March 2017

The Holstein Chamber of Commerce met on Mar 9th at Boulders Inn and Suites at noon with 18 businesses present. Pres. Jamee Dittmer called the meeting to order. Sheryl Leonard made a motion to accept the minutes from Feb. as presented and Amanda Nobles seconded the motion, motion carried. Treasurer Teresa Hunt presented the financial report. Sherry Gebers made a motion to accept the report as presented and A Nobles seconded the motion, motion carried.

In old business, the Holstein Appreciation committee gave the results of the winners. T Hunt will notify the winners. She will write up an article for the paper and submit a photo. The winners will also be recognized during Kinderfest. The first Chamber After Hours was hosted at Rehabd with 10 people present. After some discussion, it was suggested that team of 4 or 5 members be formed to assist the business that is hosting. It was also suggested to utilize more advertising options. The next Chamber After Hours will be held in June. Connie Ludvigson informed chamber that the Farmer’s Market will be held on Tuesdays during the summer months. Watch for further information/details in the coming months. Roxie Stevenson and Christina Kjar were not present to give updates on the website.

Gayle Brown and C Ludvigson attended the Main Street IA workshop in Sac City. It was noted that Holstein is not in a position to begin the process at this time. G Brown stated that it is at least a 3+ year project. She stated that there was lots of good information presented. The Channel Brite lights were discussed. It was suggested that the Chamber contact another company to look into them. It was suggested that possibly Holstein Electric, WITCC or Job Corp classes be contacted. T Hunt will contact Holstein Electric and WITCC and Karla Meier will contact Job Corp. T Hunt and Kathy Vollmar need to touch base with a couple of businesses yet and set the programming boxes. 

Fundraising ideas were discussed. K Meier stated that the comedian that Mapleton hosted was a success. All tickets were sold and businesses sponsored the comedian. Some different suggestions offered were an interactive Murder Mystery evening, comedians and musical ideas. It was discussed to keep the ideas fun and geared towards adults as a way to break up the cabin fever feeling. The Waste Receptacles have been delivered, working on locations that will work best for the community and maintenance. Business spotlight for April will be Rosemary Clausen Performing Arts Center.

In new business, Pastor Tyler Parson of the Marketing/Branding committee talked about delegating authority for moving forward on ideas. It was discussed that having no budget has created some challenging moments for the group. It was discussed allowing them to make a financial decision without having to contact Chamber and ask for permission to spend some monies. There were some questions in the budget if they were considered in the advertising dollars. It was noted that they are not in the advertising dollars. A Nobles made a motion to take the monies from the 2017 Kinderfest budget and give it to the Marketing/Branding committee. Bridget Drey seconded the motion and motion carried. The Marketing/Branding committee will be able to make financial decisions without prior approval from Chamber, but T Hunt will issue payments for the committee. It was also noted that the Marketing/Branding Committee is working on getting a comedian for some time in April. More information to follow as details are finalized.

In other business, T Hunt noted that she has fielded 5 phone calls regarding Chamber during the month of February. A Nobles, Libby Bagenstos and Chris Brown are working on getting a Daycare Center in Holstein. K Vollmar informed the group that she and Christina Volkert are now on the Welcome Bag committee. She stated that they are running low on items to be placed in the bags. She stated that she will be contacting businesses for additional items. Businesses may drop off items for the bags at Vollmar Motors or Community Bank. 

With there being no further business to discuss, Pres. J Dittmer made a motion to adjourn the meeting and PT Parson seconded the motion, motion carried. Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Teresa Hunt

Posted on May 5, 2017 .

February 2017

The Holstein Chamber of Commerce met on Feb 9th at noon at Boulders Inn and Suites. Pres. Jamee Dittmer called the meeting to order. Sheryl Leonard motioned to approve the minutes as presented and Tyler Parsons seconded the motion, motion carried. Pres. Dittmer presented the Treasurer’s report, Kathy Vollmar motioned to accept the report and S Leonard seconded the motion, motion carried.

In old business, K Vollmar informed chamber that she and Teresa Hunt programmed the control boxes that were accessible and we are still experiencing difficulties. Shaun Winkel contacted In Control of Mapleton in regards to the lights. They charge $60.00 per man hour. City Hall will distribute the Welcome Bags to new community members that are provided by the Holstein Chamber. K Vollmar and Christina Volkert will fill the bags and deliver to City Hall to be distributed. The waste receptacles have been ordered and will be delivered mid-February. T Parsons asked about dog waste bags being available as an add on to the receptacles. No action was taken on the suggestion. We still have some open spots for the Holstein Business Spotlight. Contact Teresa Hunt to schedule a month.

