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Chamber plans for funds to be well spent

The Philip Chamber of Commerce has over $12,000 in its accounts, not counting the economic development and Lasting Legacy funds.

The Monday, May 11, meeting concerned the best use of the funds. "Let's use it wisely and try to keep it," said treasurer Matt Reedy, "but it will eventually be gone. Some events won't make money and aren't necessarily meant to. This year is as good of a chance that we have to actually do so," said Reedy.

Chamber members voted that the funds must go to special events such as Festival Days. If any profit is made, it must go back into the fund.

Glenn Parsons, Festival Days committee chairman, said the estimate for everything planned for this year's Festival Days is $8,500. That includes the feed before the Matche Bronc Ride, the band for the street dance and the games for the young people. The games will be able to be used every year.

Though there will not be a demolition derby or mud bog over the June 19 through 21 weekend, other activities should keep the residents and visitors busy. Friday evening will be the hamburger feed, Matched Bronc Ride and street dance. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be available for those who do not wish to visit the drinking establishments.

Parsons reported on the security company arranged for the street dance. Its representatives said for the chamber to make sure the people have fun, the security guards will keep them safe. Both drinking establishments are helping with the costs of the security, going on the basis that they then don't have to worry as much on their own employees and on carding the public. Color coded wristbands will be attached to dance patrons to prove they paid admission.

Saturday morning will start off at 6:30 a.m. with a walk/run sponsored by Relay For Life. Also put on by Relay For Life will be a breakfast at the Bad River Senior Citizen's Center from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.

At noon there will be a free buffalo feed at the fire hall to celebrate Vivian Hansen's 90th birthday. At 12:30 there will be firehose water fights for the younsters and for organized adult teams. A poker run is planned for 2:00 p.m. Games, including a dunk tank, will run from 3:00 to well into the evening.

From 5:00 p.m. to around 6:00 will be square dancing. A karaoke contest, followed by open karaoke, will start at 7:00 p.m.

On Sunday there will be the Spud Gittings Memorial Golf Tournament. There will be at least one Philip High School class reunion over the weekend. The chamber is focusing on having places available during the weekend where people can visit and be comfortable. The fire hall will have free tea, lemonade and shade. Perhaps other refreshments such as pies and cookies will be for sale.

In other business:

•The Philip Volunteer Fire Department will be given $200 in responce to its request for help in paying for this year's Fourth of July fireworks. The PVFD's costs for materials are going up. The chamber donated $100 last year.

•The chamber's old office will be emptied of the remaining furniture and the ancient computer. The items will be set up and kept usable in a currently empty office at the bank.

•During the Relay For Life event on Saturday, June 13, downtown businesses are encouraged to decorate their windows.

•The Haakon County Crooners are looking for a practice area where they can also store equipment.

•The school's website was complimented. Chamber members said that Marie Slovek has made it better than it has ever been and has kept it always up-to-date. The chamber is looking into how to keep its own website current.

The chamber will next meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 8, at The Steakhouse.