Stettler Board of Trade executive director Byron Geddes holds up several "Stettler Bucks." (Photo submitted)

Stettler Board of Trade holds agm

The Stettler Board of Trade (BOT) held their 2022 annual general meeting on Feb. 8.

Project Manager Donna Morris provided an update of everything that had, and hadn’t, gone on in 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic dragged on.

“We looked at the year with resigned hope,” said Morris.

“We supported businesses.”

Highlights of 2021 included the Pheasant Festival being so successful that it was able to be spun off into its own separate committee with the BOT acting in an advisory role moving forward and the Heart of Alberta Dollars program seeing a seven per cent increase from 2020 levels.

With the Pheasant Festival spinning off into its own organization, the BOT is looking at supporting a new cause: Freezin’ for a Reason.

The 2022 edition will see five people go for a swim in Buffalo Lake to raise money for lake rescue equipment for the Stettler Regional Fire Department.

If the event is successful, subsequent plans are to pair the swim with an ice-fishing derby in the future.

Business dues were reviewed during the meeting as well.

While the fee for out of town memberships remains at $150 per year, the decision has been made by the board to change the bylaws and offer Board of Trade memberships to not-for-profit organizations at no charge.

As for the executive, Matt Dorsett remains the president of the BOT for 2022, with no one challenging him for the presidency.

Brandi Page was acclaimed into the vice presidency.

The twelve directors of the board are Joanne McDonald, Kelly Hicks, Shannon Lukens, Justin Tanner, Ryan McNeill, Erin Wilkie, Dave Goodwin, Terry Chelsea, Joanne Lombard, Paddy Storey.

Town of Stettler councillors Scott Peiffer, Kurt Baker, Gord Lawlor and Sean Nolls as well as County of Stettler councillor James Nibourg also sit on the board in an ex-officio capacity.

On deck for 2022 are the 2021 edition of the Awards Gala, which has been postponed into March, and the Stettler Trade Show at the SRC, which is scheduled to make a comeback April 8 through 10.

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