Chamber welcomes bank manager as guest speaker

Marion MacDonald
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The April meeting of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce was held at the Red Rooster Restaurant with 19 members in attendance.

The minutes of the March meeting were circulated, reviewed and adopted.

President Marion Miller reported that an e-mail had been sent to Tourism Minister Valerie Docherty recommending that Don Harron be recognized in some way for helping to create Anne of Green Gables - The Musical, which has been so successful for the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Scott Dawson gave a report on the incoming officers for the coming year: president - Marion Miller, members at large - Evelyn Rogerson and Sharon Zannier, secretary treasurer - Cathy Thomas. These officers were declared elected. A vice-president is still needed.

Correspondence consisted of a buyers guide and a notice of the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce annual meeting to be held at Stanley Bridge, May 22-24.

Miller stated that no word has been received about possible road work being done for the area.

The treasurer submitted the financial report, which showed receipts up to the end of March.

Plans for a spring dinner or reception will be discussed at the May meeting. Members are being asked for their input.

The guest speaker was Gary McDonough, manager of the Scotiabanks in Crapaud and Albany. He was introduced by Miller, who also encouraged the members to patronize local businesses.

McDonough first asked the members what they thought of retirement. Hopefully, he said, most will be able to do what they want to do and have the resources and the health to be able to do it. He went on to give some of the pitfalls to avoid. About one in six people plan for retirement, he stated.

He also answered questions about how low-income families can save and invest. Credit cards are easy to get, he noted, adding that he can only coach and advise customers about how to use them well. A life skills course at school would be a good idea so these skills might be learned at a young age.

An RESP government-matched fund is a good way to save for childrens education, McDonough stated.

Miller thanked McDonough for coming. The meeting was adjourned, and refreshments were served.

In other community news, there will be a flea market sale at the Crapaud Hall today, 8 a.m.-noon, in aid of the hall renovation fund.

There will be a ceilidh at St. Josephs Community Centre, Kellys Cross, Sunday, May 18, 7 p.m., with lots of entertainment, an open mike, a 50/50 draw and lunch, Admission is $5 with proceeds in aid of the renovation fund.

Jericho Road will be singing at the Tryon Baptist Church at 7 p.m. on May 18. A freewill offering will be taken to go to missions. Everyone is welcome.

The monthly Bonshaw ceilidh is held the last Sunday of the month with the next one on May 25 at 7 p.m. at the Bonshaw Community Centre. Regular performers will welcome special guests Nancy Clement, Dennis Wells, Gary Torlone, Marcus Lutterman and Amanda Holm. There will also be a 50/50 draw, lunch and open stage time. Proceeds this month go to the MacKellar Centre for Social Justice. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 675-4282.

Looking ahead, an invitation is extended to everyone to come to Merry Pop-Ins child-care centre to celebrate Canada Day on June 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Activities include a toy parade for pre-school children (two to five years old) at 10 a.m., a flag-raising and cake cutting at 10:15 a.m., games, a treasurer hunt, a fish pond, balloon sculptures, face-painting, music and a barbecue.

The centre is now accepting registrations for Merry Pop-Ins summer bridging camp for children six to 12 years old. The program will run June 30 to Aug. 29 and include lots of fun activities as well as reading and writing (bridging) program. For information, call 658-2560.

Looking even further ahead, reserve July 7 for the Argyle Shore strawberry social.  

 To contact Marion MacDonald regarding upcoming events or column suggestions

for Crapaud Tidings, write P.O. Box 115,

Crapaud, COA 1J0, or call her at 658-2028 or e-mail

Material for her column must be

submitted by Monday at noon of the week prior to publication.

Organizations: South Shore Chamber of Commerce, Confederation Centre, Evelyn Rogerson and Sharon Zannier Atlantic Chamber of Commerce Josephs Community Centre Tryon Baptist Church Bonshaw Community Centre MacKellar Centre for Social Justice

Geographic location: Green Gables, Stanley Bridge, Albany Jericho Road

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