March 2016 Newsletter
Spring is approaching and it’s time for everyone to start thinking about gardening, that is if you’re into it. For all others, it’s time to think about camping, lawn mowing and outside chores before summer time.
For us at the Branch, it ‘s time to clean up the front of the building and the newly cleaned up back yard. Thank you to Scott Shiells and VI Rentals for the use of the Bobcat to clean up Aprell House yard. Soon we’ll plant some grass seed to clean up the mud so we can use the property. I would like to see us move the smoking tent back of the main road area, but need some volunteers to help with this move.
Now it’s my time to RANT!! I am frustrated to understand why we continue to have so few members come to our General meetings. Other than the necessary Executive, Color Party we only have about 10-15 members attend. I wonder if you realize these few people are making the decisions for your Branch and that if a decision is made by this small quorum, you have no say after a vote is completed. I know a meeting can be boring and sometimes long, but as a Society we need your input in the vocal sense, not as a silent partner. Is there something we need to do to get you out to the meetings? Let us know. The upcoming meeting in March is a prime example of why we need your opinions and discussion for the motion being put forward. Pending the decision by you, the members, the vote is done. Please remember how the decision was made and support whatever outcome is decided.
Also, if you see a new member come into the Branch, please make them welcome and go and say Hi, how you doing and welcome to Branch 91. Remember, they may not have seen our House Rules or Dress Code.. Please don’t yell across the bar “take your hat off”, etc. Take the time to introduce yourself and make them welcome.
The Branch continues to do well financially due mostly in part to the many functions being booked. Cde. Caspersen deserves a huge thank you for stepping up and doing a great job during the absence of our Ways and Means Chair the last couple of weeks.
A new camera system is going to be installed soon, with cameras being located at the main entrance, the bar in the lounge, the bar in the auditorium and the kitchen.
Also for you that have yet to renew your 2016 Membership, I would encourage you to please do so. If you have a reason for not renewing, please let us know.