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Schuylerville Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 80, Schuylerville, NY  12871


Minutes of the Regular Meeting, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 6:30 PM

North Conference Rm, Saratoga Town Hall, Spring Street, Schuylerville, NY


The meeting was called to Order at 6:38 by Dave Roberts. Present were Pat Hernandez of the Second Hand Rose, Tim Holmes, Mike Bielkowicz Dave Cummings, Mary Roberts, Debra Mathis, Walter Grom, Nate Darrow and Mary Beth McGarrahan representing the Universal Preservation Hall.  First time attendees were welcomed.


The minutes of the Meeting of May 27, 2018 which had been previously distributed by email were distributed in written form and adopted.


Treasurer Nate Darrow, though not prepared to give a formal report, said that membership payments have been deposited regularly, and that the current balance in the checking account is approximately $7,600 including the special projects lines.


Correspondence received from the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce regarding access to their various services and portals available to SACC members was distributed and discussed.  Dave Cummings, SACC representative on their board encouraged those present to contact the staff for any questions.


A written report of the Committee on Membership prepared by chairman DJ Jinks (who could not be present) was distributed. It described the names of those believed to have joined as well as those still targeted for membership and the “captains” who have agreed to make personal appeals for same.  Also distributed was a list prepared by Maria Saavedra of the members who have sent in the new membership forms with their dues payments. The two lists need to be collated as discrepancies do exist. Dr Jinks has called a Meeting of the Membership Committee for Monday, July 2, 6:30 PM at ACC on Broad Street


“S.W.A.T. Task Force” consisting of Cindy Wian, Sue Bobinsky, and Lorraine Thompson has requested a  Meeting with the SACC  exec. Committee to discuss the findings and suggestions resulting from the community meeting held in February.  That meeting is scheduled for  July 12th 9 am OS Mercantile.  Complete copies of the S.W.A.T. documents were distributed by email and a brief summary of each was represented in the minutes of the May 29th meeting. 


Up-coming Events were discussed in some detail.  They included the Garden Club’s Flower Show, Lions Wine, Beer, Cider Tasting, The Turning Point Parade, the Cardboard Boat Race,  18th Century Day, The Hudson History Riverboat Cruises, the Burgoyne’s Bridge 5k, Canines in the Park, and Vets Revolutionary Run. It was resolved that all these and other events should be put up on the chamber website and all members encouraged to create ideas for building community awareness and appropriate means to “pile-on” to the momentum of these initiatives in the interest raising the overall impact of each.


The promotional initiatives that have been an on-going focus of unfolding activities were discussed.  The sign inventory as suggested in the S.W.A.T. documents, the up-date of the SSBA Business Locator Map (Rob Chrust has suggested that a large poster version also be created for strategic posting in the Village),  the Website and access to posting on same, (contact Maria Saavedra, Mixers (July 5th at Hudson Crossing Park, and August 2nd at the new  Gateway Visitor’s Center).  The membership decal as modified to represent the monument instead of the Schuyler House was shown in draft and a decision on whether or not to publish was deferred until after the July 12th meeting with the S.W.A.T. task force.


Under New Business there was discussion of the future role of the Gateway Visitor’s Center and its importance for the entire region.  Mike B. suggested that the groups that would be expected to project their activities from there begin to gather on a GVC website in advance of the physical opening of the center itself.  This would give each an idea of whom they would be expected to see working with them there.  The idea was roundly supported


Dave Cummings mentioned that he had heard of a grant initiative undertaken by Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner to gain money for the rebuilding of the center intersection of the Village.  Dave Roberts reported what he knew about this, the Downtown Revitalization Grant application drawn by the Saratoga County Chamber staff and submitted by the Village and the current status of the Mainstreet Grant application currently underway. 


The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM

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