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Striking A Balance- Clinton PAC fundraiser raises $11,000

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

Chamber of Commerce Info

Representing most of the businesses in Clinton, approximately 50 people attended a dinner and information session at the invitation of the Village of Clinton. This was to give business owners information on Chambers of Commerce and what do.

The Clinton Curling Club catered the delicious dinner and the event was funded by a Northern Development Initiative Trust grant.

Mayor Jim Rivett explained that a Chamber of Commerce has more influence on governments than individuals. Deb McClelland, Executive Director Kamloops Chamber of Commerce outlined the benefits of Chamber membership and advised that there is lots of support if the business community wishes to revive the Chamber of Commerce in Clinton.

Marc Imus, Director of Community Development BC explained how Chambers of Commerce could influence government decisions. He also explained the Clinton-Lytton-Lillooet Economic Collaborative that was formed to work on improving the economies of the communities of Clinton, Cache Creek, Ashcroft, Lytton and Lillooet and the areas in between.

Mayor Rivett explained that it is up to the businesses whether or not the Chamber of Commerce is revived in Clinton. Several business owners expressed interest in working with the Chamber of Commerce but someone is still required to take on the work involved in getting it going.

No one stepped up at that meeting but the seed has been planted. Any Clinton and area business owners who would like more information can drop by the Village Office during regular business hours.

PAC Auction Success

The Village of Clinton showed once again that it is the little town with a big heart! The Clinton PAC held a dinner and auction on Saturday, Nov. 23 with results that are nothing short of astounding. The event raised over $11,000!

The funds raised will be used to supply things for the students of David Stoddart School that are not otherwise funded by Ministry of Education.

Donations were gathered from businesses and individuals from Clinton, 70 Mile House, 100 Mile House, Kamloops, Ashcroft and Cache Creek. The number and quality of donations are a tribute to the commitment of the volunteers who went out and solicited them. Auctioneer (Cst.) Jeff McMichael kept the action going and kept interest up throughout the long evening.

Promoted as a Pioneer Christmas, the Memorial Hall was decorated with handcrafted wreaths, Christmas decorations and antiques. The auction paddles were formed to look like gold pans complete with gold ‘nuggets’. The organizers are to be commended for all their hard work and imagination.

Congratulations to all involved for holding another very successful event. The kids will reap the benefits.

Clinton 4-H Open House

The Clinton 4-H Club invites you to their Open House in the Clinton Memorial Hall beginning at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29. On display will be the photographs that the 4H Club Members have been working on. Prepare to be amazed by the talent of our local young people.

For more information, contact Don Rose at 250-459-2416.

Clinton Snow Jockey Club

Are you a cross-country ski enthusiast? Would you like to join a group that takes a hands-on interest in skiing in the Clinton area?

The Clinton Snow Jockey Club maintains the ski trails north of Clinton off Big Bar Road, holds skiing events and offers support for all levels of skiers.

The club is holding their annual general meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Clinton Library. They welcome new and experienced skiers to join them. Mark your calendar and join them as they make plans for the 2013/14 ski season.

Clinton’s Victorian Christmas Weekend

The Clinton CiB Committee has been working hard with several other Clinton organizations to bring a special weekend to Clinton.

On Dec. 7-8 Clinton will be transformed into a Victorian Village with events for all ages. Is there a more fitting time to rekindle the pageantry and romanticism of the Victorian era than during the holidays?

The Annual Merchants Madness Sale will see many of the local businesses holding specials all day (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to offer residents and visitors a chance to shop locally for that special Christmas gift. Many will have draws, door prizes and refreshments to fortify the shoppers. Check out your local shops to see what they have to offer.

The Museum will host an Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be decorated for the season. Check out the specials that they have to offer as well.

The Legion will hold a Craft Sale from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Legion basement. Drop by for local handcrafted items and have lunch while you are there.

Then gather in front of the Village Office for the lighting of the Official Village Christmas Tree and singing of Christmas carols beginning at 5:15. Then it is off to the Memorial Hall for the Bethel Pentecostal Tabernacle Community Christmas Dinner.

A Victorian Father Christmas will be strolling the street and visiting many of the businesses as well.  And that’s just Saturday!

On Sunday, Dec. 8 the Grads will host a Skate with Santa in the 47 Mile Sports Complex (arena) at 11 a.m. After skating the little ones can warm up with hotdogs and hot chocolate in the Legion basement courtesy of the Communities in Bloom Committee and the Legion.

The Annual Legion Children’s Christmas Party will be held upstairs in the Legion beginning at 1:30 p.m. Children must be preregistered for this so there will be an age-appropriate gift for them.

Before we all hunker down for the snowy winter season plan to spend some time in Clinton for some old-fashioned fun during the Second Annual Victorian Christmas Weekend!

Let’s Light up Clinton

This year marks the 150th Christmas since the community was named Clinton so the plan is to make this year’s Christmas displays even more special than usual. Although there is no specific theme, something with a pioneer or Victorian flair would be most appropriate this year.

The Clinton Communities in Bloom Committee has partnered with the 150/50 Committee to challenge everyone in Clinton to decorate and light up their properties for Christmas

They hope to give everyone who drives through Clinton something extra to look at. The challenge goes out to all residents and businesses.

There will be a $50 prize, courtesy of the 150/50 Committee in each of the two categories, residential and commercial. Judging will take place on Dec. 14.

Susan Swan

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