Chamber Celebrates 50 Years
On May 1st the Saugeen
Shores Chamber of Com-
merce came out in full force
to celebrate 50 years serv-
ing the business community.
The spring Annual General
Meeting was transformed
into a Gala Event , that also
included the Business Ex-
cellence Awards presenta-
After introducing all dignitar-
ies, Past Presidents, former
staff and the existing Board
of Directors President Gary Past Presidents (standing) Kent Milroy, Tim Eaton, Andy Kuperus, Harry
Brown introduced Richard Kibbler, Duncan Atkinson (seated) John Miller, Archie Gilles, and current
Stephenson, General Man- President Gary R. Brown
ager at OLG Slots at Hano- prepared by Lakeshore Rec- the attendees on Municipal
ver Raceway who welcomed reation, the Annual General affairs.
attendees on behalf of title Meeting was called to order Presentations & Business
sponsor OLG. John Divin- and the Financial Report Excellence Awards were
ski, from 98 the Beach lead and Presidents Year in Re- next on the agenda.
Grace and a Toast to the view were presented. and are featured within this
Queen. With the business portion of newsletter.
During a wonderful dinner the meeting completed, See AGM Presentations &
Mayor Mike Smith updated Awards pg 3
Yes, we see it just around the The Tourism Coordinator was Inside this issue:
corner! Everyone is gearing once again successful in her
up for the summer and your grant applications for summer
Tourism / Chamber Offices students to augment our sea- Upcoming Networking & 2
are no different. sonal staff. Bruce County Educational Events
Inquiries are increasing and it Tourism has also been able
has become quite obvious to help with two “Summer Ex- Business Award Winners 3
that more and more Ontari- perience Program” grants for
ans are choosing to holiday summer students. These Fred Wuerth Memborial 3
in their own back yard. The grants allow us to offer job Award
buzz word is “staycations”, experience & a summer pay-
travelling and visiting sites check to students, while giv- Teen Employee Safety 4
and events that are 2-4 hours ing the best service possible
drive from home. With this in to the visitor. Interviews will Benefit Facts 4
mind, we will be actively ad- take place mid-May with the
vertising and promoting new staff starting in early New & Renewed 5
Saugeen Shores in those June. The Southampton lo- Memberships 6
markets. cation will be opened 7 days
a week at that time. Pumpkinfest Update 7
Spring Newsletter May 2009 Chamber of Commerce Page 2
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber Open House, BBQ &
Thursday June 18, 11 am—2 pm
Business After Hours is an after work social
activity for members, hosted by a member. Port Elgin Office, 559 Goderich St.
This is a tremendous opportunity for mem- We invite you to join us for this fun BBQ Luncheon
bers to get together and network and learn & Open House. Come see the renovations made to
about each others businesses. They are the office with the addition of the
“come & go” events, starting at 5:30 p.m. Saugeen Shores Business Enterprise
Munchies are provided by the host. Centre. Socialize with other Saugeen
Shores business owners while our
Thursday, May 14, The Windspire Inn friends from Port Elgin and District
Hosts: Jerry & Deb Donkersgoed Lions Club flip burgers and hot dogs .
Thursday, June 11,
Chippewa Golf & Country Club The Membership Drive will run between
Host: Geza Kocsis May 28 & June 18.
Tell your Business Associates
Mark your Calendar! Enter to win 6 months free on-line advertising by:
Our Annual Fun Golf Classic **Referring a new member
July 26 at The Links at Pipers Glen **Attending the BBQ
Bring your partners, your sense of fun, maybe even your clubs. You will automatically be entered!
NEW THS YEAR!! PLAYING 18 HOLES!!! NEW MEMBERS
If your looking for laughs and a fun day . Join us. **Purchase a new membership during the above dates
$75 per golfer. Dinner included. and the administration fee will be waived.!
Chairs: Sheri Miller; John Kirkham **One lucky new member will win their membership
for one year FREE!
HST/GST Training Update your info!
We would like to remind all
members to visit their listing
on the website, check their
description and contact infor-
mation. Bring us brochures
Working with the Saugeen Shores and business cards.
Business Enterprise Centre, on We LOVE to refer!
Networking Breakfast October 27th we will be offering
Thursday, May 28, 7:30 am an Ontario Ministry of Revenue & Reminders for Staff!
Colonial Motel Meeting Room, the Canada Revenue Agency Leave prime parking spots for
breakfast compliments of our HST/GST Government Seminar the visitor.
host, 98 the Beach. This ses- Now we don’t have to drive to Bar- Chamber Gift Certificates and
sion will examine ways to pro- rie or London for these “how to” Member to Member Benefits
mote your business through ra- sessions! Please RSVP to Jackie cards may be presented
dio advertising and promotions. at 519-832-2332 if you plan to at- The emergency phone tree
Learn to create effective ad tend. We may need two sessions! can only be initiated by
campaigns and how a good pro- Drop in to the Centre for access Saugeen Shores Police.
motion can create the ultimate and advice for all your business Be helpful! We want the visi-
“buzz” for your business. needs. Phone 519-832-2082 tor to return!
Call Sally to reserve . email@example.com Have a Great Summer!
More Event on next page!
Spring Newsletter May 2009 Chamber of Commerce Page 3
Summer Teen Employees
As an employer you might work off of the assump-
tion that most employees are out to protect them- Benefit Facts
selves, first and foremost. But that's not always the Your advisor is your Chamber
case with teenage workers. Teens seem to lack that Plan expert, he is a source of in-
crucial sense of self-preservation, making them al- formation and knowledge that will
help to review your coverage and
most a whole separate species of worker. You must
enhance it. Talk to your advisor
remember to treat them as such. about how the Chambers Plan
Whether it's due to a lack of work and life experi- can ensure you and your employ-
ence, an overwhelming eagerness to please, a fear ees continue to have the most
of getting into trouble (or of getting someone else appropriate coverage as your firm
evolves over time.
into trouble), a reluctance to question authority fig-
Whether you want to add dental,
ures, simple laziness, a complete lack of common critical illness or any other op-
sense, or whatever, teens often don't protect them- tional coverage, your advisor will
selves as they should in the workplace. This puts work with you to make the best
them at increased risk for injuries and harassment, choices for your needs and
which they often won't report. It creates a danger- budget.
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employers. Every year in Ontario, more than complete look at what Chambers
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received on the job. Take care to train your young
The representative for our region
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More Summer Events
Come help us celebrate
Canada's Birthday 15th Annual Cruiser’s Cruise Nites
CANADA DAY Thursdays in Southampton
Wednesday, July 1,
6 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Dominion Point in
(under the big flag!)
at May 14—September 10
Spring Newsletter May 2009 Chamber of Commerce Page 4
Business Excellence Awards
The Saugeen Shore Business Excellence
Awards are presented every other year at the
Spring AGM. Over 600 nominations where Tim, Betty &
received, so the selection committee really Melissa
deserves our thanks—it was no easy task! Simpson were pre-
sented with the NWMO Special
Merit Award by Kevin Orr, Senior Commu-
nications Advisor, for their restoration of a heri-
Section Project Man-
ager presented the
The Bruce Power Community Service Award Award to Pauline and
was presented by Ian McGinty, VP, Human Re- Randy Derry, of
sources to Gord & Ann MacKay of Austin Graph-
Lakeshore Recreation. ics.
Port’s Emporium was the
proud recipient of the Merid- Wayne Eichenberger
ian Customer Service presented The Bruce
Excellence Award, pre- Telecom Excellence
sented by Brad Tieman, in Technology Award
Assistant Branch Manager. to Mike and Lori Hill
Pictured above are Jane of Cora Computers.
McAllister (owner) with Yvonne
King (Chamber Staff)
The Chamber of Com-
merce Business of
The Saugeen Shores
the Year Award went
Small Business Enter-
to a deserving
prise Centre Manager,
Jill Roote, was pleased
to present Jennifer
Grant of Curves the
the award from Cheryl
Rookie Business of the Year
Goetz, Vice President.
Unveiling a Very Special Award
Every once in a while there is someone so special in
a community that everyone who has met him has
been impacted. Fred Wuerth was such a man. Kent
Milroy was honoured to oversee the unveiling and
dedication of the Port Elgin Pumpkinfest Tri-County
Growers Award. This award will recognize the largest
local pumpkin brought to Pumpkinfest each year. The
inscription reads “Founding Father of Pumpkinfest”.
Spring Newsletter May 2009 Chamber of Commerce Page 5
(From January 1, 2009—May 8, 2009) McDonald’s Restaurant
A Shady Lane Cottage Nuclear Waste Management Organization
Edgewood Construction Saugeen Shores Business Enterprise Centre
Lucid Graphic Solutions The Links at Piper’s Glen Golf Club (New Own-
A Southampton Retreat ers)
Alexander House Timber Wolf Builders & Developers
Goodbye Junk O’Keefe Landscaping
South-Port Towing Gerry’s Fast Food ( New Owners)
Breakers Beachfront Cottage The Old Homestead
Carlsun Energy Solutions Sparkles Laundromat
Cintas Wal Mart Canada Corporation
Circa 1882 Century Vacation Home Freedom 55 Financial
cleancraft Streak Free/Kerri Clean
EMJAY This ‘N’ That Antiques & Collectibles
Mann-Made Studios Cox’s Corner Cottages
(From January 1, 2009—May 8, 2009) Poplar Cottages
Ackert Insurance Ralph’s Hi-Way Shopette
Aunt Mabel’s Country Kitchen Scotia Bank
Aunt Mabel’s Country Kitchen Motel Shoreline Beacon News
BDO Dunwoody LLP South Port Golf Course
Bruce Power Southampton Care Centre Inc.
Canadian Tire Store South-Port Geothermal Ltd.
