Upcoming Chamber Events
New Chamber Members
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Meet your Executive & Directors
UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
Thank you everyone for a great and eventful year! Stay tuned for events coming in September. If you are interested in being on our Special Events Committee or any other committee, please check out our Committees & Roles page on our website.
NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS
K-W ACTUARIAL SERVICES INC.
Bill Loucks, President
640 Riverbend Drive, Kitchener, ON N2K 3S2
POULTRY INDUSTRY COUNCIL FOR RESEARCH & EDUCATION
Tim Nelson, Executive Director
483 Arkell Road, Guelph ON N1H 6H8
SMB MFG INC.
Dean Martin, Administration
6376 Yatton Sideroad, Wallenstein ON N0B 2S0
519-669-1537 x 113
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
The rain held off just enough to host our Annual Wrap Up BBQ on June 22, here at the chamber office. Co-host M&M Meat Shops served up some tasty treats. Over 40 business representatives and friends came out to help support the Centre Wellington Food Bank. Survey draw prize winners were Allan Teal of AL-DO-IT, Evelyn Gould of Jesters Fun Factory, and Aileen Hawkins of M&M Meat Shops.
MEET YOUR 2011-2012
EXECUTIVE, AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael Weinstein - President
Janet Harrop - 1st Vice President
Nardo Kuitert - 2nd Vice President
Paul Walker - Secretary Treasurer
Garth Green - Past President
On June 29, business owners and employees gathered at the Grand River Raceway to enjoy a delicious breakfast and network with other community members. Bruce Lloyd of Ralph Basset Associates Inc. gave an engaging discussion about economic benefits of tourism. The facts and figures he presented, which were gathered in a 2010 study of the economic impact of the Fergus Scottish Festival, opened the eyes of all present to just how much the festivals and events in our area financially benefit our community.
(CWCC's new tip of the month)
Did you know ... CWCC Members can now save even more money with our Esso discount benefit card!
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the Esso discount rate is now 3.5¢/litre! Sign up for your card today - Click here for more information.
The Chamber now has beautiful Fergus Elora sun catcher medallions available for sale at the office, 400 Tower Street South, Fergus.
Crafted by Kitras Art Glass, these wonderful keepsakes come in clear, amethyst, colbalt, green and aqua blue. Be sure to pick one up for only $10.00!
Cork Restaurant celebrated their 1st birthday this month. Congratulations!
TED ARNOTT, MPP REPORTS
MPP Arnott continues advocating for Groves even as Legislature shuts down
Once again, I want to report to you on my actions in support of the Groves Memorial Community Hospital redevelopment project.
On the afternoon of June 1st, the McGuinty Government shut down the Legislature unexpectedly. It is unlikely that the Provincial House will sit again before the October 6th election.
I used the final hours of the last day of the sitting to compose yet another letter to the Minister of Health, the Hon. Deb Matthews. I again urged her to respond to our community’s request to allow the project to proceed to the next stage of planning and the planning grant that goes with the approval. The text of my letter is posted on my website: tedarnottmpp.com.
I then approached her again in the House, to hand deliver the letter, discuss its contents with her, and one last time seek her support for the project.
We had a cordial and polite conversation. As in our past conversations, she did not definitively say no, but neither did she say yes. She has indicated to me in the past that their "10 Year Capital Plan" is still being finalized. This long awaited plan is supposed to be released in 2011, and we expect they will release it sometime before the election.
I believe that in the coming weeks, the McGuinty Liberals will undertake a pre-election spending spree, featuring photo-ops with cheques and the promises of more cheques.
That's why I have worked so hard, in support of everyone involved with Groves, to seek the approval we need to move forward. I have spoken to the Minister many times. I have spoken with senior staff in the Ministry of Health. I have written many letters to the Minister and the Premier. We have arranged meetings at Queen's Park. I have spoken about the project many times in the Legislature and in Committee, on the record. We have hosted the PC Health Critic, Christine Elliott and she toured the hospital. We have raised awareness through numerous public statements, and a Private Member's Resolution.
