Minutes of East Mountain Chamber of Commerce 9/6/2012
The Meeting was called to order by President Bob Brittain at 11:50am. Other officers present were Diane Shoudt, Secretary, Bill Herman, Treasurer, and Kara Schug, Member at large. Absent were Barbara Ormand and Wayne Clay, members at large. It was announced that Wayne Clay had an accident and broke his clavicle and hip and will be having a hip replacement. Also present was Julie Albright, Chamber Administrator.
Treasurers report was given by Bill Herman. Beginning balance was $6733.54, total income $535.00 and total expenses 1016.75, and balance of $6251.79.
Eric Fabricius Olsen passed out a survey to determine specific areas of interest about Internet security to facilitate a speaker for October.
Current member presentation was given by Rick Howe from Turquoise Trail Water, Electric and Plumbing. They are located in the same complex in Tijeras as Molly’s bar. In addition to electrical and plumbing they sell water storage tanks, rain barrels, water jugs, filters, water softeners, RO systems and free water testing. They have been licensed since 1987 as Howe Electric and have 4 lincenses to do anything from small to major remodeling jobs. They are licensed in 18 states but specialize in the East Mountains. They are open from 6am to 5pm weekdays.
The New Member Presentation was given by Sandra Trujillo from the Ramada Inn in Albuquerque. They are formerly Howard Johnsons and located in Hotel Circle in Northeast Albuquerque off the Eubank exit from I-40. They have 150 rooms, a fitness center, are pet friendly and smoke free. They can pick up from the airport. Room rates start at $69 and they have group discounts. They have a 4000 sq ft conference center separate from the hotel available for meetings , weddings, etc. and do allow food to be brought in from the outside. There are 2 restaurants on site, Sadies and The Owl Café.
Guest Speaker was Dr. Joy Lovette from Vista Care Hospice. This is patient and family care driven and available to people whose disease progress, if continues, will not be alive in 6 months. Insurance will cover hospice and this is not a gift, but a right. They have certified nursing assistants and chaplins. Their assistance takes the stress off the care givers. The average person uses hospice the last 23 days of their life but in New Mexico the average is only 18 days. The cost of hospice is usually nothing.
The Member of the Month is the NM Coalition for Literacy.
The Meeting was adjourned at 1:12pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Secretary,
The Board Meeting was called to order at 1:20 pm on 9/6/12. Present were Bob Brittain, Diane Shoudt, Bill Herman, Kara Schug, Julie Albright and Jose Madera.
Jose would like to be a board member next year. He represents GCC Rio Grande, the concrete company in Tijeras who has supported the Chamber in past years. They are operating at 40% capacity from previous years and may not be able to contribute as much financial support as in the past but want to participate in in holiday celebrations, including Breakfast with Santa.
It was discussed about having a mixer at Tryd by Fire Karoke in Edgewood. Julie to contact the Edgewood Chamber to see if they would want to combine an event.
Meeting adjourned at 2pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Secretary