Glenboro Community Development Corporation Limited
“To foster the economic and social development of Glenboro and the surrounding Rural Area.”
The Glenboro Community Development Corporation was originally founded in 1965. At that time, shares were sold to individual community members who owned and controlled the activities of the corporation.
The GCDC was restructured in 1998. New By-laws were drafted to replace those out of date, and the individually owned shares of the corporation were gathered up and bought back by the GCDC (donated more like it). Under the new structure, the GCDC is comprised of Municipal Shareholders and Associate Members defined as follows:
A. Municipal Shareholders
Municipality of Glenboro-South Cypress
The municipality contributes financially towards the operation of the CDC annually and provides a representative to sit on the Board of Directors.
B. Associate Members:
An associate member is defined as any active, paid individual or business. Current yearly membership fees are as follows:
Small Business: $50.00
Associate Memberships generate an estimated $6,000.00 annually.
Board of Directors
The GCDC itself is comprised of a Board of Directors established per By-Law 1/98.
The Board of Directors (commonly referred to as the Executive) generally meets monthly. The GCDC Office is located at 237 Broadway Street, Glenboro.
The current members of the Board of Directors are as follows:
Board of Directors
President: Leanne Gates
Treasurer: Amanda Nash
Secretary: Andrea McLean
Business & Industry Director: Stephen Nelson
Museum Director: Tracy Rimmer
Properties Director: Curt Wytinck
Theatre Director: Jodise Ruston
Tourism Director: Tanya Drinkwater
R.M. Representative: Leanne Gates
Development Officer: Bryan Mintenko
Other Officers may be appointed as required by the Board to fulfill the mandate of the Directors and perform such duties as required.
Not less than six (6) and not more than fifteen (15) Directors shall constitute the Board of Directors and shall manage the affairs of the Corporation.
A Director shall be an associate member of the Corporation and be a resident of the Glenboro area.
Business and Industry Committee (Agriculture, Economic Development, Mercantile)
¨ Liaison with elected officials including farm organizations and politicians, (i.e.: KAP)
¨ Become knowledgeable and proactive in the politics related to agriculture
¨ Investigate diversification and expansion program opportunities
¨ Investigate local value added processing opportunities (i.e.: abattoirs, sunflower processing plant)
¨ Encourage and support existing Agricultural Service businesses in the community
¨ Encourage community participation in development
¨ Foster social/economic development
¨ Identify the needs of the community and relate to these needs
¨ Actively research possible new businesses and people.
¨ Provide support to potential business people.
¨ Identify local strengths and build on them (i.e. aquifer, junction of #2 and #5 highway, school, hospital etc.)
¨ Coordinate Community Works Loans Program
¨ Encourage “shop local”
¨ Provide workshops for businesses (i.e. greet the public, promotions etc….)
A committee of five or six persons, one of who sits on the Board of Directors.
Property owned by the GCDC includes the Kinsmen Hall, Glenboro Gaiety Theatre, Sara the Camel, and Camel Park.
¨ Provide ongoing maintenance for all properties owned and operated by the Corporation, namely the Kinsmen Hall, Gaiety Theatre and Camel Park
¨ Daily operations of the Community Hall
¨ Hire and supervise a Custodian for the Kinsmen Hall
¨ Maintain current Hall rental agreements
A committee of five or six persons one of who sits on the Board of Directors.
¨ Ongoing operation of the “Burrough of the Gleann Museum and Archives”
¨ Maintain the building and inventory
¨ Coordinate volunteer and summer staff during tourist season
Day to day tourism issued to be dealt with by the Economic Development Officer. Larger tourism events to be co-ordinated with the GCDC
· Promote tourism in the community
· Liaison with the Friends of Spruce Woods and the Spruce Woods Provincial Park
· Maintain current public relation materials (i.e. brochures, postcards, etc.)
· Responsible for promotional items and their distribution
The Glenboro Community Development Corporation derives its’ operating funds from the R.M. and yearly individual and business memberships sold in January which generate approximately $6,000.00 annually.
The Community Hall and Theatre both generate revenue that is in turn used to offset operating costs.
Individual committees occasionally generate funds by sponsoring raffles, socials and the like. All monies raised by individual committees are added to their yearly budget.
Funding for special projects (i.e.: Hall, Museum & Theatre renovations) often comes from both fundraising activities and grant programs.
The corporation year-end is October 31st. Budgets for the upcoming year are due from each Standing Committee in November. Yearly revenues are estimated at this time and budgets are awarded accordingly.
The GCDC normally hosts their Annual General Meeting in the spring of each year. The GCDC year in review, Presentation of the Annual Resident of Distinction, refreshments and a short presentation by a guest speaker rounds out the evening. The A.G.M. is held in the Glenboro Community Hall.
The Treasurer is the only paid GCDC position.
As mentioned the R.M. of Glenboro-South Cypress appoint members to the Board of Directors. All other members are volunteers.
The Development Officer is an employee of the R.M. who works closely with the GCDC.
With the assistance of a Federal grant, the GCDC is able to hire a student for July and August. The student works as the Museum and Tourism Coordinator. The Tourist Information Centre is located within the confines of the Burrough of the Gleann Museum on Broadway Street.
“I believe that the fate of any given small town will not be decided by its’ location in the state or its’ access to water or highways or resources, or other objective characteristics. These factors can help or hurt economic survival.
But the essential ingredient is something human, something unpredictable and immeasurable. It is that elusive thing we call LEADERSHIP.
Leadership is vision – some notion of where the future lies and how to get there.
Leadership is guts – the willingness to step up to hard decisions, take risks, step on toes and maybe to fall flat on your face in trying.
Leadership is looking in the mirror and saying, “It’s up to me.”
You do not have to be a leader. You just have to care and decide to do something, and to enlist like-minded people in the doing. In my view that’s what small towns need to survive: the spark of leadership by committed local people willing to risk failure to reach success….”