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P.O. Box 155
103 South Main Street
Palestine, IL 62451

Phone: 618-586-2222      Fax: 618-586-9477
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
August 10, 2010

President Marcus Deckard called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday August 10, 2010. Members present were Marcus Deckard, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Jeff Shaner, Jim Clark, Lisa Clark, Bob Taylor, Eugene Reinbold, Darrel Ault, Beulah Bowen, Brad Surrells, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the July meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurers report. Fred McNair made the motion to accept the report, second by Jim Clark. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from Bonnie Weger for Bull Bash tickets for a benefit.
LTC Performing Arts - No action taken.

OLD BUSINESS:
Bicentennial committee: Next meeting will be August 19. This is a week earlier than usual due to it being so close to Labor Day weekend. The Finance committee is setting guidelines for the other committees so that local businesses will not be contacted repeatedly for donations. Judy Beckes has agreed to do the cookbook, and Sue Lockhart will head the committee for the program book.

NEW BUSINESS:
Discussion was held on purchasing rain insurance for the Motorcycle Stunt show. For $17,500.00 coverage the cost would be $500.00. Jim Clark made the motion to purchase the insurance, seconded by Jim Kent. Motion carried.

Jim Kent made the motion to renew the annual maintenance agreement with Xerox. Second be Jim Clark and motion carried.

Lisa Clark - So far there are no contestants for the Miss Rodeo Illinois contest. The current Miss Rodeo and Miss PBA will be attending.

Cindy announced the work night for the chamber float will be Wednesday Aug. 25th at 6:30pm at Surrells store.

Thursday night cookout will be Sept. 2nd, beginning at 6:00pm behind the arena. Meat and drinks will be provided. Bill Sandiford (FRSB) will do the grilling. Bring a covered dish and lawn chairs.

Fred - The Expo is not going well so they have decided the hours will be Saturday 1:00 to 7:00pm and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00pm. An auction will be held in the tent, on Sunday at 2:00pm, of any and all recreational items that anyone wants to sell. The Chamber will receive a 10% buyer’s fee for all items sold. Bob Fiscus is the auctioneer.

Marcus announced a work day for Saturday august 14th at 7:00. The handicap ramp needs to be moved.
Jim Kent noted that there are some hydrants leaking in the campgrounds and two need to be replaced. Anyone with a weed eater should bring them on Saturday to cleanout around the bleachers and fences. There are also some holes that need to be filled in.

In comparing ticket sales with the same time last year, sales are down almost 50%. A great deal of thought needs to be done about what direction we need to take for next year. After some discussion, a decision that NO contracts should be signed before a decision is made.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Donna Kent Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
JULY 13, 2010

President Marcus Deckard called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday July 13, 2010. Members present were Marcus Deckard, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Jeff Shaner, Jim Clark, Rad Burkett, Michael Fulling, Lisa Clark, Bob Taylor, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the June meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurers report. Fred McNair made the motion to accept the report, second by Bob Taylor. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from Sue Richardson at the Palestine Food Pantry for their donation.

OLD BUSINESS:
Bicentennial Committee: Fred reported the fish fry cleared about $800.00. Judy Beckes has agreed to do the cook book. Need a chairman for the Ag Day. Really need to come up with more fund raisers, and am willing to do another fish fry.

Jim Kent noted that Dee Everingham has all the old light poles down. He has taken down five old poles and has six or seven hours work in on this particular job. Due to circumstances he is no longer working for free, so a decision needs to be made on the amount to be paid. Bob Taylor made a motion to pay Dee $400.00, seconded by Michael Fulling. The motion did not carry. Discussion was held. Rad Burkett made the motion to pay Dee $100.00 per pole, for 5 poles, seconded by Jeff Shaner. Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS:
Due to health reasons, Dee Fulling will not be able to help in the Chamber’s souvenir stand at the park on Labor Day weekend. Michael will check with Kyle to see if he will still help, but will need one or two more people to help them. Also, the Bicentennial committee is selling T-shirts for $12.00, and are available at the Chamber office.

Fred - decision needs to be made on the colors for the front of the Chamber building and the awning.

Lisa Clark - So far there are no contestants for the Miss Rodeo Illinois contest.

Meeting adjourned at 7:20pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Donna Kent Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
JUNE 8, 2010

President Marcus Deckard called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday June 8, 2010. Members present were Marcus Deckard, Eugene Reinbold, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Jeff Shaner, Jim Clark, Brad Surrells, Beulah Bowen, Pat Schofield, Bob Taylor, Jim and Donna Kent. Guest Mike Leland, human resource at Marathon.

Minutes of the May meeting were approved.

Treasurers Report - dispense

Mike Leland, of Marathon, gave a presentation concerning MAPCAP activities in the county. They sponsor Safety Fair Day in the spring, Character Education in the fall, and Hazard Waste Day each year at all the county schools. They make donations to many groups and organizations, as well as the local food banks. “We do our best to be a good neighbor and welcome feed back from the community. If you have any concerns or questions, please let us know.” Meetings are the second Thursday of the month at the Robinson Community Center, with dinner at 5:30, and everyone is welcomed to attend.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Tanner Harvey Memorial Golf Scramble
Thank You from the Illinois Tourism Information Center - Marshall.

OLD BUSINESS:
Bicentennial committee: Fred reported the committees have been formed and some have been having meetings and reporting their ideas to the core committee. Meetings are the last Thursday of the month at 6:00pm at the Chamber office. Anyone interested is invited to attend. The committee is having a fund raiser Fish Fry on Friday, June 25th, on Main Street. Serving will begin at 5:00pm until the fish runs out. The Souvenir committee will have a Desert Bar of cake, pie, brownies and cookies. The Opera House will be open for diners in case of bad weather, or if people prefer to eat inside. Fred is trying to find a sponsor for some entertainment. Committee members need to be there by 4:00pm if possible.

MMA Pro Boxing Event - has not returned calls to Marcus.

NEW BUSINESS:
Tanner Harvey Memorial Golf Scramble will be held August 15th at Quail Creek Country Club. Beulah Bowen made the motion to be a hole sponsor at $100.00, seconded by Jeff Shaner. Motion carried.

Bob Taylor thanked everyone who attended the AMVETS annual Memorial Day service on May 31st at the Palestine cemetery and reminded of Flag Day on June 14th. He thanked the Chamber for their donation for flag markers that were placed on military graves through out the community. There is still a need for approximately 200 more.

Beulah reported on the Central Illinois Tourism meeting she recently attended. The booklet they have been doing every year will now be done every other year. They are putting out pamphlets that will be done for Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter, and she believes this is a better way for the Chamber to advertise our local yearly events. She also stated that the July 12th all day meeting with Cory Jobe, will be attended by some of the Central Illinois Tourism board.

Discussion was held on how to help the local Food Bank. Beulah made the motion to donate $200.00, seconded by Jeff Shaner. Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
MAY 11, 2010

President Marcus Deckard called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday May 11, 2010. Members present were Marcus Deckard, Eugene Reinbold, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Jeff Shaner, Michael Fulling, Lisa Clark, Rad Burkett, Bob Taylor, Jim and Donna Kent. Guest Sue Richardson representing the Palestine Food Bank.

Minutes of the April meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurer’s report. Michael Fulling made the motion to accept the report, seconded by Jim Kent. Motion carried

Sue Richardson reported that the Palestine Food Bank serves people from the area east of route #1 from the Clark County to the Lawrence County line. This area has been serving an average of 118 families and 350 individuals each month. The food bank can purchase food from the Urbana Food Bank much cheaper than an individual can from their local grocery store, so monetary donations are greatly appreciated. Some of the items that are not always available are flour, sugar, oats, canned fruit and juices. They are also in need of a stepladder, a good refrigerator, shelving, an outside ramp and posts to hang their sign. They receive donations from several individuals, organizations, grocery stores and local churches, but there is always a need for additional supplies.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Crawford County Babe Ruth - donation
Palestine Girls Softball - donation
Palestine Youth Baseball - donation
Michael Fulling made the motion to donate $100.00 to each organization, second by Donna Kent. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
Concession stands: The Booster Club has awarded their scholarships. They are working on plans for the concession stands for Labor Day weekend. They are not sure if they have enough in the treasury to cover all expenses, and may need advance money. They will have a better idea closer to Labor Day.

The Bicentennial committee is planning a Fish Fry on Main Street for June 25th.
The next Bicentennial meeting will be at the Chamber office on May 20th at 6:00pm.

NEW BUSINESS:
The Illinois High School Rodeo will be held on June 17, 18 and 19th. Bob Taylor made the motion to place an ad in their program book at $95.00. Michael Fulling seconded the motion and it carried.

Bill Reese has contacted Marcus about renting the arena for a MMA Pro Boxing event. More information is needed before any action is taken.

Discussion was held on raising the ticket price to the radio station from $10.00 to $12.00, for the Labor Day arena events. Motion to raise the price was made by Rad Burkett, seconded by Bob Taylor. Motion carried.

Bob Taylor noted that the AMVETS would have their annual Memorial Day service at 1:30 on May 31st at the Palestine cemetery. Everyone is invited to attend. The service will be held rain or shine.

Jim Kent will be meeting with Oties’ Electric to do a walk through for the lighting work at the arena. There may be more expense if the concession stands, ticket office, secretary office, one bathroom and the announcers stand have not been figured in on the estimate. The charge for the Expo tent has been figured in on the estimate. Otie would like to start work next week, weather permitting.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
APRIL 13, 2010

President Marcus Deckard called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday April 13, 2010. Members present were Marcus Deckard, Jim Clark, Cindy Boyd, Jeff Shaner, Michael Fulling, Beulah Bowen, Bob Taylor and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the March meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurer’s report. Jeff Shaner made the motion to accept the report, seconded by Michael Fulling. Motion carried

CORRESPONDENCE:
Crawford County Council for The Arts purchase award. Michael Fulling made the motion to make a purchase at the art show not to exceed $250.00, seconded by Beulah Bowen. Motion carried. Michael will make the selection.

Relay For Life donation. Since the Chamber makes the donation during the Tough Enough To Wear Pink, a letter of explanation will be sent.

Post Prom: Bob Taylor made the motion to make the same donation as in the past, certificates for 10 T-shirts. Jeff Shaner seconded and the motion passed.

OLD BUSINESS:
Concession stands: The Booster Club is re-organizing with temporary officers Jana Halter, president, Marie Hurst, vice president, and Mindy Berton as secretary/treasurer. Michael reported a good turnout for the meeting, and a membership drive will be conducted. Dues will be $5.00 per person and $10.00 per family. They will have a meeting in June.

The next Bicentennial meeting will be at the Chamber office on April 29th at 6:00pm.

The contract with Dennis Stroughmatt (Creole style music) has been signed for the Friday night entertainment. A portable stage will be needed.

Mosquito spraying bill: The Leaverton Park board will be paying half the charge.

NEW BUSINESS:
Palestine Food Pantry: Beulah reported the need for donations of food and money since the pantry is now serving so many more families than in previous years. They can purchase more food with monetary donations through the Illinois Food Bank than an individual can at grocery stores. The money can not be used for cleaning supplies, operating supplies, band aids, first aid kits, coffee etc. Sue Richardson and/or Julie Brooks will be invited to attend the May meeting with more information.

Jim Clark reported that the Palestine Bull Bash won first place for Event Of The Year at a meeting in St Joseph, MO.

Bob Taylor noted that the AMVETS will have their annual Memorial Day service on May 31st at the Palestine cemetery. Everyone is invited to attend. The service will be held rain or shine.

With many events being planed for the Bicentennial celebration, Michael Fulling suggested a large yearly calendar be placed in the Chamber office listing the meetings, events etc. As more plans are made, they can be added and everyone will know more of what is happening, and eliminate conflicts with scheduling.

Beulah Bowen will be attending a Central Illinois Tourism meeting in Charleston on April 23rd. Michael Fulling made the motion to pay for two dinners @ $15.00 and re-reimburse her for gasoline. Donna Kent seconded and the motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:55pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
MARCH 9, 2010

President Marcus Deckard called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday March 9, 2010. Members present were Marcus Deckard, Cindy Boyd, Fred McNair, Jeff Shaner, Eugene Reinbold, Clint Knoblett, Darrel (Spud)Ault, Lisa Clark, Michael Fulling, Beulah Bowen, Bob Taylor, Jim and Donna Kent. Guest Janice Wilson.

Minutes of the December meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurer’s report. Fred McNair made the motion to accept the report, seconded by Bob Taylor. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank you from PPPS for $100.00 donation.

Thank you from Brad Surrells for the Citizen of The Year award.

Palestine Brain Bowl will be held again this year, and Michael Fulling made the motion to sponsor two teams, at $100.00. Jeff Shaner seconded the motion and it carried.

The PDA will again be sponsoring the Golf In The Park. Jim Kent made the motion to sponsor a hole at $50.00, seconded by Michael Fulling. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
There is still a need for a campground maintenance manager and for someone to do the advertising.

There were some complaints about placement at the street fair, and how to keep visitors and vendors around longer. Beulah Bowen suggested having an auction, and Donna suggested moving the pedal tractor pull to afternoon. Possibly a committee should be formed to work on ideas. Donna will check with Ann to see if they need help, or if they would like someone else to take over the street fair.

Due to the absence of Jim Clark, there was no information on the bill for mosquito spraying.

NEW BUSINESS:
Fred reported on the county wide Bicentennial meeting set for March 25th at 7:00pm, at the Grade School. Letters will be sent soon, to organizations, clubs, businesses and individuals, inviting them to attend. The logo has been approved and the letterhead will be approved soon. Plans are to kick off the celebration at the Chamber dinner in February 2011, and end with a week long celebration beginning on Sunday October 2nd and end on October 8th. The core committee consists of Fred McNair, Jeff Shaner, Rob Byrley, Janice Fuller, Michael Fulling, Beulah Bowen, Kent Boyd and Donna Kent.

Beulah Bowen noted that the Central Illinois Tourism membership dues are due. Darrell Ault made the motion to pay the $125.00 dues, seconded by Michael Fulling. Motion carried.

Beulah also noted that Breanna Wesley received 5th place in the National competition and a letter of congratulations should be sent from the Chamber.

Bob Taylor noted that the AMVETS would be going to Danville on Sunday afternoon for bingo.

Jim Kent wanted to set the record straight about rumors he and others have been hearing. The Chamber did not spend $95,000.00 on infrastructure last year. The actual total was $57,000.00, and $40,000.00 was from grants and donations. The actual cost to the Chamber was $17,000.00.

Meeting adjourned at 7:50pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
JANUARY 12, 2010

President Brad Surrells called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday January 12, 2010. Members present were Brad Surrells, Marcus Deckard, Cindy Boyd, Jeff Shaner, Jim Clark, Eugene Reinbold, Clint Knoblett, Darrel (Spud)Ault, Lisa Clark, Michael Fulling, Beulah Bowen, Bob Taylor, and Donna Kent. Guest Angie Ladell from the American Red Cross.

Minutes of the December meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurer’s report. Fred McNair made the motion to accept the report, seconded by Jim Clark. Motion carried.

Lisa Ladell reported that due to the bad weather, the Red Cross has a short supply of blood for Crawford County. She ask for our support in getting the word out in our area about the blood drive on January 19th, at the Palestine High School from 12:30 to 5:30. Anyone age 18 or older, and weighing at least 110 pounds, can be a donor. 16 and 17 year olds may donate with the consent of a parent or guardian. The donation a unit of blood can save up to three lives.

