February Dinner Meeting
February Dinner Meeting
Our dinner meeting on Tuesday, February 6th began with 68 members enjoying the opportunity to sit and mingle while sipping a cool beverage prior to the business portion of the meeting.
President Alf began the meeting by thanking Wiarton Willie for his prediction of an early spring much to the delight of all the golfers among us. After the introduction of several guests, we welcomed 3 new members to the club. The next order of business was handing the gavel over to our new President, Dennis Heathers. Reports were then given on various activities held since our last meeting, followed by a list of some of or upcoming events including a Spring Road Trip to Bruce Power. We also introduced potential plans to organize a trip on the “Bruce Peninsula Boat Tours” operating out of Oliphant. General details were given to all in attendance and a list was circulated to gauge the interest of such an event, with many keen to attend. Following a blessing, we all enjoyed a savoury dinner of stuffed pork, mashed potatoes and all the trimmings along with pie, coffee and tea prepared by the members of the Hepworth/Shallow Lake Legion.
Our guest speaker, Mayor Janice Jackson was introduced by President Dennis Heathers, although she really needed no introduction to this group. Among her duties as Mayor, she currently sits on the Nuclear Industry Regional Advisory Committee, the Police Services Board, the Emergency Management Committee, the Municipal Emergency Control Group and the Bruce County Economic Development & Innovation Committee. Janice was recently appointed Chair of the Bruce County Paramedic Committee where she will continue her fight for a permanent EMS Station at Sauble Beach.
Janice shared with us the many of the Town’s plans for key issues that have been ongoing as well as new items that are in the works. There was plenty of opportunity for questions and answers throughout the presentation which could have gone on all night long. Of note, it was interesting to learn of the potential redevelopment of the old Sauble Amusements into a 35 unit residential complex with a senior’s complex, the completion of the New Town Square in 2019, the headway being made with the New Provincial Government regarding the resolution to maintenance of the beach while preserving the habitat for the piping plover, as well as the challenges to bring down municipal water rates, to name just a few.
Following Janice’s Presentation, she was thanked for all her dedication and passion to the community by Alf Roth