WE'RE SIMPLY RESPONDING TO THE REQUESTS
Why do Christians in business want to get connected to others in business?
It's been an incredibly humbling month. There have been almost daily requests -- by email or phone -- from men and women who wondered when we'd be establishing a chapter in their town or city. Some call it 'word of mouth'. I think it's simply God at work.
When folks ask about the feasibility of a new chapter in their area, I ask them if they're prepared to help lead it or, at minimum, help get one organized. That isn't always the case. Some don't have those gifts of leadership. They want to belong but not to lead. Fair enough.
We had planned to start the month of May with the launch of a new chapter in Montreal. It didn't happen. Even though we had a leadership team in place, there just wasn't enough interest to makie it feasible.
That certainly wasn't the case in Newmarket ON on May 13. We had about a dozen men and women attend that inaugural meeting. That's a solid start. The participants are determined to invite others. In fact, there was an expressed interest to create a new chapter in the Alliston area and in Barrie.
Vancouver was similarly successful. As good core of men and women involved in business and the professions gathered over lunch and dinner meetings in a wonderful Chinese restaurant to get that chapter (or two) off the ground. And a natural leadership team is emerging. As I tell the groups at these inaugural events, "if you can lead a staff meeting, you can lead a meeting of your peers. The national office provides all of the discussion materials. All you need to do is facilitate a discussion."
Another launch event takes place next week (June 9) in Kingston ON. Once again, it was sparked by one person who asked: "What will it take to get a group established here?" All it took was his involvement.
The biggest challenge
The biggest challenge is to encourage the new participants to become CCBF members. That normally happens after about three meetings; once they see the incredible value of 'belonging' to a support group of their peers. Once they realize that they are investing in their own leadership development, it is money well spent.
As we approach the summer months, many groups will take a break while many will continue to meet monthly or biweekly. It depends on their level of commitment and their schedules.
At the national office, we will continue to receive requests to launch new chapters, and we anticipate about six new ones to get off the ground in September.
Canadian Christian Business Federation
MONTHLY MEETING SCHEDULE
(Listed alphabetically by city)
ABBOTSFORD, Friday, June 24 – Breakfast, 7 a.m., Ricky’s, Best Western Regency Inn, 32080 Marshall Road at Clearbrook, Abbotsford; Richard Beaulieu, facilitator.
BEAMSVILLE, Thursday, June 2 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Conversations Café and Bistro, 4995 King St. at Ontario, Beamsville; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.
BRAMPTON, NO MEETING – Evening 7:30 p.m., Community Room above Fortino’s, 35 Worthington Ave. (off Bovaird), Brampton; Iloma Brown, facilitator.
BRANTFORD, Wednesday, June 15 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Sherwood Restaurant, Colborne Street E., Brantford; Keith Knight, facilitator.
BURLINGTON, Wednesday, June 1 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Skyway Diner, 645 Plains Road East, Burlington; Keith Knight, facilitator.
CALGARY SOUTH, Friday, June 3 and 17 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Phil’s Restaurant, 907 Glenmore Trail SW (at Elbow Drive), Calgary; Rebecca Manley and Daniel Botha, facilitators.
CLARINGTON, Wednesday, June 15 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Bowmanville Restaurant, Bowmanville; Ian Williams, facilitator.
COBOURG, Saturday, June 4 – Breakfast 8 a.m., Buttermilk Café, 44 King Sttreet, Cobourg; Joe Peristy, facilitator.
COURTENAY, Thursday, June 16 – Breakfast 8 a.m., Courtenay Quality Foods, Upper Room, Courtenay BC; Vic Funk and Garth Sheane, facilitators.
EDMONTON AM, Thursday, June 28 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Humpty’s Restaurant, 4503 Gateway Blvd (off Whitemud); Vic Smith, facilitator.
EDMONTON NIGHTLIFE, Monday, June 13, 7 p.m. Ricky’s Restaurant, 12707 140 Ave NW; Dwight Hayes, facilitator.
FONTHILL, Thursday, June 16 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Bailey O’Grady’s Restaurant, 124 Hwy. 20 East, Fonthill; Don Nelson and Bill Vander Klippe, co-facilitators.
FORT ERIE, Friday, June 24 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Artemis Restaurant, 199 Garrison Road, Fort Erie; Nile Jenkins, facilitator.
GUELPH, Tuesday, June 21 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Symposium Cafe, Stone Road West, Guelph; Keith Knight, facilitator.
KINGSTON, Thursday, June 9 – Launch of new chapter, Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 2376 Princess St., Kingston; Keith Knight, facilitator
KITCHENER, Thursday, June 16 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Country Boy Restaurant, Manitou at Courtland, Kitchener; Keith Knight, facilitator.
LANGLEY, Thursday, June 16 – Breakfast 7 a.m., Ricky’s Restaurant, Ramada Inn, Hwy 10 and 192 St., Langley; Andrea Soberg, Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson, Rhonda Davison, facilitators.
LONDON BREAKFAST, Wednesday, June 22 – 7:30 a.m., Fireside Family Restaurant, 1166 Commissioners Rd. E., London; Dan Renzella, facilitator.
LONDON LUNCH, Thursday, June 9 – Lunch 12 noon, Angel’s Restaurant, 100 Belmont Drive, London; Ken DeVries, facilitator
MARKHAM, Tuesday, June 21 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s Restaurant, Hwy 7 at Warden Avenue, Markham; Paul Hilsden, facilitator.
MISSISSAUGA, Wednesday, June 29 – Dinner 7 p.m., Swiss Chalet, 5980 McLauglin Road, Mississauga; Diana Budway, facilitator.
NEWMARKET, Friday, June 10 -- Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., The Buttery, Davis and Yonge, Newmarket. Edna Bazante and Paul Hilsden, facilitators.
NORTH YORK, Friday, June 24 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Cora’s 861 York Mills Road at Upjohn, North York; Michael Wong, facilitator.
OAKVILLE, Friday, June 10 – 12 noon, Cora’s, Oakville Town Centre II, 240 North Service Road West, Oakville; Keith Knight, facilitator.
OTTAWA, Tuesday, June 28 – Summer Hayes Restaurant, 1971 Base Line Road at Woodroffe, Nepean; Tim Visser, facilitator.
SASKATOON, Wednesday, June 15 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Grainfields Family Restaurant, 810 Circle Drive, Saskatoon; Brian Lise, facilitator.
ST. CATHARINES, Wednesday, June 8 – Breakfast 7:15 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, Lake Street at QEW, St. Catharines; Stacy Mueller, facilitator.
SUMMERSIDE, Wednesday, June 8 – 12 noon lunch and learn, Centre 150, 150 Industrial Crescent, Summerside; Allan Ramjattan, facilitator.
TORONTO CONNEXIONS, Thursday, June 2 and 16 – 7 a.m., Over Easy Restaurant, Hotel Victoria (inside the hotel), 56 Yonge St., Toronto; Jim Foster, facilitator.
WATERLOO, Friday, June 3 – Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Stone Crock Restaurant, 1396 King St. N., St. Jacob’s; Keith Knight, facilitator.
WINDSOR, Saturday, June 25 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Ocean’s Restaurant, 2883 Howard Ave., just northwest of E.C. Row Parkway; Stephen Terrana, facilitator.
WINNIPEG, Tuesday, June 14 -- Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Smitty’s Restaurant, 580 Pembina Highway at Grant Junction, Winnipeg; Carolyn Menaar, facilitator.
WINGHAM, Friday, June 3 – Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Bells Pizza and More, The Upper Room, 176 Josephine Street, Wingham; Brenda White, facilitator.