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:
The nominating committee presented the slate of proposed officers and directors for 2010 as follows:
President - Marcus Deckard
1st Vice President - Fred McNair
2nd Vice President - Lisa Clark
Secretary - Donna Kent
Treasurer - Cindy Boyd
Two Year Directors - Beulah Bowen, Jim Clark, Rad Burkett
One Year Directors - Eugene Reinbold, Michael Fulling, Jeff Shaner

Bob Taylor made the motion to accept the proposed slate, seconded by Jeff Shaner. Motion carried.

Fred reported the dinner meeting would be held at the Palestine Grade School on February 17th. Social will begin at 6:00pm with dinner served at 6:30 by Kay Holscher.

Cindy has some questions about a bill from the Village for mosquito spraying in the amount of $440.45, for May through September. Jim Clark will check with the Village.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank you from Susan Goodwine for gift certificate.

Thank you from PGS Character Education for donation.

Jeff reported the Bicentennial meeting was held with a good turnout. Several items were discussed, with a lot of input from those present. There will be a meeting on March 25th, for all those interested in helping with the celebration. Fred also noted that it was a good meeting, and that the core committee will meet each month on the last Thursday of the month. Beulah and Donna are working on the final logo to be used on all advertising. The basic design was selected from those submitted by Phyllis Moraga.

Beulah asked about the office being closed for several days, and was told it was due to Ann having a sick child.

Meeting adjourned at 7:25pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
DECEMBER 8, 2009

President Brad Surrells called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday December 8, 2009. Members present were Brad Surrells, Marcus Deckard, Cindy Boyd, Jeff Shaner, Jim Clark, Eugene Reinbold, Clint Knoblett, Bob Taylor, Rad Burkett and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the November meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurer’s report. Jim Clark made the motion to accept the report, seconded by Eugene Reinbold. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
Thanks to Susan Goodwine, the Chamber has received a Tourism grant in the amount of $10,000.00 for the arena lighting project. There is also a $500.00 donation from Marathon for the project.

Due to the lack of interest of participants, there will be no Christmas lighting contest this year.

NEW BUSINESS:
Nominating committee for 2010 officers and directors are Marcus Deckard and Jim Clark.

Jim Clark made a motion to give Ann Richardson a Christmas bonus of $100.00. Second was by Rad Burkett and motion carried.

Cindy passed out copies of the proposed budget, to be discussed and voted on at the January meeting.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Gospel Heirs- $40.00 for program ad for the Senior Citizens New Years Eve party. Motion was made by Cindy Boyd, seconded by Jeff Shaner, motion carried.

PGS Character Education - Jim Clark made the motion to donate $100.00, seconded by Donna Kent. Motion carried.

PPPS- Donna Kent made the motion to pay $100.00 for membership, seconded by Rad Burkett. Motion carried.

The Robinson Kiwanis requested the use of the arena parking lot for a circus next April. Jim Clark made the motion to allow the arena use with the condition of proof of insurance, with the Chamber included. Second by Bob Taylor and motion carried.

Jim Clark: The Fort LaMotte Rangers are having a Creole Band in April during their encampment. They would like to bring them back over the Labor Day weekend. They are receiving a grant, so they are not sure of the cost. Bob Taylor suggested tabling a decision until more information is obtained.

The Village has added to their budget for help in paying rent and expenses for the Senior Citizens Center, the Christian Church has done the same and PDA is looking for additional help with the increased costs. Jim Clark made the motion to continue to pay $40.00 per month for January through July, 2010 at $40.00 per month. Seconded by Bob Taylor. Motion carried.

Marcus Deckard - Would like to place some lighting on the West side of the arena. The area behind the bleachers is fairly dark and the lighting would also help the two main entrances and concession stands.

Meeting adjourned at 7:50pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent Secretary

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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
NOVEMBER 10, 2009

President Brad Surrells called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday November 10, 2009. Members present were Brad Surrells, Jeff Shaner, Fred McNair, Beulah Bowen, Jim Clark, Bob Taylor, Rad Burkett and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the October meeting were approved.

In the absence of Cindy Boyd, the treasurer’s report was given by Jeff Shaner. Jim Clark made the motion to accept the report, seconded by Rad Burkett. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
Discussion was held concerning the continuation of the arena lighting project. Due to the fact that the north-east pole has fallen into the arena, there is no choice but to continue with the project. It is not known at this time if Marathon will make a donation. Susan Goodwine is writing for a Tourism grant, but that can not be counted on as a certainty. Fred McNair made the motion to continue with the lighting project at an approximate cost of $18,000.00, with funding to be determined at a later date. Seconded by Jeff Shaner, motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS:
Jim Clark made the motion to pay Mr. Schlomer $250.00 for repairs on the roof of the office building. Seconded by Rad Burkett, motion carried.

Brad named the Bicentennial committee for 2011 as follows: Chairman - Fred McNair, Beulah Bowen, Jeff Shaner, Michael Fulling and Donna Kent. Meetings will start after the first of the year. Beulah announced that a grant of $54,000.00 had been approved, and would be received in 2010. Suggestions for logos will be taken until the first of the year.

Cindy would like all budget requests turned in as soon as possible.

Discussion was held on changing the motorcycle stunt show to Monday afternoon at 1:00pm.(Labor Day). Due to the fact that there were so many complaints about no activities after the parade, and the conflict with area football games on Friday night and many of our visitors are from Indiana, (the hour time difference) could be a factor in the low attendance.

Donna made the motion to split the cost of Main Street Christmas trees and decorations with the Village at a cost of approximately $200.00. Seconded by Jim Clark, motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
None

Meeting adjourned at 7:25pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
OCTOBER 13, 2009

President Brad Surrells called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday October 13, 2009. Members present were Brad Surrells, Cindy Boyd, Marcus Deckard, Eugene Reinbold, Jeff Shaner, Beulah Bowen, Jim Clark, Bob Taylor, Michael Fulling, Jim and Donna Kent. Guests were Sara Bickers and Heather Rotramel.

Minutes of the September meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurer's report.

She will not have full report of Labor Day celebration until all bills have been received. Jeff Shaner made the motion to accept the report, seconded by Eugene Reinbold. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:
Sara Bickers and Heather Rotramel, representing the Tough Enough to wear Pink committee, will be having a raffle for a saddle or $500.00 cash. Tickets are $5.00, and the drawing will be held on August 14th unless all tickets are sold before that date. They also requested the use of the arena and concession stand on August 13th and 14th , 2010 for an open (barrel race) horse show. Since the date is so close to Labor Day, the decision may depend on the status of the lighting project work and grounds condition. After discussion, it was decided to table the request until the November meeting.

Cindy would like all committee budget requests by the November meeting.

Bob Taylor reminded everyone of the Veterans Day programs taking place on November 11th.

Beulah Bowen noted that someone has been messing with the horse and rider at Maddox Park.

Jim Kent reported that the grass has been seeded behind the bleachers at the arena.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Request from the Eagles Aux. for donation for the children’s Halloween party. Michael Fulling made the motion to donate $50.00, seconded by Jeff Shaner. Motion carried.

Thank You from Katie Chaffin, Miss Rodeo Illinois.

Meeting adjourned at 7:50pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent Secretary

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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
SEPTEMBER 15,2009

President Brad Surrells called to order the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2009. Members present were Brad Surrells, Jeff Shaner, Michael Fulling, Clint Knoblett, Bob Bowen, Beulah Bowen, Fred McNair, Marcus Deckard, Eugene Reinbold, and Cindy Boyd. Susan Goodwine arrived midway through the meeting.

Minutes of the August meeting were approved.

The treasurer’s report was given by Cindy Boyd. Fred McNair made the motion to accept the report, seconded by Jeff Shaner. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS
It was discovered that there would not be a First Friday in October prior to the Wine & Arts Festival. No other plans were made to have a fish fry at a later date.

LABOR DAY REVIEW
Marcus brought a list of items for review before 2010. Other members voiced their concerns as well. All of the items are listed as follows:

1) Catwalk behind chutes should be clear per Jackson-Walkowe. There are too many
kids/onlookers who had no reason to be there.
2) Southeast corner by alleyway - man put arm through fence
3) Seed grass on west end behind bleachers
4) Ticket prices for children on Friday night too high, according to spectators
5) Campers - nothing to do on Monday
6) No carnival on Monday
7) Split big pen in back (buy panels?)
8) Another water hydrant
9) 2 pick up men next year
10) Bulls need to run in & out more often
11) Security - no one at gates (front & back)
12) Sponsors - need more sponsors, need to review packages

Bob Bowen suggested that Board of Directors sit down & plan for next year and review everything.

Susan Goodwine suggested moving the performance time up because of the Indiana crowd. The performance starts at 8:30 their time.

Susan reported that there was 100 pounds of sausage left from the Chuckwagon Breakfast. Gene Purcell indicated to her that something would need to be done with it. Some of the members indicated that they would each buy a 10 pound box, and it’s selling for $23.00 per box. Susan will first check with the Oblong Fire department to see if they want to buy it for the pancake supper to be held during the Fall Follies. If that is not an option, Bob & Beulah will take the rest to the farmer’s market to sell on Saturday. It is currently being stored at Brock’s.

Fred was confident that the outdoor expo went well enough to pursue it in 2010. Comments from attendees were that they would like to see more vendors that had something to sell. He stated that he asked each vendor before the event was over if they had an interest in returning next year. All were yes, except 2 maybes. A raffle was done to help offset expenses, with the rifle garnering the most tickets sold. Another location must be found for the tent before next year.

Beulah reported on the clown lunch. She indicated that there were 40 hot dogs left out of 200.

Mike commended Marcus & his welding crew, and Jim Kent who worked tirelessly to do the arena reconfiguration.

Bob Bowen stated that there were some people who brought lawn chairs into the arena, causing an issue with people sitting behind them.

CORRESPONDENCE
The chamber received thank you notes from the PHS/HHS golf team for the recent Tanner Harvey golf outing sponsorship, and the Relay for Life.

Brad stated that a special meeting will be called about Labor Day review.

Brad will speak with Ann about meeting notices by email & postcards.

The meeting adjourned at 8:07pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy A Boyd, Acting Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
AUGUST 11, 2009

The general meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce was called to order at 7:00pm by President Brad Surrells. Members present were Brad Surrells, Eugene Reinbold, Fred McNair, Jim Clark, Marcus Deckard, Michael Fulling, Lisa Clark, Cindy Boyd, Jeff Shaner, Bob and Beulah Bowen, Rad Burkett, Janice Fuller, Bob Taylor, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the July meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurers report. Jeff Shaner made the motion to accept the report, seconded by Jim Clark. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
There have been no more logo designs submitted as yet for the Bi-centennial celebration in 2011. Donna will contact the remaining people again and will hopefully have designs for the September meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:
Cindy Boyd - there will be a work night for the float on Tuesday the 25th at 6:30pm, at Larry Surrells building. All help will be appreciated.

Tough Enough To Wear Pink - Flamingos are moving around very well and so far have taken in around $800.00. T-shirts are not yet in, but should be soon. Would also like to have 2 tickets per survivors for the 3 night performances. They will also be riding on the float in the parade.

Arena and campground projects- Rad and his crew have replaced roof on the ticket office and the secretary’s office. There are still several things to be done, and some projects to finish. We need to complete welding of the arena fence, re-nail loose boards and replace broken boards in the stockade fence, moving of handicap ramp, replace leaking faucets and GFIs in campground and general clean up of large rocks and cement. In arena and in the areas where the bleachers were moved. Once the welding is finished on the arena fence, Donna can finish the painting. Dee Evringham will be at the arena Wednesday night at 8:00pm to direct the lights and would like several people there to help spot dark spots. The gravel shooter will be there Thursday morning for the gravel in front of the bleachers.

CORRESPONDENCE:
None

MISC:
Janice Fuller - Not too many entries for the parade so far. Ribbons have been ordered. Still need judges and would like a four seated golf cart for the them.

Eugene Reinbold - Water has been run for Fort LaMotte, and would like to run electric after Labor Day.

Fred McNair - The Outdoor Expo is going well. The tent will be set up on the 28th, the contract is with Terre Haute Tent and Awning. Just need to figure out where to hook up for the electric. The Expo will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Michael Fulling has agreed to take care of selling souvenirs.

Lisa Clark reported two contestants for the Miss Rodeo Illinois contest.

Jim Clark - The T-shirts are in and the hats should be in by Monday.

The appreciation cook-out will be held on Thursday September 3rd.

Rad Burkett - Will take care of the insurance for the volunteers and Mutton Bustin’ contestants.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40.

Respectfully submitted,

Donna Kent Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
JULY 14, 2009

The general meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce was called to order at 7:00pm by President Brad Surrells. Members present were Brad Surrells, Eugene Reinbold, Fred McNair, Jim Clark, Marcus Deckard, Steve Stork, Lisa Clark, Cindy Boyd, Jeff Shaner Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the June meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurers report. Jim Kent made the motion to accept the report, seconded by Fred McNair. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
There have been no more logo designs submitted as yet for the Bi-centennial celebration in 2011, but more are expected soon.

NEW BUSINESS:
Jim Clark: The bleachers have been moved, and plans are progressing on the motorcycle event and the bull bash.

Marcus Deckard: Weather permitting, there will be a work day at the arena each Saturday. The bucking chutes are in place, and the two new light poles are set. There is a lot of work yet to be done and all help is appreciated.

Jim Kent made the motion to sponsor a hole for the Tanner Harvey Memorial Golf Scramble at $100.00, seconded by Marcus Deckard. Motion carried.

Fred McNair made the motion to sponsor a basket for the PHS-HHS Cheerleaders fundraiser on August 13th for $52.00, seconded by Eugene Reinbold. Motion carried.

Fred McNair made the motion to donate two Sunday night tickets to the TETWP (Tough Enough To Wear Pink) to be given away at the Crawford County Fair, second by Jim Clark. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank you from the Crawford County Babe Ruth for the $100.00 donation.

Jim Clark made the motion to renew the service agreement with Xerox at $33.91 per month, seconded by Jim Kent. Motion carried.

MISC:
Fred McNair - The Outdoor Expo is still looking for more vendors. So far there are 22, with a not-for-profit group having a free spot this year. Since the area behind the bleachers would not be practical this year, the Expo will be located on the Babe Ruth Diamond. There will be security provided at night. If anyone would like to help, contact Fred McNair. Meetings are held the last Monday of the month at 6:00pm at the Chamber office.

Jim Kent- Work still to be done: pick-up crew for rocks, cement, etc. from arena, holes dug to re-set fence (Otie will be there Saturday using auger), re-set and weld fence, replace wiring, handicap ramp re-set and platform replaced, re-set gates, spot paint fence, Kocher to trench for tile, put in tile and risers, dirt for low spots and North-West gate, and Rad will need help with roofing the ticket and secretary offices.

Jeff Shaner asked about the float for the parade. Cindy stated that she has some ideas and will set a work night.

Lisa Clark- So far there are no entries for the Miss Rodeo Illinois contest.

Cindy Boyd- TETWP has a fundraiser that you can pay $10.00 to have a Pink Flamingo placed in someone’s yard, and they can pay $5.00 to place it is someone else’s yard. They are also working on a design for T-shirts. All proceeds will go to the Crawford Memorial Foundation.

Meeting adjourned at 7:20.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
JUNE 9, 2009

The general meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce was called to order at 7:00pm by President Brad Surrells at 7:00pm. Members present were Brad Surrells, Eugene Reinbold, Fred McNair, Beulah and Bob Bowen, Jim Clark, Marcus Deckard, Steve Stork, Bob Beyer Clint Knoblett, Lisa Clark, Bob Taylor, Rad Burkett, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the May meeting were approved.

