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In a typical year, the club spends on the money on activities for anyone in the community to enjoy.
“Anybody in the community can join the Friendship Club,” said Ulrich. “I think a lot of people in the community think you have to be a senior but you don’t have to be.”
When the club started in 1970, the rules stated members had to be 60 years of age but that rule no longer applies. Everyone is welcome.
The club operates out of a room it had built at Pleasantview Lodge. The room is equipped with a kitchen, pool tables, board games and various other items for entertainment.
Since the pandemic started, the club has not been able to gather and use the room.
The club is a way for community members to stay in touch with eachother and enjoy activities together. Five days a week, the lodge room was open to the community for coffee, snacks and games.
With the room located right in the lodge, many residents of the lodge would visit during the activity hours.
Now, everything has been put on hold. Ulrich said she doesn’t know what the club will look like going forward. She said it’s hard to get new and younger members to join, even though membership is only $2 per year.
“It’s kind of fizzling out because of COVID,” said Ulrich.
However, the club is hoping for an end to the pandemic so the club can resume activities. Aside from grants from Lac Ste. Anne County, the club also does casino fundraising that helps pay for the West End Bus service and senior taxi service in town.
The Mayerthorpe Friendship Club is solely a non-profit group looking to create support and social opportunities to residents of the town and area.
“A lot of people in the community don’t know we do this,” said Ulrich.
If anyone would like to join the Friendship Club, contact one of the following board members: president Louis Johner, vice-president Pat Hagman, secretary Eleanor Anger or treasuer Judy Ulrich.
“We’re all going to be seniors one day and we hope that someone will take care of us and plan activities for us,” said Ulrich.