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ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Member Meeting Minutes
May 4, 2022 - 9:00AM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610

Present:
• Larry Farl
• Cheri Bunker
• Dave Schams
• Dave Balcom

Absent:
• Sandy Rehse
• Shannon Mock

Call to Order:
Board meeting was called to order at 9:05am on May 4, 2022 by President Dave Schams.

Announcements And Introductions:
None.

Secretary's Report:
The minutes for the Board meeting of April 1 were e-mailed to everyone prior to the meeting. Motion to approve by Farl/Bunker. Carried.

Treasurer's Report:
The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Dave Schams. Motion to approve by Larry Farl / Dave Balcom. Carried.

Committee Reports:
Membership: Dave Schams distributed lists of paid members and delinquent members. Schams pointed out that our bylaws give members a 90 day grace period to get dues paid before losing membership benefits. Motion by Balcom / Farl to remove delinquent members from the web site, Alma Bucks, and other Chamber benefits. Motion Carried by a vote of 4-0.

Unfinished Business:
100 Mile Garage Sale: Cheri Bunker explained the plan for the 100 mile garage sale. She shared photographs and entry cards for the “scavenger hunt” she is coordinating. Visitors will be given a form naming all the participating businesses. As they shop those businesses, they can identify the photo on display at each stop. At the end of the day, all cards that are filled out correctly will be eligible for a drawing for $25.00, $15.00, or $10.00 in Alma Bucks. The Alma Bucks can be used same as cash in any Alma Chamber business and the business will then be reimbursed by the Chamber.

New Business:
None.

Close of Meeting:
Meeting adjourned at 9:45am. Motion to adjourn by Farl / Bunker. Carried. - Thank you all for your support.

Submitted by,
Cheri Bunker
Vice President
Secretary Pro-tem

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 5:15pm
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office

Next Board Meeting:
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 9:00am
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Member Meeting Minutes
April 20, 2022 - 5:15PM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610


Call to Order: 5:15PM
The meeting was called to order at 5:15pm by President Dave Schams.

Announcements And Introductions:
None.

Secretary's Report:
Secretary’s report was presented by Dave Balcom. Motion by Farl / Bunker to approve. Carried.

Treasurer's Report:
Dave Schams presented the Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss year to date. Motion by Farl/Bunker to approve. Motion carried.

Membership:
Dave Schams reported that we still have quite a few businesses that have not yet paid their dues for 2022. He distributed a list on the unpaid members and encouraged everyone to remind these people.

Facebook Committee:
Cheri Bunker has been posting for businesses when new posts become available from members.

Unfinished Business:
100 Mile Garage Sale: Members discussed plans for the 100 Mile Garage Sale. Laurie McCammon is heading up the advertising for the project.

Scavenger Hunt: Motion to hold a scavenger hunt in conjunction with the garage sale by Bunker / Farl. The Hunt will be focused on photos on display at various business locations during the garage sale weekend. Visitors will be able to log the locations on their entry forms and turn them in at Wings Over Alma / Chamber office. There will be a drawing at 4:00pm on Saturday for 3 winners of “Alma Bucks” for $25,00, $15.00, and $10.00 respectively which can be used at any Alma Area Chamber member business.

New Business:
Swiss Heritage Days: This event is usually held on the final weekend in July with Dan Kordiak as the main event planner. However, Dan hasn’t said anything so that event is probably not happening this year.

Bird City Events: Alma is recognized as a “Bird City” and the entire month of May brings birders from far and wide to watch the feathered display here daily. Wings Over Alma has the Birding Train going the same weekend as the 100 Mile Garage Sale and is planning to host a birdhouse building workshop.

Close of Meeting:
Motion by Schams / Bunker to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 6:15pm - Thank you all for your support.

Submitted by,
Dave Balcom
Secretary

Next Board Meeting:
Wednesday, May 4 @ 9:00am
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 @ 5:15pm
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Member Meeting Minutes
April 1, 2022 - 9:00AM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610

Present:
• Dave Schams
• Larry Farl
• Dave Balcom
• Sandy Rehse
• Cheri Bunker

Call to Order:
Board meeting was called to order at 9:00am on April 1, 2022 by President Dave Schams.

Announcements And Introductions:
None.

Secretary's Report:
Secretary’s report unavailable

Treasurer's Report:
Profit and Loss Detail and Balance sheets January 1 - April 1, 2022 provided by Dave Schams. Total liabilities and equity $2,979.71. Christmas Walk Money has been deposited. No additions or corrections. Motion to approve by Larry Farl and seconded by Sandy Rehse.

Membership:
Dave Schams handed out lists of paid and unpaid memberships and encouraged all to make contacts with unpaid members. 30 paid members to date. According to the bylaws members have 90 days to pay their dues at the beginning of the year. Members that have.

Facebook Committee:
Cheri Bunker sharing members posts to Chamber Facebook page to promote events.

Dues Restructuring And Member Benefits:
We will hold off on restructuring at this time.

Unfinished Business:
Treasurer: Shannon Mock to be removed from board treasurer position due to lack of attendance and delinquent dues. Cheri Bunker motioned and seconded by Larry Farl. Motion by Dave Schams to place Larry Farl in Treasurer’s position and seconded by Sandy Rehse. Dave Schams will notify Shannon Mock. Dave Schams will notify Alma Bank that Larry Farl will be added to the account. Motion carried. Budget: Larry Farl and Dave Schams will work on budget. 100 Mile Garage Sale: Dave S will check with Lori McKammon about advertising.

