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New Hamburg Board of Trade General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Catered by Puddicombe House.
  • 50/50 draw: $55.00 was won by Bob Zehr.

1. Guest Speaker

2. Meeting Minutes

  • President Steve Wagler discussed the minutes from January's members meeting and the February executive. Motion to accept minutes: Joe Figliomeni. Second: Meredith Hagen. Carried.

3. Board of Trade Business

  • Joe Figliomeni presented the Board's 2014 budget. Audited statements will be available next month. Motion to accept budget: Joe Figliomeni. Seconded: Dave MacKay. Carried.
  • Steve: Cheryl Gordijk's role is being changed to cover duties that are more member-focused. She will also be our volunteer coordinator for various Board events.

4. Marketing

  • Nigel Gordijk and Steve Wagler presented details of some of the Board's current marketing initiative, including the New Hamburg business pull-out supplement that appears in the Spring/Summer 2014 Wilmot Recreation Guide. All 12 advertising spots were sold out to Board members within two days. Another supplement will be available in the Fall/Winter 2014 guide.
  • Nigel also introduced members to a new online feature, in conjunction with the Township of Wilmot, who will assist the Board in promoting it. "Deals to make you smile" will contain "coupons" about members' promotions. This is a free feature that is only available to our members, and is free of charge. For now, this will be limited to the first 12 applicants each month. The plan is to go live with the first batch of ads at the beginning of April, so full details will be emailed to members during March. Visual examples of how these webpages will look can be see at www.newhamburg.ca/marketing/.
  • Our "New Hamburg: You're Welcome" window stickers are currently being distributed to members by Cheryl Gordijk. These will be renewed each year with each new or renewed membership.
  • The Board currently has seven members featured in "Faces of New Hamburg". David Seyler (Riverside Brass) is the most recent addition, and his profile was heavily promoted during January (all the other profile pages were promoted, too) using social media. Consequently, David's page was the most visited during this period: 29 Facebook and Twitter clicks and 8 retweets. David's profile received 86 unique page views.

5. New Business

  • Steve Wagler: The guest speaker at our next members' meeting will be Les Armstrong, Mayor of Wilmot Township (March 26).
  • David Seyler thanked the Board's executive - particularly Tim Bender and Steve Wagler - for planning ahead to book 2014's guest speakers, and for announcing them ahead of time.

6. Meeting adjourned: 8:50 p.m.

Minutes as recorded by Nigel Gordijk.