Thanks to V.P. Kim Semeniuk for filling in last month with the Villager President’s message. Lois and I were in Mesquite NV for a couple of weeks the end of March through Easter. Got lots of golf in, lots of pool time, and yes, lots of entertainment.
We have an extension on our CFEP grant ($125,000) and with the matching CIIF (Federal) grant we are good to go !! We are in the process of applying for the development permit from the City. We have the contractor lined up, the construction method chosen, etc. Quite a bit different situation from last year, when we thought we were going to be down and out for the count. When I think of the grandiose plans we all had back long ago, this almost seems like a trivial operation. Not a chance! The process and work involved is not much different – just the dollar amount ! Getting at least the cement pad in place will be a huge boon to our community. Congratulations to the Rink Committee.
3nd Annual Slo-Pitch Tourney
The baseball tournament is a go again for this year and set for August 16-18. I just paid the reservation fee today. Thanks to Paul Vansickle, our Programs Director and (of course) the Rink Rat manager for organizing this event again. We can use some more fun-minded volunteers, so let us know if you can help. There should be a page dedicated to this event somewhere in this Villager or the next one.
This has become one of our best parties during the year. Mike, Sue and crew once again have things pretty much in hand. We sure could use some volunteer help with the event, so call in, or leave your name at the front desk at the centre when you come in to pay your membership renewal (or finally buy one).
Breakfast is FREE. Saturday, June 22nd – 9 in the morning till about noon.
Oh wait ! did I say free??? Yes, it is, but really folks, this costs us quite a bit to put on, so this year, we are asking for a donation of a Toonie per person, or $5 for a family… but if you show your membership from DRCA (or a neighbouring community), it is optional (so if you want to donate, thanks). You can get your membership at the door, too. Plus, we will prorate the membership through to 2014.
We will also be doing fund-raising on behalf of the Centre, so bring some Loonies and Toonies regardless. There will be lots of games and draws. Details elsewhere in this Villager. We are expecting Alderman Peter Demong to do some pancake flipping again, so you may have a chance to say hello. There are all sorts of activities planned and of course, our main theme is as always, kids!!
A huge thank you to the staff from the Deer Valley Royal Bank! Several folks showed up on Sunday April 28 to work on whatever we needed done around the Centre. Several of them were repeats from last year, and it sure was great to have them out. It was a super day, so a lot of work was done outside. The parking lot got swept, Kim, Brian and Paul cleaned out the garage. There was a lot of junk that is gone. The RBC staff get an amount for their “community service” from the Royal Bank which they can donate to a charity of their chosing – so they have again given it to us… a cheque for $1,000 !!!
We just received another CFEP grant cheque for repairs and maintenance items on our life-cycle plan. This is due to Wanda Kemp’s dedicated attention to the process of grant applications, and also to Sue Read, our Centre manager for keeping things on track with what needs done around here. Every year, we try to keep up with stuff.
Deer Run hosted Peter Demong’s April 20th Aldertalk session. It was well attended, there were a lot of folks from other communities, so it was great to know that we have a facility that is open and welcoming to everyone. We ran overtime as there was a lot of discussion and even some contentious issues. Lois thought Peter has the patience of a saint. Maybe it went smoothly because Blair and his Exec assistant, Lois (also) keep him on the straight and narrow !!! If you have ever thought about attending one of these, do it the next chance – it is surprising how much cross-information goes on. Don’t wait until it is here again – all are welcome to whichever community hosts it.
We had a marathon planning session on April 26 and 27. This is a requirement of the City now, when we renew our License of Occupation. Lisa Pichurski, with her partner Lisa Johnston put this on. It was mandatory for us to have 80% of the board present and the time commitment was 4 hours Friday eve, and most of Saturday (certainly the main part of the day). I just want to commend the board for their dedication and participation, only two of us that were missing were away for pre-arranged trips. We covered a ton of stuff, learned a lot, and now have probably the best sense of direction that I have ever felt our board could claim. A huge thank you to Lisa 1 and Lisa 2 for putting this on and putting up with us !!
Will Miss you:
Well, after so many years of involvement, serving on the Board, helping at the Centre, etc. Shawna Pitman has decided to spend more time with her family. The staff, the board, well everyone, will miss your presence, your humour, your whip-sting… well… Anyway, she is not GONE, just not around as much as before.
Thanks once again for putting up with my ramblings.
– Don Zver