Posted by Dave Panabaker on Jul 10, 2017
The Rotary Club of Medicine Hat was pleased to welcome Lisa Kowalchuk to our meeting today as guest speaker.  Lisa has been the Executive Director of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce for the past 8 1/2 years, and provided a review of the Chamber's membership, their objectives and the updated Mission and Vision statements which they have recently approved.  Lisa was introduced by Program Chair, Heather Bach.
Like Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce values the network established by it's members, and the other Provincial, National and International members that make up their organization.  The power of that network, to create effective partnerships, to establish powerful connections, to bond common interests and to support influential voices. The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce has been around for 118 years, older than Rotary but not as old as the first Canadian Chamber started in Halifax in 1750 or the first chamber, established in France in the 16th century.
The new Vision Statement for the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is to be "The most unified, valued and influential business network" in Medicine Hat & District.  They strive to stimulate a strengthened and vibrant economy in our region through connections, support & influence.
Lisa spoke about Statement of Principles, and that they hope these actions will cultivate increased credibility and awareness of their network.
Lisa spoke about several of their partnership agreements, their hosted activities and "value added" programs to members, as well as their policy and advocacy initiatives.  She left a comprehensive brochure for each person in attendance.  Lisa was complemented from the audience on the profile and accomplishments of the Chamber and thanked for her presentation by President Karen.