BORDEN ‑ The Borden Friendship Club held their monthly meeting March 9 with 16 members present. The club is resuming monthly potluck suppers the fourth Wednesday of each month starting March 30 and there will be entertainment coming in. The monthly meetings will be held at 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month and the annual meeting will take place April 27 with supper at 5:45 p.m.
The club paid out $1,137 in utilities and caretaking from Jan. 1 to March 8 of 2022 and pays for printing of weekly/monthly dates and business that Lorraine puts in the post office. A monthly bingo is hosted in winter/spring with the next one March 16 then April 20 at 7 p.m.
Brenda Tumbach is the nominating committee chair and will be looking to fill executive and committee positions. Present executive is president Eileen Petrun, vice-president Sandra Long, treasurer Bev Assman and secretary Lorraine Olinyk and taking room bookings is Florence Neufeld.
The club passed a motion to send $250 to the Canadian Red Cross for the Ukrainian relief. Life membership certificates (85 years and older) were presented to Tom Hrenkiw and to Wendell Dyck.
Radisson Seniors' Club have resumed their monthly potluck suppers and birthday teas and will start their Saturday pancake breakfasts March 26 (last Saturday of each month) from 9 to11 a.m. Gerald Wiebe, president of Radisson seniors, has also started up a music night with the first one held March 9 at 7 p.m. with entertainers Chris Schultz, Russ Fountain, Ed Neufeld and Gerald. These will be held the second Wednesday of each month in the Radisson Seniors' Club Room.
Radisson TOPS have also started having their meetings on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Radisson town office.
Borden jam sessions have started up again, with the first one March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Borden Seniors’ Room, with Ron Mills in charge. Entertaining at this first one in 2022 were Ron Mills, Ed Neufeld, Carrie Harkness, Gerald Wiebe, Matt and Avery Fairbrother and Fritz Muehlhausen. The next session will be April 14 at 7 p.m.
The Borden Lions Club held their first meeting in two years March 10 in the Norman Smith Room with Lion Perry Nicol president, secretary Pat Nicol and treasurer Sandra Long giving reports. Receiving chevron pins for 40 years of service were Bob Wardaugh, Wendell Dyck and Archie Wainwright and Sharon Assman for 20 years. Donations in memory of Ann Wardhaugh and Peggy Wainwright were to be given to St. Paul’s Palliative Care and the Alzheimer's association.
For donations sent to Lions Foundation Guide Dogs from the club, three members – Melvin Wasylyshin, Sharon Assman and Sandra Long – will receive Melvin Jones awards.
The club received a new chevron for their banner in recognition of service to the community the past few years. In 2021 the club had given donations to the Borden Care Home, Borden Flower Barrel Committee and awarded a $500 scholarship to Rachel Sutherland.
The Borden Lions will be holding an open house Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Norman Smith Room, to try to recruit new members so the club can still provide service to Borden and district. The executive members' terms are up the end of June, but treasurer Sandra Long and vice-president Sharon Assman will stay on. Bob Wardhaugh has agreed to become secretary again and Perry will stay on as president as long as new members can be recruited.