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.

Advertisements

Executive Committee Report – Feb 08/07

BRIDGS
Executive Committee Report
February 8, 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.

Bear River Pageant:  Susan gave Wayne a check for $11,500 for deposit to the Pageant account from Nova Scotia Tourism; and a check for $3,000 for deposit to the Pageant account from the County of Annapolis.  Digby has approved an additional $3,000 which has to be given final approval at their next meeting.  Hal gave Susan an invoice in the amount of $5,000 for writing, research and setting up the pageant.  All bills for the pageant need to be submitted by March 31.  MOTION: Made by Susan, seconded by Tim to proceed with work on the pageant and to pay all invoices hereto.  APPROVED.  We have a budget for costumes and props.  To find costume and set designers, we will put out a request for proposals, plus personally contact people in the village that we know have these skills.

Savings Account: John would like to set up an interest-bearing account for BRIDGS so that BRIDGS can tap the small amounts that this will yield from the funding that we receive as a slush fund for small operating expenses that are incurred.  MOTION: made by Wayne, seconded by Tim to set up an interest savings account for BRIDGS.  APPROVED. It was also suggested that the power to transfer funds from the checking to the savings account (and vice versa) should rest with the Treasurer.  MOTION: made by Susan, seconded by Tim that the Treasurer of BRIDGS will have the power to transfer funds between BRIDGS accounts.  APPROVED.

Annual Meeting:  the Annual Meeting of BRIDGS is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14.  This will be advertised in the Tributary, and posted in the Post Office.  The office that is currently up for election is that of Vice Chair.  This is a signatory position, as are the Chair and Treasurer (the Secretary has no signatory power).  It was suggested that the new constable of the Digby RCMP be contacted to see if she would like to attend as our special guest, since she is on record as someone who would like to support youth groups.

Youth Committee:  Gerry joined us this morning to report on the Youth Committee.
•    The fundraiser has been re-scheduled for Saturday, March 3, still at the Oakdene.  We need to fill the Oakdene that night, and we need to get the word out that we need more volunteers at the Youth Centre.  As m.c. that evening, Gerry will be talking about this and other issues throughout the evening.
•    We are still looking for two volunteers for the Centre, one to act as a fundraiser, the other to recruit and coordinate worker bees to cover the Centre’s hours.  At the end of April, we lose Sandy and Louise, so we have a tight deadline.  Susan is working on a small Wellness grant to get a fitness instructor for a few weeks, which might give Sandy and Louise a break for a few nights.  She will also get together with Hal to try and draft a grant proposal for a Centre coordinator through Service Canada.
•    There will be a Youth Centre meeting at 6 PM ahead of the regular BRIDGS meeting on February 14.
•    Sandy and Louise have forwarded a wish list to Gerry that we will go over at the next general meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 10:30 AM.

Minutes, December 13, 2006

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
December 13, 2006
Trading Post (Youth Centre)

Present: Cindy Harris, Norma Wagner, Don Rice, John Malmstrom, Susan Malmstrom, Laurel Shishkov, Gerry Chute, 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. A Treasurer’s Report will be submitted at the next general meeting.

Communications Sub-committee: John suggested that a Communications Subcommittee be formed, and offered to chair it. We need to be sure to meet Tributary, Spectator and Courier deadlines; and we need to work on the directory that was suggested at the Village Meeting in November. Gerry, Cindy and Laurel are already working on the directory. They will contact Peter Newton to ask how best to structure this (web presence, printed version, etc.). We will also need to contact the Board of Trade regarding space on their re-launched website. Don, Cindy, Gerry and Laurel agreed to meet before the next general meeting. It was suggested that they contact Tim Wilson, as he expressed interest in assisting with the directory at the Village Meeting.

Strategic Plan Update: The Strategic Plan will be far ranging and extremely important to the community. We have received a letter of offer, which means we need to supervise the execution of the plan after putting it out to bid. A subcommittee needs to be formed to supervise and manage the execution of this bid. Gerry, John and Laurel offered to serve on this Subcommittee. They will meet as soon as BRIDGS receives the first check from the Office of Economic Development. These funds must be used by end of March, 2007, so there will be no time to lose once the check comes in. We should have a list of potential matching funding entities ready as well. BRIDGS members as well as the community at large will see the plan as it is formulated. The Strategic Plan Committee will also be responsible for the dissemination of this information to the community.

