The monthly meeting was called to order by Chairperson Pam Purkis at 12:03 in the meeting room at the Community Hall.
After round-table introductions, including 4 potential new members, guests Jan Palko and Pam Petrie from the Pender Island Community Service Society (Nu-To-Yu) were introduced. We were given a brief history of the Nu-To-Yu store and the many contributions made to the Pender Islands community from the store’s proceeds. In fact, since it’s early start (with a $20 start-up fund) in 1983, the Society has given back almost $1.5 million dollars to the community by way of direct grants to island non-profit groups and bursaries to island students for further education. Truly a remarkable achievement for an organization run entirely (and tirelessly) by volunteers.
The society has outgrown its existing premises and is planning a new multipurpose building on donated property. One of the challenges the Society faces is the “donation” of unusable material that has to be discarded at the Society’s expense. Removing this material costs the Society as much as $5000 a year. Acceptable material for donation is outlined on the outside of the building’s receiving area. There is also a list of materials that they cannot accept. When in doubt, please contact the store before you drop things off at 250-629-2070. Volunteers are always welcome and the schedule is very flexible. A great opportunity to meet new friends and contribute to the community.
The Newcomers September social event was a visit to the Pender Islands Museum at Roesland. The event was well attended and a most informative tour was provided by Simone Marler of the Museum board. This first taste of the museum will no doubt result in many more visits in the future for our Newcomers.