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Posted on Tuesday November 21, 2017 at 10:32AM

The County of Wetaskiwin is continuing to support the Pigeon Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

At the Nov. 7 Wetaskiwin County General Council meeting representatives from the Regional Chamber attended to update council and ask for financial support.

“It’s interesting looking back on the evolution of the Pigeon Lake Chamber of Commerce from a failed organization to the successful organization it is today,” said past-president Rodger Cole. “We are lucky to have a hard working dedicated group of volunteers.”

Over the past year, said Cole, the eight-person board as been willing to help on any project or lead the Chamber’s various initiatives like organizing the annual Ice Golf event or participating in the Cottage Life Show in Edmonton.

“Our board members are key to our success,” he said.

Additionally, having an administrator on staff and in the office a couple days of the week for more than two years is benefitting members and increases the Chamber’s operation effectiveness.

“Having someone local looking after members and member’s issues has been really helpful,” he said.

Pigeon Lake’s Chamber is atypical of most Chambers of Commerce as there is no central community. Memberships come from the 10 summer villages and both Leduc and Wetaskiwin Counties.

“We truly are a regional chamber,” said Cole. “Our only measure of success is continued membership.”

Currently, the Chamber has 100 members, which generates $12,120 in funding. The fun map which highlights the area and is put out annually generates $2,247.25 in revenue.

The Chamber’s major fund raiser is the Ice Golf tournament, which raised $13,781.25 last year and also draws people to the area.

“It’s a great thing for our community,” said Chamber president Darrel Bohlender.

”It’s a great way to promote the region and shows we are an all-season destination,” added Cole.

Plans are currently underway for the 2018 event in March.

“As in previous years, we have made very effort to live within our means, recognizing our resources are finite,” said Cole. “We make every effort to maximize the dollars available to us and minimize the costs associated with our operations.”

An additional $7,500 has come from Wetaskiwin County.

After hearing from the delegation and learning their plans for the future include a RCMP Crime Prevention membership information night, increased effort to provide members with information on benefits, hands on social media training programs, improving communication and outreach with the members and improved use of social media to promote the Chamber and its members, Council passed a motion approving the request. The Pigeon Lake Chamber was also planning to approach Leduc County with a funding request.

Author: Pigeon Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

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