Yorktown Chamber of Commerce

Monthly Meeting

June 19, 2018

Mellott Family Center


INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME: Ryan Ballard, Keith Gary, Maureen Walby, Bonita Ramirez, Joanne Jones, Rick Yencer, Steve Perry, Roger Smith, Greg Hinshaw, Sarah McCord, Barbara Baker, Jacqueline Chiudini, Amy Bowling, Alan Baker, Carolyn “Buffy” Grieves, Gay Nation, Tim Williams, Chris Day, Mike Baker, Kallie Sulanke, Ed Armantrout, Pete Olson, Patti Decker, Rich Lee, Brendon Comp, Maura Hoff, Gary Thomas, David Riggs, Rob Keisling, Fran Bullock, Mark Goodpaster


QUESTION OF THE DAY:  Will you be at the Chamber Cup Golf Outing? Several responded they were assisting or participating.


BREAKFAST SPONSOR: Westminster Village- Gay Nation, Marketing Director, presented the history of Westminster Village, which includes five different neighborhoods situated on sixty-five acres, featuring walking trails, a pond with swans and a gazebo. Many monthly events are offered at Westminster Village, many of which are open to the public. Nation stated that the average age of residents at Westminster Village is 82, with the oldest resident being 102.


SECRETARY REPORT:             Approved as submitted.


TREASURER REPORT:             Approved with balance correction.


COMMITTEE REPORTS:          4 for the Fourth – Chris Day – Event looks to be a banner year, with 587 pre-registered participants at this time. There are 187 first-time participants. Event still needs volunteers for the water stops. Day reported that some neighborhoods were working together to assist at the event. Two new awards will be offered – Top Dog Award – The runner with a pet and the Hot Wheels Award – The runner who participates while pushing a stroller. Information packets will be picked up on July 3, 4-7 p.m. at Morrows Meadow. Mark Goodpaster will be providing four volunteers for the event.


SCHOOL REPORT:                   Spring sports programs have been very successful with Yorktown schools receiving more than half of the County titles for 2017-2018. Work on the new transportation facility is underway. There will be a new school resource officer at the school. Changes in school administration have taken place due to a retirement.


TOWN REPORT:                     Approval for the purchase of a second property has taken place and construction of Town Hall will begin August 1. The duct tape race and boat race will be part of the 4 for the Fourth events, as well as music in the pavilion, and food vendors, beginning at 4:30 p.m. A preconstruction meeting for the Tiger Drive repair has taken place with reconstruction to begin on June 26. There will be one lane open which will be light controlled.


PROGRAM:                             Melanie Wright, State Representative – Wright, who represents District 35, is originally from Madison County. In addition to serving as State Representative, Wright is a teacher in the Daleville Community schools, serving as junior/senior high band director. Wright indicated that school safety is a very serious issue today as most buildings were constructed with open offices separated by glass partitions. She believes that school boards should be instrumental in making decisions about school safety and should include frequent safety drills. Wright discussed standardized testing and is advocating for funding to include the hiring of social workers to assist children with school and family issues, with a decrease in the frequency of standardized testing. Wright believes there is an educational advantage for students of smaller schools and she advocates for the preservation of the community schools concept. Wright provided information on upcoming community meetings including INDOT informational meeting to be held on June 26, 5-7 p.m. Yorktown High School, as well as information for available grants for workforce employer training.


MISCELLANEOUS CHAMBER NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: Lunch to benefit a Better Way, 6-19-18, at Texas Roadhouse – 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Anti-fraud training, Innovation Connector, 6-21-18, 11:30 a.m.


TIP OF THE MONTH:              Mark Goodpaster – Place strips of cooked bacon in skillet, cover with pancake batter for a new approach to breakfast; wrap cords in paper towel or toilet paper tubes to prevent tangling; place the red tab on the end of a tape roll to find your next starting point; when cutting onions chew gun to prevent tears; to organize a drawer, roll item and place on its side for easier identification.




NEXT MEEETING:                   August 21, 2018 – Bring a Guest!