General information meeting Thursday

The Stanley Bridge Memorial Society is inviting all members and interested area residents to a general information meeting at the Stanley Bridge Centre at 7 pm, Thursday, Sept. 25. An update on the progress of several events at the Stanley Bridge Centre, including this summer’s inaugural farmer’s markets (Wednesday and Saturday), will be provided. The treasurer’s report will also be read.


Farmer’s market wraps up successful first season

On Saturday, Sept 13, the Stanley Bridge Centre’s two farmers markets (Wednesday and Saturday) closed for the season, marking a successful first year of operation. Volunteers are looking forward to next year’s opening and to seeing the many loyal vendors and patrons which made the inaugural market such a resounding success.


MacLellan dazzles

Catherine MacLellan and her band members were simply terrific during the Emmerdale Eden Farm House Concert September 4Kate. They were part of Home Routes 2014-2015, featuring artists performing in an intimate home setting. The gracious hosts were Arthur and Tina Davies, who are also vendors at the Stanley Bridge Centre’s farmer’s market.


Lighting up the night sky

River Days Boat Parade of Lights: Everyone was having a great time in Stanley Bridge on Saturday Aug 23. The River Days Festival ran Aug 22-24.024.


Artist demo at art and quilt show

Acclaimed Kensington painter Karen Slater  010created a new work of art during Saturday’s Farmer’s Market and Art and Quilt show at the Stanley Bridge Centre. The painting demonstration was one of the day’s many highlights.


Service with a smile

Visitors to the Stanley Bridge Centre’s farmers004 markets on Saturdays and Wednesdays can always count on a smile from participating vendors to go along with great service.


SBMSI annual meeting minutes, May 21, 2014

The fifth annual meeting of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society Inc. (SBMSI) was held at the Stanley Bridge Centre Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7 pm.

Those attending were:
Astrid Dimond
Steve Dimond
Jim Brown
Murdock Morrison
Connie Morrison
Marilyn Simpson
Anne Clark
Trevor Wadman
Alfred Fyfe
Andrew MacEwen
AS MacEwen (Buddy)
Don Reid
Paul H. Schurman
Joe Peters
Cathy Peters
Helen MacEwen
Joan Harding
Eliza MacEwen

The Vice-President called the meeting to order and asked the Secretary to read the minutes of the last regular meeting and the 2013 annual meeting. The regular meeting was moved by Eliza MacEwen and seconded by Joan Harding. Carried.

Treasurer Joan Harding showed income of $9,106.05 and expenses of $9,968.21, with a balance from April 30, 2013 of $934.05, leaving a balance of $71.89 in the Operating Fund. The Donation/Building Fund had income of $29,143.36 and expenses of $1,963.43, with a balance of $10,280 from April 30, 2013. This gave us $37,459.93. The auditor, Anne Clark, gave a good report on the books and she said it would be easier and quicker if we invested in an accounting package. She suggested keeping the two accounts separate and a monthly bank reconciliation report.
The vice-president gave a report of the year’s work.
The bylaws were discussed at length and Joe Peters moved that the bylaws be changed as follows:
we agreed to leave the bylaws as is and keep to seven (7) directors. The directors shall also include and appoint an executive committee of directors consisting of a President, a Vice-President, a Treasurer and a Secretary and three (3) directors. The officers shall be elected for two (2) years and shall be eligible for re-election with the exception that At Large Officers shall be elected for a period of one (1) year.
All former members remain as members. This was moved by Joan Harding and seconded by Anne Clark. In addition to the above, we have as members:  Alliston Lodewyk, Jean Steffler, Bob Parkes, Sharon Parkes, Dorothy Simpson, Eric MacEwen, Herbert Simpson, Marilyn Simpson, Paul H Schurman, Debra MacEwen-Kenney and Wayne Scott. Don Reid passed out membership sheets motioning for membership of the Centre, seconded by Joan Harding. Membership is $5 each, $15 for a family of three (3) and $20 for a business.
Directors: AS MacEwen, Connie Morrison, Joan Harding, Helen MacEwen, Eric MacEwen, Robert Parkes, Murdock Morrison and Eliza MacEwen.
The nominating committee gave their report as follows:
President – Steve Dimond
Vice President – Helen MacEwen
Treasurer – Joan Harding
Secretary –  Jim Brown
Directors – Eric MacEwen, Don Reid and Astrid Dimond.
Joe Peters moved nominations cease. The seven directors were elected and voted in unanimously.
Paul H Schurman said we should contact corporations for money and we shouldn’t borrow money from the Building Fund.
Joe Peters moved adjournment.

