BRIDGS dissolves

The last BRIDGS Annual General Meeting was held in April 2008. At the meeting there was a motion to dissolve the organization and it was passed unanimously.

BRIDGS assets and responsibilities were dispersed as follows:

The youth centre was transfered to the OARA organization under the leadership of Joe Quercia.

The Bear RIver Pageant was transfered to the Bear River Historical Society.

The balance of monies, raised through community fundraising, was donated to the Oakdene Centre, Bear River’s community-owned community centre.

If you would like information about upcoming arts and action events in Bear River, please check out http://bearriverarts.wordpress.com

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Chairperson John Malmström’s AGM report

Chairman’s Annual General Meeting Report
Bear River Innovation, Growth, and Development Society (BRIDGS)
Delivered by John Malmström at public meeting on April 11th, 2007

In partnership with numerous other organizations and through its volunteer efforts, BRIDGS has:
1. Identified and built strong consensus amongst community stake holders through dialogues with area volunteer organizations and village-wide “town hall” presentations/gatherings
2. Based upon the community’s input, created a “Vision Document” which sets out the general objectives of Bear River’s short, intermediate, and long term goals
3. Formalized the structure of the BRIDGS organization including subcommittees, by-laws, incorporation and regular open meetings for the community.
4. Co-lobbied with Board of Trade to stimulate municipal governments to secure feasibility studies for local infrastructure improvement necessary for the realization of the village’s long-term goals.
5. Built a successful relationship with the local and regional press to help the greater community remain informed and involved with the village’s progress.
6. Answered the community’s desire to serve local young people by opening, maintaining, staffing, and funding (all through generous local donations and first of a continuing series of “Variety Nights”), of a safe, fun gathering place for area youth with regular hours of operation.
7. Received generous investments from Annapolis and Digby Municipalities, Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, and Nova Scotia Office of Economic Development.
8. Created significant contract employment for area residents while creating sustainable economic activity.
9. Changing perceptions province-wide, which reflect Bear River as a “vital community.”
10. Have demonstrated that the funding is available, projects are achievable, unified voice is the way towards government support, sustainable economic development is key to infrastructure repair
11. Major projects underway:
o operation of the Youth Centre (continuing)
o Strategic Development Plan for Bear River (Completion Date May1st.)
o Bear River Pageant (due to premier this summer)

Challenges and recommendations in the next 6 months will be:
1. Continuing operation and funding of the Bear River Youth Centre (BRYC) to include a paid employee.
2. Completion of the Strategic Plan leading to realization of objectives
3. Bear River Pageant
4. Executive Board and volunteer base development
5. Continuing forward momentum and daily small victories

Minutes, AGM, April 11, 2007

BRIDGS
Annual General Meeting
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
April 11, 2007
Trading Post (Youth Centre)

Present: John Malmstrom, Laurel Shishkov, Sandy Burrell, Gerry Chute, Susan Malmstrom, Hal Theriault, Cindy Harris, Don Rice, Norma Wagner, Jay Stone, Cheryl Stone, Ken Perkins, Wayne Smith, Rob Buckland-Nicks, Carolyn Sloan, Zoe Knorek-Onysko, Leslie Harris, Doug Harris. Special Guest: Consultant Donna Hatt.

1. Call to Order/Adoption of Agenda
Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
MOTION to accept the Agenda. CARRIED.

2. Chair’s Annual Report: John gave the Chairman’s update on BRIDGS (see attached).

3. Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Wayne Smith submitted a report for approval. Seconded by
Sandy. APPROVED.

4. Membership: The Membership Committee (Susan, Rob and Hal) recommended that an annual membership be implemented. (See attached.) Zoe suggested that we offer a special rate of $20 for a 5 year membership. After some discussion, it was decided that the special memberships to be offered to people living outside of the region will be non-voting only. MOTION: To implement BRIDGS memberships as outlined by the Membership Committee, with the addition of a discounted rate for multiple-year membership and non-voting status for those who would like to join but live outside of the designated membership area, made by Susan, seconded by Cindy. PASSED.

