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MINUTES

of the Heart of Texas Bed and Breakfast Owners Association Monthly Meeting

at the Colcord House Bed & Breakfast, Waco

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The quarterly business meeting of the HOTBBOA was held August 7, 2007 at the Colcord House hosted by Rick and Pam Allen. 

The minutes of the May meeting at the Judge Baylor House were approved. 

It was stated that our association account has a balance of $1555.03.

There was a motion by Cindy Draper of the Backporch B&B to accept an application from Creekbank Retreat B&B in Cranfills Gap, Texas, operated by Marilyn and Ronnie Massey.  Becky Hodges of the Cotton Palace B&B seconded the motion and the motion was passed to accept Creekbank Retreat.

The Association thanked Pam Allen of Colcord House B&B for all her hard work on the brochure.  We have enough blanks for approximately 3 years.  Several people took the brochures to distribute to the visitors bureau, the airport, and to place at individual B&Bís. 

The next business meeting is at Rope the Wind in November.

Rick Allen of Colcord House B&B reported on his meeting with April at the Convention Visitorís Bureau.  Our Association brochures were removed from the front room and placed in the back.  April said that she ran out of rack space.  Rick pointed it out to her that she had brochures for hotels in Bellmead and hotels in Temple which would bring no revenue to the city of Waco.  He also told her that B&B guest tend to stay longer in the city and spend more money.

Cindy Draper checked on the brochures at the airport and they were no where to be found.  We are paying $180.00 a year to rent the space at the airport to display our brochures.  The contact that Cindy had was gone and the maintenance man had taken over that responsibility. He & Cindy looked for the brochures and couldnít find them anywhere.  He called Cindy the next day to tell her he had found them and he placed them in the rack by the arrival door.

JoAnn Mulhausen of Lakehaven B&B talked about the fact she changed her credit card processing code to reflect she was a restaurant instead of a B&B.  When the credit card receipt prints out there is a line for a tip and many B&B guests will fill in a tip.  It had been suggested that some B&B leave an envelope for tips in the room. 

Rates were discussed.  Colcord House said they have increased their rates $5.00 per year since they have been in business.  Dave Stoops of 1895 Tarlton House B&B said that back in 1985 that the Tarlton House was charging $120 per room which is basically todayís rate.  Warren Johnson cautioned that B&Bís are a luxury and that we can price ourselves out of the market even though gas and our food prices have gone way up. 

Texas' state rate is $85.00.

Average price of a hotel in Waco is around $95.00, Linda Williams said.

Persnickety Coffee by Tim & Jo Welter from China Springs made a presentation to the Association. They told about their coffee, processing, and how to brew a good cup of coffee.  We had coffee tasting, coffee samples, and special treats baked by Jo.  The coffee is roasted by Tim.  There are many flavors to choose from and Tim gave us tips on how to make the perfect coffee and, according to Tim, it does not take an expensive coffee pot.  Tim and Jo will also do private labels.

The meeting was adjourned.

 

TREASURER'S REPORT

Beginning Balance .............................February 1, 2007........................................................... $1048.07

Ending Balance ................................. February 28, 2007 ........................................................ $1048.07

Report submitted  by  Treasurer, Sandra Twitty.

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