Meeting Minutes
Saturday, 17th November 2018

Meeting Minutes

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

October 2, 2017

Attendees:  LeRose, Jeannie, Judy, Joseph, Mary, & Alicia at the Candy Depot

Finance Report:


Attica Hub:

Sandusky Register:
$80 per business card size ad.  November 19th publication (Sunday prior to Shop Small Saturday, November 25th).  Jeannie to request deadline.

Seasonal Guide:
Cost is $55 or less if Business is on SBO website and $60 if they are not.
Christmas Guide ad deadline is Oct 20 and will be published on Nov 4th.

Scarecrow Contest:
27 entries.  Encourage businesses to post pictures of their entries.

Decorate downtown with cornstalks:  
700 cornstalks were placed around the downtown street light posts.  Thank you notes need to be sent to Kathy Roeser & Asset Team, Mel Poeppelman, George & Sandy, John & Judy, Alicia, Cindy Mira, Jan Scagnetti, and the event sponsors:  Committee to Grow Bellevue, Croghan Colonial Bank, and Firelands Federal Credit Union.  Ask Asset team or Boy Scouts to take down cornstalks in mid-November, but no later than November 18th.  When taking down the cornstalks, have the corn removed and advertise the corn as squirrel feed.  Suggest placing cornstalks around the gazebo at Central Park next year (without the corn).  Check with Sberna’s to see if corn removed next year for maze can be used downtown.

Candy Cane Shopping Spree:
December 2nd from 1pm to 4pm.  Event where parents can bring their kids downtown to shop.  Parents can relax at Gilbert’s Place while High School students take the kids shopping at downtown businesses, then get them wrapped at Gilbert’s Place.  Checking into opening other downtown locations for local businesses without a brick and mortar store.  Participating businesses must respond by November 1st and contribute a $10 donation to cover costs.  Checking with the Willows, Orchard Grove, Bellevue Care Center, Flat Rock, etc to also participate.  Businesses not located downtown can participate if they contribute the $10 donation by having the shopper show their receipt to have their present(s) wrapped.

Chili Cook-off:  
February 1st at Bellevue Middle or Elementary School.  Jeannie to verify which location.  Soup must be prepared in an approved kitchen.  Discussion to expand from just chili to soup in general.  Have ‘People’s Choice’ award.  Possibly have a Military challenge.  LeRose to check.  Ask school choir to sing military songs such as:  Anchors Away, the Marine’s Hymn (the Halls of Montezuma), etc

Next meeting locations:  
Oct 16th at Bone Boys Catering (next to Pizza Wheel)

Nov 6th at TBD

Minutes respectfully submitted,
Alicia Robles

January 9, 2017

Shop Bellevue Ohio met on January 9, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Gilbert’s Place.
ATTENDING:  LeRose Meadows, Jeannie Gore, Janell Davenport, Paul Davenport, Tom Long, Judy Miller, Jenn Hartmann (Hartman Fitness), Rohnda Pickering, and guest David Michael.

Chairman LeRose welcomed Jenn and Rohnda, new businesses owners in Bellevue.  Our group is ready to help in any way we possibly can.

First order of business is to ‘pass the torch’ for Chairman and Secretary, after 3 years. 

  • Judy nominated Jeannie for Chairman; Paul seconded the nomination
  • LeRose nominated Janell for Secretary; Paul seconded the nomination. 
  • Vote in favor of both nominations was unanimous.

FINANCIAL:  No report.


  • Janell suggested presenting a ‘Golden Ladle’ award along with the Ribbons to the winners.  Group agreed; Janell will handle the ladle awards.  Judy will work with Keith Jesse on the ribbons.
  • Tentative categories:  Judges’ Choice Winner; People’s Choice Winner; Best Celebrity Chili.
  • Entrants must describe if chili is mild, medium, or spicy, for the public to know.
  • RAFFLES.  Jeannie, Chairman, will have pre-sale of tickets for big SBO Raffle Basket only.  8 Raffle entries so far.
  • PRICING.  TASTING TRAY:  6 tastes for $5.00.  BOWL (includes Cornbread) $5.00.  Individual piece of CORNBREAD:  $___TBD______.    DESSERTS:  $___TBD______
  • DESSERTS.  Cakes from Copper Top; Pies (regular and sugar-free) from Long Way Home.
  • Tom suggested looking at a cross-promotion with Green Emerald
  • SUPPLIES NEEDED.  Paper/Plastic items & tickets.  Judy will get bin of supplies & get it to Jeannie.
  • VOLUNTEERS needed to sell tickets for chili & cornbread.  Sandy Keller; Rohnda Pickering; Judy Miller.


Posters going out.  Sandusky Co. VB; Erie Shores; Huron Co.
LOGO CONTEST.  Get your ad on t-shirt for $25.00.  Winning logo on the front.

1ST THURSDAY.  No report.  Art@106 still has featured Artist each month; no winter activities.

BPD AUXILIARY SAFETY TOWN 2.0.  Shop Bellevue willing to help in any way we can.

GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: at Gilbert’s.  3rd Friday of the month.  Organized by Sharon Cheek w/different vendors each month; raffles, etc.


Respectfully submitted,
Judy Miller, Secretary


December 12, 2016


Shop Bellevue Ohio met on December 12, 2016, at 8 a.m. at Long Way Home Family Restaurant. 

ATTENDING:  LeRose Meadows, Tom Long, Judy Miller.

CELEBRITY CHALLENGE.  Clyde Schools will not participate.  It was agreed to ask Hogue’s and Bassett’s to do the Celebrity Challenge.  Tom will talk to Tracy Hogue; Judy will contact Mike Kohloff.  (Both accepted the Challenge!)

1.  Tom will consider a Signature drink to be introduced that evening, and a special dessert.  These items will be charged separately by the restaurant.
2.  Mary’s Corn Bread is a big-selling item.  Judy will ask if Mary will bake for the Cook-off.
3.  Judges.  LeRose will contact John Ochenduski and Nick Mazzarro; Judy will ask Stephanie Buchanan.
4.  Chili Categories.  Tasting and re-tasting for the many categories is hard on the judge with 15 or more chilis.  It was discussed that category be limited to:  Best Celebrity Chili; Judges’ Choice Best Chili; and People’s Choice Best Chili.
5.  Need Volunteers to handle MARKETING; RAFFLES; PHYSICAL SET-UP on day of event; 50/50 Raffle.
6.  Review Rules, revamp, and publish.  Need changes to reflect fewer categories.
7.  Need VOLUNTEERS for day of event.


NEXT REGULAR MEETING:  Monday, January 9th at 7 p.m. at Gilbert’s Place.  For 2017, need new Chairman and Secretary.   Please consider helping out to continue the progress to promote local businesses.

Tom asked the group to develop a program to cross-promote local businesses; find effective means to replace the Gazette to get the word out.  Need placemats with local advertising!

Respectfully submitted
Judy Miller, Secretary

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