast with Santa Dec 8th
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Chamber Business
Mr Knowlton asked chamber to cover the last financial portion for the Woodland Theater screen. Chamber agreed that we would pay up to $1500.00.
We would like to welcome  Angela Monette-Beardall to the board of directors. Mr Cripps has left his position due to personal circumstances. Angela is now our Vice President. Thank You Angela for stepping up. We value your input and ideas.
We would also like to welcome Aditi Sood to the board of directors. Begining in December, Mr Teller will be taking an extended leave of office for personal circumstances. Aditi Sood will be President of chamber will Phil is away. Thank You Aditi for stepping up and helping us to navigate Kettle Falls.
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Downtown Drone
We would like to take aerial footage of downtown Kettle Falls to create a welcome video. Stay tuned for footage. Phil will work with the gentleman who is donating his time and efforts for this endeavor.
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Light up Chamber and Winter Festival
November 24 and 25th Mrs Chamberlain will be decorating the inside of Chamber. We are looking for volunteers to help with this endeavor. Thank You Julie for donating all these totes of decorations for our cause. Marnie and Diana will be doing the lovely display of lights around chamber. Thank You Ladies.. what an Incredible job!!!!
We still need to move the decorations from long storage over to chamber or to city hall in preparation for our winter festival. Aditi will be lending City Hall the old time popcorn machine for the Winter festival on Dec 1st.
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Kettle Falls City Signs
Phil will be contacting Ken Leiske to do the two city signs. Stay tuned for time and date of unveiling.
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City Trucks New Logos
Mr Ridlington is arranging for the new logos to be placed on the city trucks.
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Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with Santa will be on December 8th. More details as we get closer.
Meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM
NEXT MEETING
The next scheduled Chamber Board meeting is Monday November 5th, 2018, 12 Pm at the Information Center.
Meeting Minutes By: Lorilee Technetium.

Meeting Minutes – September 20, 2018

Kettle Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:00 Pm

REMEMBER THERE HAS BEEN A MEETING CHANGE

NEXT MEETING IS MONDAY OCTOBER 1 AT NOON AT THE INFO CENTER.

ATTENDANCE:
Mayor John Ridlington
Phil Teller –President
Lorilee Technetium- Advocate for Disabilities, Chamber Secretary, Treasurer
Judy McAbee- Chamber Volunteer
Aditi Sood- Owner of Harvest Foods and True Value

Meeting Called To Order at 7:04 Pm.

We did not have a quorum so we moved to open discussion.
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The Grand Opening of True Value

The Grand Opening of True Value went beautiful. Hot dogs, hamburgers, prizes, and a fabulous turnout. Congratulations!!!!
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Tree Lighting Festival   FESTIVAL WILL BE ON DECEMBER 7th

Arrangements are under way for the tree lighting festival. The flag pole will be turned into a lit tree, there will be wrapped presents and ornaments, and lots of Christmas decorations. Julie Chamberlain has graciously donated 6 totes of decorations. The Moms from Angel’s Love free clothing room are wrapping the decoration presents. Hot Cocoa will be provided. Santa will be picked up from the train and will ride the fire trucks to the information center. Julie Chamberlain and family are cutting out the wood elves and other wood art.

Thayman will be in charge of promotions.

Lady Lions will be putting on their art fair.

There will be a movie at the theater at 4pm.

  1. WE NEED OUR CAROLERS.
  2. We need someone in charge of the snowman contest
  3. We need local area discounts
  4. Perhaps the library can come read the kids Christmas books
  5. Need live music on the stage

 

Festival will be on DECEMBER 7TH

Meeting adjourned at 8:03 PM

NEXT MEETING
The next scheduled Chamber Board meeting is MONDAY Oct 1, 12 noon at the Information Center.

Meeting Minutes By Lorilee Technetium.

