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Meeting Minutes

November 9, 2010

LocationColoma Country Inn
AttendeesHoward Penn (Sierra Nevada House), Craig Sanborn (Coloma Country Inn), Sara Schwartz Kendall (Brainwork!), Carol Fallon (Olde Coloma Theatre), Dominic Pugliese (DP Realtor, Ponderosa RV Park), Christie Pugliese (Venezio / Ponderosa), Kathleen Ash (Bella Vista B&B), Deborah Kruse (Community member), Mark Hamlin (Eden Vale), Cassandra Drexler (Cassandra Esthetics)
AuthorSara Schwartz Kendall
StatusApproved December 14, 2010

Approval of Meeting Minutes:
The minutes of the last meeting on October 12 were reviewed. No corrections or objections were made.

FINANCIAL
Budget:
• We won’t have much more expenses and income for 2010. We are about $3,000 in the red.

REPORTS
Coordinator Report
• Coordinator’s new email address for Chamber business is Coordinator@colomalotus.com.
• American River Music Festival Chamber fundraiser tickets sold " total was $1,000 raised.
• Membership drive renewal emails were sent out Tuesday, 11/9. Deadlines are extended to Nov 30- early bird, and Dec 22- Final deadline. Businesses need to renew by 12/22 to be included in the printed Guide. Renewal process improvements: adding online ad sales which should encourage revenue, adding explanatory text, and consolidating two on-line directories into one that appears on both Coloma.com & TAR.com.

President report
• Coloma.com and TAR.com follow-up. Will be surveying Chamber and community members for website ideas. Will attend the January outfitter’s meeting to discuss TAR there.

OLD BUSINESS
• Membership Drive
o Has started " looking for volunteers to recruit new businesses

• Coloma-Lotus Guide for 2011
o Christie is heading up this effort and will be seeking volunteers to assist
o Discussion of returning to, or adding, a 3-fold brochure

• Chamber Projects

o Highway 49 Beautification / C-L Icon/ community image/ Branding / Info " Deborah Kruse will get community input at the January party with an activity

o Booth & Kiosk " Idea discussed of having several small kiosks with a history focus " Coloma/Lotus businesses then & now

o "American River Media Day” and other event ideas including a whitewater park in Lotus were discussed

• Christmas in Coloma " Chamber won’t be participating this year
• Sponsorship of Toe Up Cup at ARR in September " no discussion
• Wedding Showcase on January 15, 2011 " no discussion

NEW BUSINESS
• El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce
o Discounted membership for CLCC members " Howard will look into it

• Members generated list of businesses to invite to join CLCC and were encouraged to invite business owners to join
• 6501 Gold Hill Cell Tower was endorsed" works in tandem with the Sagebrush Tower

Future Meetings (second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm)
December 14th at the Olde Coloma Theatre
** Winter Holiday Party on WED JANUARY 12 at Eden Vale Inn
February 8th at Casita del Oro
March 8th at _____________________________________________________
April 12th at Ponderosa Resort
May 10th at _____________________________________________________
June 14th at Bella Vista
Adjournment
There being no additional business: