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					MAY 2009

               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-
Chamber Chat

               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 &
                                                                           Membership Drive
                                                                          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 .                                  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.
ous situation for teens and a liability nightmare for        Visit for a
employers. Every year in Ontario, more than                  complete look at what Chambers
50,000 workers age 24 and under report injuries              Plan can offer you.
received on the job. Take care to train your young
                                                             The representative for our region
staff in all aspects of Health & Safety.
                                                             is: Richard Gamblen
                    Have a Safe and                          Grey Bruce Insurance Agency
                 Prosperous Summer!                

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!)

            Fire works
                 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-
                                                                                  tage building.

                                                                                  Gary Varsava,
                                                                                  Section Project Man-
                                                                                  ager presented the
                                                                                  OPG Environmental
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,
                                                      Ralph’s Hi-Way
Jill Roote, was pleased
                                                      Shopete. Cathy
to present Jennifer
                                                      McNamara accepts
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
                                                Digital Expression
Rosner’s Service Centre
                                                Downs Pro Hardware
Seaman & Sons Custom Builders
                                                Dronyk Condo
The Guest House Inn
                                                Hampton Court Villa
Owen Sound Sun Times
                                                Hillcrest Cottages
Thorncrest Outfitters
                                                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
Belvedere Cottages
                                                Scoreboard Sports Too
Br. Peninsula Huron Shores Cottages
                                                South Georgian Private Cottage
Bruce Telecom
                                                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
                                                Town Cottage
Greenwood Cottage
                                                Wismer House
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
Shimmering Shores
                                                Cora Computers
Shoreline Shopping Centre
                                                Court One Cottages
Southampton Foodland
                                                Doll House Private Cottage
Sunset Cottage Park & Guest House
                                                Dr. D.G. MacKay
Sunshine Laundromat
                                                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.
Vincent Jewellers
                                                Saugeen Auto Serve
Wardrop Pharmasave
                                                Rogers Communications / McNain TV &
Amethyst Cottage Court
B.J.S. Electric Ltd.
                                                Saugeen Security
Bayberry’s of High Street
                                                Saugeen First Nation Economic Development
Beach Haven
                                                Sierra Landscaping
Beachside Cabins
                              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
Pumpkin Chat

               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
                                                                                          Relations     Assistant

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