Meeting Minutes – Aug 16, 2018

Kettle Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, Aug 16, 2018, 7:00 Pm
ATTENDANCE:
Mayor John Ridlington
Phil Teller –President
Lorilee Technetium- Advocate for Disabilities, Chamber Secretary
Ali Bylenga- Treasurer
Larry Kulesza- Historical Liaison
Aditi Sood
Meeting Called To Order at 7:08 Pm.
A Special Thank You to the Firefighters and Crews
Ali began our evening discussing how area businesses would like to show their appreciation to our fire crews for all of their dedication and hard work. Short term, they would like to do a Fireman’s ball. Long term, they would like to raise money for the firemen and for the families affected by the fires. Ali will be talking to area businesses, sign companies and et cetera, to see who is in. Their involvement and services are a tax deductible contribution.
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Blood Drive:
Kettle Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Association will be hosting a blood drive at the new True Value Hardware store in Kettle Falls, August 25th from 11Am to 6PM.Inland Northwest will be facilitating. A PSA will be on the radio stations and in local papers. Come out and save a life!
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Chamber Business
We need to get the checkbook from Andrea.
Ali Bylenga and Phil Teller will be going to banner bank to transfer names off the account and add their own.
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Events and Entertainment:
We have begun the coupon books for Kettle Falls. If you would like to be included, please email secretary@kfchamber.org or call 509-680-8661.
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True Value Hardware Store
Congratulations for the upcoming Grand Opening for True Value on September 2 from 2-6pm See you there.
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Area Fires
Thank you to everyone who has participated and helped with the area fires. This has been a stressful time for all of us and we are deeply saddened for the families that lost their homes. The Kettle Falls food bank has vouchers for any of you who live in the fire zones that need personal supplies. The Kettle Falls clothing room is ready and on standby to assist with any immediate clothing needs. God bless all of you. Together we will get through this.
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Kettle Falls Pool
Mayor Ridlington discussed the pool. Unfortunately, the pool sustained more damage from the water that leaked out. They are working diligently to get the pool fixed.

 

Kettle Falls –Colville Walking Bike trail
Mayor Ridlington told us of plans for the Colville Kettle Falls Bike trail. Plans have been formulated and they are beginning to raise the money.
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150 Bicyclists
September 10th 150 bicyclists will be coming through our area. Please exercise caution and share the roads with our guests.
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Sound System
The Rotary Club has purchased the sound system for the stage. Thank you Rotary Club.
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Stage Updates
Larry Kulesza let us know that the stage needs flooring updates. Contractor Simon Abeid assessed the stage. Larry will address city council on this issue.
Meeting adjourned at 8:03 PM
NEXT MEETING
The next scheduled Chamber Board meeting is Thursday September 6, 2018, 7 Pm at the Information Center.
Meeting Minutes By: Lorilee Technetium.

Meeting Minutes – July 19, 2018

Kettle Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, July 19, 2018, 7:00 Pm

ATTENDANCE:
Mayor John Ridlington
Phil Teller –President
Linda Teller- Tech and Social Media
Lorilee Technetium- Advocate for Disabilities, Chamber Secretary
Julie Chamberlain- Art Director
Ali Bylenga- Treasurer
Katie Pike- Regional Library Manager
Larry Kulesza- Historical Liaison
Judy McAbee- Chamber Volunteer

Meeting Called To Order at 7:04 Pm.

The evening began with the reading of last week’s minutes.
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Kettle Falls History Liaison

Larry Kulesza was nominated and voted in as our History Liaison. Congratulations Larry. We appreciated all your hard work and efforts.

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Blood Drive:
Kettle Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Association will be hosting a blood drive at the new True Value Hardware store in Kettle Falls, August 25th from 11Am to 6PM.Inland Northwest will be facilitating. A PSA will be on the radio stations and in local papers. Come out and save a life!

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Chamber Business

We need to get the checkbook from Andrea.
T shirts- we will be buying T-shirts with the new logo for Kettle Falls and T-shirts for the Kettle Falls Downtown Association.
We need more items in the gift shop. Examples: key chains, area posters, pins, jewelry, arrowheads, and hats.
We need to make the visitor’s center more appealing: e.g. a seating area to watch local videos and history facts.
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Events and Entertainment:
We have begun the coupon books for Kettle Falls. If you would like to be included, please email secretary@kfchamber.org or call 509-680-8661.

