Minutes of the July 17, 2018 Paisley & District Chamber of Commerce Meeting
Venue: Jennifer Harris’ residence Time: 7:30 pm
In Attendance: Mary-Gail Johnston, Melissa Kanmacher, Dale Buhr, Jo-Anne Buhr, Candace Connor, Kayla McClelland, Jennifer Harris, Wes Tanner, Mark Gillespie, Sarah Pederson
The meeting began with the introduction of our guests, Wes Tanner and Mark Gillespie representing Abraflex and Kayla McClelland a lifetime resident of Paisley and concerned citizen.
Jo-Anne Buhr moved that the June meeting minutes be adopted. It was seconded by Melissa Kanmacher and passed.
Treasurer Dale Buhr reported that the Chamber account balance was $4752.54. He did not have an updated balance for the Paisley Advocate account. He was presented with artists’ registration money and bills for Artists on the River and wrote reimbursement cheques for those with receipts. Dale will give a financial report on this year’s Artists on the River event at our August Chamber meeting.
Mary-Gail then reported on the recent Artists on the River event. We had 19 artists showing their creations and over 250 visitors. Due to inclement weather we moved the event inside at the Paisley Curling Club for the first time. Artists and visitors alike were pleased with the location. A very successful show overall. The Artists on the River committee had their debriefing meeting just prior to this Chamber meeting to discuss successes and possible improvements for next year. The next Artists on the River meeting will take place in mid- October. We invite you to join us for 2019.
In the Spruce the Bruce update, Melissa described the current bridge art featuring local artist Chris Steininger and art by Paisley youth, the turtle art soon to be adorning Paisley’s downtown, and the possibility of an upcoming street art festival co- sponsored by the Paisley Chamber and Spruce the Bruce.
Sarah Pederson reported that Paisley Central School accommodation review IS OVER. The municipality of Arran/Elderslie has reached an agreement with the Bluewater District School Board to lease 2 classrooms for the next 5 yrs. or until the board needs those classrooms for students. The roof of the school is currently being replaced and so is exempt from the freeze imposed by the new provincial Conservative government. A special thanks to all involved in saving Paisley Central School.
Mark Gillespie and Wes Tanner from Abraflex then spoke about their plans for sponsoring the rest stop for the Aug. 19 Gran Fondo cycling event which will be passing through Paisley. This is a fund raising event for the Southampton and Owen Sound hospitals. are planning a cheering section, butter tarts for the cyclists, and food vendors as well as children’s activities outside the community centre. Young Paisley soccer players are being encouraged to come out and cheer wearing their soccer shirts and the Paisley Central School skipping team coach, Cindy Frost has been contacted. Members of the Chamber were able to provide Mark and Wes with contact information. A motion was put forth by Melissa and seconded by Jo-Anne that the chamber sponsor our Mascot, Saugie for the event. Saugie’s costume will be dry cleaned prior to this. Motion was passed.
Residents of Paisley also will be encouraged to get into the spirit of the event by painting an old bike in a turquoise blue which is the colour chosen to represent the event and displaying them along the route. Melissa moved that the Chamber provide 10 spray cans of rust proof paint from Allen’s Home Building Centre to the first ten people who bring in a bike to be painted for this occasion. Details on exactly how this will work will be made public in the near future. This was seconded by Dale and passed.
Mark also asked how one could find out more about the Chamber and what was going on in Paisley. Members informed him of the Paisley face book page, the Paisley Advocate, and the Paisley Village website. Mary-Gail will drop off a Chamber membership package at Abraflex.
Kayla McClelland then spoke on the idea of a Paisley Homecoming event to be held possibly once every 5 years. It was suggested that perhaps the first one could be held in 2020 followed by one in 2024 which would be Paisley’s 150th anniversary. While the Chamber would definitely be supportive of such an event, and individual members might well be involved, a Homecoming Committee comprised of reps from service clubs, community organizations, churches, school, municipality and interested citizens would need to be formed. It was suggested that communities such as Tara who do have a Homecoming event be contacted for advice on how to get the ball rolling. Peter Steinacker from the Tara Rotary Club who is also an Arran-Elderslie Councillor, would be a good person to speak to.
Jennifer Harris asked when the Chamber would be determining the event schedule for 2019. It was suggested that this best be done following the election of the Chamber executive. This topic will be on the agenda for the August meeting.
Next meeting will be held at the Paisley Legion, Tuesday Aug. 21st at 7:30 pm.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm