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Seniors' organizations keep people active

A look at what some senior organizations are doing in their communities.
Seniors gather socially to volunteer for community breakfast.

SOUTHEAST SASKATCHEWAN - Many communities in southeast Saskatchewan offer services and organized groups for seniors to get active and involved.

Kennedy started the Friendship Centre in the 1980s. They are an active group with a board of directors. They meet monthly to discuss the various programs and opportunities to further the interests of its members.

Currently there are organized activities and stewardship of the Memorial Garden on Main Street. Card games are offered two days a week. During the winter months, they hold monthly movie nights. The group volunteers to cook the Rodeo Association’s Sunday morning pancake breakfast for dozens and even hundreds of people each year.

Al Daku shares that he welcomes anyone to check out the Friendship Centre. The group is always looking for new members to expand and support the group efforts and programs. Daku mentioned the success that the Friendship Centre has had with the Horizon Grants. With the grant, the club was able to upgrade and renovate the kitchen in the hall.

Kipling is home to a number of seniors' clubs and activities. The Winter Dance Club, now into its 30th year, meets twice a month. The group gathers to dance to live music from local and provincial musicians.

The Kipling Friendship Centre offers a fitness program and planned activities. The curling club runs throughout the winter and is open to anyone interested.

There are also many organizations and clubs available for different interests. They include the Kipling and District Historical Society, the Kipling Lions Club, the Kipling branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Kipling and District Community Choir.