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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.

Meeting Minutes – April 19, 2018

Kettle Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00 Pm

 

ATTENDANCE:

Mayor John Ridlington

Lorilee Technetium

Julie Chamberlain

Larry Kulesza

Lee Moak

Aditi Sood

 

Reports of Officers: Lorilee spoke about the upcoming change for the art chair of adding Julie Chamberlain. Julie spoke about her experiences with local area art and her dream for Kettle Falls of networking and exposure for local artists.

John stated that He was open to ideas and wanted to see the park used more.

Discussion moved to Farmers Market. Need for advertising, and whether or not to move the farmers market to the corner across from the Theater.

The discussion moved to promotion of local artists, including the use of the Statesman review and Columbia Monthly newspapers. It was decided that we would like to see an Artist Corner in both papers promoting local artists.

No other Officer Reports were available.

Town and Country Days:

Beer Garden-

Aditi stated that Lady Lions will need help for Town and Country Days for the Beer Garden. The beer garden currently has its license and the advertising and promo are well under way. What it does not have is Security. It was decided that a call needs to be made to Phil Adams of the Fire Department to see if a few of our local fire men can volunteer to be part of the Security at the Beer garden. It was decided against allowing just anyone to volunteer for that position so that there would not be a misuse of power. It was decided that the beer garden should indeed be shut down at 9pm.

Julie chamberlain let us know that at the Marcus Ciderfest, there is a chairman in charge of the beer garden event. Chairman is in charge of scheduling bartenders and of keeping a log book of what is sold, how much money was made and how much product must be returned at the end of the event. We will need to ask Andrea who had security last year.

Stage-

We will need to ask Dave Blank if he is lining up the entertainment for the stage. It was thought that he was heading that venue up. We will also need to make sure Steve Oswond will be bringing the sound equipment.

Aditi stated that she has created a hashtag for Town and Country days so that people can upload videos and pictures. Prizes will be given away for cool pictures.

 

Membership Drive:

Lorilee will be happy to help with the membership drive when it becomes time.

POOL

John let everyone know that he wishes for the pool to be open for 3 to 4 weeks. The cost of that is estimated at 10,000. The pool is still losing water but he would like to go ahead and get it open as he understands that it is important to the community. We need lifeguards. John stated he may need to bring them in from Colville. John also stated he may need to work with Chamber of Commerce to raise the 10,000 needed to run the pool for 3 to 4 weeks.

Aditi stated we should create a Go Fund Me Acct for the pool. We agreed that is a good idea.

John discussed the option of annexing property into the city limits that are suppose to be in the city limits but have not been annexed in up to this point. He stated that he would be working up a proposal and at a later date will need help to get the proposal out to the people.

Maps of Annex were looked at.

The Grouch:

A note was left before the start of the meeting by Deanne asking if we would be keeping the Grouch. She stated that someone had called in asking about this issue. The Chamber discussed it and agreed that we will be keeping the Grouch. We would like to redo the signs at both ends of town, moving the Grouch signs to local restaurants. However the grouch concept will be kept and loved by the community.

LOGO

Planning Commission – logo has been created.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:02 PM

 

NEXT MEETING

The next scheduled Chamber Board meeting is Thursday May 3rd, 7 Pm at Information Center.

Meeting Minutes By Lorilee Technetium.

Meeting Minutes – Mar 15, 2018

March 15, 2018
Chamber of Commerce Meeting Minutes, as recorded by Deb Watson secretary
7:00 – Meeting called to order.

Discussed when last meeting occurred: March 1st.
Minutes were not present so we did a quick synopsis.

President’s report: Phil spoke about paying for his main street conference tickets on his own the past 3 years. Also, mentioned his medical expenses. Motion was made by Lorilee for the conference ticket and hotel for him this year. He has already paid for these so he will provide documentation to the Treasurer. motion was seconded and passed by unanimous vote.

Treasurer’s report: n/a

Committee report: a lot of support from the community regarding the Main Street Program was reported by Lorilee

Last Saturday was the “Moving Forward” Main Street committee meeting:
– Carrie Paetsch, chairman
– Vice chair and Secretary positions have been filled – we are probably two to three years out before any big money projects can be started.

