The new members John Rittenhouse, Park Manager of Lake Barkley State Park, and Mallory Lawrence, President of the Chamber of Commerce, were welcomed warmly by the existing members. Kenneth Guinn, board member, said he had no doubt about the work ethic they will bring to the Commission.
During the meeting, the commission approved the minutes of the previous meeting on June 14 in which they discussed the adoption of a set of bylaws, by which the commission will operate.
The commission has not voted on a set of bylaws although the members are reviewing the bylaws set up by the Shelby County Tourism Commission. No action will be taken on the new bylaws until the next commission meeting.
The commission also discussed the resignations of Virginia Alexander and Jim Ricks. The two had resigned as of the last meeting.
In order to become a member of the Tourism Commission, five people are appointed by the Mayor and the Judge Executive. The entire commission is composed of seven members. Three must come from the local hotel/motel industry and one shall represent the local restaurant industry.
One member is appointed from a list of three given to the Mayor and Judge Executive by the Chamber of Commerce. The other two members are appointed by the Mayor and the Judge Executive, each appointing one.
The commission also discussed the redesigning of brochures promoting the lakes area, Trigg County and Cadiz. The brochure will include a map of the area as well as several activities tourists can enjoy. No action was taken on the matter.
Lawrence raised an issue regarding the importance of hospitality to customers in businesses around Trigg County. Commission members agreed. Lawrence suggested the composition of a letter that would be sent to all local businesses stressing the importance of good customer service and the effect that it can have.
The commission meets once every two months on the first Monday. All members were present except for Chairman Alan Watts.