New Business:
Business Brochures from unpaid members: Will be removed from the Chambers brochure rack. Elementary School: Cheri Bunker spoke with Sara Bower a member of Parent Teacher Involvement (pie). She would like to have a fundraiser for the school but is early in planning stages and will contact the Chamber when details are in place as to what she needs from the Chamber. Website as Public Record: Cheri Bunker brought up that we need to have minutes put on the website as it is public record. Easter Egg Hunt at Christ Lutheran: Chamber will advertise on Facebook and website.

Close of Meeting:
Meeting adjourned at 10:04. Larry Farl motioned to adjourn and Sandy Rehse seconded motion. - Thank you all for your support.

Submitted by,
Cheri Bunker
Vice President
Secretary Pro-tem

Next Board Meeting:
TBD at 9:00am instead of 8:30am First Wednesday of the month motion by Larry Farl and seconded by Dave Schams.
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 @ 5:15pm
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Member Meeting Minutes
March 16, 2022 - 5:15PM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610


Call to Order: 5:15PM
The meeting was called to order at 5:15pm by President Dave Schams.

Announcements And Introductions:
None.

Secretary's Report:
Secretary’s report unavailable

Treasurer's Report:
Dave Schams presented the Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss year to date, showing a current balance of $2,536.71. Motion by Farl/Bunker to approve. Motion carried.

Membership:
Dave Schams reported that we still have quite a few businesses that have not yet paid their dues for 2022. He distributed a list on the unpaid members and encouraged everyone to remind these people.

Facebook Committee:
Cheri Bunker has been posting for businesses when new posts become available from members.

Unfinished Business:
Advertising: We need to look at placing ads in the shopper to advertise the garage sales and scavenger hunt. Scavenger Hunt: Jennifer G is working on creating a scavenger hunt. She will contact member merchants to participate. Alma Bucks to be given out to three winners in the scavenger hunt for $25, $15, and $10. The Alma Bucks will only be redeemable at member businesses.

New Business:
Swiss Heritage Days: Unknown at this time if this event will take place. Bird City Events: Sandy Rehse said Wings Over Alma would like some sort of assistance with events but not sure of what may be needed yet.

Close of Meeting:
Motion by Schams / Bunker to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 6:15pm - Thank you all for your support.

Submitted by,
Cheri Bunker
Vice President
Secretary Pro-tem

Next Board Meeting:
Friday, April 1 @ 9:00am
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 @ 5:15pm
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Member Meeting Minutes
March 04, 2022 - 9:00AM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610

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ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Member Meeting Minutes
February 16, 2022 - 5:15PM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610


Call to Order: 5:15PM
Meeting was called to order on February 16, 2022 at 5:15 by President Dave Schams.

Present:
• David Schams
• Cheri Bunker
• Dave Schams
• Dave Balcom
• Sandy Schams
• Kathy Jepsen
• Jennifer Griffith
• Larry Farl

Announcements And Introductions:
None.

Secretary's Report:
Read by Cheri Bunker. No additions or corrections. Motion to approve Minutes.

Treasurer's Report:
Treasurer Shannon Mock absent. Report given by Dave Schams. Ending balance $2,161.71.

Budget Committee:
Shannon Mock absent.

Membership:
Dave Schams stated 27 members have paid to date. New member welcome, window stickers still under debate. Previously Shannon Mock stated her business would pay for the stickers.

Facebook Committee:
Cheri Bunker reports that many posts for businesses that are posting are being put on the Chamber Facebook page and encouraged members to join the page.

Unfinished Business:
100 mile garage sale: We need to get an ad in the paper for the sale and could possibly spend up to $400.00 for advertising. We should be putting 3 ads in leading up to the garage sale. At approximately $108.00 per ad in the Shopper.

New Business:
None.

Close of Meeting:
6:10pm - Thank you all for your support.

Submitted by,
Cheri Bunker
Vice President

Next Board Meeting:
TBA
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 @ 5:15pm
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Board Meeting Minutes
February 11, 2022 - 9:00AM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610


Call to Order: 9:05AM
Announcements, Introductions & Additions to Agenda.

Board Members Present:
• Dave Schams
• Cheri Bunker
• Larry Farl

Sufficient Board Members to form a quorum.

Secretary's Report:
January 6, 2022 approved with no changes. Motion to accept by Cheri Bunker and seconded by Larry Farl.

Treasurer’s Report:
Dave Schams has created a Quickbooks spreadsheet for the Chamber. $1200 in membership renewals has been received. Dave Schams provided Profit and Loss Detail and Profit and Loss Year to Date sheets from December December 1, 2021 to February 11, 2022 showing a net come of -$544.68. Attached to minutes. Dave will take care of the books for now since treasurer not available. The Chamber is current on outstanding bills and rent. Question as to whether the Christmas Walk money has been deposited by Shannon. Dave has ordered deposit books to keep deposits detailed. No exact total as to what is in the account right now. Motion to accept the treasurers report by Larry Farl and seconded by Cheri Bunker.

