Meeting Minutes
Monday, 25th June 2018

Meeting Minutes

May 7, 2018


Present:  Jamie Garza, Legacy Acres Farm & CSA;  Janell Davenport, Harpster – Davenport, Dancing Fox Cabin;  Jeannie Gore, Hunter’s Needs;   LaRose Meadows, Candy Depot;  Deb Cook, Attica Hub;  Christine Earl, Goodwill;  Judy Miller

April 9, 2018 minutes were read.  Judy Miller moved that the minutes are sent.

2018 Seasonal Summer Guide I was distributed.  The per business cost of advertisements ere discussed.

First quarter profit and loss statement was distributed.

Ads for Summer II due June 26, prints July 14.

Ribbons for Police – LeRose has 32 ribbons ready, volunteers to be contacted.  LeRose spoke with Keith Jesse to help.  Volunteers to meet at 10:00 am Saturday, May 12 at Candy Depot to put up ribbons.  Blue light bulbs are also still available at Candy Depot for $5.00 each.  First Responders Day planned for June 7th will not happen this year, as there is another planned for May in Central Park – approved by Vicky Myers. 

Jeannie picked up Soup Cook Off paperwork from the School Board office.

The new “Shop Local” mascot was discussed, with its’ purpose being to remind people to “Shop Local”.   Ideas were exchanged regarding the naming of the Mascot, and where it would first be placed.  The Committee had chosen a Hobo as the mascot because of the train yards and because most people think of trains when they think of Bellevue, however; due to the negative connotations associated with being a “train-hopping homeless person”, it was decided that the “Hobo” mascot should be “Shoppin’ Sally” – the new girl in town.  She will travel to area businesses with her notebook where her adventures will be documented.
Judy Miller will contact Stephanie Bucchanan at BPL to approve “Shoppin’ Sally”.
The formerly chosen “Hobo” hopped on a train and headed for the next town.

Shop Small ideas were discussed.

The next SBO meeting will be held at Bellevue Public Library, Monday May 21st at 7:00 pm, where “Shoppin’ Sally” will be revealed.

April 9, 2018

Present:  Lindsey (Cunningham & Assoc.), LeRose (Candy Depot), Jeannie (Hunter’s Needs), Janell Davenport (Harpster Davenport Guest House / Dancing Fox Cabin), Alicia Robles, Christine Earl and Lindsey and Lori Dillender (Goodwill Industry)

Minutes from March 5th meeting were read.

Janell Davenport will be in charge of website.


American Express Annual Shop Small date:  November 24, 2018.  Need Ideas – bring to next meeting.

Emergency response – First responders’ day scheduled for Thursday, June 7th at parking lot beside Fire Station.  Brian Sears is getting back with LeRose on this.
Blue Ribbons on light posts for Police Awareness in May.  May 15th is National Peace Officer’s Day.  Lindsey Dillender will be contacting 4H group to volunteer to put up ribbons Saturday May 12th at 10:00 am.

Currently have 13 ads for Summer 1 Seasonal Guide.  Great representation for Bellevue

Shop local ideas:  Looking for ways to remind people to shop local.
•    Traveling mascot – Hobo (Railroad Tramp) has been chosen as the mascot and will be revealed at next meeting.
•    There will be a Hobo naming contest to name the traveling Hobo.
•    The Hobo will begin at the Train Museum.

Downtown association is working on events to bring more business downtown.

