A regular meeting of the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors was held on January 11, at 5:30 pm. All Board Members were in attendance. The minutes from the November 16th and 30th meetings and the December 11th meeting were approved, along with the monthly bills, cash flow and account balances.
The board welcomed new member Weldon Thompson. He is the Maintenance Supervisor, head track coach and assistant football coach. The new Officers of the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2016 are President Jeromy Watson, 1st Vice-President Tammy Casey, and 2nd Vice President Christi Robertson.
Karen Heflin, an ACU representative, presented a Springboard Program for entrepreneurs. This is an opportunity for citizens with a business concept to present their idea to a panel of judges. The winner would receive $15,000 as the grand prize to fund their business. Ms. Heflin was inquiring about using the Chamber as space for the candidates to present their business concepts. Other locations that are participating in this program are Brownwood/Early, Abilene, Haskell and Sweetwater.
The board convened into executive session to hear the Financial Report presented by Harold Skelton. The report was accepted as presented.
Under "Old Business" was the financials for "Fiesta de la Paloma." The board accepted the financials, have already begun preparations for next year and gathering vendors and brainstorming for new ideas to add to the festival.
The responsibilities of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are as follows: The Chamber assists the Coleman Business People's Association, Keep Coleman Beautiful, Coleman Development Company, Inc., Coleman EDC, Inc., the Coleman Community Coalition, Coleman County Livestock Association, and the Coleman Rodeo Association. The Chamber is a Visitor's and Tourist Bureau. The Chamber also assists volunteer organizations to advance their goals and promote their events through the Calendar of Events, assists school districts in educational programs for the community, and participates in ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings and welcome packages. The Chamber is a distributor of 15% of Occupancy Tax funds from the City Sales Tax. Also, the Chamber assists landowners in leasing property for hunting, also supports and assists the Wildlife Committee Hunters' BBQ and Hunters' Extravaganza in Forth Worth. In addition to these activities, the Chamber sponsors several events throughout the year. The Chamber also assists the Coleman County Youth Activity Center Board of Directors with the booking of the Bill Franklin Center and Goree Expo Center.
The following persons were elected as chairperson for the new calendar year;
Membership Drive - Month of March - Sandra Barr, Connie Turner; Chamber Banquet - April 29, 2016 - Tammy Casey, Christi Robertson, Becki Reynolds, Renea McMillan; Fundraiser - All Chamber Directors; Fiesta de la Paloma - October 1, 2016 Mary Griffis & All Chamber Directors; Christmas Activities - Month of December - All Chamber Directors assist the Coleman Business People's Association; 2016 Budget Committee - Executive Board, John Stanislaw; By-laws Committee - Executive Board, John Stanislaw, Sandra Barr.
Board Members are: Jeromy Watson, Tammy Casey, Christi Robertson, Sandra Barr, Nina Childress, Leslie Cross, Lana Kading, Renea McMillan, Becki Reynolds, John Stanislaw, Weldon Thompson, and Connie Turner. Office Staff include: Executive Director Mary Griffis, and Chamber Secretary Amy Hinds.
Meeting adjourned at 6:51 PM.
The Chamber of Commerce's top priority is to attract new people to this community as well as putting forth the necessary effort to keep those we already have.
The Chamber of Commerce meets on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Chamber of Commerce Boardroom. The Chamber office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Once again, we invite you to come by the Chamber of Commerce and visit anytime. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.
Thursday, January 28, 2016