NORTH WEBSTER — The regular membership meeting of the North Webster-Tippecanoe Township Chamber of Commerce followed a Dixie Day Festival committee meeting Monday, July 8, at the chamber office, Tippecanoe Township Building. Jim Smith presided at the meeting.
The Dixie Day Festival was first and foremost on everyone’s mind. It celebrates the historic Dixie sternwheel tour boat and showcases the many charms of the area.
Cochairmen of the event Mindy Scaggs, Re/Max Lakes, and Sue Ward, Sue’s Creations, led the discussion. It will be held Saturday, July 27, in downtown, Mermaid Festival grounds and at Dixie Landing, North Webster Town Park. The chamber’s information booth will be headquarters for the event. It will have schedules, maps and other information about the festival and community.
The booth tent is at the corner of SR 13 and East Washington Street in Pilcher’s Shoes lawn at the castle. It will be open officially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. but will open earlier for arts and crafts fair vendor check in. There is still room for a few more arts and crafts vendors. Applications are available at www.northwebster.com.
The board of directors accepted the resignation from board member Ron Erb. Webster Lake Conservation Association. He explained, “I just got myself overextended.” “We so appreciate all the effort Ron has put into the chamber and are sorry to see him leave,” noted Smith. Elise Guy, Guy’s Lawn Care, was nominated, voted upon and accepted the board membership through the end of Erb’s term Dec. 31, 2020. She was welcomed by the group.
Ward updated everyone on banners for the downtown business area. The chamber, with the assistance of Phil and Karilyn Metcalf, purchased summer and winter banners. Two of the welcome summer banners are missing. In pricing replacement costs she learned no imaging fee would be charged for them if the chamber bought another season of banners. The chamber board voted to buy 20 autumn banners at a cost of $1,005.50 plus the two replacement welcome banners from Northern Lights Display.
Scaggs reminded all about attending Third Thursday Business After Hours open houses. The next one will be at Mutual Bank from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Chamber members and their employees are encouraged to attend to learn about other local businesses and to network. Those attending enjoyed the June event at Milestone Early Learning Center. Dates are filled through November. Those wanting to schedule for December 2019 or 2020 should contact Scaggs.
“Thanks so much to Ed and Judy Clayton at Clayton’s Garden Center for donating the dozen planters for the downtown business area. They add a lot,” said Smith. A dozen of the planters flank the six benches provided by the chamber and My Red Moon.
Badges to be worn by board members at chamber events were passed out by Susan Stump, The Papers, chamber secretary. A thank you from former scholarship recipient Abby Stump was read to the membership.
Those in attendance were urged to think of ideas for Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, and bring ideas back to the next meeting. It will be noon Monday, Aug. 12, chamber office, 102 S. Morton St.
Updated information about North Webster-Tippecanoe Township Chamber of Commerce and the Dixie Day Festival can be found online at www.northwebster.com and on the chamber’s Facebook page.