I want to start by saying thank you to all the people that participated in the parade. It is people like you that made the parade as big and beautiful as it was. Be proud of yourselves and a big pat on your back for the enjoyment you gave the citizens of Tumbler Ridge and it?s visitors.

Thanks to our Judges, they did a wonderful job, Sharon Bray, Kim Isaak and Scott Trim. I am glad it was your job this year, there were a lot of nice entries to have to pick winners from. Kudos to you.

Thanks to the Chamber members that got our Chamber float on the road, and the volunteers that did the road blocks, Bill & Laura Woods and Birgit Sharman and the District of Tumbler Ridge for setting out and picking up the barricades. You don?t know how much that help was needed to get the parade accomplished. Thank you all so much.

I also want to thank everyone for all the help I got in organizing the parade, sending out letters, and all the invitations, Peggy you were awesome; at the parade staging area, getting the necessary things done, as this was my first time organizing a parade, and working as a parade Marshal. You were all so wonderful, there is just too many people to name. With all your help this year, next year it will be easier for sure.

We have more news, our membership has grown now to 80 members. I want to welcome and say a big thanks for joining the Chamber to our new members:

Investors Group ? Judy Stair ? from Dawson Creek

Terry Lansdowne Foundation ? Mila Lansdowne & Board from Tumbler Ridge

Ridge Digital Productions ? Rodger Legault ? Tumbler Ridge

CNRL ? Tumbler Ridge Division ? Rodger Legault Assistant Foreman

We are proud to represent you and hope that you will be satisfied with our efforts. We are excited to have you, as you fill areas that are not represented in our businesses to date. Welcome. If you have suggestions for me, of things that I can do, please stop in or call the office.

The Chamber is planning a workshop, ?Strengthening our Community Through Sustainable Business? for Friday September 19 and all day Saturday September 20, 2009.

Our business practices need to be good for business, good for community and good for the earth to be deemed a true success in today?s emerging business world. Organizations need to be accountable to their stakeholders, (employees, customers and suppliers) and the communities and environments in which they do business. This workshop is going to help us achieve some of these goals. We will also learn how to be green, save money and our environment. PLUS Saturday evening there is a special two hour workshop that is free, fun and informative and is open to everyone. It is called ?How to Green your Wallet in eight easy steps?.

Please mark your calendars, you will want to make sure someone from your company attends this workshop, and bring this information back into your business environment. Full itinerary and prices will follow shortly.

Hope you are all enjoying your summer, that you get some down time before the busy season starts again. Remember the Terry Lansdowne Foundation weekend at Gwillim Lake August 15, 16 and 17th. Please contact Mila Lansdowne for more information or go to the Library, they have pamphlets of the speakers and events.

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