BLR supports SFMH

PALMER RAPIDS – During the regularly scheduled Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan (BLR) March 6 council meeting, councillors agreed to donate money to the St. Francis Memorial Hospital Foundation (SFMHF) and supported a grant which would initiate physical activity for local and seasonal residents.

SFMHF members were present to share some upcoming financial goals with councillors. SFMHF members had previously approached Killaloe-Hagarty-Richards, Hastings Highlands and Madawaska Valley Township councils.
In their deputation, members emphasized the importance of the hospital to citizens of BLR Township, using projected visuals and personal connections to the area.
“Occasionally we need the help of surrounding municipalities,” SFMHF member Brent Dalgleish said.
Councillors were asked to consider a yearly donation of $3,000 for the next five years, an amount which was illustrated as working out to 25 cents per month, per household, in BLR Township.
After the presentation council members commended the guests for the great job they are doing and the information shared.
Later in the meeting all agreed to an annual donation of $5,000 per year for five years, for a total contribution of $25,000.
“We need to support that hospital to keep it going,” Councillor Trevor Lidtkie said.
“You’re darn right,” Councillor Heather Phanenhour agreed.
Lion David Henstock was present at the meeting to bring feedback from the Palmer Rapids and Area Lions Club.
At the February council meeting Henstock had listened to concerns from council regarding the operation of canteen services during Wednesday bingo nights at the Palmer Rapids Community Centre.
Henstock shared that while the Lion’s Club will continue to operate as is, they will support the recreation committee.
For instance, it was agreed upon that when the recreation committee holds planning meetings for events that a Lion’s representative will be invited.
Also, Lion’s Club members are willing to work alongside the recreation committee to support recreation community events. For example, the Lion’s Club is willing to organize an event with profits going to the recreation committee.
Henstock said that everyone involved was looking for a practical resolution.
“We can work together,” Henstock said.
Article continues in the March 13, 2013 issuse of The Valley Gazette.