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June 22, 2006

May 2006

Minutes of General Meeting held Tuesday, May 16, 2006
United Church Hall – 7:00 PM


Present
Pat Sanford*, Margaret Knott, Jarda Zborovsky*, Linda Thomas, Sara Sorensen, Linda Bruckman, Dave Joy*, Margaret Pyke, Brian MacDonald*, Linda Van Hal, Cindy Day*, Diana Bratina.

*Executive

Call to Order
Pat Sanford called the meeting to order at 7:00PM.

Agenda
Topics added to the Agenda were Unpaid Membership Dues, Advertising, Report on Business Mixer and petition regarding proposed legislation limiting food service/preparation to ‘commercial kitchens’.

Minutes of Previous Meeting (April 18, 2006)
Motion to accept by Margaret Knott, 2nd by Jarda Zborovsky with no changes or additions. Accepted.

Diana Bratina
A recently completed report on the economy in Frontenac County was presented to County Council. The report includes a 3 year economic development work plan that addresses business retention and expansion concerns as well as provincial/federal issues affecting various sectors. WIBTA will host a presentation of this report.

Reports

Financial
Linda Thomas reported a bank balance in excess of $20,000. Estimated profits of the Garden Tour and Road Race are $3,000 and $5,000 respectively. So far, the Road Race has about 100 registrants.

Art in the Garden Tour
Linda Bruckman reported that tickets are out, posters are up. Hulton buses have been engaged, the gardens and artists have been booked, and the Fire Department will provide the food service – this year a lunch barbecue.

Heritage Interviews
Sara Sorensen provided a written progress report of the Wolfe Island Oral History Project. Since 2003, when the project began, 15 interviews have been completed. Each interview was taped and transcribed. She provided a table of “Identified Subjects and Themes” as well as a proposed plan of “Where to go From Here”. The interviews will continue. We have about $1300 remaining of the grant money from the Community Foundation for this project. Once we have a long range plan – e.g. final compilation and placement of the end product – we may go back to the Community Foundation for additional support.

Tourist Bureau
Linda Bruckman reported that the improvements to the exterior are almost complete…thanks to the very hard work and donations of many volunteers. During the summer, the centre will be open 9 to 5 on weekends and 10 to 4 weekdays. A weekday volunteer staffing schedule has been completed, and weekends will be staffed by paid local students plus one student volunteer. Fargo’s and Mosier’s have keys for after hours access to the washrooms. Brian suggested that a village ‘walking tour’ map be referred to the newly formed heritage organization. Dawn Wallace’s map can be purchased next door at Graham’s, although WIBTA will provide a free “historic points of interest” hand-out of Marysville.

Business Mixer
Pat reported that the Business Mixer held at the General Wolfe was a great success. The ‘no-pressure’ format and local displays/information were quite effective. “Key to Kingston” and KEDCO were also represented.

New Business

Outstanding members
Linda & Pat provided a list of previous members who have not renewed.

Advertising
Pat reported that the “Linger Longer” ad has a full page ad in the Summer in the City publication which has free distribution including all hotel rooms. A ½ page ad will be in the Key to Kingston during July. We are still looking for other venues as well as partners to share ad space. Question: since we are a member of KEDCO, what are they doing to promote the Island? Pat will ask/respond after next KEDCO meeting.

Food service legislation
Margaret Knott reported on proposed legislation that limits food preparation/service to “commercial kitchens”. This will adversely affect communities that rely on church suppers, bake sales etc. to raise necessary operating funds. Margaret proposed that a petition be devised and circulated in opposition to the legialation. Diana sugeested that we take a “propactive” approach and contact the local health unit.

Signage
Margaret Pyke noted that the Wolfe Island sign on the highway from Horne’s ferry is broken in half. It was agreed that it would be removed and either repaired or replaced.

Adjournment
Motion to adjourn meeting by Dave Joy, and 2nd by Brian MacDonald at 8PM
Next meeting at 7PM, United Church Hall, June 20th.