By Nicholette Carlson
NORTH WEBSTER — With Dixie Day quickly approaching on Saturday, July 31, the main topic of June’s North Webster-Tippecanoe Township Chamber of Commerce meeting was preparation for the festival.
A vote was discussed on whether the chamber should advertise on the radio. However, that vote was scratched. The chamber voted to simply set an advertising budget for Emily Shipley, vice president, and she could make the decisions on how to spend that money on advertising.
Paula Miller mentioned she and Chris Trowbridge are planning for a big turnout for the car, truck and motorcycle show. There will be no tractors this year. Trowbridge will be handling the cars and Miller will be in charge of the trucks and motorcycles. In order to allow attendees to use debit or credit cards to register, Trowbridge will have the chamber’s Square account available.
Miller also made a motion to pay each of the car show judges $25 this year. The motion passed.
Tammy Waliczek stated there should be approximately eight food vendors for Dixie Day. The chamber will not sell food this year.
Those who have received forms to be an artisan and crafts vendor have the incorrect setup date on the forms. New forms are being made.
The chamber’s website was again mentioned. Shipley has not heard back after attempting to make contact with someone to rebuild the website. The chamber discussed various options. Waliczek volunteered to see if the domain name northwebsterchamber.com was available and possibly change the website address. When it comes to the creation and maintenance of the website, chamber members will be getting quotes from different businesses to decide the best way to proceed. They hope to be able to gather enough information to put it to a vote next month.
Three scholarship applications were received. The names were mentioned and briefly discussed, but no official decision was made.
Mindy Scaggs, president, asked the board to think of possible future fundraisers the chamber could do in order to raise money. They also voted to donate $250 to Webster Lake for fireworks.
Summer banners will be put up soon. Businesses are also reminded me that it is their responsibility to care for and water the potted plants near the benches in front of their business.
Scaggs also mentioned how excited she is to see so many new businesses filling up the storefronts in North Webster.
The chamber board was also offered a private after-hours tour of the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit coming to the North Webster Community Public Library next month.