Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce

E-Chat 2012 Issue 5


April 3, 2012 – Issue 5
 Happy Easter! Spring has arrived. If you have a submission for the Chamber E-Chat please send it to the Chamber office. Publishing deadlines can be found at the end of this newsletter.

Membership Decals How to Apply
If, you renewed your 2012 membership dues, you should have received your renewal thank you letter and receipt. New this year is a Membership Decal for you to put on your window or door. The decals are static decals and we should have had included instructions on how to apply. 
The process is simple.
Please the decal on the inside of your glass door/window (facing to outside), slowly remove the paper backing while rubbing the decal with a credit card or something similar. This will cause static to adhere the decal to the door/window.
For those who have not yet renewed your membership we would appreciate receiving your renewals by April 30th or you will no longer qualify for Chamber benefits or discount programs. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Chamber office at 613-732-1492.
Business After Hours
April 19th
The Delfi Group, at Westwinds Restaurant, 1 International Drive, Pembroke.
Time: 5 pm – 7 pm
After 16 successful years of providing organizational consulting services, The Delfi Group is proud to announce the transition of ownership from Dave Fisher of Petawawa to Larry Schruder of Pembroke.
Please join us at a wine and cheese on April 19th at the Westwinds Restaurant for a Chamber of Commerce “after hours” Transition Celebration.   Formal congratulations and best wishes by His Worship, Bob Sweet, Warden of Renfrew County at 6:15 pm
Upcoming Business After Hours
May – Innocent Sins Lingerie Boutique
June – Spruce Ridge Equicentre
September – Comfort Inn Pembroke
Save the Date – UOVCC Golf Tournament – September 21, 2012
“Save the Date” for the annual Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. It will be held at Whitetail Golf Course on Friday September 21st, 2012. Details will be announced later.
Breakfast Connections – Domestic Violence and the Workplace” – April 24th
We hope you will join us for our April Breakfast Connections on Tuesday April 24th at Bernadette McCann House, 25 Maple Street, Pembroke (over the railway tracks, at Supples Landing Retirement Residence turn right). Gwen Rutland, Public Education Program Coordinator for Bernadette McCann House for Women Inc. will speak on the topic of “Domestic Violence and the Workplace” and joining her will be Patrick McHugh, Executive Director, Living Without Violence.
Time: 7:30 am (coffee & donuts will be provided – no cost for this session)
Location: 25 Maple Street, Pembroke (attendees are asked to buzz the Admin Button for admittance)
Gwen will be pleased to offer a tour of the agency after the session for who those wishing to do so.
Deep River Earth Day Community Cleanup – April 21st
If you live in Deep River, then here’s a chance for you to pay back in a small way to your community. The Deep River and Area Branch of the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce is in the process of planning a Coordinated Community Cleanup for this year’s Earth Day activity and your participation would be greatly appreciated. The event runs 9 am -2 pm.

Register at Deep River Town Hall on the morning of April 21st, pick up a bag, fill it with trash, and return it. It is that simple.

