The Troy Chamber of Commerce met via Zoom on Wednesday, February 3, at noon. The meeting lasted about 25 minutes total.
Those present included: President Zachary Gates, Treasurer Elizabeth Card, Secretary Rachel Heitzenrater, Tami Bethune, Trish Wilkinson, L. Barnett and Mike Bridgham.
Meeting minutes from January were motioned for approval by Card and seconded by Bethune. They were approved.
Card reported the treasurer’s report. Gates asked Card if the restricted donations account was an interest-bearing account, to which Card replied no.
There was no report for the following committees: Events, Car Show, Hometown Heroes, Public Outreach And Person/Business Of The Year.
For Merchandise, Card reported the possibility of a new
For Budget and Finance, Gates noted that due to low attendance this month, he would like to approve the proposed budget for the year at the next meeting, where more chamber members will hopefully be present.
Membership forms will be going out soon, once the committee meets and approves the forms. Dues will be optional, however, it is important that chamber members still fill out and return their forms.
Heitzenrater reported that the list of meeting dates/locations will be sent out to all chamber members and all months have now been filled. If a member has not received this list, please contact Heitzenrater at email@example.com and one will be provided to you.
For announcements, Heitzenrater read the Allen F. Pierce Library report for Susan Storch, who was absent. The Library’s STEM programs have launched and will be on the third Saturday each month from 1-3 p.m. On Feb. 19, the theme will be aviation. Kids of all ages are welcome to attend the program. The book club will meet again on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. to discuss Blood and Orchids. The Library also noted that they are looking forward to hosting the chamber meeting in March.
For the Lions Club, Bridgham reported three new inductees into the club. He also noted that they are hosting a monthly spaghetti supper with the Rotary Club. The dinner will be every second Monday night at the Troy Presbyterian Church from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dine in and take-out are available. Volunteers are needed at this event.
Lastly, he reported about the Lions Foundation. He noted that they are in the process of soliciting input from the community on the needs of the community and they are also working on grants.
Gates welcomed member Tami Bethune, who lives in Michigan but is from the area. Bethune is the owner of BTG (Bridge the Gap) Solutions, and online media and marketing company. Bethune has offered services on the website for Chamber. Gates suggested setting up a Zoom call between her and the officers to discuss pricing options.
For business announcements, Heitzenrater reported that the Canton Sentinel/Troy Gazette Register are now working with the Troy and Canton Home pages and noted that she along with her coworkers are excited to be working with Veronica Seymour and Tanya Route, anchors for Troy and Canton.
Gates noted that he is seeking volunteers to help with the collaboration with Canton Chamber of Commerce. There will be regular meetings on how the two entities can work together and build a strong relationship between Canton and Troy. If interested in volunteering, see Gates for more information.
Card noted before closing that there were 13 dedicated volunteers who helped take Christmas decorations down last month. She noted that the time and effort was greatly appreciated. Gates thanked Card for all that she does to organize this event.
Bethune made a motion to adjourn the meeting and the meeting was closed.