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True Value Hardware Store

Congratulations for the soft opening of the True Value Hardware store in Kettle Falls. The Grand Opening is coming soon. Stay Tuned.
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Artist Corner

Backyard BBQ is hosting a local artist gift shop. It is open Friday and Saturday from 1pm till 8:30pm. Stop in and enter your name into the raffle for the beautiful wine goblets and candle.
For more information contact Julie Chamberlain at 509-563-9792. Or look for Kettle Falls Artist Guild, Creative Expressions, on facebook.

Riverwood Bed and Breakfast will also be hosting an artist’s corner. More info coming soon.

We will begin shooting footage for the youtube channel of Who is Kettle Falls. I just got off the phone with Armand, owner of Yonder Mountain Music. He would like to host the channel with kids from our local schools. This will teach them how to use the equipment and give them pride in our area. I will talk to Mr. Teller next about borrowing a camera to start interviewing artists and giving the footage to Armand.

****We will need to put the above events on the reader board if possible.
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Attached to this message is the image of the Crandall Coffee Grand Opening.

Meeting adjourned at 8:03 PM

NEXT MEETING
The next scheduled Chamber Board meeting is Thursday August 2, 2018, 7 Pm at the Information Center.

Meeting Minutes By Lorilee Technetium.

Meeting Minutes – July 5, 2018

Kettle Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, July 5, 2018, 7:00 Pm

ATTENDANCE:
Mayor John Ridlington
Phil Teller –President
Terry Cripps- Vice President
Lorilee Technetium- Advocate for Disabilities, Chamber Secretary
Ali Bylenga- Treasurer
Thayman Knowlton- Kettle Falls Schools Superintendent
Larry Kulesza
Aditi Sood

Meeting Called To Order at 6:59 Pm.

The evening began with the reading of last weeks minutes.

Ali Bylenga was voted in as our new Treasurer. Welcome Ali!!!! Mr. Teller nominated and it was seconded by Mr. Cripps. Alison gave us a little background info on herself and explained why she would like the treasurer position. She stated she is very ambitious, and is excited about helping Kettle Falls move it Forward.

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Vandalism on the Stage:
The vandalism on the stage has been cleaned up. There is still some trash around the stage and a broken light. The mayor stated he would be happy to provide a security light for that area. Perhaps Joe Petricelli could help install it?

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Kettle Falls Downtown Association- Main Street Program:

The Main Street Program will be needing Promo. Public Service Annoucement, North Columbia Paper, Radio, and the Statemen Review. Chamber discussed who was signed up on the committee and what was still needed.

The Downtown Association/Main Street program would like ideas on how to raise $500.00 start up money for T-shirts. If you have ideas, please let Carrie Paetsch know or stop by one of the Downtown Association meetings. For more info, you can call the library at 509-738-6817 to see when the next meeting is scheduled.

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Events and Entertainment:
We have begun the coupon books for Kettle Falls. If you would like to be included, please email secretary@kfchamber.org or call 509-680-8661.

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Sturgeon Capital of The Pacific Northwest:

The mayor had a fabulous idea. Declare Kettle Falls the sturgeon Capital of the Pacific Northwest. We will need to put up a sign across the road on the railroad bridge. Mr. Teller nominated and Mr. Cripps Seconded.
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Dinner On The Boulevard:
This event will begin next year so that there is enough time to plan it and get it underway.

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Tree Lighting Ceremony:
The Tree lighting Ceremony has been moved from City Hall to the Information Center. Lorilee Nominated and Mr. Teller seconded. We will need to call Woodland Theater to be sure everything is underway for the movie. A new screen is needed. The screen costs $5000.00 but half of the money is already raised. Movie ideas were Polar Express, It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas Story. We will need to advertise the event both on social media and in the papers and on the radio. Mr. Cripps suggested we do a winter carnival.
****** Any wood workers out there? We need a few polar bears, a sled and reindeer, and candy canes. Lets decorate Happy Dell park to the max and make this North Pole a reality. **********
We will need carol singers on stage, Hot cocoa, and perhaps a few elf’s running around. The tree will be lit at this location. The fire trucks will stop here.  The mayor issued a challenge to the forest service to bring in the tree. The chamber would love to see this event grow and allow a wonderful family winter festival to be enjoyed for years to come.
Lorilee nominated this decision and Mr. Cripps seconded it. (Great Idea, Mr. Mayor!!!!)
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Overview of the Park:

Mr. Kulesza brought in a map of the Chewelah park. It was decided that we need to have one for Happy Dell Park so that it can be handed out with the park guidelines.
Lorilee will take the map to the parks board.
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New Businesses:
Mr. Kulesza brought up the fact that Kettle Falls does not have a banner to welcome new businesses to the Chamber of Commerce. The mayor suggested that the chamber offer a discount for all new businesses as a gift for joining. The first year is free.On the second year a renewal invoice will be sent.

