HOMETOWN USA COMMITTEE
Hometown USA – charged with encouraging local commerce of all kinds – retail, service, and manufacturing – with an integrated community identity, this is the group dealing with policy issues regarding community events, quality of life, improvement of marketing by members, strengthening business capacities, promotion of member-to-member purchases, community image campaigns, and improvement of the local business climate. They receive the reports of the Spring Fling/Down Home Days Committee, the Communication Committee, the Independence Day Celebration Committee, the Holiday Celebration (Christmas Tree Lighting/Lighted Parade) Committee, and the Thursday Night Live Courthouse Concerts Committee, as major community identity activities of the Chamber.
ROSTER
CHAIR:  President John Sabbadin, Mason Firefighters Association
SECRETARY:  Vice President Don Kill, Mason Optimist Club
MEMBERS:

Jamie Robinson, Darrell's Market & Bestsellers
Neil Sheridan, Sheridan Realty & Auction
Kathy Smith, Mason Insurance Agency
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Elaine Ferris, City of Mason
Jeff Haueter, Mason A&W Restaurant
Amy Hanson, Independent Bank
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Meetings of this standing committee are usually on the first Thursday after the monthly Board of Directors meeting at 7:30 AM in the Chamber office. For 2017: January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 15, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, and Wednesday, December 13 (because GMM is on the 14th).

STANDARD MONTHLY AGENDA 


Ad Hoc Committees:
Spring Fling / DHD
Thursday Night Live Courthouse Concerts
Independence Day Celebration
Mason Holidays Celebration
Communication
Visitors Center
Other Items:
Banners/Maps/Guides


AD HOC COMMITTEES REPORTING TO THE HOMETOWN U.S.A. COMMITTEE:

 THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE! COURTHOUSE CONCERTS COMMITTEE
Live musical performances on the Ingham County Courthouse square on eight select Thursday evenings from May through September from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.  Volunteers needed beginning at 4:00 to assist performers and sponsors with any concerns in setup or takedown on the west lawn, to distribute programs, and to be available to answer audience questions during and after the concert.
ROSTER
CHAIR: Amy Hanson, Independent Bank
SECRETARY:  Program Assistant Emily Fenger
MEMBERS:

Leon Clark, Mason Firefighters Association 
Joyce Grinczel, Dart Container Corporation

Brandon Biddinger, CP Federal Credit Union
Vice President Don Kill, Mason Optimist Club

 

 

 SPRING FLING / DOWN HOME DAYS COMMITTEE
The Spring Fling Courthouse Show is held on the first Saturday of May and the Down Home Days Courthouse Show is on the third Saturday of September.  Both are set up early morning around the Courthouse square including the adjacent parts of Maple Street and southbound Barnes and the shows runs from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Planning and coordination of all events on the two festival weekends is done by this group.  Currently being assisted by the Mason Public Schools Foundation, people are needed for layout and booth marking the day before and people are needed beginning at 6:00 AM to assist vendors in setup.  Ambassadors are needed in shifts to host a visitor’s center booth. Volunteers are also needed to sell raffle tickets.
ROSTER
CHAIR: Elaine Ferris, City of Mason
SECRETARY:    _____________________, _______________________ 
MEMBERS:

 Program Assistant Emily Fenger
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Administrative Assistant Kerry Adams

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 INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION COMMITTEE
This is the annual Fourth of July celebration in downtown Mason.  The Chamber assists in promoting an old car show downtown during the daytime and also hosts the traditional evening parade at 7:30 PM.  Firefighters and others host the fireworks at the Fairgrounds after dark.  All events are planned and operated by members of the committee and other individuals and groups they recruit.  There are a variety of volunteer jobs, especially in the area of parade safety.  A number of volunteers are needed, both at the High School staging area beginning at 5 PM and downtown beginning at 6 PM.
ROSTER
CHAIR: President John Sabbadin, Mason Firefighters Association
SECRETARY: ___________________, _______________________
MEMBERS:

Scott Truman, WILX-TV
Vice President Don Kill, Mason Optimist Club
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County Seat Old Car Club
Neil Sheridan, Sheridan Realty & Auction
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 CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING & LIGHTED PARADE
MASON HOLIDAYS CELEBRATION COMMITTEE

This is an annual Chamber-sponsored celebration in downtown Mason the evening of the Friday after Thanksgiving.  Planned and operated by members of the Mason Holidays Celebration Committee and other individuals and groups they recruit, there are a variety of many volunteer jobs, especially in the area of entertainment and parade safety.
ROSTER
CHAIR: ___________________, _______________________
SECRETARY: ___________________, _______________________
MEMBERS:

Scott Truman, WILX-TV
Mike Waltz, City of Mason
Neil Sheridan, Sheridan Realty & Auction
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City of Mason Police
Program Assistant Emily Fenger _____________________, _____________________

 

MASON AREA VISITORS CENTER COMMITTEE
The Mason Area Visitor Center is open in the front area of the MACC offices from 9 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday, except for holidays and off-site Chamber events.  Oversight of the staffing, materials, and upkeep of the center are responsibilities of this committee.  They are also responsible for all aspects of the outreach booths at Spring Fling and Down Home Days Courthouse Shows, the Outdoor Expo, Sun Dried Music Fest, Ingham County Fair, and the Mason Women’s Expo.
ROSTER
CHAIR: Amy Hanson, Independent Bank
SECRETARY: Tammy Weber, Mason Floral
MEMBERS:

Desiree Waters, ServiceMaster Absolute
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Administrative Assistant Kerry Adams
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