It's not even been a month since the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce Banquet and plans are already being made for the 2010 event.

Chamber President Jim Friel had a lot of good comments about the May 6 banquet, especially the food which was prepared and catered by Baker's IGA.

But, plans are already being made for next year. The theme of "The future's so bright we have to wear shades" was approved at the chamber meeting May 18. They also decided to make the event more casual by having a Hawaiian luau with a hog roast as the featured meal.

They may also change the location of the banquet for better sound purposes but ideas are still being discussed.

Meanwhile, the chamber is also working on their new Web site,, which is currently under construction. On the site, chamber businesses will be featured as well as links to their businesses and a chamber directory of members will be available.

A brochure is being produced to promote the chamber and will be available at area businesses. They are also working on a monthly newsletter that will either be mailed or sent via e-mail to chamber members.

The chamber also discussed the upcoming Cy Young Days' Festival Queen's Contest which will be June 25. Organizers are hoping that more girls, who either live or attend school in the Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District, will apply for the contest.

Denny Ross offered $100 from the Newcomerstown Veterans' Organization to any girl, who would like to be in the contest and cannot pay the $25 entry fee, that had or has a veteran in their family.

The chamber's annual golf outing will be Wednesday, July 29 at Hickory Flats Golf Course with registration at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Four-man teams are needed at a cost of $200 as well as hole sponsors for $50 each. To sign-up, see any chamber member.

In reports from chamber members:

* Gary Chaney said the Rotary is selling ads in their calendar.

* Friel said a committee has been formed to look at a new municipal building for Newcomerstown.

* Carolyn Woodring said the Tuscarawas County Chamber, along with the American Red Cross, will be having their annual duck race on June 7 at the Dover City Park.

* Debbie Rehard said plans are still being finalized for the annual Cy Young Days Festival in Newcomerstown, June 26-28, with a pet show, car show and corn hole tournament being planned.

* Susan Norman said she is working on the chamber Web site, brochure and newsletter.

* Sherrie Eicholtz said a new family practice physician will begin work at the Arrowhead Clinic soon.

* John Parr explained the adult education program at the Buckeye Career Center and how they are partners with two-year colleges.

* Marlene Ross discussed the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center's grand opening weekend which will be May 29-30. There is a special banquet, tours, a 21-gun salute and more being planned.

* Vane Scott discussed the USS Radford National Naval Museum and how they will need volunteers for the museum. He also discussed his "Many Faces of Old Glory" DVD.

* Becki Allen from Huntington Bank said they have a special offer where customers can receive a Cleveland Browns cooler.

* Denny Ross wanted every chamber member to take time and thank a veteran for their service to our country.

The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce will meet again Monday, June 15 at noon at April's Country Kitch'n. Meetings have now been changed from the third Friday of the month to the third Monday of the month.