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AGM Special Events Report 2008-05-06

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Special Events Committee – AGM May 6, 2008

The past short OSCA year has held a lot of excitement and interest in the Special Events Committee. Following the OSCA Strategic Planning meeting, it was decided that renewed effort and attention to volunteer and special events planning issues was needed to keep community events alive and flourishing in Old Ottawa South. The Special Events Committee began meeting up regularly, sometimes in coordination with the Programming Committee to discuss both long-term volunteer recruitment needs and to plan our schedule of events for the coming two years. Future plans for a paid volunteer coordinator position have been discussed with the Committee and Board, and further consideration of this approach will be given as we work on future plans for a renovated Firehall. Meanwhile, a handful of exciting events, large and small have been organized by the Committee. Our annual winter sleigh ride was organized before Christmas, and a very well attended Winter Carnival was held in February. That event saw an impressive number of entries into our chili contest, and a long list of prizes and donations from local businesses to encourage participation in the many games and activities. Longer term planning has been ongoing to pull together a great community party to celebrate our 30th anniversary as a community centre in the Firehall. The event will replace our annual barbecue and will bring in entertainment and activities on a much greater scale. A headline act, Tony D will take the stage after our own local talent; great food from local caterers the Sixth Sense and Molto Italiano will supplement the usual hot dog fair; and the usual program and games led by firehall staff will be supplemented with rides and activities like a Tethered Balloon Ride. Local sponsors are being lined up to assist with the costs of such a grand event. Future plans for the first Old Ottawa South House Tour are also being developed, and our annual fundraising dinner, Savour the Flavour has been moved from Spring to Fall, to accommodate such a busy slate of events. Clearly, such a packed agenda will necessitate (and draw!) a much bigger crowd of volunteers from our neighbourhood to guarantee success. Our volunteer list is currently undergoing an overhaul, so please give some thought to the ways you would like to contribute to the many fun events being planned in the months to come and leave us your coordinates if you would like to learn more.

Lisa Drouillard, chair

More in this category: « AGM President's Report 2008-05-06

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