Yorktown Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Chamber Meeting

September 15, 2015

Mellott Family Center


INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME: Barbara Baker, Al Baker, Sarah McCord, Carolyn “Buffy” Grieves, Kelly Shrock, Chris Day, Angie Rogers-Howell, Brian Haughn, Lisa Lay, Leslie Baim, Maureen Walby, Patti Decker, Niccole Mansker, Mary Ann Stroeh, Brendon Comp, Rich Lee, Starr Manning, Steve Perry, Pete Olson, Keith Gary, Kelly Stites, Marcey Minton, Rick Yencer, Melissa Buccur


QUESTION OF THE DAY: How did you spend your Labor Day holiday? Spent weekend with friends and children, stayed in town, did nothing, spent time with friends without their children, watched football, sold apple cider, went out for a drive, rested, had fun with Mickey Mouse and family.


SECRETARY REPORT:  Approved as submitted.


TREASURER REPORT:  Approved as presented.


AWARD LUNCHEON REPORT: Sarah McCord, Starr Manning, Melissa Buccur – Categories include the following: Outstanding Educator, Outstanding Public Servant, Community Impact – Business, Community Impact- Individual. Awards will include luncheon at Mellott Family Center, cost $10.00 per person, December 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Special email to be sent in October with details.


LUMINARY REPORT: Barbara Baker – Will be sending out letters for sponsorships and vendors for event.


TOWN REPORT: Pete Olson – The signs are up on I-69 at exit 241 (332) and are very nice; Splash pad is open and will remain open, weather permitting; Council meeting on Monday, September 21, discussion to include 4 for the 4th, budget hearing, paving schedule. Clean up day scheduled for October 17; Yorktown Council for the Arts; and discussion on lake.


TIP OF THE MONTH: Pete Olson – “Active Listening” – a way of listening that improves understanding. Be a better active listener by focusing on the subject, avoid distractions, be seated closely enough to hear, acknowledge emotional state and respond.


PROGRAM: Kelly Shrock and Marcey Minton – Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County- The Community Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with offices located at Mulberry and Jackson Streets in Muncie. Its current endowment is $55 million and has granted $2.5 million back into the community.  Currently it funds five scholarships which include the Jim Leffler scholarship for runners and cross country athletes, the Robin Lindsey scholarship, the Carolyn Lucas scholarship, the Robert and Wanda McKibben scholarship, and the Yorktown Lions scholarship.


The Town of Yorktown endowment includes the following: 2009 – Yorktown Mt. Pleasant Community Library Programming for adult patrons, LifeStream Services Pergola and furniture at Pilgrim Place Apartments; 2010 – Yorktown – Mt. Pleasant Township Community Library Young adult summer book program, Hillcroft Services, trees for the environmental education program; 2011 – Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, inaugural Four for the Fourth event, Town of Yorktown, Town Manager, Disc golf course at Lion’s Club Park; 2012 – Yorktown Ban Booster Association, Summer band program; 2013 –Town of Yorktown, Town Manager, Community dog park project, Yorktown – Mt. Pleasant Township Historical Alliance supplies to maintain collection; 2014 – Yorktown Chamber of Commerce Luminary Committee, lights for Yorktown Luminary festival, Yorktown Firefighters Association, Inc., Eagle Scout project to update flag pole area; 2015 – Reach Yorktown Ministry, Inc. Grant applications with instructions are available on line.


The foundation is launching a program called 30 Days of Community, with a video featuring Howard and Della Gregory and others who have contributed to the betterment of Yorktown and surrounding communities. Video was previewed at the meeting with Mrs. Della Gregory as a special guest.


NEW BUSINESS: Discussed the possibility of offering business sponsorships to cover costs of monthly breakfasts. Motion was made and carried. Sponsorships will begin in January 2016, with Morrison Woods being sponsor for January, Mark Goodpastor with Apex for February, 2016 and Cardinal Capital Management for March, 2016.  A sign-up sheet will be available at the October Chamber meeting.


MISCELLANEOUS NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: “In Her Heels” event, vote for Steve Perry; Refrigeration units for food pantry received; Harvest Dinner at Yorktown United Methodist Church, October 9, 4-7 p. m.; WIBU Award Luncheon, October 21 – Athena Awards; Crop Walk, 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 27 – College Avenue United Methodist Church; Yorktown Press Available on line on Thursdays, see sidebar on Star Press Website.




NEXT MEETING:  October 20, 2015 – Bring a Guest!