Minutes of the Oct. 17, 2017 Paisley & District Chamber of Commerce Meeting
Venue: Paisley Town Hall/Legion Time: 7:30 pm
In attendance: Dale Buhr, Jo-Anne Buhr, Mary- Gail Johnston, Joyce Cradddock, Alicia Mariano, Joanne Kelly, Melissa Kanmacher, Sarah Pederson, Karen Kimpel
Minutes of Sept. 26 meeting were not available, the email was not received by members.
Bank balances – General account: $6054.93, Advocate: $5757.79, Total: $11,812.72
Friday, November 24th Joyce will approach all businesses with a package to participate. Insurance to be arranged through Hope & Leader. Joyce sent information to Bruce Power for possible funding. Kevin Kanmacher will also approach Bruce Power for funding. Ginger bread costumes being made by Joyce and Jo Ann. Jo Ann & Wendy from Allen’s Home Building Centre will bake & decorate cookies, and most candy canes have been bought for Santa to give out at the arena after the parade. Alicia will provide craft supplies for kids waiting in line.
Late night shop –
Friday, November 17th Alicia Gibbons sent a report that Lyndsey Tanner and Kayla (formerly MacKenzie) will help. An increase in radio advertising is being considered. Last year there was $500 allocated but not all was spent.
Motion by Dale B., Karen 2nd that $500 should be spent on radio advertising for Late night shop. Passed.
The Advocate will do ½ page ad for Late night shop, and ½ page for the parade. Shop local features will be featuring all of the businesses in Paisley.
Discussions included whether to have a wagon (could turn around in Joyce’s driveway), who could take pictures, and the possibility of a wine bar. The Glee club will perform for Late night shopping night, and possibly the parade too.
No one has yet committed to being the Grinch or wearing the Saugie costume for either event.
Stores are encouraged to decorate windows with the Gingerbread theme. The new owner of the Paisley Inn has offered to donate $$$ for lights, etc. Dale will ask for that donation for lights for the Legion/Town Hall.
Gingerbread workshops & Competition –
Sunday, November 5th – Make social tea cookie Christmas trains at the Legion.
Monday, November 6th – Gingerbread workshop at the Big Dipper to make, bake and decorate all in one night. Open to ages 12 and over, there will be a limit of 15 participants.
Thursday, November 23rd – Judging of the Gingerbread houses will be at 6:30 PM at Pastime Goldmines. Registration forms are available at Alicia’s, Pastime Goldmines and Hope & Leader. Four signs will be made by Wendy Horton for stores that will display Gingerbread houses.
Social media –
Discussion to set up an Instagram account and link it to our Facebook page. We need to encourage students to take photos to post. Hailey MacIsaac was suggested.
Motion by Karen, 2nd Dale, that Sarah Pederson be made an additional administrator of the Facebook/Instagram account. Passed
Motion by Joyce, 2nd Jo Ann, that Sarah will work with Hailey to create and supervise the accounts. Passed.
Mary Gail will send a letter to Jen Cooper to introduce Sarah, and to arrange a meeting. We need to make corrections to the website, discuss new ideas, and to receive the email.
Motion by Dale, 2nd Joyce, that Sarah be added as an administrator of the website as well. Passed.
Oct. 21 at 1PM – Treasure Chest museum – War brides presentation. We should share more of the Museum events on our social media.
Promotional coupon/discount cards –
Mary Gail organized 12 businesses ads on an 8 ½ x 4” postcard to be distributed by the advertisers and at the parade. Businesses to be billed based on printing cost – approx. $200/1000 cards. This will replace the “Dig in to Win” promotion last winter. We will re-visit Paisley Bucks, and try to make them more accessible and more widely used in the future.
Electronic Sign –
Arran-Elderslie council has approved 3 electronic signs for Paisley, Chesley & Tara. Chesley & Tara will have 1×3 meter, 2 sided signs to be placed at the entry to each village. Paisley will have a smaller sign placed beside the Post Office, facing the street. Council has been working on this for 1 ½ years. Carly Steinhoff and Mary Gail were on the committee with council. The sign will feature events in each community, and could also be used to broadcast sporting events or other news. Dimensions of the sign, location and the area around it were discussed.
Motion to adjourn by Dale, 2nd Mary Gail, carried.