5. New Officers: The Nominating Committee (Cindy, Don) presented the slate of officers for 2007. John thanked the two officers who were rotating off: Wayne Smith, Treasurer, who is moving out of the area; and Tim Wilson, Vice Chair, who has work commitments that will not allow him to serve as an officer next year. Both of them did an outstanding job, and Tim will continue to serve on various committees as time permits. The proposed Executive Committee roster for 2007 is: John Malmstrom, Gerry Chute, Susan Malmstrom, Ken Perkins, Rob Buckland-Nicks, Tim Wilson, Pam Barron, Don Rice, and Cindy Harris. Proposed Officers are: John Malmstrom, Chair; Gerry Chute, Vice Chair; Rev. Ken Perkins, Treasurer; and Susan Malmstrom, Secretary. As a reminder, the Secretary does not have signatory power. Motion was made by Don to approved the proposed slate, seconded by Wayne. CARRIED.

6. Historical Society AGM: John attended the AGM, where it was reported that they have received a grant from Digby to fix the flooring of the Green Lantern building, which will serve as the Society’s new home. Due to problems of damp, the archival materials will be stored elsewhere.

7. Strategic Plan: John introduced Consultant Donna Hatt; she presented preliminary findings which will shape the draft of the Bear River Strategic Plan. Donna will be joining us at the next general BRIDGS meeting to discuss her research before the final version of the plan is published.

8. Next Meeting: May 10, 2007 at 7:30 PM at the Youth Centre (Trading Post).

9. Adjournment: Motion made by Don for adjournment, CARRIED. Meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM

Minutes, AGM, April 11, 2007

BRIDGS
Annual General Meeting
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
April 11, 2007
Trading Post (Youth Centre)

Present: John Malmstrom, Laurel Shishkov, Sandy Burrell, Gerry Chute, Susan Malmstrom, Hal Theriault, Cindy Harris, Don Rice, Norma Wagner, Jay Stone, Cheryl Stone, Ken Perkins, Wayne Smith, Rob Buckland-Nicks, Carolyn Sloan, Zoe Knorek-Onysko, Leslie Harris, Doug Harris. Special Guest: Consultant Donna Hatt.

1. Call to Order/Adoption of Agenda
Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
MOTION to accept the Agenda. CARRIED.

2. Chair’s Annual Report: John gave the Chairman’s update on BRIDGS (see attached).

3. Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Wayne Smith submitted a report for approval. Seconded by
Sandy. APPROVED.

4. Membership: The Membership Committee (Susan, Rob and Hal) recommended that an annual membership be implemented. (See attached.) Zoe suggested that we offer a special rate of $20 for a 5 year membership. After some discussion, it was decided that the special memberships to be offered to people living outside of the region will be non-voting only. MOTION: To implement BRIDGS memberships as outlined by the Membership Committee, with the addition of a discounted rate for multiple-year membership and non-voting status for those who would like to join but live outside of the designated membership area, made by Susan, seconded by Cindy. PASSED.

5. New Officers: The Nominating Committee (Cindy, Don) presented the slate of officers for 2007. John thanked the two officers who were rotating off: Wayne Smith, Treasurer, who is moving out of the area; and Tim Wilson, Vice Chair, who has work commitments that will not allow him to serve as an officer next year. Both of them did an outstanding job, and Tim will continue to serve on various committees as time permits. The proposed Executive Committee roster for 2007 is: John Malmstrom, Gerry Chute, Susan Malmstrom, Ken Perkins, Rob Buckland-Nicks, Tim Wilson, Pam Barron, Don Rice, and Cindy Harris. Proposed Officers are: John Malmstrom, Chair; Gerry Chute, Vice Chair; Rev. Ken Perkins, Treasurer; and Susan Malmstrom, Secretary. As a reminder, the Secretary does not have signatory power. Motion was made by Don to approved the proposed slate, seconded by Wayne. CARRIED.

6. Historical Society AGM: John attended the AGM, where it was reported that they have received a grant from Digby to fix the flooring of the Green Lantern building, which will serve as the Society’s new home. Due to problems of damp, the archival materials will be stored elsewhere.

7. Strategic Plan: John introduced Consultant Donna Hatt; she presented preliminary findings which will shape the draft of the Bear River Strategic Plan. Donna will be joining us at the next general BRIDGS meeting to discuss her research before the final version of the plan is published.