Meeting adjourned at 8:01 PM

NEXT MEETING
The next scheduled Chamber Board meeting is Thursday June 19th, 7 Pm at the Information Center.

Meeting Minutes By Lorilee Technetium.

Meeting Minutes – June 21, 2018

Kettle Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Meeting
Thursday, June, 21, 2018, 7:00 Pm

ATTENDANCE:
Phil Teller –President
Linda Teller- Tech & Social Media
Lorilee Technetium- Advocate for Disabilities, Chamber Secretary
Aditi Sood
Larry Kulesza

Meeting Called To Order at 7:07 Pm.

There were not enough members to create a quorum so Chamber moved to open discussion.

Dinner on the Boulevard
Joe from Meyers Falls Market, Leann from Banner Bank, Steve from Backyard BBQ are all on board. Mr. Teller stated we should extend an invite to Colville area eateries and give Kettle Falls a large selection of scrumptious bites.
We would like to have a Piano/cello duo and possible flamenco dancers. We would like to offer a wine tasting event where you buy the (souvenir) glass and then get to taste anything you wish. The event is tentatively scheduled for late August. $35.00 per plate. The event will be buffet style. We would like a photo booth for pictures..( will need to borrow 35 mm camera), with tables lining Meyers Street (will need to rent from Sun Rentals). If you have other ideas, feel free to join us at our next Chamber meeting and  tell us what you would like.

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Vandalism on the Stage 
Chamber briefly discussed the vandalism on the stage. Perhaps a game cam could help us to correct this issue? If anyone has any ideas on how to best handle this problem, come to the next meeting and talk with us.
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Kettle Falls Downtown Association- Main Street Program

The next meeting is June 28th at 7pm, location is the Kettle Falls Library.
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Crandall’s Coffee
The Grand Opening celebration for Crandall’s Coffee at the Old Apple Warehouse will be Thursday June 28th at 12:30. There will be a ribbon cutting celebration. Aditi will call the newspaper and obtain coverage. Crandall’s Coffee hours are M-F 6AM till 5pm. Sat- 7AM till 5PM. and Sunday 7AM till 2PM.
(after Crandall’s Coffee, we plan to have a Grand Opening for Backyard BBQ and the True Value store.)
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Coupon Books
We are creating Coupon Books for our area. If you wish to be included please send over your:
Business Name
Discount Offered
Address
Phone Number
to secretary@kfchamber.org
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Event Calendar

Mrs. Teller had a question of what we should add for the events calendar. It was decided that all events that pertain to the Kettle Falls environment should be allowed. It was also decided that we can link to the North Columbia Monthly calendar. If you have an event that needs to be added, contact us.
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Politics
For all future Kettle Falls events (like the Town & Country Days parade), politicians will be charged for participation. Discussion is ongoing as to the price. However, we feel that $100 for first time elections and more for re-elections would be suitable.
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The Grouch
Mr. Kulesza had a question as to why only one business has the Grouch campaign. After discussion we noted that it should be passed among all the different businesses in town. We also noted that as soon as the Grouch is selected, we should start the new campaign for the next year’s grouch so that it is a fun year-long event. Mrs. Teller suggested that each month the grouch campaign is switched to a different business so that everyone can enjoy the fun.
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Meeting adjourned at 7:41 PM

NEXT MEETING
The next scheduled Chamber Board meeting is Thursday July 5th, 7 Pm at Information Center.

Meeting Minutes By Lorilee Technetium.

Meeting Minutes – June 7, 2018

Kettle Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, June 7, 2018, 7:00 Pm

ATTENDANCE:
Mayor John Ridlington
Phill Teller –President
Lorilee Technetium- Advocate for Disabilities, Chamber Secretary
Julie Chamberlain- Art Chair and Advocate
Linda Teller- Tech & Social Media
Aditi Sood
Larry Kulesza

Meeting Called To Order at 7:03 Pm.

