The Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce held its general meeting at the Old Iron Horse restaurant on Sept. 16.
Marieke Mulligan, executive manager for the Chamber, officially resigned on Aug. 30 and her position is waiting to be filled.
The Chamber brought up the upcoming Lion’s convention that is coming to Ponoka on Oct. 24 to 26 and is encouraging businesses to put up welcome signs and donate pens, bookmarks, magnets, etc for gift bags.
It was reported that the tourist booth received approximately 350 visitors this year.
The Chamber offered an invitation to a special event featuring MLA Doug Griffiths who will be speaking on 13 Ways to Kill Your Community on Sept. 30.
The idea for a town wide Christmas was discussed as well as a theme and ways to incorporate that theme in the community.
Currently the Chamber has almost 200 members, recently adding six new members. Infusion Financial, RJ Johanson, Ponoka Youth Centre, Hollywood Hair, The Jolly Farmer and Busted Ltd have joined.
The Business Awards is another event that is soon approaching and the Chamber has already received the support of 28 sponsors and is looking forward to putting on another successful event.
With the elections coming up on Oct. 14 the Chamber is hosting a political forum at the Ponoka Composite High School at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6.
The Chamber’s next general meeting will be held on Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Old Iron Horse restaurant. RSVP is encouraged.