Robert Brown gave a presentation from the Veterans at the Moving Forward meeting. They are working with placing veterans with agricultural leaders. Discussed the Farmer’s Market. Spoke with Mr. Cruz about moving the market to the corner of Redbridge as there is a lot more traffic access.

Angela spoke about the Visitor Center volunteers, who are in need of a new printer. Last year, many tourists had to wait at least 10 minutes to get a map. Angela’s company can source a good printer and ink for them and is asking the Chamber to reimburse them for this. Cost would be around $500. Mr. Teller moved to have Angela look for the very best deal and get a quote. Deb Watson seconded, the motion passed, and the volunteers will have a new printer once we get a good deal.

Larry reported on his investigation of the Kettle Falls signs, and found that it is unclear who actually owns the signs, there is no known formal agreement written, and any changes in size of the signs may need to be approved by the DOT.
Larry has been appointed to the city planning commission and is going to do a presentation with Thaynan for the public to raise public awareness.
Memorial Day is being planned as a roll-out date for this.

We need someone to volunteer to run the membership drive.  Aditi has volunteered to assist Terry with this.

Chamber Grand Opening events, quarterly dinner nights, were suggested.

Motion was made that next meeting to be held at TJs at 6:00 PM on the first week of April. Lorilee seconded and motion was passed.

Backyard BBQ is Grand Opening at their new location on May 1st.  Red Bridge is Grand Opening on May 1st.

Meeting adjourned at 8:02 PM

Present:
Larry Kulesza
Phil Teller
Deb Watson
Lorilee Technetium
Angela Monette Beardall
Aditi Sood
Thaynan Knowlton
Lee Moak

Meeting Minutes – Mar 1, 2018

Meeting was focused mostly on a presentation of the new Kettle Falls city logo.  Presented by Thaynan Knowlton and other design participants.  Discussion followed.  No official minutes taken.  The new logo design was well received!

Meeting Minutes – Feb 15, 2018

February 15, 2018
Chamber of Commerce Notes As recorded by Deb Watson secretary
7:03 Meeting called to order. Discussed when last meeting occurred: January 18th
Present:
Terry Cripps
Phil Teller
Deb Watson
Angela Engell
Aditi Sood
Larry Kulesza
Armand Pack
Carrie Paetsch
Thaynan Knowlton
Joe Petrucelli

President’s Report: We are in need of a Vice President and Treasurer.

Chamber business:
We appointed Terry Cripps as our new Vice President, nominated by Armand Pack and seconded by Deb Watson. The vote passed all members present.

Discussion was presented that there is a need for a new Treasurer. Our present Treasurer has requested to have a replacement. No members present volunteered for this position

Signs have been measured and bids are to be procured to see what will be needed for funding.
There was discussion as to whether some time to research some other designs for our signage. There will also be designing done to spread that branding throughout letterheads, ads, etc.

Main Street:
Overview was given on where we are thus far as reported on the last meeting’s minutes. The Board of Directors was discussed. Kettle Falls Moving Forward has offered to combine forces with this Main Street Project in order to move this project forward quickly. The city has hired Gabriel for Grant Writer and City Planner. Nancy stated we have a $44,000 grant for the facade of the theatre. True Value has started building. Armand announced his plans to open an Audio Video studio complete with an online video channel. May 4th the High School is doing Build A Better World Day. They would love some ideas for which businesses could use some help in beautification. There was extensive discussion for working on the city’s codes to assist with the removal of the old cars that are blocking access to the city easements.

New Signs:
Discussed during Chamber Business
Town and Country is going to be getting a new committee so as to keep this event going. The Chamber of Commerce will be taking care of this event going forward. We can expect to see notices to come to organizational meetings. Armand is taking the lead on this committee.

Phil Teller brought up the idea of moving the Stage, but Larry stated that it would be extremely difficult to move. Phil proposed moving it to the staging area of the trains. The property is in the growth management area of the city. The last project that was proposed for that area was quite involved and any project will be a multi-year project for anyone. Discussion moved to how to work the situation as it is and supply transportation from the camping areas to the stage area.

Email president@kfchamber.org for Phil Teller’s ear for any questions.
Treasurer’s report was read by Phil Teller

Meeting adjourned at 8:03 PM
Accounting cannot be reported on:
Treasurer is absent.