Treasurers report: None

OLD BUSINESS:
We are in the process of finding a logo for the 2011 Palestine bicentennial celebration. A few have already been submitted and more are expected by the July meeting. We are contacting local artists for their input. The logo needs to be something that will be recognized on all advertising in a small or large format.

A phone vote for donation of $100.00 to Palestine Babe Ruth.

NEW BUSINESS:
Fred McNair made the motion to continue payment of rent for the Senior Citizens for six more months at $40.00 per month. Second by Jim Kent, motion carried.

Welcome new member Bob Beyer.

Marcus Deckard: Weather permitting, there will be a work day at the arena on Saturday 13th. Will be working on the handicap ramp, bucking chutes, bleachers, etc. Plans for roofing the ticket and secretary office are also being made.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank you from Cindy Boyd for the flowers, calls, cards and visits while in the hospital and since returning home.

MISC:
Bob Taylor reminded everyone about Flag Day and thanked those who came to the Memorial Day program held on Main street..

Fred McNair - The Outdoor Expo is not going as well as expected. They are still looking for more vendors. So far there are only ten, and hopes were for thirty. If anyone has suggestions or would like to help, contact Fred McNair. Meetings are held the last Monday of the month at 6:00pm at the Chamber office.

Beulah Bowen: The Central Illinois dues are $125.00 and are now due. Jim Clark made the motion to pay the dues, seconded by Rad Burkett. Motion carried.

Beulah also suggested doing a remote broadcast about ticket sales, the Outdoor Expo, Motocross, and the other activities.

The new office manager is Ann Dickerson, with part time help from Denise James and Dixie Scott.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30.

Respectfully submitted,

Donna Kent Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
MAY 12, 2009

The general meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce was called to order by 1st Vice President Fred McNair at 7:00pm on May 12, 2009. Members present were Brad Surrells, Eugene Reinbold, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Beulah Bowen, Dee Fulling, Jim Clark, Michael Fulling, Clint Knoblett, Jeff Shaner, Bob Taylor, Rad Burkett, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the April meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurers report. Jim Kent made the motion to accept the report seconded by Bob Taylor. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
None

NEW BUSINESS:
The Palestine Library will be having fundraisers to raise funds for the new library. Due to the added costs, another $200,000.00 is needed. Anyone who would like to see the plans is invited to view them at the library.

Discussion continued concerning a logo for the up-coming bi-centennial celebration in 2011. Donna Kent will contact local artists about submitting rough drafts for the June meeting. The logos will be used for all advertising, posters, brochures, etc.. We also need to check into copy right requirements and fees.

June First Friday will feature a fish fry sponsored by the PDA. Fred will be cooking the fish.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank you from Janice and Reese Fuller the new owners of The Rocking Horse..

MISC:
Bob Taylor reminded everyone about the Memorial Day program at 1:00pm on May 25th at the Palestine cemetery.

Fred McNair - The committee in charge of the Expo meets the last Monday each month at 6:00pm at the Chamber office, and anyone interested may attend. They are still looking for more vendors.
Jim Kent announce a work day Saturday at 7:00am at the arena if it isn’t raining. The new light poles, cross arms, and lights are in.

Dee - Tickets and campsites are on sale.

Dee also showed the Chamber purchase from the Crawford County Council of The Arts purchase. The painting was done by Larry Miller.

Meeting adjourned at 7:20.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent Secretary

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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
APRIL 14, 2009

The general meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce was called to order by President Brad Surrells at 7:00pm on April 14, 2009. Members present were Brad Surrells, Eugene Reinbold, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Bob and Beulah Bowen, Ross Holscher, Dee Fulling, Larry Surrells, Jim Clark, Michael Fulling, Steve Stork, Clint Knoblett, Jeff Shaner, Marcus Deckard, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the March meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurers report with a balance of $48,705.83. Fred McNair made the motion to approve the report seconded by Michael Fulling. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
None

NEW BUSINESS:
Chamber sponsorship of First Friday will continue with contribution of $150.00 per month.

Jim Kent made the motion to place an ad in the Crawford County Fair book at the cost of $65.00. Second by Steve Stork. Motion carried.

The Illinois High School Rodeo Association Finals will be held in Effingham June 18th through 20th. Larry Surrells made the motion to place an ad in the program book, second by Jim Kent. Motion carried.

The Village of Palestine and the PDA have priced the painting of the historical markers in Palestine and asked the Chamber to pay 1/3 of the cost. Steve Stork made the motion to pay the $216.67, seconded by Jeff Shaner. Motion carried.

A phone vote was made and passed, for the annual Crawford County Council of the Arts, purchase award at $250.00. Dee Fulling will make the purchase.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank you from the Hank Clark family.

MISC:
Fred McNair - The committee in charge of the Expo will meet the last Monday each month at 6:00pm at the Chamber office, and anyone interested may attend. They are trying for 30 vendors, and hope to have the tent in West end of the arena. The fee for a 10’ X 10’ space is $100.00. The price to enter the tent has not yet been decided.

Eugene Reinbold - Concerned about who is having paint ball fights in the park and around the arena.

Beulah Bowen asked about the passage of the budget for 2009. Donna evidently missed the motion made by Rad Burkett and seconded by Brad Surrells at the January 12th meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
March 10, 2009

President Brad Surrells called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00 pm on Tuesday March 10, 2009, Members present were Brad Surrells, Marcus Deckard, Eugene Reinbold, Jeff Shaner, Bob and Beulah Bowen, Bob Taylor, Clint Knoblett, Dee Fulling, Michael Fulling, Ross Holscher, Janice Fuller, Steve Stork, Lisa Clark, Sara Bickers, Jim and Donna Kent

Minutes of the January meeting were approved.

There was no treasurer's report due to the absence of Cindy Boyd.

OLD BUSINESS:
February Phone poll of officers and directors:
Sponsorship for Golf In The Park on April 5th - $50.00.
Crawford County Council for the Arts membership - $50.00.
Hiring of Ann Dickerson for summer office help.

NEW BUSINESS:
Palestine Youth Baseball request for donation. Bob Taylor made the motion to donate $100.00, seconded by Michael Fulling. Motion carried.

Palestine Girls Softball request for donation, Michael Fulling made the motion to donate $100.00, seconded by Bob Taylor, Motion carried.

Jim Kent made the motion to sponsor the Chamber team at the Pioneer Bram Bowl at $50.00, seconded by Steve Stork, Motion carried Jeff Shaner made the motion to sponsor a High School team, seconded by Beulah Bowen. Motion carried. Members of the championship team are Jeff Shaner, Brad Surrells, Michael Fulling and Cindy Boyd. They would like to have another team member, so if you are interested, contact Cindy.

The Fort LaMotte Rangers will have their Battle Reenactment on April 25 and 26. Since the Old Settlers Days at Red Hill has discontinued they contacted involved and hope to have many of the demonstrators and vendors participate. They also encourage any local organizations to set up food booths and dress in period clothing.

Janice Fulling reported the Parade committee had set prize categories of 3rd place at $100.00, 2nd place $200.00, 1st place $300.00 and the grand $500.00. The money will possibly encourage more participation by local and organizations. To accommodate the added prize money, Jim Kent made the motion to add $300.00 to the budget, second by Beulah Bowen. Motion carried.

Beulah Bowen - The cost for an ad in the Central Illinois Tourism Guide was $1800.00 in 2008. The Tourism grant covered $900,00 and the rest was sold to merchants at $10.00, which covered the total cost. With all the changes in the celebration it would be difficult to cover everything in that size ad. She has decided to advertise in other ways.

Fred will have a Illiana Hunting, Fishing & Camping Expo meeting March 30 at the Chamber office. Anyone interested in helping may attend

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank you from Cindy Boyd for naming her Citizen of the Year at Chamber banquet.
Thank You from PDA and Palestine Library for hole sponsorship for Golf In The Park.
Thank You from Palestine Academic Foundation for Book Fair donation.
Thank You from Character Ed Committee for donation for their chili supper.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary

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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
JANUARY 13, 2009

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday January 13, 2009. Members present were Jim Clark, Marcus Deckard, Fred McNair, Eugene Reinbold, Jeff Shaner, Brad Surrells, Rad Burkett, Cindy Boyd, Bob Taylor, Clint Knoblett, Dee Fulling, Michael Fulling, Ramona Knoblett, Jim and Donna Kent. Guests were Reese and Janice Fuller.

Minutes of the December meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurer report. Jim Kent made the motion to accept the report, second by Fred McNair. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
Winners of the Christmas Lighting contest were first place Vicky Perkins, second place Janet Richardson and third place Cinda Nelson.

Nominations for Officers and Directors for 2009 were presented as follows:
President Brad Surrells, 1st Vice Marcus Deckard, 2nd Vice Fred McNair, Treasurer Cindy Boyd, Secretary Donna Kent, Past President Director Jim Clark, 1 Year Directors Beulah Bowen, Larry Surrells, Rad Burkett, 2 Year Directors Michael Fulling, Eugene Reinbold, Rad Burkett.
Election and installation will be held at the Chamber Banquet at the Grade School on February 18th.

NEW BUSINESS:
Reese and Janice Fuller have agreed to take over organizing the Labor Day Parade. Discussion of categories, local participation, floats and prize money. Anyone interested in helping should contact Janice. All help will be greatly appreciated.

Crawford Memorial will again participate in the "Tough Enough To Wear Pink" over Labor Day weekend.

Fred - Character Education is having a Soup Supper at the Grade School from 4:30 to 6:30 on January 23.

The Eagles will be making the soup and would like a donation for supplies. Michael Fulling made a motion to donate $100.00 to help with supplies, seconded by Bob Taylor. Motion carried.

The Chamber dinner and annual meeting will be held |tt the Grade School on Wednesday February 18th. Social at 6:00, with dinner at 6:30.

Fred will have a White Tail Classic meeting at the Chamber office on Thursday the 15th at 6:00 for all those interested in helping.

Welcome flowers were sent to the new business, Main Street Bistro, owner Judy Beckes. Contributions were made to the caboose maintenance fund in memory of Jade Brenton.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Christmas card from Regions bank.

Christmas card from Julie Michelson, jewelry maker from Mansfield, IL, thanking Beulah, Dee, the Village and local police for the treatment of their personnel.

Christmas card and thank you from Cara Bennett for the $50.00 discount card on her mammogram through the "Tough Enough To Wear Pink" event.

Thank You from the Character Ed Program for the $100.00 donation.

President Clark - Thanks to everyone for all the help and cooperation over the last two years. I appreciate all of you.

Meeting adjourned at 7:25pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary

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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
DECEMBER 9, 2008

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday December 9, 2008. Members present were Jim Clark, Marcus Deckard, Fred McNair, Eugene Reinbold, Jeff Shaner, Steve Stork, Brad Surrells, Rad Burkett, Cindy Boyd, Bob Taylor, Clint Knoblett, Dee Fulling, Lisa Clark, Judie McCarter, Jim and Donna Kent.
Minutes of the November meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurer the report Fred McNair made the motion to accept the report, second by Steve Stork. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS: None

NEW BUSINESS:
President Clark appointed the award committee as Fred McNair and Brad Surrells, and the nominating committee as Rad Burkett and Jeff Shaner.

Jim Kent made the motion to continue to pay the rent for the Senior Citizens @ $40.00 per month for the next six months. Motion was seconded by Jeff Shaner. Motion carried.

Jeff Shaner made the motion to continue the support of the First Friday events @ $150.00 per month, seconded by Fred McNair. Motion carried.

Jim Kent made the motion to donate $150.00 for the Christmas trees that lined Main Street, seconded by Judie McCarter. Motion carried.

Fred McNair: Have not yet heard from Gander Mountain for Labor Day Weekend 2009.
Steve Stork and Bob Taylor thanked the Chamber for the donation of hats for the AMVETS State Commander and Vice Commander during their recent visit. They also enjoyed touring the Mullins plant, thanks to Jeff Shaner.

Lisa Clark: Our Miss Rodeo Illinois did not win the national title, but she did win some awards and a scholarship. Even though we will not be having a PRCA rodeo in 2009, we will still have the Miss Rodeo Illinois contest.

Jim Clark: Palestine earned the 3rd place Best Footing award from WPRA, and received a check for $300.00.

CORRESPONDENCE: None

Meeting adjourned at 7:20pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary

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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
NOVEMBER 18, 2008

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18, 2008. Members present were Jim Clark, Jeff Shaner, Rad Burkett, Clint Knoblett, Bob Taylor, Beulah Bowen, Jim Kent, Marcus Deckard, Eugene Reinbold, Judie McCarter, Larry Surrells, Dee Fulling, and Cindy Boyd. Fred McNair arrived mid-way through the meeting.

Minutes of the October meeting were approved.

The Treasurer's report was given by Cindy Boyd, Bob Taylor made the motion to accept the report, seconded by Dee Fulling. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
Arena Report

NEW BUSINESS:
The grant proposal was discussed that will bring a part-time coordinator to Palestine to serve the Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Palestine, the PPPS, and the Palestine Development Association. Bob Taylor moved to continue to participate in the grant proposal with the 3 other entities and provide office space for the coordinator if the grant is approved. Eugene Reinbold seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Jim Clark brought attention to the painting that Larry Miller donated to the Chamber of Commerce. It was previously commissioned by former resident Bill McFarland.

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce annual fee is due. Larry Surrells motioned, with Jeff Shaner providing the second to approve. Motion carried.

Larry Surrells made a motion, seconded by Eugene Reinbold to donate $100 to the PGS Character Education committee. Motion carried.

Bob Taylor made a motion, seconded by Beulah Bowen, to donate the same amount that has been donated in the past to the Palestine Academic Foundation. Motion carried.

A 2009 budget committee meeting was set for Monday, November 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the chamber office.

The Christmas Lighting contest was discussed. Jeff Shaner made a motion, seconded by Dee Fulling, to set 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize money amounts. Respectively they are $75.00, $50.00 and $25.00. Motion carried. Dee announced that Rhonda Webster, Judie McCarter and possibly Donna Kent will be judging the contest. Cindy Boyd will check with the Daily News about putting information in the newspaper.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank you notes were recently received from the LTC Performing Arts program; the 4-H Extension Foundation, and the Palestine Junior Soccer League Team.

Jeff Shaner mentioned that the Daily News will be running an ad special soon that will reduce the price of ½ page ads. Jeff Shaner made a motion, seconded by Larry Surrells to purchase a ½ page ad to place a "Thank You" for Labor Day weekend.

Jeff Shaner inquired about putting up the speakers and playing Christmas music on Main Street this season. He was given permission to do so.

Bob Taylor wanted to publicly thank the PGS for the Veteran's Day program. The AmVets were delighted with the program. He also recognized the Eagles for their program on Veteran's Day. Bob announced that the Illinois AmVet department commander will be visiting the Palestine post on Friday, November 21, from 4-6 p.m.

Beulah Bowen announced that she would be attending a tourism meeting on Thursday, November 20 in Robinson. The chamber has submitted a grant proposal for $5,000.00.

Beulah Bowen mentioned that the tourism council will soon be updating a Crawford County brochure. This led to a discussion about what we should change our festival name to since we will no longer be offering "rodeo." It was decided to call the festival "Pioneer City Pro Bull Riding."

