Volunteer Craig Jodrey shows off one of the many auction items.

Volunteer Craig Jodrey shows off one of the many auction items.

Striking A Balance – Clinton plans another Victorian Christmas

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

PAC Dinner and Auction

The numerous PAC members and volunteers have been at it again, organizing another successful dinner and auction to raise funds for the extras for the students of David Stoddart School. It takes a lot of people to pull this off, from the organization, ticket printing and sales, those who solicit donations, decorating team, cooks, and all those who help out at the auction itself.

Following a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings Cst. Jeff McMichael took to the mike to get the live auction underway. From time to time he was spelled off by one of the 2015 grad students, Russell Allison who appears to be headed for a successful career as an auctioneer. A silent auction also ran most of the evening.

The final totals weren’t all in (including the bar proceeds) but at the end of the evening over $10,000 had already been raised.

Kudos to the volunteers who made this happen as well as all those who donated items, dollars and/or their time. The students of David Stoddart School will have field trips, extra classroom materials, etc. due to the numerous donations received and the volunteers who gave their time to organize and stage this popular event.

Gearing up for Christmas Season

The numerous groups and organizations in and around Clinton are gearing up for a busy Christmas season. In addition to Christmas parties, luncheons, dinners, etc. for members of these groups there are also events that the public is welcome to attend.

Curling Club Events

The Clinton Curling Club will host a Potluck Dinner and Draw to the Button Fun Night at the Curling Rink on Friday, Dec. 5 beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Bring your favourite dish (and some food too) and join the fun.

Victorian Christmas in Clinton

Various groups are once again taking part in the Clinton Victorian Christmas Weekend. This includes the Annual Merchant Madness Sales, Museum Open House (decorated in heritage style), Lunch and Christmas Market in the Legion basement, lighting of the Official Village Tree and much more. Watch next week for more details.

Community Christmas Dinner

Bethel Pentecostal Church is graciously inviting the community to their Annual Christmas Banquet at the Clinton Memorial Hall on Saturday, Dec. 6 beginning at 6 p.m.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, Nov. 27 is Thanksgiving for our neighbours to the south. Hopefully they will have a safe, happy day spent with friends and family.

Support Your Local Businesses

Of course, following the American Thanksgiving is Black Friday when so many people rush out to fight the crowds in search of a bargain. At this time of year especially it is important to remember your local businesses when you are out shopping for the perfect Christmas gift.

These are the businesses that are always there to answer the call for donations, supporting your groups, organizations and schools. Many of them are also volunteers in many of those groups. They pay taxes in your community that help keep your roads paved, your snow cleared and your streetlights on. Many of them rely on the Christmas season to help them through the rest of the winter.

Remember that a dollar spent at a locally owned store is usually spent six or more times before it leaves your community. That same dollar if spent at a national chain store is gone from your local economy immediately. Something to think about as you plan your Christmas shopping!

Susan Swan