New Horizons Random 50-plus Club hold memorial event in Hillview
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.
The memorial wall for the club’s deceased members.