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.

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Minutes, July 18, 2007

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
July 18, 2007
Trading Post (Youth Centre)

Present: John Malmstrom, Tiiu Poder, Rob Buckland-Nicks, Norma Wagner, Cindy Harris, Hal Theriault, Susan Malmstrom, George Barron, Laurel Shishkov.

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

2. Introduction of Minutes from Previous Meetings

3. New Business
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Rev. Ken Perkins is away on vacation.

Bear River Signage: The locations for the signs have been scouted; lumber is still needed. Hal found a reduced price (under $200 for 10’ 4×4’s). Rob will get in touch with Gerry, and then contact John with dates for putting them up.

Strategic Plan: Has been completed. The plan can be perused and downloaded from the blog. John gave a short review; essentially the plan identifies what is needed to move Bear River forward. Thanks to Gerry and Laurel for organizing the ideas; and to the other organizations in town that contributed much information, such as Bobby Benson of the Board of Trade. It also outlines which organizations should spearhead certain projects. The map is included for the sake of possible contributors. Part of Consultant Donna Hatt’s job is to now set up meetings with others for implementation. She strongly advises we take the plan to the new RDA and their development officer as soon as possible. This person should accompany John and Hal when they meet with potential funders.

Pageant Update: A free reading of the play will happen on July 14. The play will be performed in its entirety on August 18th and 19th with a reception on the 18th.

Youth Centre: A security problem was brought to our attention that on at least one occasion there was unauthorized access to the Youth Centre. This was not a break-in; it occurred when someone who was not authorized to do so used an extra key. A person was then let in, who spent the night and left with $12 in petty cash. We know who the people involved were, but there will be no legal action taken. The door and lock have been changed, and Glendean Parker of BREDS has been notified. Access will now be closely monitored.

Cherry Carnival Update: We’re ready with volunteers, but anyone else that wants to join us at the auction (12:30-4:30) is welcome. Rob and others will be doing clean up the next day, starting at 8 AM.

Service Canada Grant: We will have a fulltime employee starting as soon as possible. We have been awarded a Job Creation Partnership grant to staff the Youth Centre, and we are working with Digby Disabilities to fill the position. All tasks are delineated in the grant and reporting is required monthly by Service Canada. They will also be reported on a monthly basis at meetings to BRIDGS. (Hal noted that the Yarmouth office of Service Canada told us that it was possibly the strongest application they had ever received.)

Pageant Update: Currently Hal is looking for one more woman; two more men. July 28 is scheduled for a public reading, 7:30 PM at the Oakdene; free will offering. Rehearsals are in the evening. The costumes look great thanks to Carol White, and Sharon Trueman is doing a great job on promotion.

Directory Project: Cindy has a draft of the form with minor changes. John suggested that we use the blog for this, which could save publication costs. Cindy will give Laurel a copy of the current version.

Bear River Meeting Updates:
Health Clinic: The nurse practitioner is seeing patients ages 65 and over, not 55 as previously advertised. Dr. Goddard’s last date is August 15. Leslie Harris is creating a goodbye card and people are encouraged to drop into the clinic to sign it. He was only in the clinic once per week, so everyone should note that the clinic is not closing. The next regular meeting is September 4th and is open to all.

Board of Trade: Laurel attended the last meeting, where Canada day celebration plans and re-formation of the Bear River Music Society were discussed.

Music Society: John, Susan and George attended. The former Society is disbanding and reforming. If a new group doesn’t form, its funds will go to a separate bank account held by the Board of Trade. Bob Woods made it clear that that will only happen if a new society is not formed. The participants gave a history of the society. Although it has not been functioning in the last couple years, there was $1800 left behind, plus a sound system that needs some repair. At the end of the meeting, another meeting was called for July 31, at which time people will vote on whether to form a separate group or come under another organization.

Bear River Historical Society: Laurel was in attendance. They are going ahead with plans to renovate the Green Lantern with money from the municipalities. Funds required to accomplish this exceed what they currently have. There will be a fundraiser the first week of September with the Board of Trade, which will be a musical night at the Oakdene.

Tributary Support: John raised the issue of BRIDGS making a contribution to the Tributary. It is $5 per month ($60 per year). MOTION: Made by Cindy, seconded by Susan to support the Tributary at a feasible level, pending approval by the Treasurer. APPROVED.

Meetings’ Minutes: Since the meeting minutes for June were not made available to everyone prior to this meeting, they will be held for approval at August’s meeting.

