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Blackduck Chamber of Commerce holds regular meeting

Twelve members of the Blackduck Chamber of Commerce met May 18 for the regular monthly meeting.

Members present included Bruce Meade, Janice Dagen, Miriam Osborn, Glennis Moon, Charlie Anderson, Tim Trosen, Megan Gustafson, Jean Slindee, Greg Morris, Shirley Gilmore, Karin Elhard and Johnny Lee Walker.

Following the approval of the minutes of the previous meeting as well as the treasurer's report, members got down to business, discussing the Chamber After Hours event slated for that evening.

The Project Shop Local Committee provided a quick review of the evening's event which was to be held in the Blackduck Golf Course clubhouse.

The committee indicated there have been about 15 people who have RSVP'd. The committee will provide an update of the event at the June Chamber meeting.

Elhard indicated that there was a need for more donations for the community-wide garage sale fundraiser.

The group also discussed needing people to help price the items and people to help out with the garage sale. Those willing to volunteer were Osborn Anderson, Gustafson and Elhard.

Next on the agenda was an update on the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway Celebration.

Shirley Gilmore provided an update of the upcoming celebration. The Chamber will be responsible for hosting the 20x40 tent and in addition, has agreed to pay for half the rental price of the tent which will amount to around $210.

Liz and Bruce Meade will man the tent from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Anderson will take over from 12-2 p.m. and Gustafson and Elhard will close things down at the end of the 2-4 p.m. shift.

A Tourist Information Center update was then presented by B. Meade.

He shared with the membership, the need to find additional funds for the staffing expense at the Tourist Information Center.

It was explained that a typical work schedule at the center would include six days per week for six hours per day, which will cost approximately $4,800 for the season.

Currently, the Chamber has a budget of $3,000 (an increase of $1,500 from 2010). It was recommended to utilize some of the fundraising and donation money to offset the expense but before those funds are used the Chaber will submit a request to the city of Blackduck for $1,800 from the municipal recreation fund. The next Blackduck City Council meeting will be June 6.

Meade will contact workers and schedule them for six days per week for six hours per day but he will also note if funding is denied hours could change.

Last on the agenda was the Blackduck School reading program.

During this discussion, they reviewed a letter from Stacy Swedberg requesting business participation with a reading program she is working on. All businesses are encouraged to participate.

The next meeting of the Chamber will be held at noon June 15 at The Pond. All members and anyone interested in becoming a member, are encouraged to attend.