80 active years of Rotary
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