January 26, 2015
“Mrs. Reimche said participating members at last year’s Fair in Lafleche were on the average 50 years old.”
People mourn the end of organizations they have loved to participate in, in somewhat the same way that they grieve the loss of a companion animal or even a human being.
I believe it is because these people have found it so enjoyable, satisfying and even uplifting to be part of an association that they really wish others will experience the same kind of thing in the future. This is similar to those who leave money in their wills for Public Broadcasting Society (PBS). They want those who follow them to experience television at its best.
Maybe, too, this is about our desire to ‘live on’ in this world after our physical deaths.
In the following article, I documented a call going out for young members in a horticulture association. This was in the 1980s. I am thinking that these types of groups could very well be thriving today with all of the farmers’ markets thriving across the continent. This, I believe, spills over in the resurging popularity of fall fairs.
In Victoria, BC, for example, where I house sat a lot last summer, evening markets are now an offshoot of the Saturday and weekend markets there and in many other Vancouver Island communities. Of course, other organizations might well be ‘breathing their last breaths’ as the result of the changing times. Camera clubs might be on the demise, for instance, with the rise of new technology and cell phones with supposedly ever better photo taking capabilities.
So one way or another, the following article is probably still very relevant in its recruitment call aspect:
November 23, 1983
Society needs new members
by Tanya Lester
Sheila Reimche, the retiring Wood River Horticulture Association president, expressed the need for recruiting younger members to ensure the continuation of the association as part of her report at the group’s annual meeting last Tuesday.
Mrs. Reimche said participating members at last year’s Fair in Lafleche were on the average 50 years old. Although she said older members play an important role in the association, more younger members are needed.
Most reports on last year’s Fair indicated a decrease of entries in the categories which included vegetables, flowers, baking, handiwork, house plants, and a school children’s section. Many reports did mention the high quality of the entries, however.
One of the estimated 15 members in attendance at the meeting said she knew many peoples were still doing the kinds of work needed for entries at the Fair but did not want “to go to the trouble” of entering it. The Fair is held on the second week of August each year.
Due to the good financial situation, Mrs. Reimche announced that the fund raising tea and plant sale organized by the group would be held only every second year. Last year an Old Timers Lunch also brought in money for the Association. The group receives an annual grant and money for Fair Prizes is donated by local businesses……………
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