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Chamber Member News & Updates
January 2014
Greetings!

If you have news you'd like to share with fellow Chamber Members, please email a short sentence to paragraph no later than the third Friday of the month.
 
Sincerely,
Susan Mills, Manager
& the 2013 Board of Directors
3rd Annual Mayor's Breakfast  - Feb. 5, 2014 
It's an election year! 
Mayor Bill Weber & Deputy-Mayor Elizabeth Davis-Dagg
Have a fabulous breakfast at Aunt Gussie's Country Dining and find out how our local political representatives plan on working for you this year.

2014 is an election year and we strongly encourage all of our Members to educate themselves on the issues, identify what's most important to the health of your business and get involved in a dialogue with your Ward's councillor.

Ask questions. Share your ideas about making Lambton Shores a great place to live and work and own a business!

 
Our speakers for this event are Mayor Bill Weber and Deputy-Mayor Elizabeth Davis-Dagg.

John Fraser - MPP Monte McNaughton's Constituency Assistant - will be in attendance for any provincial-level questions. 

Get your tickets online now 
Tickets for member businesses of either the Chamber or the Forest BIA are $20 per person. Members may bring a guest -
one guest per member business only please - and guest pricing is $30 per person.

Please note: Tickets must be reserved in advanced and may be paid for in advance or at the door. Please bring exact change.  

EVENT SPONSORED BY
 
 
Member Spotlight - Natalie Core

Natalie Core - Oakwood Resort 
While not technically the Member of Record for Oakwood Resort, Natalie Core's recent arrival to bump up Oakwood's marketing department is also our Chamber's gain with Natalie's nomination to the Board of Directors.

Natalie has over fifteen years in the marketing industry, with experience in design, production and execution of marketing initiatives. Her past work has involved client-side and agency-side work.

We look forward to having Natalie on the Board of Directors and look forward to utilizing her knowledge and skills in the coming year. 
Annual General Meeting - Feb. 26, 2014
Arguably the Most Important Event of the Chamber Year

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the Chamber's business event of the year, at which we:

  • elect directors,
  • review and approve financial statements,
  • present the coming year's budget (2014) and
  • provide an annual report of the year's events and activities.

A financial audit is held to confirm the accuracy of the financial statements and to ensure compliance with current corporate legislation.  

 

And the Nominees Are... 

The nomination period for new directors is now closed and we are pleased to announce we've received nominations for:

  • Sheila Brooks (BMO),
  • Natalie Core (Oakwood Resort),
  • Doug Pedlar (Re/Max Bluewater Realty), and 
  • Mike Rahn (No Frills).

The Board of Directors has up to nine directors. The addition of these four nominees and five returning 2013 directors means we have a full Board in 2014!

 

Mark Your Calendar
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 1-2:30pm
  • Registration 1-1:15pm
  • The Royal Canadian Legion, 20 Municipal Drive, Grand Bend
  • Light refreshments will be served

All members in good standing (i.e. members whose membership fees are paid-in-full) are entitled to vote. If you are unable to attend, you may designate your vote to a representative through a completed Proxy Form.

 

Agenda
  1. Opening Remarks / Scrutineer's Report 
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the 2012 Annual General Meeting (Voting item)
  3. Year End Report (Discussion item)
  4. Presentation & Adoption of the 2013 Financial Statements (Voting item)
  5. Re-appointment of The Fisher Corporation as the financial review firm for 2014 (Voting item)
  6. Election of Directors to the Board (Voting item)
  7. Confirmation of resolutions to the Chamber's (Voting item)
  8. Questions / New Business
  9. Adjournment & Closing Remarks
Reference Documents
In This Issue
Annual General Meeting
Members Spotlight
Mayor's Breakfast
Members Spotlight
Activities in the office
Removal of Unpaid Members from Website
2014 Chamber Events
Mark your calendar!

February 
5th: Breakfast with the Mayor 
26th: Annual General Meeting

April 
10th: Spring Members Mixer

September 
17th: Fall Classic Golf Tournament 

October 
9th: Fall Members Mixer

November  
20th: Celebrate the Season Gala Dinner & Awards
Activities Update
Tourism Services

GrandBendTourism.com

We've recently added a note to our STAY section (and the accommodation type sub-pages) that tells our web visitors they can book with confidence, since all of our accommodation providers adhere to the Chamber's Accommodation Code Of Ethics!

 

2014 Visitors Guide 

Great news - with some additional phone calls and leg work by Director Neil Clifford, student Tim Dionne and Manager Susan Mills, our advertising sales are up slightly this year by $1,230. 

 

New content for 2014 includes additional festivals and events listings, a walking tour of Forest (tourists LOVE this stuff!) plus more birdwatching details.

 

With the increase in editorial content, we've moved up from 96-pages to 112-pages.

 

Online Flipbook Version 

Once the guide is finalized, Track21 will send us a PDF version that easily turns into an electronic flipbook. Ads are turned into hyperlinks so that website visitors are only one-click away from advertisers' websites! Print and web exposure for one low price.  

 

The online version can be found at:  www.grandbendtourism.com/it-starts-at-the-beach  

 

Distribution Across Ontario

We anticipate beginning our province-wide distribution of the guides at the end of February / beginning of March. 

   

Chamber Services 

 

2014 Membership Stickers 

An additional mailing at the end of January will deliver Membership Stickers to those Members who paid their 2014 membership after November 30.

 

If you have not yet done so, please pay your membership. You can do this online at  www.grandbendtourism.com/payment

or simply send in your cheque to "Grand Bend & Area Chamber of Commerce".

1-81 Crescent St.,
PO Box 248
Grand Bend, ON  N0M 1T0

     

Removal of Unpaid Members
from Website 
Those 2013 members who have not renewed their membership by February 26 (the date of our Annual General Meeting), will be removed from the website and their business card and/or brochure will removed from display at the Welcome Centre.