A request was made for an ad in the New Year's Eve gospel sing program at the Robinson Community Center. Jeff Shaner made a motion, seconded by Fred McNair to donate $40.00 for the ad. Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:58 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy Boyd, Acting Secretary

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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
OCTOBER 14, 2008

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday October 14, 2008. Members present were Jim Clark, Marcus Deckard, Fred McNair, Eugene Reinbold, Bob and Beulah Bowen, Jeff Shaner, Steve Stork, Brad Surrells, Rad Burkett, Cindy Boyd, Bob Taylor, Clint Knoblett, Michael Fulling, Larry Surrells, Kyle and Dee Fulling, Jim and Donna Kent. Guests David Fulling and Nichole Hall.

Minutes of the September meeting and the September 23rd special meeting were approved aftpr corrections.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurer report. Bob Taylor made the motion to accept the report, second by Jim Kent. Motion carried.

Nicole Hall explained the Marathon survey that she asked the members to fill out and return. Marathon has been a good neighbor to Palestine and the surrounding communities for many years with their donations of time equipment and money to the area fire departments, schools, libraries, and individual organizations. We should let them know they are appreciated.

David Fulling showed slides of the property that is being donated by the Schmidt family for a Crawford County forest preserve. Proposed boat docks, parking area, walking trails, restrooms, etc. are some things being considered. Grants will be applied for to help with the costs. The proposal will be on the November ballot.

OLD BUSINESS:
Labor Day Celebration 2009 - Entertainment for Friday night in the arena - A big name band would be too cost prohibitive, and the chances of cancellation too risky. Jim Clark will check into possibility for Extreme Motocross. One prospect is out of Phoenix, AZ, and one in Orlando, FL. They have a 90 minute program, and can be done in the arena. Do not have a cost as yet, due in part to fluctuation of fuel prices. Ticket prices to be decided after cost is known.

Fred has contacted the Wild Life Federation, the Women in the Outdoors, and Deer Hunters about the Mid-West White Tail Classic. This could be held on the Babe Ruth Diamond and open for the entire weekend. Still need to contact Gander Mountain and others. The biggest expense for the Chamber would be renting a large tent.

NEW BUSINESS:
Bob Bowen made the motion, seconded by Steve Stork, to donate $100.00 to Lincoln Trail for The Performing Arts Department. Motion carried.

Beulah Bowen - A 50/50 grant is being written under the Village to hire a coordinator with a 2 year contract.. Since the Village can not do this alone, they would like to include the PDA, PPPS and the Chamber sharing the costs. There would be two representatives from each organization in charge. This person would be representing the Village in helping bring in new business and expand existing businesses, and coordinating all events going on in Palestine. This person would also be here to help with the Bi-Centenmal in 2011. After discussion, Eugene Reinbold made the motion to cooperate with PPPS, PDA and the Village in applying for the 50/50 grant to hire a coordinator. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from CMH Foundation for running an information booth at their annual Women's Health Night. (Cindy Boyd)

Invitation to the 20th Anniversary Party of the PPPS. The dinner is at 5:30pm October 20th, and the cost is $10.00. RSVP by Oct l5.

MISC:
Michael Fulling - The economic crisis has everyone concerned and anyone having questions about our local banks, give him a call.

Bob Taylor - Remember Veterans Day November 11th, and the different programs.

Cindy Boyd - The total turned in to CMH for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink, was $4100.00

Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary

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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
SEPTEMBER 9, 2008

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday September 9, 2008. Members present were Jim Clark, Marcus Deckard, Fred McNair, Eugene Reinbold, Bob and Beulah Bowen, Jeff Shaner, Lisa Clark, Steve Stork, Brad Surrells, Rad Burkett, Cindy Boyd, Bob Taylor, Clint Knoblett, Michael Fulling, Larry Surrells, Kyle and Dee Fulling, Jim and Donna Kent. Guests Dusty Kennedy, Tyler Farrell and J.R. Dunlap.

Minutes of the August meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurer the report. Jeff Shaner made the motion to accept the report, second by Fred McNair. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
Chamber float - Thank you to Cindy and Kent Boyd, and all those who worked on the float.

Although the attendance was down, the Rodeo went smoothly. The Friday night "Bull Bash on The Wabash" was well attended. The numbers for the chuck wagon breakfast was down slightly from last year. Vendors for the flea market were down, though there was still a good turnout with a variety of goods. The scavenger hunt for the campers did not have many participants due to not having the information until Saturday. Jim Clark thanked everyone who participated in any way, for their help and support in making the entire celebration a successs.

NEW BUSINESS:
There will be a planning meeting for 2009 on Tuesday September 23rd at 6:00pm. All interested parties are invited to attend.

     Labor Day Celebration 2009 - Changes

  • There will be no PRCA rodeo for 2009. Due to the restructuring of PRCA, we are no longer drawing enough participants to provide a quality rodeo. This does not mean that we are completely severing our ties to PRCA, only that for the time being, we have no choice.
  • Saturday and Sunday night will be "Bull Bash on The Wabash" with approximately 50 bull rides each night.
  • Hopefully there will still be a specialty act, the "Calf Scramble" and the Mutton Bustin'".
  • Rudy Burns will return and hopefully announcer Mike Mathis.
  • Suggestion and plans are needed for keeping campers and other visitors in town, since many arrive several days before the Friday night entertainment begins.
  • There will be some type of cost effective entertainment for Friday night. Suggestions were hot air balloon rides, concert, bands, Roscoe Flatts, David Alien Cole. After a great deal of discussion, a committee is needed to consolidate ideas, get all information, costs, etc., and have ready for consideration by the first of November.
  • The Parade on Monday will end the Labor Day Celebration, other than the carnival, vendors and food stands.
  • Some plans subject to change.

Marcus Deckard presented suggestions for reconfiguration of the arena and seating arrangement to facilitate the expanded bull bash. It will take a great deal of work, time and a number of volunteers to accomplish, but it has to be done. Marcus and Jim Kent will continue contacting sources for new chute gates and possibly portable bleachers. Also the feasibility of using our existing bleachers.

J. R. Dunlap, Tyler Farrell and Dusty Kennedy requested the use of the west end of the arena for a quarter midget races on a Friday night (not Labor Day weekend) in 2009. Their season begins April 12 and ends October 11th. A definite date would be decided later. The group has their own insurance, will do the prep work, and should be no cost to the Chamber. Larry Surrells made the motion for the use of the arena, second by Bob Taylor. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Palestine Youth Soccer - request for older T-shirts, donated or at nominal fee. Bob Bowen made the motion to donate 15 T-shirts, second by Jim Kent. Motion carried.

Thank You - Greta Tracy on behalf of Student Advantage Network for rodeo tickets.

Thank You - U of 14-H program for donation.

Thank You - Rita Fry for recognition and standing ovation she and others (cancer survivors) received from the "Tough Enough To Wear Pink" event.

Thank You- Relay For Life for donation.

Invitation to Summer Art Workshop opening and exhibit Sept. 19th from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

Women's Health Night at Crawford Memorial on Sept. 25th.

MISC:
Michael Fulling - Rain free August 1st Friday. Lot of competition from other area events. Movie on Main St.

Fred McNair - Thanks to everyone for their hard work for Labor Day celebration. We know next year will mean even more hard work.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00pm.

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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
AUGUST 12, 2008

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2008. Members present were Jim Clark, Fred McNair, Brad Surrells, Jeff Shaner, Rad Burkett, Glint Knobfett, Bob Enigk, Bob Taylor, Bob and Beulah Bowen, Jim Kent, Marcus Deckard, Eugene Reinbold, Lisa Clark and Cindy Boyd.

Minutes of the July meeting were approved.

The Treasurer's report was given by Cindy Boyd with a balance of $87,799.36. Fred
McNair made the motion to accept the report, seconded by Bob Taylor. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS
August First Friday - Fred stated that the fish fry might break even or be within $100.

It was stated that the caboose has been repainted compliments of John Crampton. Fred has called Carroll Thompson to come and do the lettering. Someone else will be painting the handrails, etc.

Jim Clark stated that the concession stand roofs are finished. Most all of the flood damage has been dealt with including clean up of the stands, ticket office, rodeo secretary office, etc.

Concerning Mutton Bustin', Fred indicated that Raymond Midgett will be providing the sheep for this year's event, however he will be out of town on Friday and Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Fred reported that Clint Knoblett has agreed to be responsible for the sheep those two evenings.

Jim Clark reported that the chamber has received a $1000 donation from the Garrett family in memory of a family member who has died in recent months. It was noted that the donation will be recognized during each performance by announcer Mike Mathis.

Jim Kent asked about the popcorn popper sitting on the ground near the north concession stand. Fred said he would investigate that.

NEW BUSINESS
A work night for the parade float will be on Wednesday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m. at Larry Surrells building.

A scavenger hunt for campers will be held during the Labor Day weekend. Cindy made a motion, seconded by Jim Kent to award the following prize money: 1st place - $100.00; 2nd place - $50.00; 3rd place - $25.00. Motion carried.

Jim Kent made a motion, seconded by Bob Bowen to automatically renew the maintenance agreement for the Xerox copier. Motion carried.

Fred stated that a rodeo committee meeting will be held very soon.

Lisa requested donated T-shirts for the Miss Rodeo Illinois contestants. Bob Bowen made the motion, and Jim Kent seconded. Motion carried.

Jeff Shaner reminded everyone about the Thursday night supper before Labor Day weekend.

Beulah discussed signage that is usually displayed at the Westport road and Route 33 corner. If the sign is going to be placed, she requested some help to put the sign up. Jim Clark will donate 2 posts and he will set the sign up.

CORRESPONDENCE
Thank you correspondence was received from:
a) 4-H Foundation - $250.00
b) PHS/HHS Tanner Harvey memorial golf outing

Meeting adjourned at 7:28 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy A Boyd, Treasurer

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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
JULY 8, 2008

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2008. Members present were Jim Clark, Fred McNair, Brad Surrells, Larry Surrells, Jeff Shaner, Marcus Deckard, Eugene Reinbold, Lisa Clark, Robert Taylor, Steve Stork, Clint Knoblett, Rad Burkett, Michael Fulling and Cindy Boyd.

Minutes of the June meeting were approved.

The Treasurer's report was given by Cindy Boyd

McNair made the motion to accept the report, seconded by Rad Burkett. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
First Friday - Cool and rainy weather caused a small crowd, along with the fact that it was a holiday. No expenses have been turned in for the July event for reimbursement.

NEW BUSINESS:
Larry Surrells made a motion, seconded by Steve Stork, to pay 6 months rent for the Senior Center located on West Grand Prairie St, at $40.00 per month. In discussion, Robert Taylor asked about the number of people that utilize the facility. Larry Surrells will research. Motion carried.

Jim Clark stated that the caboose is in desperate need of painting, inside and out. However, the exterior is the top priority. Fred volunteered to go look at the caboose, survey the situation, and report back to Jim Clark. Fred volunteered to oversee the project. Restricted funds are set aside for this project, and have been since 2004, from memorials.

Jim Clark called a work day for Saturday, July 12, beginning at 8:00 a.m. to reroof the concession stands at the arena.

The annual Robinson-Palestine Water Commission contamination report is available for viewing, after the Chamber received a copy of it.

Alyssa Johnson requested a donation to attend band camp beginning July 13 at Eastern Illinois University. No action was taken.

A request from the Palestine Cal Ripken League baseball team for a donation in order to attend a tournament was presented. Robert Taylor made a motion, seconded by Jeff Shaner to donate $100.00. Motion carried.

Jim Clark read Thank you" correspondence regarding the Gabe Howell benefit.

Fred McNair inquired about the August First Friday, and whether or not a fish fry would be needed. He stated that 6-8 volunteers will be needed to assist him with this project.

Fred McNair stated that there might be a possibility that Raymond Midgett will not have any sheep for the "Mutton Bustin" this year.

Larry Surrells noted that there was low attendance in the follow-up town wide community meeting held recently. After both meetings, it was the consensus that the annexation of the ethanol plant into the village limits was a high priority. An effort on the Village's part to address this is being made.

Clint Knoblett inquired about how many sheep were needed at each performance for Mutton Bustin. Fred stated that 6-8 sheep are used each performance.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy A Boyd, Treasurer

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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
JUNE 10, 2008

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday June 10, 2008. Members present were Jim Clark, Fred McNair, Eugene Reinbold, Beulah Bowen, Jeff Shaner, Lisa Clark, Steve Stork, Brad Surrells, Rad Burkett, Cindy Boyd, Bob Taylor, Clint Knoblett and Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the May meeting were approved. Cindy Boyd gave the treasurer the report..

OLD BUSINESS:
Again First Friday and Betsey Reed Festival was not very successful due to the weather. Thunderstorms and tornado watches were out for the area. Fred reported the fish fry did OK on Friday evening, with the proceeds going for the park lighting. On Saturday, the attendance was much better. The Casket Races had several participants, the benefit auction went very well, the "Hanging of Betsey Reed" melodrama was well attended and overall the vendors were pleased. The Pioneer City Flea Market had few participants due to the rain.

There was no report available for the Coon Hunter Trials, although the Lions Club food stand was kept busy.

Beulah Bowen reported on the Brainstorming meeting. The ideas put forth were the annexing of the Lincolnland Ethanol plant, the cell phone service in Palestine, uses of the Pioneer City Arena, the entrances into town, Bed and Breakfast or a hotel / motel, and attracting new businesses. The next meeting is scheduled for June 26th.

NEW BUSINESS:
Request for donation to the 4-H and Extension. Jim Kent made the motion to donate $250.00, seconded by Beulah Bowen. Motion carried.

Tanner Harvey Memorial Golf Outing scholarship- Rad Burkett made the motion to donate $100.00, seconded by Steve Stork. Motion carried.

The Don Garrett family is making a $1000.00 donation to the Pioneer City Rodeo in his memory. Don had been a member of PRCA and he and his family had been camping and attending the rodeo for many years. Something will be arranged to acknowledge the contribution.

Jim Kent - Grounds and mantainance- The pump for the sprayer needs to be replaced at a cost of approximately $300.00. Steve Stork made the motion for the purchase, seconded by Fred McNair. Motion carried. The cost for providing electrical hook-tips for Cowboy Row will be approximately $4500.00.
Campgrounds - LTC will donate poles in the new area and labor to set them as a school project.
Due to the high water, there may be extensive repair needed. Nearly all the electrical boxes were under water.
The water also reached the secretary and ticket offices at the arena and will need work.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank you to Tanya for all her help from the Wells family.

Reminder from CMH of the Men's Health and Recreation Event on June 17th.

Illinois Chamber of Commerce meeting in Chicago on June 20th.

MISC:
Fred reported the caps are being made and should have a sample of the T-shirts this week.

All the buildings at the arena are under water. Thanks to all who helped move the equipment, refrigerators and freezers before the water reached them. Things are stored at the firehouse and Surrells storage.

Beulah will be attending a meeting discussing ideas for the betterment of Palestine.

Cindy and Lisa have some of the "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" samples and order forms.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary

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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
MAY 13, 2008

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday May 13, 2008. Members present were Jim Clark, Fred McNair, Dee Fulling, Bob Taylor, Michael Fulling, Beulah Bowen, Jeff Shaner, Lisa Clark, Steve Stork, Brad Surrells, Eugene Reinbold, Clint Knoblett and Jim and Donna Kent. David Chambers from the Charleston Police Department was a guest.

Minutes of the April meeting were approved.

In the absence of Cindy Boyd, President Clark gave the treasurer the report. Bob Taylor made the motion to accept the report, second by Steve Stork. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
May First Friday was not very successful due to the rainy weather. The first Pioneer City Flea Market had few participants due to the rain. Hopefully next month, with the Betsey Reed Festival, things will improve.

