May 2018 Membership Minutes

Membership Meeting Minutes

May 10, 2018

Run the Ridge Glow Run Update:  Update provided by Phillip Hanks.  Organizer Andy Michels is putting together the 10th annual Run the Ridge event and the 2nd annual Glow Run.  The course will be through the woods and around the park sidewalk - at Oak Ridge Town Park on Friday night June 1st.  Registration will begin at 7:00 PM.  Additional volunteers are still needed.   Tee shirts will be free at check-in for runners that pre-registered online on MOR’s website.  Headlamps and glow sticks have been ordered and will be available for sale at the event.  Next Step Ministry will be the beneficiary of this year’s run.  Madeline Busch gave a brief overview of Next Step’s services as providing food, shelter, and other services for women in transition from abusive relationships.   

RidgeFest Update:  Update provided by Phillip Hanks for Randy Floss who was out of town.  Everything is on track but a few volunteers are still needed (see Randy Floss) for this year’s RidgeFest running May 31st – June 2nd. Sponsorships are sold out. However, a handful of “Supporter level” opportunities remain at $100. Vestal Buick GMC is this year’s main sponsor at the Kryptonite Level.  There will be several additional food trucks this year on Friday and Saturday.  The Merchant tent area will be at the entry near the carnival rides.  Summit Church will have a teen takeover targeted especially for teens.  A large car show, featuring EuroHaus  & Platinum Sponsor - Foreign Cars Italia, will be on Friday. There will be a climbing wall and dunk tank on Saturday.  Fireworks, brought to you by the Town of Oak Ridge, will conclude the event Saturday night.  Music and carnival rides start up again following fireworks to mitigate traffic congestion.

Treasurer Report:  Update provided by Phillip Hanks for Patti Stokes.  No major changes.  A couple sponsorships for RidgeFest are still due.

Scholarship Update:  Dave Kiddy reported that the scholarship committee has reviewed applications from Northwest High School and has selected three finalists for interviews.  The award will be announced May 25th at the NWHS Senior Awards Ceremony.

Applications from rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Oak Ridge Military Academy are due May 25th. The scholarship committee will review applications over the summer and conduct finalist interviews at the beginning of the fall term.  The award will be presented at Parade Day in September.   This is the first scholarship offered to ORMA and is an extension of MOR’s community outreach.

New Members:  Mickey Tingen announced two new members, Mathis Home Improvement and NextHome Triad Realty.

Business on Tap:  Not held this month in favor of a social mixer at Rio Grande and we will skip June as the 1st Tuesday follows the busy RidgeFest weekend.  Thanks to Brandy Owen of The Arche Group for sponsoring and Pepe Silva for hosting the “Rio Mixer” on May 9th at Rio Grande.  The next Business on Tap will be in July (date, location, and speaker to be announced).

Community Development:  Philip Cooke reported a new tenant is expected in the former JP Looney location in 2 – 3 months.  He also said a rezoning request will be submitted to the town for the vacant 3 acre parcel on NC 68 next to Domino’s.

Member Introductions:  Everyone in attendance gave a brief statement about their business.

Testimonials:  Mickey Tingen and Domino’s, Tim DeStasio and Southern Comfort Consulting and Services, Bruce Frankle and The Mindful Traveler were all recognized for outstanding products and services.

Next Meeting:  Thursday June 7th with coffee and networking beginning at 7:45 AM and the meeting starting at 8:15 AM.


Submitted by Dave Kiddy for Brandy Owen