Chamber of Commerce holds monthly meeting

The Philip Chamber of Commerce held its monthly meeting Monday, March 14, at The Steakhouse with approximately 25 members present.

Chamber President Glenn Parsons welcomed members then informed them that the Community Assessment teams will be assigned chairpersons, who will then be contacting Chamber members to set up future meetings. Assessment teams are Housing, Beautification, Library, Recreation/Community Center, Signage and Business Development. He also touched on the downtown improvement project that is in the works, in conjunction with the city.

Parsons introduced Kent Buchholz, PHS Student Council representative, who is an honorary Chamber board member. Buchholz, or any of his Student Council counterparts, has been invited to attend meetings at least once every quarter.

Teams are reminded to meet and come up with fundraising ideas for 2005. Some teams already do an annual fundraiser, such as the Economic Development’s chili cook-off each fall.

Marcia West, chairperson for the Lasting Legacy committee, reported that her committee had met several times and are discussing the possibility of adding wings to each side of the monument so that more plaques can be added before the centennial. The city will be asked to help move dirt when this project begins.

Kelly Penticoff informed those present of the Tour of Tables, A Culinary Adventure, sponsored by the Philip Hospital Auxiliary, will be held Sunday, April 3rd. Booths will be set up in the afternoon, which guests can visit for a freewill offering. See related story in this week’s Pioneer Review on the dinner and the booths.

Doug West will be contacting one person from each team to help with the membership drive. He would like to mesh old and new ideas to make it a fun night for members and prospective members. A date for the event will be announced later.

DJ Rush reminded everyone to contact him when updates are needed on the Chamber’s website (www.philipsouthdakota.com). He is willing to take photos of real estate and list it on the site at no charge.

Parsons reminds the public that monies are available from a revolving loan fund for business start-up, expansion, remodeling, etc. He has had one person contact him and hopes that anyone interested will give the Chamber office a call to find out more.

“Paint, South Dakota” was the topic for Mark Ford to remind anyone with a home needing painting, we can still apply for the paint which the state will provide. The program is to bring people together, provide a new coat of paint to a needy household, and help beautify the community. The South Dakota Housing Development Authority will pay for the paint and primer, then volunteers must provide the manpower and equipment. Applications are due April 1st and the program is limited to 25 communities. Please contact Shirley at the Chamber office if you or someone you know would like to participate in this program. The number to call is 859-2645.

David Dick reminded everyone that the golf course’s annual meeting will be held Sunday, March 20, at 1:00 p.m. at The Steakhouse. He noted that John Jambor, a certified golf pro, has been hired to manage the course (see related story).