Highlights of the May 2013 Chamber Minutes

from President, Carmen McGregor

President’s Report

Carmen reported on the minutes of the Executive meeting (included in packages). Joe Mares attended the Executive meeting. He was requesting permission to call chamber members in a phone call campaign for the Chamber Group Insurance; which is being done all over the province. The Executive gave Joe the go ahead.
Meeting attendance was discussed and has been referred to by-law updates.
The remaining outstanding membership renewals have been sent a letter along with a copy of the invoice. It has come to the office’s attention that quite a few members did not receive their membership renewals electronically, hence the mail out. From now on, invoicing will be sent out by mail.

Treasurer’s Report

Matt Montague discussed the treasurer’s report (included in packages). Revenues are up from this time last year. The finances look pretty good.

Committee Reports

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  • Business Excellence/Special Events Committee: Carmen reported on the Business Excellence event. It was a great event. The only request was more seating as 3 hours was a long time to stand.
    Gloria reported on the Special Events. On June 11th the chamber will be hosting an evening seminar with Western Union and Chamber Group Insurance. The Membership Fair will be held in October. Carmen will be meeting with Rob Lee to talk about doing a student breakfast with tours in the industrial sector. The next Business After Hours is on May 16, 2013 at Syd Rivers.
  • Golf Committee: Barb Noorenberghe reported on the Golf Tournament. There are approximately 20 teams and 13 hole sponsors. Prizes are coming in; Canadian Tire will be donating a Wine Fridge for the putting contest. The committee is still looking for boodle bag items.
  • Marketing/Membership Committee: Karen Debergh reported on the Marketing/Membership meeting. Karen will be taking over as Chair; Ron needs to step down due to work commitments. Karen showed Ron’s video to the board. The video will be going up on the Chamber website, Facebook, etc.


New Business

Summer Students – The Chamber has been approved for 2 summer students this year; each student will get 10 weeks. We are going to stagger their start dates so that the whole summer will be covered.
Ontario Chamber of Commerce Conference – Carmen discussed the OCC Conference she attended on behalf of the Chamber. She attended a few seminars over the weekend.
July/August Board Meetings – Carmen suggested cancelling the meetings unless something major needs to be discussed.
All Chambers Meeting – Carmen discussed setting up a meeting with all the Chambers to discuss how we could all work together for the betterment of our members. For example; having links to all the chambers on each other’s sites. Finding a way to work together while still maintaining our identity.

Next board meeting – June 12, 2013 – 4:00 PM – Chamber office