Friend­ship league has rea­son to cel­e­brate

The Compass - - ORTHTE - — Submitted by Joyce Roberts, pres­i­dent of the Clarke’s Beach chap­ter of the In­ter­na­tional Friend­ship League.

The In­ter­na­tional Friend­ship League (IFL) in Clarke’s Beach was granted group recog­ni­tion at the In­ter­na­tional As­sem­bly held in the Repub­lic of Sey­chelles on May 6, 2002.

On Sept. 26, 2012, the IFL Clarke’s Beach group cel­e­brated In­ter­na­tional World Peace Day (Sept. 21), In­ter­na­tional World Friend­ship (Sept. 26), and the group’s 10th an­niver­sary.

The three very im­por­tant events were cel­e­brated at the town hall/com­mu­nity cen­tre in Clarke’s Beach. On hand for the spe­cial oc­ca­sion were in­vited guests, some of our found­ing mem­bers, Clarke’s Beach Mayor Betty Moore, and three spe­cial guests from the As­so­ci­a­tion for New Cana­di­ans in St. John’s.

Fol­low­ing a de­li­cious potluck lunch, we had a short pro­gram.

The mayor brought greet­ings from the town. Each of the spe­cial guests, from the As­so­ci­a­tion for New Cana­di­ans, told of their own ex­pe­ri­ences coming from their na­tive coun­try and try­ing to adapt to dif­fer­ent ways and cus­toms in New­found­land and Labrador.

Fol­low­ing this, our old­est and one of our found­ing mem­bers, Mrs. Joyce Lake, cut our 10th an­niver­sary cake, which was then dis­trib­uted to all present.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the IFL, which is open to both men and women of all colours, races and re­li­gions, you can check it out on the In­ter­net and/or call me at 6832834, or Mrs. Vi­o­let Ef­fort at 786-6580 for meet­ing times.

Va­lerie Hod­der (stand­ing), a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Friend­ship League (IFL) in Clarke’s Beach, ad­dresses those gath­ered at a re­cent cel­e­bra­tion. Oth­ers in­clude, from left, Clarke’s Beach Mayor Betty Moore, Claire Hutch­ings, co-or­di­na­tor for the As­so­ci­a­tion for New Cana­di­ans; Ti­lak Chawan, orig­i­nally from Bhutan; and Natalia Volkozha, orig­i­nally from Ukraine.

Joyce Lake of North River is seen cut­ting the an­niver­sary cake at a cel­e­bra­tion hosted by the In­ter­na­tional Friend­ship League (IFL) in Clarke’s Beach.

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