The Chamber purchased a painting by J. Wible at the Crawford County Arts Show.

NEW BUSINESS:
President Clark introduced David Chambers of the Charleston Police Department. Mr. Chambers presented a program regarding drugs in the workplace. In working toward "Drug-Free Illinois Workplace", the Illinois Chamber Of Commerce will assist businesses in establishing effective drug-free programs and educate Illinois business leaders and employers on the links between drugs, crime and the workplace. The program is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services' Bureau of Community-Based and Primary Prevention and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

Although there was no charge for the use of the Rodeo Arena grounds for their Circus, the Robinson Kiwanis presented the Chamber with an appreciation check for $250.00.

The Eastern Illinois Sportsman Club will be holding their 10th annual Fishing Rodeo at Washington Park on June 7th, for children 6 to 15. Steve Stork made the motion to donate $25.00, second by Beulah Bowen. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank you from the Palestine High School for participating in their "Brain Bowl" that raised $1700.00 for new cafeteria tables, desks and chairs and picnic tables. The Chamber team won first place. Thanks to all who participated.

Thank you from the Palestine Library for the donation to the summer reading program.
Thank you from the Palestine Post Prom committee for the donation of Rodeo tickets and T-shirts.

MISC:
The Wabash Valley Coon Hunters will be at Leaverton Park this weekend, May 15,16,17. The Lions Club will be serving food around the clock and are need of help. They are expecting around 600 people per meal. They will be working in 2 and 4 hour shifts. If you would like to help, you can sign up at the Chamber office.

The University of Illinois Extension "Brainstorming" meeting will be May 28th from 6:30 to 8:30, at the Palestine High School.

The 2nd Annual Men's Health Event, sponsored by the Crawford Memorial Foundation, will be held on June 17th.

Bob Taylor reminded everyone of the Memorial Day program to be held at 1:30 on Monday May 26th.

Lisa Clark- The "Dare To Wear Pink" committee needs $560.00 to order souvenirs to meet the requirements. They are ordering hats, bracelets and T-shirts as samples for orders. Lisa made the motion, seconded by Fred McNair for the $560.00. Motion carried. The committee would like to have breast cancer survivors ride around the arena in a wagon at each of the Rodeo performances. Steve Cunningham has agreed to using his wagon and horses for the cost of gas in transporting from Bridgeport. Bob Taylor made the motion for re-embursment, second by Steve Stork. Motion carried.

Beulah Bowen- Central Illinois Tourism dues are $125.00. Michael Fulling made the motion to pay the dues, second by Steve Stork. Motion carried.

Michael Fulling- There should be more grants available since the recognition of Palestine by 1st Lady Laura Bush, for Historic Downtowns.

Some of the events scheduled for August 1st Friday: Fish Fry - Chamber, Little Miss and Mr. contest-Cheerleaders, Movie at the Opera House, Pioneer City Flea Market, and a Farmers Market.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
APRIL 8, 2008

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday March 11, 2008. Members present were Jim Clark, Cindy Boyd, Dee Fulling, Bob Taylor, Michael Fulling, Bob and Beulah Bowen, Jeff Shaner, Judie McCarter, Lisa Clark, Steve Stork, Brad Surrells, Eugene Reinbold, Larry Surrells and Jim and Donna Kent. Tanya Nidey, our summer employee was also present.

Minutes of the March meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurer the report. Jim Kent made the motion to accept the report, second by Bob Taylor. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
Expenses for the Chamber dinner were$l 155.00 with income of $1320.00.

NEW BUSINESS:
President Clark introduced Tanya Nidey as the summer employee.

Request from the Post Prom Committee for donation. Bob Bowen made the motion to donate vouchers for 5 rodeo T-shirts and 5 pair of rodeo tickets for Post Prom. Second by Jeff Shaner. Motion carried.

Palestine Youth Baseball request for donation. Michael Fulling made the motion to donate $100.00, second by Steve Stork. Motion carried.

Palestine Library request for donation to summer reading program. Judie McCarter made the motion to donate $100.00, second by Beulah Bowen. Motion carried.

Larry Surrells made the motion to place the ad in the Crawford County Fair book at the cost of $65.00. Steve Stork seconded arid the motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank you from the Character Education Committee for the $10.00 donation.

MISC:
The PHS Parent Involvement Committee is sponsoring a Brain Bowl on Friday Apri 11th at the High School Gym. Cindy Boyd has a team organized to participate.

The Palestine Eagles Aux. Easter Egg hunt will be April 12 at l:00pm at Leaverton Park. Rescheduled due to rain.

Jim Clark will attend the Merchants meeting on April 14, at 5:30 at the Art Center.

Jack Schultz, author of Boomtown, will be at the Grade School on April 17, at 7:00pm. The Palestine Library received a grant to sponsor the event, so there is no charge. Everyone is urged to attend.

The Robinson Kawanis Circus will be held at the Rodeo Arena parking lot on April 28th. Performance times are 4:30 and 7:30pm.

The University of Illinois Extension brainstorming meeting will be May 28th at the Palestine High School.

Larry Surrells - Pioneer City Flea Market will be held the first Friday and Saturday of the month beginning on May 2nd and 3rd, beside LaMotte Trading. Booth size is 10ft by 12ft. And no charge for booth rental.

The Betsey Reed Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 6th and 7*.

Meeting adjourned at 7:20pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
MARCH 11, 2008

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday March 11, 2008. Members present were Jim Clark, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Marcus Deckard, Dee Fulling, Bob Taylor, Michael Fulling, Bob and Beulah Bowen, Jeff Shaner, Judie McCarter, Lisa Clark, Steve Stork, Brad Surrells, Eugene Reinbold, Larry Surrells and Jim and Donna Kent. Guests were Steve McGahey and Susan Lockhart.

Minutes of the January meeting were approved. Cindy Boyd gave the treasurer the report.

OLD BUSINESS:
The recipients of the Citizens of the year were Scott and Susan Goodwine, and the Senior Citizen of the year was Jack Stoltz. Cindy Boyd did not have a final report for the Chamber Dinner.

NEW BUSINESS:
Sue Lockhart from the Palestine Library reported that they had received a state grant for a workshop for people who wanted to start a small business. The workshop will be held on March 27th from 3:00 to 6:00 at the Library. The Library also has a survey for the local organizations need for volunteers.

Jack Schultz will be conducting a meeting at the Palestine Grade School on April 17th at 7:00pm. Sponsored by the Palestine Library.

Steve McGahey - The Economic Development Committee will sponsor a town wide brainstorming meeting on April 28th at 6:30 at either the Grade School or the Fife Opera House. Everyone who is interested is urged to attend.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Palestine High School sophomore, Jon Mendenhall, will be escorting a blind person on a trip hi Peru and requested a donation. His costs will be $4,000.00 and has already raised approximately half of his costs. Jim Kent, Michael Fulling and Brad Surrells will find jobs for him to do at the arena and campgrounds to earn money.

The PDA will again sponsor the Golf hi The Park on April 6th. Motion was made by Jim Kent to again be a hole sponsor at $50.00. Second by Beulah Bowen. Motion carried.

President Clark signed an agreement with the Economic Opportunity Corp to allow them to use the office as needed, to have meetings to provide services for the needy in our community. There will be no cost to the Chamber.

Request from the Robinson Kiwanis to use the Arena parking lot for a circus on April 28tn. There would only be a charge is they the water or electric. Fred McNair made the motion to approve the request, second by Bob Bowen. Motion carried.

Crawford County Council for the Arts will be having the art show at the Fife Opera House beginning March 30 through April 13. Jeff Shaner made the motion to make the $250.00 art purchase again this year. Motion seconded by Bob Taylor. Motion carried. Donna Kent will make the purchase.

MISC:
The PHS Parent Involvement Committee is sponsoring a Brain Bowl on Friday April 11th. Fred McNair made the motion to sponsor a team at the cost of $50.00, second by Bob Taylor. Motion carried. Cindy Boyd will be in charge of getting the team together.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
JANUARY 8, 2008

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday January 8, 2008. Members present were Jim Clark, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Marcus Deckard, Dee Fulling, Bob Taylor, Michael Fulling, Bob and Beulah Bowen, Jeff Shaner, Judie McCarter, Lisa Clark, Steve Stork, Brad Surrells, Rad Burkett, Larry Surrells and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the December meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurers report. Bob Bowen made the motion to accept the report, second by Steve Stork. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
Fred McNair announced the February banquet will be held at the New Grade School Gym on February 20th. Social will be at 6:00pm with dinner at 6:30pm.

NEW BUSINESS:
None

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from PPPS for donation. They are working with an architect on the upstairs renovations and applying for grants to help with expenses.

Thank You from Miss Rodeo Illinois for continued support and an invitation to the coronation in Bartonville.

MISC:
A motion was made by Lisa Clark, seconded by Steve Stork, to donate 3 T-shirts and 3 hats for the auction at the Miss Rodeo Illinois coronation. Motion carried.

Jeff Shaner - The Christmas decorations on Main Street looked very nice.

Fred McNair - The Chamber needs to be thinking about plans for the up-coming Bi-Centennial in 2011.

Bob Bowen - The celebration has been discussed at PDA meetings. They are looking for a professional group to help in organizing events. The Academic Foundation Reunion Committee is planning an All School Reunion for that year with Jim Bush in charge.

Beulah Bowen - Chamber received 40 business listings for the Central Illinois Tourism magazine ad. At $10.00 per listing and the donation of $475.00 from the County Tourism, the cost was almost completely covered. Larry Surrells made the motion to pay the $40.00 per month rent for the Senior Citizens Center for six months, at three month intervals. Second by Fred McNair, motion carried

Jeff Shaner - The banner on Main Street for returning military personnel that was paid for by Ruth Beckes was destroyed and should be replaced. Larry Surrells made the motion to replace the banner, (cost approximately $100.00) second by Beulah Bowen. Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
DECEMBER 11 ,2007

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday December 11, 2007. Members present were Jim Clark, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Dee Fulling, Bob Taylor, Michael Fulling, Beulah Bowen, Eugene Reinbold, Steve Stork, Jim Kent and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the November meeting were approved.

Cindy Boyd gave the treasurer the report. Steve Stork made the motion to accept the report, second by Bob Taylor. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
The November First Friday - not too good a turn out because of the bad weather and the other activities that were going on. Several children turned out to visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause, and the PPPS served hot chocolate and cookies.

The Chamber received $475.00 of the $900.00 requested from the Crawford County Tourism for the ad in the Central Illinois Tourism magazine. If any Palestine businesses wish to be listed in the ad, the cost is $10.00.

Requests from November Meeting:
Beulah Bowen made the motion to donate $50.00 to the Crawford County Council of the Arts, seconded by Bob Taylor. Motion carried.

Fred McNair made the motion to pay $25.00 for PPPS membership, seconded by Beulah Bowen. Motion carried.
Michael Fulling made the motion to donate $100.00 to the PGS Character Education program, seconded by Bob Taylor. Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS:
Fred McNair and Cindy Boyd reported on the trip to the National Finals. The meetings were very informative. Awards went to Troy Lerwill for Man In The Can (clown), Dress Act to Tomas Garcilazo, Comedy Act to Troy Lerwill, Small Rodeo, Clear Lake, S.D., and Stock Contractor to Stace Smith. The specialty act for out 2008 rodeo will be Blake Good at price of $6000.00.

Jim Clark is putting together sponsor packages that will contain pictures.

Discussion was held on having a Buck Off- having local celebrities in a contest riding a mechanical bull.

The PDA would like to have a downtown event for campers and visitors on Thursday night before Labor Day if it would not interfere with any plans already made. The Chamber has no problem with the event, and welcomes the involvement of the PDA.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from the Great Lakes Circuit for the $500.00 donation.

Thank You from the Assembly of God for the use of the dunking booth. They had approximately 500 children attend their festivities.

Thank You from the Senior Citizens for the Chamber support during the year.

Thank You from PDA for help during the Wine and Art Festival. They also gave the Chamber a donation of $1000.00.

Michael Fulling made the motion to use the donation to purchase new picnic tables, seconded by Steve Stork. Motion carried.

Thank You from the AMVETS for donation for veterans grave markers.

MISC:
Crawford County Council for the Arts Show will be held March 30 to April 6,2008. PDA Golf In The Park will be April 6,2008. Betsey Reed Festival will be June 6 and 7,2008.

The Artist Relocation Center will be closed for a few days in January. Artists are scheduled for every month in 2008.

Fort LaMotte Rangers are having a shoot January 19th and 20th. The PPPS Teeny Tiny Tea Party is Super Bowl Sunday.

The February Dinner Meeting will be held at the High School gym on February 20th.
Meeting adjourned at 8:00pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
NOVEMBER 13, 2007

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday November 13, 2007. Members present were Jim Clark, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Dee Fulling, Sharlene Booth, Bob Taylor, Michael Fulling, Lisa Clark, Judie McCarter, Beulah Bowen, Brad Surrells, Jim Kent, and Eugene Reinbold. Also present were Carletta Prather and Debra Turner from Rides Mass Transit.

After corrections, minutes of the October meeting were approved.

The treasurer the report was given by Cindy Boyd. Fred McNair made the motion to accept the report, second by Bob Taylor. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
None

NEW BUSINESS:
Carletta Prather gave a presentation concerning the Rides Mass Transit, a federally funded public transportation service now available for Crawford and Jasper counties. The dispatch office is located in the Commercium Building in Robinson. For complete information, phone 618-544-8800, to reach Debra Turner, supervisor for Crawford and Jasper counties. Information brochures were distributed to all those present.

Beulah Bowen would like to place a full page 2008 rodeo ad in the Central Illinois Tourism magazine at the cost of $950.00. The space has to be reserved by November 16th with the information submitted by December 7th. There is a possibility the Chamber could get a grant from the County Tourism Committee. Jim Kent made the motion to place the ad, seconded by Eugene Reinbold. Motion carried.

Beulah recently attended the South-Western Illinois Tourism workshop and reviewed high-lights of the day. Approval was given to reimburse her $14.00 for gasoline.

Approval was given to pay the Illinois Chamber dues of $275.00.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from the Palestine Eagles for the donation of candy for the children's Halloween Party.

rawford County Arts donation - tabled until December meeting.

PGS Character Education donation - tabled until December meeting.

PPPS donation - tabled until December meeting.

MISC:
Brad Surrells and Larry Surrells were appointed to the nominating committee.

Fred McNair made a motion to re-pay Eugene Reinbold $50.00 for a filing cabinet for the office. Second by Brad Surrells. Motion carried.

Jim Kent - The Bull Bash On The Wabash roughly figured to have cleared $1700.00, and hopes are that next year will be even better.

Bob Taylor - Thank you for recognition of Veterans Day.

Jim Clark and Bob Taylor noted that Andy Brock would be returning home November 23rd, after his tour in Iraq. Flags will be placed along the highway and on Main Street. There will be a reception at the Fife Opera House in the afternoon. Everyone may attend.

Fred McNair made a motion to donate $270.00 to AMVETS Post 33 for the purchase of flag holders. Judie McCarter seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dee Fulling - The office is now accepting Discover cards along with Visa and Master Card. Attended this weeks PDA meeting.

Cost for Rodeo Thank You ad in Daily News is $125.00. Michael Fulling made the motion to pay for ad, seconded by Brad Surrells. Motion carried.

