Copper Center Dinner Meeting In February Was A Success

February Dinner Meeting    

Thursday, February 27th, Club 96 In Copper Center

     The February Dinner Meeting was at the Copper Center Club 96 beside the museum. 

We had a good time swapping truths and telling lies. The most outrageous truth was told by Bruce Cain who recalled the time he won a Lincoln Town Car from Alaska Airlines and turned it down! The story made its way from KCAM to the Paul Harvey show.

We had three speakers. Jason Hoke gave a description of a project he is trying to set in motion to retro-fit the Copper Center School with energy efficient heating and to remodel the kitchen so it can be used by local farmers to process their vegetables. 

Chad Stovall talked about USDA programs for small businesses to retro fit their businesses to make them more energy efficient and to get government small business help doing it.They also have small business loan guarantee programs. You can contact him at 907-761-7718. Or email him at

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February Board Meeting Minutes (Draft)

February Board Meeting Minutes   

1. Call to Order @ 5:47pm February 4th, 2014 by Jeremy Weld 

2. Roll Call: 
__X_ Richard Dennis        _X__ Linda Padie        _X__ John Becker
__X_ Jeremy Weld         _X__ LaShonda Huckabey    _A__ Mike Jenkins
__X_ Joel Elrod            _X__ Naomi Young        _X__ Bob Padie   

3. Establish Quorum: Yes

4. Approve or Modify Current Agenda
        Motion: Joel            2nd:    LaShonda    Passed: X

5.   Approve or Modify Last Months Minutes
        Motion: Linda            2nd:    Joel        Passed: X
Presidents Report-(Jeremy) Busy month.  Mike has been gone the entire month so a lot of time has been spent on the renovation of the VC.  Renovation committee has met a number of times, looking at progress and budget.  Erica, an interpreter from Wrangell-St. Elias NP also met with the committee to provide her insight of what the Park would like to see in the VC and had many good ideas.  Executive Board had to address the Exec. Director position and the Finance Committee have met twice this month.  February we will be sending out the invoices for panels and podiums.  A suggestion was made to take a picture of a completed panel and podium to send out to members for additional incentive to purchase.  Also, it was suggested to run a story in the paper regarding the renovation.

6. Treasurer’s Report (Linda)
 Pay monthly invoices in the amount of _$2703.65: (of which 3 checks will be held until 2/14, 2/18 and 3/1)
        Motion:    LaShonda        2nd:     Joel        Passed: X
Executive Director stated that of the 1200 that was allotted last month to pay towards the credit card, only $600 was paid, as a $450 invoice came in from Alaska Denali for the D&O insurance and $200 was approved towards the advertising in the Copper Valley Visitor guide.  The $200 will not be paid until an invoice is received.

7. Executive Director Report: Naomi (See Attached)

8. New Business:
a. By-laws (Board members) – Article 6, Section 1 was discussed regarding the number of Board members.  Discussion ensued as to the meaning of such paragraph.  Motion was made by LaShonda to select another Board Member, 2nd: Joel.  Richard moved to table this motion until next month, Joel 2nd.  Motion Tabled.
9. Old Business:
a. Renovation Update: Mike/Jeremy: As Mike has been absent for the past month, Jeremy has been filing in as Renovation Supervisor.  The budget was discussed in detail.  At this point with what is left to do, we “could potentially” be about $10,000 over budget.  Heated discussion ensued.  There has been MUCH discussion with renovation committee, finance committee and contractor regarding what changes could be made to alleviate this.  Plans are underway.  Jeremy also has a Plan B: which is asking the Alaska state legislature, city of Valdez and others for assistance to complete this project, and Plan C: adding monies to the next grant to pay for some of the “unforeseen” items that had to be done as the renovation was taking place.   A motion was made by Jeremy to go ahead with the renovation project as is to completion, 2nd: LaShonda, Linda made an amendment to exclude the ramp/stairs at this time ($5000), 2nd: Naomi, Passed.  Previous motion Passed with 2 abstaining.  Bob and John both volunteered to help with the deck and railings in the Spring when the weather permits building.
b. Executive Director Position: A motion was made by Joel to start the process of hiring a new year-round Executive Director, as Naomi was filling in temporarily.  2nd:  Linda.  Passed.   The finance committee will be getting together to discuss the salary and job description of the Exec Director, VIC manager and volunteers.
c. Fill-in ED position:  Bob Padie volunteered to fill in during Naomi’s vacation (2/17-3/17) and get mail, check phone messages and start calling members to make sure that all their information is correct for our records and the website.  Thank you Bob!!
d. Website update: Jeremy show the website on the screen as was shown at the dinner meeting last Thursday.  Comments were made (see attached).   The overall feeling was of disappointment.  Not the “world-class” website that we were hoping for.  Richard received a letter from the Greg Fensterman stating the website was ready and he would add the member information for an additional $1800.  Richard forward this letter to Jeremy, who in turn emailed Pinnacle Internet (Alan Myers) with our concerns and comments.  Alan will check into this and get back to Jeremy.  Jeremy will email the Board his response.  Jeremy has also made a blog site to extend the newsletter and hopefully get us by until the actual website it up and running. He will look into putting this address on the current website so individuals can go to that site.  We are also looking forward adding any/all of the to photos from the Photo Contest that is now underway.
e. Sponsor Membership descriptions: Discussion regarding the new prices of sponsor membership and descriptions of such.  It was brought to our attention that it varies from what was passed on to members at the annual meeting.  It was decided that that particular description was very confusing and needed some clarification.  Also, the fact that the dinner meetings added would also apply to the Sponsor members who have already paid.  It would be from this month forward to the end of the year (Sept 2014).
f. Panel/Podium prices: A motion was made by Jeremy to run a promotion of $50.00 off the panel and podium until the Open House May 3rd.  This would make the panels $500 and the podium $200, then increase to the regular price of $550 and $250 respectfully, 2nd by Linda.  Passed. 
John made a motion to r change the rate for a rack-card only (no membership) price to $100 for the season, 2nd: Richard.  5 in favor, 3 opposed.  Motion passed.
g. Signage: John – has communicated with Brockman Signs regarding a vinyl sign for the peak of the VIC approximately 2’x50’ – 2 tier (Copper Valley) (Visitor Center).  Approximate price is about $6/sq ft or about $600.00.  John will also be in contact with DOT regarding the highway signs.

