Yorktown Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Monthly Meeting

September 19, 2017

Mellott Family Center


INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME: Tim Williams, Barbara Baker, Al Baker, Charlotte Azumah, Keith Gary, Debbi Gary, Rich Lee, Rick Yencer, Carolyn “Buffy” Grieves, Pete Olson, Mitch Isaacs, Matt Anderson, Liz Rozelle, Dane Carpenter, Donna Penticuff, Melissa Bucur, Patti Decker, Steve Perry, Kallie Sulanke, Brendon Comp, Leslie Baim, Maureen Walby, Mark Goodpaster, Bryan Smith, Diana Smiley, Sarah McCord, Ryan Ballard, Cameron Grubbs, Fran Bullock, Todd Blevins, Maggie Walker, Jodi Bain, Brooke Parker, Kristie Carpenter, Mollie Johnson, Amy Bowling, Brian Harrington


QUESTION OF THE DAY: Does your business have an emergency plan and do you have a personal emergency plan in place? Most responded that their business had a plan but fewer had personal emergency plans.


BREAKFAST SPONSOR: Integrity Insurance and Associates, LLC – Leslie Baim – Baim noted that most people are under-insured and should update coverage to include outbuildings, boats, and other large items. Baim also indicated that one’s life insurance coverage should equal two to three times the amount of a person’s yearly income.  Further information indicated that insurance is now available to include cyber breach and security issues. The ladies who prepared breakfast were acknowledged by Baim and Chamber members.


SECRETARY REPORT:             Approved as submitted.


TREASURER REPORT:             Approved as submitted.


LUMINARY REPORT: Belle from Beauty and the Beast will be at the festival and a Christmas craft workshop will be provided prior to the snow ball fight. Additional Christmas lighting displays have been purchased for the upcoming festival. Carriage rides will again be offered at no charge.  Date of the Luminary Festival is December 9, noon – 7 p.m.


TOWN REPORT: Budget has been finalized with no tax increases expected. Trail extensions have been approved. Storm water repair on SR 32 will begin in the next few days and will be a 2-3 day project. The next steps in the downtown development phase are underway – in the process of talking to land owners.


AMBASSADOR REPORT: The Ambassadors will meet October 9, 11:30 a.m. at Yorktown Pizza King. If you would like to be a Chamber Ambassador, please join us for this meeting. Items are needed to fill the gift bags for new members. If your organization has a donation, please contact Maureen Walby.


BRE (Business Retention and Expansion) REPORT: Todd Blevins – In the process of contacting local businesses. Goal is to assist local businesses to be successful and to assist them with finding resources that can provide help with marketing, technical support or other needs.


PROGRAM:  Mitch Isaacs, Executive Director – Shafer Leadership Academy – Isaacs stated that the goal of this organization is to create community leaders. He further discussed the importance of building trust as part of a team effort. Chamber members were asked for a definition of trust and why they believed it was important to any business endeavor or relationship. Isaacs indicated that two major components of trust-building were character and competence. Character assessment included personality assessments, team building exercises, owning one’s vulnerabilities, and a personal histories exercise. Competence assessment included matching skills to a position, recognizing team member contributions and instilling accountability for all team members. Isaacs offered three case scenarios asking members to indicate their first reaction to the scenario. Points were awarded for various responses about perception of the event and how it applied to team-building. A team-building workshop,  FUSION, a course in leading multi-generational teams, will be offered November 1, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Innovation Connector at a cost of $149, 1208 W. White River Blvd., Muncie.


ANNOUNCEMENTS: Yorktown Public Library is offering a program called “Book-a-Trip” which allows the participant to read their way across the United States. Books offered relate to certain geographical locations; Muncie Symphony Orchestra will perform at Sursa Hall, Saturday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.; IPR is collecting photos for the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C., only four are needed from Indiana; “Witches Night Out” will be held on October 7, sponsored by Jodi’s Vintage Look, celebrating fall with special vendors; Morrison Woods will be hosting “Cookies for a Cause” at the Muncie Knights of Columbus, September 30, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. All Proceeds Benefit United Way’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library


TIP OF THE MONTH: Mark Goodpaster presented several tips that make our lives easier: heat pizza in a skillet to maintain a crisp crust; reheat bread in a microwave by placing a cup of water near the bread; use newspapers around plants for weed control; use a chalk board eraser to prevent foggy windshields; sealed envelopes can be reopened without damage by placing the envelope in the freezer for a short period of time.




NEXT MEETING:                     October 17, 2017 – BRING A GUEST!