CHAMBER CONNECTIONS

March 2019
Your monthly update from your local Chamber of Commerce!
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING- Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 27 2019 at the Badlands Community Facility. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese networking reception at 6:30pm, followed by the meeting at 7:00pm.

AGENDA
• President & Executive Director Reports
• 2017-18 Audited Financial Statements
• Election of Board of Directors
• Roundtable Discussion: Future of World’s Largest Dinosaur

Registration: $20 for members, $25 for prospective members. Register by Friday, March 22  online   or call the Chamber at 403-823-8100. 

In preparation for the AGM, the DDCC is seeking members interested in serving on the Board of Directors.  Members are requested to review the information regarding  Board of Director expectations and to submit the application  for consideration. For more information on serving on the Board of Directors, please contact Chamber Executive Director, Heather Bitz at 403-823-8100.

Why are we including a Round Table Discussion on the World's Largest Dinosaur? Read more here .
Upcoming Chamber Events:

Apr.11: Tourism Job Fair
Apr.26 & 27: Spring Expo Trade Show
5th ANNUAL SPRING EXPO Trade Show- Deadline to Book is Approaching!

The Spring Expo is Drumheller's annual home and garden-style trade show. We need your involvement to make this a great event. If you have a product or service you want to promote, we want to get you booked into a booth space!

Booths start at $300 for this 2 day event and come in 8x8, 10x10, or larger upon request. *There are 6 nonprofit tables for a reduced rate- only one left.

Book your space by March 8 and we'll give you free tickets to give out to clients, employees, friends, etc.
The Expo will once again include an entertainment stage!

Floor plan, exhibitor application, sponsorship package and more available here.
Attention Local Restaurants, Caterers and Cafes
Caterers, restaurants and other food and beverage-related businesses are invited to participate in the Taste of Drumheller at the Spring Expo trade show.

How it works : the DDCC will sell $2 tickets to the public which can be redeemed at your booth for food or beverages. You will not have to handle any cash! After the event is over you will be paid for 75% of the tickets you redeemed Download the application for more info . Only 4 of these booths are available!
Message from the Executive Director

Attention Chamber of Commerce members! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 27 at the Badlands Community Facility. The evening will begin with a wine & cheese networking reception at 6:30pm followed by the meeting at 7:00pm. The agenda will include reports on Chamber activities in the last year, in addition to the presentation of our 2017-18 audited financial statements, election of Directors and a roundtable discussion on the future of the World’s Largest Dinosaur (WLD).

At this years’ AGM, there will be five (5) Director positions up for election. There will be four 3-year terms and one 1-year term available. To be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, membership fees must have been paid by January 31, 2019. Members are requested to review the link for information regarding Board of Director requirements and to submit an expression of interest. Please note, all nominations for the Board of Directors will be received from the floor during the AGM. For more information about serving on the Board, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 403-823-8100.

The other major component of our AGM will be a discussion surrounding the World’s Largest Dinosaur. Since the Chamber of Commerce engaged Williams Engineering in the fall of 2015 to perform a structural assessment of the dinosaur, our Board of Directors have spent considerable time and energy discussing the future of the WLD. These discussions have included future maintenance, longevity of the steel structure and cost benefit analysis. In the years to come, the Board has some important decisions to make. These decisions are not taken lightly and will be made with the best interests of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce and its members in mind. With this information, we are asking our members to attend our AGM to have an open discussion with the following questions in mind:
·          What would the “New” experience be?
·          Where would it be located, with pros and cons of each location?
·          Who would the partners in this project be?

With spring right around the corner (I hope anyways!), we are approaching our 5 th annual Spring Expo tradeshow, which will take place on April 26 & 27 at a new venue – the Badlands Community Facility. We have a great selection of vendors already booked in, but still have booths available. Contact Marley at 403-823-8100 to secure your space!

Respectfully submitted,

Heather Bitz
Executive Director
  • Congratulations to Ken and Marcie Schinnour, of Allied Distributors, on their retirement.
  • Sunrise Auto has been a Chamber member for 20 years. We thank them for their support!
  • Congratulations to Lonna Hoggan, who was announced as the Executive Director for Canadian Badlands.
Is your organization doing something great to help the community, or celebrating a milestone? Let us know!
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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Did you miss our first two Lunch & Learn's?
Recordings from both sessions (Mental Wellness in the Workplace and Relationship Building for Business) are available on our Facebook page .

