April Highlights - Chamber Mtg / by David Lawrence

RIBBON Cutting for Hospital Biomass Heating; the Antique Car Show; the Chamber Golf Tournament and Yellow Pages Directory, Renewing Memberships...read the highlights of the April Chamber of Commerce Meeting. WE NEED YOU at our next Meeting: *Thursday, May 17* | Here are the highlights from the April meeting: Meeting highlights of April 19, 2012: (detailed minutes to follow)

--Minutes, Treasurer's Report read & approved, Bills presented and approved

--George Bailey, Director of Business Development at Mineral Community Hospital, gave information on upcoming hospital developments & improvements: --April 25 ribbon cutting ceremony for new Biomass Heating System, a cleaner more efficient system --The hospital is in the final approval stage for a grant that will establish a Community Health Center, which will help provide better preventive care for low-income patients --Fundraising continues for building a new hospital. Plans for the existing hospital include making it a training center for careers in the health field.

--Chamber Golf Tournament is scheduled for August 25

--The Chamber Office will be the site of several upcoming seminars, more details to follow

--Yellow Pages Business Directory committee will be meeting soon to make plans for the next Directory.

--Sign near hospital: Information from DOT states that the sign can be redone. Chamber is waiting for a quote on the cost of redoing the sign, and then will decide on how to proceed.

--Superior Car Show was added to the list of Chamber committees.

--Travel Expo at Southgate Mall on March 17 was a big success. Chamber, along with several other Mineral County groups, sponsored a Mineral County booth.

--Membership: 59 business members for 2012

--Some future Chamber meetings will be held in the other Mineral County communities: Alberton, St. Regis, West End

--Chamber By-Laws are outdated and need to be rewritten. A committee will be set up at a later date.

--Patti Curtain, Mineral County Sheriff's Office, asked that anyone in need of workers to do community service work, to call her, 503-936-0404.

Next Meeting: *Thursday, May 17* (location & speaker to be announced)