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Chamber embarking on membership drive

Terry Daniel wants to sell people in Fort Macleod on the value of a Chamber of Commerce membership.
Daniel has volunteered to co-ordinate the 2011 Chamber membership drive.
The Chamber will mail letters this week to every business that in 2010 bought a licence from the Town of Fort Macleod.
Then Daniel will start calling on people to make sure they sign up.
That’s an approach to the membership drive the Chamber once employed but had let slide in recent years.
“It makes a huge difference,” Chamber president Emily McTighe said of the personal approach. “It puts a face to the Chamber of commerce and provides people with another point of entry.”
The Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce is hopeful there is strength in numbers.
McTighe provided an update on membership Thursday during the Chamber luncheon at Luigi’s Pizza and Steak House.
The Chamber in 2010 was 51 members — up from just 33 businesses and organizations in 2009.
“That increase last year was a positive sign,” McTighe said. “It’s going in the right direction.”
Membership in the Chamber of Commerce helps fund the numerous activities the organization undertakes for the benefit of Fort Macleod.
The Chamber organizes the highly successful antique show and sale each year, and has representation on other community groups including the Economic Development Commission and Fort Macleod Historical Association.
The Chamber organizes the Midnight Madness late-night shopping event during the Christmas Festival, the Christmas Shopping Spree promotion, the Christmas light contest and the New Year’s Baby promotion.
McTighe said the Chamber could undertake other projects if it had more money from membership fees, along with more volunteers ready to get involved.
The Fort Macleod group is a member of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, which operates several programs available to all Chamber members in the province.
The Alberta Chamber administers a staff benefits plan, a discount gasoline program, and a discount program for major hotels.
It also provides members a lower rate for operating credit card and Interac machines.
The Chamber has maintained its membership fees at the same level as last year, which is:

  • $25 a year for non-business individual membership.
  • $75 a year for businesses with one employee.
  • $100 a year for businesses with two to 10 employees.
  • $125 a year for businesses with 11 to 49 employees.
  • $175 a year for businesses with 50 to 75 employees.
  • $200 a year for businesses with 76 or more employees.

For information about becoming a Chamber of Commerce member phone Terry Daniel at 403-553-3991, Jim Monteith at 403-553-3355 or Emily McTighe at 403-553-3391.