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July - August 2019

From the President, Homer Vandervecht

Another business year has begun at the Leamington and District Half Century Centre. My thanks to the members for their participation and Strawberry Social. I am proud to serve as your President and look forward to a busy and successful year for the Centre. On behalf of all the members I extend our great appreciation to Cliff Hartwick for his dedication and hard work during his term as President.

Several years ago, Betty and I moved back to Leamington. As soon as we had placed our furniture and stacked the dishes in the cupboards, we drove to the Half Century Centre and became members ... then we bought some groceries.

We were made to feel welcome immediately and very quickly made dozens of new friends. The fellowship at card parties, dinners, and many other activities, is something we always look forward to.

I recently overheard a card player wonder with his friends what they would do in their spare time if there was no Centre in town. It has quickly become obvious to me that the leading reasons that our Centre is so successful is because of the dozens of volunteers, the support of the members, and the leadership of our Executive Director, Christine.

If you are not yet a member, check inside this Chatter for the activities scheduled during the next two months, then drop by and share the good times. Together we can have an enjoyable and successful year.

Remember: You do not stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing.

From the Executive Director, Christine Lehn

I wish to thank the outgoing Board Members Bill Chaplin, Beth Smith, George Clark and Sister Elaine Cole for their services. Welcome to Roy Trowell joining the Board as our new Vice President. The board will be well led by our new President, Homer Vandervecht.  Also, Thanks to Sharon Matthews for all the work she did as our receptionist.  She is moving and will be missed. 

A big thank you to generous sponsors for our Strawberry Social. Mucci’s donated strawberries, Sweet Retreat for the ice cream and Seacliff Manor for the cake.  Please support these companies that support us.

We have exciting renovations happening at the Centre this summer.  In July we will be renovating the west room and in August, the Kitchen and East Room Washrooms.  Please be considerate of the contractors.  I will be posting any changes to the schedule due to construction.  Some of the changes are possible due to a generous donation from the Estate of Donna Barrows.  A big thank you to her family.

We again have trips to Petrolia planned.  Please sign up early as I need to pay for the tickets one month in advance.  I hope everyone enjoys our special fundraising activities.  Come out for a laugh at our Comedy Show.