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Smithland Chamber planning for the future

By Pat Thomann, Editor

The Smithland Area Chamber of Commerce held their regular monthly meeting on Thursday January 8, 2015 at the Levee Restaurant in Smithland. The first meeting of the new year was a time to reflect on the past year and plan for the future.

The meeting was called to order by Chamber President Terry Teitloff. A copy of the December 11, 2014 minutes were distributed to the members present by Chamber Secretary, Mark Edwards. After a brief discussion the minutes were approved unanimously as submitted.

Treasurer Paula Belt gave a brief financial report and the report was unanimously approved as submitted.

Chamber members then discussed events that took place in 2014 including Octoberfest and Christmas Courtyard Spectacular. Everyone agreed that both events were a big success and that there was enough participation in the Christmas Spectacular to make it an annual event. Chamber members agreed to hold the event the 2nd Sunday of December each year if it is approved by the Livingston County Historical and Genealogical Society.

The Historical Society holds the lease to the Old Historical Courthouse and is responsible for scheduling events.

Next on the agenda, members discussed the possibility of again holding a July 4th Fireworks Show at the Smithland riverfront. The chamber did not sponsor a fireworks show in 2014 due to the increase in insurance and other factors. A committee will look into the possibility of the fire department being able to set off fireworks. Members also discussed the possibility of having a kid's parade on Court Street, a hot dog stand and selling snow cones and cotton candy before the fireworks. This will be discussed more at the next meeting.

Members discussed the need to have subcommittees to handle the details for the July 4th, Octoberfest and the Christmas event. This also will be discussed more at the next meeting. Several other items were discussed but no definite plans were made.

Before the close of the meeting Chamber Member Denton Wood gave a presentation of what we need to do to grow and be effective as a chamber. First, Denton presented a new 2015 Chamber Logo then presented the chamber with an outlined proposal for changes that would be both beneficial to the chamber and the local businesses we serve.

Denton suggested that the chamber needed to utilize the Internet, open a chamber website and Facebook and Twitter pages to get the word out about the chamber, who we are, and what we have to offer. Denton also suggested that we needed to create a position for chamber public relations manager that could possibly be filled by a high school business internship student. This person would be the face of the chamber, handle social media and keep people up to date on community events.

Denton did a very fine job of presenting the chamber with new and fresh ideas that would be beneficial to both the chamber and local businesses and community leaders. A motion was made to change the logo, opened Twitter and Facebook pages and pursue the selection of a public relations manager. All members were in favor and the motion carried unanimously.

More discussion will be made on all the items discussed this month at the next meeting. There is a possibility that the time and day that the chamber meets will be changed. We will update you on this change when it becomes effective.

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