Chamber holding ‘Quadrathon’

As part of its ongoing “Business After Hours” program, the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is holding a “Quadrathon” for its members and their staff at the Fort Frances Curling Club tomorrow from 5-7:30 p.m.
“The whole thing is to get people moving around and meeting with other people, and having a good time,” said Gus MacDonell of IQON Financial, who is organizing the “Quadrathon.”
“We’re trying to get them to mix and mingle,” echoed Ala Dulas, who also sits on the Chamber’s board of directors.
Dulas noted the “Business After Hours” program had been something the Chamber had done in the past, but had stopped.
“We started them up again about a year ago,” she remarked. “It’s a chance for business people to get together, to voice their opinions and talk in a social situation about any concerns they might have.”
The locations and events change every month, but the premise doesn’t, she added.
“We had one at the bowling alley in January,” Dulas said, as well as one at the Little Beaver Snow Park. Next month’s mix-and-mingle will be held at La Place Rendez-Vous.
While it’s always important for small business people to network, Dulas said that is true now more than ever.
“It’s most important now because of Wal-Mart,” she stressed. “There’s a lot more that can be done in the community to bring people together.
“We’re trying to re-establish ourselves, and we’re doing some really good things,” Dulas added.
The “Quadrathon” actually will involve five events, MacDonell said, including curling, golf, fishing, and pool. “We can’t go swimming, so pool’s the closest thing,” he laughed.
The fifth event will involve a 20-pound frozen turkey.
“We may have a turkey toss. I’m not entirely certain. It could be a possibility we’ll use a turkey instead of a curling stone,” he noted.
The businesses that are sponsoring the event also are providing raffle prizes, although MacDonell said he wasn’t sure what had been donated.
People can participate in the various events and earn an extra ballot for the raffle. “It’s a way of improving your odds of winning a raffle prize,” he said.
MacDonell said Bill Gushulak, president of the curling club, donated the use of the facility for the event. There will be free food and a cash bar.