Yorktown Chamber of Commerce

Monthly Meeting

March 21, 2017

Mellott Family Center


INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME:  Tim Williams, Mark Goodpaster, Donna Penticuff, Sarah McCord, Carolyn “Buffy” Grieves, Kalie Sulanke, Teresa Royer, Melissa Bucur, Patti Decker, David Riggs, Ed Armantrout, Mary Ann Stroeh, Matt Anderson, Pete Olson, Todd Blevins, Keith Gary, Maureen Walby, Brad Warner, Casey Jones, Rachel Tucker


QUESTION OF THE DAY: Did you watch any of the Sweet Sixteen ball games? Most everyone had watched at least one and many had watched most of the games.


BREAKFAST SPONSOR: Apex Benefits – Mark Goodpaster – The organization provides employee benefits including wellness management, dental, vision and related information that will assist businesses and employees.


SECRETARY REPORT:       Approved as submitted.


TREASURER REPORT:      Approved as submitted.


COMMITTEE REPORTS:  Four for the 4th – Meeting coming up and opportunities still available for sponsorships. Also would like volunteers to assist with early morning activities


TOWN REPORT: Will be ramping up water system and buying new fire hydrants. The Redevelopment Commission is meeting to look at new businesses for downtown. The Tillotson Avenue Bridge will be closing soon for repairs and will not reopen until about October.


PROGRAM: Reach – Mary Ann Stroeh – The group involves twelve churches in Mt. Pleasant Township and numerous volunteers from the schools and community who have come together to provide assistance to children in the area through the Backpack Program, the Mentoring Program, and a summer program, Kids in the Meadow. The backpack program provides food items for children to take home on Friday which will provide nutritional assistance on weekends. Food items are also provided by the postal workers who have food drives to assist people in the Reach Program. Currently the program is serving forty families. The Backpack Program provides nutritional assistance for about fifty children, elementary through high school.  The school’s guidance counselors are involved in registration of students who might benefit from the program and work closely with students who are registered. The program also provided special fleece blankets for these students at Christmas, as well.


Kids in the Meadow is a summer program for children that meets each Monday at Morrows Meadow during the months of June and July. The program provides games, Bible story and fun for younger children. Last summer’s program served more than 80 children.


Reach has received grants from the Community Foundation, and donations from Ball State University (Woodworth Hall), Second Harvest Food Bank, the Postal Workers, Marsh Supermarkets all of which assist students and families who benefit from the programs.


Stroeh also challenged Chamber members to participate in the 10 – Can Challenge, to invite employees in their organizations to collect non-perishable food items and toiletry items to be donated to the program. Stroeh welcomed volunteers to assist with various facets of the Reach ministry.


COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Invitation was extended to adopt a Tiger bench at a cost of $350, if an organization wishes to decorate the bench or $500 if the organization would like to have a local artist decorate. The Town will provide storage for the benches.  Morrison Woods Health Campus is accepting sponsorships for the Chocolate Event with only five still available at a cost of $50. Yorktown Manor will be hosting an Easter egg hunt on April 8. Candy donations are appreciated for this event. The Community Foundation is accepting nominations for outstanding board members serving on local organization boards. Applications for endowment grants will be available April 1. Warner Fit (Studio 22), a new fitness training center will host its grand opening, Saturday, March 25 at 11:45 a.m., 9610 W. Smith Street, Yorktown. Yorktown Christian Church will host a breakfast and Easter egg hunt on April 15.  The American Heart Association will host its annual heart walk on April 29 at Morrows Meadow.


TIP OF THE MONTH: – Mark Goodpaster – Beware of a current credit card scam that is currently circulating in the area in which telephone solicitors indicate they are calling from your VISA or Mastercard account and are investigating a charge that has appeared on your account for a $500 purchase. They say they are checking to see if this purchase is legitimate, and if not they will start a fraud investigation. The caller asks you to verify the credit card account number and then asks for the security code number on the back of your card. With this information, the caller is able to make unauthorized purchases on your account.




NEXT MEETING:                                April 18, 2017 – Bring a Guest!