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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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

Join Active Saturdays in Bear River


Have fun and be active with us every Saturday this summer!
Games, sports, snacks and more. (Parents–you’re invited to join us!) All equipment is provided-everything is FREE. (All dates are subject to change-call ahead if you wish to confirm an activity.)

May 19: Active Saturdays! Kick-off at the Oakdene Centre in Bear River.
From 2-3 PM, meet our Recreation Coordinator Caroline Draper and find out more about our program; then from 3-4, have fun with DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION, an interactive dance/music-video game.

May 26: Come help us set up the Oakdene Centre Auditorium for Variety Night from 2-4 PM. At 7:00 PM, return to celebrate local talent as we raise funds for the Bear River Youth Centre.
Tickets are $5, kids under 12 are free; canteen and raffle prizes.

June 2: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

June 9: Meet at Lansdowne Field (the Bear River Community Firehall Ballpark) for Soccer and Softball sign-ups; we will also have a work party to get the field ready, 2-4 PM

June 16: Skateboard Clinic at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

June 23: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

June 30: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

July 7: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

July 14: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

July 21: Cherry Carnival in Bear River–enjoy the Carnival activities!

July 28: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

August 4: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

August 11: Active Saturdays! at the Oakdene, 2-4 PM

August 18: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

August 23: Digby Exhibition Weekend–enjoy the Exhibition activities!

August 30: Soccer/Softball at Lansdowne Field, 2-4 PM

For Active Saturdays: call Caroline Draper at 467-0480;
for Soccer/Softball: call Gerry Chute at 467-0956;
for Dance Dance Revolution and Skateboard Clinic, call Andre Bouchard at 532-0286.

ATTENTION ADULTS (18 and older): Do you want to start up a team activity in Bear River such as softball, soccer, badminton, or
volleyball? Call Caroline at 467-0480. We’d love to hear from you!

Active Saturdays! is made possible by a grant from DIGBYWELLNESS/Digby and Area Community Health Board. Thanks to: The Oakdene Centre, Caroline Draper, Andre Bouchard/County of Annapolis Recreation, & Gerry Chute. Presented by Bear River Innovation, Development, and Growth Society (BRIDGS) and the Bear River Youth Centre.


Executive Committee Report – March 12/07

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.

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.

Minutes, January 10, 2007

(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
January 10, 2007
Trading Post (Youth Centre)

Present: Cindy Harris, Norma Wagner, Don Rice, John Malmstrom, Susan Malmstrom, Laurel Shishkov, Zoe Knorek-Onysko.

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. A Treasurer’s Report will be submitted at the next Executive Committee meeting.

Motions from Executive Committee: Two important motions were made by the Executive Committee which affect all BRIDGS members:
1) Commingling of funds for separate BRIDGS projects is not authorized, and that responsibility for ensuring this shall rest with the Treasurer; 2) BRIDGS, its committees, subcommittees, and/or any agents will not incur any debt, at any time, with any vendor for any reason without prior, written approval by the BRIDGS Executive Committee.

Joint Stocks Renewal: A call was made for donations to cover the $25 necessary to renew BRIDGS’ Joint Stocks status. Thanks to two members present (who wished to remain anonymous), $26 was donated. The renewal is due by January 31, and Secretary Susan Malmstrom will do this electronically.

Bear River Health Clinic Update: Norma Wagner reported that the next meeting of the Clinic board will be held February 6, and their annual meeting will take place the first Wednesday of March. The acupuncturist will return mid-February, and there will be a stop smoking clinic on January 16.

Youth Centre:
• Special thanks to Cameron Smith who has to take a break from his duties at the Youth Centre. He will be serving as Secretary for the Fire Hall this year. MOTION: Made by Cindy, seconded by Don to forward official written thanks to Cameron for his helping with the Youth Centre. APPROVED.
• Fundraiser: Since there was no one from the Youth Committee present, Susan gave the details that she is aware of: the event will be an evening of talent at the Oakdene, February 10, with a Valentine’s theme. The Oakdene will provide the space and the canteen. Hal Theriault, Gerry Chute and Wayne Smith are lining up the talent and will work the soundboard. Gerry will act as master of ceremonies, and is providing the bulk of the advertising. Snow day will be February 17.

Strategic Plan: Funding is forthcoming from the various granting agencies. Our timeline will be very tight. John is in conversation with Louise Watson of the Office of Economic Development to allow us to straddle two fiscal years in order to give us the time necessary to yield a plan of high quality. As a reminder, the plan will serve as a business plan for the village with input from the community at large. It will have a prioritized timeline of measurable deliverables. It is a document that all government funding agencies require, and it will go out to public bid. Consultants will be put out to bid by BRIDGS. MOTION: made by Cindy, seconded by Don that the proposal for Strategic Plan for Bear River be put out to bid. APPROVED.

4. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Zoe, seconded by Cindy to approve and adopt the Minutes of the December 13, 2006 meeting. CARRIED.

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

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