Yorktown Chamber of Commerce

Monthly Chamber Meeting

June 21, 2016

Mellott Family Center


INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME: Mark Goodpastor, Barbara Baker, Al Baker, Sarah McCord, Kelly Shrock, Maria Hoyt, Shollin Keeney, Chris Day, Molly Day, Ron Orebaugh, Susan Orebaugh, Maureen Walby, Diana Smiley, Leslie Baim, Melissa Bucur, Patti Decker, David Riggs, Niccole Mansker, Mary Ann Stroeh, Ollie Wirick, Carolyn Case, Rick Hunt, Steve Perry, Keith Gary, Holly Stachler, Eric Peterson


QUESTION OF THE DAY: What is your favorite part of the Yorktown Fourth of July Festival? Pie-eating contest, fireworks, morning run, sponsoring a race, fellowship, duck race, eating pork chops, cardboard boat race.


BREAKFAST SPONSOR: Prime Trust Financial Federal Credit Union – Maria Hoyt and Niccole Mansker –The credit union began in 1935 through the efforts of Bill Yohler and has grown to more than 16,500 members with three branches in the area. Prime Trust’s goal is to serve the community, provide free financial counseling services and to assist its members and the community in becoming more financially sound. Prime Trust offers personal loans, an array of credit cards, mortgages, financial information for teens, and shared branching services with other credit unions. It encourages its staff to participate in community activities and to belong to local organizations and clubs to become more active in the community. Prime Trust Financial Federal Credit Union believes, “Your story matters here!”


SECRETARY REPORT:       Approved as submitted.


TREASURER REPORT:      Approved as submitted.


SCHOOL REPORT:             Holly Stachler reported that 159 seniors graduated from Yorktown High School. Spring athletics was very successful with coaching changes to take place. There have been several retirement and administrative changes taking place. Maintenance, painting and re-carpeting as well as a facelift for the school library are taking place during summer vacation break.


TOWN REPORT:                  Pete Olson indicated that construction has begun on the trail system with the Nebo/Jackson construction to begin July 11, with expected 60 day completion. Olson encouraged participation in the Fourth of July activities. A meeting was held with the downtown property owners to look at the vision for future local development. The town is looking at zoning updates for the next year to provide uniformity for rural areas, a process that should occur every five to seven years.


UPDATE FOR FOUR FOR THE FOURTH:   Chris Day and Molly Day provided information about the upcoming race. Participation is about five per-cent ahead of last year. Volunteers are needed at 7 a.m. on the Fourth to assist with various activities. Packet pick up for the race will be available from 4-7 at Morrows Meadow on Sunday, July 3. The Yorktown Chamber voted to sponsor a large duck for the race.


STRATEGIC PLANNING:                 Contact has been made with Becky Monroe, at the Historical Alliance, who has welcomed the Chamber to partner and have space at their current facility. More information to follow about the outcome of the strategic planning meeting.


PROGRAM:  Yorktown Council for the Arts – Jennifer Groves presented information about the newly- formed arts council whose goal is to provide additional cultural and artistic opportunities for the Yorktown Community. The Council is currently partnering with the Parks Board and Ball State University to formulate plans for a public art project with four anticipated options currently under consideration. Yorktown Council for the Arts meets the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Field Operations Building. Plans are currently underway to host a large arts festival with details to follow.


COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Morrison Woods will host a community yard sale, Saturday, June 25, 8 a. m. – noon. Proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association; Yorktown Manor to be construction new memory unit to contain 14 private suites; Kids in the Meadow continues on Monday evening, 5:45 – 8 p.m. at Morrows Meadow through July. Includes food, games, crafts and Bible stories; Wounded Warriors Classic Car show, First Church of the Nazarene, Saturday, June 25.


TIP FOR THE MONTH: Mark Goodpastor shared a story about a young man who wanted to become more proficient at baseball. His father had approached Mark and asked if he would be willing to help his son.  Mark agreed and indicated that while working with the young man, the boy’s skills began to improve and he has now developed better techniques and a love and appreciation of the game. Mark’s tip, “Everyone is born to change someone’s life. Don’t miss that opportunity.”






NEXT MEETING:                                August 16, 2016 – BRING A GUEST!!