By Nicholette Carlson
NORTH WEBSTER — The July 13 meeting of the North Webster-Tippecanoe Township Chamber of Commerce began with the secretary and treasurer reports being approved. The main agenda items being discussed were members of the month, a property on SR 13 and Backwater Road and open seats on the chamber board.
Upcoming chamber members of the month were discussed for the upcoming months. Board members suggested various businesses for August and September. Emily Shipley originally suggested members who have helped to give food away during the pandemic. Ultimately, the board voted on members who have never been recognized before. Members of the month were voted on for August, September and October.
Shipley then suggested some “swag” ideas for chamber members and members of the month. Board president Mindy Scaggs asked the fellow business owners and representatives for suggestions on items they could use. Items like a wooden plaque with annual member tags or a static cling window decal were suggested. The possibility of a tag with the chamber logo members could put on their websites received positive feedback, though nothing concrete was decided. However, a picture frame being presented to members of the month was voted on and approved by the board.
Shipley also asked for any volunteers who might be available to deliver signs and take pictures of members of the month in the future.
A property on the corner of SR 13 and Backwater Road owned by Brian Wuthrich was brought up on the agenda as Scaggs had received a call requesting for possible assistance with funds from the chamber board to clean up the area. The board voted to not proceed with giving any funds at this time and, should they decided to in the future, would work with Wuthrich directly.
It was mentioned the signs on the north and south ends of town could use some painting and weeding. The board discussed possibly hiring some high school students to help.
There are currently two open seats on the board after both Amanda Meerzo and Martha Stoelting resigned. Christian Wilson, Oakwood Resort marketing director, volunteered to take on one of the seats. The board stated they would put him on the ballot. The board also discussed following up with other local businesses to see if they would like to join the board.
Karen White with Caliber Designs was welcomed to her first meeting as a board member. Caliber Designs does new construction, remodeling, electrical work, design and sells antique furniture. Board members welcomed her and congratulated her on the looks of the business building.
The board was also thrilled to have three ribbon cuttings to celebrate this week, including that of the North Webster Community Public Library, which took place directly following the meeting.
A flier for an upcoming Dixie Parade was passed out, organized by Socks Marina and local residents. To pay tribute to the Dixie, a water parade will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25. Those wishing to participate should simply meet at “The Hole” at 4 p.m. Boats will be counterclockwise around Webster Lake, passing the Dixie. There will be prizes for best decorated watercrafts with a Dixie theme. There will also be a pier contest with prizes awarded. Judging for the contest will start at noon. Businesses can still help to sponsor the event.
The next meeting will take place at noon, Aug. 10, at the Tippecanoe Township Building.