Committee Reports:
Dave Schams - Membership - 25 businesses have renewed their membership. Dave will email the businesses that have not renewed yet. Larry and Cheri to help with contacting members to renew their dues. Dave will provide a list of paid members. t was mentioned the chamber may be increasing dues but not until 2023 and would be brought up at the annual membership meeting if this happens.

Web Page/Social Media:
Cheri Bunker - Cheri Bunker requested Dave S to email members to like the Chambers new Facebook page and encourage the businesses to post something current on their own Facebook page so that the chamber can share that post to the Alma Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. We are now putting posts on Facebook that include pictures instead of block style posts.

Dues Restructuring & Member Benefits:
Shannon Mock - No report. Shannon not present.

Unfinished Business:
Cheri Bunker signed paperwork at the Bank of Alma to be added to the account beside the Signatories as the bank requires another council member on the account.Only designated Dave Schams and Shannon Mock can sign checks. Shannon has not signed paperwork at the bank as of yet.

Budget:
Treasurer to form committee to prepare budget for 2022.

Close of Meeting:
Shannon Mock/Dave Balcom not present.

Secretary Resignation:
Marla McMahon has resigned. Opening for Board secretary.

100 Mile Garage Sale:
May 5-8 - We will need to decide on advertising for the upcoming event to bring people to town. Larry Farl Chairman of the Tourism Board will will try and help with advertising the event. Ongoing discussion.

Motion to adjourn at 9:45am by Dave Schams and seconded by Larry Farl.
Submitted by,
Cheri Bunker
Substitute Secretary

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 @ 5:15pm
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Member Meeting Minutes
January 19, 2022 - 5:15PM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610


Call to Order: 5:15PM
Announcements, Introductions & Additions to Agenda.
There being insufficient general members to form a quorum, but sufficient Board members to form a Board quorum, the meeting went ahead as scheduled.

Board Members Present:
• David Schams
• Cheri Bunker

Members Present:
• Vicky Schultz
• Sandy Schams
• Lori McCammon
• Jennifer Griffith

Treasurer’s Report:
Treasurer not present. Chamber books were received by Dave Schams from Clive Pace. Corey Scholl has been paid for 2022 and the publishing bill from Alma Christmas events paid in full. Dave Schams is able to sign on account and went to the Alma bank to have two signers put on account. Balance on account not available.

Committee Reports:
Budget Committee: Shannon Mock/Dave Balcom not present

Membership:
Dave Schams/Shannon Mock - 18 businesses paid dues for 2022 to date.

Facebook Committee:
Cheri Bunker - Facebook page has three administrators: Corey Scholl, Cheri Bunker and Shannon Mock. We will start to add photos on to the Facebook page instead of block style posts.

New and Other Business:
Cheri Bunker - Facebook page has three administrators: Corey Scholl, Cheri Bunker and Shannon Mock. We will start to add photos on to the Facebook page instead of block style posts.

Alma Bucks:
Cheri Bunker will have Corey add to Alma Bucks a note stating where the merchant should send the coupon to get reimbursement. Merchants having difficulty knowing where to send the Alma bucks for reimbursement per Dave Schams. Budget: No information from committee

100 Mile Garage Sale:
May 6-8, 2022 - Discussion on how we can bring more people into town and how to advertise with out it being so costly. Suggestion to put article in the Buffalo and Wabasha papers by Lori McCammon. Suggestion by Sandy Schams on having a scavenger hunt in town and to be sponsored by the chamber. Cheri Bunker volunteered to head the scavenger hunt committee. Suggestion made to ask businesses to let people sell garage sale items out front of their business if they are not going to use their sidewalk during this time. Dave can send out mass emails

New Business:
Budget and Membership - Jennifer inquired if there were any incentives for members to participate and volunteer their time. There is not at this time. Dues are suppose to be paid with in 90 days of the New Year and only 18 businesses have paid to date. Possibility of raising dues but will not take place until 2023.

Christmas Market:
Jennifer working with the City of Alma on a Christmas Outdoor European Market in the vacant lot across from the Library on Main Street. City not sure what they are doing with the lot yet. Jennifer volunteered to head the Christmas market committee.

Close of Meeting:
5:50pm - Thank you all for your support.

Submitted by,
Cheri Bunker
Vice President

Next Board Meeting:
TBA
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 @ 5:15pm
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Board Meeting Minutes
January 06, 2022 - 9:30AM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610


Call to Order: 9:35AM
Announcements, Introductions & Additions to Agenda.

Board Members Present:
• Dave Schams
• Cheri Bunker
• Dave Balcom
• Sandy Rehse

Secretary's Report:
Secretary's report from 12/17/2021 was reviewed. Motion to accept by Dave Schams, seconded by Cheri Bunker.

Treasurer’s Report:
Dec. 15th Checking account statement balance is $2570.89, minus two checks written, one to Corey Scholl for $780.00, one to Durand Publishing for $237.00. Motion to accept Treasurer's report by Cheri Bunker, second by Sandy Rehse.

Committee Reports:
Web page and social media such as Face Book: Shannon Mock is forming an Improvement committee. Cheri Bunker is chairing the Face Book part. It was suggested all of us to contact all members and non-members to renew or join the Chamber.