Project Management Overview & Integration - Upcoming Course at Campus Alberta Central, in partnership with Mount Royal University.
Knowledgeable and skilled project managers are critical to the success of any organization. Develop your skills in one of today’s most in-demand careers!
March 20-22, 8:30 am -4:30pm. More info here and course list here or contact Campus Alberta Central- 403-823-8300 or drumfurthered@gmail.com.

Tourism Entrepreneurship Startup Seminar (TESS)
*in Strathmore. FREE. March 8.
TESS teaches key industry concepts for new tourism companies and also includes a take-home workbook for self-work and an “expert café” of short meetings with tourism specialists in finance, marketing, and labour. Lunch will be provided. More info

Webinar: Strategic Digital Marketing (FREE)
March 8, offered by Business Link. Prepare to learn about the social and digital marketing that matters in 2019 and beyond, and the winning tactics and tools in everything from mobile search and website design, to organic posts and paid reach. Register here.
WELCOME NEW MEMBER: Whispering Spirit Performance Horses

They offer colt starting and training for all horses. English and Western riding lessons, and barrel horse training.
Book them for your upcoming birthday party or community event! They've done Painted Pony Birthday parties, and pony rides at the Spring Expo trade show and Festival of Lights. Whispering Spirit Performance Horses would love to speak with you about how they can make your next event a special one.

Whispering Spirit is interested in getting involved in the community- Check out their upcoming Easter Egg Treasure Hunt! Sunday, April 14.

Find them on Facebook, Instagram, call Willow a t (902) 957-0296 or email barrel_racer33@hotmail.com .
Nominations Are Open for the Celebration of Excellence!
Thirteen awards are up for grabs at this wonderful, collaborative event. Click on the links below to download the nomination forms from each organization:


Awards will be handed out at the Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, June 13 at the Badlands Community Facility. Tickets go on sale May 1.
Block Buddies Needed for the Welcome Program

Drumheller FCSS is re-establishing a Welcome Program in Drumheller, using a $10,000 grant from Aviva to develop the program.
 
So, how can you help?
 
They are looking for ‘Block Buddies’ ; people living in each of our local communities (East Coulee, Lehigh, Cambria, Rosedale, Wayne, Bankview, Newcastle, etc.) who are willing to undertake a short (couple of hours) training session and then be the person/people who will welcome newcomers to their area (maybe invite them to an upcoming event or similar). ‘Welcome Packs’ will be created that the block buddies can give out to newcomers.
 
Ideally, eventually block parties d invite all the new folks along – this would be a great chance for all residents (including newcomers) to get to know one another, integrate and foster a sense of community. Block Buddies will be able to access some funds to host these block parties and we can provide kits. Bock Buddies may wish to work with the local Community Associations (if there is one in their area) and other local groups to host the block parties.
 
If you are interested or would like more information, contact April Harrison at 403-823-1315 or aharrison@dinosaurvalley.com .
Hope College Needs Board Members
Hope College (soon to be Badlands Community College) is looking for enthusiastic people to join our Board of Directors.
We look forward to serving the Town of Drumheller and area by continuing to provide live-taught, post-secondary education in our community. We are seeking a board chair and members to help lead us forward to an exciting future.
Please contact our Chief Educational Officer, Dave Watson, at 403-820-4100 for more information.
Free Screening: Before the Plate
Starland County is proud to host this free screening of Before the Plate , a documentary that showcases how our food gets from field to fork. It attempts to close the gap in perception between the urban consumer and farming in Canada.

Sunday March 10th, 2 PM. Family-friendly matinee at the Napier Theatre in Drumheller. You MUST register .

Official Website: http://www.beforetheplate.com/
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Let First Data analyse your last statement; if they cannot beat your current processing fees they'll give you a $1,000 Mastercard gift card. Visit their  website , email  chambermember@firstdata.com  or call 1-888-265-4117. 
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