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Submitted by Shannon Downing, Secretary
Knox Co. Chamber Board of Directors January Meeting Minutes
DRAFT – January 10, 2023 – The Knox County Chamber of Commerce Meeting at the Eagle’s Nest in Edina.
President Lisa Bosch called the meeting to order at 6:13pm.
Those in attendance were President Lisa Bosch, Vice President David Bugh, Secretary/ Treasurer Shannon Downing, Board members Jackie Gudehus, Echo Menges, Gary Downing, Dan Niemeyer, members Jeff Doss, Karie Jo Holman, Les Cardwell, Kaitlind Murray, and guests Kim Cardwell, Suzanna Downing, Shelly Bugh, Becky Barnhill and Dakotah Bosch.
The minutes from December were reviewed and David Buigh motioned to approve with a second from Katlind Murray with all in favor.
The December treasurers report is pending.
Correspondence: Becky Barnhill, with Knox County Schools, shared information about the school’s open house Showcase on January 25, and encouraged business members to sign up and visit the school to see the new happenings the students are involved with this year.
Chamber received several thank you cards from employees of the Blue Room, expressing their gratitude for our coordination of fundraising for the Christmas Paycheck fundraiser.
New members: Shannon Downing motioned to accept Eagle’s Nest membership request with a second from Echo Menges with all in favor. The Sugar Shoppe will be voted on in March.
Old Business: Small business Thursdays open house schedule is almost full. March, May, and June are currently open and discussion with the Health Department, Bailey’s Floral and Gifts, and DeeRailed Designs will continue in an attempt to fill these months. Echo Menges will advertise these evenings in the newspaper.
Lisa Bosch with Knox County Strategic Planning Grow Knox County group shared some ideas including county SWAG, a county slogan, a community calendar and updating a Chamber website. Shannon Downing will begin making efforts to creating events and calendar posts on Facebook. Other avenues will be researched.
Lisa Bosch has begun coordination with Knox County Schools on the Christmas Magic Tree project. A meeting was agreed upon for January 23 at 1:00 p.m.
New Business: Valentines Chocolate covered Strawberry fundraiser will happen again this year, on February 10, at 8:00 a.m. at Jared’s Jams. Orders can be picked up after 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday or 7:00 a.m. to close on Saturday, January 11 at Jared’s Jams.Also, a one time delivery will be optional to the school on Friday afternoon. Shannon Downing will contact C&R to order berries, print and distribute pre-order sign-up sheets, purchase the candy papers, and order boxes from Kohl’s. Karie Holman will update a flier for advertisement.
Echo Menges asked for information to create the full page February newspaper advertisement Chamber gets every year. Shannon Downing will send an updated business member list and Karie Holman will send her the open house Thursday night schedule for the year.
Chamber Bucks boxes were collected by Shannon Downing and Echo Menges. All name slips were combined and Dakotah Bosch drew three names. The Chamber Bucks winners are Beverly Arment, Lindsey Howe, and Warren Clary. Shannon Downing will give the certificates to the winners and get a photo for the Facebook page.
Closest Genius Trivia Tournament is approaching. Discussion was held and a date of April 1 was agreed upon, if the Community Center is available with the same details and guidelines as last year. Shannon Downing will begin the advertisement.
Shannon Downing got a quote of $125 each board from H2Grafx to use during events to advertise Chamber members. Project will begin.
Next Meeting: An official February meeting will be skipped due to the Strawberry dipping meeting on February 10. The next official chamber meeting will be held March 21 at 6:00 p.m. at IDK Café in Baring. This meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m. with a motion from David Bugh and a second from Lisa Bosch with all in favor.