Membership:
So far, 10 members have renewed their Chamber Membership. No other unfinished business

Facebook Committee:
Cheri Bunker - Facebook page has three administrators: Corey Scholl, Cheri Bunker and Shannon Mock. We will start to add photos on to the Facebook page instead of block style posts.

New Business:
Alma Bank requires Minutes of meeting containing a motion to Change the Authorized signers for the Chamber of Commerce checking account and debit card to Dave Schams, President, and Shannon Mock, Treasurer, effective immediately. A motion was made by Sandy Rehse, seconded by Cheri Bunker. Voted on by Dave Balcom, Dave Schams, Cheri Bunker, Sandy Rehse -- all yes votes. Motion passed.

Budget:
Treasurer to form committee to prepare budget for 2022.

Close of Meeting:
Motion to adjourn by Dave Schams, second by Sandy Rehse.

Submitted by,
Sandy Rehse
Substitute Secretary

Next Board Meeting:
Friday, February 4, 2022 @ 8:30am
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 @ 5:15pm
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Board Meeting Minutes
December 17, 2022 - 5:15AM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610


Call to Order: 5:15AM
Announcements, Introductions & Additions to Agenda.

Board Members Present:
• Cheri Bunker
• Shannon Mock
• David Balcom
• Sandy Rehse
• Marla McMahon

Announcements:
• Dave Schams
• Cheri Bunker
• Marla McMahon
• Shannon Mock
• Sandy Rehse
• Dave Balcom


Discussions:
1. Alma Bucks
2. Treasurer's Report
3. Membership Are Due
4. Website
5. Is Rent Due

Meeting was adjourned at 5:00pm.
Submitted by,
Marla Jo McMahon
Secretary

Next Board Meeting:
Friday, January 17, 2022 @ 9:30am
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 @ 5:15pm
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Member Meeting Minutes
December 15, 2021 - 5:15PM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610


Call to Order: 5:15PM
Announcements, Introductions & Additions to Agenda.

Board Members Present:
• David Schams
• Cheri Bunker
• Shannon Mock
• Marla McMahon
• Sandy Rehse
• David Balcom

Members Present:
• Holly Papenfus
• Marla McMahon
• Shannon Livingston
• David Balcom
• Kathy Jepsen
• Cheri Bunker
• Sandy Rehse
• David Schams
• Vicky Schultz
• Sandy Schams

Old Business:
1. Secretary's report was read and approved.
2. Treasure's report will be read at a later date as Clive Pace was not available for a meeting.
3. Restructure of Price Structuring for members and offering more for incentive was introduced by Shannon Mock. It was decided that a committee will research the proposal and findings will be brought to the next meeting. The committee will be David Schams and David Balcom. and Shannon Mock. The same committee will work to improve membership with Window Clings, certificates, and perhaps a welcome basket.
4. Chamber will reimburse Merchants for the Alma Bucks. Alma bucks may only be spent at members establishments.
5. Next year we want pictures in the website. Something more inviting to see to bring people to Alma for the Christmas Events.
6. Next year we will give gifts to the people who open their businesses and homes to the Christmas Walk.
7. Shannon Mock and David Balcom are the budgeting committee.
8. A committee was formed to research the Facebook Account. We all agree it is our Facebook and we should be able to put more of what we want in it to make it more appealing instead of a boring read. However, we all agree that it does need some monitoring.

Close of Meeting:
Thank you all for your support.

Submitted by,
Marla Jo McMahon
Secretary

Next Board Meeting:
Friday, January 11, 2022 @ 9:00am
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 @ 5:15pm
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Board Meeting Minutes
November 24, 2021 - 8:30AM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610

Call to Order: 8:30AM
Announcements, Introductions & Additions to Agenda.
There being sufficient members to form a quorum, the meeting went ahead as scheduled.

Members Present:
• David Schams
• Shannon Mock
• Corey Scholl
• Sandy Rehse
• Marla McMahon
• Cheri Bunker

Absent:
• David Balcom

TREASURE'S REPORT
No Treasure has been elected yet after Clive’s resigning so no report was presented. Treasure, Shannon, will contact Clive.

OLD BUSINESS
The Members spoke with Corey Scholl, our creative director, regarding website domain and other improvements that could be made to the website. Domain fee is due in December which will be taken care of by the new treasure once elected. Domain will be transferred to Corey Scholl

NEW BUSINESS
Elections were held and the following are the newly elected officers:

• President: Dave Schams
• Vice President: Cheri Bunker
• Secretary: Marla McMahon
• Treasure: Shannon Mock
• Board Member: Sandy Rehse
• Board Member: Dave Balcom

OTHER NEW BUSINESS
Ad has been placed in the paper for our Alma Christmas days. Christmas Walk locations are: RiverView Inn, The Burlington, and home of Anne and Jim Keller. A drawing will take place for a small prize as it is already advertised as such. Marla McMahon is chairperson for this event and will provide the drawing gift. Gingerbread House Decorating Contest will be held at Wings Over Alma from Dec. 2 through 4. Winner will receive Alma Bucks printed and distributed by, Cheri Bunker, chairman of the contest. The Shop Window Decorating Contest will be held on the 4th also. Any shop can enter and supply their own ballots. Ballots should be delivered to Marla at Purely Poultry ETC. by Monday December 6th. Winner will receive a small token of recognition provided by Marla McMahon. Shannon Mock has informed us that the Lyster Church choir will be in attendance on the 4th as Carolers for our event. As treasure, Shannon will also handle payment to the newspaper and the domain fee. Marla will contact Vicky Schultz and /or Sandy Schams about the signs for next to the locations of the house walk.

