Okanogan Chamber of Commerce
February 13, 2019
Bess Derting, Bryan Cook, Chanelle Black, Stacey LaDoux, Judy Kawahara, Bonnie Rawson, Richard Rawson, Budd Featherly, Cris Klimek, Sheila Corson (PUD), Janet Culp, Roxanne Best, Leone Reinbold, Jann Timm, Maria Lasilla, Colette Jones, Autumn Kohler, Angelee Nanamkin, Roni Holder-Diefenbach, Ernie Rasmussen, Doug Woodrow
Call to Order: 12:08 pm by Bess Derting
Minutes: Minutes were approved unanimously. (Doug Woodrow moved and Cris Klimek seconded motion)
Treasurer’s report: Per Treasurer Stacey LaDoux, checking account has $17,727.11. Membership Renewals have started coming in.
- Membership Renewals: Membership renewal notices were sent by mail to all previous members on 2/6/2019. The Fiscal Year is January through December so our memberships run from January through December.
- Holiday lights: Budd brought in examples of LED holiday lights for star fixtures as well as quotes for purchasing said lights. There are 25 star fixtures which and each fixture has 100 bulbs. To replace the current lights which are easily broken every year by truck traffic, with LED lights (virtually indestructible and lower cost to have on all winter), it will cost $0.95 per bulb with DeJulio Displays, the company we have been purchasing our lights through for the past many years. Per Budd, there are other companies that we can get lights through which are cheaper, but he feels this is the best company, especially with regard to continued customer service. Members at the meeting were able to see examples of the LED lights which were provided by DeJulio displays and voted on whether they wanted opaque lights or faceted lights. The vote was for the Opaque lights to be placed on the Star Fixtures.
- Budget - All present were provided with a copy of the draft budget discussed by the Board at our Meeting on February 1, 2019. Bess opened the floor for questions and comments. She said comments would be accepted on the proposed budget until 3/8/2019 and could be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The comment period will close on 3/8/19. A vote will be held at the meeting on March 13, 2019. Members must be present at the meeting on March 13 to vote on the budget.
Speakers and Announcements:
- Roni Holder-Diefenbach introduced Ernie Rasmussen to discuss Opportunity Zones and opportunities for tax incentives to investors who fund businesses in underserved communities. Investors are able to defer paying taxes on capital gains when invested in Qualified Opportunity Funds that are in turn investested in distressed communities designated as Opportunity Zones. An information meeting is scheduled for February 25, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Omak City Hall with the National Development Council to discuss what projects fit the criteria as defined by the IRS. The key for local business and the Colville Confederated Tribes is that Opportunity Zones can create new business and jobs. There is a current deadlines for new Funds of October 2019.
- Vera Zachow shared information about the upcoming show at the PAC on 2/22/19 at 7pm with Kid Ace, illusionist and magician. This performer is very well sought out and is touring over 70 cities in 2019.
- Maria Lasilla shared information about the 16th Annual Omak Film Festival in conjunction with Wenatchee Valley College, which is currently going on until 2/20/19 (began on 1/31/19).
- Doug Woodrow shared information about the progress of the Matsura Walking Tour updates and provided examples of the QR Code which has been uploaded and that members could scan with a QR reader and listen to a poem about Mr. Matsura. Progress is being made uploading information on each mural. Colette Jones suggested someone could create a Matsura Walking Tour app which people could use as the tour, rather than just a print map.
- Colette Jones shared information about the Okanogan Art Gallery Collective located inside the GiddyUp Salon and Spa. They are hosting three art shows this year, the first of which will be May 4, 2019 - “Wildflowers”; On July 20, 2019, there will be a “Stampede/Suicide Race” theme and then on October 19 will be “Changing Seasons”. Colette has a created a Call to Artists for any artists interested in submitting pieces for one or more of the shows. Each show will open on the date from 4-7 and wine/beverages and Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Leone has offered to help Colette with the permit to serve alcohol.
- Leone Reinbold shared that the Okanogan Chamber website is currently down and what the challenges are. She is working to fix it.
- Jann Timm shared that the Okanogan Library will be livestreaming the TedX Wenatchee talk on 2/20/19 from noon-5pm. Kirsten Cook and others will be featured speakers. The schedule can be found on the TedX Wenatchee FB page.
- Bryan Cook Shared that Okanogan Land Trust Okaknowledgy Speaker series continues February 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm at The Okanogan Grange. Topic of discussion will “Are Salmon Doomed?”
Adjournment: 1:05 pm
Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at noon at the Cariboo;
Board of Directors Meeting: February 27, 2019, at noon at The Club.