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Mar 21, 2014 by

by Austin Bailey, Granite Falls Chamber of Commerce Secretary


Granite Falls Chamber of Commerce
General Membership
March 20, 2014 – 6:30 PM
GenCare Dining Room 

Members/Guests in Attendance:

Jason Smith – Questech Manufacturing
Kristen Olbrechts – Law offices of Kristen Olbrechts
Quinn Nelson – GFHS Heroe’s Club President
Larry Lawlis – GFHS Heroe’s Club Advisor
Vervia Gabriel – Mountain Loop Express
Austin Bailey – New Light Photography & Design
Jeanenne Hoyt – GraniteFalls KeyBank
Suzie Quillen – Perfectly Knotty
Gary Bontrager – Sno CountyDeputy Fire Marshal
Debra Howell – Monte Cristo Elementary Teacher
Karin Manns – Monte Cristo Elementary Principal
Danil Green – GFSD Eco-Car Team & TECO
David Green – GFSD Eco-Car & TECO
Michael Werner – GFSD Eco-Car Advisor
Linda Hall – GraniteFallsSchool District
Jude Anderson – Sno-Isle Libraries

Jude Anderson welcomed everyone present and called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. Members & Guests introduced themselves. Dinner was served by the Gen Care staff.

Member Announcements:

Ginny Schlegel, GraniteFallsHigh School counselor requested community volunteers for senior culminating project evaluation teams on May 6th starting at 2:45pm.

Presenting Speaker – Gary Bontrager, Snohomish County Deputy Fire Marshal

Mr. Bontrager gave a presentation of the history of the Snohomish County Fire Marshal duties, along with some information on the contract proposed to the Granite Falls City Council. Fire Inspectors conduct annual fire/life/safety inspections of commercial occupancies. The Fire Marshals currently charge $83 an hour, with the amount of time determined by the building’s square footage. The Fire Marshall charges the City for the inspections.  The City Council is still discussing how they will recoup the fees – whether it will be included in the business licensing fees or other ways. 


Jude Anderson requested a motion to approve the meeting minutes from February 20; Suzie Quillen made the motion, seconded by Jeanenne Hoyt. All approved.

Presenting Speaker – Michael Werner, Granite Falls High School Eco-Car Program

Mr. Werner gave a presentation of the current status of the Eco-Car program. They have new designs for both cars and are working hard to finish them by April 17th for shipment. Many industry volunteers are putting in countless hours to help the teams get to Houston this year. The Eco-Car programs still welcomes sponsors. There is additional information on the website at

Presenting Speakers – Debra Howell/ Karin Manns, Monte Cristo Elementary – Common Core Standards

Mrs. Howell and Principal Karin Manns gave a presentation about the Common Core State Standards, a style of teaching which is hoped to be made standard across the nation.

Presenting Speaker – Larry Lawlis, Granite Falls High School – Hero’s Club & Granite Falls Unified Sports

Mr. Lawlis gave a presentation about Granite Falls Unified Sports, a product of the High School Hero’s Club. Unified Sports promotes equality and respect for players of all abilities. They will be having their first annual Pilchuck Cup Soccer Tournament at the High School on Saturday, May 3rd. The day will consist of Ninja Youth Obstacle Course, Karaoke, Soccer Dribbling Contests, Goal Scoring Contest, Longest Kick. The cost to participate is $10.00. To sign up, please contact Larry Lawlis at 

Marketing: Suzie Quillen announced her idea to feature businesses on the Chamber Facebook page each week. She encouraged businesses to Like the Chamber and post events to share.  She is also seeking volunteers for a booth at the Stillaguamish Festival of the River scheduled for August 9th and 10th 2014.   She will be meeting in May with the coordinator of the festival to come up with some ideas to persuade attendees to camp near Granite Falls for their stay. The festival is held at the River Meadows Country Park on Jordan Road. See their website at

Adopt-A-Block: Jude Anderson reported on Adopt-A-Block for Trisha Broughton, reminding people to sign up for their block.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Jeanenne Hoyt, seconded by Kristen Olbrechts.

All approved. Meeting ended at 8:33.

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