Next SBO meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Brad’s BBQm downtown Bellevue

December 4, 2017

In attendance:  Jeannie Gore, Lori Dillenger, Tanhan Hicks, Lynsay Sumner, Alicia Robles

Motion to accept minutes as sent made by Lynsay

Financial statement  $1277.37

Ad invoices to be mailed / emailed by Lynsay

Scarecrow thanks you will be handled by Cunninghams

Coppertop was the winner of the Scarecrow contest

Tanhan made a motion to pay for ad layout of $100 seconded by Lynsay

Jeannie made a motion to put Lynsay on as signature for the checking account since she is volunteering to go the treasures job starting Jan. 1 2018.  Lynsay presented a list of advertising options and budgeted amounts.  Would like to start Jan. 1 

210 bags were stuffed for Shop Small Saturday, all reports from businesses that it was a successful day.  Looking for some new ideas for next year in regards to a community day

Soup Cook-Off - Thursday Feb. 1st at Bellevue Elementary School - Armed Services Challenge this year.  Matt Strecker has agreed to represent the Marines

Letters are getting ready to be sent out to past participants  -  logo contest  -  must use commercial facility

motion to adjourn Lynsay seconded by Tanhan

November 6, 2017

Present for the Meeting:  

  • Leslie (Shoppe 191)
  • Liz Kile (Golden Acorn),
  • Micheline (29 Design)
  • LeRose (Candy Depot),
  • Jennifer and Kellie (Four County Vet Services)
  • Tanhan and Lynsay (Cunningham and Associates)
  • Lori (Bellevue Goodwill)
  • Helen and Mary (Hair Depot)
  • Jill (Uptown Travel Co.)
  • Judy Miller (Volunteer)
  • Janell (Harpster-Davenport Guest House and
  • Jeannie (Hunters Needs)

    Jeannie Opened the Meeting at 7pm
    What a great turnout for the meeting and thanked everyone for coming.

Treasurers Report
Tanhan reported she will be handing over the bookkeeping services to Lindsey as of January 1st, 2018 as she is extremely busy with her clients.  Cunningham and Associates will start using Quickbooks as preferred system for our group.  A new budgeting structure is currently being designed for the SBO group to allow businesses to pick and choose what advertising venue’s they would like to participate in throughout the year and have the ability to be billed and pay monthly.

Cornstalks Coming Down
The Middle School Asset Team are volunteering to remove the cornstalks on November 16th.  A huge thank you goes to them again for putting them up!  Great job!  The team will be meeting at Candy Depot on November 16th between 3:15 and 3:30.  All people will get gloves while removing corn stalks.    LeRose is checking with Mayor Kevin Strecker about the use of a city truck and taking the cornstalks to the city compost.

Scarecrow Contest Results 
This year was quite the event with 30 entries!   Thank you again to all of the businesses and organizations for supporting our Shop Bellevue Ohio event by using your fun and creative imagination and displaying how much fun Bellevue is when people participate in our local events.  
The Grand Prize winner of this year was Copper Top Bake Shoppe!  LeRose donated the grand prize and Jeannie will be awarding the prize to Copper Top.
LeRose asked about having a map designed for the 2018 scarecrow contest showing where the scarecrows are located since some of them were a little difficult to find.  Also it was mentioned perhaps a sign should be designed “We have a Scarecrow Here” along with details about how to vote so people know when they see the sign, a scarecrow is available to see and enjoy.  Some of our scarecrows were in unique spots and not easily found.

Attica Hub – Ad space still available at $40.00
Sandusky Register – Ad space still available at $75.00  Ad runs the Sunday before Thanksgiving
Please contact Jeannie Gore for details 419-483-5789

The Gift Card Tree Drawing
It was voted on to call the gift certificate basket “The Gift Card Tree”.  Businesses who wish to participate in this drawing are asked to use gift cards in any dollar amount they choose.   If you are participating in this drawing, please place a bucket in your business so people can enter to win.  Shop Bellevue will be supplying a master page entry form for all participating businesses to print and use for the drawings. Contest runs from Black Friday, November 24 through December 7th and the drawing will take place on December 7th with location and time to be announced.   For questions, please contact Chairwoman Jeannie Gore 419-483-5789.

Radio Ads
Shop Bellevue Ohio (SBO)  will be sponsoring radio ads with the station WOLF, running on Nov. 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24th featuring Bellevue Shop Small Saturday.  Businesses can tag an ad following the commercial using their business name for a maximum amount of $50.00  (example:  this ad was brought to you by the Bellevue Goodwill, located at ……..)  If you are interested in getting involved with tagging, please call Jeannie Gore no later than, Monday, November 13th.

