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Following our summer break, we met for our Sept. meeting with 20 members present and items being brought for the Virden Food Cupboard.

We learned at this meeting we had cleared $540 selling Mom’s Pantry in May and had cleared $579 hosting the Scott Woods Concert in June. We will be back to catering our one meal-a-month at the Evergreen and it was also decided to have a table at the Community Expo (TOGP) on Sept. 21 to let the public know what we are all about. There were handouts showing what we are involved with and donated to in the last year. This was reported as successful.

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Marlene Heaman and Fran Bayliss reported at our National AGM in Winnipeg in July. We had six delegates attending. We made plans at this meeting for our 60th Anniversary on Oct. 3.

Prior to our Oct. 3 meeting we held a 60th Anniversary Appreciation Tea in the afternoon followed by a catered supper to 27 of our members and our National President Kelly Christman.

At this meeting two ladies volunteered to help with the Hearing Screening program at Mary Montgomery School, and we will once again sponsor the Live Different Presentation which will be held at Virden Junior High School in Feb. 2019.

Mom’s Pantry order forms were handed out and orders will go in after our November meeting. We will sell Grey Cup tickets. We sold 50/50 tickets at the recent Oil Capitals game of Oct. 31, will be selling tickets at the games in December and January.

We heard a report from Marlene Heaman on the Provincial meeting she and Fran Bayliss had attended in Portage La Prairie.

National President Kelly Chrisman took the floor and presented President Shirley Gibson with a new gavel in honour of our 60th Anniversary. Our Lodge made a donation to the Manitoba Brain Injury Association in her name in honour of her visit.

She asked that we have a moments silence in memory of those members who have passed on but who helped make our Lodge what it is today.

A small gift was presented to Lil Wadham on the occasion of she and Keith’s 60th Anniversary; and also to Donna George for she and husband Don’s 50th Anniversary.

It was reported that the flowers we plant and tend at the hospital all summer were once again very nice and would be cleaned up for fall.

During the summer Shirley Gibson invited everyone to her home for an evening of socializing where those who had been Chairpersons over the years were given their respective history books.

Shirley had been babysitting these books at her home ever since the Elks Hall closed and felt it was time she passed them on.

Our Sept and Oct meetings closed over coffee and lunch and much visiting.

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