Meeting Minutes – Feb 1, 2018

February 1, 2018

Chamber of Commerce Notes As recorded by Deb Watson secretary
7:03 Meeting called to order. Discussed when last meeting occurred: January 18th

Present:
Lorilee Technetium
Terry Cripps
Phil Teller
Deb Watson
Andrew Engell – Northern Regional Representative for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Angela Engell
Aditi Sood

Talk over encouraging business and where that business is growing, where it is not. What can be done to drum up more on the eastern half of the state.

Chamber business:
We appointed Deb Watson to be our new Secretary. Approved by Aditi, seconded by Terry.

President’s Report
We are still in need of a Vice President, there are a couple of members who have stated interest in the position so we hope to fill this position soon. We are still working on getting the pool re-opened there is a leak in the water recycling system so that is to be looked at in the Spring. Then a fund must be set up to fund the pool in perpetuity.
Main Street Small Town Revitalization Program: We have lost the association that was set up with Dave K. so we start fresh moving forward. We need a Board of Directors, per the Mayor – Phil Teller has been made Executive Director once this has been set up.
This committee will need no less than the 4 regular officer members, but many more will be required due to the breadth of the amount of projects that need to be addressed.
Business Occupation Tax programs and grant funding were discussed in depth.
Chamber focus will be bringing more business into town by having the established events while adding more quality events throughout the year. There is discussion about selling off the old city entrance signage and allow one of the local drinking establishments display them. We don’t want to lose our heritage, just give it an update.
Recommendation was made to set up a plan of action for building this Main Street Program so that we have a visual aspect to how the progress is going. There are several unknowns on the actual signage locations that need to be researched.
The possibility of renting a billboard to promote Kettle Falls as a destination was discussed.
Membership Drive: many members are verbally trying to nudge business owners to attend.
president@kfchamber.org for Phil Teller’s ear for any questions.

Treasurers report was read
$3,263.00 Operating Account
$4,201.00 Savings Account
Town & Country $15,086.35
Festival of Neighbors $1,470
They will no longer be holding the Festival of Neighbors event, so 70% will go to the Kettle Falls School Music Program and 30% to Inchelium Music Program
Meeting adjourned at 8:02 PM

No previous meeting notes at this time.

Accounting cannot be reported on:
Treasurer is absent.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:05 PM.

Meeting Minutes – Jan 18, 2018

Attendees:  Phil Teller (president), Andrea Hedrick (treasurer), John Ridlington (mayor), Armand Pack, Lorilee Technetium & friend, Wayne & Janet, Debra Watson, Larry Kulesza, Angela Monette, Aditi Sood, Joe Petrucelli

7:00pm  Meeting called to order

7:01pm  Not enough voting members present to make any decisions, so meeting adjourned and opened for general discussion.

Main Street Program discussed:

  • Desire to develop a vibrant retail business in Kettle Falls
  • Reviewed articles in the Main Street program guide and handbook
  • A list of donors to the program is available
  • Go to Main Street Washington for all information
  • Discussed the need for a separate Board of Directors to help develop this program
  • Funds are available if we match them
  • Discussed the restoration of historical buildings, a way to find the information locating all of the historical buildings origins

Question: How do we raise funds to pay for projects?

  • Ask local organizations to donate & then seek matching funds from the Main Street Program
  • Discuss local tax revenue & how it could benefit the town, the arts, etc.
  • The mayor discussed where do we start and how do we move forward?  The greatest good, least amount of cost, etc.

Ideas?

  • Bring people in – make downtown attractive to make out-of-town passersby turn into town, also generate enough local interest to get more local participation
  • License the city logo – and allow business to use for their signs (branding), business vs. general population
  • Have a theme for the town – Like Winthrop has the “Old West” theme
  • With Main Street Program, 50% of B&O taxes paid by corporations could go to Kettle Falls… Go to any company in Washington state & ask them to donate their B&O taxes to us
  • Plan for the city to be provided by Larry Kulesza
  • Discussed the areas that are local but fall under county jurisdiction, and we will try to annex them into the City of Kettle Falls
  • Discussed the pool and the costs: $30,000 estimate.  Need a “champion”.
  • Discussed the need for a Vice President for the Chamber

8:03pm  General Discussion (meeting) ended