Festival Days is successful

Philip Chamber of Commerce President Glenn Parsons welcomed members and guests to the monthly general meeting held Monday, August 9, at The Steakhouse.

Positive comments were received by Parsons and other chamber members on the success and enjoyment of Festival Days, held last weekend in Philip. Jan Hewitt commented, “It seemed like there was something for everybody.” It was noted that the kids’ carnival, sponsored by the bank’s Relay For Life team, was hugely popular with all of the kids attending, as well as those helping with the event.

The chamber is optimistic about making a profit this year, although not all of the bills have come in.

Winning was considered losing in the Haakon/Jackson County Fair's Kiss the Goat Contest. DJ Rush was the winner (?) and did a fine job of kissing the goat. Rush beat out Glenn Parsons and Matt Reedy for the honor.

Barb Williamson, parade chairperson, commented that there were approximately 70 entries this year. Her goal is to make the parade bigger and better every year until the centennial parade in 2007. She thanked everyone who participated for all of their hard work. The PHS Class of 1974 received first place.

The 2007 Festival Days celebration was briefly discussed. The centennial celebration is slated for the third weekend in June. Doug West mentioned that maybe a reunion weekend could be held in June, with Festival Days remaining at the end of July in conjunction with the county fair. Nothing was decided, but it is a possibility worth looking into.

Joel Kammerer and Donna Staben both thanked the chamber for all of their help with the county fair held in conjunction with Festival Days. Chamber members helped serve at the barbecue and ice cream social.

Parsons read a letter from Tommilyn Trask regarding the circus which was recently held in Philip. She is the daughter of Tom and Shelia Trask and enjoyed the circus very much. She encouraged the chamber to invite this particular circus back again next year.

The calendar of events for the Department of Tourism is due in September. If any organization would like to be listed, they are to fill out a form – available from Shirley Chin – and return it to her by September 10th. Chin can be reached at the Chamber Office.

Todd O’Connor has resigned his position as a member of the Chamber’s board of directors. Parsons asked if there were any nominations from the floor, and as there were none, Kelly Penticoff was appointed to fill the remainder of O’Connor’s term. She will begin her duties immediately.

Philip has an opportunity to be “Capital For A Day” and Mayor John Hart asked the chamber if they would consider serving 45 to 50 people lunch (on a day yet to be determined). The chamber is going to take this under consideration and make a decision at a later date.

School board members Ross Williams, Kelly Blair and Vonda Hamill presented the four-day school week proposition to those present. They are trying to meet with groups throughout the area to give them information and answer any questions they may have concerning this proposal. The school board will make their decision (for the 2005-06 school year) at the October meeting. If anyone has questions concerning the proposed four-day week, they can contact any board member or Principal Jeff Rieckman at any time.

The next meeting for the Philip Chamber of Commerce will be Monday, September 13th.