Troy Chamber finalizes upcoming holiday event schedule
TROY – The Troy Chamber of Commerce Meeting was held at the Troy Sale Barn on Wednesday, Nov. 2. President Zachary Gates opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Donations were given for the lunch Greener Pastures Farm provided. The Minutes of the meeting on October 5 were reviewed and approved. The treasurer’s report was given by treasurer Elizabeth Card.
President Gates indicated that the Hometown Christmas and the Person of the Year and Business of the Year were the only two items to further discuss. Vice president and secretary Bonnie Seeley indicated for the Hometown Christmas they will have vendors set-up at the Troy Vets Club, First Baptist Church and Troy Sale Barn. An inventory of all of the ornaments that are in storage was presented. Jenifer Putnam, business manager of The Vets Club, confirmed they will put them on their tree to be displayed and have them available for sale during Hometown Christmas.
CNN and First Citizens will be hosting Santas.
Robyn Cummings indicated the nominees for the Person of the Year are Barbara Barrett, Kathy Close, and Scot Sample. The nominees for the Business of the Year are Endless Mountains Brace & Mobility, Guthrie Troy Community Hospital and Troy Lions Club. Every member will be voting for one of each. The awards will be presented at the next chamber meeting which will be of a banquet style, instead of a luncheon. It will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Troy Vets Club, with cocktails from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., then dinner with the presentation commencing at 7:00 p.m. The invitations will be sent out soon, with the cost of the dinner being $15.00 per person, with payment to be taken at the door. RSVP will be accepted up to Nov. 30.
Susan Storch gave the report on the Allen F. Pierce Free Library. They had a very good successful annual fund drive for the library. On the second Tuesday of every month, they are holding the adult book club and on the third Saturday and Wednesday of every month, is a program for kids. They also now have a 3D printer and 3D pens available for use. In addition, they have an online story program for kids.
Cummings indicated that the deadline for advertising in the 2023 travel guide is next Friday, Nov. 11. If you are a grant recipient, you will have to add your event to the website. Cummings requests that everyone make sure your events are showcased and highlighted in their 60 page guide. Anyone is free to promote an event directly through the website.
It was announced that the Heritage Village and Farm Museum will be holding their fourth annual Christmas in the Village on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Alparon Park. They are inviting organizations or individuals to put a tree up for their Festival of Trees. They will also have Christmas caroling, bake sale, unique gifts with craft vendors, Santa and Mrs Clause, entertainment and a live nativity. Other than this event, the Farm Museum will be closed until next April. To provide easy access, a ramp has been installed to connect all the smaller buildings together, so only have one ramp to go up and down. Their newsletter can be found on their website: www.TheHeritageVillage.org.
The Troy Lions Club announced the list for Christmas baskets is being compiled. If anyone knows of a family in need that can use food or gifts for children, please let them know. They also need help with donations for this. To make an online donation or to donate new items for the baskets visit: https://www.jotform.com/app/troylionsclub/Donations. Donation letters went out to all businesses to help boost their donations. There will be drop off boxes placed around to make it easy for the citizens to donate items. With rising prices for both food and toys, this year will be tough. They will need the generous support of the community.
Just a reminder, the Troy Lions Club and the Troy Rotary Club are still holding the community dinners on the second Monday of every month at the First Presbyterian Church.
Putnam also advised that the American Legion Riders raise veteran relief funds. If anyone knows of any veteran, family or widow of a veteran, or someone in active duty that may need help with anything, please let them know at the Troy Vets Club.
Gates discussed the speech debate program at the TASD. Dianne Brennan is reaching out to students in TASD or any youth in grades seven to 12 and encourage them to come. This is a program that will assist them in all aspects of things that will arise in the future, such as going in front of their boss to ask for a raise or go to a planning commission. It will provide competitive skills for life.
In addition, Cummings also stated that if any business wants to provide lunch for an upcoming chamber meeting, they still have two dates open.
Gates thanked Seeley for her endeavors for a well-attended Halloween parade and Jennie for coordinating that made everything go smoothly.
With regard to the Scholarship, a motion was made and approved for $3,000 to be committed for the 2022-2023 scholarship fund, with an amendment for up to $3,000, at $1,000 a piece per student.
Nov. 13 will be the date for decorating the downtown, with a raindate of Nov. 20.
Gates indicated that this will be his last month of officiating as President.
The next meeting will be the evening program, as previously stated, on Dec. 7th at the Troy Vets Club.
The meeting was adjourned.
Writing: Sherry Lambert
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