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Winning Communities Mission

A Community Mission is the reason why people come together as community. It shows that a community is reliant to a great degree on society and challenges the community to assist each other with the responsibility of building a better one.

The Winning Communities mission statement serves as a guide throughout the entire community planning process:


"The mission of Winning Communities is to improve the quality of life in Tremont, to increase the pride of current residents and to entice new people and businesses to live and work here.”

Minutes of Winning Communities, Inc.

Meeting of September 24, 2009 held at Tremont High School.

President Butts called the Annual Meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. with the following present: Doug Tucker, Don Beard, Gail Davis, Todd Bong, Andy Aberle, Jason Garey and Darren Camden.

The Annual Financial Report was presented by Treasurer Andy Aberle showing an Opening Balance of $71,494, donations and income of $23,036, expenses of $71,858, and a closing balance for the fiscal year of $22,672. Motion by Davis and seconded by Bong to approve the Treasurer’s Report. The motion carried unanimously.

President Butts reported that five members of the Board of Directors terms were expiring effective immediately. Those members are James, Leber, Jameson, Bong, and Tucker. Mr. James and Mrs. Leber indicated they would not seek reappointment for another term on the board. Motion by Beard to reappoint the three remaining members to new terms expiring in 2012, seconded by Garey. The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Tucker to reappoint the following officers:
Brock Butts, President
Jim Shafer, Vice President
Don Beard, Secretary
Andy Aberle, Treasurer

Seconded by Camden, motion carried unanimously.

The Annual Meeting adjourned at 7:17 p.m.

President Butts called the regular September meeting of the Tremont Winning Communities, Inc. to order at 7:18 p.m.

Motion by Bong to approve the minutes of the August, 2009 meeting, seconded by Garey. The motion carried unanimously.

Andy Aberle gave the monthly Treasurer’s Report showing a general fund balance of $517.49, a Tiber Creek & Other Project balance of $19,999.30, and original Kiwanis Club funds of $2,155.17. There is an estimated cash available total of $28,141.96. Motion by Camden to approve the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Tucker. Motion carried unanimously.

Information Items:

Don Beard gave an update on the Marketing Campaign with WMBD/WYZZ television. Individual businesses will have commercials aired through the end of October. A thirty minute program highlighting aspects of the community such as the school district, Turkey Festival, history, and business community will be airing several times per week through December.

Each board member gave a summary of the presentations given to various community groups regarding the interest in the development of a Community Center. Survey reports were returned to President Butts.

Doug Tucker of the Arts, Recreation, and Leisure Committee reported on the “Music in the Park” program that was conducted in September. The committee would like to begin plans for another such event in the spring of 2010.

Don Beard of the Community/Economic Development Committee reported on the failure of anyone to volunteer to serve as president and secretary of the Tremont Commerce Association for the upcoming year. Terms for current officers have expired and new volunteers are desperately needed in order for the organization to continue.

Darren Camden of the Infrastructure Committee reported on the ongoing efforts to work with the village, Tremont Area Park District, and the Illinois Department of Transportation to erect a “Welcome to Tremont” sign on the eastern edge of the village.

It was noted that the next meeting will be on October 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall and that an update on the Tiber Project and possible dedication ceremony will be discussed as part of the agenda.

The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.