Week of June 10, 2019
Jon Tuer presented his remarks to the Board and members in attendance at last week's AGM. There was a time when we would include the AGM with the President's Dinner in February but now that we are moving towards accreditation, and preparation of the financial statements must be done externally, the date of the AGM ends up much later in the year.

The Chamber also provides special events & visitor services to the City through separate contracts. The coordination and administration of City Events & Visitor Services out of the Log Cabin is funded primarily through these contracts, though the entertainment and attractions are mostly supported by the business community through direct sponsorship. The expansion of the winter event to coordinate Hometown Hockey and the addition of Canada Day required additional support from the City resulting in higher than normal revenue from the City in 2018 countered with the additional expenses incurred. Under the Board of Trade Act, the Chamber operates as a non-profit. As past-Treasurer, Jon explained we are essentially in a break even position. Considering the nature of our organization, and this is a good place to be, given our net asset position and our financial position at the end of 2018 is as expected. If you are interested in a copy of the reviewed financial statements, please request that here

In terms of the Chamber itself, and our mission to "connect. represent. share." . We had more members join this year than we have in the past 5 years and non-renewals are predominantly business closures/mergers.

Quick Facts
We supported 500+ members
We welcomed 49 new members
We shared our weekly Chamber Chat with 1789 subscribers

We held 8 Breakfasts - sharing information with more than 750 member representatives
We launched our Lunch & Learns and held 5 events
We held 12 Mingles - connecting almost 1000 people

We represented our membership at all levels of government and hosted 6 events (including pre-electoral debates and candidate meet'n'greets)

We shared incredible stories with 294 people at our President's Dinner & Cornerstone Awards event

89 golfers helped support the work we do at our Annual Golf Tournament.

Looking ahead
Past-President Suzanne Hunt commented on the progress of our accreditation application and our quest to submit this for review in September.
Last but not least -
Rosi Ouellette, Membership Development Coordinator ,
was presented with her 5 year service pin from the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada by President Jon Tuer. Rosi is seen at events across the Quinte region and is a fantastic representative of the Chamber everywhere she goes (and she goes everywhere - often as a volunteer!)
Thanks for all you do, Rosi!

 Save the Dates
There are a number of opportunities for your input coming in this section.

Stay tuned next week for details on information regarding the MTO's proposals to the 401 interchange and the Norris Whitney Bridge.

As well, the Government Affairs committee is planning a round table meeting to discuss issues of relevance at all levels of government you'd like to see the Chamber approach over the next months - including those of the Federal election.
Happy 30th Anniversary Scott!
30 years with Cogeco Cable

Member Scott Meyers celebrated his 30th anniversary as an employee with Cogeco with his present Boss Brian and was pleased to have his first Boss from Hamilton in 1987-88, Bill Custers on location to celebrate with him as well.

In Scott's words "The time has gone fast!"

The Chamber would like to thank Cogeco for their continued support of the Belleville Waterfront & Multicultural Festival.
Happy Anniversary!
Jill presents Michelle Stevens & Tom Gunsinger with a certificate acknowledging
Bel-Con Design Builder's Ltd. 40th Anniversary at our recent Chamber breakfast. We actually celebrated this event last Fall but missed presenting the certificate.
Jill presents Kim Broderick with her New Member plaque.
Kim's Secrets
Kim's Secrets is a Pleasure Product Boutique.
They sell Adult Novelties, Lingerie, Bath & Body, Toys; and offer information seminars, home parties, military incentives and superior customer service.
Located at 366 North Front St.


Sandy McDonald, Bell Canada presents door prize winner Amanda Chesterton, Bodystream Medical Marijuana Services with a webcam at our recent Mayor's Breakfast.

Thank you to Bell for your generous annual breakfast sponsorship!
Learn about the new Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario (RIIEO) program, and other available funding opportunities.
Our guest speaker, Dianna Cairns, owner of Polish Salon & Spa will share her journey of the failures and triumphs on her entrepreneurial voyage.

Community Events!
A Gran Fondo is a type of long-distance road cycling ride originating in Italy in 1970, and roughly translates into English as “Big Ride”.

Leaving from Signal Brewery on the historic site of the Henry Corby Distillery overlooking the Moira River we are going to take you on a scenic ride through the beautiful agriculture area surrounding Belleville and into the rolling hills of Stirling. Offering both a 50 km and 50 mile (80 km) route we are encouraging all cyclists young and all, joe or pro to come have a wonderful day riding, eating, and drinking with us!

Not just a great ride, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the local Canadian Mental Health Association to support those in need and reduce the stigma around mental health.

Saturday June 15th – 10 am start – Both Routes

At 9 pm that night we are having a big Doug & Henry’s After Party to celebrate completing the Fondo and our amazing community.
Looking for more Great Events?

Check out our full Community Calendar  and our  

Closing Thought For The Week...
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 Belleville On, K8N 5B3
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