Yorktown Chamber

Monthly Meeting

May 17, 2022

Yorktown Public Library


INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME:  Kristi Ingram, Chris Day, Greg Hinshaw, Sarah McCord, Carolyn “Buffy” Grieves, Laurie Hogue, Rick Yencer, Sarah Kreps, Maura Hoff, Liz Rozelle, Matt Anderson, Brendon Comp, Tonia Shaneyfelt, Kat Blankenbaker, Erin Ailstock, Brian Gernand, Kelsey Gernand, Keith Gary, Tyler Ewing, Maureen Walby, Mark Goodpaster


QUESTION OF THE DAY:  Kristi Ingram – What do you do for Memorial Day? Many visit the cemetery, other have cookouts and get together with family and friends, others catch up on outdoor projects.


TREASURER REPORT:                    Approved as submitted


SECRETARY REPORT:                     Approved as submitted


SCHOOL REPORT:                           Dr. Greg Hinshaw – This has been a good school year with a ribbon cutting for the new middle school held on May 16th. All hiring is for the next school year is complete. Enrollment is seeing growth for the fall. I-Learn scores are up with passing rate increases. Baseball and soft ball both won county tournaments.


TOWN REPORT:                                             Roundabout at Nebo getting ready to start and driving through the parking lots for both the Players Club and Grace Baptist Church is restricted. The bridge about half a mile north of the roundabout project will be closed. Civic Green events are upcoming. Special events are open to everyone this summer.


LUNCH AND LEARN:                      Brendon Comp – Check the opportunities for Shafer Leadership and may plan to have them present in the fall.


CIVIC GREEN COMMITTEE:          Concerts begin, Friday May 20th with food trucks to be available at 5:30 p.m. with concert to begin at 7:30 p.m. Sponsorships for these events is now sold out. Will be fencing off area with portable fencing with opportunity for plaque sponsors to be placed on fence area. Volunteers are needed to assist with set up and other responsibilities. Social Committee is currently being formed to assist with ribbon cuttings, etc. Social Media Committee will assist with other Chamber events.


PROGRAM:         Liz Rozelle – Director  – The library began as the Wright Memorial Library in a small building on Smith Street, staffed with volunteers. Howard Gregory and Don Bonnet offered the old pharmacy building to the public library and it moved to the current location. It opened its doors in 2001 and began with a staff of seven members. Growth has increased significantly and the library now has a staff of 15. In 2019 the library received approval to expand the building and now has the following improvements: Improved library environment, increase in number of bathroom facilities, meeting space, beautiful new building, offering as an amenity to the community.


The mission of the library is to serve the community and to allow patrons to connect, inspire and discover.


The library offers an outreach service for patrons who are unable to make it to the library due to illness or disability, as well as residents of nursing homes within the district.  Materials are picked up and delivered on a monthly basis.


The library offers resident cards, nonresident cards, student cards, educator cards and reciprocal borrowing cards to cover a variety of needs for patrons.


Programs were affected by COVID but are returning to many in-person events. Story time for children has returned as well as a summer reading program at Morrow’s Meadow. Make and Take crafts is an added feature for summer, as well.


Much more than books is offered and includes: eBooks, Audio Books, Hot Spots, Roku Streaming Sticks, Public Computers, Printing, Free wi-fi, Free comprehensive data bases, Free faxing and scanning, Free Notary Service, Reading contests, and programming for all ages.


Membership is supported by tax funds as well as membership fees for non-residents. Friends of the Library conduct a summer book sale to assist the library programs.  The library is a gathering place for tweens and teens with culinary clubs and other programs planned for fall.


A special chair was placed in the reading area donated by the family of Betsy Cartwright in her memory as a former librarian in the Yorktown public schools.


MISCELLANEOUS NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:  WIPB planning a documentary about Yorktown and would like people to sign up to be part of the video to provide information about the town. More information can be seen on the Ball State -WIPB Website; Oliver Building Ribbon Cutting scheduled for June 16, 2022, 5:30 p.m.; Quotes for updating Chamber Website will be discussed at Board meeting in June; Hot Air Balloon Event scheduled for August 6 – Contact Vicki Veach; Job Fair scheduled at Ivy Tech on Cowan Rd. See Website for further details.


TIP OF THE MONTH:       Mark Goodpaster –  To clean a microwave, place cup of water in the microwave and heat for three minutes. This will moisten any residue on the surfaces and make clean up easy; if you find a hair in your meal at a restaurant salt everything on the place before you send it back. You will know if a new plate of food was prepared; The best place to park in the city at night is in front of a bank building because there are lots of lights and security cameras; If you need to find directions in a city, ask a pizza delivery person; to interact with animals at a zoo, wear the same color shirt as the workers at the zoo; Sleeping on your right side causes you to fall asleep faster; items dry more quickly in the dryer if you throw in a dry bath towel.