Variety Night- Saturday, October 27!

Help support the Bear River Youth Centre and have a great time doing it: our next VARIETY NIGHT happens on Saturday, October 27, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Oakdene Centre.

Music will be provided by Greg Peck, Tom Berry, Shoestring Swing, and Steve Spidle. Canteen to buy delicious goodies, and a 50/50 draw. You may even encounter some Bear River Story ghosts, who are dropping by just for the occasion.

Tickets: $5; children under 12 are free.
See you there!

Questions? Call 467-0441.


Executive Committee Report – May 31, 2007

Executive Committee Report
May 31, 2007
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Present: John Malmstrom, Susan Malmstrom, Rev. Ken Perkins, Hal Theriault.

The meeting was called to order at 8;30 AM.

Variety Night, May 26: Although the room was very hot and the night was long, we had a great crowd and raised over $900. For future events, it was decided that all volunteer performers would be limited to 3 songs or 15 minutes of performance time, whichever comes first, with the emcee one the stage during applause for the third tune thanking the performer(s). Time negotiations for any special guest headliners may be customized. All posters and other notices will list the beginning and end times (i.e. 7:30 – 9:30 PM), which will be observed, just like a meeting.

Active Saturdays Update: Active Saturdays! is going well, thanks to our enthusiastic sports coordinator Caroline Draper. Gerry will be hosting ballfield cleanup on June 9, and there will be a skateboard clinic on June 16, and a special karate demo on June 23.

BRIDGS Meetings: Susan reminded the committee that since the last two regular BRIDGS meetings have been given over to Consultant Donna Hatt and the Bear River Strategic Plan, we’ve fallen behind on conducting regular BRIDGS business; most importantly, a call for revitalized subcommittees, i.e. Fundraising, Youth, Board Development/Recruitment, Pageant, Communications. This should be addressed at the next meeting.

Bear River Pageant: Hal gave an update that we will have a draft script within two weeks, and will be able to have a reading/open rehearsal staged sometime in August. More importantly, we need to put out a call for players.

Cherry Carnival: Cindy, Hal, Gerry and Susan are meeting with Darryl to coordinate the partnership between the Firehall and the Youth Centre to administer the auction. Cindy and Susan are working on putting together a volunteer force; Gerry will work with Darryl on pickup.

BRIDGS Blog: Future Bear River resident Flora Doehler has voluntarily created a blog with comprehensive information related to BRIDGS, including photos, minutes of all meetings, announcements, email address, etc. All members of the Executive Committee have seen the blog and are very impressed with it. MOTION: for BRIDGS to endorse the blog, and to publicize the address, made by Susan, seconded by Ken. APPROVED. The blog will be presented at the next general meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 10:00 AM.

MUSICAL MAYHEM!!!!..Variety Night 2!! May 26, 2007

Everyone be there! Bring your friends!!

The Bear River Youth Centre Proudly presents


Saturday, May 26
Doors open at 6:30 PM
$5.00—12 and under free!

Oakdene Auditorium
Bear River
As if our talent lineup for tomorrow night’s MUSICAL MAYHEM (Sat., May 26) weren’t enough to get you to the Oakdene (doors open at 6:30), check out the prizes that the Bear River Youth Centre has lined up for you:

*Weekend Whale Watch!
*Brunch for Two at the Pines!
*3 Month Adult Pass to Lifeplex!
*Artful Goodies from The Flight of Fancy!
*Gift Certificate from the Digby Superstore!
*Jacket, courtesy of Ellis Chevrolet!

Tickets will be available at the door and throughout the evening, so bring a few loonies and help out the Youth Centre! SEE YOU THERE!

Performances by…John Murray & Ron Murray, Greg Peck, Tom Berry, Danny Proulx, Bebe McLean, Steve Spidel, Heavenly Harmony, The Demons of Swing, Windsong, Dixiemania, PLUS: Brian Isles & Hal Theriault in a Hilarious Scene from their Highly Successful play, Baggy’s House,
and more…

Raffle for Great Prizes!

Proceeds to support the
Bear River Youth Centre

Executive Committee Report – Apr 05/07

Executive Committee Report
April 5, 2007
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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

Executive Committee Report
March 12, 2007
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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.

Minutes, February 21, 2007

(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
February 21, 2007
Trading Post (Youth Centre)

Present: John Malmstrom, Laurel Shishkov, Sandy Burrell, Gerry Chute, Susan Malmstrom, Hal Theriault.

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 Meeting

3. New Business
Executive Committee Minutes: were read by Secretary Susan Malmstrom.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Wayne Smith was absent. He forwarded the information that the Youth Centre rent was paid for March. A Treasurer’s Report will be submitted at the next Executive Committee meeting.

Strategic Plan: A bid for proposals was put out for a consultant to write the strategic plan. Donna Hatt submitted a very strong proposal, and the Strategic Plan Committee recommended that it be accepted; copies were passed around. MOTION: Made by Susan, seconded by Laurel that Donna Hatt Consulting be hired to write the Strategic Plan for Bear River. APPROVED.

Youth Centre:
• Gerry passed along a $20 donation to the Youth Centre to help defray some recent costs.
• Laurel created a great design for the posters for the upcoming Variety Show (March 3); Sandy and Gerry worked very hard at posting 200 of them up all over the community, including Digby. In the process, Gerry had the chance to speak to many people about the Youth Centre, including the manager of the Sears outlet who is interested in creating a skateboard park in Digby, and may want to partner with us. Wayne will be acting as the stage manager for the Variety Show; Susan will take photographs.
• Gerry offered to stay on the Youth Centre Committee as the official fundraiser. This greatly frees up the time of other volunteers working on behalf of the Centre.
• The Youth Centre is considering offering a monthly swim meet at the Lifeplex. Cost is $85, and the time would be 6:30 to 7:30 PM.
• The Youth Committee has been approached regarding moving the Centre to the Oakdene. The Committee will follow up on this. One of the major considerations before making such a move is that BRIDGS makes sure that BREDS has another party interested in taking the space over before we leave.

Safety Meeting: BRIDGS was contacted by Nova Scotia’s Minister’s Task Force on Safer Streets and Communities to send representation to a meeting regarding safety issues and challenges. Sandy and Susan offered to attend. Some of the issues that they would like to raise will be: speeding cars, vandalism, bridge railings, condition of the boardwalk, lack of sidewalks.

Communications: Since almost all of BRIDGS’ correspondence and dissemination of information is done via e-mail, John offered to begin posting BRIDGS minutes in the Youth Centre, the Oakdene and the Post Office so that people without e-mail can access our information.

Search Committee: A Search Committee needs to be formed ahead of the Annual General Meeting. Hal will contact Don Rice and Cindy Harris to see if they will agree to act as the Search Committee.

4. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
Hal noted that there should be one change made to January’s minutes: remove the language, “from a list provided by the Office of Economic Development”, as we have been informed that a list of recommended consultants through the OED does not exist (there is contact information available from ACOA if we need assistance with locating a consultant). MOTION: Moved by Laurel, seconded by Gerry to approve and adopt the Minutes of the January 10, 2007 meeting, with correction as noted. CARRIED.

5. Next Meeting
AGM, March 14, 2007 at 7:30 PM at the Youth Centre (Trading Post).

6. Adjournment
Motion made by Susan for adjournment, CARRIED. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.