The evening began with the President’s Report by Mr. Teller. We had record attendance at Town and Country Days. The beer garden was packed and sold out. Backyard BBQ also had record sales. It was stated that the venders were upset because they want more events/venues and festivals in Kettle Falls. Discussions began on ideas for new venues. Mrs. Chamberlain talked about the Marcus Ciderfest, citing what has worked for Marcus and how to bring those ideas to Kettle Falls.
Start Small
Appreciate Volunteers
Good Coordinators

Mayor John Ridlington brought up that there was some confusion at Town and Country Days. We had lots of great volunteers who did an amazing job, but we were lacking a volunteer coordinator. It was also stated that we needed a schedule of events. All future events/venues and festivals will have a printed schedule.
Mr. Mayor Ridlington than challenged the chamber with a question. “How do we make the stage more active?” He stated that he wants to see the stage used to help Kettle Falls Move it Forward.
Venues/Festivals/Events Ideas
* Baseball Tournaments
* Shakespeare In The Park ( Mrs Teller suggested the Shakespeare and would like to get the Woodland Theater involved.)
* Renaissance Faire
* Open Mic
* Talent Show
* Dance Event
* Movie Night
* Dinner on The Boulevard- (Mr Teller had a great idea that they do on the East Coast. Meyers Street lined with tables, candlelight diner, everyone dressed formally, live classical music, tango dancing, Wine from china bend, a photo shoot area for keepsake photos, Art Auction, dinner served by local restaurants, and charge $35.00 a plate. )
* Jr. Rangers Adventure Club- ( Lorilee has been creating the Kettle Falls Jr. Rangers Adventure Club. She will create the handbook for kids to begin their training as Jr. Rangers. Events for the park would include teaching the children local history, flora, and how to protect and preserve our forests and wildlife. This will be done in conjunction with the Forest Service and the Parks Service.)
* Butterfly Dancers on Stage
Mr. Teller stated that we need to keep the rules and regs to a minimum and not be over burdening. If we take care of our venders, they will return year after year. All of our businesses and venders need to thrive.
**As ideas are created and established for town events/festivals and venues, a town schedule will need to be made so that people can look forward to the events for years to come.
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New T-Shirts Coming to the Information Center!
We will be adding “Move It Forward” T shirts to the info center. We will also be putting the logo on higher quality T-shirts. These will be available for sale shortly.
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The Grouch
Congratulations to the new Kettle Falls Grouch: Jake Vining. Discussion moved to the need for more advertising for the Grouch Event. Traditionally it is a long term event, but this year promo was rather short. Next year we will need to place more efforts into the promo.
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Delight in the wonder of the holiday season..Join us for an unforgettable North Pole experience- Tree Lighting Ceremony
Mr. Mayor Ridlington addressed the chamber for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Promo needs to start early. We need more lights. We also need something at Woodland Theater before the event such as “The Christmas Story” or “Its a Wonderful Life”. Then perhaps local restaurants can offer a special dinner. Come to Kettle Falls and celebrate Christmas with us. Delight in the wonder of the holiday season..Join us for an unforgettable North Pole experience. Create wooden elf statues, light up all of Meyers Street, serve hot cocoa in snowman cups, create a kids sledding area, have a yeti contest, or have a snowman creating contest.
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Artist Corner
Mrs. Chamberlain spoke next about some of the Artist opportunities developing. We now have art being displayed at Backyard BBQ, there is a local artist corner in Meyers Market and she is working diligently to get other avenues open with local businesses. One of these opportunities is called Artist of the Month.
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New Business

Mrs. Sood spoke next about the need for advertising and promo when a new business opens. She suggested that we do a ribbon cutting ceremony and a newspaper article.
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Coupon Books
It was suggested by Mrs. Chamberlain that we create coupon books. Not only will this show newcomers which businesses are in town but will give the businesses more revenue. Lorilee will create the coupon books and have them available soon.
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Meeting adjourned at 8:07 PM

NEXT MEETING
The next scheduled Chamber Board meeting is Thursday June 21st, 7 Pm at the Information Center.

