Blaine chamber: Working annual events, exploring ways
By Ron Leach, President
The current officers and directors of the Blaine chamber of commerce were installed at the annual Bite of Blaine on February 10. This function was a huge success, with over 250 tickets having been sold.
The Bite is the main fundraising function for the chamber and provides the local restaurants who participate a fine venue to exhibit their individual cuisine. We are grateful for their participation and enthusiasm for this event.
Early in the year the chamber was approached by the Hands Across the Border scout organization to discuss the idea of having the chamber become involved in this annual event that brings thousands of scouts to Peace Arch Park each year. We received approval from the Port of Bellingham to use space off of Marine Drive for a mini scout camp. Flyers were given out to many of the participating scouts and their families during the event and received a very positive response to the idea of camping in Blaine. We plan to pursue this idea during the year 2004.
The one event held during the year which brings the largest crowds to Blaine is our Old Fashioned Fourth of July. Thousands came and enjoyed the day and stayed to watch the magnificent fireworks display � the largest and grandest ever for our town.
During this year the combined chambers of Blaine and White Rock/South Surrey worked together to form closer ties, and our chamber was invited to have a representative participate in a newly formed economic development council. We will continue to work together in the coming year to explore ways to help our mutual business communities to grow and prosper.
We continue to explore ways to be of benefit to the business community. There is a sense that Blaine has reached an economic turning point and positive signs emerge pointing to economic growth.