SMART 55: Fresh ideas always appreciated at OAPO meetings

What I like about Williams Lake is that it has four distinct seasons.

Pat Cassidy

Smart 55

What I like about Williams Lake is that it has four distinct seasons.

Fall is my favourite, when the leaves turn brown, golden, red and yellow.

It makes driving out into the countryside such a treat for the artists and photographers.

It is also the time when every organization has their teas, bazaars, craft sales, garage sales, etc.

When I questioned why we can’t have a tea and bake sale in the summer the answer I got was that you can’t get volunteers in the summer as some are away on vacation and others are busy in their gardens.

On the subject of volunteers, they are a very special breed.

They are the busy ones that will give so generously of their time.

Their average age is from mid 70s to late 80s.

The Seniors Activity Centre is run strictly by volunteers and there is a membership of approximately 400.

The members are persons that use the facility for recreation or they drop in for lunch.

The Old Age Pensioners Organization (OAPO) runs the bazaars, teas and on the whole do all the fundraisers.

They would also arrange speakers and put on workshops on any topic of interest.

They meet every second Tuesday of the month.

And, dig this, out of the membership only around eight to 12 people show up for the meetings.

Please come to the meetings. We do not have to put you to work but we would like some fresh ideas.

The secretary has been on the job for 10 years and would like to step down.

Can any of you help?

Take time to give. It is too short a day to be selfish.

Take time to work. It is the price to success.

Take time to do charity.

It is the key to heaven.

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