New Hori­zons Ran­dom 50-plus Club hold me­mo­rial event in Hil­lview

The Packet (Clarenville) - - News - BY LLOYD DAL­TON

The New Hori­zons Ran­dom 50-plus Club of Hil­lview hon­oured its de­ceased mem­bers with a me­mo­rial April 18.

The club has 150 mem­bers and they are mainly from all com­mu­ni­ties be­tween George’s Brook and Goo­bies in­clud­ing both sides of the South­west Arm.

The club has been in ex­is­tence for more than 35 years dur­ing which time it has been in­volved in many projects and func­tions with the goal of im­prov­ing life for se­niors in the area.

About five years ago, the club de­cided to cre­ate a phys­i­cal mon­u­ment to the club’s de­ceased mem­bers and it took the form of a ded­i­cated mem­ory wall in the club’s cen­tre in Hil­lview. The wall, which was com­pleted about a year later, con­sists of photos with names, and the years each per­son was born and passed away. The wall has since been re­lo­cated and remodeled so this year the club de­cided to cel­e­brate and hon­our the de­ceased mem­bers and the con­tri­bu­tion they made, both to the club and se­niors of the area. There are 92 de­ceased mem­bers of the club.

For the April 18 me­mo­rial, all fam­ily mem­bers were wel­come to at­tend, as well as, in­vited guests in­clud­ing elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives, other or­ga­ni­za­tions in­ter­ested in se­niors’ is­sues and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of neigh­bour­ing fifty-plus clubs.

Ninety peo­ple at­tended the event and many of the in­vited guests spoke dur­ing the cer­e­mony. Robert Rodgers, pres­i­dent of the New­found­land and Labrador Fifty Plus Fed­er­a­tion, praised the club for its ini­tia­tive to hon­our its de­ceased mem­bers. He re­marked that of all the 105 50-plus clubs across the prov­ince, the club in Hil­lview was the only one to cre­ate such a me­mo­rial.

The for­mal por­tion of the event was fol­lowed by food and fel­low­ship, which were thor­oughly en­joyed by all in at­ten­dance.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The me­mo­rial wall for the club’s de­ceased mem­bers.

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