Board of directors meeting, late May


Thursday, May 29, 2014

@ 132 Campbellton Road, Stanley Bridge

In Attendance:
Steve Dimond, President
Helen MacEwen, Vice President
Jim Brown, Secretary
Joan Harding, Treasurer
Eric MacEwen, Director

Eliza MacEwen, Member

Call to Order: Chair 7.00 pm.

Minutes of the May 21 Annual General Meeting were read by outgoing secretary Eliza MacEwen.

Much discussion ensued about updating bylaws. Former members who were not re-elected to the board will be receiving letters shortly, requiring their signatures to formally end their Directorship. This measure is to permit efficient Board of Directors meetings with achievable quorums.

Treasurers Report
Treasurer Joan Harding delivered the financial report. She stated after expenses the SBMSI’s pancake breakfast in May brought in a profit of $679.55. Gross revenues before expenses of $175.45, were $807.

Cash on hand in the general fund was $395.44. Joan Harding stated the organization had received a $176 bill from Alan Douglas for snow-clearing services and action was to be taken on paying the bill.

The donation fund currently sits at $38,244.93 after a $500 individual donation. Also, the donation fund is owed $1,950 from earlier withdrawls, which will be replenished shortly.

Farmer’s Market
Steve Dimond, president, reported the purchase of a fridge for the Farmers Market, opening July 2, has been put on hold for now. It’s possible a fridge may be acquired from a business that no longer needs one at little or no cost. A donation receipt from the SBMSI may assist with acquisition. Joan will check into whether the SBMSI can issue donation receipts for large ticket items such as fridges.

Steve Dimond also discussed the feasibility of installing portable hand washing stations for Farmer’s Market vendors, The stations have been approved by Ministry of Health officials.

Agri-Foods Canada will cover 75 per cent of the cost of sending out mail, including pamphets, promoting the farmer’s market. Discussions were also held about hosting musical performances to entertain visitors during the Farmers Market.

Discussion also included progress acquiring tables for the farmers market and the cost of port-a-potties.

Marina Expansion – Stanley Bridge Community Improvements
Steve Dimond went on to discuss the meeting held earlier this day (May 29) with Department of Fisheries and Oceans, ACOA, Island Community Fund, and Skills PEI officials in Stanley Bridge. Attendees learned more about the progress of various projects and also heard about potential funding sources.

The Department of Fisheries may have as much as $815,000 available for Stanley Bridge Harbour work, including initiation of the new marina.

Steve Dimond said the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society played an important role in helping to bring several projects under one roof, including renovations at the former United Church, now the Stanley Bridge Centre. Unfortunately, the Society must await the outcome of these efforts, despite wanting to proceed earlier.

Draperies for Stanley Bridge Centre
Joan Harding moved, upon a suggestion from Helen MacEwen, that the SBMSI approach the Sterling Women’s Institute for permission to use their drapes for the Stanley Bridge Centre. The acquisition isn’t expected to cost anything, since the drapes are surplus.

Summer Student help

The Stanley Bridge Centre will have a summer student for 8 weeks this year. Helen MacEwen also moved that Eliza MacEwen assume responsibility for the administration of the payroll for the new summer student, to be hired to work at the Stanley Bridge Centre for eight weeks this summer. The student will also be involved in the operation of the Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays. Eliza will report to Astrid Dimond and Joan Harding. The motion was seconded by Jim Brown. All in favour, passed.

Joan also moved, seconded by Eliza MacEwen, that A-Z Flooring be hired to rough sand the classroom floor and the stage for a sum not exceeding $100.

Helen moved the meeting be adjourned at 9.29 pm, seconded by Jim Brown and carried.


Stan Carew and John Campbelljohn performing in Stanley Bridge

CBC Radio Weekend Morning host Stan Carew and renowned blues artist John Campbelljohn are coming to the newly opened Stanley Bridge Centre (SBC) on July 13. The acclaimed musicians and storytellers will be performing at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 each, which includes lunch. Money from the show will support renovations to the SBC.