Boundary Métis Community Association
The Boundary Métis Community Association elected its 2011-12 board at its AGM held on March 17 with Erika Schoenfeld fulfilling the electoral duties. Danny Williamson was re-elected as president, Joyce Rumble was chosen as secretary, Erika Williamson treasurer and youth rep, Bernice Tetreault and Sylvia Sklapsky were selected as directors, Joanie Holmes the regional employment and training officer, Landon Carson Captain of the Hunt and Myrna Logan was elected as women’s rep.
The AGM followed a delightful potluck and the association was honoured to have Dave Hodgson, Métis Provincial Council, vice-president recognize the continuing efforts of the Métis organization since 1995. Other guests in attendance were Fran Roberts, Dorothy Leyden and Teresa Rickman.
Submitted by Joyce Rumble
Evangeline Order of the Eastern Star
On the afternoon of March 27, the officers and members of Evangeline Chapter No. 31, Order of the Eastern Star, gathered to install a new slate of officers for the current year.
Duly installed, as Worthy Matron is Sister Diane Williamson of Rossland, with Brother Gordon Reed being installed again as Worthy Patron for the ensuing year.
The main installing officer was retiring Worthy Matron Sharon Hamer, assisted primarily by Reed as installing marshal with other members assisting as needed. The ceremony was very impressive.
The weather was quite unco-operative and required visitors to travel over higher terrain. Fewer visitors than usual attended the special meeting because of the weather. Fortunately, Willamson’s daughter, son and future daughter-in-law were present for the occasion.
A special fundraising project of Sister Williamson is her intention to support the training of service dogs, such as those used by blind people and autistic children and others requiring canine assistance.
This project will be in addition to the support the Order gives to other charities, such as cancer and cancer dressing stations active in some of our larger chapters.
Our ongoing province-wide collection of cancelled postage stamps continues to generate several thousands of dollars each year. Thanks to the public support of this project.
Submitted by Gladys Miller
Boundary District Arts Council
The Boundary District Arts Council is celebrating its 35th anniversary by participating in the 12th BC Arts and Culture Week from April 11 to 23 and The Performing Arts Gala presented by the performing member groups.
Performing will be local music students in piano, voice and violin, The Grand Forks Pipes and Drums, dances by the Hip Sisters, Rara Avis , Spirit of the Dance, poetry readings, by the Writers Guild and special music by Amanda Thate, recently selected to open for country music star, Roy Clark.
Gallery 2 will exhibit wonderful creations local arts and crafts form all over the Boundary area during Gallery hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and close with a reception on Saturday afternoon following a play by the Rivers’ Edge Theater at 12 noon. Come, participate and enjoy the arts in our community where we live.
Submitted by Erna Gobbett