Pole Lights Downtown - Lighting up Bellevue!
LeRose spoke to Mayor Kevin Strecker about the possibility of hanging holiday lights on the street poles downtown and there doesn’t seem to be an issue, however Kevin was going to run the idea by the City Department to get it clarified.  Lori, manager our Bellevue Good will be generously donating the lights to the Shop Bellevue group which we estimate 3-4 strands will be needed per pole. Thank you Lori! You definitely are going to help make Bellevue sparkle for the Holidays!  Initially at the meeting the cost of the lights was going to be $1.00 per strand and the expense was voted on with Tanhan 1st and Lori 2nd and it passed with applause!  However, Jeannie just learned recently following our meeting, that Goodwill according to Lori will be donating the lights.  How festive Bellevue will look when Santa comes to town, lighting the way while shoppers stroll the sidewalks.

Chili Cook-Off has Changed to “Hot Soup Cook-Off”
That’s right!  Shop Bellevue decided to change it up this year to soups, and who doesn’t like a hearty bowl of soup during our blistery winter weather.   The name and event change was voted on and Judy 1st and Lori 2nd the motion.  The date is set for the First Thursday in February (February 1, 2018) and location for the event will be at Bellevue Elementary School, State Route 269 / Castalia Street, Bellevue.  More details to follow.  

Next meeting will be December 4th at the Goodwill Plant on State Route 269 / Castalia Street at 7pm

Respectfully Submitted
Janell Davenport / Secretary

October 16, 2017


Shop Bellevue Ohio met on October 16, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Hunters Needs
President:  Jeannie Gore

ATTENDING:  Jeannie Gore, Janell Davenport, Judy Miller, LeRose Meadows, Nancy Rowe, Liz Kile, Jennifer Piper Kinney

Finance Report: none


Comments have been very positive with the local people.   The Asset Group (Kathy Rosier) volunteered to take cornstalks down week of November 13th after school.  Nancy Rowe’s husband offered his truck to haul cornstalks away. The Asset Group will meet at Candy Depot before removing the cornstalks.  Currently looking into using the City Compost and Mayor Strecker will be contacted.
LeRose mentioned people are requesting that Christmas light be wrapped around the downtown lamp posts when the cornstalks are removed to begin the holiday season.   Judy and LeRose asked about the Shop Bellevue Ohio group funding the lights.  It was also mentioned that all the different groups in Bellevue could come together and donate monies for the lights.  The City Department or the mayor will be contacted to see if the lights even possible. Conversation tabled for a later date.
Scarecrows:   Shop Bellevue’s 3rd Annual Scarecrow event has 30 entries this year, the most ever!  
A huge “Thank You” to all the businesses and organizations for participating this year.  It’s fun to see the creative minds and involvement in our community.  Pizza Wheel is doing a promotion with their scarecrow on Facebook to entice people to vote for their scarecrow. By voting for Pizza Wheels scarecrow, you are automatically entered into the contest to win a $20.00 gift certificate.  Great idea!  

