June 19, 2008
Present: Stan Moore, Mike Green, Arline Borchers, Bill Riggins, Ken Yowell, Angie Wells, Cynthia Crawford
Guests: Travis Watts,
Chair Stan Moore called the meeting to order at 9 a.m.
Angie Wells moved and it was seconded to approve the May minutes. Passed.
The committee celebrates that the first barn quilt is up and on display. The Raynor grandchildren unveiled the block. Todd Lewis will sponsor the next block. Several are interested in hosting a block on their barn. The goal is to work toward 20 blocks in each county. There are over 70 possible locations suitable for a quilt block in Saline County. The project also works in Howard and Cooper County.
Stan updated the committee on the 2008 state tourism dollars. $2500 approved for July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009. The focus is website development for visitmarshallmo.com
It is a reimbursement process. The Missouri Division of Tourism gave the application a score of 84, while the average score for all application was 78. Bill Riggins moved and it was seconded to decline grant funds for July – Dec. 2008 and resubmit for the dollars for the timeframe of Jan.-June 2009. Passed
Ken Yowell shared with the committee that the visitmarshallmo.com website has been recognized in the National Chamber Executive Network newsletter. It was highlighted as a website using effective branding with “Smart Dog, Nice Folks.”
The Scenic Byways homework assignment is nearly completed. Thanks to all working on collecting and organizing data.
The group narrowed the interview list to 10 key people:
Marvin Wilhite, George Hamilton, Wayne Crook, Mayor Connie Latimer, Becky Plattner, Connie Grisier, Roy Hunter, Tim Bauman, Kathy Borgman, and Bill Riggins.
This Chamber Tourism Committee agrees to serve as steering committee for the scenic byways steering committee work in Saline County.
The work with the Marshall Tourism Commission is progressing.
The Marshall Public Library Foundation will be applying via the Chamber Tourism Committee to the commission for funding for a 2009 craft show.
Stan will invite the affiliates to come to committee meetings in July, August and September.
The Chamber Tourism Committee continues to be interested in helping affiliates with quality, professional marketing tools. Consulting services and printing services will flow through the Chamber line item.
We need a paid, full-time employee to work with affiliates and tourism in Saline County – tourism commission work, regional cuisines, scenic byways, grant writing, Division of Tourism applications…
Ken Yowell has inventoried brochures. 3200 remain of the 10,000 printing. More than 10,000 will need to be printed for 2009. Adequate supplies of envelopes and plastic bags
Cynthia announced that the Women in Ag/Ag Landowners conference is set for March 13, 2009. There will be an agri-tourism track as part of the conference that include farmer’s markets, regional cuisines, the quilts and barn project and best practices in agri-tourism.
Mike Green asked if the tourism website can help promote a May 9, 2009 art show. The Chamber can be helpful, as well with local and regional marketing. The location of the show will be Arrow Rock and Sue Hall is spearheading the show.
The July meeting was changed from July 17 to July 24 at 9 a.m. at the Saline County Extension Center.
The meeting was adjourned at 10 a.m.
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