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Main Street VP resigns from post

Friday, February 17, 2012

Brazil Main Street, Inc., Vice President Jasen Gibbens announced his resignation during the organization's February meeting.

"I don't think I can do what I need to do for this organization and take care of my family," he said. "I still want to help with the committees I was assigned to, but I don't want to not be able to be here because I'm working. It's not because I don't want to be a part of this organization; I love this organization. It's just that I have family commitments."

Nominations for president and vice president were tabled until the next meeting in March.

Meanwhile, the board received a letter from Mayor Brian Wyndham, where he gave permission for the group to use the parking lot in front of City Hall, the parking lot on the southwest corner of Washington Street and Church Street and, with the agreement of the Brazil Public Library, the parking lot on the northwest corner of Walnut Street and Church Street. The lots will be used for the group's planned activities including a farmer's market and the Charles B. Hall Festival.

The letter also stated the group could use the Brazil Planning and Zoning Office address and telephone number and the City Hall fax number for their business.

The board discussed the farmer's market they have planned. Board member Kathy VanNess said she spoke with 4-H dealers, the Purdue Extension office, the Health Department and officials with the Terre Haute farmer's market. VanNess plans to attend a Farmer's Market Boot Camp including: Safety Plans and Liability Issues on March 22, Winter Markets from Market Masters' Perspective on April 5 and Vendor Relations on April 19.

Members are thinking the market will begin in May or June, but decided to choose a specific date during the March meeting.

The board said it is currently looking for vendors. Vendor applications can be picked up at City Hall.

Brazil resident, Lee Lewis, attended the meeting with ideas for the farmer's market.

"Sort through vendors who have already been involved in the local events," she said. "I think you'll be surprised how much interest you're really going to find."

The board discussed advertising, banners, parking, legality and other issues pertaining to the planning of the farmer's market.

In other news, the board discussed a 501 (c) (3) application, which must be filed 27 months after forming. The end of March will be 27 months for Brazil Main Street.

Options for the board include:

* Falling under the Wabash Valley Community Foundation. The foundation would open an account for Brazil Main Street, but the board would have to go to the board and request the money before being able to spend any,

* Getting a 501 (c) (3) themselves. The board would have to elect officers within the next month to sign the application,

* Partnering with other entities such as the Popcorn Festival, or

* Filing under the city. The board would have to go the council to request it.

"For the farmer's market, it's vital," Secretary-Treasurer Stacy Gibbens said. "Because for insurance purposes and health department reasons, it is vital that we have some kind of 501 (c) (3) affiliated or have our own."

The board members said if the city was willing, they were most interested in filing under the city and felt it would be the best option.

Also during the meeting the following took place:

* The board decided on the date of Aug. 4, for the Charles B. Hall Festival, as long as the day worked for Walnut Theater,

* New membership forms will be sent to community members and local businesses through e-mail, mailings or door to door. The board also plans to speak at a Chamber of Commerce of meeting,

* The board briefly discussed partnering with other organizations such as the Popcorn Festival or Rotary Club,

* Lewis shared ideas with Brazil Main Street for bringing the community together such as a street dance with an antique car show, downtown movies and downtown treasure hunts.

"I'm a firm believer you can revive a downtown," she said. "I'm very interested in helping you. I'm new here, but I will be as passionate for Brazil as I have for any other town I've lived in. (These ideas) promote downtown, and you're also promoting community."

* The members approved the minutes from the December and January meetings, and

* The board was told they currently have $2,003.23 in their checking account. No money had been spent since the last meeting.

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