Philip chamber wraps up year, begins next

The December meeting for the Philip Chamber of Commerce was held on Monday, December 14.

Election of officers for 2010 resulted in Kent Olson being voted in as president, Ron Larson as vice president, Stacy Pinney as secretary and Matt Reedy returning as treasurer. Exiting president Milo Zeeb said, "I took this job with the idea we would take on some of the old ways of doing things. I think the chamber is better run and more inviting for new members."

Reedy reported that the annual chili cook-off brought in over $250 profit. The activities fund, formerly known as the centennial fund, has $26,605 available for future projects. The economic development funds total to $27,177, the Horizon funds are $9,444 and the Lasting Legacy funds are currently $15,642. "No outstanding bills are coming up," said Reedy.

Doug West and others are still looking into details on the Trans-Canada pipeline project and its possible railroad depot site for its materials. The chamber hopes to possibly have Philip as a hub for materials and further transportation of those materials. West's report will be at next month's meeting.

The Prairie Expo will be January 22. The Extension office is lining up speakers for the outbreak sessions. One speaker will be the Titanium Chef, Clark Braun, out of Sioux Falls. He represents the South Dakota Beef Council. Chamber members will be needed to volunteer help for the set-up of the 40 booths in the two gymnasiums and for the clean up afterwards. Some volunteers will help with the pen of three outside. "The Expo will be shorter than in previous years," said Don Ravellette, "but there will be quite a lot going on during the day, inside and out."

"The chamber's re-vamped website, done by Marie Slovek, really looks good," said Zeeb. "It will be a definite help with spreading the word about Philip. It's a great resource." Marcia West said that photos of businesses, with the owners included, will be taken next spring or summer and put on the website.

Mary Burnett reported, "It's amazing that over 300 friends have linked up with the Philip Facebook site this month. We now have 500 to 600 Facebook friends. With upcoming projects, such as the expo, that should be great. They will tell their friends, too."

Burnett was honored for accomplishing her project of naming the section of Highway 14 from Philip to Fort Pierre as the James "Scotty" Philip Highway. The signs should be erected within a month. "I saw that a section of Highway 14 was named the Laura Ingalls Wilder Highway. I thought, if they can do that, then why can't we do it, too," said Burnett. She is now trying to have a print of Scotty Philip displayed in the Haakon County Courthouse.

West will be putting together a membership drive, beginning with the February chamber meeting. "We have to give new businesses an opportunity to be known," said West. "I'm hoping for a fun evening where we can renew old members and get new members."

The next Philip Chamber of Commerce meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. at The Steakhouse in Philip.