 First, we would like give a THANK YOU to Deb Cook and the Attica Hub for generously giving SBO the full back page of the Attica Hub publication, advertising our local businesses who purchased the ads and also showcasing our generous sponsors who helped fund the cornstalks this year for the downtown fall decorations. We are requesting extra copies to give to our sponsors.
Advertising Opportunities:  SBO has some Great Opportunities to Get You Noticed before Shop Small Saturday!  
    Sandusky Register:  The November 19th Sunday edition of the Sandusky Register will feature a full page in the Register and also a section in the Marketplace for the Shop Bellevue organization, showcasing our various local businesses who would like to take advantage of the opportunity to come together as a group to affordably advertise your business.  This edition will come out just before Shop Small Saturday which is one of the biggest shopping days to increase foot traffic into your stores.  Jeannie mentioned she will be running a coupon for Hunters Needs which will be trackable and entice customers to stop in during the Shop Small Saturday event.  Deadline for submitting your ad is November 13th  The cost is $75.00  Please contact Jeannie Gore if you are interested at 419-483-5789    
    Attica Hub:   The Hub weekly newspaper serves the surrounding area (Attica, Bellevue, Bloomville and Republic) with weekly local and school news.   The ad will run the week of November 13th edition, your business, organization, event has the opportunity to advertise with the SBO group for only $40.00, grouping us together to create a huge impact for Bellevue and our businesses.  Deadline for artwork is November 10th.  Cost is $40.00   To learn more, contact Jeannie Gore 419-483-5789.  
     Seasonal Guide:   Distributing over 45,000 copies in 20 counties, your business will reach a broad group of potential customers when you team up with Shop Bellevue’s group business page featuring local businesses and events.
- October 20th publication highlights Shop Small Saturday
- November 27th publication is the Christmas edition
- December 9th publication is the Winter edition
Here’s another affordable way for your business or organization to get noticed when you join together and advertise together!    Only $55.00 for your choice of publication dates.   Contact Jeannie Gore, 419-483-5789

Shop Bellevue Ohio has received a huge amount of promotional goodies to share with local businesses to use as tools to promote their business while getting geared up for the upcoming Shop Small Saturday event. November 25th.  
Liz Kile at The Golden Acorn shared with us how extremely busy it gets that day and encouraged everyone to get involved with their businesses and enjoy the festivities.  
American Express also sent SBO 200 canvas tote bags and the Shop Bellevue logo will be silk screened onto the bags. The bags will be handed out by various businesses during Shop Small Saturday and enclosed in the bags will be local business coupons, flyers, business cards….anything with your information.  We invite all businesses and organizations to drop off at least 200 pieces of literature at Hunters Needs, that they would like inserted in the bags.  Affordable and effective advertising for you!  

     Jennifer has a youth group at Mt. Carmel and mentioned she may be able to get some volunteers to stuff the smaller bags that go into the canvas bags.  Information from businesses will be needed to be turned in by November 1st.
One request is to not use expiration dates on your literature, so your information can be used at a later date during another of our SBO events.  

Shop Bellevue will be requesting from local businesses, gift cards and gift certificates for those who would like to participate, to be placed into a basket for some lucky Shop Small Saturday winner.    Drawing will be held on December 7th following the parade in Central Park.   First National Bank (sponsor of the Christmas parade)  will be contacted with more details to follow.


It was voted on to use BAS Broadcasting radio advertising on 92.1 The Wolf or 100.0 Coast Country to broaden the awareness here in Bellevue for local businesses and services getting involved with Shop Small Saturday on November 25th.  The ads will run (Nov 20-23) Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday prior to Shop Small Saturday. The advertising cost of $288.00 will be paid by the Shop Bellevue organization for :30 second commercials, 4 x per day, 6am – midnight rotator and BAS will match the ads we are purchasing which doubles our number of radio ads.  Thank You BAS Broadcasting and our radio representative Becky for working out this great opportunity for SBO!  Tags will be available for individual businesses to announce their business name and location for a minimal charge.  Please call Jeannie for more information about this offer as soon as possible.  419-483-5789

Discussion for Celebrity Challenge (Military Branches)
Voted to have a Chili and Soup Cook-Off for 2018  (details still being worked out)
Date:  Thursday - February 1
Location:  Bellevue Middle School
Winning Categories:    Celebrity Challenge (1 – 2 – 3 place)      People’s Choice (first place)        Overall (1 – 2 – 3)  

Next Meeting November 6th
Location:  Four County Veterinarian Services     1050 Castalia Street, Bellevue     Host: Jennifer Piper Kinney

Time:  7pm.  Everyone welcome!  

No Meeting November 20th

Respectfully Submitted
Janell Davenport - Secretary

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