Chamber of commerce detailing Scotty Philip wagon train plans and looking for volunteers

Business of the Philip Chamber of Commerce was quickly completed during the Monday, February 14, meeting before a lengthy, committee progress report was made by the Scotty Philip Memorial Wagon Train committee.

Invitations to join the chamber will be sent out to area businesses and individuals. Chamber president Ron Larson said, "It's a different chamber of commerce than some people remember from 20 years ago. We are doing something, trying to draw people to the area."

Ranchers, farmers and other family businesses are encouraged to look into membership. If someone or a business has not been a member in the last three years, this year's membership will be half price. The membership fee for non-retail or non-profit entities and individuals such as ranchers and social organizations is normally $25 per year. Other business membership fees are rated either by their yearly sales amount or number of employees.

For its 17th year, the chamber will donate $200 towards students who wish to attend Youth Business Adventure this summer. The chamber simply asks that attending students present a summary during a following chamber meeting.

A report was made by the committee dealing with the Philip end of the Philip to Fort Pierre wagon train planned for this summer. As plans progress and details are formulated, the committee will report back to the chamber and request for volunteers to help out with specific activities. The Friday, Saturday and Sunday send-off of the 300 member wagon train participants is being referred to as Scotty Philip Days.

Saturday will definitely include a 100 foot tent over South Center Avenue, the main place where various activities will be held all day. Cowboy poets, historical presentations, music, dancing and the unveiling of a bronze bust of Scotty Philip are already arranged. A pony express, complete with specially stamped mail, will arrive in Philip at approximately 5:00 p.m. A returning stagecoach will join the wagon train and also carry mail.

The wagon train will start out Sunday morning by parading through Philip. The chamber will prepare Sunday breakfast for the wagon train participants and anyone else.

Festival Days will be one month before Scotty Philip Days. The chamber is welcoming ideas and knowing who would like to volunteer time and effort to the wagon train send-off.

The next regular chamber meeting will be Monday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m. at The Steakhouse.