8. Next Meeting: May 10, 2007 at 7:30 PM at the Youth Centre (Trading Post).

9. Adjournment: Motion made by Don for adjournment, CARRIED. Meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM

Agenda, AGM, April 11, 2007

AGENDA

BRIDGS (Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
ANNUAL MEETING
Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 pm
Youth Centre/Trading Post

1.    Call to Order

2.    Chairman’s Report (John Malmstrom)

3.    Treasurer’s Report (Rev. Wayne Smith)

4.    Membership Motion

5.    Election of Officers

6.    Guest Speaker: Consultant Donna Hatt

7.    Next Meeting
TBA

8.    Adjournment
BRIDGS AGM adjourns at 9:00 pm

Executive Committee Report – Apr 05/07

BRIDGS
Executive Committee Report
April 5, 2007
Trading Post

Present:  John Malmstrom, Susan Malmstrom, Wayne Smith, Hal Theriault, Tim Wilson.

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM.

Search Committee: has still not found a Treasurer.  They will keep working on it up until the AGM and beyond, if necessary.  Wayne can act as Treasurer until June, if necessary.  Rev. Ken Perkins may be able to step in.  John will be in touch with him as soon as possible.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Wayne Smith submitted a Treasurer’s Report to the Executive Committee, with a motion for acceptance.  Seconded by Tim. CARRIED.

Youth Centre and Committee: The Youth Centre fund will be in deficit if the entire current Nova Scotia power bill is paid in full.  Wayne suggested that we pay half now and incur and carry a charge on next month’s bill.  MOTION: Youth Centre power bill will be paid in two instalments.  Seconded by Tim.  CARRIED.

Annual Meeting: The Chair will deliver a report that will be sent out with next month’s minutes of the AGM.  Slate of officers will be voted on and Donna Hatt will update everyone on the Strategic Plan.  We will keep it at the Youth Centre.

Funding: Hal is working on several grant proposals right now, including one through the Hudson’s Bay Co., all worth small amounts.  MOTION: To have Hal continue to work on grant proposals on behalf of BRIDGS made by Susan, seconded by Tim.  CARRIED.

Meeting adjourned at 10:30 AM.

Executive Committee Report – March 12/07

BRIDGS
Executive Committee Report
March 12, 2007
Trading Post

Present:  John Malmstrom, Susan Malmstrom, Wayne Smith, Hal Theriault, Tim Wilson, Gerry Chute.

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM.

Treasurer Wayne Smith announced that he needs to resign his position as Treasurer, as he is moving out of the area in June.  John has notified Cindy Harris, who serves on the Search Committee of the situation.  Tim offered to contact Don about some possible leads on a new treasurer.

Treasurer’s Report:  Wayne handed out the latest Treasurer’s Report, which included an addition of $1,000 to the Strategic Plan, and over $800 raised by Variety Night for the Youth Centre.

Treasurer Wayne Smith submitted a Treasurer’s Report to the Executive Committee, with a motion for acceptance.  Seconded by Tim. CARRIED.

Variety Night: was successful, both financially and as a community outreach project.  It was wonderful publicity for the Youth Centre, and we have received a lot of positive feedback.  It also set a positive tone for future BRIDGS activities.  John asked for feedback on what might be done differently for future variety nights:
•    Wider advertising, such as The Clare Shopper
•    Organize the event earlier
•    Pre-sell tickets.
Gerry would like to plan the next variety night around Cherry Carnival.  He would like to see if we can find a volunteer event planner.

Youth Centre and Committee: Susan will contact the two municipal disability employment services to find out if we can hire a supervisor for the Youth Centre.  John said that BREDS has forwarded a lease for the Youth Centre to sign, so we need to make a commitment as to where the Youth Centre will be located.  Possibilities currently include: stay in place, move upstairs, move to the Oakdene.  Each possibility was discussed.  Considerations include: heat, phone/phone access, safety of the venue, how to keep the kids in one place (at the Oakdene).  Gerry will contact both Glendean Parker of BREDS and Linda Findlay of the Oakdene and report back at the general meeting.

Annual Meeting:  The AGM will be postponed to April 11, so as not to conflict with the Health Clinic’s AGM.  The regular BRIDGS meeting will start at 8:00 PM to give people time to attend both the Health Clinic’s AGM and our general meeting.  At our AGM, the chair will give the annual update and the treasurer will present a financial report.  We will also need to arrange for an auditor for 2008.  Our goal will be to have a new treasurer in place by April 11; this will give us plenty of transition time for Wayne to work with the new person.  The topic of formalized membership parameters will also be put forward. Membership benefits should be tied to our Vision Statement.  Membership is an important issue, as it will demonstrate to government funders our self-sustainability.  MOTION: made by Wayne, seconded by Tim that a membership committee be formed.  CARRIED.

Meeting adjourned at 10:30 AM.