THE WRONG COUNTRY!
Launching a new chapter almost took us to America
Thanks to local interest, the CCBF is returning to Smithville ON to relaunch a chapter that used to exist there many years ago. As is my habit, I write a news story for the local newspaper to announce that the local Christian business community will soon have a new chapter where folks can meet monthly to connect their faith and their work.
So I googled the Smithville Review, the name of the newspaper that had been there for years, and I fired off the news article to the editor. A half hour later (and this happened just moments ago, Friday, July 21), I discovered that the Smithville Review no longer exists and that I had sent the article to the Smithville, Tennessee, Review.
I send the editor an email, apologizing for the error. Her response: "Ahh. We were excited to hear the news but we were wondering why you were coming down from Canada to do this." I told her that, if there is enough local interest, we may just head down there to create a new chapter. That Smithville is just east of Nashville.
I'm awaiting her response, ready for a road trip.
Canadian Christian Business Federation
MONTHLY MEETING SCHEDULE
(Listed alphabetically by city)
ABBOTSFORD, SUMMER BREAK – Breakfast, 7 a.m., Ricky’s, Best Western Regency Inn, 32080 Marshall Road at Clearbrook, Abbotsford; Richard Beaulieu, facilitator.
BEAMSVILLE, Thursday, July 6 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Conversations Café and Bistro, 4995 King St. at Ontario, Beamsville; Keith Knight, facilitator.
BELLEVILLE, Thursday, July 27 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Denny’s, 398 North Front Street, Belleville; John Roeper, facilitator.
BRANTFORD, Wednesday, July 19 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Sherwood Restaurant, Colborne Street E., Brantford; Keith Knight, facilitator.
BURLINGTON, Wednesday, July 5 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Skyway Diner, 645 Plains Road East, Burlington; Hans Vanderstoep, facilitator.
CALGARY SOUTH, SUMMER BREAK – Breakfast 7 a.m., Phil’s Restaurant, 907 Glenmore Trail SW (at Elbow Drive), Calgary; Rebecca Horne, facilitator.
CAMBRIDGE, Tuesday, July 25 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Country Girl Restaurant, 561 Hespeler Road, Cambridge; Keith Knight, facilitator.
CLARINGTON, Wednesday, July 19 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Bowmanville Restaurant, Bowmanville; Ian Williams, facilitator.
COBOURG, Tuesday, July 11 – Breakfast 8 a.m., Buttermilk Café, 44 King Street, Cobourg; Joe Peristy, facilitator.
COQUITLAM, SUMMER BREAK – Breakfast 7 a.m. Coquitlam Grill, 2635 Barnet Hwy., Coquitlam; Howard Pike, facilitator.
EDMONTON AM, Thursday, July 27 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Humpty’s Restaurant, 4503 Gateway Blvd (off Whitemud); Vic Smith, facilitator.
FONTHILL, SUMMER BREAK – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Dominic’s On 20, 124 Hwy. 20 at Rice Road, Fonthill; Don Nelson and Bill Vander Klippe, co-facilitators.
FORT ERIE, Friday, July 28 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Artemis Restaurant, 199 Garrison Road, Fort Erie; Nile Jenkins, facilitator.
GUELPH, Tuesday, July 18 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Symposium Cafe, Stone Road West, Guelph; Keith Knight, facilitator.
HAMILTON, SUMMER BREAK – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Cora’s, 1400 Upper James, Hamilton; Keith Knight, facilitator.
KAWARTHA LAKES, Tuesday, July 11 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., St. Dave’s Diner, 2925 Hwy. 35 at Hwy 7, Lindsay; Keith Knight, facilitator.
KINGSTON, SUMMER BREAK – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 2376 Princess St., Kingston; Dave Airey, facilitator.
KITCHENER, Thursday, July 20 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Country Boy Restaurant, Manitou at Courtland, Kitchener; Keith Knight, facilitator.
LANGLEY, SUMMER BREAK – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, Ramada Inn, Hwy 10 and 192 St., Langley; Andrea Soberg, Rhonda Davison, facilitators.
LONDON BREAKFAST, July 26 – 7:30 a.m., Fireside Family Restaurant, 1166 Commissioners Rd. E., London; Dan Renzella, facilitator.
LONDON LUNCH, SUMMER BREAK – Lunch 12 noon, Angel’s Restaurant, 100 Belmont Drive, London; Ken DeVries, facilitator
NORTH YORK (PEOPLES CHURCH), Wednesday, July 19 – Breakfast 7 a.m., The Peoples Church, 374 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto; Nestor Abdon, facilitator.
OAKVILLE, SUMMER BREAK – 7:30 a.m., Cora’s, Oakville Town Centre II, 240 North Service Road West, Oakville; Keith Knight, facilitator.
OTTAWA, Tuesday, July 25 – Summer Hayes Restaurant, 1971 Base Line Road at Woodroffe, Nepean; Tim Visser, facilitator.
SASKATOON, SUMMER BREAK – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Grainfields Family Restaurant, 810 Circle Drive, Saskatoon; Brian Lise, facilitator.
ST. CATHARINES, Wednesday, July 12 – Breakfast 7:15 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, Lake Street at QEW, St. Catharines; Paul Hilsden, facilitator.
SUMMERSIDE, SUMMER BREAK – 12 noon lunch and learn, Centre 150, 150 Industrial Crescent, Summerside; Allan Ramjattan, facilitator.
TORONTO CONNEXIONS, SUMMER BREAK (Joining Intriciti Speaker Series) – 7 a.m., Marche Restaurant, 181 Bay St., Toronto; Jim Foster, facilitator.
VANCOUVER, SUMMER BREAK – Breakfast 7:30 a.m. -- Ricky’s Restaurant, 2350 Boundary Road, just south of Lougheed Highway, Vancouver; Earl Almeida, facilitator.
WATERLOO, Friday, July 7 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Stone Crock Restaurant, 1396 King St. N., St. Jacob’s; Keith Knight, facilitator.
WHITBY, Thursday, July 13 -- Breakfast, 7 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, 150 Taunton Road at Brock Road, Whitby; Ian Williams, facilitator.
WHITEWATER REGION (Pembroke-Renfrew), SUMMER BREAK – Breakfast 8 a.m., Logos Land Resort, Cobden; Ken Boyd, facilitator.
WINDSOR, Saturday, July 29 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Walker Grill, 1275 Walker Road; Stephen Terrana, facilitator.
WINNIPEG, Tuesday, July 11 -- Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 580 Pembina Highway at Grant Junction, Winnipeg; Carolyn Menaar, facilitator.
WINGHAM, SUMMER BREAK– Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Bells Pizza and More, The Upper Room, 176 Josephine Street, Wingham; Brenda White, facilitator.