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There has never been a better time to join the Loring-Restoule Business Assoc.
We are in the process of completely revamping our website so that it suits the needs of all of our members and is more user friendly. We have a partnership in the works with Explorer's Edge/RTO12 that will allow for further marketing & branding of the region. It doesn't matter if you are a home based business, farm, tourism provider, restaurant, or a local contractor...the LRBA has services that will benefit your growing business.
We also have members who are outside of the Loring-Restoule area, that we in this region depend upon such as pharmacies, feed stores, lawyers and more. If you are within our region, or support this region we encourage you to join us. The New website and brochure offer a directory for those who live, visit and cottage here. If you are not in there...you are most definitely missing out on an opportunity!
To Join fill out our membership form, found on www.lrba.ca including what you want the brochure and website to say.
President: Hilary Chambers
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being part of our Organization.
Our strength is in our membership, and the more members we have the greater our impact will be along with the ability to promote our beautiful region and in turn your business!
We have a slight change in our fee schedule this year, membership has increased to $160 for 2019. If you get your payment in before January 1st 2019, you still pay the $150. The slight increase was needed as we have a number of initiatives and partnership programs that will help to promote our region, including revamping the website to be more user friendly to both business and tourists. Content Marketing with Explorers Edge (RTO12) will assist in helping us reach US customers through Facebook.
We will be having a Content Marketing Training Session this year, the time and date have yet to be determined. There will be a sign-up request for this session once dates become firmed up.
Friends of the Loring Deer Yard Trail has been created on www.lrba.ca and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoringDeerYardTrail The feedback we have received on the trail system has been phenomenal and we should all be proud to celebrate this eco & heritage site in our region.
We Have TWO websites to showcase the region. www.loringrestoule.com (Site is being completely remade in 2019) is focused on telling our story to tourists, and connecting them to your business. www.lrba.ca is for the organization to keep you in the loop on ongoing projects, committee’s and volunteer opportunities as well as fundraising for the Deer Yard Trail.
Our AGM was held this year at Roxies Diner, and we thank them for their excellent meal & hospitality. The winner of our Tourism Business Award was Jake Weller of Jakes Place Restaurant, for his promotion of trails, and making our region a known destination among the motorcycle touring crowd. New this year was our Volunteer Award which went to Elaine Dare of Beautiful Wilson Lake Resort for her many years supporting the region with the LRBA, local events Trash & Treasures and more.
The 2019 Board is Hilary Chambers, Gary Mcfadyen, Jaimie Board, Owen Van Ooyen, Bill Chambers, David Sheepway, Barb Dougherty, Tamara Matthews & Tom Beck as member at Large.
Thank you to those who took part in our social media session co-hosted with Explorers Edge and the Google Business seminar with Saner Media.
Help us with our new initiative “101 Things To Do in Loring-Restoule.”
Email ideas to email@example.com
Looking forward to promoting our region and business with you.
Hilary Chambers President LRBA
We are looking for donations that can be included in a gift basket that will be drawn October 11 2018 at our AGM by a lucky winner.
Please contact Bill Chambers at Pine Grove 705-757-5221 to donate. This is a great way to promote your business!
To Learn more about the Loring-Restoule Business Association or to join, please CLICK HERE
Loring-Restoule Business Assoc.Meeting MinutesOctober 12, 2017OpeningThe AGM of the Loring-Restoule Business Assoc. was called to order at 6pm on 10/12/17 at the Commanda Community Centre by Elaine Dare.
Present30 members present
James Murphy & Kate Monk RTO12/Explorers Edge Current Initiatives and Wrap Report for Loring-Restoule on Partnership Program
Claude Aumont Northern OTMPC Motorsports- Snowmobiling Success
Hilary Chambers Tourism Excellence North & The Deer Yard
Jake & Mike- Argyle Riders Snowmobile Club
Russel Holt from Lost Channel Inn
Approval of AgendaMoved by David Sheepway, second Al Dare
The agenda was unanimously approved as distributed.
Approval of MinutesMoved by Hilary Chambers, second Bill Chambers
The minutes of the previous meeting were unanimously approved as distributed.
Open IssuesAGM: Venue Commanda Community Centre Date: October 12 2017
Action Item: Jaime to contact them for venue rental and organize catering. Ideas for food, wraps or formal sit down? Keep cost low. Or purchase platters from grocery store? Wine-special event permit (David to supply wine)
Action Item: Hilary to locate last years minutes from 2016 AGM, send invite to membership.
New snowmobile trail signs were popular wayfinding
New trail in area Pat Hauff Way
Ann Board gave out extra Bike Ontario kits
Presented by Barb Dougherty
We went over our projected budget by $5,341.32, but still have over $16,000 in the bank.
Discussion by members as to overage. Polly Rupert asked for an explanation of Deer Yard expenses and whether they were ongoing at these amounts or a one of. Hilary explained signage and brushing out expenses were a one time, but some ongoing expenses would occur. Need to create “Friends of the Deer Yard” to encourage donations to offset expense.
Excess brochures will be given to who needs them
Highway signs one of expense to upgrade.
Motion to approve Polly Rupert second Candace Van Ooyen
New BusinessWe need to increase our membership in 2018!
Figure out what we want to promote moving forward
Small Budget, BIG results. Remember Bigger isn’t better, BETTER is better!
We have 2 websites! www.loringrestoule.com and www.lrba.ca
Tom & Laura Delandrey their new business The Port Shores has 3 tour boats and will open next spring. Hospitality Area, specialty coffee, gift shop, conference room, they will feed groups and hold conferences. Paddle boards, kayak, canoe rentals. * Beach is open to the public.
New members Minnehaha Ian & Joan owners for 1.5 years. They had 18 teams compete in their fishing tournament, 26lbs was the winning weight.
Dave from Restoule Provincial Park, wants to increase visitor stays at the park.
Wood chips still need to be brought there
Small trail signs need to be posted
Remove no trespassing sign
Elaine Dare- Past President
Barb Dougherty- Treasurer
Owen Van Ooyen
Agenda for Next MeetingDeer Yard, future funding and maintenance ideas
Workshops for members
AdjournmentMeeting was adjourned by David Sheepway. Second by Al Dare
The next meeting will be at 9:30am on October 19, 2017, at Jakes Place.
Minutes submitted by: Hilary Chambers
Approved by: Bill Chambers
Please join us for our next meeting. We generally have a meeting the 3rd Thursday of the month at 9:30am at Jakes Place Restaurant in Port Loring.
We hope to see some of you there.
What a Great turnout for our Annual General Meeting October 12 at the Commanda Community Centre!
We wish to thank the members of our executive for putting it all together as well as our wonderful speakers Claude Aumont from OTMPC, Jake & Mike from our local Argyle Riders Snowmobile Club, and Kate Monk & James Murphy from our regional Tourism Organization RTO12/Explorers Edge.
The Takeaway message is we are kicking butt in our slow and steady approach to Tourism and business in our region.
"Bigger isn't Better, Better IS BETTER!"- Kate Monk Explorers Edge
It was set up this spring for business operators to take their water samples to Roxie's Diner on or before 10 am, the first Monday of every month until November. So I only have a few email address' for people, so if you know of anyone else that has to submit watersamples can you please tell them that as of tomorrow there will be a cooler with ice packs in it on the back step of Roxies every first Monday also and to make sure your water sample is placed in it that morning with paper work and the costs per test - $29.50 I believe, and the gentleman that is responsible for this will pick them up and take them to NNL at 10 am. Spread the word! Thanks and if this doesn't apply to you, please forward to a business it would.