Greetings from Brookdale
We have enjoyed a beautiful March so far, other than March 1. The maple syrup makers are really happy with the warm days and colder nights. If our fine weather holds, it will be the best crop in a number of years.
The third Lenten study session for the McCully Pastoral Charge was held on Wednesday, March 17 at the Nappan United Church, starting at 7 p.m. This past week, attendance was down considerably.
The Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary AGM will be held on Thursday, March 11 and the new president, Marie Trueman, was installed and the vice-president is Karen Wood from Springhill. There were a few more changes as well. Our key project coming up is the Highland Fling. The button and tickets with the list of 26 prizes are now ready for sale at $5 each. We will start selling them at Sobeys on April 1. Then, weekly on Thursday and Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Times and places will follow as time approaches. We raised $17,500 last year and hopefully we will do better this year. We have selected two pieces of equipment for the hospital: 1) A C-Arm table at a price of $16,354. for the pain clinic; 2) an Autoband Blist at a price of approximately $6,644 for the hospital pharmacy. This is the first time that the auxiliary has purchased anything for either department. The total cost $22,854.
Pancake suppers are still on the go and Fenwick United Church will host theirs on March 27.
We have a new great-grandson called Evan Michael Miller, born on March 10, weighing in at 8 lbs. 6-1/2 oz to Kyla and Troy Miller. They live in London, Ont. He is a beautiful big boy and I hear he is a good baby and sleeps well. Evan is the first grandchild for David and Joan Miller of Colborne, and our third.
Congratulations to Rotary on its 75th anniversary. They are a very busy organization. There are Rotary clubs all around the world that are constantly doing life-saving miracles. Rotary International is halfway to raising US $200 million to match the Bill and Linda Gates Foundation grants by June 30, 2012. It would be a dream come true for all Rotarians worldwide if this target were met so that all children can be polio free. They also help to see water where needed. Women in developing countries walk an average of four miles each day to collect water. The Amherst Rotary purchased three Shelter Boxes for Haiti.
The Sunday after the earthquake, the members of Brookdale United Church raised $790 in an offering to send to the United Mission and Service Fund in support of Haiti.
In 1943, United Church Women knit 89,754 pairs of socks, 37,677 sweaters and 24,151 pairs of mitts and gloves for the war effort. The church estimated that more than 60,000 women were involved in making clothing and hospital supplies such as facemasks and bandages. By war's end, the local units of the United Church's War Service Committee knitted or sewed more than seven million items for soldiers, refugees and bomb victims. Canadian women have a lot to be proud of.
Speaking of knitting, the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary is in need of folk to knit and/or crochet baby sweaters and bonnets for sale in its shop. We are not allowed to sell booties, so the sets are sweaters and bonnets only. Please call Gayle Janes if you are willing to help.