Bear River Pageant: The Nova Scotia Department of Tourism released official word that the Pageant will receive a total of $22,500 from their office. Hal was thanked for creating and drafting this application. Again, funds must be spent by the end of March, 2007. Ultimately, this project will benefit the village, with such upgrades as new equipment for the Oakdene, and summer employment. The board was reminded that these funds are specifically targeted to Pageant expenditures. John asked if Hal could write a short synopsis detailing the Pageant accomplishments thus far.

Youth Centre:
Report from the Youth Centre Task Force was delivered by Gerry:
• The Youth Committee will be working with Andre Bouchard (Municipality of Annapolis) to present their “Dance Revolution” program in the spring. This program will be targeted to any and all children throughout the community, including outlying areas. It will be offered at the Oakdene;
• A talent/variety show is in the planning stages for presentation at the Oakdene in March. This will serve as a fundraiser for the Youth Centre;
• We are currently searching for a volunteer fundraiser for the Youth Centre to take the Youth Centre Committee’s efforts to a higher level. In the meantime, proposals have been forwarded to both municipalities, and Hal will draft a proposal to Service Canada to fund an employee;

Village Meeting Follow-up: The feeling is that we had a strong turnout, and it was a very positive meeting. The discussion centered on cooperation and communication amongst the organizations, as well as the importance of volunteerism in small communities. Every organizational representative spoke positively of their group’s future plans. Our goal for the next meeting will be to triple that strong turnout!

Joint Stocks Renewal: Our joint stocks renewal is due. Secretary Susan Malmstrom will fill out the necessary paperwork before the end of our fiscal year (March).

Bear River Health Clinic Update: Norma reported that the Clinic had its official re-opening, with the Minister of Health and other dignitaries in attendance. Now that they have new staff in place, they are able to secure and provide more programs, which are currently being scheduled. The Clinic volunteers thanked BRIDGS for hosting the Village Meeting, which they were happy to use to inform community members of the re-opening.

4. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Cindy, seconded by Don to approve and adopt the Minutes of the November 8, 2006 meeting. CARRIED.

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

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

Minutes, November 8, 2006

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
November 8, 2006,
Changing Tides Restaurant (Trading Post Building)

Present: Cindy Harris, John & Susan Malmstrom, Hal Theriault, Don Rice, Tim Wilson, Gerry Chute, Wayne Smith, Rob Buckland.

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: Everyone wished Hal a happy birthday.

Executive Committee Minutes: were read by Secretary Susan Malmstrom.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Wayne Smith submitted a report for board approval; seconded by Cindy. ACCEPTED.

Youth Centre:
Report from the Youth Centre Task Force was delivered by Hal and Gerry:
• According to the local school bus drivers, there are 200 children in our area;
• There will be a new Youth Centre committee meeting on November 10. This committee will oversee the administration of the Youth Centre for the next 6 months and will try to meet with the volunteers on a bi-weekly basis;
• Some possible events to be explored are Christmas craft making and a seasonal concert;
• Hal has submitted a proposal to Annapolis County for operational funds. We will also forward a similar proposal to Digby. Other possible funding sources are Recreation Nova Scotia and Service Canada;
• Wayne said that the budget for the Youth Centre (when it is up and running) would be approximately $600/month;
• Wayne suggested that the mandate of what is offered at the Centre should come from the youth;
• Hal met with Linda Findlay of the Oakdene Centre. They would like to partner with the Youth Committee and BRIDGS on musical events and theatrical productions.

Village Meeting: John noted that the Village Meeting/Volunteer night has been scheduled for November 27th at the Oakdene. The Oakdene is allowing us to use the facility at no charge. BRIDGS will host the event. It will be an opportunity for all of the village organizations to talk about what has been accomplished this year, and what they plan for next year. Cindy and Susan are organizing the meeting.

Strategic Development Plan: Due to the re-structure of the RDA, there have been many delays to this, and we had to re-submit our budget. The Office of Economic Development has assured us that they will provide adequate funding for the plan.

Voice of Bear River: CBC Radio will be interviewing Gerry Chute as the “voice of Bear River” to provide a report on what is currently happening here via live early morning radio every month.

Looking to 2007: Suggestions were made as to formation of new subcommittees for 2007: Communications, Board Development, Fundraising were listed. It might be worth researching (again) charitable status, to encourage corporate donations.

4. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Cindy, seconded by Rob to approve and adopt the Minutes of the October 11, 2006 meeting. CARRIED.

