Seniors Club takes exception to statement
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.