Jam-packed agenda for Chamber AGM

Marty Douglas is the keynote speaker at the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce's 95th Annual General Meeting April 24.

Marty Douglas is the keynote speaker at the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 95th Annual General Meeting April 24 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Westerly.

Douglas will discuss the year so far and what can be expected ahead in terms of the local economy. His presentation promises to be informative and entertaining.

“Some things never change, some things constantly change — if only we knew which!” Douglas said. “This week’s proud peacock is next week’s feather duster.”

Chamber members and the public are welcome to attend.

The AGM will also include the induction of five new board members. Outgoing members include past chair Bob Scales, and directors Kip Keylock, Shelley Osachuk, Deborah McKenzie and Allen McWilliam. Outgoing chair Tracey McGinnis will ‘pass the gavel’ to incoming chair Helen Furgale, who will discuss the year ahead and the organization’s focus for 2014-15. The coming year will see the return of past events such as the Chamber’s 40 Under 40 Awards program and the implementation of new events such as the Great Valley Rally which is modeled after the Amazing Race. This event will benefit a different economic community project each year. AGM attendees will learn how their business can get involved.

The Chamber’s Governance Review Task Force will make a short presentation on its goals to initiate an independent study to determine if the governance of the Valley is structured in a manner that satisfies the political, cultural and public services the community needs in order to meet the challenges that growth brings. The task force is in the process of gathering information in order to determine if there is a desire amongst the populace and government to investigate whether it is necessary or possible to restructure the provision of services and/or the governance of the Valley.

Attendees can vote on proposed amendments to Chamber bylaws. Changes are mostly housekeeping, though the board wishes to eliminate the need for an executive, in keeping with trends that have an entire board managing an organization on behalf of members.

Tickets are $20 for members or $25 for prospective members. Advance registration is required. Refreshments including appetizers will be served.

Pre-register at www.comoxvalleychamber.com/news-events or call 250-334-3234.