Wall-Badlands Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Minutes, Monday, July 9, 2018

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Wall-Badlands Area Chamber of Commerce Board President Jackie Kusser called the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by chamber board member Jonny Winn-Holsether.

             Motion, made by Jonny Winn-Holsether with a second by Mary Williams, carried to approve meeting minutes from the June 11 Chamber Luncheon. Chamber members reviewed the June Treasurer’s Report.

Wall-Badlands Area Chamber of Commerce: Kelsey Clark: Work to the chamber website has been completed and the new website was launched on July 3. Kelsey has been working on updating the business directory on the site, all businesses are encouraged to review their information and contact the chamber office with any additions or corrections. Thank you to the businesses and individuals who invested their time by attending the customer service training on June 26. The total year-to-date visitor information requests is 465.

Wall Crawl: Kelsey Clark: Please continue to like, comment and share Facebook posts. The deadline for vendors to register for a booth at the Wall Crawl has been extended to July 20, and the cost is $20 per booth. Events will begin at 11 AM with the poker run registration at the Wasta Bar, 5 PM gates to the Wall Rodeo Grounds will open, 5:30 PM food will be served and the car/motorcycle show and shine will begin, 6:30 PM Loose Change will preform and at 9 PM 35th and Taylor will entertain. The next Wall Crawl planning meeting will be July 18, at noon in the Wall Community Center Meeting Room.  Once celebration concludes, the Wall Crawl team will begin searching for volunteers.

City of Wall: Marty Huether: Sales tax is down for 2018 compared to 2017. Interviews to hire a WEDC director will begin within the next two weeks. Marty encouraged everyone to thank members of the Wall Volunteer Fire Department and Wall City Council for the fireworks display that was held on July 3.

WEDC: Cheyenne McGriff: Friendly reminder, Dona Leavens from the Small Business Development Center is offering FREE business coaching the third Monday of each month right here in Wall! She does not come to Wall if she does not have appointments, call Dona at 605-716-0015 to set an appointment ahead of time. Tune into Facebook, every Wednesday at noon, to catch a live video with updates of news and events happening in the area.

Wall Celebration: Cheyenne McGriff: The Celebration Team is still in need of volunteers for this weekend’s event. Volunteers will receive free entry under the tent for the night they work. Saturday, July 14, is the Celebration Parade; there will be a prize for the best float!

Toastmasters: Cheyenne McGriff: The next meeting will be Friday, July 20, at 6:30 AM in the WREA Board Room.

Wall Community Library: Jonny Winn-Holsether: Thank you to all who attended the farewell party for outgoing librarian Theresa Schaefer. The Summer Reading Program, for all ages, is in full swing and new books have been purchased for the adult section of the library. As part of the Rock Project, painted rocks have been distributed around town by the library kids. Anyone who sees a painted rock is encouraged to snap a selfie with it and send a copy of the picture to the library to be shared on the website as a “rock star”.

Badlands National Park: Mike Pflaum: June visitation numbers were not announced as the report is not yet complete. The park concluded the 7th Annual Badlands Astronomy Festival on July 8. The three-day festival had roughly 4,000 attendees and had 16 giant telescopes for viewing. Planning continues for the future of Cedar Pass and all its facilities. Many alternatives are being reviewed and public meetings dates are expected to be announced in September. The Secretary of Interior visited the park for 24 hours, he was impressed by the beauty of the park and discussed infrastructure, funding possibilities, the bison herd, native plants, prairie dogs and natural resources. A member from the Secretary of Interior’s team will be in the park this week to continue looking at the south unit of the park.

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site: Eric Leonard: June visitation was 29,047, a 1% increase over last year. Year-to-date visitation is 47,568, only 3% less compared to last year. Significant progress continues to be made on the site improvement projects at Delta-01 and Delta-09. Projection completion, with functioning restrooms and paved parking for cars, buses, and RVs, should occur around Labor Day. Comment periods for the park’s draft of Accessibility Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan and a proposed fee increase for Delta-01 tours remain open. The park’s new orientation film was completed early. It is now begin shown in the visitor center daily. Events to celebrate the new film will occur in the late summer and early fall.

Golden West: Greg Olsen: Currently busy with construction and installing Fiber to the Home in various communities. The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held September 22.

Wall Rodeo Booster Club: Mary Williams: The Wall team has four students who qualified for the National High School Rodeo, including: All-around cowgirl; Emilee Pauly, Saddle Bronc Champion; Cash Wilson, Chute Dogging; Wynn Schaack, and Bronc Riding; Trey Elsher. The Pennington County 4-H Rodeo was held in Wall on June 23, with 154 contestants. There were six students from Wall who participated in the National Junior High Rodeo, which took place in Huron, SD. Malcom Heathershaw place in the top 10 competitors in saddle bronc and Sierra Hilgenkamp placed 19th in breakaway. Celebration Rodeo will begin Thursday, July 12. Thursday’s rodeo will be Family Night, Friday’s will be Military Night and Saturday will be the Cow Hide Race. There will be mutton busting each night of the rodeo.

Motion, made by Cindy Hauk with a second by Marty Huether, carried to adjourn the meeting.

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