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March 2017 – President’s Message

A message from Gord Kruger, Evergreen Club president

Greetings All….The Comox Valley winter of 2017 is slowly fading into a distant memory but it will be remembered as one of those traditional winters that I so remember from my earlier days here…..snow, snow and more snow. It was a test to our capabilities but in the end after much frustration and cussing, we somehow came through it all and were once again able to watch the rains come to our rescue. I unfortunately experienced a winter mishap which resulted in a broken ankle after a slippery fall on my deck…..not really the most enjoyable thing but part of the game I guess. Recovery is in progress as I pen this report and hopefully all will eventually return to some kind of normal.

I still can’t give you a date on a 2017 AGM yet as the pieces are still being put in place on governance and compliance updates with the new provincial government Society Act. As I mentioned in last month’s report, we are part of that update and hopefully we will have it completed soon. I can however update you on a new sound system package for our Conference Hall. The hard work has been completed and the quotes are in on a package that I think will greatly enhance our sound system. We should be finalizing this whole issue soon and installation will become a reality. It has been a bit of a wait but I think the end result will prove worth it. I know many of our clubs have made financial contributions towards this project and I thank you for those. It is always our aim to use your contributions in a positive way that will benefit the Evergreen Club and its membership. My thanks go out to Dave Snider, Director of Recreation and Cultural Services with the City Of Courtenay. He was instrumental in making this happen.

I want to take a few moments to recognize those individuals that take on the leadership role and tend to the responsibilities of our various “Activity Clubs” within the Evergreen Club. We are in excess of forty of these individual clubs and they and the people involved in them are what makes the Evergreen what it is. Leadership is so very important in a successful operation of any type, and to those of you who have stepped forth and offered that leadership in our various activity clubs, I say THANKS…….you are a little bit SPECIAL.

A couple of great events coming up in March. “A Wee Taste of Ireland” takes place on St Patrick’s Day, Friday March 17th. There is an Irish Stew Luncheon at noon followed by a Mary Murphy Concert at 1pm. It’s in the Conference Hall and should be a great afternoon. The following Wednesday and Thursday, March 22 and 23, the Evergreen Second Stage Players are at it again. This time it’s a rollicking comedy called “Oh Nurse”. It was written by local author and playwright Betty Annand and will be directed by our very own Val Parmley. It promises to be a great event. Tickets available at the office

Don’t forget….we are always looking for NEW volunteers. There are always opportunities to get involved. If you have the urge, then I suggest you contact our very hard working Volunteer Coordinator Deanne…..she will be more than pleased to see you. That’s all for now…..but please remember….”Never Regret Getting Older, It’s A Privilege Denied To Many”……adios…gk

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