CAMA Newsletter Issue 8 | April 2022
Message from your CAMA President

First – Second – Third – Home Run

First! the good news, save the date! Our first in person event in over 2 years will be CAMA’s annual golf tournament which is scheduled for June 15th and will be held at Granite Ridge Golf Club located on the beautiful Niagara Escarpment in Milton ON. We expect this event to be well attended as our members are looking forward to once again shaking hands and socializing in person.

Second, the not so good news. The past 2 years has been a rough ride for all of us, and for our association it was no exception. For those of you that have been past board members of CAMA you probably know that CAMA’s primary source of revenue comes from the following:

  • Membership Dues
  • The CAMA Annual Golf Tournament
  • Our Annual Trade Show
  • Hosting Canada Night at NAMA

In the past 2 years we only had our membership dues to support our organization and therefore we had to rely on our reserves to fund our fixed operating expenses. This has left our organization with a need to replenish a $30,000 shortfall in our operational reserves, this is a significant amount of money for a not-for-profit organization to recover.

Third, our board has come up with a financial recovery program that we believe will be fun and exciting for all of us. We all like the opportunity to be a winner. CAMA will be selling tickets to our members that will give them the opportunity to win a significant bundle of goods and services that will be provided by our supplier members. These goods and services will be of significant value to the lucky operator member that wins the prize.

Home Run, let this be the home run year for all of us. Hopefully our association, our operators, and supplier members will experience a total recovery from the pandemic that has affected everyone in the past 2 years.

CAMA is “our” association and has been an important part of our working career. Let’s all get together and pool our resources to strengthen the financial position of our association by participating in this financial recovery program so we can once again enjoy our fellowship with one another at the in-person events that we all like to attend.

Another save the date. Our annual CAMA trade show will be held this September in Toronto. Keep posted for more details as to where and when.

I am thanking all of you in advance for your anticipated participation, it will be very much needed and appreciated. Keep your eyes open for more details to come in the following weeks.

Jim Jackson
CAMA President

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