5. Next Meeting
December 13, at 7:30 PM at the Youth Centre (Trading Post).

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

Executive Committee Report – Nov 01/06

BRIDGS
Executive Committee Report
November 1, 2006
Trading Post

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

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM.  This was a special meeting to focus on the future of the Youth Centre.  Members of the Task Force were present.  Gerry opened the meeting by relating that we have a potential 200 school children to draw upon, according to school bus driver Ricky Pulley

Recommendations of the Youth Task Force:
•    The current Task Force members should mentor a newly formed Youth Centre Subcommittee over the next 6 months;
•    The Centre should have a paid employee, such as an event coordinator/manager, who would report directly to the chair of the Youth Subcommittee;
•    The Subcommittee should stage a community event as soon as possible;
•    A priority of the Subcommittee should be constant development of the Centre’s target audience (parents, kids, volunteers);
•    A regular report to the community on the Centre’s progress should be circulated.

MOTION made by Wayne Smith to request that BRIDGS continue to support a Youth Centre in Bear River.  Seconded by Gerry; CARRIED.

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

Final Word:
John thanked each member of the Youth Task Force for all of their hard work on the youth centre.  He noted that the best way for BRIDGS to accomplish its goals is by forming hardworking subcommittees who take on specific tasks, as exemplified by the Youth Task Force.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 AM.

Minutes, September 23, 2006

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
September 23, 2006,
Youth Centre (Trading Post Building)

Present: Cindy Harris, John & Susan Malmstrom, Hal Theriault, Wayne Smith, Norma Wagner, Gerry Chute, Andre Bouchard.

1. Call to Order/Adoption of Agenda
Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
MOTION to accept the Agenda made, with an addition from Norma, a report on the progress of the Bear River Medical Centre. CARRIED.

2. Introduction of Minutes from Previous Meeting

3. New Business: Introduction of and welcome to new member, Gerry Chute.

Executive Committee Minutes: were read by Secretary Susan Malmstrom.

Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Smith submitted a report for board approval; seconded by Cindy. ACCEPTED.

Youth Centre:
• John said that we have three options for the Youth Centre at present: continue to try and raise funds each month; close the centre permanently; create a new subcommittee to examine the viability of the centre.
• Tim Wilson has officially resigned as chair of the former subcommittee due to time restraints. He will continue to try to assist when and where he can.
• Andre offered that there are project grants available, such as physical activity funding, which could assist in paying rent. There are also community funds available.
• Suggestion was made to meet with BREDS to see if they would be amenable to being paid month by month rather than signing a lease, until the viability of the centre is ascertained.
• Gerry suggested that we find out if the area youth really want to become involved, and what their demographics are.
• An interim Youth Task Force was suggested. They will exist for 6 weeks, to determine viability and sustainability. MOTION made by Wayne: To form an interim Youth Task Force who will meet separately from the general BRIDGS meeting; seconded by Cindy; CARRIED.

Bear River Health Centre: Norma reported that the Health Centre has received provincial funding from the Department of Health. They are currently conducting a search for an administrative assistant and program coordinator. Hal is serving on the search committee. The rebuilding is nearly complete as well.

Bear River Pageant/Presentation: Hal reported that we should hear about provincial funding in about a month. The benefits to the community of such a project include:
• Summer and possibly long-term employment
• Developing partnerships with other community groups
• Infrastructure improvements through cultural heritage funding
• Retrofitting funding for the buildings
• Increased tourism
MOTION made by Susan to release funds to Hal designed for research and writing the Bear River Pageant, seconded by Cindy; CARRIED.

Community Volunteerism Presentation: John proposed that we have a village wide meeting in autumn of all of the volunteer organizations, open to the public, to give the groups a chance to demonstrate what they have accomplished during the year, what their future plans are, what kind of volunteer opportunities are available, etc. John has already talked to Board of Trade and Legion Auxiliary representatives, who support the idea. Cindy will talk to the Fire Hall, and offered to work with John on coordinating this.

Other Recent Achievements:
• BRIDGS received a certificate of appreciation from the Fire Hall for our volunteer efforts during the Cherry Carnival
• We have all been working on membership development
• The Ladies Auxiliary is offering to sponsor a coffee canteen for the Youth Centre
• There was a great turn out for the Save the Ferry Rally; lots of BRIDGS people there.

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

5. Next Meeting
October 11, 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, August 9, 2006

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
August 9, 2006,
Youth Centre (Trading Post Building)

Present: Cindy Harris, John & Susan Malmstrom, Hal Theriault, Wayne Smith, Tim Wilson, Don Rice, Norma Wagner, Larry Knox, Flora Doehler, Jesse Doehler-Knox, Nikki Sang, Julian & Barbara Graham, Glendean Parker.

