Striking A Balance – Societies, self-defence and cookbook reprint

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

Ag Association AGM

The Clinton & District Agricultural Association’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Clinton Library! This group plans and runs the rodeo each year in Clinton.

They are looking for more volunteers for work bees at the rodeo grounds, planning and running the rodeo, and more. Plan to attend their meeting to hear all that they do. New members are welcome.

Museum Society AGM

The South Cariboo Historical Museum Society will hold their 2015 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 4 pm at the Clinton Museum.

The members will review the 2014 Financials, 2015 Budget, a list of projects (completed, in progress, and proposed) and hold the election of officers for 2015.

The South Cariboo Historical Museum Society operates the Clinton Museum. The Museum was founded in 1954, and has operated out of Clinton’s 1892 School/Court House since 1956. Check out the website at to see what the Museum looked like almost 60 years ago. New members always welcome!

Free HIV Testing

Free HIV testing will be available at the Clinton Health and Wellness Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13.

The Interior Health Authority is offering this testing which is done with a simple pinprick on the finger (similar to blood sugar testing).

The testing is available to everyone and it is especially important that emergency responders and health care workers get tested. All results are confidential. Drop by the Health Center for your free testing.

Women’s Self Defense Course

There will be a Women’s Self Defense Course on Saturday, March 7 from 1-6pm at David Stoddart School gym.

Valerie Prociuk from Kamloops, licensed self defense instructor and black belts in karate and Jiu-Jitsu will be instructing this course for all women who are interested in learning how to protect them selves.

The course covers theory on risk awareness, personal weapons and proper stance, techniques and defenses. You will apply realistic self-defense techniques on a padded aggressor (RCMP member).

The minimum age is 13 and the cost will depend on the number of participants. If you are interested in participating please message Catherine Clinckemaillie or email .

Clinton CiB Reprinting Cookbook

The Clinton Communities in Bloom Committee is going to publish an expanded version of the “Gateway to Good Cooking” cookbook. This cookbook, full of favourite family recipes from Clintonites, was published two years ago as a fundraiser and is now sold almost out.

Many visitors to Clinton bought copies, as did many Clinton residents. The CiB Cookbook Committee is now looking for more recipes to add to the expanded version. Deadline for submissions is March 15.

To include more of your recipes, call Yvette May at 250-459-7725, or email them to, or drop them off at the Country Squire Gift Shop, 1600 Cariboo Hwy. The Committee will try to include as many of these ‘new’ recipes as they can.

Susan Swan