Legion 194 members with Cathy McLeod at announcement at Legion. Back (l-r) Wayne Marchant

Legion 194 members with Cathy McLeod at announcement at Legion. Back (l-r) Wayne Marchant

Striking a Balance – New members, leases and funding

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

Curling Club and Village Signing

The Clinton Curling Club and the Village of Clinton signed a Lease Agreement for the Clinton Curling Rink on March 4. The Curling Club has been operating for several years without an agreement, ever since the rink was turned over to the Village of Clinton. The agreement clearly spells out who is responsible for what.

On hand for the signing were Curling Club executive members Brenda McKay and Marian Nelson, Mayor Jim Rivett and Clinton CAO Tom Dall.

Clinton Health Care Auxiliary

After fears that the Clinton Health Care Auxiliary may close if more members did not step up the group was relieved to have enough people come forward to fill the executive positions.

At the Feb. 17 AGM, the following people were elected: Carol Higginbottom – president, Helen Prevost – vice president, Donna Walch – treasurer and Laura Paquette – secretary.

More members would be welcome. This group raises funds to enhance the Clinton Regional Health and Wellness Centre, provide a bursary to a Clinton student who is pursuing an education in the medical field, donate to the Royal Inland Hospital, host the Health and Wellness Fair and much more.

Projects being looked at for this year are to recover the chairs in the waiting room and provide a self-opening door for the Health Centre.

Fundraising events being considered include a Yard Sale in June and a BBQ in front of the Health Centre some time during the summer.

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Health Centre meeting room.

Sportsmen Association Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Clinton and District Outdoor Sportsmen Association will be on Saturday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Legion basement.

Membership is open to both men and women. If you would like to learn more about what this group does you are welcome to attend a meeting.

PAC Meeting

The Clinton Parent Advisory Council (PAC0 will meet on Monday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the David Stoddart School library. Every parent or guardian of a student in this school is welcome to attend.

For those who may not know just what PAC is, here is the answer directly from the BC PAC website: “The School Act gives parents the right, through PACs, to assume an advisory role in every school. PAC is the officially recognized collective voice of parents of their school. A PAC, through its elected officers, may advise the school board, the principal and staff of the school respecting any matter relating to the school other than matters assigned to the School Planning Council (SPC).

“PACs are forums within each school community to discuss matters affecting your school and the education of your children. Parents’ voices are a tremendous value to their school. They offer a wealth of ideas and support in the challenges that face all public schools. PACs strive to represent the diversity within their communities and contribute to the benefit of all students by providing opportunities to educate and inform parents about the school; involving parents in volunteer activities; and openly discussing parents’ concerns and aspirations for their schools.”

Daffodil Tea

The Clinton Seniors Association have plans well under way for the Annual Daffodil Tea from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 in the Clinton Memorial Hall.

Drop in for some delicious strawberry shortcake. There will also be a bake table, cut daffodils and potted miniature daffodils to get you in the mood for spring.

Part of the proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society who supplies the daffodils each year.

Clinton shut-ins and businesses may phone in a take-out order at 250-459-2254 from 1 p.m. on.

Legion Recipient of New Horizons Grant

Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo was in Clinton on March 4 to announce $20,800 in funding for a community-based project that was inspired by seniors.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 194 Clinton received the funds to replace flooring and purchase new chairs to continue seniors’ activities such as dinners, socials, games, dances, karaoke and dance classes.

“Our government recognizes the valuable contribution seniors have made to our society and the economy. By supporting New Horizons for Seniors Program projects, we are acting to ensure that seniors maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members of our community,” concluded McLeod.

She also advised that in her riding there have been 16 projects that received a combined total of over $301,000.

Susan Swan