AUGUST 12, 2010

Orofino Chamber of Commerce

Show ‘n Shine update

   Tommy Atkinson, also known as “Hotrod Tommy” is one of the original founders of the Show ‘n Shine car rally held annually in Orofino. Tommy gave chamber members and guests an update of what has been happening with Show ‘n Shine at the chamber luncheon held Aug. 4.

   Tommy said that six guys “from all over the valley” originally met at the Ponderosa in 2003 and got to talking about how they could form a car club. They each put in $25 to start an account, and that was how the group got its start. They thought if maybe they could get 50 cars, that would be a good show. This year there were 132 entries and Show ‘n Shine has gained national recognition. To date they have donated $20,000 to non-traditional scholastic scholarships to high school students.

   It costs to put on the show, however. This year’s expenses came to over $4,000 to pay for advertising, tee-shirts, printing, plaques, insurance, leases, etc. It adds up quickly. The show is put on by great sponsors and all of the staff is voluntary. Tommy stressed that after expenses, 100% of proceeds goes into the scholarship program.

   More volunteers are needed and are very welcome. Many of the same crew have been putting it on every year and are happy to do so, but younger volunteers are also encouraged to join.

   The sponsors of the event have been great in their support. Almost 1,400 bottles of water were given out to entrants and visitors alike at the show. Water and ice are always needed as donations. So, if your business is not already getting involved in Orofino’s third largest event, get on board. Show ‘n Shine welcomes you!


   Terry Perrin, of State Farm Insurance Agency in Orofino, introduced a new associate, Jaime Knudsen, who will be handling insurance needs in the valley. Mr. Perrin will be retiring this year.  

   Representatives from the North American Directory Service, which produces informational business listings for hotels and guest services industries, visited the chamber luncheon.

Nutrient enrichment

   U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representative, Paul Pence, said that the corps is actively seeking community input and feedback about the nutrient enrichment program at Dworshak Reservoir. He explained that the five year study (now in its fourth year) has scientific data behind it and is thought to impede the growth of possibly toxic blue-green algae. It should become evident, he said now that the study has been halted, whether the blue-green algae increases after nutrients are no longer added to the water. For input, call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 476-3294.

Lumberjack Days

   Volunteers are needed to help in the chamber sponsored beer garden at the annual Lumberjack Days.

Business after Hours

   The next Business After Hours get-together will be will be held at Edward Jones Investments, Thursday, Aug.12, between 5 and 7 p.m. at 106 Michigan Ave. Matt Sartini and his crew, are planning a fun filled event with food and drink, a drawing for a gift basket, and lots of networking opportunities. 

Next meeting

   The next regular meeting is scheduled for Aug. 18, at 12 noon, at the Ponderosa Restaurant. Don Ebert, Clearwater County Commissioner Chairman, will be the guest speaker.