Strawberry Tea serves up fun

Good food and good fun was had by all at the annual event

Joyce West

Saturday, April 30 was an ideal day for everyone to get out and enjoy our annual Strawberry Tea.  The sun shone beautifully, the sky was blue, everyone was in high spirits, and from the buzz of chatter around the room we all had a great afternoon.

We were served up a large helping of laughter along with generous platefuls of strawberry shortcake with cream, and bottomless pots of tea and coffee, and a good time was had by us all.

The kitchen ladies and the servers deserve many thanks for the time and effort they put into looking after us, and the members of the group who turned up early to get the tables and chairs in position are gratefully thanked for all their efforts.

The attendance may have been down slightly from last year, but I think the enthusiasm shown and enjoyed in the hall and the craft room made up for that. As usual, Kathy’s magic cave was well stocked and appreciated, and she and her helpers were kept pretty busy.

Tickets were drawn for the door prize, the raffle, and the money prize draw, and winners were as follows:

Door prize: Georgette Evans

50/50 draw: Louise Burroughs

$100 draw: Milton Wolfe

$75 draw: Carole Condin

$25 draw: Joan Thompson

Many thanks to all who participated in these events, and also in the silent auction part of the afternoon. We appreciate every one of you!

I remember being told, when I was very young, “Be careful what you wish for!” It seems it ought to have been “Be very careful about what you write!” In my last report I painted an outcome of what might happen if one of our elderly executive members were to suffer anything that would prevent them from carrying out their club duties.

Lo and behold, before the article was even printed one of our best loved members, Dorothy Colebank, had a medical emergency which involved her being taken  by ambulance to RIH and treated there. The medical staff were careful to explain why, at her age (almost 98!), they would keep her there until they were sure she was well again.

In February last year I wrote a short biography of our friend and her life as a young woman; of her large family and how she and her husband raised them to be productive and self-sufficient adults. She is very proud—with good reason—of all their various achievements, not least of which are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is a prime example of how to live, and her cheerful attitude in all sorts of situations is one we could all benefit from copying. I hear she was teaching some of the nurses at Royal Inland Hospital to play “Hand and Foot”, the game we play every week!

God bless you, Dorothy, and may you have many more years with us. We all wish you a speedy recovery.

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