10. Committee Updates:
a.Grants: (Mike/John)
b.Sponsor Members: (Jeremy)
c.Website: (Richard)
d.Board/Dinner meetings: (Naomi/LaShonda)
e.Renovation: (Mike/Jeremy/John/Naomi/Richard)
f.Fundraising: (Linda/LaShonda/Jeremy) Meeting to take place soon to start planning the Spring Fling Open House May 3rd.

11.Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, March 4th at 5:45pm at the Glennallen Sr. Center.
     Next Dinner: Thursday, February 27th -
12. Adjournment:  _9:15_ pm

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Floor Finished & Podium Panels Looking Sharp – Only 16 Left! Call Or Sign Up Today

You can start reserving a spot for your business. There are only four podium display panels in groups of eight and they will be allotted on a first-come first-serve basis. There are now only 16 available. Call John Becker at  461-8258 or Jeremy Weld at 320-2010 to reserve one for your business. 

These groups of podium panels are arranged to allow traffic to flow around the Visitor Center.  They'll become a personal contact station for you to show off photos of your business, rates and a map. There is enough space to put on a book of photographs or a tablet and you can attach a brochure holder to the top. 

Compare the "old style" of the panels (above) to the "new" style at the top of this post. The renovated Chamber displays are made so they won't block each other. Podiums are waist-high, so you can see beyond them. And the panels themselves are arrayed along the walls, so people can see them. Each and every display will be far more visible than in the past.

The podium displays are low enough so you can see off the back wall displays from the entrance.

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Agreements move Alaska gas line forward

An article written by Larry Persily, the federal pipeline coordinator about the agreement signed on January 15th  by the State of Alaska, ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada explains the agreements signed by the State of Alaska.

Agreements move Alaska gas line forward

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Chamber Photo Contest Extended

SUBMISSION DATE EXTENDED: Just send it in! Now!!

The Copper Valley Chamber of Commerce is having a photo contest.  These photos may be used as advertisement/promotions, such as: the Chamber website, in the MilePost and/or BearFoot magazines, etc.     Click "Read More" for rules and details.  

ï         ANY Copper Valley resident may submit photos
ï         Photos must be taken in the Copper Valley
ï         Maximum 6 photos per person
ï         Categories:  Rural life, Alaskan people, scenery, wildlife and sports/action.
ï         Digital is preferred – TIFF or JPEG.  Please email your photos to  Include your name, phone number and either a title and location photo was taken.
ï         Photos must have resolution of 2-4 MB (cell phone photos are difficult to use)
ï         Contact our Executive Director, Naomi Young at 822-5555 or cell 259-5558, if you have any questions
ï         Three (3) winners will be chosen by the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in the March 4, 2014 Board meeting.
ï         The winners will receive either a 1-year basic membership (value $100) or $50.00 cash.
ï         Chamber reserves the rights to use all contest photos submitted in any and all publications.
SUBMISSION DATE: January 15th – Now

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