1. Call to Order/Adoption of Agenda
Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
MOTION to accept the Agenda made by Cindy Harris, seconded by Don Rice. CARRIED.

2. Introduction of Minutes from Previous Meeting

3. New Business

Executive Committee Minutes: were read by Secretary Susan Malmstrom.

Treasurer’s Report: Wayne Smith submitted a Treasurer’s Report. All of the information reflects all expenses that have been paid to date. He has access to the information on-line at any time. He noted that the report reflects that we have assets for the first time. When the bank statement is received, it will be faxed to Wayne so that he has a copy before the general meeting. MOTION to accept the Treasurer’s Report was made by Wayne, seconded by Cindy. CARRIED. MOTION was made to reconcile the Treasurer’s Report with the bank statement by Wayne Smith, seconded by Julian Graham. CARRIED. Don Rice suggested that it is not necessary to read aloud the Treasurer’s Report line by line as this will bog down future meetings.

Youth Centre: Youth Committee Chair Tim Wilson reported on the following:
• The painting party attracted about a dozen participants, including parents.
• The insurance bill cannot be pro-rated, since we are one of 120 other participants in the policy. This means that we have an upcoming insurance bill of $525 due on October 1st, which presents a challenge. It is critical that the Youth Centre is successfully launched in order to maintain credibility with the village and with funders. We will have to find a way to pay for this (plus the rent, which will also be due). Suggestions of a fundraiser or a partnership with the local PTAs were made. If the Youth Centre could offer a program such as homework help, we may be able to partner with the schools.
• A planned budget for the next six months should be drawn up.
• In the next six weeks, volunteer staffing needs to be put into place. A roster of volunteers from amongst parents and BRIDGS members needs to be made. Jane Kingston and Bonnie Macleod will approach the parents of the local teenagers. We need to find out from the insurers if background checks are mandatory for volunteers. (Andre Bouchard would be a good contact for this.)
• Ages 14-16 are the target youth audience.
• September 16th is the tentative grand opening day.
• The upstairs of the Trading Post is also available to the Youth Committee to rent. Glendean Parker said that she could take to BREDS an offer of an additional $50 per month for the space. It is a large space with a restroom.
• Hal suggested an emergency meeting of the Youth Committee to discuss funding possibilities with Andre Bouchard. Hal and Susan offered to attend the meeting. Tim will contact everyone with a date.

Strategic Plan: There has been no news on the Strategic Plan since our last general meeting.

New Business:
• A letter from Adrian Potter was published in the Digby Courier on July 27. The two main points that must be countered are: 1) Funding that BRIDGS receives should be used for a water delivery system for the village; 2) BRIDGS is not being truthful regarding our relationships with other organizations. In address to the first issue, government support is always mandated to specific expenditures and must be allocated accordingly. In address to issue #2, John talked to Daryl Jelfs of the Fire Hall and Mary Golding of the Legion Auxiliary, and both re-iterated their support of BRIDGS. Rather than rebutting the letter in a subsequent issue of the Courier, the Executive Committee decided that it was more prudent to address Mr. Potter’s concerns in a personal letter, which also served as an invitation to attend a BRIDGS meeting. Since there has been no follow-up in the Courier, the issue is currently tabled.
• Town Meeting: To bring the village up-to-date on what the local volunteer organizations have been accomplishing, and hope to accomplish in the coming year, BRIDGS would like to organize a joint community meeting where they would have the opportunity to share their information with everyone else. Invitees will include BREDS, the Board of Trade, the Ladies Auxiliary, the Fire Hall and the Medical Clinic (plus any other group that would like to participate). John volunteered to begin to make contact with the directors of these groups to ascertain if the other groups are amenable to this idea. MOTION was made to launch a community-wide meeting to showcase the volunteer organizations of Bear River by Tim Wilson, seconded by Julian Graham. CARRIED.
• Save the Ferry Rally: The Digby Ferry to St. John is in danger of being closed. Everyone is encouraged to bring a sign and make some noise at an upcoming rally at the Ferry Terminal on Friday, August 11, 11:30 AM.

5. Review and Adoption of Minutes from Previous Meeting
MOTION: Moved by Cindy Harris, seconded by Julian Graham to approve and adopt the Minutes of the July 12, 2006 meeting. CARRIED.

6. Next Meeting
September 13, at 7:30 PM at the Youth Centre (Trading Post).

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