McBride Chamber of Commerce report

By Chris Parker

Sept. 16 was the day and the EV Free Fireside Room the location for the renewal of the McBride Chamber of Commerce activities for the fall season. With many new faces around the table, Chairperson Linda Fry moved the busy agenda along. |There were the usual reports, from standing committees on Membership, Finance, and Robson Valley Tourism amongst others, which had been electronically filed so that all the members could read what the Directors had been doing or had accomplished.

The agenda then moved into New Business, which included the upcoming Federal Election Forum in which a tentative date was agreed to in order to coincide with a similar event planned in Valemount on Sept. 28. As a result the subcommittee, chaired by Raj Basran, was advised to work towards an event for the twenty-ninth.

After some discussion it was decided to split the Santa Parade and the First Night of Christmas Lights (the Late Night Shopping program). Final dates will be confirmed at the October meeting, with the first to be held on a Friday, with the parade and activities for the children on Saturday.

Votes were then taken for position of Director formerly held by Al Frederick, Barry Walline replacing Frederick for the remainder of the current mandate.

There was discussion of the Tourism Event on Nov. 4. This increasingly important part of the business activity in town will feature several major presenters, each of whom would have the opportunity to address those gathered for up to five minutes, and handle individual discussion tables which would allow further distribution of ideas and highlights of the various tourism features in our village. Out-of-town presenters like Destination BC and Northern Tourism will be among the presenters. More information on local presenters will be released at the Chamber Meeting in October.

The Chamber Manager Tanya Rich was asked to attend a Prince George conference on behalf of the local Chamber later this month.

According to Chamber of Commerce members, cooperation and communication with the Chairperson of the Chamber has always been extremely professional and prompt and continues in that light.