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.

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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.

Executive Committee Report – Oct 18/06

BRIDGS
Executive Committee Report
October 18, 2006
Trading Post

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

The meeting was called to order at 8:00 AM.

Youth Centre:
• Wayne gave an update on behalf of the Youth Task Force. They have pledged by November 1 to:
1. Present a budget
2. Reveal two new funding possibilities
3. Report the results of the telephone survey
4. Report any findings from the two school systems.

Voice of Bear River:
• Hal is working with our VBR volunteer, Gerry Chute, on this program.

Election of Officers:
• A transitional phase for a vice chair was suggested, with the current chair role evolving into an emeritus role.

Treasurer’s Report:
Two separate private donations of $100 each have been pledged to the Youth Centre. Wayne will collect them and record them prior to the next meeting.

Bear River Theatrical Project:
Susan will forward a photo archive on disk to Hal.

Meeting adjourned at 9:30 AM.

Minutes, October 11, 2006

BRIDGS
(Bear River Innovation, Development and Growth Society)
October 11, 2006,
Youth Centre (Trading Post Building)

Present: Cindy Harris, John & Susan Malmstrom, Hal Theriault, Don Rice, Nathan Waterman, Grey McKenzie, 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: Introduction of and welcome to Nathan and Grey.

Executive Committee Minutes: were read by Secretary Susan Malmstrom.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Wayne Smith could not be at tonight’s meeting; a report will be submitted at the next Executive Committee meeting.

Youth Centre:
• Report from the Youth Centre Task Force was delivered by Hal. Using a prepared script as a guideline, 18 volunteers surveyed by telephone Bear River and Clementsvale residents to assess community interest in a youth centre. The unofficial report back suggests that there is desire to have a youth centre, but we will have to work to put together a volunteer team to staff it. A formal report will be delivered by the Task Force to the Executive Committee by November 1.
• Funding possibilities have been investigated by Hal, including County and recreation monies. He will continue to pursue all leads. He is currently drafting a proposal to Service Canada to sponsor a managerial position, in the event that the Youth Centre goes forward. MOTION: moved by Cindy to have Hal continue to pursue funding sources for the Youth Centre. Seconded by Rob; CARRIED.
• There will be a special meeting of the telephone survey volunteers at the Youth Centre on October 12. Anyone interested may attend.

New Drop-In Centre: Grey and Nathan presented information on a new venture that they, along with their partners Elizabeth and Rose, are planning to launch in the former crafts building, next to the Cherry Brook Grocery. They will be serving coffee that they have roasted themselves, while offering everything from music to computer skills training. One of their main goals is to offer an alternative venue for young people to congregate, while promoting Bear River and village business. BRIDGS encouraged them to stay in touch so that we do not duplicate efforts, and will assist them whenever possible. They have the same overall goals in mind, such as infrastructure repair and economic development.

Bear River: The River, The Forest, The People: Hal presented a current budget on the theatrical piece that he is working on for BRIDGS. Susan and Hal will work together to gather stories and pictures that are needed for research. Hal will meet with Linda Findlay of the Oakdene board to discuss partnering with them to present the pageant. Cindy suggested that someone contact Peter Guilford regarding architectural plans for the Oakdene. Grey offered to share with Hal a similar plan done in Ontario for another group.

Strategic Development Plan: Hal presented a report on current funding for the Plan. He is in touch with ACOA and the Office of Economic Development to finalize funding.

Voice of Bear River: Hal has been contacted by CBC Radio to provide someone who is willing to give a report on what is currently happening in Bear River via live early morning radio every month. Since there were no volunteers from members present, he will continue his talent hunt.

Medical Centre Update: Hal participated in the interview process for a new administrator for the Bear River Medical Centre. They are pleased to report the hiring of full-time employee Leslie Harris.

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

5. Next Meeting
November 8, 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 – Sept 25/06

BRIDGS
Executive Committee Report
September 25, 2006
Trading Post

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

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

Treasurer’s Report:
• The treasurer’s report was submitted by Wayne Smith and accepted by the Committee.

Youth Centre:
• The month to month rental agreement was OK’ed by Glendean Parker who will take it to the BREDS board.
• The Youth Task Force is launching a phone survey to determine the level of interest in the Youth Centre. There will be a meeting on Sept. 28 to finalize the script.
• A follow-up meeting to the phone analysis will take place at the Yout Centre on October 12 at 7 PM.
• Susan will write a letter to MacDonald Chisholm Trask Insurance thanking them for making an exception to the Youth Centre by pro-rating the policy when she forwards the insurance payment, due Oct. 1.
• Hal will look into the Job Creation Partnership as a possible funding source for a Youth Centre employee. John offered to assist if necessary.
• Grey Mckenzie is interested in speaking at the next general BRIDGS meeting regarding his own efforts at youth outreach in the community.

Bear River Pageant:
• Hal is researching and writing the core script.
• Susan will forward a copy of the contract to Wayne for record keeping.
• John asked Hal to deliver bullet-pointed “accomplishment” lists at the general meetings.

Town Meeting:
• John will work with Cindy to get things in to place for the volunteer organizations meeting.
• John will see if we can have this meeting at the Fire Hall in November.

Other Business:
• It was suggested that the Treasurer’s Report be delivered at the end of the meeting. It will be a summation; if members have questions, they can talk to Wayne after the meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 10:00 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.