The Fredonia Chamber of Commerce meeting began with public comment by Colette Cox.  She informed members it was a possibility the high school would not be offering business classes or DECA next year due to budget and scheduling issues, as well as the lack of an instructor. While it has not yet been decided, the idea of losing the programs was very disheartening to the chamber. Cox suggested if any of the members knew of an instructor who was qualified and interested, to have them contact the Fredonia High School.

The chamber moved on to discuss the farmer’s market.  President Jan Judd explained the health department regulations if there is to be prepared foods.  Any prepared foods sold, must be prepared in an approved kitchen.  Often churches have approved kitchens, so anyone interested in selling baked goods, jellies, etc., could contact a local church to see if the preparation of the food could be done there in order to be in compliance with the Health Department. 

The farmer’s market is still in the concept stage. The chamber agreed to work out a detailed plan to be approved by the Town Council.

Judd clarified information about the website currently in the works.  She explained, businesses will receive a free link from the chamber site to their site with their membership dues.  “[It is] one of the new perks of joining the chamber,” stated Judd, excited about the upcoming launch of the site.

The Old Spanish Trail is bringing nationally acclaimed author and speaker, Dan Shilling to speak on Friday, April 30, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The chamber voted unanimously to be a sponsor for the event.  The chamber agreed, the presentation will be a great opportunity for our area. The topic is “Historic Trails: Economic Opportunities for Small Towns.”

The chamber decided to do its Adopt-a-Highway cleanup efforts on May 1, at 8:30 a.m.  They will begin at Pops Wash and work all the way to the border. The group will meet at the Fredonia Welcome Center.  Judd requested if anyone was in need of community service hours or simply wanted to help with the clean up to contact her at 928-643-7107. 

Judd also informed the members she was still working on getting the Adopt-a-Highway sign put up by ADOT for the chamber.

The Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously to award one $300 scholarship to an outstanding Fredonia High School business student. It will be a competitive scholarship, requiring an application and essay.  The recipient will be announced at the scholarship awards prior to graduation. Members were excited to have the opportunity to offer the scholarship.