MINUTES – November 13th, 2018

The Coldwater Area Chamber of Commerce held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at the Village Offices with the Coldwater Robotics Team as our guests.

Trustees Present: Elizabeth Wenning, Janel Schulte, Kylie Lange, Keith Selhorst, Mindy Schwieterman, Sher Stahl, Brad Niekamp, Jack Schwegman, Brittany Uhlenhake, Amber Evers, Nathan Burtch & Eric Thomas.

President Liz Wenning called the meeting to order at 7:29 a.m.

Introduction of Guest

The Coldwater Area Chamber of Commerce donated $250 to the Coldwater Robotics team. Becca Wenning, Parent Advisor for the team, brought the team in to present what the Robotics team does. 5 Freshman students shared their experiences and what they enjoy most about working on the Robotics team. They created a business plan to raise enough money to build, construct and program a robot that competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge series. Over the past couple of years, they have help spread the Robotics program across every school in Mercer County. Eventually these students will be employees across Mercer County and they will have gained business skills & teamwork with this program. They needed $5,000 to build their first Robot, which they raised on their own from local businesses. Anyone looking to donate to continue to support this program can email 22wennt@coldwatercavs.org or contact them on social media at @CWFTC.

Officer Reports

Treasurer’s Report- was presented by Keith Selhorst, most of our income this month came from Hometown Christmas sponsorships. Our main expense this month was Hometown Christmas advertising, Robotics Team donation and banquet food deposit. The reports were motioned for approval by Sher Stahl and seconded by Mindy Schwieterman. Motion carried.

Checking Balance – $24,205.44

Gift Certificate Balance – $12,650.04

Secretary’s Report– the minutes from the October meeting were provided prior to the meeting date and handed out by Secretary, Kylie Lange. The meeting minutes were approved with a motion by Brittany Uhlenhake and seconded by Amber Evers. Motion carried.

. Committee Reports

Membership – Liz Wenning is going to create an updated list of businesses who participate in the chamber gift certificates. They are going to get these printed and sheets updated at locations who sell certificates and online.

Hometown Christmas – Santa House got some updates by the Coldwater Tri-Star program and should be finished today. The Christmas trees should be there today also. We will meet Thursday, December 15th at 4 PM to decorate the trees and put up the rest of the decorations. Jack got the year signs updated and will replace on Santa House. Totally Promotional donated 3 signs to direct people to the CA Group for the new train pick up location & pick up times. Santa will arrive on the fire truck at 1:30 PM downtown.

Banquet – Event will be held on February 13th, 2019. Kylie has started working with Mercer Color to get changes made on invites and programs. The samples for the invites and programs will be approved by committee members and sent out next month.

Old Business

WSU Lake Campus Welcome Back Package –A flyer was emailed out to local businesses informing them of the upcoming welcome back package. We have had a few businesses interested, but Liz is going to get with Brad on sending out another mass email. 

New Business

Chamber Email – Liz has created a new chamber email where the information will be shared on our Dropbox. We believe it is a good idea to create a joint email account where all the Charlie emails would forward to so that anyone could check the emails. The president would be responsible for checking it daily, but anyone would have access to the emails if needed.

2019 Trustees – It was brought up that 4 of the current trustee’s would be done with their term this coming February. We are looking for new trustee’s who might be interested in helping the chamber.  Contact, info@coldwaterchamberofcommerce.com if interested in becoming a Trustee.

Jack Schwegman motioned to adjourn the meeting and seconded by Brittany Uhlenhake.  President Liz Wenning adjourned the meeting at 8:00 AM.


Save the Dates:

Hometown Christmas – November 18th, 2018

Chamber Banquet – February 13th, 2019

Taste of the Town – June 4th, 2019