Venue: Paisley Legion
Present: Mary-Gail Johnston, Karen Kimpel, Jo-Anne Buhr, Melissa Kanmacher
Meeting was opened by Mary-Gail
It was moved by Jo-Anne and seconded by Melissa that the minutes for the Nov. 15, 2016 meeting be adopted as read. Motion passed.
Treasurer’s report postponed until Feb. meeting as Craig Budreau was not present
The “Dig in to Win” local shopping initiative is on hold until at least Feb. We will wait for a progress report from Mary Ellen and Craig Budreau who are the organizers.
It was moved by Mary-Gail and seconded by Melissa that the Chamber pay Skyway Printing in Hanover $690 plus HST to produce the Saugie photo-op board as discussed at earlier meetings. It will be ready for use by May 2017. Motion passed.
Mary-Gail confirmed that she and Melissa had met with Christine Jones of the Paisley Events Association to discuss a partnership for the Artists on the River event on July 15, 2017. It was agreed that the chamber would organize the children’s part of the program and it would be called Fun with Saugie. Mary-Gail contacted Cindy McKenna, our local Saugie artist, who felt fairly certain that she could attend.
It was moved by Jo-Anne Buhr and seconded by Karen Kimpel, that the Chamber pay $333.35 for a 1/3 pg. ad in the Art Map to advertise the Artists on the River event . Motion passed.
Melissa reported that she had met with costume designer, Dianna of Dianna’s Tailoring from Hanover, to discuss the making of a Saugie costume to be worn by a Paisley adult who would represent us at local events and distribute info. about Paisley events and shopping incentives from Paisley businesses. Melissa felt very confident that Dianna would do a terrific job on the Saugie costume,
It was moved by Melissa Kanmacher and seconded by Jo-Anne Buhr that the Chamber pay Dianna’s Tailoring $800-$1000 to create a Saugie costume. Motion passed.
Melissa Kanmacher has agreed to organize the people who will wear the suit and be our Saugie mascots. Karen Kimpel will look after storing the costume and seeing that is properly maintained and will work with local businesses to have shopping incentives printed and ready for the Saugie mascot to distribute.
It was moved by Karen Kimpel and seconded by Jo-Anne Buhr that the Chamber would partially pay for a 2 page spread featuring Paisley and its businesses in the 2017 Saugeen Shores Experience Guide. The businesses advertising on the spread would each pay $175 plus HST and the chamber would pay the remainder to a combined total of $2000. All Paisley events would be included. Motion passed.
Melissa Kanmacher spoke about the Bruce Power Economic Development meeting she attended and in particular about the Welcome website they are creating which will feature every community in the area.
It was moved by Melissa and seconded by Mary-Gail that the paisleyvillage.ca website be updated and then linked to the Welcome website. Motion passed.
A meeting is to be held with our website designer, Jen Cooper later this week to discuss the urgency of and solutions to updating our website.
Melissa Kanmacher has offered to modify the “Live, Work & Play in Paisley” postcard created by Max Johnston as part of the” Save Paisley Central” effort. Thank you Max, for your terrific ideas. It was agreed we need to get information to Bruce Power about Paisley in the very near future.
It was moved by Mary-Gail Johnston and seconded by Jo-Anne Buhr that the Chamber sponsor a celebratory event to thank those who have worked so diligently over the past 5 months to prevent Paisley Central School from closing in 2018. The event will be held upstairs at the Paisley Legion after the school board’s decision is announced in April. Motion passed.
A committee comprised of Mary-Gail Johnston, Melissa Kanmacher and Karen Kimpel has been formed to further investigate the idea.
Meeting adjourned at 9:30 pm
Last week, Craig Budreau announced that he would be retiring from his position as editor of the Paisley Advocate as well as stepping down from his executive positions(treasurer and VP) on the Paisley & District Chamber of Commerce effective this coming April. He cited only positive personal reasons for this decision. We all owe him a great deal of gratitude for the years of hard work he has voluntarily spent producing our unique, top quality, monthly newspaper as well as the time he has spent as an executive member of the chamber.
This leaves a huge void to be filled. As editor, Craig has offered to train anybody who will volunteer to take over the production of the Advocate. I have asked him, at the request of an interested local resident, to break the job down into separate tasks that perhaps a team of people working together could accomplish.
As for the Chamber of Commerce, we will be holding elections at our March 21 meeting to elect our 2017 executive. WE REALLY NEED PEOPLE TO STAND UP AND OFFER THEIR TIME AND TALENTS TO KEEP OUR CHAMBER and NEWSPAPER ALIVE. Unless we have people step up to fill the executive positions, we cannot run a chamber of commerce representing the local businesses and the community. The ball is in your court. With the upcoming refurbishment at Bruce Power and all the new people expected to be moving to the area, we need to present our village in a progressive, positive light. Our village has a lot to offer and we need more people with energy and fresh ideas to help us put out that message and attract people to move here and invest in Paisley. In the upcoming days, I will be sending out to you a list of the executive positions and the responsibilities that accompany each position. One does not need to be a business owner or representative of a local business to join the chamber. We welcome and need all people from the community who are interested in supporting and promoting Paisley. If you know a resident who is not involved in a business but who is interested in promoting our village, please encourage them to join the Chamber. Community organizations join for a reduced fee and non- business residents join for free. We need to work together to ensure a thriving future for Paisley. NOW IS THE TIME TO SHOW YOUR COMMITMENT TO PAISLEY. MEETINGS ARE ONCE A MONTH FOR A MAXIMUM OF 1.5 HRS.
NEXT MEETING IS FEB. 21 , 7:30 PM AT THE PAISLEY LEGION