Minutes of the Jan. 16, 2018 Paisley & District Chamber of Commerce Meeting
Venue: Dale & Jo-Anne Buhr’s Time: 6:00 pm
In attendance: Dale Buhr, Jo-Anne Buhr, Mary- Gail Johnston, Joyce Cradddock, Alicia Mariano, Joanne Kelly, Sarah Pederson, Karen Kimpel, Max Johnston, Elizabeth Carter, Candace Connor, Alicia Gibbons, Melissa Kanmacher, Kevin Kanmacher
Bank balances – General account: $2138.10, Advocate: $6323.38, Total: $8461.48
21 Memberships now paid, 4 carried forward, 17 paid this season
Paisley Blues Fest, June 1,2,3rd –
Max Johnston presented 2018 Blues Fest info. Paisley Blues Fest is a registered charity. It is no longer associated with Paisley Events. Funds raised last year went to the school fund. All profits will be donated again this year.
The priority this year is to include more families and youth. Friday night will be the jam at Back Eddie’s. All of the other shows will take place at the curling club. Saturday afternoon features Blues for Youth (ages 12-18). Saturday evening (5:30) will be Taste of the Blues, youth oriented, kids get in free when accompanied by an adult, all food is $5.00. Saturday night = concerts. Sunday Blues Brunch will be aiming for lower price, for example $10/adult, $5/children and may be upstairs at the community center – details still to be determined. The Legion will be available for use if anyone would like to add to the fun. We are all encouraged to promote this event.
There will not be a Bass Derby this year.
Artists on the River –
Will be run by the Chamber this year. Mary Gail and Melissa will co-chair. There will be a meeting at Melissa’s on Wed., Jan. 31. Elizabeth, Candace, Joyce, Alicia M., Sarah & Jo-Anne will all help. The event date was tentatively July 21, since this has been changed to Saturday, July 14.
This event needs a website, as it will no longer be on Paisley Events. Possibly Sarah will administer. Sarah and Melissa will take over the Facebook page. They will get the password from Max & Christine. Using the Palace as a rain location was discussed. Tie dye in the kids area was discussed.
It was felt that this event fits well in working with our new Artistic River brand, and that it should be grown.
Moved by Sarah, 2nd Joyce that the Chamber will take over this event. Carried.
Moved by Karen, 2nd Jo-Anne that Melissa will take over the administration of the Facebook page. Carried.
Art Map –
We will run an ad for Artists on the River in the Art Map. Alicia M. will forward a photo to Karen for the ad.
Moved by Mary Gail, 2nd Joanne that an ad for Artists on the River will be bought in the Art Map, to a maximum of $500. Carried.
Saugeen Shores 2018 Experience Guide –
Last year we did 2 pages for $2000, and had 9 businesses pay $150.00 each, the chamber paid the balance, $650 + all HST $260 = $910.00.
Moved by Dale, 2nd Karen that members will be charged $150, non-members will be charged $250, and the chamber will pay the balance for the 2018 Guide. Carried.
Dale is currently looking into production costs.
Moved by Melissa, 2nd Joyce that $2000 from the Advocate account shall be moved to the general account. Carried
Moved by Melissa, 2nd Joyce that Jen and Sarah will contact Jen Cooper to take over administration of the website. Carried.
Gingerbread competition/cookie trains –
Costs were $608.22 – this was up approximately $108 from last year. The reasons were mainly that there were more children involved this year, and more candy was bought. There were some additional printing costs as well.
Thanks to Gail Fullerton for donating cake boards, and to Wendy Corvalier for making the gingerbread men that were decorated. There were too many gingerbread men; we need approximately 200.
The gingerbread theme was very successful, and it would be good to make more permanent (plywood?) gingerbread signs. Candace volunteered to make some sign sized gingerbread men. It was suggested that gingerbread themed things could be made in the kids area at Artists on the River.
There were 14 participants at the Big Dipper, with only room for 15. Thanks to Glen & Sharon for donating all of the materials. Participants made donations, so all of that went to the school fund.
Store windows that displayed winning gingerbread houses were marked with a stop sign. We need more gingerbread decor for store windows, it was hard to buy or find in Dollar stores etc. We will continue with this theme next year.
Late Night Shop –
Was great! Advertising was done on 3 radio stations vs. 2 last year. Money still has to be collected from the businesses. There was no wagon this year, since there was no supervision available – this is being discontinued. Karen McCullough made an outdoor movie. Comments were that people loved the glee club, the Grinch, and that they would like to see more street vendors. Generally there was a lot of positive feedback, and great participation.
Santa Claus Parade –
Was also great! There were more than 50 floats! There were fewer children at the arena than usual. There were a few glitches, trophies weren’t ordered enough in advance, and certificates were used. Paisley bucks were awarded. Overall, great participation, and again, a lot of positive feedback. Dale will report the financials next meeting.
Other New Business:
Family Day, Feb. 19, from 11-2 –
There will be events and workshops including a mini stick tournament, curling, craft stations, lego, bird feeders/houses, and skating. The SCC will provide snacks, and Paisley Blues Fest will do a free hot lunch. Margot will be dressed up as Saugie.
Moved by Karen, 2nd Alicia G. that $100 will be donated to the Family Day event. Motion carried
Spruce the Bruce Toolkit –
Years of information gathering has resulted in a cohesive brand – the Artistic River Village. The next Spruce the Bruce meeting will prepare a presentation for Arran-Elderslie. This will enable us to apply for Spruce the Bruce grants again.
Work in Culture –
Alicia M. Is looking into these not for profit seminars out of Kitchener. Topics include “Starting a Creative Business.” She will get back to us with costs.
David Milne plaque –
Carly Steinhoff is applying for federal government money, and sending photographs of the plaque that we have. Details coming soon…
Motion to adjourn by Sarah, 2ndJo-Anne carried.