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Chamber embarks on 2012 membership drive

Terry Daniel hopes to hit the century mark this year.
That’s not Daniel’s age.
One hundred is his goal for members in the Fort Macleod and District Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m still going to shoot for 100,” Daniel said. “That’s my goal.”
Daniel provided an update on the membership drive at the Chamber luncheon Thursday at Luigi’s Pizza and Steak House.
Daniel last year was able to increase membership in the Chamber to 61, from 50 the previous year.
Daniel said he has obtained a list of licensed businesses in Fort Macleod and is preparing an information package to accompany a membership form that he will mail.
“I’d like to get it out next week,” Daniel said.
Daniel said 100 Chamber members is a realistic goal in Fort Macleod, noting the Crowsnest Pass Chamber claims membership of 127.
“I’m hoping that this year we’ll increase it again,” Daniel said.
Membership in the Chamber of Commerce helps fund the numerous activities the organization undertakes for the benefit of Fort Macleod.
The Chamber of Commerce organizes the highly successful antique sale and show 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.
The Chamber last year resurrected its awards program, honouring Harvey Bourassa as Citizen of the Year, Mayor Shawn Patience with the Community Enhancement Award, Scougall Motors with the Outstanding Business Award and Hansen’s Family Foods with the Customer Service Award.
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.
“We’re in line with what the rest of the Chambers are doing,” Daniel said.
The Fort Macleod Chamber’s membership fee structure is as follows:

  • $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.