Our 2015 Annual Membership meeting was held on Tuesday February 17 at the In Back Steakhouse and Restaurant. Several current and potential new members enjoyed appetizers and drinks before the general session meeting at 6. The 2014 officers and directors were recognized and thanked for their contributions to the Chamber:
- President: Luke Codingley, Dell, KACE
- Secretary / Treasurer: Julie Ward, Julie Ward, CPA
- Agriculture – Chris Noon, Community Volunteer
- Membership – Karen Walsh Town, Ruby Valley National Bank
- Chamber Affiliates (Southwest MT, etc.) – Paul Marsh, Wisconsin Creek Cabin Creations
- Community Projects – BoB Reimard, Alamo Aviation Art
The new officers and directors for 2015 were approved by the attending membership:
- President: Karen Walsh Town – Ruby Valley National Bank
- Vice President/President Elect – Need a Volunteer
- Secretary / Treasurer: Julie Ward – Julie Ward CPA
- Agriculture: Chris Noon – Community Volunteer
- Chamber Affiliates: Paul Marsh – Wisconsin Creek Cabin Creations
- Membership – Need a Volunteer
- Web – IT – Need a Volunteer
- Community Projects – BoB Reimard – Alamo Aviation Art
- Advertising & Public Relations – Need a Volunteer
- Director at Large – Scott Payne – Kirk Environment Engineering
- Director at Large – Ray Marxer – Ranch Services West
Ted Woirhaye, Sheridan Fire Chief, addressed and thanked the Chamber for their financial contribution to the department. Ted demonstrated the piece of equipment that was purchased with the help of the funds. The equipment will pinpoint hotspots in walls to more quickly and efficiently find hidden fires in buildings.
Kevin Allen, Project Manager, Helena Sand and Gravel, and Dean Harris, Montana DOT Project Manger, discussed the spring Hwy 287 construction project through Sheridan. The project will start the first week of March and the tentative timeline for completion is mid June. Kevin said there will be two superintendents on-site to mange the day to day activities and they will be available to ensure that the public will have safe access to the businesses and to help coordinate deliveries. Main Street will remain passable for through traffic though parking will be blocked on portions of Main Street depending on where the work is taking place. There was consensus that while Main Street may be difficult to maneuver for a very short period of time, the end result will bring an updated and fresh look to the entire town and will well be worth the small inconveniences.
Macel Anderson, the President of the Main Street Improvement Team, provided an update of their projects and activities for 2015. Their biggest project will soon be coming to completion when the antique lamp posts will be installed in conjunction with the Main Street project. Macel said they have been working for 10 years and are looking forward to the new Main Street. The group will continue with various enhancement projects. There are still four lamp posts available for purchase. Macel would love to hear from you if you would like to sponsor a light post!
Jack Leber, representing the Twin Bridges Community Association, shared their highlights and asked for volunteers for their various projects: Floating Floatillas, Fall Festival, Christmas Stroll and the placement of the nice decorations throughout town on the various holidays. The group does a great job of keeping Main Street attractive with flowers and festive decorations!
BoB Reimard announced the Buy Local Expo will be May 2 at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Businesses that are paid chamber members by March 17, may be entitled to a FREE table/display area the Expo! The building can accommodate about 45-50 businesses and if you are a new business in town or a business that does not have a Main Street presence, this is the place for you to showcase your services and wares to a crowd of 150 to 200 people! In the past, Chamber members paid $20 for the display area (non members are still $30) so the FREE table pays almost half of your 2015 Chamber dues ($55).
Tracey Pearce, Warren Swager, Ann Goldthwait, Matt Leber and Tom Shaffer were the lucky recipients of $25 to spend at any local Ruby Valley business.
Membership dues of $55 are due by March 17. The membership plaques will be mailed to each paid member around the first week of March. Consider your membership in the Chamber and investment in your local community.
Just a reminder, the officers and directors meet the typically the first Tuesday of each month at 5:15. If you would like to attend a meeting, you are welcome! Please call an officer or director for meeting location and time.