In a special session at the Hope Chamber of Commerce office Wednesday afternoon, the the official Bicentennial Steering Committee proposed as joint operating agreement with the Chamber of Commerce, which is now pending the next meeting of the Chamber's board of directors on October 18.

In a special session at the Hope Chamber of Commerce office Wednesday afternoon, the the official Bicentennial Steering Committee proposed as joint operating agreement with the Chamber of Commerce, which is now pending the next meeting of the Chamber’s board of directors on October 18.
Steering Committee Chair Richard Reed and Cherry Stewart, who is a Justice on the Hempstead County Quorum Court, submitted the proposal on Wednesday in a two-hour meeting that included both Chamber board members and Committee members; in all 32 persons, mostly from the Committee, attended the special-called session that was announced by Chamber director Beckie Moore on Monday.
Reed said, “One of the initial charges to the Commission when it was formed was to make the Commission representative and make maximum inclusions of existing organizations and facilities.”
“We reviewed this Chamber of Commerce and HCBC partnership with Judge Haskell Morse and he agreed that this would be an excellent fit for both efforts — especially strengthening networking across all of the townships,” he said.
In addition the proposed partnership would provide the Bicentennial Steering Committee access to fundraising — and presumedly purchasing — through the Chamber’s existing 501C3 status and accounts as a non-profit agency.
Reed said the proposal keeps the existing Bicentennial Steering Committee structure in place, but operating with the Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, the Chamber would provide the Bicentennial Steering Committee a webpage or space on the upcoming new Chamber website, and it would provide regular updates on Facebook.
Reed said, “The advantages are many; there is little or no reinvention, no duplication of existing services, augmentation of the Chamber’s existing county wide charter, reduced financial procedures for HCBC, creating new networking, projects, perspective and cooperation across the county — which will continue on beyond a bicentennial — a true investment which will continue to benefit all.”
As the Committee passed a motion to approve the proposed Chamber partnership, Moore said the proposal must be approved next by the full Chamber Board of Directors.
The Committee also moved ahead to authorize a subcommittee to approve an official bicentennial logo, a website domain called “www.Hempstead200.com” and to solicit calls for photographs from the individual townships on Facebook.
After the meeting, Reed said “This Bicentennial should be just as much a statement of our shared community vision as it is celebrating reverence for our past.”