Bright Area Business Association
Meeting Minutes
February 10, 2012

I. Call to order
Bebe Kinnett called to order the regular meeting of the Bright Area Business Association at 8 AM on February 10, 2012 at The Beacon in Bright, Indiana.

Introductions were made at the beginning of the meeting instead of waiting until the end of the meeting.
II. Roll call
WOW!! We have over 20 local businesses represented in attendance by members or guest.

The following people were in attendance: Greg Gronwall, ACN; Dan Cross, Dan Cross, CPA; Celeste Calvitto, The Beacon; Peggy Waltz, The Beacon; Diane Bender, Logan Supermart; Jim Kinnett, The Kinnett Consulting Group; Bebe Kinnett, Absolute Web Designs; Ken Fey, Fey’s Service; Susan Brown, Merchants Bank & Trust; Kate Karaus, T-Systems Electric, LLC and All Safe Security, Inc.; Jim Mansfield, Mansfield Insurance Agency; Donna Hester, DJ’s Bakery; Kevin Lynch, Kevin Lynch for Commissioner; Mike Raftery, Comcast Business Class; David Lynch, Attorney at Law; Paul Kunkel, Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce and Charlie Blankenship, Carousel Cleaners, Pat Sullivan, HVL Golf Course; Joni Hetton, Mary Kay Consultant; Gregg H. Parker, Parker Computer Services; and Michael Wick, BMBA Signs
III. Approval of minutes from last meeting
Minutes had been distributed by posting them on the web site. Minutes were approved.
IV. Leadership Team Reports
a.) President — Bebe Kinnett reviewed the latest web site stats. Last year’s monthly averages were about 125 hits. This month there were about 185 hits. Most hits were looking for specific companies and then clicking on their website’s link.

The coupon page needs updating.

The evening meeting was a success. Bebe asked whether we wanted to continue with evening meetings monthly, quarterly, or how often? A reminder that we can hold meetings at the Merchant Bank’s Community room. The meeting room can seat up to 50 people, depending on how you set the room up for a meeting. There are 6 tables, 24 chairs, a kitchen and bathrooms available to the Bright Community for their use. There is parking available, too. Pat Sullivan spoke up and said we could also have meetings at the HVL meeting facility.

b.) Vice President- None
c.) Membership –Diane Bender we have two new members: We have around 40 members which is up from 34 members last year.
d.) Treasurer’s report –Dan Cross gave an informal report. We had income of $100 for 2 new members and no disbursements.
e.) Golf Outing–Greg Gronwall has been working on the golf outing.

f.) Programs–Greg Gronwall introduced Pat Sullivan from HVL Golf Course to talk about several ways to raise money for our golf outing to benefit the Bright Fire Department and the EMT Division.

V. Open issues & New Business

Pat Sullivan, Manager of the HVL Golf Course, had many ideas of how we could raise more money and how our donation to the Bright Fire Department and EMT Division could be more. Pat said by switching from a weekend to a weekday could net more. He stated how the Diabetes Cancer Association last year made around $9,000 and he can help us earn more than we earned last year by changing a few things. Some ideas were: charge more per team where some of the money could toward prizes, changing the day from weekend to a weekday, having a silent auction, door prizes, charge for red T’s and many more ideas to make money. Pat has experience with many golf outings and is willing to help us make this a success.

Pat suggested to begin the golf outing at 1 pm, which would allow most people to work a half day. Also, he said to have a grill going to feed the golfers at 1 and 5 pm. HVL Golf Course would give us a free membership to raffle away. Planning the golf outing this way has increased golfer’s to play in the past.

Paul Kunkle added that the Chamber held a scramble their last year and it was very successful.

It was agreed that we would have our Bright Area Business Association Golf Scramble on Monday, May 21, 2012. We thought it best to be earlier rather than later in the year, as most days have already been chosen.

We want to thank you, Greg, for inviting Pat who is quite knowledgeable about “golf outings” to help us raise more money for the Bright Fire Department and EMT Division. Jim Mansfield said that he would help as his time allows.

Dan spoke up that we may have to change our status to a 503c if we would raise over $5,000. We all felt this would be a great inconvenience to have.

Bebe suggested we allow Greg $200 for Golf outing expenses. We had an unanimous yes vote.

Next meeting will be at 8:00 am, Friday March 9, 2012 at the Beacon.

Announcements:
Mike Raftery announced that the Baptist Church was having a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, February 11, 2011.
Diane Bender announced that there was a benefit for the home invasion victim Rob Tibbitts, on Saturday, February 11, 2012. He has had several operations and has a long road ahead of him.

Bebe Kinnett adjourned the meeting at 9:30 am.
Minutes respectfully submitted by: Kate Karaus