Submitted by,
Marla McMahon
Secretary

Next Board Meeting:
Friday, December 3, 2021 @ 10:00am
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 @ 5:15pm
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Member Meeting Minutes
November 17, 2021 - 5:15PM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610

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ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Board Meeting Minutes
November 04, 2021 - 10:00AM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610

Members Present:
• Clive Pace
• Marla McMahon
• Cheri Bunker

Absent:
• Dave Balcom
• Sandy Rhese
• Shannon Mock

Item 1:
TREASURE'S REPORT
• We have $2606.59. We have $1300 of that to use on upcoming events.

Item 2:
CHRISTMAS IN ALMA
• Christmas Walk Marla is contacting people in the area to see who is interested in participating. Email will Be sent to each business to see who wants to sell tickets for this event and inform all members of details.

THE SHOP OWNERS DECORATING CONTEST
• A contest will be held between the shops. Owners can decorate their shops and the public will be allowed to vote for the best-decorated shop.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST
• Cheri Bunker is heading this up. Details will be in the AAC news. This event will be held at Wings Over Alma.

PRIZES
• Prizes for the Christmas Walk participants and the Gingerbread houses will be gift baskets. The items Will be collected from area shops who wish to participate and will also include Alma Bucks.

Item 3:
FLYERS
• Flyers and tickets will be designed by Marla and distributed to shops by Cheri.

Submitted by,
Marla McMahon
Secretary

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 5:15pm

Next Board Meeting:
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 10:00am
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Member Meeting Minutes
October 20, 2021 - 5:15PM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610


Call to Order: 5:15PM
Announcements, Introductions & Additions to Agenda.
There being insufficient general members to form a quorum, but sufficient Board members to form a Board quorum, the meeting went ahead as scheduled.

Treasurer’s Report:
Balance in Bank as of 10/15/2021 $2707.53

Welcome and thank you to all who have volunteered to be Board Members through 2022-2023.

OLD BUSINESS:

Christmas Market
Since no further input from member sponsoring this event, it will be tabled until next year.

Christmas House Walk
It was decided that a “Window dressing” competition for the best dressed window/shop, to be held on the same day as the Christmas Walk on December 4, 2021. Judging to be done by visitors to the shops, who will also be entered into a drawing for having voted. We would encourage all shops to consider participation and could also do with ideas and donations for the prizes to be awarded. Cheri Bunker will coordinate a "Gingerbread House" competition to be run on the same day (with a prize). This will be held in Wings Over Alma. The Chamber will support some advertising and Shannon Mock will create a flyer. We will ask tourism Board if any help available for this event too. Please, if you know anyone (household or shop) that might like to open their house for this fundraiser (the Christmas Walk), ask them if they are interested, or let me know so that we can contact them. We also need volunteers to be greeters at the houses/shops and please let me know if you would be interested in helping with organizing the event. We can do with all the help we can get.

Water Lilly
We hold their annual "Open House" on the second weekend in November.

Purely Poultry/Eggs Etc.
The will also hold an "Open House" in support. All other local businesses are encouraged to follow suit and make the most of that event.

NEW BUSINESS:

Purely Poultry/Eggs Etc
Shannon Mock will be open on Halloween for "Trick or Treaters" from 3:30 to 6:30PM and again, we would encourage all businesses to consider doing the same. We would like to develop this into something bigger for future years and would welcome members who are interested, to form a committee to make this happen.

Welcome Package
The Board will be working on creating a "Welcome Package" for new members and possibly all new businesses locating in Alma. We need member input as to what we would like to include (other than a membership list and resources, which the Board will put together). Since membership dues are barely enough to cover annual expenses, any donations, or ideas for inexpensive gift items would be greatly appreciated. Possibly some coupons offering some sort of purchase discount to new businesses?

Plaque
The Board will also be working on developing a plaque or certificate for ALL member businesses for display. Due to costs involved, Shannon Mock (Poultry Etc.) has graciously offered to supplement this effort – within reason. Member ideas and suggestions are requested.

OTHER BUSINESS:

Directory
The Board will work on creating a directory of members offering lodging.

Art and Soul
Gail expressed her pleasure with the work done by Corey Scholl (web administrator) on developing a brand and flyer for her and recommended that we ask him to provide ideas and costs, to develop a "Member Benefit" flyer for Chamber distribution.

Close of meeting: 6:50pm

Thank you all for your support.