In new business, the budget for 2017 was set. Chris Brown was contacted by a carnival company about hosting them in early August. He brought the information to the meeting but the open date has already been filled by the carnival company. Different fund raising ideas were discussed. After some discussion, this topic was tabled until next month. Chamber members are encouraged to bring ideas to the March meeting. Vice Pres. Gayle Brown will be attending the Main St IA workshop held in Sac City on Feb 21st. A community must attend a Main St IA workshop before being able to apply for any grant monies.

The Chamber website was discussed. Christina Kjar Hanson was asked to contact Roxy Stevenson about the website and look into making the website easier to update so that others can help with maintaining and updating information. The Chamber After Hours is scheduled for March 3rd from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and will be held and hosted by Rehabd at 107 S Main St. 

Pres. Dittmer handed out Membership Perks flyers to those in attendance.

With no further business to be discussed, Libby Bagenstos motioned to adjourn and G Brown seconded it. Motion carried, meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Jamee Dittmer, Pres. 

Posted on May 5, 2017 .

January 2017

The Holstein Chamber of Commerce met on Thursday, January 12th at noon at the Lohff-Schumann Community Center with 17 members present. Pres. Sheryl Leonard called the meeting to order at noon. The minutes were presented as published and passed with no corrections. Treasurer Teresa Hunt gave the financial report. With no questions or corrections, the report was accepted by those in attendance.

Election of officers was held. Jamee Dittmer has agreed to be President, Gayle Brown agreed to be Vice president and T Hunt agreed to remain as the Secretary/Treasurer. As no one else wished to be on the ballot, Amanda Nobles made a motion to accept the nominations and Bridget Drey seconded the motion, motion carried unanimously.

In old business, Chamber Community After Hours Social (CCAHS) was discussed. This will be quarterly event and will be hosted by various businesses. After some discussion, Shawn Winkel motioned to hold the first CCAHS on Friday March 3rd from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. J Dittmer seconded the motion, motion carried. The first business will be selected and announced. The February Chamber coffee will be hosted by Buck’s Garage on Feb 2nd at the Ethel Stubbs Library. Ken Buell was present and stated that Rosemary Clausen Performing Arts Center wishes to host the April Chamber meeting in the Green Room. He stated that members can enter through the loading dock entrance. They will also be the Chamber Business Spotlight for April. 

Kay Hansen gave an update on the Branding committee meetings. They continue to meet at 8:30 am on Wednesday mornings at the City Hall office and are making progress in some areas. The Facebook page is up, please go to the City of Holstein and like it for updates. The Resource Service List continues to be developed and updated. Kevin Green of KTIV will be at the Jan. 18th meeting to provide some insights to services he can provide. K Hanson stated that they currently do not have a budget and foresees requesting some funds from Chamber in the future. Anyone is welcome to join the committee and offer ideas and help.

T Hunt stated that Chamber has received the funds from Ida County Community Betterment Foundation for the trash receptacles. They need be purchased prior to Feb 1st. She also stated that there is no word yet from B Kahler of Channel Brite Lights. T Hunt gave an update on the intern, Haley Westphal that will be working with the Chamber. J Dittmer gave an update on the Holstein Appreciation event to be held in conjunction with Holstein Kinderfest. The committee will meet and tabulate the results from the surveys that were returned.

In new business, Chamber dues were discussed. It was discussed that our dues have not changed for several years. It was noted that our dues are much lower than other area communities, some of which are the same size as Holstein and some that are larger. It was also noted to discontinue using the word ‘dues’ and use the word ‘investment’, as that is what each business member is doing, making an investment in their community and business. After much discussion, J Dittmer made a motion to change the business investment to $75.00 with a $25.00 fee to link a business website to the Holstein Chamber website and to change the investment to $50.00 for civic organizations with no fee for an organization link to the Chamber’s. S Winkel seconded the motion and motion carried. It was noted that members in attendance would like to see the Chamber website more current and up to date.

Collection of photos for the Holstein Brochure and Community/Business activity ideas was tabled as time was running out.

In other business, Karla Meier was introduced as the new Marketing/Sales rep for the Holstein Advance. She can be reached at or 712-364-5100 with any news or information. It was noted that the Holstein Advance has an office located in the McGuire Auction business and it is staffed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm. 

Posted on May 5, 2017 .