Businesses can drop off info at visitor information centre
With the Town of Sundre having given the Sundre and District Chamber of Commerce $10,000 to run the visitor information centre this year, all local businesses are welcome to drop off their brochures, business cards and other information at the centre, says chamber president Sherry Tytkanych.
“Now that the town has stepped up and is giving us $10,000 every year, any business in Sundre can bring their information to leave at the information centre; it’s not just for chamber members anymore,” said Tytkanych. “If they bring in their information then Gord (Moore, chamber manager) can give it out.”
The visitor information centre, located on Main Avenue in Sundre, will have a summer student on staff starting in July.
PARADE WILL FEATURE PROMINENT WOMEN
In other chamber news, although Premier Alison Redford and Wild Rose Opposition leader Danielle Smith have both declined invitations to attend, this year’s rodeo parade on June 23 will feature numerous prominent and well-known women, she said.
The theme of this year’s chamber of commerce spearheaded parade is ‘Women of the West’, highlighting the past and present contributions of women in Alberta communities.
Among those scheduled to attend are Miss Rodeo Canada and parade marshal Arleta Bowhay, Olympic silver medal winning curler Cheryl Bernard, Alberta High School Rodeo Queen Desirae Jackson, world championship curling contestant Becca Konschuh, and others.
“We’ve got lots of ladies involved,” she said.
MEMBERSHIPS ON THE RISE
Membership numbers in the chamber have increased markedly from this time last year, she said.
“I think we are just about at 150 and that is way up,” she said. “That’s a good thing. People are starting to seek us out, so that’s nice. They hear we are doing good things so that makes up happy.”
SKATEPARK NEARING COMPLETION
Construction of the new town skatepark, located in northwest Sundre along the Bearberry Creek, should be wrapping up within the next week or so, depending on the weather, she said.
A grand opening will be held, although a date for that event has not been set, she said, noting fundraising is continuing on the project.
Chamber and other businesses have contributed toward the project, as have local residents, local organizations and others.
TRADE FAIR ENTRIES CONTINUE TO COME IN
Planning and preparation for the annual trade fair, which is being held in conjunction with the SPOG Neighbour’s Day on September 14, is coming along nicely, she said.
“We have a lot of entries coming in and there are booths available. We are working closely with SPOG,” she said.
SMALL BUSINESS WEEK EVENT PLANNED
The chamber will host an awards night and banquet in October for local businesses and others. The call for nominations for the various awards will go out in early September.
The event will be held at the Sundre Community Centre.
STREET DANCE IN AUGUST
There will be a community dance held outside the Sundre Museum as part of the Bulls & Wagons event.
“Because of the recent river situation, we won’t be doing the river raft races this year, obviously, but the street dance is a go,” she said.