During the 2019 Annual General Meeting, the Moose Jaw & District Chamber went over the financial statements from 2018-19 and welcomed the new president, Jasmine Cameron.
Kylie Sonmor, treasurer for the Chamber, presented the financial statements for last year, indicating that revenues were down overall by about $20,000. Net assets and liabilities also decreased by just under $14,000.
Some expenses included social media training for Chamber employees, administrative upgrades, and advertising for the Notorious campaign.Outgoing president Riley Wright welcomed new board members Dayna Chamberlain, Jones Parkview Funeral Services; James Benn, Apex Electric Ltd.; Mark Hanson, Ultimate Auto Detailing; Marta Woodrow, Conexus Credit Union; and Michael Biette, from TaxTeam.
Wright also thanked outgoing board members Greg McIntyre and Yvette Moore for their time served.
Chamber CEO Rob Clark also expressed support for the new Downtown Moose Jaw Association, formed this past July.
Wright felt that last year was a good year for the Moose Jaw business community, with continued membership of local businesses hovering at over 500 currently.
The Chamber collected $87,725 in membership fees in 2019, a number just slightly below the total from the year previous.
“I think we had an excellent year. There's a lot happening in Moose Jaw, there's a lot of excitement when it comes to economic activity,” said Wright. “I think we have a really good record of memberships, considering the size of Moose Jaw and the number of businesses that are here.”
Incoming president Jasmine Cameron, who is the general manager at Hillcrest Golf Club and has been a board member with the Chamber for seven years, is now feeling confident about stepping into the leadership role.
“What I'm looking at doing is providing that positive image, in a leadership role, where I can get out and promote some of the benefits, bring in more memberships, and be that front-line person,” said Cameron. “It happens often that people don't really see the back end of things where businesses do need to work together to enhance our future and our local economy.”
This year will be the 131st year of operation for the Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce.