NORTH WEBSTER – Discussion of North Webster-Tippecanoe Township Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month led off new business at the monthly meeting Monday, June 12, at the Tippecanoe Township Building.
President Sue Ward, Sue’s Creations, explained, “A business or organization of the month is chosen to be honored by the chamber’s board. Nominations can be made by anyone to recognize chamber members who have gone above and beyond in customer satisfaction and community service. Nominations can be sent to the chamber at P.O. Box 19, North Webster, IN 46567. Chamber members are listed in the North Webster Community Guide, now available in local stores and other locations.” Business of the Month for July is Fishermen’s Cove.
Ward elaborated on the Dixie Day Festival & Artisan Fair, which the chamber is sponsoring Saturday, July 29, downtown along SR 13, along West Washington Street, at the Mermaid Festival Grounds and in North Webster Town Park. Most events take place between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
She announced all the paperwork is in with NIPSCO and when it issues a work order, electrical outlets will be placed on the poles on the property owned by the Young Pilcher’s. It will serve the food vendors during Dixie Day Festival as well as for other occasions. Moving of the food court closer to the electrical source on West Washington Street was approved by the board following the advice of member Dave’s Electric. The chamber is paying for the installation.
The chamber board approved signage for the festival to be purchased from chamber member Maverick Promotions. It will help improve visitor experience during the festival.
The board also agreed for Ward and Terry Frederick to discuss with the North Webster Lions Club the use of the chamber owned port-a-potties. The Lions Club has been gracious to store the units and uses them during the Mermaid Festival Parade. The board felt clearer guidelines about use needed to be put in place.
Dino Coverstone, Sock’s Marina, brought the group up to date on the new boat dealer show that complements the Dixie Day Festival. It will be held at the Mermaid Festival Grounds from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 27-29.
Volunteers for Dixie Day Festival are always appreciated. Those who would like to assist should contact Ward. Activities for volunteers include the sanctioned 5K, chamber information booth, set up and take down, and vendor hospitality.
Continued distribution of North Webster Community Guide’s came under discussion. Karilyn Metcalf, Dixie Sternwheeler, will take six cases to the Kosciusko Convention and Visitors Bureau and Terry Frederick, The Watershed Foundation, will take to chamber members and other locations in Syracuse. Steve Ward will replenish at North Webster Ace Hardware and NewMarket.
Sue Ward thanked Martha Stoeting, The Papers, for applying for and obtaining a $500 out of county advertising grant from the Kosciusko County Convention, Recreation & Visitors Commission. It will be used for the Dixie Day Festival.
Tabled was a possible chamber project to remove plant debris from the triangle of land and corner on SR 13 and Backwater Road south of town. The property is owned by Brian Wuthrich. More information will be collected.
The next meeting of the chamber of commerce will be held at noon Monday, July 10, at the Tippecanoe Township Building.