It’s AGM time in Ladysmith

Next week, the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and Ladysmith Downtown Business Association are holding their annual general meetings.

It’s that time of year again when organizations look back at the year that was and share their plans for the coming year.

Next week, the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and the Ladysmith Downtown Business Association (LDBA) will both be holding their annual general meeting (AGM). It’s a time to reflect and plan for the members, but it’s also a great chance for people who may be interested in joining these groups to find out what they’re all about.

First up is the Chamber of Commerce AGM, which takes place Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at The Cotton Club at Cottonwood Golf Course (1975 Haslam Rd.).

The guest speaker will be MLA Naomi Yamamoto, B.C.’s Minister of State for Small Business, and she will be talking about government programs related to small business. There will be a buffet roast beef dinner, and anyone and everyone is invited to join Chamber of Commerce members, directors and staff as they celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, share plans for 2013 and recognize the efforts contributed to the success of 2012.

It costs $25, and you are asked to reserve your seat before Jan. 11 by calling 250-245-2112 or e-mailing admin@ladysmithcofc.com.

The LDBA is holding its AGM Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Ladysmith Little Theatre at 4985 Christie Rd. Drinks start at 5:30 p.m., and dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 and includes a meal catered by Chef Lynda Diamond of Island Estuary B&B.

Mayor Rob Hutchins will provide an update on economic development and speak about how the Town of Ladysmith has been working with the LDBA and the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, and there will also be a special sneak preview of Ladysmith Little Theatre’s next production, Murder at the Howard Johnson.

Please RSVP by Jan. 11 with your dinner order to Lesley@the49th.com or 250-245-1200.

Both of these organizations work very hard for our community, and they would love to see you show your support by attending their AGM.  If you only go to one meeting a year, the AGM is a great one because it really gives you a good snapshot of what the organization is up to. We hope to see you there.

— The Chronicle