Fred McNair made the motion for a 30 day trial with Verizon for high speed internet service, for an additional $11.00 over what we are now paying Shawneelink. There is a 2 year guarantee on price. Motion seconded by Eugene Reinbold. Motion carried.

Michael Fulling made the motion to have the Christmas Lighting Contest with prizes of $25.00, $50.00 and $75.00 in Chamber Bucks. Fred McNair seconded the motion and it carried. Committee is Donna Kent, Judie McCarter and Rhonda Webster.

Meeting adjourned at 8:05pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
OCTOBER 9, 2007

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday October 9, 2007. Members present were Jim Clark, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Dee Fulling, Steve Stork, Lisa Clark, Sharlene Booth, Bob Taylor, Michael Fulling, Marcus Deckard, Judie McCarter, Bob and Beulah Bowen, Larry Surrells, Pat Schofield, Rad Burkett, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the September meeting were approved.

The treasurer the report was given by Cindy Boyd. Bob Bowen made the motion to accept the report, second by Judie McCarter. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
Wine and Art Festival - PDA is now in charge of the event. Larry Surrells reported the festival was deemed a success despite the heat on Saturday. Between 600 and 650 wine glasses were sold. Attendance was up approximately 20% over last year. The wineries he talked to were pleased with the response and would return next year. As soon as all expenses are in, an accounting will be reported.
Bob Taylor stated that the vendors he spoke with were well pleased with the turn out.

Planning meeting for 2008 - after reading through the minutes, discussion was held. Plans are already in the works with a lot more to be done.

NEW BUSINESS:
Request for $40.00 donation to Gospel Sing at the Robinson Community Center on New Years Eve. Motion made by Fred McNair, second by Beulah Bowen. Motion carried.

A request was received from LTC for a donation to the Trick or Treat at The Trail - no action taken.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from LTC for $100.00 donation to the Performing Arts. Invitation from LTC on Friday October 12th at 6:00pm.

MISC:
Mayor Pat Schofield noted that the Christmas lights on Main Street would be ready by the first of November.

Bob Taylor - Navy Day is the last Friday in October - Fly your flags.

Beulah Bowen - The flags and bows will remain at the entrance to Palestine, until December, but will need to be replaced for next year. Ruth Beckes paid for and placed the Welcome Home banners for our returning military. Thank you Ruth.

Twila Murphy will be taking charge of First Friday, with the help of Michael Fulling, Rick Kelshimer and Otie Turtle.

Meeting adjourned at 7:20pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
SEPTEMBER 11, 2007

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00 pm on Tuesday September 11, 2007. Members present were Jim Clark, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Brad Surrells, Dee Fulling, Steve Stork, Lisa Clark, Eugene Reinbold, Charlene Booth, Bob Taylor, Michael Fulling, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the August meeting were approved.

The treasurer the report was given by Cindy Boyd. Fred McNair made the motion to accept the report, second by Steve Stork. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
Jim Clark - A big thank you to all those who did so much to make the celebration a success. The weather was nearly perfect and the crowds were great.

Approximately 1,938 enjoyed the chuck wagon breakfast. The parade went well, although there were still some gaps.

Main Street vendors were down from last year, but there were more "quality merchandise" vendors, and all seemed happy with the results.

Lunch With The Clowns, headed by Peggy Deckard, went very well. Lunch With The Clowns T-shirts were given to the first 25 children, which was very well received. Many parents asked if T-shirts could be purchased. A possibility for next year.

The Bull Bash on The Wabash was very well attended and feel it will grow if we continue for next year. Attendance was approximately 500 over last year Friday night rodeo.

The Rodeo went very well. Total attendance was between 111,000 and 120,000. There were no negative comments. Final income and expense report will take a few more months, as all bills are not yet in.

Pork Chops on A Stick, have deposited $4,967.00, but not all bills are in. The campgrounds were filled and had to turn away 10 or 12 campers. Lincoln Land - loved the new sky box and will be back next year.

Though there were only three girls hi the Miss Illinois Rodeo contest, Lisa Clark reported there will be six or more for 2008.

There was more work done at the arena and campgrounds this year than ever before. A big thank you for those who did all the hard work,

NEW BUSINESS:
There will be a planning meeting for the 2008 celebration at the Chamber office at 6:00 pm on Tuesday September 18. All those interested should attend.

A request was received from LTC for a donation to the Performing Arts Department. Bob Taylor made the motion to donate $100.00, second by Jim Kent. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from Mass Rides Transit for the opportunity to be of service during our celebration.

Thank You from Flat Rock Homecoming Committee for advertising.

Thank You from the Food Pantry for donation.

Thank You from the Tanner Harvey Memorial Golf Scramble for the Hole Sponsor donation.

MISC:
Fred McNair - Thank you to everyone for all their hard work.

Jim Kent - Have taken pictures of all the banners and signs except one.

Michael Fulling - Reminder to everyone about the Wine and Arts Festival on October 6th and 7th.

Bob Taylor - The opening ceremonies were very impressive and heard many positive comments. Shriners are also having trouble getting help with the ticket taking.

Dee Fulling - Lions Club did very well with their food stand.

Rita Holscher would like to move the August Little Miss and Mr. Contest closer to center of Main.

There are a couple of people who are interested in taking over the First Friday.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
AUGUST 14, 2007

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Cornmerce at 7:00 pm on Tuesday August 14, 2007. Members present were Jim Clark, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Beulah & Bob Bowen, Marcus Deckard, Brad Surrells, Dee Fulling, Steve Stork, Rad Burkett, Judie McCarter, Lisa Clark, Eugene Reinbold, Jay Wilson, Doug , Michael Fulling, and Jim & Donna Kent.

Minutes of the July meeting were approved.

The treasurer the report was given by Cindy Boyd. Fred McNair made the motion to accept the report, second by Bob Bowen. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
August First Friday - Very good turn out for the Fish Fry and Pork Chops, even with the extremely hot weather. We cleared approximately $790.00 toward the Main Street Christmas lights. The Bingo did not do so well, with only $19.75. The Little Miss and Mister Labor Day and Baby contest, sponsored by the Palestine-Hutsonville cheerleaders was very well attended. Garland Murphy donated his time and talent for the entertainment, which was certainly appreciated. The Presbyterian Church did very well with their ice cream. There was no report from the other vendors.

If First Friday is to continue, someone will have to take over organizing the event. If anyone or any organization is interested, they should contact Jim Clark.

Lisa Clark reported the Miss Illinois Rodeo contest is on again with three contestants.

Jim Kent - The Jr. Rodeo went very well. There were about fifteen boy and girl contestants. The stock contractor, organizers, and participants were extremely happy with the arena and facilities. On a trial basis, they were not charged for the use of the arena. There needs to be a fee set for any future use. The only suggestion was to have a concession stand, at least for drinks. The Chamber received $144.00 from their part of the camping.

Jim Kent - The stockade fence is finished, arena fence painted, chute gates repaired, dogging chutes repaired, souvenir stand built, handicap platform repaired, and thanks to Clifford Adams, the roof on the North tower has been replaced. Two freezers and one refrigerator replaced in concession stands. GFI's checked and fifteen replaced, waterline and 7 new hydrants installed for the front row of campers is completed and eleven frozen water hydrants in rest of campground replaced. Finishing the skybox and new South bathroom is all that remains to be done. Other than placing the banners and the scoreboard, everything is ready to go.

NEW BUSINESS:
There will be a work night on Thursday Aug. 23rd at Eugene's building, for the float. Be there at 6:30pm.

Request from Youth Football League for donation. Beulah Bowen made a motion to donate $100.00, second by Michael Fulling. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from Greta Tracy

Thank You from 4-H Foundation for $250.00 donation.

Thank You from Robbie VanWinkle for Rodeo ticket donation to Relay For Life.

MISC:
Fred McNair - Stock contractor, specialty act, etc. all ready for Rodeo. Mutton Bustin try-outs will be Sunday, August 19th, at 5:00pm at the arena.

Jim Clark - Ed Brock, Brock's Food Town, is donating a buckle for "First Man Down" for the Friday night Bull Bash On The Wabash.

Jay Wilson - The youth group from the Christian Church will help with the Pork Chop on a Stick.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
JULY 10, 2007

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday July 10, 2007. Members present were Jim Clark, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Beulah & Bob Bowen, Jeff Shaner, Marcus Deckard, Brad Surrells, Rhonda Webster, Sharon Draper, Dee Fulling, Steve Stork, Bob Taylor, Juanita Jochim, Rad Burkett, Larry Surrells, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the June meeting were approved.

The treasurer the report was given by Cindy Boyd.

OLD BUSINESS:
Jim Kent reported that the Jr. Rodeo would be held at the arena on Saturday August 11th. There will be performances at 9:00am and 1:00pm. There is no charge to attend. Larry Surrells noted that the Chamber should help advertise the event since it is being held in our arena. Beulah will add the event along with some of her local Rodeo advertising.

Jim Kent also reported on the work being done at the arena and campgrounds. The West stockade fence has been replaced, and some of the boards in the North guard tower will be replaced. The Rainforest Project has the arena fence painted except for touch-ups, and Marcus Deckard has started working on the chute gates. Brett Burkett has torn down the South bathroom and started rebuilding. The water line is being run for the front row of campers, and will be installing seven new hydrants. Eight hydrants have been replaced in the campgrounds that had frozen and burst. Welders will soon be starting on the frame for the new sponsor house. A huge thank you needs to go to Rob Byrley for donating all the boards for the stockade fence. The only cost to the Chamber is for labor. Jim also noted that the majority of the work being done is being done by volunteers who are non-Chamber members.

Jim Clark also noted that a big thank you needs to go to Tempco for donating all the windows at the arena and for the Artist Relocation building.

Rhonda Webster reported First Friday for August 3rd will be the Chamber Fish Fry and Pork Chops. The PHS-HHS cheerleaders will have the Little Miss and Mr. Contest; the Presbyterian Church will have ice cream, and possibly bingo by the Eagles Aux. using our license. Garland Murphy will perform for 1 !/2 hours, donating his time. Will work on having some type of games for children. There will be no First Friday in September. October will be the Wine and Art Festival and plans are being made. The PPPS will be serving soup. Since Rhonda will be working during the hours for further First Fridays, we need someone to take over. Rhonda will continue to help, but will be unable to attend. Notify Rhonda and the office if anyone is interested in the job.

Juanita Jochim rejtorted an enjoyable time at the Illinois Tourism meeting. The speaker was very good, and they handed out many Betsey Reed Festival brochures. Several wanted information on the Lincoln Heritage Trail though the State seems to have abandoned the project.

NEW BUSINESS:
Notice was received that rent was due for the Senior Citizens Center. Larry Surrells made the motion to pay the rent for another six months, seconded by Beulah Bowen. Motion carried.

Bills were received from WTWO and Fox 38 totaling $117.00 for advertising the Betsey Reed Festival. Jim Kent made the motion to pay the bills, second by Sharon Draper. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from Women In The Outdoors for use of campgrounds and arena.

MISC:
Larry Surrells reported on the success of the Betsey Reed Festival. There were many people in town; the melodrama was a sell out. The food provided by PPPS was excellent. Rick Kelsheimer sold out of his book, The Hanging of Betsey Reed. There were several Main Street vendors, but are hoping for more next year. The wagon shuttle from Main Street to the LaMotte Fort replica then the Harper House was well used. The only complaint was that there were not enough food vendors. There will definitely be a festival again next year.

Sharon Draper reported a new category added to the Labor Day parade, decorated golf carts. Cindy Boyd reminded everyone to think of ideas for the Chamber float. The theme is "Favorite Comedy Shows".

Meeting adjourned at 7:45pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
JUNE 12, 2007

President Jim Clark called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday June 12, 2007. Members present were Jim Clark, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Beulah Bowen, Jeff Shaner, Marcus Deckard, Judie McCarter, Michael Fulling, Brad Surrells, Rhonda Webster, Sharon Draper, Dee Fulling, Steve Stork, Eugene Reinbold, Bob Taylor, Joan Fulling, Juanita Jochim, Lisa Clark, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the May meeting were approved. The treasurer the report was given by Cindy Boyd

OLD BUSINESS:
The PDA will be having the Betsey Reed Festival for the July First Friday that will also be held on Saturday, July 6th and 7th. There will be a Fish Fry on Friday night from 5:00 to 7:00, with proceeds going to the Leaverton Park for Christmas lights and fireworks. An art show featuring the work of Ben Kelsheimer will be on display at the newly opened Palestine Art Center. On Saturday the art show will continue along with a book signing by Rick Kelsheimer of his newly released book "The Hanging of Betsey Reed". Preliminary plans for Saturday are a Street Carnival, Wine Tasting, Casket Races, Dinner at the Fife Opera House and a Betsey Reed Melodrama.

August First Friday will feature the Fish Fry by the Chamber, the Little Miss and Mr. Contest by the Palestine-Hutsonville cheerleaders, and entertainment by Garland Murphy. More activities may be added.

Beulah Bowen reported on the Bed and Breakfast meeting held on May 22nd. A very successful meeting with approximately seventeen in attendance and a couple of people are interested.

The flea market held in conjunction with the Lions Club Memorial Day Fish Fry and Cruise In had four vendors. There was the threat of rain all morning which may have changed the plans of the other vendors who had replied. In speaking with each vendor, they indicated they would return again next year if it was decided to continue. The Lions Club had a great turn out, much better than last year.

NEW BUSINESS:
Jim Kent made the motion for a $100.00 hole sponsor for the PHS-HHS Tanner Harvey Memorial Golf Scramble, second by Jeff Shaner. Motion carried.

Jim Clark announced the Chamber had received two Tourism grants. The first grant is for advertising the "Bull Bash on The Wabash" in the amount of $5000.00 the second grant is for $475.00 to purchase two freezers and a refrigerator for the concession stands at the arena.

Fred made the motion to pay $30.00 for the meals and allow $50.00 for gas for Joan and Juanita to attend the meeting. Second by Judie McCarter. Motion carried.

Jim Kent made the motion to donate $250.00 to the IU Extension - 4-H, second by Dee Fulling. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from PPPS - Joan Fulling- for donation to the Texas Hold ‘em fund raiser.

Thank You from Cathy Johnson for purchasing her painting at the Crawford County Arts Show.

MISC:
Fred McNair request permission to use the Chambers fish fryers for the up-coming Betsey Reed Festival. Permission granted.

Eugene Reinbold request permission to use the Chamber tents for the Betsey Reed Festival. Permission granted.

Susan Goodwine request permission to use Chamber cookers for the Betsey Reed Festival. Permission granted.

Jim Kent announced the Jr. Rodeo will have two performances at the arena on Saturday August 11th. The performance times are 9:00am and 1:00pm. Please try to attend and show our support.

Meeting adjourned at 7:25pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
MAY 8, 2007

In the absence of President Jim Clark, 2nd Vice President Fred McNair called to order, the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce at 7:00pm on Tuesday May 8, 2007. Members present were Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Beulah Bowen, Jeff Shaner, Marcus Deckard, Dee Fulling, Steve Stork, Eugene Reinbold, Bob Taylor, Joan Fulling, Lisa Clark, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the April meeting were approved.

The treasurer the report was given by Cindy Boyd. Bob Taylor made the motion to accept the report, second by Eugene Reinbold. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
The April First Friday went very well with a good turnout. The Band Crooked Creek was paid for by Regions Bank, and was well attended. Preliminary plans for June, the Masons will be serving BBQ and baked beans, and the Methodist Church will have strawberry shortcake.

