Se­niors Club takes ex­cep­tion to state­ment

The Compass - - OPINION -

We would like to com­ment on the re­cent events sur­round­ing the Se­niors Club.

The Princess Sheila Se­nior Cit­i­zens 50+ Club has been in­volved with the se­niors in this area since Sept. 15,1987 when the club was formed.

In 1989 our club re­ceived a grant from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to ren­o­vate the for­mer W. & J. Moores build­ing, which was all but de­stroyed by fire.

In 1990 our club re­ceived fur­ther fund­ing from the New Hori­zons Pro­gram to help com­plete the ren­o­va­tions to the struc­ture.

Th­ese monies were made avail­able di­rectly to our club with our club’s name on the cheques. The $68,916 is recorded in our min­utes with the stip­u­la­tions con­cern­ing the use of the money in­volved.

The Town (of Carbonear) has a long-stand­ing agree­ment with our club that states the fol­low­ing:“the town agrees to ren­o­vate the build­ing for the Princess Sheila Club, and when ren­o­va­tions are com­pleted, will pass the build­ing over to the Princess Sheila Club. The club will have the build­ing un­til such time that the club is no longer in ex­is­tence, when at such time the build­ing will re­vert back to the town.”

Our club is a demo­cratic club gov­erned by a con­sti­tu­tion out­lined by demo­cratic rules and reg­u­la­tions con­cern­ing good stand­ing and be­hav­iour. All in our club have to abide by th­ese rules and reg­u­la­tions or dis­missal will re­sult.

We do not feel it is our place in the com­mu­nity to in­form the res­i­dents about the deal­ings of the var­i­ous coun­cils elected from time to time. We would leave such state­ments in the ca­pa­ble hands of coun­cil to clar­ify such mat­ters.

We state the fol­low­ing: Any group of peo­ple who now use our premises do so only with our ap­proval. We have not signed any agree­ments or doc­u­ments that gives up our orig­i­nal rights to be the cus­to­di­ans of the build­ing. When we are asked by coun­cil con­cern­ing such re­quests, we have al­ways tried to ac­com­mo­date that re­quest.

Our club is open to all new ideas as to how to use the build­ing. On April 15 of this year the res­i­dents of both se­nior in­sti­tu­tions here in our com­mu­nity, namely the In­ter­faith Home and Har­bour Lodge vis­ited our club for en­ter­tain­ment and re­fresh­ments.

Our club has a stand­ing of­fer to the Se­niors Re­source Cen­tre, that they may use our build­ing for their meet­ings when needed. All they have to do is ask.

Any se­niors in our area can use our build­ing - all they have to do is join our club. We have a long­stand­ing re­quest in our com­mu­nity now about our wish and call for new mem­bers. This call for new mem­bers still ap­plies.

While our club pol­icy is not to re­spond to neg­a­tive state­ments writ­ten in the me­dia, we will take ex­cep­tion to the state­ments at­trib­uted to Mr. Thomas Reynolds, which was re­ported in The­Com­pass on April 14. We would take this op­por­tu­nity to in­form the gen­tle­man that his state­ment con­cern­ing our use of our club on Fri­day nights is in fact not cor­rect. We have been in our club on Fri­day nights since well be­fore Christ­mas of last year.

We would like a re­trac­tion con­cern­ing the same.

We un­der­stand that some peo­ple use the free­dom of speech to cover all things, and that peo­ple have a right to be wrong. But we also feel the me­dia has cer­tain stan­dards or should have stan­dards to pro­tect peo­ple or groups writ­ten about in the me­dia from un­truths and in­sin­u­a­tions.

We the Princess Sheila Se­nior Cit­i­zens 50 + Club have made a con­certed ef­fort to ar­rive at the com­pro­mise now in place con­cern­ing all who use the Princess Sheila 50 + Club Cen­tre.

Such state­ments as the above noted com­ments, if they con­tinue, will not help the sit­u­a­tion.

We thank The­Com­pass for their help in the past and hope to avail of their ser­vices in the fu­ture. We would also like to thank all the peo­ple for their sup­port in this try­ing time.

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