Yorktown Chamber of Commerce

Monthly Chamber Meeting

August 16, 2016

Mellott Family Center
INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME: Tim Williams, Mark Goodpaster, Barbara Baker, Al Baker, Marty Ballard, Bonita Ramirez, Carolyn “Buffy” Grieves, Kallie Sulanke, Chris Day, Sharon Grubbs, Diana Smiley, Kyla Bartle, Maggie Walker, Katie Smith, Patti Decker, David Riggs, Mary Ann Stroeh, Brendon Comp, Starr Manning, Pete Olson, Keith Gary, Eric Peterson, Scott Temple, Jennifer McCormick, Carolyn Case, Todd Blevins, Ryan Gernand,, Maureen Walby, Ed Armantrout


QUESTION OF THE DAY:  Have you figured out how to get around the school traffic? Most responded ‘no.” Others indicated their day didn’t require their being involved in the school traffic situation.


BREAKFAST SPONSOR: INTEGRITY ADVISORS, INC. and INTEGRITY INSURANCE – Doug Baim, Mike Baker and Brittany Mickler – Doug Baim provided information about financial and retirement planning to encourage people to make practical decisions for the future. Baim also presented information about the role of a professional financial advisor in making sound investments, tax suggestions and person-to-person service to monitor personal family financial situations. The group has been helping individuals and families since 1981 to provide support and expertise in developing financial security and wealth management strategies.


SECRETARY REPORT:       Approved as submitted.


TREASURER REPORT:      Approved as submitted.


COMMITTEE REPORT:    Barbara Baker indicated that the luminary committee is collecting water jugs in preparation for the festival. These items can be dropped off at the Historical Alliance office or can be brought to the Chamber meetings.


DISCUSSION REGARDING THE TIGER BENCHES: Motion was made and seconded to provide funds to purchase the tiger benches for the Arts Council. Benches will be sponsored by local businesses and decorated by the sponsor. Benches will then be placed in the downtown area. Motion carried.


SCHOOL REPORT:             Jennifer McCormick – School has gotten off to a good start, with approximately fifteen percent transfer students. New teachers and administrators have been added at the elementary school. Homecoming is set for September 23. The band has worked really hard this summer with new music staff due to staff retirement and job transfer of previous staff.


TOWN REPORT:  Pete Olson – Work on Nebo Road project is coming along with projected opening around September 17. Work on the trail is doing well with asphalt work to begin and hopefully not delayed by rain. Movie night will be held at Morrows Meadow on September 3, with movie “The Princess Bride” to be shown. Lantern lights will be released prior to the movie. Town council meeting will be held, Monday, August 22, 5:30 p.m. Olson encouraged member to sign up for town newsletter.


FOUR FOR THE 4th – Chris Day – Day thanked all for their participation in the event which had  a record 826 participants. Day indicated that the event is attracting serious athletes as the event is becoming more well-known. Day introduced Ryan Gernand who is the new marketing specialist for the event.

PROGRAM – Maureen Walby – Indiana Legal Services, Inc. – Walby presented information about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program for Area 6, covering Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison and Randolph Counties in East Central Indiana.  The long-term care ombudsman handles complaints for residents in health care facilities, assisted living facilities, residential, and room-and-board facilities and also provides legal assistance to individuals through Legal Service’s Senior Law Project.  The program has been in effect since 1972 and was mandated through the Older American’s Act. The ombudsman also provides community education regarding the rights of residents who reside in extended care facilities. The program shares office space at LifeStream Services in Yorktown.


COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Foister’s Flowers offering fifteen percent discount on clearance items, with proceeds on rummage items to benefit Relay for Life; Yorktown Manor hosting a fall festival from 5-8 p.m. on September 9; The town of Yorktown received Community Foundation endowment funds for the Arts Council and for the Luminary Festival; Hero Sunday was well received with seventeen fire departments represented and more than three-hundred twenty received meals; Marsh Warehouse is closing with one-hundred thirty employees needing new jobs; cups on the tables are a gift from the Yorktown Chamber.


TIP OF THE MONTH:       Mark Goodpaster – Believe in the Importance of wellness – Be active, be involved in exercise, watch your diet, make a commitment to exercise one hour a day and keeping moving!


THANK YOU, Steve Perry for serving as president of the Yorktown Chamber for the past year and a half.




NEXT MEETING:                September 20, 2016 – Bring a guest!