Painting of the arena fence by the Rainforest Project is going very well with the south side, from the roping chutes to the bucking chutes finished. Amy Kimberlain is in charge of the project and doing a great job.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from the Oblong Christian Children's Home for the nine dozen T-shirts, that will be put to good use.

Thank You from PDA for hole sponsor for Golf In The Park.

Thank You from Chelsea Walker (Miss Rodeo Illinois) for donations and support for her reign and coronation. She is looking forward to representing our Pioneer City Rodeo in 2007.

Thank You from the Palestine Public Library for the $100.00 donation to the summer reading program.

Crawford Memorial Hospital announcing their 1st annual Men's Health and Recreational Tune Up event, with details to be published in the Robinson Daily News.

No action was taken on the donation to the Oblong Don Helene Memorial golf outing.

NEW BUSINESS:
Beulah Bowen - A meeting concerning the Bed & Breakfast will be held on May 22nd at the Fife Opera House. Lunch will be at 1 l:00am, cost $5.00. The representatives will be doing the program, followed by a question and answer session. Invitations are being sent to local banks, realtors, mayors, chambers of commerce, PDA and the newspaper. Anyone interested may attend. The representatives only ask to be reimbursed their gas mileage. Donna Kent made the motion to allow $50.00 for mileage, seconded by Marcus Deckard. Motion carried.

MISC:
Bob Taylor - The Palestine Masonic Lodge CHIPS program at the Grade School had a turnout of 97 young people. There was terrific support from everyone involved.

Bob also reminded everyone of the Lions Club Fish Fry and Cruise In on Memorial Day, May 28th. And the Memorial Day program at the Palestine cemetery.

Lisa Clark met with Lisa Bodine, coordinator for the Miss Rodeo Illinois contest. So far, there are three contestants and they would like to sell raffle tickets at the Rodeo. They are also having trouble finding motel accommodations.

Joan Fulling - PPPS having the breakfast and garage sale at the Opera House on May 19th. They are also planning a Texas Holdum on June 2nd and are looking for donations for prizes. The top prize is a weekend at French Lick Resort. Cost is $10.00 to play, and $5.00 to watch. Jim Kent made the motion to donate two $25.00 Chamber Bucks certificates, seconded by Eugene Reinbold. Motion carried.

Donna Kent - Purchase award from the Crawford County Art Show - a painting by local artist Kathy Johnson.

Dee Fulling - The Valley Showcase that aired on TV in April, featured the Palestine merchants and lasted almost an hour. The program was great.

Meeting adjourned at 7:25pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
APRIL 10, 2007

President Jim Clark called the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce to order at 7:00pm on Tuesday April 10, 2007. Members present were Jim Clark, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Beulah Bowen, Jeff Shaner, Judie McCarter, Dee Fulling, Michael Fulling, Steve Stork, Eugene Reinbold, Bob Taylor, Larry Miller, Lisa Clark, Rhonda Webster, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the March meeting were approved.

The treasurer the report was given by Cindy Boyd. Bob Taylor made the motion to accept the report, second by Jim Kent. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
Correspondence was sent to politicians concerning opposition to the proposed Gross Receipts Tax.

Turn out was lower than expected for the Golf In The Park due to the cold weather and the high water.

The Miss Rodeo Illinois will be held hi Palestine again this year. Lisa Clark will be in charge of arrangements. She and Jim Clark will be meeting with the organizers at a later date.

The Artist Relocation open house was well attended with over 200 signing the attendance book. Eugene Reinbold, Larry Surrells and Dick Kent are continuing to work on the building.

First Friday activities were moved to the Village Hall due to the cold weather. All though the turn out was low, the Lions Club did 34 eye exams.

May First Friday will feature the Blue Grass Band - Crooked Creek, the Fort LaMotte Rangers will have a bake sale and the Rain Forest Project will have a raffle and nachos. More may be added later. Fred McNair made a motion to give Rhonda a budget of $150.00 per month for 6 months for expenses for First Friday activities. Motion was seconded by Cindy Boyd. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from Grant In Aid for the $ 100.00 donation.

Thank You from Larry Surrells for Citizen of the Year award.

Roger Eddy for response to the Gross Receipts Tax proposal.

The Crawford County Council of the Arts show will be held April 22nd through May 6th at the Fife Opera House. Jeff Shaner made the motion to do a purchase award in the amount of $250.00, second by Dee Fulling. Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS:
Jeff Shaner made the motion to place the Vi page ad in the Crawford County Fair book at the cost of $65.00, second by Jim Kent. Motion carried.

Rhonda Webster made the motion to donate 5 rodeo T-shirts and 10 rodeo tickets for the Post Prom, second by Judie McCarter. Motion carried.

Beulah Bowen made the motion to donate $100.00 to the Palestine Library for their Summer Reading Program, second by Jim Kent. Motion carried.

MISC:
Bob Taylor - The Palestine Masonic Lodge will be hosting a CHIPS program at the Grade School. This is a child identification program for infant through age 24. They will be taking all pertinent information a putting on a disc for parents. The program is free.

Rhonda Webster - The PDA will be repaying the Chamber $3000.00.

PPPS will be holding a breakfast and garage sale at the Opera House on May 19th.
Meeting adjourned at 7:25pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
MARCH 14, 2007


President Jim Clark called the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce to order at 7:00pm on Tuesday March 14, 2007. Members present were Jim Clark, Brad Surrells, Fred McNair, Cindy Boyd, Bob & Beulah Bowen, Jeff Shaner, Marcus Deckard, Judie McCarter, Dee Fulling, Michael Fulling, Sharlene Booth, Steve Stork, Eugene Reinbold, Bob Taylor, Larry Miller, Steve McGahey, Larry Surrells, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the January meeting were approved. The treasurer the report was given by Cindy Boyd

OLD BUSINESS:
The February dinner meeting was well attended with 111 members and guests. Officers and Directors for 2007 were elected as follows:
President - Jim Clark
1st Vice President - Brad Surrells
2nd Vice President - Marcus Deckard
Secretary - Donna Kent
Treasurer - Cindy Boyd
Past President Director - Fred McNair
One-Year Directors - Jim Kent, Eugene Reinbold and Jeff Shaner.
Two-Year Directors - Beulah Bowen, Rad Burkett, and Larry Surrells.

The Senior Citizen of the year award was presented to Katie South, and the Citizen of the year award was presented to Larry Surrells.

The theme for the 2007 Labor Day Parade is "Your Favorite Comedy."

Larry Miller was presented a lifetime membership in the Palestine Chamber of Commerce for the use of his Main Street property for the '50s caboose.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from Lauren Waggoner for donation to the Rainforest Project.

Crawford County 4-H and Extension would like the chamber to support a 2 cent assessed valuation increase for the county to help sustain the organizations.

NEW BUSINESS:
Golf In The Park, sponsored by the PDA will be April 1st. Jim Kent made the motion to be a hole sponsor for $50.00, second by Judie McCarter, motion carried.

Motion by Larry Surrells, second by Bob Bowen for $100.00 donation the Palestine Youth League. Motion carried.

Motion by Larry Surrells, second by Judie McCarter for $100.00 donation to the Girls Softball Association. Motion carried.

Motion by Jim Kent, second by Judie McCarter for $100.00 donation to the Palestine Grant-N-Aid. Motion carried.

Steve McGahey - Governor of Illinois is proposing a Gross Receipt Tax that would prevent many prospective businesses from locating in the state, and would cause some of those already here, to move their business out of state. A new business recently located in Palestine, (Illiana Cores) has said they would have to relocate if the tax is passed. The proposed tax would also affect the area grain elevators, ethanol plants and local farmers. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce has drafted letters to be-sent to all senators and representatives urging them to vote against the proposed tax. Bob Bowen made a motion to adopt a resolution, based on those suggested by the State Chamber of Commerce, and send to our state representatives and senators. Larry Surrells seconded the motion and it carried.

MISC:
Jim Kent - The Jr. Rodeo will be held at the Pioneer City Arena on Saturday August 11th. They will be having two shows. Times have not yet been decided.

Jeff Shaner - The Booster Club is in need of two freezers and one refrigerator for the arena concession stands. Donna will check on purchases.

Kelsey Walker, Miss Rodeo Illinois, will be having a fundraiser at the Lawrenceville Elks on Saturday March 24th. There will be a dinner, dance and auction, with coronation at 6:00pm, for anyone wanting to attend.

Michael Fulling - There will be and Art Show on March 24th and 25th at the Artist Relocation Building.

Dee Fulling - Palestine Lions Club will be doing eye testing at the April 6th First Friday. Donna will talk to Rhonda Webster about other First Friday events.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
JANUARY 9, 2007

President Fred McNair called the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce to order at 7:00pm on Tuesday January 9, 2007. Members present were Fred McNair, Jim Clark, Beulah Bowen, Jeff Shaner, Marcus Deckard, Judie McCarter, Dee Fulling, Doug Heidorn, Michael Fulling, Charlene Booth, Rad Burkett, Joan Fulling, Steve Stork, Eugene Reinbold, Bob Taylor, Jim and Donna Kent, J. D. Kimberlain, Brad Surrells. Guests present were Lisa Clark, Kelsey Walker and Theresa Walker.

Minutes of the December meeting were approved.

In the absence of the treasurer the report was given by Jeff Shaner. Bob Taylor made the motion to accept the report, second by Jim Clark. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
Christmas lighting contest winners were 1st place Robert and Cindy York, 2nd place Wallace, and 3rd place to Pete and Sue Laughead.

Jeff Shaner presented the proposed slate of officers for 2007 as follows:
President - Jim Clark, 1st Vice - Brad Surrells, 2nd Vice - Marcus Deckard, Treasurer - Cindy Boyd, Secretary -Donna Kent Past President Director - Fred McNair, One Year Directors Jim Kent, Eugene Reinbold, Jeff Shaner, and Two Year Directors Beulah Bowen, Larry Surrells, and Rad Burkett.

NEW BUSINESS:
Kelsey Walker, Miss Rodeo Illinois, thanked the Chamber for hosting the contest during the 2006 Pioneer City Rodeo and looking forward to 2007. She told of her experiences since the contest and of her upcoming appearances.

Fred announced the Chamber Banquet would be held at the High School gym on Thursday February 21st. The change was made due to the new Grade School commons area would not be large enough.

Due to the condition of the flower barrels on Main Street, they will be removed. Beulah Bowen is helping the Village write a grant to replace them with flower pots.

Fred noted that the 25 year lease with Leaverton Park for the shower house will be up in November of 2007. He also discussed the lease with Larry Miller for the ground with the caboose.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from Stacy Rigg from CRAWLA

Thank You from the Rainforest Project for the $140.00 donation.

Thank You from Leadership Crawford County.

MISC:
Joan Fulling updated the chamber on the work in progress at the Fife Opera House. An architect will visit the 21st of January. New chandeliers (old with new lights) have been installed. The Teeny Tiny Tea Party will be held on Super Bowl Sunday.

Jim Clark made a motion to donate $100.00 to Kelsey Walker to help with her expenses, seconded by Beulah Bowen. Motion carried.

Bob Taylor reminded everyone of the upcoming Library Board election. Candidates are Jim Kincaid, Walter Frichie and Sherry Repp.

Fred thanked everyone for all their help and support for the year and asked for the same support for Jim Clark, the incoming president.

Meeting adjourned at 7:25pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING
DECEMBER 12, 2006

President Fred McNair called the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce to order at 7:00pm on Tuesday December 12, 2006. Members present were Fred McNair, Jim Clark, Beulah Bowen, Cindy Boyd, Jeff Shaner, Marcus Deckard, Rhonda Webster, Judie McCarter, Dee Fulling, Doug Heidorn, Michael Fulling, Steve Stork, Eugene Reinbold, Jay Wilson, Bob Taylor, Jim and Donna Kent.

After corrections, minutes of November meeting were approved.

Treasurer's report was given by Cindy Boyd. Jim Kent made the motion to accept the report, second by Judie McCarter. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
Rhonda Webster reported ten entries for the Christmas lighting contest. Judging will be on December 18th.

Fred reported on the trip to the National Finals. The Specialty act for the 2007 rodeo will be Tommy Lucia. The act previously reported was not available. At the present time, we do not have a specialty act signed for 2008. The Small Outdoor Rodeo of the year went to South Dakota, the Large Rodeo went to San Antonio, and Stace Smith received the Contractor of the Year. Rudy Burns was nominated again for Man In The Can, but did not win.

Jeff Shaner presented the proposed slate of officers for 2007 as follows:
President - Jim Clark, 1st Vice - Brad Surrells, 2nd Vice - undecided, Treasurer - Cindy Boyd, Secretary - Donna Kent. Past President Director - Fred McNair, One Year Directors Jim Kent, Eugene Reinbold, Jeff Shaner, and Two Year Directors Beulah Bowen, Larry Surrells, and Rad Burkett.

Fred announced the Chamber banquet will be held at the new Grade School cafeteria on February 21st, 2007. There was a question as to whether the cafeteria would be large enough to accommodate the number we have attending.

NEW BUSINESS:
Stacy Rigg from CRAWLA, presented a program on the Southeastern Illinois Mentoring Program. The program deals with children without parents, or with a parent/parents who are incarcerated. The majority of those incarcerated are due to drug use and/or drug activities.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Request from Lauren Wagoner for donation for trip with Rainforest Project. Bob Taylor suggested making a donation to the project instead of to an individual. Jim Kent made the motion to donate $140.00 to the project, ($10.00 to each of the 14 students participating). Motion seconded by Judie McCarter. Motion carried.

Thank You from Palestine-Hutsonville football team for help sponsoring bus to finals.

Thank You PPPS for membership donation.

Thank You from Robinson Assembly of God for use of the dunking booth.

Great Lakes Circuit - Thank You and check for $500.00 for Best Footing Award.

MISC:
Michael Fulling invited everyone to Regions Bank Open House on December 21st.

Bob Taylor urged everyone to attend the Shrine Game between Oblong and Palestine-Hutsonville, at LTC on Friday night. The women will play at 6:15, followed by the men's game.

Beulah Bowen attended Central Illinois Tourism meeting. There is a representative willing to come to a meeting to speak about starting a Bed and Breakfast in the area. Invitations could go out to anyone from the area who is interested, to attend the meeting.

Beulah also attended the Wabash Regional Planning meeting on writing grants for Villages and communities. Some of the projects for Palestine would be housing, the sewer extension, farmers market, the Artist Relocation project, Fort LaMotte replica, Harper House, and the skate park proposal.

Fred noted that the Christmas trees in the barrels on Main Street need to be decorated by merchants who have trees in front of their business.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING of NOVEMBER 14, 2006

President Fred McNair called the regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce to order at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 14, 2006. Members present were Fred McNair, Jim Clark, Beulah Bowen, Cindy Boyd, J. D. Kimberlain, Jeff Shaner, Marcus Deckard, Brett Burkett, Rad Burkett, Rhonda Webster, Judie McCarter, Dee Fulling, Dough Highthorn, Steve Sharpe, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of October meeting were approved.

Treasurer's report was given by Cindy Boyd.

OLD BUSINESS:
The Chamber received a grant from the Crawford County Tourism in the amount of $4130.00. Thank you to Beulah Bowen for writing the grant.

NEW BUSINESS:
Jim Kent made the motion to pay our Illinois Chamber of Commerce dues for 2007 in the amount of $275.00, seconded by Judie McCarter. Motion carried.

