Woman as Chamber Director For first Time in History

The Atikokan Chamber of Commerce broke a 25-year tradition Thursday evening, Jan. 21, by electing the first woman to its board of directors.

Thelma Reed, proprietor of four Seasons Travel and Flowers, was one of six directors chosen at the meeting with the others being glen Rawlings, John Charbonneau, Keith Stone, Henry Danielson and Art Morris was re-elected to the presidency as balloting took place for executive posts.

Other officers were chosen as follows: vice-president, Al Earis; secretary, Ray Gowriluk; treasurer, Gary Thompson.

Robert W. Clarke, chairman of the nomination committee, said it was felt by the committee that women warranted a place on the board and a number had been asked to stand for office.

Mr. Earis presented the financial statement for 1970, showing that the chamber had emerged with a small surplus after a year in which expenses had totaled $2,854. A separate statement showed that operation of the tourist trailer had cost $1,197. About half the sum had been raised from membership contributions and half had been received in a grant from the township.

January 28, 1971
Atikokan Progress