Feb 7, 2017
In spite of snow and frigid temperatures, the 2017 Membership Meeting of the Greater Ruby Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture had a good turnout. It was warm inside the Shack in Twin Bridges, and they provided an amazing array of appetizers and enough pizza for the whole town. Thank you to sponsors including Berkshire Hathaway and Montana Ranch Properties.
Members heard updates from out-going Chamber President, Karen Town; Sheridan, and Ruby Valley Hospital updates from RVHF representative Nondi Harrington; Director Bob Reimard updated on the Anderson-Simpson American Legion Post 89 building restoration and Veteran’s Wall memorial and the GRVCCA Buy Local Expo. Sue Marxer reported on the website and new payment capabilities for online renewals.
Main Street Improvement grant winners and their projects were announced by Julie Ward. From Twin Bridges: Twin Bridges Kid Country Daycare, Main Street Market, and Twin Bridges Library. In Sheridan, grants were awarded to Valley Assembly and Beacon Business for new signs.
Michelle VanDyke was unanimously approved as our new President, Ray Marxer as Vice President, and Julie Ward as Secretary/Treasurer. Karen will replace Michelle as Public Relations Director. Other Directors are Paul Marsh, Bob Reimard, Scott Payne, Chris Noon, and Sue Marxer. Learn more about your Directors under the Chamber tab of www.rubyvalleychamber.com
Sue announced an upcoming Chamber ad in conjunction with a feature on Sheridan in Fly Fish America. The magazine is distributed free in fishing and sporting goods stores as well as online. Another promotional project in planning stages is an information kiosk for Sheridan, and an upgrade of Twin Bridges Kiosk in Riverside Park. Members are encouraged to provide suggestions, help, or ideas concerning location, construction, and central map design.
This year we replaced the list of members with a mini-directory which includes basic categories and phone numbers of 2016 members. Those lists are easily reproduced and members are encouraged not only to check out the local businesses that are available, but to share them as handouts in their places of business. Check with Michelle or Karen if you would like extra directories.
Coming Up: Buy Local Expo – May 6th, 9 AM – 2 PM
Be sure to take advantage of this venue to show off your business and products. The Expo is absolutely free to Chamber Members, and a light lunch is provided. Contact Bob Reimard at 842-7900 to reserve your table since there is an inside limit of 40 tables. After the reservation deadline, any leftover tables will be offered to businesses in neighboring towns. Tables will be $55, and those vendors will receive a free year’s membership to the Ruby Valley Chamber.
We are winding down membership renewals for 2017. Although we will activate members throughout the year, we encourage you to get your renewal or new membership in.
All 2017 members will be featured in next year’s Membership Directory handout. Our ad in Fly Fish America promotes the Chamber website which we expect will increase exposure for member businesses.
Don’t miss this opportunity!