Br. 81 Kaslo Spring Report 2019

7. Kaslo – Branch 81

Report to West Kootenay/Boundary Regional Meeting – Midway, B.C.
April 15, 2019
President’s Report – Highlights from the past year
• 2018 has been an eventful year for the Kaslo Senior Citizens’ Association – Branch #81.
Our membership has been actively meeting every Friday mornings for lively discussion,
coffee and tasty goodies, provided on a rotational basis by our volunteer members.
• In June 2018 we held our luncheon and meeting at JBs restaurant. Terry Jones allowed his
Chef, Rob Clarke to open the restaurant just for us and gave us a special, reduced rate for
a beautiful lunch. This June we will repeat the event and look forward to a fun-filled
• In June, we celebrated Kaslo’s 125th with a brunch with great food and live music.
Although it was a rainy day, we had approximately 100 in attendance. Our volunteers
helped by cooking, decorating, serving food and making sure that everyone was well
taken care of. Our musicians provided beautiful tunes and many people sat outdoors under
awnings and visited and listened to music. We had a small grant from the Village of
Kaslo and we were able to feed and entertain everyone for just under $450.00.
• On the celebration day of Kaslo’s 125th, we participated by providing endless bags of
fresh popcorn. All expenses and supplies were provided by Charles and Louise DePape
and all donations were donated to our branch.
• Our branch has had well-attended monthly luncheons, thanks to Rob Clarke for being our
volunteer chef and to Peter and Yvonne Grondin who have helped us by setting up,
serving and clearing up after the lunches.
• Sunshine Lady – Jean Cousins – fantastic job of calling membership about our events,
leaving Happy Birthday messages, and for always being such a positive voice for seniors.
• We received a grant for our new generator and thanks to our five-man volunteer team, the
“Gen Setters” they have also built a ramp and cover which is attached to our outdoor
storage shed. This team has set up a monthly schedule to do regular maintenance on our
generator, so it will be kept in good running condition.
• New outbuilding to house generator built by Village of Kaslo. Electrical sub-panel and
wiring supplied by Don Scarlet.
• We have developed a partnership with our local Paramedics, and they have made a point
of dropping by to check vitals and provide medical information to our members.
• The Village Foreman, Mike Lindt has resolved our front door lock dilemma and we now
have a deadbolt system that is easy to operate.
• Our Christmas party was a huge success and tickets sold out in record time. Volunteers
decorated our hall and created a festive atmosphere. Members donated beautiful prizes
and we were able to give away 5 door prizes, which included 3 lovely gift baskets,
decorated by Mabel Russell.
• Carpet bowling – Wednesdays – at Legion Hall.
• Paramedic – Check vitals and provide info in regards to health at home.
• The “Let Us Hear & See” – Our Living Legacy project has resulted in 8 interviews, a new
logo, and a draft website which we hope to launch this year. We hope to feature vignettes
from the interviews at our Fall Dinner.
• Seniors’ Appreciation Fall Dinner – will take place on September 23, 2019, at the Kaslo
Legion Hall. Seniors from Kaslo and Area D will be invited to this event, which will be
free-of-charge, and will include a dinner, entertainment, and door prizes.
• Member Linda Beddow volunteers and does seniors toy returns.
• Ladies Hospital Auxiliary has agreed to supply funds for a defibrillator.
• Andy Shadrack will not be available today to speak, however, I have some information
that I will be talking about under new business.
Respectfully Submitted,
Louise DePape,
President, Kaslo & District Seniors Branch #81