4. Next Meeting
August 8, 2007 at 7:30 PM at the Youth Centre.

5. Adjournment
Motion made by Cindy for adjournment, CARRIED. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 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

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

BRIDGS Vision and Mission Statement (v3)

After considerable, informal discussions, several citizens of the Bear River area concluded that the community is in need of revitalization and economic development, and so formed The Bear River Innovation, Development, and Growth Society (BRIDGS), a volunteer, not-for-profit organization. Our mission is “to improve Bear River’s infrastructure, commerce, and economic viability, and thus foster community pride while offering improved quality of life for residents, quality of experience for visitors, and incentive for people to make the community their new home.” We seek also to become a group to encourage and facilitate potential volunteers in our community; that is, to mate people with organizations needing these volunteers.

BRIDGS seeks to form vital partnerships with the involvement and in-put of community organizations and individuals as we finalize our plans. BRIDGS then will draft proposals for potential funders based on our mission.

The Bear River Plan is a multi-faceted plan that will result in:

(1) a revitalization and revival of our main street and waterfront; and

(2) the associated development of new and renewed year-round attractions to draw visitors and new citizens to the community.

Identified Projects

(1) Streetscape and Waterfront:

• completion of sewage system;
• development of a comprehensive water sourcing and delivery system on Annapolis County side of the river;
• installation of sidewalks from seniors’ home to the village and through the village;
• appropriate signage;
• repair and replacement of cribwork along the river bank;
• strengthen and secure road side retaining walls consistent with village heritage;
• establish better accessibility and visibility of the waterfront park and the solar aquatics treatment facility, including full-time interpretive tours of the latter;
• repair of riverside boardwalk;
• canoe and kayak launch/rental facility on the old mill property;

• walking trail through a series of micro habitats and gardens;
• hiking, horse and ski trails;
• organized recreational activities for youth, adults and seniors such as softball and soccer leagues;
• new office (including technical updating for e-commerce), shop, and residential space in underutilized, renovated buildings;
• streetscape cosmetic improvements, such as lamp posts and hanging flower baskets.

(2) New and Renewed Attractions

• assist Oakdene and other interested parties is developing facilities for youth to encourage them to enjoy positive, productive activities, including the building of a multi-use court for basketball, skateboarding, and so on;

• assist the Bear River Heritage Museum Board in development of new programs, upgrading of facilities, or in whatever other way they define;

• “THE BEAR RIVER CENTER” to be housed in retrofitted, underutilized community buildings, and offering cultural and technological immersion experiences in the form of day-long to week-long workshops during which participants will be housed at local bed and breakfast establishments; workshops will be offered in specialized areas such as master art classes, alternative energy technology, drama, computer animation, etc.;

• “THE TIDAL RIVER INTERPRETIVE CENTER” highlighting the role of the river in the community’s heritage, again housed in existing buildings; included will be a major water sculpture illustrating the nature of our tides, interactive displays and models of Bear River’s logging, shipping, and guiding heritage, “green” technology exhibits, and costumed character interpreters, etc.;

• community radio station;

• consistent staffing of the Bear River Cap Site and library (located within the Oakdene Centre);

• farmers’ market for local produce;

• presentation at regular intervals of an original play about Bear River history at the Oakdene Center;

• concerts and seasonal festivals featuring local musicians on a regular schedule at Oakdene and the Exhibition Grounds.

All these innovations will result in significant increases in economic activity and employment, visitor and tourist traffic, and vital improvement in village self-sustainability. “The Bear River Plan” capitalizes on the village’s present reputation as an artistic Mecca, our noteworthy heritage, the uniqueness of our geography, tides, and building structures, our popularity with tourists, and the strengths of our citizens.

Personal Information Responses

0511personalinforesponses.doc
Personal Information Responses
(Based on 23 Submitted Forms)

BRIDGS List
8 emails
13 mail
2 no* *already on the email list

VolunteerList
12 yes
2 no
2 maybe
6 blank

Other Organizations
Legion: 3
Church: 4
Health Clinic: 1
BREDS: 2
Ladies Auxiliary of the Legion: 2
Board of Trade: 2
Digby Exhibition: 2
Historical Society: 2
Fire Dept.: 2
Peace Garden: 1

“Special Skills” listed:
Grunt work
water/sewage operations
music festival organization
Government (our MLA)
Energy
organizational skills
networking
IT skills
woodworking

Comments:
• Vision sounds good.
• Very good to see some positive input—especially from youth group.
• I’m very encouraged to see what your group is doing.
• It felt human and small town and clear.
• How do we demonstrate solidarity to funding organizations?
• SAVE THE OAKDENE—Oakdene must be used again as a theatre and as a gymnasium and allow the youth to use the unused rooms for their gathering coffeehouse.
• Where were the other 800 people who live here?