Local International Friendship League chapter celebrates 15 years
BAY ROBERTS, NL — The Clarke’s Beach chapter of the International Friendship League celebrated its 15th anniversary with a special luncheon Oct. 4 at the Fortune Restaurant in Bay Roberts.
Present members, former members and founding members attended the event, which featured a celebration cake bearing the official IFL colours of green and white and its logo.
A banner and commemorative scrapbook with photos and a written record of the group’s activities was also displayed.
The IFL was founded in 1931 and is headquartered in England. The non-governmental organization is devoted to peace and friendship, with the Clarke’s Beach group being the only one of its kind in North America. It received official recognition in 2002.
Today, there are IFL members spanning five continents and 12 countries. The organization meets in a different country each year for two days of meetings and five days of guided tours at the international assembly. The event provides members an opportunity to meet others from across the globe, shares ideas and experience different cultures.
Though it is not a fundraising group, the local IFL chapter takes on three service projects annually. Open to all, the group meets the first Wednesday of each month, and there’s also a monthly social outing.
The Local International Friendship League chapter is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Front row (l-r): Marjorie Roach, Pauline Churchill, Lillian Parsons, Joyce Neil and Joyce Dawe. Second row: Dan Burke, Mary Burke, Annie Taylor, Lily Petten, Marie Taylor and president Joyce Roberts. Third row: Doug Dawe, Joyce Petten, Mae Coffey, Valerie Hodder and Lewis Roberts. Miss are first-president Joyce Lake, Marion Smith, Rita Fitzgerald, Alliston Champion, Daphne Andrews, Nell Finn, Fred Taylor, Violet Efford, Sandra Noel, Nina Bartlett and Barbara Norman.
Founding member Joyce Dawe cuts the anniversary cake.