BACK TO BUSINESS
by Kirby Lindsay
On February 17, from 5 – 7 p.m., the Fremont Chamber of Commerce will host an open house for the 2010 Fremont Street Fair. The Chamber’s Board of Directors spent a majority of their January 27th meeting discussing potential changes coming to the fair. The Board, Fair Organizers and, frankly, everyone in Fremont needs everyone in Fremont to attend the open house – held at The Ballroom (456 N 36th) – to gather ideas on what we want, and need, of our street fair.
This discussion consumed considerable time, but the Board still accomplished a jaw-dropping amount of other business. For those who didn’t attended, as well as those who did, follow it all on the following brief playback.
A Player Scorecard
The Board elected new officers – and spent almost 30 seconds to do it. As 2009 President, Marko Tubic, attempted to read the slate of officers nominated, board members interrupted with a motion, a second and a unanimous vote of approval. This response meant no disrespect towards Tubic, or the officers. Rather it held to an historically enthusiastic response among Chamber members towards anyone willing to volunteer.
The slate of officers for 2010, as approved -
President - Marko Tubic (of Edward Jones)
Vice-President (Membership) - Anne Helmholz (Literacy Source)
Vice-President (Operations) - Kathy Moeller (Windermere Real Estate)
(Co-)Vice-President (Communications) -
John Houlihan (Houlihan Law) and Phil Megenhardt (Bold Hat Productions)
Secretary – Karen Ward (Church of the Apostles)
Treasurer – Riq Molina (Chase Business Banking)
A Play Rundown
In addition to breezing through the election, the Board summarily voted to authorize Tubic to sign an agreement for the 2010 Fremont Fair, and two free listings in the Walking Guide for the publication’s founder Jon Hegeman.
They considered David Roman, a Fremont resident and past organizer of the unparalleled Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving, and his nomination of a potential Fremont park. Roman identified a green piece of land south of the Fremont Bridge as a site for the City of Seattle Parks Department Opportunity Fund Levy. Roman assured concerned board members that ownership of the property will be established. If the property owner wishes to sell the property as a park – or if it is public land – the Board motioned support of Roman’s nomination.
Twice a year a Chamber committee reviews grant applications. The Board must review and vote on their designations of the funds. For January, the Board voted a policy change – an organization to which a committee member belongs can submit but not vote on the application – and agreed to all committee recommended dispersions.
Later in the meeting, during his report on the Chamber Oktoberfest, Phil Megenhardt suggested all organizations that accept funds from the Chamber be required to assist at Oktoberfest, which raises funds for this grant program. Two previous grant recipients – including myself – voiced concerns on such a policy. Jon Hegeman, also a grant recipient, suggested a check box on applications that indicates if applicants accept or decline to volunteer at Oktoberfest.
One matter required neither discussion nor vote. Ron Bailey, Development Director of the Moisture Festival came to say ‘Thank You!’ Chamber support of the Festival and their recent publication of a gorgeous, full-color book of photos taken by official MF photographers “put them over the top” on fundraising.
Yet far more happened at this meeting, including discovery of a list of activities and committees needing volunteers, but have no fear. The Chamber will hold a follow-up – their next monthly board meeting – on February 24th, at 8 a.m. at History House (790 North 34th) and, as always, everyone is welcome to come and take part!
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