of Commerce meets
The Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce met last Thursday, Sept. 10 and is encouraging businesses to put up the scarecrows again this year. There was discussion about having a competition with prizes awarded for best decorations. More on this as details are worked out.
There was a suggestion made that instead of getting a community Christmas tree to instead decorate the trees near the Centennial Garden. LaWanda Thomason suggested the possibility of doing like Lewiston’s Festival of Trees and have different local groups adopt a tree and decorate it.
School superintendent Gary Blaz said they have rescheduled the NICI appreciation picnic to Thursday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City Park. This had previously been scheduled for last Spring but bad weather postponed it. Blaz said everyone is invited and for the school it is a way to show appreciation for the work offenders do for them, especially with their summer maintenance projects.
Anyone wishing to help donate with expenses is encouraged to do so as well.
It was noted that Prairie High School’s Homecoming is Oct. 2 and businesses were encouraged to decorate for that event. Blaz noted that will be a short school week as Oct. 1-2 are teacher in-service days. With that he said the Homecoming parade might start a little earlier than in the past.
Dar Forsmann reported she wrote a letter of support for the Chamber supporting the City of Cottonwood’s effort to get a grant to make a “pocket park” along Front Street on the former jail site.
President Cheri Holthaus talked about some “Shop Locally” signs she’d received information about. Cost is about $9 each when purchasing at least 25. These are 18x25 signs. With that theme it was suggested to see if the local printer could do something similar. Greg Wherry said he could print full color up to 12x18 size on card stock if that would be sufficient in size for window display.
The Cottonwood brochure that has been in the works was sent out via email to all the members who have email for their comments. Hopefully it will be ready for printing soon.
Holthaus said she had also received a query on “what does the Chamber do?” from a local business and thought maybe it would be a good idea to get something put together about that.
The next meeting of the Chamber will be Thursday, October 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Duman Mini-Mall meeting room.