Submitted by,
Marla McMahon
Secretary

Next Board Meeting:
Thursday, November 4, 2021 @ 10:00am
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 @ 5:15pm
Wings Over Alma/Chamber Office
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Board Meeting Minutes
October 07, 2021 - 5:15PM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610

Members Present:
• Clive Pace
• Marla McMahon
• Shannon Mock
• Sandra Rehse
• Cheri Bunker
• Dave Balcom

Item 1:
Welcome package for new members to be brought to the membership meeting
• Plaque, certificate, or brass plate
• Gather donation items from the members
• Information as in a list of members etc

Item 2:
Christmas
• Christmas walk
• Shop window competition
• Gingerbread House Decoration Contest

Item 2:
Halloween
• Christmas walk
• Shop window competition
• Gingerbread House Decoration Contest


Submitted by,
Marla McMahon
Secretary

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5:15pm
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
AUGUST 18, 2021 - 5:30PM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610

Members Present:
• Sandy Schams
  Water Lily Gifts

• Sandy Rhese
  Wings Over Alma

• Jennifer Griffith
  Burlington Hotel

• Cheri Bunker
  Drum IT Up

• Shannon Livingston Mock
  Purely Poultry Etc.

• Marla McMahon
  Purely Poultry Etc.

• Holly Papenfus
  Poultry Etc. (New Member)

• John Ambughl
  Wings Over Alma

• Kathy Jepson
  Enhance Alma

• Gail Pommeringen
  Art & Soul Gallery

• Clive Pace
  Guiding Light / Pacearms

Opening:
The meeting was called to order. A quorum being established, the meeting was called to order at 5:15pm

Secretary’s Report:
Anne sends apologies as she cannot attend.

Treasurer's Report:
Current bank balance stands at $2174.18. Nothing further to report. Resolved that Treasures report be approved.

Membership Report:
Including membership received at the meeting, we now stand at 52 members.

Sidewalk Insanity:
It was resolved that this event is approved for September 11, 2021. Sandy (Water Lily) will get newspaper advertisements placed. Jennifer (Burlington Hotel) volunteered to arrange with Collins Plumbing, for banners to be placed at both ends of the city. She will also distribute posters when available. Gail (Art & Soul Gallery) said she will arrange with Sarah, to get posters printed and available ASAP. Cheri (Drum it up) volunteered to perform at various locations during the event. Many thanks to Sandy, Jennifer, Gail and Cheri (and Collins Plumbing), for your generous offers to help. Budget – Approved for not more than $1200 without further discussion.

Christmas Market:
Jennifer presented her thoughts on this proposed two-day event, for the 1st or 2nd week in December. All agreed that this sounds like a great idea and are eager to hear Jennifer’s detailed proposal at the next meeting.

Christmas House Walk:
Lots of interest expressed in moving forward with this. Tabled to next meeting.

Annual General Meeting:
This will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 5:15pm at Wings Over Alma. Please Note: All Board Positions are open (Currently 6), so if you have any interest in taking on the responsibility of either a Board member or an Officer, or would like to nominate someone for the position, please let us know ASAP. The Officers, (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer), are appointed by the Board.

Other:
It was noted that the Art Festival still appears on the Chamber Web site – Clive will ask Corey to remove. Sandy (Wings Over Alma) invited all members to attend the 15th Annual meeting of Wings. Wednesday, September 15 at 6:00pm. Food and Refreshments will be served. If you are able, we would encourage all members to support this important Wings anniversary.

No Further Business:
There being no further business, it was resolved that the meeting be called to a close at 6:45pm


Submitted by,
Clive Pace
President/Treasurer/Acting Secretary

Next Board Meeting:
Friday, September 03

Next Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, September 22
(Special Date)
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
August 02, 2021 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
July 21, 2021 - 5:30PM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
July 02, 2021 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
June 16, 2021 - 5:30PM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
June 04, 2021 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
May 19, 2021 - 5:30PM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
May 07, 2021 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
APRIL 21, 2021 - 5:30PM
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610

Members Present:
• Kathy Jepsen
• Anne Jost
• Sandy Rehse
• David Schams
• Sandy Schams
• Greg Scheeter

Opening:
The meeting was called to order by Dave Schams. There were not enough members present to make a quorum so no voting on issues took place.

Treasurer's Report:
The Chamber’s balance after expenses is $1,500.18. The web site has been paid in full. Membership; 39 members are paid up and with two other potential members about to join, which will bring us to 41 members, leaving us plenty of potential for growth. Dave suggested we check our brochure rack at Wings for any potential new members and send letters encouraging them to join.

Business:
Fire in the Shire has been canceled for this year. Swiss Days is tentatively scheduled for July 30-31. Wings over Alma is offering a trail walk in Mossy Hollow on May 1st, with a presentation by Joe and Abbey Krumrie the raptor experts. Outside will be a book sale run by the Rita Magno our Alma Librarian with a rain date of May 8th. The hundred mile garage sale is scheduled for May 8th.

Website:
Corey Scholl, our website manager, is encouraging members to check their website and reminds us to use it to our advantage. Dave and Sandy Schams are looking for some help responding to frequent questions and queries sent to the Chamber website.

No Further Business:
The meeting was closed by Dave Schams. Members will be notified of the next monthly meeting, usually on the third Wednesday of the month at 5:15pm.


Submitted by,
Anne Jost
Next Board Meeting: Friday, May 07
Next Membership Meeting: Wednesday, May 19
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
APRIL 02, 2021 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 17, 2021 - 5:30PM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 05, 2021 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 17, 2021 - 5:30PM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 05, 2021 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
JANUARY 20, 2021 - 5:30PM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
JANUARY 01, 2021 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
DECEMBER 16, 2020 - 5:30PM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
DECEMBER 04, 2020 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
NOVEMBER 18, 2020 - 5:30PM

Location: Online Zoom Meeting

Members Present:
• Anne Jost
• Rita Magnolia
• Dave Schams
• Sandy Schams

Opening:
The meeting was called to order by Dave Schams.

