Yorktown Chamber

Monthly Meeting  

January 18, 2022

Yorktown Town Hall


INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME: Greg Hinshaw, Keith Gary, Ed Armantrout, Brendon Comp, Mary Ann Stroeh, Steve Stroeh, Kat Blankenbaker, Tracey Danner-Odenwelder, Ryan Vaughn, Mike Baker, Jeff Robinson, Maureen Walby

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What fun and interesting things did you do over the holiday? Most were grateful that they were able to be with family and friends.

SECRETARY REPORT:      Approved as submitted.

TREASURER REPORT:     Approved as submitted.

SCHOOL REPORT:            Dr. Greg Hinshaw – The newly renovated space at the middle school is now occupied, some space in early December and the remaining space over Christmas break. Current work is being completed on the wrestling room. COVID continues to be a concern with the Omicron surge in the Yorktown schools. The quarantine now has been reduced to five days, but the health department indicates that schools can continue to operate. Cases are monitored daily and the school has the capability to transition to E-learning, if needed.

TOWN REPORT:               Keith Gary – Muncie Power Products is completing their building in Park One, with new lab space and employee break room. It appears that MPP will be hiring between 40 – 60 new employees. The Stork’s Nest building has been sold with living space being created for the owners on the upper level with the fitness studio on the ground floor at street level; the white commercial building which currently houses Warner-Fit (Studio 22), has been purchased and will be renovated to include commercial space for two new tenants. Lots is happening in Yorktown with the completion of the Oliver Building, scheduled for March/April, 2022.

LUNCH AND LEARN:       Brendon Comp – Various topics planned for the Lunch and Learn Programs, to begin Feb. 17 at Yorktown Town Hall, noon to 1:15 p.m.  Programs are free to Chamber members, with lunch provided by Mr. Mouse Catering. Registration is on line on the Chamber Website. The first program, led by Ted Ward, will be on Social diversity/self-awareness. The second program is scheduled for April 22.

SHAFER LEADERSHIP:    Jeff Robinson – Working on programs for the upcoming year and all will be offered both virtually and in person. Any Chamber member will have access to all virtual sessions, with registration on line. Three seats are offered at any in-person training event. Additional programs will be added this year. Shafer also offers custom training for specific topics that are pertinent to the needs of an organization. Members voted to participate in the Shafer program for the year 2022.

CIVIC GREEN COMMITTEE: All dates are set for the upcoming spring and summer season, with all bands booked, plus concert scheduled for Four for the 4th. The committee is currently exploring sponsorships and is seeking to reach a goal of approximately $35,000.

PROGRAM:         Total Dynamics Organization – Dr. Tracey Danner-Oldenwelder – With more than 25 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector, fundraising and education, Total Dynamics Organization, addresses organizational and community needs, focusing on long-term sustainability, evolving relevance and expanding community impact. The organization is a change agent that provides tools in strategy and accountability that is needed for a business or groups to stay on task and achieve success.

TDO provides organizational analysis, change management, systems processes and other areas that will assist in creating successful businesses and nonprofits. TDO provides assistance in other areas including development of corporate social responsibility, nonprofit management, and fundraising.

Dealing with change in the workplace is difficult for some organizations. TDO provides strategies for dealing with change, buy-in with employees, and being transparent and engaging employees in decision making processes.

Total Dynamic Organization is dedicated to creating environments that help organizations and businesses achieve success.

CHAMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS: The Yorktown Kiwanis Club is offering preparation of tax returns for any individual with an income of approximately $66,000 or less, with no rental property and who is not self-employed. The Kiwanis Club prepared tax returns for more than 300 families in 2021. A suggestion was made that any business that would like to contribute items or coupons for a give-away bag for each person served, were invited to do so. Clients were served from Madison County, Randolph County, Henry and Delaware County in 2021. The Yorktown Kiwanis Club is a member of Yorktown Chamber of Commerce; it was announced that the Chamber board will be looking at choosing other venues for future meetings.

MEETING ADJOURNED: Next meeting – February 15, 2022 – Yorktown Town Hall