CarruthersNicol Ins. & Investments Sunrise Café
First Student TD Canada Trust
Ideal Auto Supply Ziegler Lumber
Lawrence D. Ryder LL.B A Beach House on The Boardwalk
Legault’s Independent A Gem on Emerald
Little’s Furniture Dennison Homes
Martin’s Home Colours Falkingham/Juffs CMA’S
Meridian Credit Union Herbal Magic
Nature’s Millworks Investment Planning Counsel of Canada
Ontario Power Generation Martin’s Bicycle Shop
Peninsula Ford Martin’s Home Hardware
Spring Newsletter May 2009 Chamber of Commerce Page 6
Cedar Court Motel
More Renewed Members... Beverly A. Morgan, Bookkeeper
Come Back Inn
Port Elgin Veterinary Clinic
Davidson-Hill Elevator Inc.
Robert E. Forsyth Barrister & Solicitor
Rosner’s Service Centre
Downs Pro Hardware
Seaman & Sons Custom Builders
The Guest House Inn
Hampton Court Villa
Owen Sound Sun Times
Lake Huron Cottage Rentals
Tibor Bizony Auto Repair
Mill Creek Chocolates
A Century Home on Huron
Saugeen Golf Club
Alley Cat Cottage & Suites
Schendel & Sullivan Shoes
Scoreboard Sports Too
Br. Peninsula Huron Shores Cottages
South Georgian Private Cottage
Sister’s On Huron
Cedar Breeze Cottage
Square Deal Neils
Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada
T.A. Stewart & Son Contracting Ltd.
The Maples Dental Clinic
Chinaman’s Hat Waterfront Cottage
The Wiggle Inn
Dreamaker Family Campground
Franklin House Bed & Breakfast
Turn Key Mechanical Group
Grey Bruce Airbus
Wardrop :Home Health & Mobility
Huntley O’Hagan Financial Planning
Wild Wings Port Elgin
Kingsway Arms at Elgin Lodge
Amble Lane Cottages
Milroy Funeral Home
Austin Graphics Inc.
Nuclear Waste Management Organization
Beagle Run Nursery & Orchard Ltd.
B J’s Video
Shoreline Shopping Centre
Court One Cottages
Doll House Private Cottage
Sunset Cottage Park & Guest House
Dr. D.G. MacKay
Glory Lane Guest Haus
The Cook’s Cupboard
Lorraine Axford, Unisex Hairstylist
The Southampton Inn
Open Arms Private Cottage
Thomas White, Chartered Accountant
Reid’s Heritage Homes Ltd.
Saugeen Auto Serve
Rogers Communications / McNain TV &
Amethyst Cottage Court
B.J.S. Electric Ltd.
Bayberry’s of High Street
Saugeen First Nation Economic Development
Pumpkinfest Wins “Best Community Involvement” Award
At the Festivals and Events Ontario Conference in February, Port Elgin Pumpkinfest
was awarded “Best Community Involvement”. This award belongs to the entire
community, and is a reflection on the great dedication of all of our volunteers,
non-profit groups, sponsors, and community partners. Congratulations Saugeen
Shores!! At the same conference Pumpkinfest was also awarded a spot on the
Top 100 Ontario Festivals and Events list.
Trophy Dedicated in Memory of Fred Wuerth
At the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meet-
ing, Port Elgin Pumpkinfest dedicated the Tri-County Growers Award
to the memory of one of the Founding Fathers of Port Elgin
Pumpkinfest, Fred Wuerth. Fred was instrumental in the starting of
Port Elgin Pumpkinfest, and has been a strong supporter throughout
the years. Fred’s wife Helen & daughter Amy accepted the
dedication presented to them by Kent Milroy. The award will be
presented to the Grower from the Tri-County Area (Bruce, Grey,
Huron) each year who weighs in the largest pumpkin on the Sunday of Pumpkinfest weekend.
Pumpkinfest Receives $48,750 from
Advertising with Port Elgin Pumpkinfest
Celebrate Ontario Funding
Port Elgin Pumpkinfest has some advertising op-
portunities coming up this summer: For the third year in a row, Port Elgin Pumpkin-
Colouring Book fest has received funding from the Ministry of
Place an ad in the most sought after publication Tourism under the Celebrate Ontario Grant Pro-
The second edition of the Official Colouring Book gram. This money will be used to bring new
promises to be another hit! The books are a free enhancements to the festival. In 2007 the
give away and flew off the shelves in 2008. money was used to purchase mascots costumes
and make a photo booth & in 2008 the money
Schedule of Events
was used to create three areas: Patches Pumpkin
This publication contains the maps and the sched-
Patch, Petals Entertainment Area, & the Twins
ule and is a must have for all festival visitors!
Game Zone. Details about the 2009 funds will
To learn more about these opportunities, contact be available in the coming weeks.
Yvonne King at 519-832-2332 or by email
Your 2009 Port Elgin Pumpkinfest
Port Elgin Pumpkinfest
559 Goderich Street
Port Elgin, ON, N0H 2C4
Lisa Irwin Sally Hunt Nikki Barker
Coordinator Community Operations
Join Us October 3rd & 4th 2009!