Membership:
So far 6 members have sign up for 2021. There were 4 renewals and two new members. The two new members are Boutique and Botanical and Christ Lutheran in Cochrane.

Secretary’s Report:
There was no motion to approve as quorum was not present this month. Added to the October minutes was that the $1,500 needed for the new website was also needed for rent.

Treasurer's Report:
The web site still needs to be paid for. Dave Schams estimated about $1,500 has needed but was not sure as out treasurer was not present at the meeting.

Unfinished business:
Dave suggested we take a look at the new web site. He also suggested members check out their individual page on the site. Dave also updated us on the Flyway bike trail. Phase one is complete and phase two has begun, which will hook up the trail coming up from Trempealeau County. Facebook has a fund raising site called Giving Tuesday and the fund raising for the Flyway phase two is on this site. If anyone wants to contribute, this site should tell you how. Presently $50,000 is needed and $1,031 has been raised. Rick Diermeier has offered to match up to $25,000. Due to Covid Chamber activities for the holidays have been canceled.

No Further Business:
The meeting was ended by Dave Schams.


Submitted by,
Anne Jost
Acting Secretary

Next Board Meeting: CANCELED - Friday, December 04
Next Membership Meeting: CANCELED - Wednesday, December 16
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
NOVEMBER 06, 2020 - 8:30AM

Waiting for notes...
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
OCTOBER 21, 2020 - 5:30PM

Waiting for notes...
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
OCTOBER 02, 2020 - 8:30AM

Waiting for notes...
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 - 5:30PM

Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610

Members Present:
• Clive Pace
• Sandy Schams
• Larry Farl
• Ray Heckman
• Sandra Rhese
• Dave Balcom
• Bill Wolcott
• Rob Stewart
• Gail Pommerening

Guests:
• Valerie Gilfillen
• Kathy Jepsen
• John and Bev Ambuhl – Alma Historical Society

Opening:
There being a quorum present, the meeting continued to the Agenda items.

Secretary’s Report:
As the Secretary was not present and last meeting minutes are posted on the web site, minutes were considered read and since no comments having being received thereon, approved.

Treasurer's Report:
Current bank balance is $909.68.

Call For Nomination Of Board Members:
No nominations submitted.

Election And/Or Ratification Of Existing Board Members:
There being no new Board member nominations and all existing members accepting, a vote to ratify existing members for the next year was called – Unanimous approval. Accordingly, it is resolved, that the current Board and officers, will remain active through October 2021.

New Business:
John Ambuhl gave a presentation for the Alma Historical Society regarding their intent to publish a booklet detailing historic business buildings on Main Street, which could be used to promote a walking tour of the business district. It was agreed that it was a great idea and the Chamber offered assistance where needed.

No Further Business:
Motion to close the meeting proposed by Dave Balcom and seconded by Larry Farl. Meeting called to a close at 6:00pm.


Submitted by,
Clive Pace
President/Treasurer/Acting Secretary

Next Board Meeting: Friday, October 02
Next Membership Meeting: Wednesday, October 21
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 04, 2020 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
AUGUST 20, 2020 - 5:30PM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
AUGUST 07, 2020 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
JULY 15, 2020 - 5:30PM

Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610

Members Present:
• Clive Pace – Guiding Light/Paceart
• David and Sandy Schams – Waterlily Gifts
• Larry Farl – Alma Leather
• Ray Heckman – Riverside Thrift

Secretary’s Report:
As the Secretary was not present and last meeting minutes are posted on the web site, minutes were considered read and since no comments having being received thereon, approved.

Treasurer's Report:
Current bank balance is $869.68.

Committee Report/Membership:
No new members since last and no known additional liabilities Currently, all fixed expenses for the year (web site and rent) have been paid and as far as is known, there are no amounts owing. Currently at 40 paid 2020 memberships and one paid 2021 membership. Dave Schams will chase up on a few who have verbally committed for the year, but dues not yet submitted.

Bike Trail:
Dave updated on completed section of Phase 1. If you happen to be in Winona, stop by and see the completed bridge – It is great! They still need donations to meet commitments for the next phase, so please help if you can.

New Business/Sidewalk Insanity:
This is scheduled for the same day as the 100-mile Garage Sale. It was proposed by Dave Schams and seconded by Larry Farl, that if the Garage Sale cancels, so will this event. If garage sale goes forward, we will advertise and promote as in the past. Motion carried unanimously.

Christmas Open House:
This is an “Open House” for local Businesses and scheduled for the second (2nd) weekend of November.

Christmas Walk:
Due to the current uncertainties and lack of volunteers to make this happen, a proposal to cancel for 2020 was unanimously carried. There being no further items to discuss at this time, motion to close the meeting proposed by Clive Pace and seconded by Larry Farl. Meeting called to a close at 6:00pm.


