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East Mountain Chamber of Commerce General Meeting Minutes

07/07/2016 3:18 PM | Nancy Carpenter

East Mountain Chamber

July 2016 Business Meeting

Minutes by Liz Morantes, Member at Large

11:44 A.M. Thursday July 7, 2016 meeting called to order by President, Nancy Carpenter.

Pledge of Allegiance was recited and all members were asked to silence their cell phones.

Member introductions or members present at meeting:

Nancy Carpenter, Automated Systems Inc., Chamber President

Barbara Ormand, Single Action Shooting Society

Paul Rothberg, East Mountain Directory

John Helmich, EMIFPA

Floyd DeGrodt, CPA

Alexandra & Heather, Tiny Bubbles

David Tixier, Mags Indoor Shooting

Liz Morantes, Bank of the West, Member at Large

Bob Brittain, Creative Concepts, Member at Large

Effie Medford, New Mexico Medical

George Jasielski, Appliance Service of New Mexico

Geri Jones, Sandia Mountain Lions Club

Leota Harriman, The Independent Newspaper

Betty Miller, Sandia Mountain Lyons Club

Melanie Peak, Coldwell Banker Legacy

Bobbi Carrillo, Coldwell Banker Legacy

Ofelia Strickland, Administrator for Prince of Peace Lutheran

Roger Alink & Amanda, Wildlife West Nature Park

Rory McClannahan, Mountain View Telegraph

Ellen Ashcraft, Independent Sales Director for Mary Kay

Bob Jones, Sandia Mountain Lions Club, Chamber Treasurer

Mary Dammann, ReMax Pros

Bridget Conden, representative for Congressman Pearce

Gail Rossi, Chamber Administrative Assistant


Speaker #1: Leota Harriman, owner of The Independent Newspaper presented the question “How do you get your news into the paper?”

She handed out a guide for press releases to use as a template when sending in articles. Whether they can use the article depends on many things but most importantly are space and what makes this article of interest to the community?

The press release guide can be completed and either emailed to independent@lobo.net or faxed to 286-6119.

Speaker #2: Floyd DeGrodt, CPA. He has been a CPA for 23 years and is an East Mountain resident. He offers accounting and bookkeeping services. He also helps with IRS letter resolutions. He advised if you get a letter from the IRS to call him right away. He also discussed the website for the IRS which is www.irs.gov. Lastly he discussed common IRS tax scams and what to know to avoid them. All IRS correspondence begins by mail not by email or phone.

Speaker #3: John Helmich, East Mountain Interagency Fire Protection Association (EMIFPA)

John gave an update on the Dog Head Fire. 

Total acres burned = 17,912

Fire is 98% Contained/2% Control Line

Actual number of homes lost was decreased to 12

Actual number of other buildings lost was increased to 44

The Cause of the fire was a thinning tool being used by Contract Workers for the Forest Service.

Emergency rehabilitation to re-seed the area and do erosion control has already began

Treasurer’s Report: After income and expenses for the month, the approximate balance in the account is $8300.00

Members of the Month: Cedar Crest Vision, EMIFPA, and Wells Fargo Bank

Door Prize Winner: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church


Announcement by Nancy Carpenter of the Summer Networking event to honor First Responders which will be held at the James McGrane Jr. Public Safety Complex from 5 – 7 P.M. on August 27th.

Announcement by Mary Dammann and Barbara Ormond about the Run Rally and Rock annual event that will be held this year on August 6th in Edgewood, NM. There will be games, food, door prizes, music, parade and fireworks. (Yes John, the flyer does say fireworks!)

Realtor Packets: Packets were prepared by One Stop Office and ready for pick up. Relocation and Member packets are still being prepared.

Meeting adjourned at 12:53 P.M. by Nancy Carpenter, President

Respectfully Submitted: Liz Morantes, Member at Larg

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