Friendship league has reason to celebrate
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.