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Chamber certain to see board changes

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The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce will see a few new faces after the election of officers at its semi-annual meeting Nov. 26, co-ordinator Dawn Booth said.

“Yes, there are a couple people leaving. They maybe haven’t confirmed that yet, but I know for sure that some people will be stepping down,” she remarked.

“There definitely will be some changes.”

Both the executive and the board of directors will be up for election, with a change in appointees possible, as well, noted Booth.

She added she’s found two people to fill the board vacancies created after Tammy Hayward, formerly of the Red Dog Inn, and Wayne Sabanski of Peterbilt Fort Frances left earlier this year.

“But I think we’ll be waiting until the election to announce who they are,” she said.

Booth noted anyone whose affiliated business belongs to the Chamber of Commerce is welcome to attend the semi-annual meeting, which begins at 11 a.m. on Nov. 26 at the Red Dog Inn.

For more info, call Booth at 274-5773.

The current board of directors consists of Darren Brown (B93-FM), Christine Denby (Gillons’ Insurance Brokers), Tannis Drysdale, Louise Holzer (Royal Bank), Tammi Shoemaker (Tammi’s Flower Garden), Larry Syrovy (Rainy Lake Hotel), and Debbie Williamson (Clinic Pharmasave).

The executive includes president Roberta Oliver, first vice-president Brian Hagarty, second vice-president Alan Tibbetts, treasurer Kelly Spicer, and past president Marla Thomson.

Appointees are Mayor Glenn Witherspoon (Town of Fort Frances), Geoff Gillon (Rainy River Future Development Corp.), Gary Rogozinski (Abitibi-Consolidated), Christine Jourdain (Couchiching First Nation), and Ted DeBenetti (BIA).

In related news, Booth said tickets still are available for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Christmas Gala,” which is slated for Nov. 30 at the Red Dog Inn.

The annual event is a “no fuss” Christmas party for small- and mid-sized businesses to get together and celebrate, featuring a Chicken Oscar dinner, complimentary wine, and a performance of Oscar Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost” by Fort Frances Little Theatre.

The evening, which starts with cocktails at 6 p.m. and followed by dinner at 7, also will feature music, a martini bar, dancing, and door prizes.

Tickets for the gala can be purchased at the Chamber office on Scott Street (across from Safeway) for $45 per person for Chamber members or $50 for non-members.

Tables of eight also can be purchased at a discount price of $300 for members and $350 for non-members.

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