Submitted by,
Clive Pace
President/Treasurer

Next Board Meeting: Friday, August 07
Next Membership Meeting: Wednesday, August 20
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
JULY 03, 2020 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
JUNE 17, 2020 - 5:30PM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
JUNE 5, 2020 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
MAY 20, 2020 - 5:30PM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
MAY 01, 2020 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 15, 2020 - 5:30PM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
APRIL 13, 2020 - 10:00AM

SPECIAL MEETING TIME FOR BOARD MEETING
Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610

Board Members Present:
• Clive Pace
• David Schams
• Larry Farl
• Sandra Rehse

Apologies From:
• Gail Pommerening
• Anne Jost

Opening:
The Board was advised that a long-time supporter of the Chamber, Mrs. Mayday had passed away recently. It was proposed by Larry Farl, that the Chamber send $50 in memorial to surviving spouse. Motion seconded by Sandra Rehse and carried unanimously.

Website:
The Board discussed the issue of whether we should continue to list non-member businesses on our web site. The issue being, that non-members were benefitting from the efforts and support of paying members. Further, since “Visit Alma”, was listing all local businesses in any event, inclusion on the Chamber site was duplicating their exposure, without any benefit to the Chamber membership. Motion to delete any and all mention of non-member businesses and any non-member sponsored events, was proposed by Dave Schams and seconded by Larry Farl. Motion carried unanimously. Clive Pace will direct our web consultant to delete all such references, with effect from the end of the current week. Dave Schams will create and mail (via email and/or post), another letter urging membership, to all non-members in the area. Discussion as to whether we continue to present non-profits and service organizations was tabled for future meetings. Discussion as to discounted fees for multiple businesses under common ownership and whether each business should be a member for Web-Site presence, was also tabled for future meetings.

Brochure Racks:
Further discussion revolved around the issue of the brochure racks paid for by the Chamber and its members. There being numerous brochures, currently displayed thereon by non-members, it was decided that the racks are for Members Only – The following being proposed: Motion by Larry Farl and seconded by Dave Schams, That all non-member literature was to be removed immediately. That only Member business brochures and other member promotional literature would be displayed at no cost to members. That other Chambers of Commerce, County and City promotionals, would be permitted provided they offer reciprocity and That in future, non-member literature would only be displayed with a payment of $25 per year “rent”, or special dispensation from the Board. Motion carried unanimously.

No Further Business:
Motion to close the meeting proposed by Dave Schams and seconded by Larry Farl. Meeting called to a close at 10:50am.


Submitted by,
Clive Pace
President/Treasurer

Next Board Meeting: Friday, May 01
Next Membership Meeting: Wednesday, May 20
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 18, 2020 - 5:30PM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 06, 2020 - 8:30AM

Due to the rapidly and daily changing COVID-19 situation, this meeting has been canceled. All future events will be addressed individually as necessary to comply with the Local, State and Federal directives.
ALMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBER MEETING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 19, 2020 - 5:30PM

Location: Wings Over Alma, 110 N Main Street, Alma, WI 54610

Members Present:
• David and Susie Balcom
• Larry Farl
• Anne Jost
• Clive Pace
• Lee Salisbury
• Dave and Sandy Schams
• Corey Scholl
• Jim Wilke
• Bill Wolcott

Opening:
The meeting was called to order by President Clive Pace.

Secretary's Report:
Motion to accept the secretary’s report was made by David Balcom, seconded by Sandy Schams and carried.

Treasurer's Report:
The chamber has $771 and with the deposit of two memberships tomorrow, we will have $871 in the bank after having spent $1700 so far this year, primarily for annual rent and web development. Also noted that the 2019 Tax return has been filed. A motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made by Larry Farl, seconded by Bill Wolcott and carried.

Membership:
Dave Schams has been busy with the bike trail but still working on recruiting business owners to become members as 20 from last year have not yet renewed. He believes most of them we will rejoin. A new membership form that can be used on line is being developed soon. Clive will also forward to members a list of last year’s and this year’s members so active members can more easily target previous members that have not yet signed up and paid their dues.

Web Page:
Corey Scholl informed the members that new chamber website www.almawisconsin.org is up and running. Those who go to the old "dot com" website will be redirected to the new site. Some of the new services offered include better security, ability to track visits to the site, a newsletter, on line donation and membership sign up, a Facebook page, a download for the chamber logo and a countdown for events. Clive said members should check the website for changes that need to be made for their business’s information and check other members sites as well. They can contact Corey through info@almawisconsin.org for changes that they want to make. Corey plans to set up the use of a laptop and screen to the next chamber meeting to help members better understand what he is doing and can do for us.

Bike Trail:
Dave Schams told chamber members that the major donation champagne for the bike trial is well underway and work has already started on phase one with a completion date in June. Two launch parties are planned for this coming Tuesday and the following Tuesday in Winona. Dave requests that as many people as possible attend at least one of the events - Refreshments will be provided and it is a no-cost event, though donations will be gratefully accepted, so invite your friends to register too! Reservations for the launch can be made at the website for the Flyway Trial. You can also make a reservation (RSVP) to attend the parties, at the Chamber website www.almawisconsin.org/events_flywaytrail.html.

No Further Business:
Due to time overrun for preceding items, President Clive Pace decided to table the discussion of advertising on the agenda, to next month's Board meeting. Larry Farl moved to close the meeting. Dave Schams seconded and the motion was carried.


Submitted by,
Anne Jost

Next Board Meeting: Friday, March 06
Next Membership Meeting: Wednesday, March 18
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