Green Forest Chamber funding promo banners for downtown

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

GREEN FOREST -- The Green Forest Chamber of Commerce stepped up last week to fill a gap in the city's budget.

The chamber's board has approved the purchase of 17 promotional banners that will be produced locally and will hang from the new flower poles on Main Street and around the Square.

"We learned that the city just couldn't justify the cost this year," said chamber president Rob Kerby. "So we're working with a Green Forest company and believe that the result will be a boost in civic pride."

Initially the chamber will purchase banners of two different designs that will welcome visitors to Green Forest. The 36-inch by 16-inch banners will be produced by E&A Banners of Green Forest and will be designed by volunteers.

"Then the plan is to approach civic groups to have their own banners to promote upcoming events," said chamber vice president Kate Siebert.

The Green Forest Booster Club has already been asked to consider ordering eight banners that would be displayed on alternate flower poles to promote Homecoming. They would be displayed for a month, then would be stored until the next year. The manufacturer estimated the banners will have a five-year lifespan if left out year-round. If displayed one month a year, they would last for decades.

The Green Forest Lions Club is also considering a proposal to purchase banners to promote its annual Car Show on the Square and its rodeo at Veterans Memorial Park. Other events being eyed for promotion would be Agri Day each June, the city's Independence Day events, and the annual Christmas parade.

In other action, the chamber board voted to schedule the Green Forest Christmas parade at 10 a.m. on Dec. 5 this year.

"We moved it back to morning to accomodate the American Legion's annual lunchtime chili dinner after the parade," said Kerby.

In other business, the chamber heard a report from a subcommittee that recommended tabling a proposal to create a new annual event commemorating the Battle of Yokum Creek north of town.

"We're committed to the idea and it'll happen," Kerby said. "However, right now we've decided to devote our energy to building up our volunteer base and our membership so that we can do better what we're already doing."

The chamber puts on an annual banquet as well as the Christmas parade and is involved in Agri Day as well as the Independence Day celebration. The chamber is also beefing up a new Webs ite that gives all members a free Web page for their business or activities.

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