In my letter to the Minister, I summarized some of the actions I'd taken. In conclusion, I asked her to step up to the plate, and said we look forward to her announcement.
I remain hopeful, and want to thank our community and, especially, all involved with the Hospital for their support.
The Chamber was successful in obtaining a Canada Summer Jobs student. Michael Black joined us on June 6th and will be with us until August 26th. Michael worked for Information Services while he was in high school so he is familiar with who and what the Chamber does. He will be returning to the University of Ottawa in September to continue his Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in Management Information Systems. Michael and Heather Andrews (Membership Coordinator) will be calling our members to find out what suggestions they have and what they feel is important for the Chamber to work on. So do welcome their call!
China trip is still a go! We currently have 18 people signed up with room for more. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the trip dates have been changed. This had to be done to secure a Toronto departure instead of leaving from JFK in New York. We will now depart from Toronto on Monday, October 10th and return on Wednesday, October 19th. If you are interested in joining us on this trip of a lifetime - you have until July 15th to get signed up!
While our regular monthly Networking Breakfast and Business After Hours take the summer off - the Member Services Committee and staff are busy planning the next season of speakers and hosts. Look for more info in the August BLINK and in the weekly eblast to members. Have a great summer everyone!
13TH ANNUAL GOLF DAY
The Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce held their 13th Annual Golf Day on June 15th, 2011. Over 96 golfers enjoyed the beautiful weather, networking and a great golf course. Below are a few of the days winners...
Low Gross Score
Low Net Score
With a score of 8 Under Par,
John Xintavelonis and Dan Xintavelonis of the Gorge Country Kitchen, and Graham Giddy of Graham A. Giddy Funeral Homes. Presentation by Bob Fischer of Scotiabank and Chamber General Manager Roberta Scarrow.
Charlotte Hodgson, Marilyn Thorogood, Kelly Burrell and Brad McArthur. Presentation by Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj and Chamber General Manager Roberta Scarrow.
Men’s Closest to the Pin – Phil McCulloch of Record Tel
Women’s Closest to the Pin – Nina Maraschiello of Ariss Valley
Men’s Longest Drive – Dennis Winger of Record Tel
Women’s Longest Drive – Helen Knowles of RBC
Straightest Drive – Colin Wiltshire of CGC Glomar
Team Putting Contest was won by Joanne Ross-Zuj, Dave Rushton, Kelly Linton and Rick Hulley of the Township of CW
Golf Day Photos can now be viewed under "Events" on our website homepage.
“The weather co-operated, the course was in fine shape and golfers had a lot of fun. What more could you want for a great tournament” stated Michael Weinstein, President of the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce.
The CWCC would like to to thank:
The Golf Committee: Paul Walker, Dan Allen, Garth Green and Don Cubbidge.
CWCC Staff, Volunteers and the CWCC Board of Directors.
Hole set-up sponsors: Grand River Raceway, Meridian Credit Union, Planet CPU and Manulife One.
Hole sponsors: Cogeco TV, Collins Barrow Wellington-Dufferin District Chartered Accountants and Consultants, Dan Allen Financial Inc, Dominion Lending Centres - Equity Financial Group, Dynamic Funds, Fergus Devils Junior C Hockey, Fergus Elora News Express, Fidelity Investments, Fleming Fast Freight Inc. Mackenzie Investments, Manulife Financial, MinuteMan Press, OLG Slots at Grand River, Record Tel Inc., Scotiabank, TD Merchant Services, The Ostic Group and the Township of Centre Wellington.
Hole in one sponsors: HJM Insurance & Financial Services, Garth Green, and Intact Insurance.
Team putting sponsor: Molson Canada. Proceeds went to Make-A-Wish foundation for Southwestern Ontario.
and business who donated door and raffle prizes.
Special thanks to Ariss Valley Golf and Country Club for hosting the event. What a wonderful dinner and day out on the greens!
The Chamber appreciated all the help and effort that went into making this event successful once again, and look forward to seeing you out on the course next year!