Is it spring yet? April is always a little unpredictable but is one of my favorite months of the year, when the valley turns green, the flowers are in bloom and the sight of all the newborn calves romping around the pastures. Your chamber has been busier then ever with summer vacation approaching and the increased activity surrounding the solar eclipse. Last week’s monthly eclipse meeting was well attended with folks from around the county. It seems every meeting new ideas surface as well as potential problems that could arise. Tammy Bremner has been doing an excellent job of coordinating all of the different groups and activities that will help everyone make it through the event in a positive way, and also leave a good positive impression of our county to all of our visitors. We would like to welcome two new chamber members, North River Electric and The Ugly Truth Bar & Grill. Tim Holly, president of the Grant County Snowballers, informed me that the club was successful in attracting the OSAA state convention to John Day on January 10-13, 2018. The planning has begun, and the club is looking for a few volunteers so give Tim a call. We have two remaining sponsor spots left on our monthly newsletter. If you like to help us out, the annual advertising cost is $200. Join us Thursday, April 20, for both our monthly business meetings at the chamber office at 11 a.m. and adjourn to the Outpost at noon for our lunch meeting. Our guest speakers for this month will be Catie Bennett from Boise, Idaho, who will provide information about the Small Business Administration, and TJ Cooley, the new John Day postmaster, who will be sharing matters of interest about postal department. I hope to see all of you there!
Jerry Franklin is the president of the Grant County Chamber of Commerce.