By Nicholette Carlson
NORTH WEBSTER — First order of business at the North Webster Tippecanoe Township Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday, Sept. 14, was welcoming new board member Scott Kuhn with Tangibles. Kuhn took over the seat left by Martha Stoelting.
The second open seat left by Amanda Meerzo, as well as the four seats that expire at the end of this year, were also discussed. Tammy Waliczek nominated Chris Trowbridge with Maverick Promotions and Karen White nominated Carly Huth with Pro Wake Watersports to take over Meerzo’s empty seat. The board unanimously voted in Trowbridge for the remaining three months of Meerzo’s seat.
Sue Ward, Jerry Parsons, Paula Miller and Elise Guy all have their board seats expiring at the end of this year, along with Trowbridge’s. The current board members will all be on the ballot for reelection. Huth’s name will join the current board members on the ballot, with six individuals looking to fill the five seats.
Ballots will be sent out to all paid chamber members to vote prior to the next meeting. Waliczek was elected as committee chair to receive the ballots from members.
The Porta Pottis owned by the chamber were discussed after they were seen being used for a personal event. These portable toilets are stored on the Lions Club grounds and are used by both groups for the Dixie Day Festival and Mermaid Festival. However, since there is currently no written agreement regarding the use of the toilets, it was suggested Mindy Scaggs, chamber president, speak with the Lions Club on usage. Board members feel they should only be used for the aforementioned festivals, as well as potentially Boy Scouts events within the county. They do not wish to rent the toilets.
After two different businesses reached out to the chamber, Scaggs thought it would be best to put in place a plan of action for chamber businesses asking for assistance. She asked the board members to help put together a standard plan for businesses who reach out to the chamber for recommendations and help. Next month the goal is to reconvene and finalize an official generalized plan of action.
Discussion of the chamber bylaws was tabled and will be gone over at next month’s meeting.
Lyn Crighton with The Watershed Foundation reached out to Scaggs for endorsement in TWF’s application to host the “Waterways” exhibit. The board agreed to send in a letter of support for bringing the exhibit to North Webster.
The fall town flags were taken to the street department so they could be switched. Susan Stump asked if the chamber was planning to put mums out again this year. Ward said she would call and see what is available and the cost.
The tree lighting will be held Saturday, Nov. 21. The tree lighting committee will have their first meeting Wednesday evening. Waliczek, head of the committee, took volunteers to assist with the event. Scaggs also mentioned luminaries had been donated for the event.
Last month’s secretary report was approved. The treasurer reports from this month and last month were approved. Emily Shipley reminded board members of the businesses chosen for October and November’s members of the month.
The next meeting will take place at noon Monday, Oct. 12, at the Tippecanoe Township Building, 102 S. Morton St., North Webster.