The Chamber will again sponsor the Christmas Lighting Contest for homes in the Palestine school district. Prizes of Chamber Bucks in the amount of $25.00 for 3rd place, $50.00 for 2nd place and $75.00 for 1st place. Motion made by Jeff Shaner, second by Jim Kent. Motion carried. Rhonda Webster in charge of contest.

The annual Chamber banquet will be held on February 21st, 2007, if arrangements can be made with the school superintendent. Time and place to be announced.

Fred appointed Jeff Shaner and Larry Surrells to the nominating committee for 2007 slate of officers and directors to be announced at the December meeting.

Committee for Hall of Fame nominees are Jim Clark, Brad Surrells, Rad Burkett, and Fred McNair. 2007 Rodeo committee to be announced at a later date.

Jim Clark announced the receipt of a check in the amount of $500.00 for second place in the Best Footing Award from the WPRCA. Thanks to Jim and Bob Kent for the work on the equipment used to work the arena grounds, and getting it done in time for Friday night's performance.

Jim Kent made the motion to place a Chamber ad in the Southeastern Illinois travel book in the amount of $214.00. Second by Rhonda Webster. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund - in memory of Julie Bowen.

Thank You from the family of Kent Burkett.

In memory of Roy Shaner from Chris and Dana Tylka.

Thank You from Miss Illinois High School Rodeo Queen, Miss Haley Huff.

Thank You from Miss Crawford County, Miss Tome Roberts.

Thank You from PGS Character Education Committee.

Thank You for candy donation for Halloween Party from Palestine Eagles Auxiliary #3329.

Thank You for continuing support from Palestine Miller Center for Seniors. Jeff Shaner made the motion to cover the rent for the Center for another six months at $40.00 per month. Second by Judie McCarter. Motion carried.

Beulah Bowen made the motion for $25.00 membership donation the PPPS, seconded by Dee Fulling. Motion carried.

MISC:
J. D. Kimberlain announced the PDA received a grant form the Crawford County Tourism committee in the amount of $2250.00 for construction of the Fort LaMotte replica.

Beulah Bowen will be going to the Central Illinois tourism meeting on Thursday, and needs a gift from Palestine, with at least a $10.00 value. A gift pack from J.D. Mullen's will be donated. Palestine will need to host a meeting sometime in 2007 for 40 to 50 people. Beulah will make the arrangements.

Fred announced the Christmas Lighting in the Park will again be held on Friday after Thanksgiving. The Lions Club will begin serving ham and beans at 4:30pm, with entertainment from 5:00 to 7:00, and fireworks at 7:00. After the fireworks, Santa will arrive by fire truck and will take requests from boys and girls.

Saturday the 18th will be the PPPS annual Cookie Walk and the Merchant Open House to kick of the Christmas season.

Saturday November 18th, will be a workday for Christmas lights and replacing bulbs at Leaverton Park. Work will begin at 8:00am, and any and all help will be appreciated.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING of OCTOBER 9, 2006

The regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce was called to order by president Fred McNair at 7:00pm on Tuesday October 9, 2006. Members present were Fred McNair, Bob Taylor, Jim Clark, Bob and Beulah Bowen, Brad Surrells, Larry Surrells, Cindy Boyd, Eugene Reinbold, J. D. Kimberlain, Jeff Shaner, Jim and Donna Kent.

Minutes of the September meeting were approved.

Treasurer's report was given by Cindy Boyd.

OLD BUSINESS:
Reminder that a Thank You ad for volunteers and sponsors had not yet been placed in Daily News. The ad should also include the fact that there will be a rodeo in 2007, to dispel the rumors that 2006 was the last.

Larry Surrells thanked Jay Wilson, Bob Taylor, Bob and Beulah Bowen and Donna Kent for all their help with the Pork Chops On A Stick at the Wine and Art Festival. 196 pork chops were sold on Saturday and the remaining 117 chops were sold out by 2:00 on Sunday. Not all the bills have been paid, but $1663.00 has been deposited from the weekend sales. The festival was very well attended, and by Saturday evening, all but 120 of the 600 wine glasses had been sold.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You - The Roy Shaner family.

NEW BUSINESS:
The PDA is collecting "Best Choice" labels from Buy Low and "Our Family" labels from Brock's Food Town and would like to have the labels dropped off at the Chamber office. Rhonda Webster will place a container in the office and will collect the labels. For every 1000 "Best Choice" labels, they will receive $25.00, and for every 500 "Our Family" labels they will receive $25.00. Jim Kent made the motion to approve, seconded by Bob Taylor. Motion carried.

Bob Taylor reminded everyone of the Methodist Church Beef and Noodle dinner on November 4th.

The Fife Opera House will be hosting the Danville Players "Shotgun Wedding", a comedy, on November 11th. There are only 150 tickets available at $10.00 per ticket. Proceeds go to the Opera House.

The Fort LaMotte Rangers will have their Fall Rendezvous on October 21st and 22nd. They will be having a Trade Fair at the Opera House on January 20th and 21st of 2007.

Jim Clark reported on an article in the WPRA magazine, thanking the grounds crew for the work they did for them for our Labor Day rodeo.


There will be a Labor Day Celebration planning meeting on October 24th at 7:00pm at the Chamber office. All committee chairmen, and those interested in helping, need to attend. Dee will place notice in Daily News Current Events, and on WTAY radio station.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent

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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING of SEPTEMBER 12, 2006

The regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce was called to order by president Fred McNair at 7:00pm on Tuesday September 12,2006. Members present were Fred McNair, Bob Taylor, Jim Clark, Bob and Beulah Bowen, Rhonda Webster, Rad Burkett, Brad Surrells, Larry Surrells, Cindy Boyd, Eugene Reinbold, Joan Fulling, Rick Stork, Brett Burkett, J. D. Kimberlain, Linda Ham, Sharon Draper, Jeff Shaner, Dee Fulling, Sheb Daugherty, Jim and Donna Kent Guests were Steve and Carol McGahey.

Minutes of the August meeting were approved after price correction for pork chop and drink for Labor Day weekend.

Treasurer's report was given by Cindy Boyd, with a balance of $90,333.10 as of September 11, 2006. Bob Taylor made the motion to accept the report, second by Rick Stork. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
Beulah Bowen is working on a grant from the Crawford County Tourism. As of October the Crawford County Tourism will be dissolved by the Robinson Chamber of Commerce.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Lincoln Trail Collage - Trick or Treat at the Trail, no action taken.

Crawford County Council For The Arts membership. Larry Surrells made the motion for the $50.00 donation, seconded by Bob Bowen. Motion carried.

Palestine Grade School Character Education - Bob Bowen made the motion to donate $100.00, seconded by Larry Surrells, motion carried.

Dee Fulling and Jim Clark attended the Flu Pandemic Planning meeting held by the Crawford County Health Department on August 17th.

LTC is offering CERT Training classes free to anyone wanting to attend. There is a minimum of ten and a maximum of twelve per class.

Thank You from Miss Teen Illinois - Lauren Callaway.

Thank You - from Tangi Waldrop sponsor for Tanner Harvey Golf spramble.

Thank You - Robbie VanWinWe, donation for Relay For Life.

Thank You from bull rider Jay C. Morrow for the $500.00 bonus.

Thank You - Kidney Foundation - donation in memory of Julie Bowen.

Thank You - Jenny Branum for participation in Mill Rodeo Illinois Contest, and they will be back next year.

NEW BUSINESS:
Labor Day recap: Fred thanked everyone for all the great help with any part they had in making the entire celebration the success it was. Without all the volunteers it would not have been possible.

Jim Clark - Dee and Linda Ham and Beth Leggitt did a great job with the Hospitality Tent Had lots of compliments on the Rodeo, even though we had only 11 bull riders the entire rodeo. The new scoreboard was great, and next year we may have one that has video, and will be able to sell advertising. It isn't a sure thing, but possible. The women's barrel racers are now known as Professional Women Barrel Racers. They were very pleased with the ground work that they requested we do.

Cindy Boyd- Money raffle cleared almost $ 1300.00. All three winners were from Palestine. Bob Taylor won $500.00, Ron Holt won $1000.00 and Kenny Nelson won $2000.00. Jim Kent sold the most raffle tickets and won the $100.00.

The campgrounds were almost sold out The campers participated in the activities planed for them. The Bingo was probably the biggest success with approximately 60 people. More chairs were needed and sold out of cards. Thanks to the Eagles Aux for running the games. There were no complaints, and several compliments on the condition of the port-a-pots. Thanks to Sheb Daugherty.

Rick Stork - Pork Chops went over very well. Took in approximately $3900.00, sold between 800 and 850 chops. The Chamber still has loins in the freezer that are paid for. If anyone would like to sell them at the Wine and Art Festival in October, they can use Rick's grill. Larry Surrells will be in charge as Rick will be gone.

Sharon Draper - Parade - had a good turn out and things went well, although there were several gaps. Cindy thanked everyone for help on the float.

Eugene Reinbold - Plans are ongoing for the Fort LaMotte replica. The dimensions have been staked out, so you can check where it will be placed.

Due to the rumors that there will not be a rodeo next year, Steve McGahey suggested placing an ad in the paper tfctanfcjng sponsors and volunteers, and adding "See you all next year".

Meeting adjourned at 7:45pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING of AUGUST 8, 2006

The regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce was called to order by president Fred McNair at 7:00pm on Tuesday August 8,2006. Members present were Fred McNair, Bob Taylor, Dee Fulling, Jim Clark, Bob and Beulah Bowen, Judie McCarter, Rhonda Webster, Rad Burkett, Brad Surrells, Larry Surrells, Ruth Arm Simms, Cindy Boyd, Eugene Reinbold, Joan Fulling, Rick Stork, Jeff Shaner, Sheb Daughterly, Jim and Donna Kent Guest John Hasten, Unit #3 superintendent, and Jenny Branum from the Miss Rodeo America pageant.

Minutes of the July meeting were approved.

Treasurer's report was given by Cindy Boyd, with a balance of $60,022.84 as of August 7, 2006. Jim Kent made the motion to accept the report, second by Rick Stork. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:
August First Friday: There was a very good turn out for the food, bluegrass band, ice cream (Presbyterian Church), the Little Miss & Mister Contest and the Baby Contest. The Fish Fry and Pork Chops had income of $2140.50 and expenses of $126026, giving the Chamber a profit of $880.24 for the evening. Fred gave a big Thank You to Bob Taylor and the AMVETS for all their help. It was greatly appreciated.

The money raffle ticket sales totals $980.00 as of August 7th. $4000.00 has to be raised to cover prize money. Cindy and Beulah will be setting up at Wal Mart on Saturday morning, August 12th, and Cindy and Donna will be going to the Flat Rock Homecoming in the afternoon.

NEW BUSINESS:
Jenny Branum, Miss Rodeo Illinois, will be holding the 2006 Miss Rodeo Illinois Pageant over the Labor Day weekend in Palestine. The riding and horsemanship portion will be held in the arena when it is not in use, and interviews will be held at the Pioneer Room. The winner will compete for Miss Rodeo in Las Vegas in December at the National Finals.

Bob Bowen made the motion to OK the camper raffle with the winner receiving their campsite and 4 rodeo tickets for 2007. Second was by Bob Taylor, motion carried.

Camper Activity Schedule:
   Friday night dance 8:00-11:00 with Barry Kent from Hi 99 Shelter by Lions Club.

   Friday - Sunday at 5:00 - Scavenger Hunt - Amy Bantician & Friends Hillbilly Golf- time ? - Brad & Eva White & Family Horseshoe Tournament - time ? With ?
   Sunday 2:00 - 5:00 Park Community Building with ?

Work schedule was set with Rick Stork for help with cooking and selling Pork Chops. Times will be
Friday - 5:00pm until after Rodeo, Saturday 10:00am - llrOOpm on Main St. and S:00pm until after Rodeo and Sunday 5:00pm until after Rodeo. $5.00 for p6rk chop and drink.

Fred announced the Mutton Bustin' tryouts will be Sunday August 13th at 5:00pm at the Arena.

Work is continuing on the VIP building with the outside finished, the electric and inside walls to be finished. The windows were donated by Tempco. Thank you to Beulah for working on the grant.

The framework for the scoreboard is being done by volunteers from the Pipe fitters Union Local.

Rippy Elec. and Brett Burkett are working on the campground ground fault interrupters.

Indiana Railroad will run a train for the sponsors on Sunday August 27th, starting at the Pioneer Winery. The Chamber will provide food and snacks.

Cindy is in charge of the float for the Labor Day parade, " Animated Classics". There will be a work night on Wednesday August 23rd, at 6:00pm, at Eugene Reinbolds* building. Any help would be appreciated.

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You from John Schmidlin for Rodeo tickets for Relay for Life.

Village of Palestine - letters requesting keeping crossings open on Lincoln, Main and Pike Streets in town. Take letters to Village Hall. Sheb Daugherty asked if any contact had been made to Illinois Department of Transportation to do a traffic count on those streets.

Crawford County Health Dept. is having an Influenza Pendemic Informational Breakfast on August 17th, for anyone who would like to attend with Dee Fulling.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15pm.

Respectfully Submitted
Donna Kent, Secretary
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PALESTINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
GENERAL MEETING of JULY 11,2006

The regular meeting of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce was called to order by president Fred McNair at 7:00pm on Tuesday July 11, 2006. Members present were Fred McNair, Bob Taylor, Dee Fulling, Jim Clark, Rhonda Webster, Beulah Bowen, Judie McCarter, Rad Burkett, Janet Fuller, Brad Surrells, J.D. Kimberlain, Larry Surrells, Ruth Ann Simms, Jim and Donna Kent. Guest Don Ennis from Crawford Memorial Hospital.

Minutes of the June meeting were approved.

Due to the absence of Cindy Boyd, no treasurers report was given.

OLD BUSINESS:
Rippy Electric is continuing work on the campgrounds. A lot still to be done before Labor Day with new poles and water lines.

NEW BUSINESS:
Mr. Don Ennis reported to the Chamber that Crawford Memorial had purchased the clinic in Palestine and would like to have the open house on Friday September 1st, during our Labor Day celebration. Dr. Justin Witt and Patty Burbank, Nurse Practitioner, will be serving the clinic. Details for the open house will be worked out with the Chamber.

August First Friday -Fish Fry and Pork Chops on a Stick by the Chamber Little Miss and Mr. Contest - Football cheerleaders Ice Cream -"The Class" Possibly children's games -PTO (Rhonda Webster will contact PTO)

Approval was given for use of the arena grounds on Saturday, July 2, 2007, to Women In The Outdoors for their annual program.

Jim Clark made the motion to pay $144.00 for the writing of the Mary Heath Grant, second by Jim Kent. Motion carried.

Beulah Bowen made the motion to be a $100.00 hole sponsor for the Palestine-Hutsonville Golf Scramble on August 13th, second by Jim Kent. Motion carried.

Jim Clark made the motion to donate 4 Friday night Rodeo tickets to John Schmidlin for the July 14th Relay for Life. Second by Larry Surrells, motion carried.

Sharon Draper and Brad Surrells are looking for help on the committee for the Labor Day Parade.

There will be a workday at the arena on Saturday, July I5th. Work is being done on the new VIP building. The new fence along River Road is almost complete.

The Bears in The Park, carved by Jerry Brimberry are deteriating rapidly. Mama Bear is not repairable and Baby Bear is in danger .

CORRESPONDENCE:
Thank You - 4-H Extension for donation of $250.00
Thank You - Palestine Academic Foundation for donation of $100.00 at their Book Fair.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45pm.

Respectfully Submitted
Donna Kent, Secretary

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