Wetaskiwin chamber elects new board Apr. 20

The Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce saw two new members join their board of directors during the annual general meeting Apr. 20.

The new Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce board members are (from left) Scott Ranson

The new Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce board members are (from left) Scott Ranson

The Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce saw two new members join their board of directors during the annual general meeting Apr. 20.

The AGM, held at the Best Western and directly following the mayors and reeve state of the municipalities lunch, saw the election of Scott Ranson, TD Canada Trust- Wetaskiwin Branch, and Pamela Ganske, Parkland Fertilizer/Wetaskiwin Co-op to the board of directors.

President Wayne Di Lallo opened the meeting, presented the agenda to the members present and moved right to the first item of business: bylaw amendments. Di Lallo said proposed changes were intended to simply the chamber’s governing rules and reduce redundancy.

One noteworthy change that was proposed included adding the word “liability” to the insurance details, noted by Di Lallo as being on page 4, point number eight. The bylaw changes were moved, seconded and passed.

Next on the agenda was the approval of the 2015 AGM minutes, which Di Lallo noted there was a small problem with the previous year’s minutes. He noted, since the change in chamber office staff last summer, the 2015 minutes could not be located.

Next up was accountant Cyrus Dastouri of Grant Thornton LLP Chartered Accountants. Dastouri noted that, after compiling information presented by chamber staff, the company provided a statement of financial position for members to examine. Dastouri’s memo noted, however, that Grant Thornton had not conducted an audit or review. The document was moved, seconded and accepted by members.

Di Lallo then called for nominations to the board of directors. Two were submitted, Ranson and Ganske, which were fewer than the three vacancies.

The president noted that three directors had left the board, including past president Randy Plant, secretary Allan Halter and director Craig Carriage. County representative Pearl Hay and city representative Bert Horvey also returned and Di Lallo said the Town of Millet will appoint a representative.

Di Lallo then gave his annual president’s report. He thanked directors and members for their help through an eventful 2016. “It was a tough year,” said Di Lallo.

He said the Wetaskiwin chamber was in a desperate situation in 2016, which is not a very healthy way to operate an organization. The summer was spent planning, then a deal signed with the Leduc Chamber of Commerce to staff the chamber office.

Di Lallo said he’s very happy with executive director Jennifer Garries’ team. “My head is spinning some days, watching the four or five of them working together,” said the president.

“I really want to commend you and your team. It’s been received so quickly in the community.”

Di Lallo closed the AGM by thanking the outgoing board members for their work and dedication to the business community in and around Wetaskiwin.