February 8, 2005
- Liam Morland
- Ted Claxton
- Bill Connor
- Bill Lindsay
- George Repar
- Tony Roberts
- Lou Cahill, OEB International
Ted has received no response from the International Commissioner. Ted has sent notice of the event to WOSM and has received no response.
Bill C. reported that there has been great progress regarding the Floral Clock. Bill met with John Kernahan. The Niagara Parks Commission has agreed to plant the clock with fleur-de-lis and the Scouts Canada emblem. They will pay for the planting, a substantial contribution to the celebration.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce
Liam, Ted, and Bill L. met with Jennifer Cebado of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce. The Niagara Advance, a weekly paper, was suggested as a vehicle for local publicity. The editor is Penny Coles. Daily papers are the St. Catharines Standard and Niagara Falls Review. Their 2005 tourist guide is in production. Jennifer will see if adding the celebration to the events page is still possible.
Accommodation fills up quickly and September is a popular month. Attendees should book soon. A on-line directory of available spots is maintained by the Chamber on their web site.
The Chamber offered to mail information packages about the town to people who express an interest. They are willing to include information about the celebration as well. They are willing to place information cards about the event in their display. The Chamber would like to be kept up to date regarding the expected number of attendees.
The plaque for this September would cost about $2000. Tony is working on a design and the English text. Bill L. has a contact at the Foster Hewitt Foundation. They may be interested in covering the cost of this.
Tony reported that the Scouts On Stamps Society International, Maple Leaf Chapter has agreed to produce a commemorative cover at cost. They also have a large collection of covers which they are willing to display. The Navy Hall may be a good place for this.
Ted reported that Ed Ermel has a large badge display and a tent for it. Ted will see if there is interest for a meeting of the Scout Memorabilia Collectors during the celebration. The Scout Brigade of Fort George has volunteered to feed a few WJ'55 volunteers at cost.
Ed Ermel also has two 78 LPs of CBC Radio broadcasts from the Jamboree. It was suggested that these be put on CD and sold. Mike Reid, a Scouter from Montreal and owner of a video production business, could do this. The Niagara Historical Society also has some CBC interviews that could be included on such a CD.
The committee discussed holding a commemoration dinner. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club has a very nice hall for 130 people. White Oaks, near the Welland Canal, is larger. Local wineries may also have facilities for catered dinners. Bill L. will investigate a dinner at the Golf Club.
A reception could be held in the Navy Hall or the market room in the old court house.
Bill C. and George will see if they can arrange for a notice of the event in the Niagara Region's tourist information publication.
Bill L. will arrange for a post office box in Niagara-on-the-Lake for the commemoration and will check it.
It was observed that the committee needs a person to work publicity contacts to build momentum for the event. Scouts Canada may have access to various media contacts through their Jennifer Austin, their public relations staff member.
Bill C. emphasized the importance of recognizing individuals and organizations that assist in making the event a success.
—Minutes by Liam Morland.