A Reminder: Planning to Plan
Driving the focus of the Chamber of Commerce for 2019

A reminder to all Chamber members to fill out the planning survey attached by midnight on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Please fill out this survey online and press the submit button at the end to deliver it back to the Board of Directors, who will then use the results to make further decisions on how our membership wish us to proceed. 

Thanking you in advance for your participation and help.


Your Board of Directors
March 20 2019



NEWSLETTER from BOARD - MARCH 11, 2019

Welcome to the first Newsletter from the newly elected directors. We hope you enjoy the read and please feel free to reach out to us on any questions. 
 

First 30 Days 
We are now at the 30 day mark for this new board. Time to share what we have been up to and what we are contemplating for the near future.

Financial Update 
The Chamber’s financial situation is good. We have had expenses from 2018 and early 2019 of over $6,000.00 that were due and paid. Revenue is primarily from memberships. We are looking at other avenues of revenue in addition to trimming expenses. Financial reports will accompany the approved minutes from the monthly meetings 

Targeted Survey 
The Chamber will shortly be sending out a survey to members (present and past) regarding a number of specific items as to their effectiveness of past advertising efforts. We would like to get your opinion prior to moving forward. We plan on doing occasional targeted brief surveys to get your views on specific areas, all part of our emphasis on two way communications between members and the board. We ask that surveys be returned to us. 

Social Media 
We have started a different approach to the Chamber social media campaign. Our focus is to promote Merrickville-Wolford as a destination to experience. Basically, “Come for the history, the heritage, the stores, the locks, the farms…” Already, the metrics have shown a substantial increase in awareness which should translate into more traffic at your doors. 

Tulip Festival 
The previous board passed a motion which saw the Chamber take on the role as a corporate sponsor for the Tulip festival in the amount of $2600. One of our first actions was to confirm the previously approved $2600 sponsorship funding, removing any uncertainties and allowing the organizers to move ahead with their plans. This event is not a Chamber event, but is supported by the Chamber members. 

Networking Events 
This executive recognizes the importance of working alongside the other stakeholders in the Municipality. We are very pleased to introduce our first Networking event on Tuesday March 18th in partnership with the Mayor and Municipality. Official details of Mayor Doug Struthers Breakfast are available on both the website and Facebook page. We look forward to seeing many members at what should be a very enlightening event. Work has already started on the next event due for mid-April. 

Membership Update 
We would like to have our membership drive finished within the next 15 days so that we have a better idea of the monies that we have available to create our budget. We have sent out membership invoices and encourage you to respond as soon as possible. To facilitate your payment, the Chamber will be keeping the Stripe process, currently on our website, for credit cards. As well, we are accepting electronic payments as a Vendor through on-line banking (we use RBC) with your Financial Institution . If you wish to use online banking please contact Mark Scullino at treasurer@merrickvillechamber.ca 

Director Nominations 
As many of you know, we have two seats still left to be filled on the board. These do not have specific responsibilities, however, they play an important role in supporting or taking on tasks for the Chamber. Please consider putting your name forward to become a director on the board or, if you wish to volunteer for any project, let us know. The nomination period ends March 20th. 

Thank you for taking the time to read the Newsletter. If you have specific topics you would like to see mentioned in future editions, please do not hesitate to let us know. 


Yves Grandmaitre
President

March 11 2019

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NEXT BOARD MEETING:
Monday, April 1, 2019, 5PM at the Medical Centre

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MAYOR’S BUSINESS NETWORKING BREAKFAST 

Monday, March 18, 2019, at Mainstreet Restaurant from 7:30-9:00am

Please join us at Mainstreet Restaurant in Merrickville for our first networking event co-hosted by the Merrickville and District Chamber of Commerce. Our guest speaker will be Michael Crockatt, CEO of Ottawa Tourism. A buffet breakfast will be served.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased on line by Eventbrite or at the door. Tickets for Chamber Members are $5, please use the discount code MDC001 when booking your ticket online. Seating is limited to 60 people.


MEMBER UPDATE - FEBRUARY 12, 2019

The Board of Directors was informed February 11, 2019, prior to the first meeting that Heather Dallaire resigned from the Board for personal reasons.

Therefore, in accordance with the Merrickville & District Chamber of Commerce Bylaw #1 Article 23, we are notifying the membership of this vacancy. As of March 15, 2019, following 30 days notification to members, a director will be appointed by the remaining Board members to fill the vacancy.

If you are interested in serving on the Board please notify Joan Spencer  joan.denis@sympatico.ca, Secretary, by March 14, 2019.”

We welcome your participation and input. 

Over the next few weeks the Board of Directors will be meeting several times to transition from the previous Board. Members will receive notification of all meetings and are welcome to attend. The date, time and location of these meetings will be posted on the website with minutes being posted upon approval.

The regular Merrickville & District Chamber of Commerce Meeting will be held the FIRST Monday of every month commencing March 4, 2019 at 5:00pm. Please check the website for location.