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Meeting Minutes

December 14, 2010

LocationOlde Coloma Theatre
AttendeesHoward Penn (Sierra Nevada House), Craig Sanborn (Coloma Country Inn), Sara Schwartz Kendall (Brainwork!), Carol Fallon, Dan Moreno, Melynda Tipton, Allen Fuchs, Ed Mikula (Olde Coloma Theatre), Dominic Pugliese (DAP Real Estate, Ponderosa RV Park), Christie Pugliese (Venezio Winery, Lotus Touch), Deborah Kruse (Community member), Mark Hamlin (Eden Vale), Teal Triolo (Sierra Rizing), Jerry Ashburn (Earthtrek)
AuthorSara Schwartz Kendall

Approval of Meeting Minutes:
The minutes of the last meeting on November 9 were reviewed. No corrections or objections were made.

Budget was discussed including:
• Our goal is to stop the negative slide. We’ve been taking on projects that have expenses but haven’t been bringing us revenue.

• Coordinator Report

o Our Membership drive is in full swing. We had 39 businesses renew by the Nov 30 early bird deadline. Thanks to Cassandra Draxler who made calls to businesses as a volunteer. Our goal is to maintain 100 members. Banner ads will help to fund work on and can be purchased at any time in the year.

• President Report
o Reported on county-wide programs that benefit / include Coloma-Lotus
o Discussed business investment district

1. Old Business
• Winter party: WEDNESDAY Jan 12, Eden Vale Inn
• Fall Membership Drive
o Has started " looking for more volunteers to follow up with current members now and to recruit new businesses year-round
• Coloma-Lotus Guide for 2011 " in progress
• Community Development Program " Deborah Kruse will have an activity at our winter party
• purchase agreement " Howard Penn reported that we have come back to our original proposal which is in progress
• Cell Towers " 12/9 Planning Commission meeting on 6501 Gold Hill & Mt. Murphy locations " Howard Penn reported that Gold Hill and Sage Brush were approved, and work together. Mt Murphy was denied and a team is working on another location

• Chamber Projects
o Info Kiosks / Business History Exhibits. Discussed “then and now” historical exhibits in various parts of town " have to make sure they are more informational than advertising to be in Marshall park. Dominic Pugliese is interested in working on these.
o Whitewater park " discussed, including the possibility of getting a state grant
• Events
o We need to come up with a Chamber fundraiser. If we take on the “Toe Up Cup” it would need a leader, volunteers, and would happen in Sept.
o "American River Media Day,” or some such, for all tourist industries, happens for media reps in the spring. It isn’t a fundraiser but has brought the area good publicity. Need someone to revive this.
2. New Business
• Mark Hamlin brought up an idea of beautification in front of Whitewater Connection on Hwy 49. Dominic said that Ponderosa would donate water for plantings.
3. Future Meetings (second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm)
February 8th at Coloma Resort
March 8th at Sierra Rizing
April 12th at Ponderosa Resort
May 10th at Lotus Bonsai Nursery & Gardens
June 14th at Bella Vista
4. Adjournment There being no additional business