The McLennan and District Chamber of Commerce organized a meeting hosted by chamber president Daniel Labrecque inviting representatives of different community groups to McLennan Town Offices on Tuesday, May 10.
The groups represented at the meeting were Elks, Royal Purple, McLennan Recreation Board, Northern Lakes College, McLennan Library and Peace Library System, McLennan Railroad Museum, Kimiwan Birdwalk, St. Paul’s Heritage House Society, Ecole Providence Mentorship Program and Lakeview Pioneer Society,
The primary objective of the informal, round table discussions was for members of different groups to talk about their organization’s mandate, activities and future objectives and to create a general awareness of the function of the individual organizations.
The value of creating this awareness among the different organization is that it encourages cooperation and support and the realization that sometimes a great deal more can be accomplished collectively.
One upcoming event put on by the chamber as a prelude to the McLennan Trade Fair on September 24 and 25 is the Show and Shine event on June 11 that also coincides with the Chamber golf tournament at Smoky River Regional Golf Course.
The chamber encourages local organizations to get involved, to give these events more variety and momentum, and to provide organizations and societies an opportunity to increase their profile and raise money.
Susan Ouellette reminded those present that McLennan Town office will provide information and the guidance necessary to bring projects to completion.
However, Ouellette emphasized that while the town assists with information and research it does not write or submit grant applications on anyone’s behalf.
The meeting concluded with all agreeing that it would be beneficial for the chamber and local organizations to convene once or twice a year.
There was also a general exchange of contact information, evidence that the meeting had already shown positive results.