Reed Anderson was acclaimed to the position as president of the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce as they move into their 80th anniversary this year, following the organization’s annual meeting held via Zoom on Wednesday.
The virtual AGM was held since the normal gathering for the President’s Luncheon and AGM had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 and the restrictions imposed by public health officials.
Anderson takes over from Larry Heggs, who has served as president for the past four years and will now serve as the past president. Chad Bailey is now a vice-president along with Stephen Schuck, with board members Rodney Gill, Faye Billington, Brent Allin, Laila Bader, Jeff Walkeden, Shandel Clark, Todd Hastings and the newest board member, Trent Nelson.
“During these continued uncertain times, it remains our focus to work on behalf of our members to support this resilient community. Membership numbers remain positive and continue to place a priority on increase engagement in our activities,” said Heggs in his president’s message, noting the feedback of chamber members is critical to their activities and planning, and they continue to work with the Saskatchewan and Canadian Chambers of Commerce to support their members through this period of change.
“Our advocacy efforts continue to be a particularly important aspect of our work. You will see a continued focus on policy development and advocacy from our chamber as we progress through the coming year, and we will continue to commit to working with you to build a strong, competitive economic climate,” he added.
At the end of the 2019 year for the chamber, they had 197 members, and had held 18 chamber events through the year with over 730 event attendees.
They saw a 32 per cent increase in Facebook page likes, with 748 page likes recorded and 686 twitter followers.