Meeting Minutes By Lorilee Technetium.

Meeting Minutes – May 17, 2018

Kettle Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:00 Pm

ATTENDANCE:
Mayor John Ridlington
Phill Teller –President
Terry Cripps- Vice President
Lorilee Technetium- Advocate for Disabilities, Chamber Secretary
Julie Chamberlain- Art Chair and Advocate
Linda Teller- Tech & Social Media
Andrea Hedrick (By Phone) Treasurer
Larry Kulesza
Tim Lebo
Lee Moak
Carrie Paetsch- Kettle Falls Downtown Association

Meeting Called To Order at 7:02 Pm.

The evening began with a brief treasurer’s report by Andrea via phone.
Treasurers report was read
$2000.00 Operating Account
$4,192.00 Savings Account
Town & Country $15,086.35
Festival of Neighbors $1,363.91
We will no longer be holding the Festival of Neighbors event, so 1091.12 will go to the Kettle Falls School Music Program and 272.79 to Inchelium Music Program

Removal of Madlin and Sandy Sattler from the Operating Account. Approved by Terry and seconded by Lorilee.
Phil Teller was added as Cosigner to Operating Account, Approved by Terry and seconded by Julie.
Removal of Dave Blanck and Sandy Sattler from the Savings Account. Approved by Terry and seconded by Lorilee.
Phil Teller was added as Cosigner to Savings Account. Approved by Terry and seconded by Linda.
Phil and Andrea will be going to the bank to sign the supporting paperwork on the above decisions.
Phil will be getting a key from Andrea for the Chamber PO Box.

Discussion moved into needing a professional CPA for the chamber. Terry stated he would discuss this with local CPA’s to see who was taking on new clients.

Reading and approval of minutes. Phil read the recap. Terry approved them and Linda seconded.
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The meeting then moved into Carrie Paetsch from the Kettle Falls Downtown Association clarifying their name. Even though we have referred to them as the Kettle Falls Move It Forward group, their name is the Kettle Falls Downtown Association with the theme of Moving it Forward.
Carrie went on to state that they had changed the Facebook page to the Kettle Falls Downtown Association.

Linda requested a copy of last weeks presentation from Carrie.

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Phil Teller then went on to tell us about a company named “Main Street Hub” that manages Media for businesses. The company brands and updates the business and will track all media traffic. Phil stated that it might be a great idea for local businesses to consider getting on board so that they can have a stronger media presence. If anyone is interested, they should contact Phil. president@kfchamber.org

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Julie was the next to speak. She has been contacting local businesses and the library about promoting our artists. The Kettle Falls Artist Guild, Creative Expressions, will be looking for strong community ties and avenues to allow the artists to display and sell their art.
Julie requested the display case that used to be at the Kettle Falls library for displays at the library and at Town and Country Days.
Julie also requested a copy of Chamber Bilaws and Regs. Phil let her know they can be found on the chamber website.  Carrie stated that Creative Expressions should attend one of her Kettle Falls Downtown Association meetings, next one being Thursday the 24th at 7pm at the library.
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Linda spoke next and let us know she had updated the Facebook page and has been working tirelessly to update all the chamber social media outlets.
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The discussion moved into the Farmers Market. We decided better signs, more produce and a possible move of the Farmers Market to the corner of 395 and Meyers Street.
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Mayor John Ridlington gave an update of the pool. The money has been raised, a committee has been formed and the pool will indeed open this summer.

The city has officially adopted the new Branding and signage. He went on to say that Kettle Falls is indeed moving forward.
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Chamber discussed Town and Country Days. We need to call the Butterflies and we need help on the beer garden if we choose to have one. Everything else is in position and ready to go.
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Carrie Paetsch requested $500.00 seed money from the chamber for the Kettle Falls Downtown Association. Motion was approved by Linda and seconded by Julie.
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Additional Notes: The election of the Kettle Falls Grouch will be held at Northern Ales Wednesday May 23 2018 at 6PM. Come down and have some fun.

Meeting adjourned at 8:03 PM

NEXT MEETING
The next scheduled Chamber Board meeting is Thursday June 7th, 7 Pm at Information Center.

Meeting Minutes By Lorilee Technetium.