The Gavel of the Yorkton Chamber – a Colourful History

The Gavel of the Yorkton Chamber – a Colourful HistoryPresident Mike Stackhouse (2019 & 2020) holds the gavel made and presented by Norman Roebuck, (Chamber President in 1953) at the 63rd Annual Chamber Banquet March 15, 1961.

At the 63rd Annual Banquet of the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce in 1961, Norman Roebuck – Yorkton businessman and President of the Chamber in 1953 - presented this gavel to the Chamber. This is his speech prior to the presentation:

“In presenting this gavel, I wish to give you a little history of the wood in its component parts.

The handle of the gavel is made from a portion of the flag pole taken from the old waterworks building built in 1906and on which the old power plan was later built in 1910, and is presently used by the City Works Department. The head of this gavel is of Manitoba Maple and comes from one of the oldest trees in Yorkton. This tree was cut down in the grounds of the old City Hall and had been planted on the portion of that property which had at one time been owned by Ben Patrick, brother of Dr. T. A. Patrick who actually planted the trees now on the grounds in the year 1900. The wood in this gavel represents over 670 years f life in this community. They say that wood burning in an open fire will portray to the watcher the history of what the wood has seen.

Truly this piece of wood could unfold over 60 years of progress.”

President Mike Stackhouse (2019 & 2020) holds the gavel made and presented by Norman Roebuck, (Chamber President in 1953) at the 63rd Annual Chamber Banquet March 15, 1961.

While You Worked in Your Business, the Chamber Worked for You

While You Worked in Your Business, the Chamber Worked for You! Highlights 2019

A membership in the Chamber of Commerce is an investment in your business. While you’re busy working to grow and expand your business, the Chamber is at work to make sure the business climate is the best it can be. As the “voice of business in Yorkton”, the Chamber has undertaken a number of advocacy efforts on behalf of the local business community and offered a number of educational and networking events. Below is a summary of 2019’s highlights:

Advocacy - Informing the various orders of government when policies or legislation are having an impact on the business community:

  • Met with City Council twice; Met with Cathay Wagantall, MP; Met twice with Hon. Greg Ottenbreit
  • Letter to MP and Senate re: the need for the construction of the oil pipeline
  • Letter to MP and Canadian Chamber of Commerce re: the need to resolve the trade disruption between Canada and China which is negatively impacting sales of canola and other agricultural products important to eastern Saskatchewan producers
  • Letter to MP and Federal Government and Senate re: carbon tax on energy to dry grain,
  • Letter to Mayor & Council re; supporting the need for a roundabout at Darlington and Mayhew
  • Letter to Hon. Lori Carr re: funding to the Yorkton Regional Airport through the Community Airport Program
  • Attended each City Council meeting to keep informed about the City
  • Advocated for local businesses on a variety of issues

Education & Networking Events for Members - A number of events were held to enable businesses to network and to learn:

  • Highly successful first ever Business Summit was held
  • 21st Annual Chamber Business Dinner with John Gormley also a big success
  • Two Chamber on Tap events with guest speakers Wayne Rusnak and Dave Nussbaumer
  • All Candidates’ Forum held for the Federal Election
  • Profiled the young entrepreneurs from the YRHS enrolled in Junior Achievement
  • Guest Speaker Roy Prevost shared ideas on creating customer service stars
  • The RCMP and Fire Protective Services talked about their initiatives in the City
  • Business Lunch Speakers included Hon. Donna Harpauer, Minister of Finance to speak about the Provincial Budget; The Mayor delivered his State of the City Address at the Chamber’s AGM; Ryan Meili, Leader of the Opposition and Trent Wotherspoon shared their visions for the province; Guest speakers from the Global Transportation Hub; Regina Airport Authority; Sask Health Authority; and SAMA
  • Presentation of 4 Honouray Life Memberships
  • Videos of members on YouTube and Facebook
  • Recognition of 20 – 25 year Chamber members
  • Met with Zagime First Nation; Visited Kahkewistahaw First Nation
  • Met with new Parkland College CEO Mark Hoddenbagh
  • Presented a Scholarship to a student enrolled in Business Admin at the College
  • Began the Chamber Book Club
  • Signed the Sask Health & Safety Leadership Charter


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