Greater Ortonville Chamber of Commerce
Meeting Minutes – October 2003 Meeting
The Greater Ortonville Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting for October
2003 was held at noon on October 7 at Brandon High School. The minutes
are as follows:
The meeting was called to order by President Robert Renchik.
Midge Bauman, Treasurer, provided the Treasurer’s
report and it was approved. Bridget Hughes questioned why lunch money
collections had decreased. Robert indicated that Shari Westphal, Recording
Secretary for the chamber, is now collecting luncheon funds at the
New Curriculum Development Assistant for
Brandon High School Superintendent
Bart Jenniches introduced his new Assistant
of Curriculum Development, Sue May. Sue will be handling the development
of school curriculum for grades K-12, as well as the technology programs.
Proposal for Chamber Spending
Sharon Williams asked for a vote on restricting chamber
spending over $500 to a vote by the general membership, as was done
in the past. Robert had asked Kirk Falvay, attorney
(prior to today’s meeting) to review the bylaws and provide
his input. Robert indicated that he had been operating under paragraph
2 of Kirk’s response. It reads: “typically, most organizations
would operate in the following fashion. Each year the officers of
the organization would present to the Board of Directors a proposed
budget for the next fiscal year outlining expected revenues and proposed
spending amounts. The expenditures would be listed by various categories,
and the budget would be approved by the Board.
The Board may or may not establish a requirement that any individual
expenditures within any category require Board approval. The officers
would thereafter be acting within their authority by making expenditures
that were within the budget The Treasure would provide a monthly accounting
of activities to the Board, which would be approved at the Board meeting.”
There was brief discussion on the floor; Russ Govette
recommended reviewing past and proposed ideas in search of a middle
ground, and Sharon agreed to work with him on a new proposal.
Taste of Home
Jim Misener invited everyone to the Taste of Home
Cooking School, sponsored by The County Line Reminder, which will
be held at Brandon High School on Thursday, November 6. There are
exhibitor booths available from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Price is $35 or $20
with purchase of advertising in the Cooking Show section of The County
Line Reminder. For more information, contact Jim Misener at 248-627-2843.
Final accounting is not complete but despite the cold morning, turnout
was good. There were 108 crafters. The chamber donates $2,500 to the
fest which provides funding for the dunk tank and entertainment.
“Computers for Seniors” Project
Fred Howard from the Senior Center requested
donations of no-longer-needed computers and peripherals for use by
senior in the area. Computers provide seniors with new stimuli. Through
the center and the donated equipment, they learn how to use a computer,
how to search to find information about their health, about activities
going on around them, hobbies and other items of interest. In addition,
each computer is given board, card and casino slot games. For more
information or to donate, please call Fred Howard at 248-627-3111
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Chamber Luncheon
All businesses are invited to attend the next Greater Ortonville Chamber
of Commerce general membership luncheon at noon on Tuesday, November
11 at Brandon High School. Please call Shari Westphal
to R.S.V.P. at 248-627-8079.
The meeting was adjourned.
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