Beaver Valley Senior Citizens – Branch 44

Report to West Kootenay/Boundary Regional Meeting – Trail, B.C.

January to December 2016

April 10, 2017

Our membership in 2016 was 73 members, with 8 new members. To date, we have signed up 72 members with 15 of them being new members.  We hold our monthly meetings on the first Thursday of each month with the exception of July & August.  We averaged 24 members in attendance at our monthly meetings.

In 2016 we held a number of activities for our members.  These included:

On Mondays, we hold bingo from 1:30 to 3:00.

Tuesdays we held Carpet Bowling with two sessions, from 10 to 11 am and 11 am to 12 pm.  There were 9 teams playing 8 games from January to March 2016.  This was then followed by a wrap-up Tournament.  All the bowlers enjoyed a free lunch put on by the Village of Fruitvale for all seniors.  The Fall session then began October to December 2016, again we had 9 teams playing 8 games.  This was followed by a wrap-up Tournament.

Wednesdays we have Ceramics from 9 am to 12 noon.

On the 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Thursdays and the 1st Wednesday we have cards (cribbage and whist) from 1:30 to 3 pm.  Pay $1.00 on arrival.  Money collected provides prizes, (1st, 2nd, 3rd) for whist and cribbage ($3, $2, $1).  The remaining money goes towards providing tea/coffee and goodies after play has ended.

Balance Classes were held from January to May every Thursday Morning from 11 AM until 12 PM.

In March & April 2016, A Representative from the Volunteer Income Tax Program was available at the Beaver Valley Manor every Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. to help Seniors in the area prepare their Income Tax.

Additional things are done by the month:

January – Changed our meeting day from the 2nd Thursday of the Month to the 1st Thursday of the Month and Patricia Ceechini, Mayor of Fruitvale, Installed the new Executive of Branch 44.

February – Gave two $250.00 Scholarships to the J.L. Crowe Scholarship Committee for two Scholarship Awards to be given to two students from the Beaver Valley who are continuing in education.

March – Agreed to send 1 Delegate and 2 Visitors to the Annual AGM of the S.C.A.of B.C. held in Canoe.

April – Donated $200.00 to the 2016 55 + BC Games, Zone 6, and we sent 1 delegate and 7 guests to the Spring Regional Meeting of the West Kootenay/Boundary in Passmore.

April – Held a Spring Tea to raise money for the Fruitvale Food Bank.

May – Sent 1 delegate and 2 visitors to the Annual General Meeting of the Senior Citizens’ Association of B.C. in Canoe.

December – Held our annual Christmas Banquet catered by Marje Dunnebacke. Those who attended enjoyed a very good meal, with entertainment provided by Ted Okkerse. We also had a Donation Box available for non-perishable items for the Food Bank.  As well, in December, we enjoyed a Christmas Light Tour provided by Beaver Valley Recreation and the Beaver Valley Nitehawks hockey club.  The cost to those who went on this tour was $5.00 per person.  Those who attended enjoyed the tour and then met after at the BV Manor for Coffee, Tea and goodies.  Held our Annual Elections for Branch 44 Executive.

Finally, the coordinator of the Beaver Valley Age-Friendly Community, Vickie Fitzpatrick continues to hold Monthly Luncheons on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Fruitvale Community Hall.  All seniors from the Beaver Valley are invited to this Free Lunch.  The attendance averages 140 to 160 people. In addition, Branch 44 is given the opportunity to sell memberships at these luncheons.  Also, the Age-Friendly Community prints a Newsletter every month and Branch 44’s Activities are shown in this Newsletter.


Respectfully Submitted

Cliff Johnson


Beaver Valley Senior Citizen’s – Branch 44

Senior’s entrance is on “Main Street” side of the building.