80 ac­tive years of Ro­tary

Stanstead Journal - - LENOXVILLE NEWS -

sup­ply of books and then re­turn them at the next book sale, a great way to re-cy­cle bring­ing in lots of books and puzzles. The book­store is open from 9:00-12:00 on the first Satur­day of ev­ery month. If you have never come to the store, please visit us. You will find books in both lan­guages on ev­ery topic on which books are writ­ten.

Bound­ary sends young peo­ple to a num­ber of youth pro­grams. RYLA or the Ro­tary Youth Lead­er­ship Award is for grade ten stu­dents and is a week­end of lead­er­ship ac­tiv­i­ties held in Lyn­donville State Col­lege, Lyn­donville, Vt. Ad­ven­tures in Cit­i­zen­ship is a three-day work­shop on civic and cit­i­zen­ship is­sues held in Ottawa. The World Af­fairs Sem­i­nar is of­fered ev­ery year for a week by a Ro­tary Club in Illi­nois. Par­tic­i­pants are young peo­ple from around the world.

The Bound­ary Club of­fers two vo­ca­tional schol­ar­ships of $750 for a stu­dent in Ver­mont and one from Que­bec. The stu­dents must have grad­u­ated from high school and be go­ing on to study a ca­reer-ori­ented pro­gram. Last year’s win­ner, Josee Bour­don, is study­ing agri­cul­ture at McGill in or­der to re­turn to the Town­ships to work on the fam­ily farm.

Be­yond the lo­cal area Bound­ary has a project in Guyana, South Amer­ica. Money was col­lected by the Bound­ary, the Ro­tary Club of Vieux-Mon­treal and the Ro­tary Club of De­mer­ara, Guyana and was matched by grants from the Ro­tary Dis­trict and the Ro­tary Foun­da­tion. This project works in a re­mote part of Guyana where peo­ple still hunt and gather food and live in houses made of mud with thatched roofs. The project trains peo­ple to of­fer train­ing in their own vil­lages in first aid, preven­ta­tive medicine and nu­tri­tion. Young com­mu­nity devel­op­ment work­ers have been trained in vil­lage lead­er­ship and have been given small amounts of money to start vil­lage gar­dens. In April Ro­tar­i­ans David Oliver and Jan Draper will go there to com­plete the Vil­lage Lead­er­ship work­shops and to of­fer a new work­shop on record­ing tra­di­tional cul­ture in or­der to make vil­lage li­braries. No need to think that it is a paid va­ca­tion: Ro­tar­i­ans cover the own travel costs when they work on in­ter­na­tional projects.

*** In­ter­na­tion­ally Bound­ary has do­nated to Hos­pi­tal Al­bert Sch­weitzer in Haiti, a hos­pi­tal de­voted to car­ing for the poor­est of the poor. The club has spon­sored chil­dren in the or­phan­age run by Sis­ter Mon­ica from Stanstead. Bound­ary has also do­nated money to help her ren­o­vate when needed.

Like most Ro­tary Clubs Bound­ary con­trib­utes to Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional’s pro­gram Po­lio Plus be­gun in the late 1980’s. The goal of this pro­gram is to erad­i­cate po­lio all over the world. Right now po­lio is epi­demic in only three coun­tries, Nige­ria, Pak­istan and Afghanistan. Cur­rently there is a new ini­tia­tive, a joint ef­fort with the Gates Foun­da­tion, called End Po­lio Now – Make His­tory To­day. It is the fi­nal phase but comes at an es­ti­mated cost of $5.5 bil­lion. This is a lot of money but if po­lio is al­lowed to re­bound, within a decade, more than 200,000 chil­dren world­wide could be par­a­lyzed ev­ery year. As long as a sin­gle child re­mains in­fected with po­liovirus, chil­dren in all coun­tries are at risk of con­tract­ing the dis­ease.

Ro­tary of­ten re­ceives help from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who work for the club on spe­cific projects with­out ac­tu­ally join­ing. Lucy Tay­lor is one of sev­eral peo­ple who help to keep the book­store or­ga­nized. Lucy looks af­ter the chil­dren’s book sec­tion. Mau­reen Quigg from Lennoxville al­ways helps at the Golf Tour­na­ment, our main fund raiser.

An­other friend of Ro­tary is Gra­ham Moodie who is a po­lio sur­vivor. On June 5 at the Pig­gery Theater in North Hat­ley there will be a ben­e­fit con­cert for End Po­lio Now. Moodie is the main spon­sor. Mu­si­cians Mathew Mc Cully and Tim Brink are per­form­ing free of charge. It is a spe­cial oc­ca­sion when ev­ery­one donates their time. Tick­ets are only $15 and be­yond a small amount to cover the Pig­gery’s costs, all the money will go to End Po­lio Now. Bound­ary is happy to be work­ing on this won­der­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion.

So, like the other 34,000 Ro­tary clubs world­wide, the Bound­ary stresses good ethics in busi­ness as well as the rest of life. We fo­cus on projects both at home and in other coun­tries. Ro­tary’s motto is Ser­vice above Self and, of course, ser­vice is fun so be­ing a mem­ber of Ro­tary is not only good for the world it is good for Ro­tar­i­ans too. might have two rinks to be main­tained, and Stanstead with the Col­lege hav­ing their own, might have had an­other at the far north of town, plus a fa­cil­ity at the ad­ja­cent, French Catholic “Brother’s School”, and an­other pri­vate fa­cil­ity at the Urse­line girl’s con­vent.

