More than 200 people gathered at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo on Saturday (Nov. 5) for the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program’s annual fall harvest supper and silent auction, organized by the Christian Parents Association.
With the prospect of moving their school from Stratton to a new facility in Emo, those on hand definitely were in an upbeat mood as they placed bids on the silent auction items and took part in the dessert auction.
With the money going to a good cause, many people also got involved in the live auction, with some pies and cakes going for $150 each.
The silent auction, which was held in the foyer, also was popular with attendees.
Parents, relatives, friends, and supporters of the school donated all kinds of items. The most popular, by far, was a James Reimer jersey, autographed by the young Toronto Maple Leafs’ goalie.
Following the supper and auctions, the students from S.C.A.P. then presented a program of music. Those in Grades 6-8 performed a song using their “Boomwhackers,” which are lightweight, hollow, colour-coded plastic rhythm tubes tuned to different musical pitches by length.
The K-8 choir also added to the evening with a three-part version of “O Be Joyful, O Be Jubilant.”
Meanwhile, one of the high school worship teams led the congregation with several selections throughout the program.
The evening concluded with a message from evangelist Johnny Tucker, who commended everyone for their hard work in preparing for the evening and for continuing to stress the importance of Christian education.
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Members of the Emo and District Lions and the Voyageur Lions from Fort Frances came together for supper at La Place Rendez-Vous on Friday (Nov. 4).
The purpose of the evening was to welcome this year’s District Governor, Peggy Michels, to the region. She brought greeting from the Lions Clubs International’s 95th international president, Wing-Kun Tam.
One of Tam’s themes for the year is “My club, my family.” Believing in the capabilities of each Lion and each club, Tam states on the Lions’ website: “Together we can continue to change the lives of millions of people.”
Tam’s theme, “I Believe,” expresses the thought that the Lions of the world have created a culture organized around a belief in the value of giving back–and a belief that one person truly can make a difference.
As a result, Lions around the world have been challenged to plant one million trees during Tam’s term in office. This number already has been surpassed, but there still is a lot of work to do in Canada.
Local clubs will be preparing for planting programs across the district early in the spring.
But the highlight of the evening was the presentation of a couple of awards to local Lions. Bill Michl received the “Medal of Hope” from Michels, which is awarded by the Lions Foundation of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario’s (Eye Bank) Medical Assistance Program to Lions who have contributed their time and talent in raising money and awareness for this valuable program.
Lion Gaby Hanzuk, meanwhile, was awarded the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship award, named in honour of the founder of Lions, for her work in the community.
This Fellowship Award (LCIF) is the highest form of recognition, and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.
The recipient of this award becomes a model because of the exemplary service to his/her club and the community for which it serves.
Hanzuk was given the award for her work as the co-ordinator of “Meals on Wheels,” as a volunteer with the Ontario Special Olympics program, and for the many hours she spends volunteering at her church.
If anyone is interested in joining one of the three Lions clubs in the district, they always are looking for people who would like to become involved in this worthwhile international organization.
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A reminder the next monthly Stratton seniors’ potluck will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17.
After the meal, there will be a slide presentation of travels in Romania.
In related news, the Stratton 50+ Christmas dinner will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m.
Tickets cost $15 each, which are available at the Country Corner Cafe in Stratton. They also can be purchased by contacting Gladys (483-5478), Inge (487-2237), Sheila (487-2675), or Maxine (483-5572).
The meal will be followed by musical entertainment.