Buffalo Chamber Reports on Stampede

US CITIZEN -- Chad Rudani of Buffalo recently became a United States Citizen. Rudani, who has been here most of the years since moving from India, is the Manager of the American Best Value Inn and the Super 8 Motel in Buffalo. Rudani is also an active member of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations Chad Rudani!

Members of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce met Thursday, September 28th, for their regular monthly meeting. President Phillip Bounds presided and reported on the results from this year?s Buffalo Stampede.

The Buffalo Stampede, held in September, was deemed a success. ?It was bigger than last year,? said Bounds, ?and we didn?t go in the hole!? The Chamber, a non profit organization, has held the Stampede annually for over 40 years as their major source of income to meet annual expenses.

The most successful events were the raffle which brought in $6,690 and the auction which generated $5,033. The auction consisted of 32 items that were donated from local businesses. There were 19 floats entered in the parade, and 10 cooks completed in the BBQ Cook Off. In total the Stampede brought in $14,413.

The Chamber received $5,000 from BEDC and $23,500 from the City of Buffalo this year to help advertise and prepare for the Stampede. Any monies not used as specified by the City and BEDC will be returned to these organizations.

Members approved the date of September 15th for the 2018 Buffalo Stampede. They discussed the low turn out for the Stampede dance and will consider changes to this event or the possibility of eliminating it for next year. Also discussed was the possibility of holding the BBQ Cook Off at the site of the Tri-County Horseshoe venue next year. These topics will be decided later.

Members approved holding an Award Banquet during the last week of January 2018. Ideas were considered to make the event entertaining. Approval was given to present the Member of the Month with a presentation on October 4th. The Member of the Month is (selected at the August meeting) Sandra Araya who owns Open Hand, Heart, and Mind, a karate school located on CR 307 in the Weedon Addition.

Approved were three new members to the Chamber: Parthena Van Wey Moore, Susan Wilder, and Holly King.

Chamber Members in attendance enjoyed a meal prepared by Sue Pittman and Chad Rudani. The Buffalo Chamber of Commerce meets at the Buffalo Civic Center at noon on the 4th Thursday of the month.