The Holly Commercial Club met in regular session on Wednesday, January 6 and noted the receipt of an anonymous donation of $500 to be used to advertise Club activities. On an advertising note, Bob DeLancey, General Manager of KVAY was introduced by morning announcer Amy Jacobs. Jacobs will continue to represent the Holly community with the radio station. Other persons introduced to the Club members were Jesse Frey, loan officer with Colorado East Bank and Trust and Rod Swisher of Tumbleweed Welding.
The Club reviewed past holiday promotions and noted that winners for the 2015 Christmas Lighting Contest were: Ted & Cynthia Simon 1st place and Barbara and Floyd Thompson 2nd place in the Religious Category; Randy and Teri Hetrick 1st place and John and Candy Morlan 2nd place for Creative/Original Category and Bill and Shana Kissell 1st place and John and Anita Contreras 2nd place for the Traditional Category. Forty-two of 50 printed packages of 2015 Holly Christmas Cards were sold and the remaining will be offered at half price next year. John Golden, Club President, suggested that only 400 cards be printed next year. Member Darlene Bruce suggested that a holiday tour of homes be created for next year with proceeds going to the Holly Volunteer Fire Department. She suggested that a minimum of four homes/businesses/historic buildings would be needed to participate and work will continue for a plan for the next holiday.
Some changes for the annual Bluegrass Festival were offered. Committee representative, Rod Swisher, said that due to low attendance for the past Friday night barbeque/jam session, the committee has booked two bands to entertain for the evening. The Committee believed this would bring more attendees to the event and a suggestion was made to continue to hold the jam session after the bands’ performances. The menu and pricing will be discussed as the event nears next spring.
Pastor Kurtis Klinghammer said the Holly Historical Society plumbing repairs are nearing completion at the museum and a grand re-opening is being planned, probably during Alumni weekend. The Society is also offering small, replica Holly Sugar bags for sale. Holly Town Administrator, Jerry L’Estrange, told the Club a sign committee was formed to create ideas for town signage including space on private property at the corner of Main Street and Highway 50.
The Treasurer’s Report showed net income for December 2015 was $2,009 and a year-end net loss of $833.09. Club membership is at 17 full-time members and four associate-members, including new full-time member Topaz Sky, LLC. John Golden noted that Darlene Bruce consented to fill in as secretary for the Club, as the former secretary resigned.
Article compiled from minutes from Darlene Bruce, Secretary Treasurer
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