Leduc & District Chamber of Commerce Report

Highlights the Black Gold Health Foundation $100,000.00 in 100 days challenge.

Vol 15. Issue 7, Leduc - Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer

Photo: Mayor John Whaley & Mayor Greg Krischke both spoke at the February Chamber Luncheon to share the State of the City address.

The February Chamber Luncheon welcomed nine new members as well as announcing the top three nominees for the upcoming Chamber Gala on February 19 where the winners will be announced.  This month’s luncheon was sponsored by both the City of Leduc & Leduc County where both mayors had the opportunity to share the annual State of the City addresses.  In both addresses, Mayor Whaley & Mayor Krischke shared the progress and successes of the local area. 

Mayor John Whaley highlighted some of the successes of 2010 including working closely with the City of Leduc in the now operational C-Line Transit System allowing commuters to travel back and forth to Edmonton for work and school.  He touched on the increase in population in the County for 2010 and New Serepta’s change from Village to Hamlet. He also commented on the importance of the Edmonton International Airport’s impact on not only Leduc County, but the whole Capital Region.  He also highlighted some of the future plans for 2011 for the County which include the purchase of a boat to patrol Wizard Lake among other progressive plans to keep the County moving forward over the next calendar year

Mayor Greg Krischke touched on several key notes of the past year and upcoming plans as well.  He did take a moment to thank a couple of City employees for their key contributions such as Rick Sereda, Leduc’s Director of Public Services for digging out the City of Leduc from the most snow the City has seen since 1971.  He also acknowledged Jim Jones, Sport & Agricultural Tourism Coordinator for Leduc for doing a fine job.  Jones has brought in more than 100 events, tradeshows and tournaments to the LRC.

Following the luncheon, during announcements, Lorraine Popik, Executive Director of the Black Gold Health Foundation shared the foundation is working towards building four “Family Care” Suites at the Leduc Community Hospital to make longer term stays more comfortable for families.  The Black Gold Health Foundation has a fundraising goal of $100,000 in 100 days with the Campaign officially kicking off on February 10.  Lorraine encourages residents and local business to not wait for them to call you, but take the initiative to call them at 780-980-4536 to donate as we all have either been affected or will be affected by illness at some point.  John Jackie responded to Lorraine’s invitation and donated his $108 fifty/fifty winnings to the “Family Care” Suite Project.  Clarence Shields from Black Jack’s Roadhouse stood up and matched Jackie’s donation and challenged other business owners to meet or beat the donations.  Before long several hands went up to acknowledge Shields’ challenge and before the following business owners also made donations: Wayne Schnick of Coldwell Banker Haida Realty; Theodore Bosse of Ogilvie LLP; Rick Polasek of Leduc Co-op; Perry Batke of the Denham Inn; George Lavertu of Smitty’s; Jim Hiederhaus of Global Property Inspections; Rob Reeves of Global Power Systems & Castrol Raceways; Tina Mix of Mixcor Aggregates Inc. and Greg Krischke.  According to Lorraine Popik the next day, “Wow, what a lunch! It sure goes to show why I am so proud to be a member of a ‘Community that Cares’”.

The next Chamber Luncheon will be March 2 at Redtail Landing Golf Club.

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