For more information or to pre-register a group please contact Brian at 613-584-2118 or send an email to: brian.mcinall@sympatico.ca     Please note BACK UP DATE is April 28th.
From Our Members:
Ottawa Valley Tourist Association – 2012 Ottawa Valley Tourism Conference
“Change is Good: Succeeding in the Evolving Tourism Industry”
April 18, 2012
, Renfrew Best Western Inn & Conference Centre
This full day event begins at 8:30 am. Cost is $60 + HST for OVTA Members (non members is $75 + HST) and includes sessions, lunch and refreshments.
Keynote speaker is radio personality and travel writer, Chris Robinson of Chris Robinson Associates.
For more information contact Lauren McIllfaterick at 1-800-757-6580.
Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation – Marketing for Small Business
Tuesday April 24, 2012
– 10:00 am at Marguerite Centre (Madawaska Conference Room)
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Layman, President, Forward Thinking
Marketing is about how you find customers, so it is important to understand what the best ways are to accomplish that. You need to put yourself in the shoes of your customer, and that is often hard to do when you’re focused on getting your business up and running. In this seminar, you will learn some tips on how to build a marketing strategy that works for you, and your customers.
To register please contact Lynne LeMoine, Small Business Consultant, 613-735-3951 ext 224 or llemoine@bellnet.ca
Boys & Girls Club of Pembroke – “OPEN HOUSE” & “KIDS FUN NIGHT”
Thursday April 26th
from 6:30 pm – 8 pm (drop-in)
Knights of Columbus, 170 Ellis Avenue, Pembroke
The entire community is invited to:
- Come see what the Boys & Girls Club is all about
- Learn & receive information about the fun programs that are offered (ages JK – 18 years old)
- Find out how to be a member & register to be a member
- Sign up for Summer Day Camp
- Sign up for Before & After School programs for Fall 2012
- Meet the amazing staff & volunteers
- Bring the children so they can participate in the KIDS FUN ZONE.
For more information please contact the Boys & Girls Club office at 613-735-1933 or email bonnie.s@boysandgirlsclubofpembroke.com
M & R Feeds and Farm Supply – Annual Seminars
M&R Feeds and Farm Supply is hosting annual seminars for customers and interested parties. They are as follows:
·         April 18: Horse Nutrition and Dentistry Seminar at the Alice & Fraser Rec Centre. Speakers are Katy Gemmel (Agribrands Equine Consultant), Dr. Megan Fine and Dr. Kathleen Best (Ottawa Valley Large Animal Clinic in Kemptville). Starts at 6:30pm. Contact any of the locations for details.
·         April 19: Horse meeting in Shawville. Location and time to be determined. Contact the Shawville Store for more details.
 Contact for the locations are as follows: Micksburg (Phone: 613-735-3689 or micksburg@mandrfeeds.com ), Pembroke (Phone: 613-732-2843 or pembroke@mandrfeeds.com ) and Shawville (Phone: 819-647-2814 or shawville@mandrfeeds.com ).
 Carefor – 14th Annual Carefor Charity Auction
The Carefor Charity Auction Committee is stepping into high gear in preparation for their annual fundraising auction event to be held on April 14th at the Best Western Pembroke Inn. The auction takes place at 6:30 pm and is open to the public. There is no charge to attend. A list of items will be provided to bidders. Items will be available online at www.careforauction.com prior to the event. 
The auction is also host to another significant event – the recognition of a key volunteer. Each year, Carefor selects someone who has gone above and beyond the call of volunteering and recognizes their commitment at the Auction. The individual is announced the night of the Auction.
Northern Credit Union Deep River – Heart & Stroke Big Bike Event May 7th
The BIG Bike is coming to Deep River on Monday May 7th, 2012 at 4:30 pm.
Northern Credit Union Deep River is seeking pledges and riders for this worthwhile cause. They still have some seats on their teams if you are interested.
Please contact them at carmen.wilson@northerncu.com or debbie.martin@northerncu.com or call 613-584-584-3355 for particulars.
Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Branch – 2012 Friends for Life! Walk-a-thon – May 27th
The Friends for Life walk-a-than is not just a walk in the park. It is unique amongst walk-a-thons; it is in support of animals, animals that require immediate care, in some cases to survive. The OSPCA Renfrew County Branch is seeking sponsors for their event on Sunday May 27th. The event will be held at Riverside Park in Pembroke and begins with registration at 10:00 am and the walk at 11:00 am.
There are various levels of sponsorships. If your business is interested in being a sponsor please contact Virgilia Partridge, Volunteer Coordinator at 613-588-4508.
Upcoming Events
April 19th – Business After Hours
Hosted By -
The Delfi Group
Location: Westwinds Restaurant, 1 International Drive, Pembroke
Time: 5 pm -7 pm
April 20th – 22nd – Showcase 2012
Petawawa Civic Centre
For more information contact Doug at Stoneman Promotions 613-732-9662 or doug@showcaseinpetawawa.ca
April 21st – Deep River Community Cleanup
9 am – 2 pm
For more information contact Brian at 613-584-2118 or brian.mcinall@sympatico.ca

April 24thBreakfast Connections – Domestic Violence and the Workplace
Time: 7:30 am
Location: Bernadette McCann House, 25 Maple Street, Pembroke
Remember to check the Chamber website on a continuous basis for events and updates.
Upcoming Publishing Dates
If you have information to submit for E-Chat, please note the following publishing dates and deadlines:

Publishing                          -Deadline for Submissions                                         
April 19                                 April 16
May 3                                    April 30
May 17                                 May 14
May 31                                 May 28


Phone: 613-732-1492
Fax: 613-732-5793
Email: manager@uovchamber.com