The loss of the Chan­nel fa­cil­ity placed a new chal­lenge on the town, and for a year or two an out­door rink was built near the old Stanstead Fair Grounds. Mr Grav­ell was our hockey coach one year, but the lo­ca­tion of the rink away up Con­vent Street proved un­pop­u­lar with al­most ev­ery­one, so a new lo­ca­tion was found ad­ja­cent to Pierce Av­enue, much closer to the cen­tre of town and to the homes of many younger hockey play­ers. The key el­e­ment in lo­cat­ing a new rink was of course the prox­im­ity to an un­der­ground freeze-proof wa­ter sup­ply line and not too dis­tant from a power source to pro­vide night time light­ing. Park­ing and a mod­est warm­ing and dress­ing room build­ing were an­other ne­ces­sity to be ad­dressed. On game nights, at the Rock Is­land rink, the spec­ta­tors stood on packed snow banks just a few inches be­low the top of the boards. Be­tween pe­ri­ods of play, get­ting warm, meant en­ter­ing the one or two, peo­ple packed, smoke filled change rooms where the con­tin­u­ing open­ing of the en­trance door meant a not very good lo­ca­tion to warm one’s frozen toes. Any kind of in­fre­quent restau­rant need could be ac­com­mo­dated by the spo­radic lo­cal “patate-frit” truck.

In those days, with the loss of Chan­nels, the lo­cal men in Stanstead, pretty well banded to­gether to come up with the fi­nan­cial re­sources and the man­power to get things done and among those were Messers, Ben­bow, Smith, Cham­ber­lain and Boucher, and there were many oth­ers. Wood for the boards was pur­chased and/or sup­plied from the Three Vil­lages Build­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and boards were con­structed and as­sem­bled in a se­lected spot in a nearby cow pas­ture, prob­a­bly a part of the old Holmes farm. The wa­ter sup­ply was brought into the util­ity room and poles and lights were in­stalled and a small build­ing with one very large dress­ing room was built. It was new and nice, with win­dows and a con­ve­nient place to warm up or change one’s skates, but fa­cil­i­ties were limited to one small at­tached and in­fre­quently used, out house. Drink­ing wa­ter on oc­ca­sion was sup­plied from a por­ta­ble stand. Heat was from a large wood burning Que­bec Heater, which when prop­erly stoked was more than am­ple to keep a toasty at­mos­phere. I am not sure if there was a sec­ond dress­ing room added in later years, be­fore the new Boarder Arena was built in Rock Is­land.

The boards were nor­mally left in-tack for the “off-sea­son” and the build­ing se­cured, and the park­ing area and maybe the wa­ter sup­ply were avail­able for the very mod­est base­ball di­a­mond that was fash­ioned in an­other part of the no longer used, Holmes cow pas­ture.

As Novem­ber closed and with the right am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture, and an ap­pro­pri­ate depth of snow ac­cu­mu­lated, it was time to put the rink to­gether. This was fre­quently a nice cold, sunny, win­ter day in De­cem­ber and could have been a Sun­day, some­times, where many neigh­boured girls and boys were sum­moned to the rink, to tramp down the ice sur­face. This meant that the big­ger the foot­print the more ef­fi­cient would be the process, and as snow was stomped and com­pacted, the wa­ter hose came by to pro­vide a kind if semi wet slushy mass. It was most help­ful to have rub­ber or wa­ter-proof snow boots. With a large num­ber of young peo­ple the whole process could take only a few hours, and as night fell, the wa­ter­ing process was more care­fully reg­u­lated to leave a not too rough wet/frozen sur­face for the next phase of flood­ing. This hap­pen­ing was prob­a­bly oc­cur­ring at the same time at many other lo­ca­tions in the three vil­lages.

With the right cir­cum­stance and con­tin­ued cold weather the rink sur­face in some cases re­mained to freeze quite solid, for the next few days or maybe the week, so there was usu­ally no at­tempt to make se­ri­ous progress on de­vel­op­ing the solid ice base un­til the fol­low­ing week­end. This is where the “hockey play­ers of 14 to 18 came into play.

Fre­quently and with the right con­di­tions, a very cold Fri­day nite would be se­lected for the “all niter”and about 4-6 young males would vol­un­teer their time to un­der­take the next phase of the ice foun­da­tion process. Night-time snack/lunches would be made, pop placed out­side in the snow, and at around 6:00 PM the boys would start the process of very slowly adding a quite thin layer of cold wa­ter to the rough sur­face of frozen slush. Ro­tat­ing 10 minute shifts with 6 or 7 boys, some­times 2 at a time, to drag the heavy hose meant that by 11:00 PM and with only 4 or 5 re­main­ing, the grad­ual fill­ing and lev­el­ling of the whole sur­face be­gan to take shape and be­came ob­vi­ous. Care had to be main­tained to avoid any high spots, and to not make pud­dles that would pro­vide only an ap­par­ent good sur­face and be the source of sub­se­quent pot holes. They say that hot wa­ter is the best wa­ter to be used as it melts the high and ir­reg­u­lar spots, but that was an un­heard of luxury in the 50’s.

To be con­tin­ued

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