Chamber continues activity planning

The Monday, July 12, meeting of the Philip Chamber of Commerce began with a quick overview of the success of Philip Festival Days.

Much of the rest of the meeting was a discussion of how to continue to improve not only Festival Days, but also other activities supported by the chamber. Discussion will continue on whether or not to combine some celebrations, and which ones, to draw even larger crowds. Already being planned for next summer are the Matched Bronc Ride, Philip Festival Days, the Scottie Philip commemorative wagon train and the Haakon/Jackson County Fair and 4-H Achievement Days.

For this August 5 through 7 Haakon/Jackson County Fair and 4-H Achievement Days, volunteers are needed to assist with the serving of the burger bust meal and the barbecue meal. New this year at the event will be a Sweet Treat live auction during the talent contest. Competitively decorated cakes and cupcakes will be judged, then auctioned off. Individuals, groups, organizations and businesses are encouraged to enter.

The chamber agenda included discussion on the success of the summer activities for the local youth. Even with the completion of the Philip swimming pool by next summer, continuing this summer's activities is being discussed, particularly the South Dakota Discover Center program in Philip.

The chamber received two thank you letters concerning its support of Youth Business Adventures. Jasper DesLautiers, YBA executive director, wrote, "Your generosity allows YBA to continue planning for two more weeks of our program in 2011. The (June 5-10) 2011 program will mark 32 years of education about the realities of the business world."

The other letter came from Jeff O'Connell, one of the local students who attended the event this summer at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. He wrote, "The activities were great and really made meeting new people fun and easy. The speakers were easy to follow and kept the crowd involved, sometimes getting very close and personal. The information I received can be used when I begin working no matter what field I go into. I would recommend YBA to everyone who is going to college. YBA offers two credits and you have a blast while earning them."

The next Philip Chamber of Commerce meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 13, at the 73- Saloon meeting room.