Philip Chamber ready to start membership drive

New officers for the Philip Chamber of Commerce have been voted in. Milo Zeeb is the president, Kent Olson is the vice president, Codi Vallery is the secretary and Matt Reedy is the treasurer. Corky Thorson will be on board as past president.

The chamber held a special meeting on Monday, December 15 to elect officers and ratify the revised by-laws. Nominations for officers were open to the general assembly, though a nominating committee also put forth names. That committee had surveyed many current members for interest in the officers' positions.

"I was really impressed with the number of people who want to be involved," said Don Ravellette, nominating committee member along with Doug West and Glenn Parsons. Ravellette said that people are interested in filling the positions after the new one year terms are completed. "Now we need to bring back in the old members and also bring in new members," said Ravellette.

"We would love to have Milesville and Midland residents, and every farmer and rancher in the surrounding country join as members," said West.

Parsons added, "The chamber has to be fun, as well as a way to work together to draw more business to the area." Boyd Waara agreed, "Whatever we do for activities, they have to be meant as a membership drive, as a fundraiser and as a way to have fun."

West said, "The only way we can make this work is if a team or a committee is assigned a specific duty (for fundraising and membership drive). That would make it work and also get team members to be more active."

Ray Smith brought up the earlier topic that the dues structure should be revisited. He suggested a steeper curve that would double the dues for the largest businesses in the area from a ceiling of $250 to a maximum of $500 per year. Olson agreed.

Jerry Kroetch said, "I have no problem with that. As far as Scotchman is concerned, the chamber is a viable way of helping the community. The dues are acceptable for that purpose."

The minimum individual membership dues would remain at $25 per year. Non-profit organizations would remain at $35 per year. New member businesses would be given a first year incentive for joining. Whatever their normal dues would be, according to a sliding scale of their number of employees, would be cut in half. This would apply to any business that has not belonged to the chamber for the last three years. The City of Philip has for several years donated $2,500 per year to support the chamber.

The next scheduled meeting for the Philip Chamber of Commerce will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 12, in the meeting room of The Steakhouse and Lounge.