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October 5, 2016
BREAKING NEWS
You're Invited!
Who Done It & Who Won It, our annual volunteer recognition event, is coming up on Friday, October 21. The evening will feature wine, light refreshments, and the presentation of our four annual Community Volunteer Awards, in the style of the Academy Awards! Don't miss out, join us for a fun evening of celebration and thanks - register today.
Engagement Toolkit
We have now launched The Engagement Toolkit, our new and exciting resource! The Engagement toolkit is a recipe box full of 32 of what we think are the best tools out there to help you engage with your neighbours. Didn't make it to the launch last Saturday? Purchase your copy
here!

Members Only got a makeover!
Members Only, our online resource library, has had a makeover! Check out our new layout
here, with seven reorganized sections and clearer subsections to help you find what you need. Email memberservices@calgarycommunities.com if you need your password to login!

Re:Sound
Re:Sound Music Licensing Company has contacted facility-based, Calgary community associations who “use recorded music”. Re:Sound is not the same as SOCAN, and you must be compliant with both. Please read the Difference between SOCAN and Re:Sound. You can contact Re:Sound here.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Recycling & Your Organization: Helpful Info, Resources & Practical Tips - Wednesday, October 12
Partners in Planning (PIP): Basics of Implementation Planning (Core) - Saturday, October 15
Partners in Crime Prevention: Fraud Awareness - Wednesday, October 19
Treasurer's Workshop for the Inexperienced Accountant: Part 2 - Thursday, October 20
Who Done It & Who Won It: Annual Volunteer Recognition Event - Friday, October 21
Click here for more workshops and events.
TRENDING NOW
Partners in Crime Prevention is back!
Join us on Wednesday, October 19 for a free presentation from Calgary Police Service on common fraud scams and best practices to avoid being a victim. Register here.

Elections Policy
With Calgary’s 2017 municipal election one a year away, some community associations have asked for advice when board members run for election. It’s important for boards to remain nonpartisan and avoid the optics of a conflict of interest. Check out our
Public Office and Election Policy to prevent a political conflict of interest.

Vital Signs & Vital City
The Calgary Foundation released their annual Vital Signs report, along with a special Sense of Belonging insert, that we are mentioned in! Check them both out here.

Also, join the Calgary Foundation on Tuesday, October 25 for Vital City with speaker Emmett Carson, Founding CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation discussing the shift in philanthropy that needs to be taken to tackle our most challenging global problems. Performance by DJD as well. RSVP today!
 
WORD ON THE STREET
AGLC Approves Community Gardens for Use of Proceeds
As part of AGLC’s ongoing commitment to work with Alberta non-profits, they have made an important amendment to their policies.  Effective July 2016, your organization can amend your “Use of Proceeds Approval” to use some of your gaming funds towards what AGLC calls “Aid of the Distressed, Section 3.2” which has been expanded to include community gardens that grow vegetables and fruit for the purposes of food sustainability for families and individuals.  Click here to read more.

Special Event Equipment Loans
Calgary Neighbourhoods is pleased to provide equipment to community associations and social recreation groups for special event programs. The Equipment Loan Agreement and the list of available equipment can be requested through your Neighbourhood Partnership Coordinator (NPC). For a list of what’s available click here.

WHMIS Updates
WHMIS is now changing from “Canadian” standards to an international “Global Harmonization System” (GHS). Groups with onsite chemicals have a couple years to learn about new standards and gradually meet compliance (2018). Check out popular WHIMS FAQs, and various training opportunities here.
PLANNING UPDATE
Here are the latest planning updates. Feel free to contact one of our planners for more details.
  1. Partners in Planning is back! Register now.
  2. We have a variety of updated planning workshops for 2016-2017. Read about them here.
  3. If you missed the open houses evaluating draft options for changes to Crowchild Trail, you can still provide input online until October 17 at calgary.ca/crowchild.
  4. Engagement for the City’s Mainstreets project continues- ‘reviewing solutions’ sessions will continue through October- to see if your community is scheduled click here.
FEATURED RESOURCE
Planning Tips for Member Meetings
Several community associations have recently asked for “planning tips” when getting ready for an Annual General Meeting, or Special Meeting where there may be expected challenges.

Click here for this new resource to you help you prepare for chairing a successful meeting!
HELPFUL RESOURCES
  1. Learn more about the City of Calgary’s Leaf & Pumpkin Composting Program, the 35 drop-off locations across the city are listed here.
  2. To learn more about the value of composting check out the City of Calgary’s Green Cart program for more information.     
  3. Recycling for community associations and not-for-profit organizations
Click here for more helpful resources.
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