Philip Chamber of Commerce prepares for annual chili feed and for website upgrade

After reviewing the last meeting's minutes and hearing the treasurer's report, the attending members of the Philip Chamber of Commerce received the final update on the Philip Festival Days.

"Tons of people came into town," said treasurer Matt Reedy, "Over $1,177 profit was made after everything was paid out. All in all, that is super. We understand that it doesn't matter if the chamber itself made any money, but we made about $1,300 just on the burger feed."

Chamber members voiced concerns over the congested traffic and parking for the bronc ride event. Suggestions for next year included asking law enforcement to slow down traffic even more than the posted 45 miles per hour.

Glenn Parsons, chairman for the Festival Days committee, said, "The chamber may want to find out what Dustin Evans charges as full price for his band. He wants to come back and everyone we've talked to wants his band to come back, If we intend to get him for next year, we need to look into the full price."

Codi Mills reported on the recent Haakon/Jackson County Fair. "It was a good fair. The weather hindered it, and attendance was down for the entire weekend. We served out around 250 burgers for the Burger Bust. The talent show went really well. It was a good fair, though we can always make room for improvement." Because of opposing activities and other demolition derbies during that weekend, the Philip demolition derby might be moved to a different date for next summer.

The chamber has selected a committee to set a date, and to arrange contestants and helpers for the chamber sponsored chili cook-off. The contest will be before a home high school football game, most likely in early September. Milo Zeeb, chamber president, said, "In the past, we have had a pretty good turn out."

For the next item of business, Kent Olson said, "We have kicked the idea around, but have not reached a good understanding of the chamber's website. For people who travel, especially younger and computer oriented people, a website is where you go for information. We need a committee or task force of some individuals who know a little about websites. I think it really is an area to work on to promote businesses in the Philip area.

Don Burns added, "Internet communications are something we have to get right back to, because people who are looking want answers to their questions."

Parsons added, "We may have to commit time and effort to keep up our website. A committee is a good start, but we have to be more committed."

Reedy said, "We are just trying to get some ideas answered, to figure out what we've got, not necessarily to redo the whole thing." Zeeb said, "We are definitely going to have to get somebody in there to keep the website current."

The meeting ended with guest speaker Ron Larson, owner and operator of Hometown Computer Services based out of Philip. He explained what HCS does, why his family moved back to Philip and his expectations for the future of his computer repair and networking business.

The next scheduled meeting for the Philip Chamber of Commerce is at 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 14, in the meeting room of the 73- Saloon.