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Blackduck Chamber discusses new projects

Twelve members of the Blackduck Chamber of Commerce met for the regularly scheduled meeting March 16.

Project "Shop Local" and the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway Celebration were among the topics of discussion.

Shirley Gilmore was present to bring the group up to date on the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway Celebration.

Gilmore provided an update with regards to the first annual celebration. She indicated, if the celebration is slated for this summer, there will be a need for a group to run and manage a hospitality tent and she asked the Chamber members present if this is something the Chamber would be interested in.

The group assured her that if the celebration takes place the group would most definitely be willing to help out with the hospitality tent. Gilmore will keep the group informed of any scheduling progress.

A membership update was given to the group.

Those working on the Chamber membership drive were recognized for their hard work and as a result membership dues for 2011 have increased! A special "thank you" was extended to Chamber member Glennis Moon for her extra "due diligence" in promoting membership to the organization.

Members were then brought up to speed on the Project "Shop Local" promotion.

The committee continues to work on "3/50 Project" and promoting businesses to join. Also the committee is working on how to promote Crazy Days and Community-Wide Garage Sale. Both are set for May 21.

An idea to get consumers into the businesses includes a punch card that could qualify consumers to win $50 in Chamber Bucks. After a short discussion, the punch card idea was approved.

The committee also inquired whether or not the Chamber would host a garage sale fundraiser during the Community-Wide Garage Sale and all those present were in favor of the fundraiser.

The group also...

• Discussed Coming Events -- May 21, Community-Wide Garage Sale and Crazy Days; July 30, Woodcarvers Festival; Aug. 20, Backwoods Bash and Oct. 24, Fall Bash.

Ditch clean up has been scheduled for May 3. The group will meet at Shamrock Storage at 5 p.m.

The following businesses will receive recognition of new membership -- Blackduck Senior Apartments, Expressions Automotive Services, Lost Acres Resort and Summer Haven RV Resort.

Chamber Secretary Karin Elhard shared with the group how she was utilizing the listing of Chamber e-mails, which she refers to as the "chamber listserv."

She indicated that anyone who would like an announcement shared to contact her and she would place the information on the listserv. She noted it is an effective way to promote the Chamber's projects.

It was also noted that the Tourist Information Center host wages still continue to be an issue for the group. Research to utilize state tourism funds failed as the funds have either been fully utilized or not available for use. Following a short discussion, the item was tabled until more information was available.

The next meeting of the Chamber will be held April 20 at 5 p.m. at Blackduck American Legion.