The Organizational Meeting for the South Bruce Community & Business Association (SBCBA) was held in Formosa Community Hall on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. The purpose of this meeting was to inform prospective members of the preparations the organizational committee has done to form this new association and to formally form the SBCBA.

There was strong interest shown by those present to forge ahead with this new endeavor. The Draft Bylaws were adopted and an election was held. During the Organizational Meeting, eight people were elected to Council with the direction that they were to decide amongst themselves who would hold which office as several had been on the original organizational committee. The new Council held a short meeting following the Organizational Meeting. The results of the election are as follows: Les Nichols – President; Nicole Wise – Vice President; Elaine Fischer – Treasurer; Valerie Gillies – Secretary; Jim Gowland, Dale Lougheed, Adam Ireland and Steve Tiffin – Members at Large.

It will require a lot of work and support to get the SBCBA off the ground. The first elected term and membership term have been extended to coincide with the end of the first complete fiscal year, which will be December 31, 2013. It is hoped that the bulk of the membership applications will be received during the remainder of this year, 2012. Eligible members are individuals, organizations, service or commercial businesses, farming operations, corporations, service groups or anyone else in the municipality interested in promoting economic and social development in the Municipality of South Bruce.

In accordance with the adopted Bylaws, there will be General Meetings throughout the year with sufficient notice given to members to plan to attend. Council will meet at least monthly. Council meetings are open for members to attend however they require previous permission to participate on the agenda. The goal is to have the workings of the Association as transparent as possible. If you would like more information on the South Bruce Community & Business Association or would like to be sent a membership application package, please contact Les Nichols at lnichols@wightman.ca.

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Valerie Gillies
Secretary, South Bruce Community & Business Association