2014 to be year of rebuilding for Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce

Frank Gale
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STEPHENVILLE — The year 2013 was a bit of a difficult one for the Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce due to numbers on the executive being down.

That’s according to former chamber president Debbie Brake-Patten, who said the recent annual general meeting on Dec. 10 brought positive news when a new executive was elected with more people and some different faces.

The former executive was short four people, operating with 11 members instead of the normal 15. Brake-Patten said that often made it difficult to hold a meeting because there wasn’t enough people to meet a quorum.

Brake-Patten said the chamber now has just two seats left to fill on the executive, a first vice-president and a director. The chamber is looking for people to fill those, as well as new members and businesses to join.

The new executive is in place for a two-year period.

Bob Byrnes, the new president, said 2014 will be a year of rebuilding and during the first meeting of the executive later this month, members will set the direction for the coming year.

He said it’s hoped that ideas will come forward for different types of activities and events the chamber can get involved in.

Brake-Patten said the executive was unable to revive the former Bay Expo last year and the only big event that took place was the Wayne Wheeler Memorial Golf Tournament held in July that had 20 teams of four players each.



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