The Salina Area Chamber of Commerce met Jan. 3 at the chamber office on Ferry Street.
The chamber has $3,840.19 in the bank. “We are going to have to do some fundraising,” President Roger Johnson said.
Gail Fox reported that membership renewals were sent out that week and she would be calling on businesses outside of Salina asking them to join.
Dates were set for 2013 events. The Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday March 30 at the football field. The chamber will sell concessions at the egg hunt.
Chouteau Days, named after French trader Jean Pierre Chouteau who founded the town in 1796, is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 5. The Coon Hunt will be Friday and Saturday Oct. 4 and 5.
Traders’ Days in the park next to the library will commence in April on the second Saturday of the month and the Friday that precedes it. Traders’ Days will conclude on the weekend of Nov. 8 and 9. Johnson recommended that a committee be formed to assist in the management of Traders’ Days.
The Christmas parade will be Saturday, Dec. 7.
The chamber will place posters along the Dam Jam bicycle race route in September with the history of the town.
The chamber agreed to sponsor another scarecrow contest in September.
There is a new business on Ferry Street called Wishful Things that opened in December.
Diana Burns reported that a 50-foot cable and timer, used for the Christmas lights, was stolen from outside the tag office.
Burns said she is setting aside the third Monday of every month at the chamber office just to repair and maintain Christmas lights. Volunteers to help would be welcome.
The chamber approved $600 for Easter candy to be placed in the 1,000 plastic eggs for the egg hunt. The chamber approved the purchase of a television set and raffle tickets for the egg hunt not to exceed $500. Tickets for the television, to be given away at the egg hunt, will be one dollar per ticket or six tickets for five dollars. The money raised will go into the general fund.
The chamber approved purchase of a computer and printer for the chamber office not to exceed $700.