It's certainly been a very busy spring at the Heritage Club! Our flooring project is complete and looks amazing!! We send a heartfelt thank you to the young men in the photo above, our Indian Head Broncs football team. A couple of the team's coaches were also there to lend a hand, but they were camera shy. The handsome men used their young muscles & strong backs to move our chairs, tables and furniture items out of our club building, then back again, a week later. A tip of our hat also goes to Brad Stenberg and Nicole Smith of 2S Auctioneers for the loan of their cargo trailer and warehouse to store everything in while we were under renovation. Many thanks to Brad for all “the other little things” he helped with along the way. Our club member, Walter Clark, orchestrated and supervised this part of the undertaking for us. Walter's plan sure made the whole renovation project go a lot smoother and quicker for our contractor, Dave Kilbach and his crew. Removing the old flooring was a challenge, for it was a tad stubborn, but Dave and his guys gave it their all, had the blisters to prove it, and won the battle. Laying of the new floor went very quickly and my, oh my, we are all so very pleased with our new look and feel. We also appreciate the time and efforts of many of our members who lent a hand doing all the small jobs associated with our renovation... Laura DeVocht, Jackie Mohr, Judy Woidyla, Les Radcliffe, Len Sereda, to name a few. A warm thank you to a special friend, Kadince Ball, who volunteered a couple hours, on a Sunday afternoon, to help us check and change out “the feet” on 100 chairs! Linda Serson put the smell of spring back in our building with a thorough cleaning job when all was said and done. Thank you to all I have named, and those unnamed, for proving, yet again, that the spirit of community and helping others is indeed alive and well in Indian Head.
Now, on to a fun event that so many enjoy – our monthly Cribbage Tournament, May 8. Twelve folks came out to shuffle the decks and play the game. My partner, Joyce Kattler, and I had the worst day ever! We only won one game all afternoon and only then by a couple of pegs. We came up against Gale Erickson and Doug Sweeny for our last two games of the day (just the way the draw went). Oh my, the pair skunked us bad the first game by 56 pegs, and then had the nerve to do it again in our second game by 40 pegs!! That's just the way things go sometimes! The dynamic duo/husband and wife team, Claire and Lies VanMarion, again, captured first place and took home a total of $22. I wonder what this pair are saving up their “egg money” for? Liz Mayer and Allen Braithwaite had a great afternoon and settled nicely into second place with $8 each. And of course, Gale Erickson and Doug Sweeny, (aided by Joyce Kattler & Janice Gooding) landed in third place and pocketed $6 each.
The fun continued on Victoria Day, (May 21) when 24 came out to play an afternoon of Hand and Foot Canasta. A lot of versions of this card game exist, many are “Family Specific House Rules” passed down through the generations. It's rather fun to hear of the quirks and tweaks throughout the decades. To our tables and “house rules” this afternoon, we welcomed, Dayle Bowman and Carolyn & Jim Weikum. Oh my, by the end of our first game it became evident that all three knew “the game”, and had good partners leading the way. Shortly after 4 PM, teams finished their last game of the day. At the winning end of the stick - Ellen Varley and Dayle Bowman with beginners luck or a good teacher (let them figure that out!) and a couple thousand points behind, Dora Nichols and Laura DeVocht grabbed second place. Biting at their heels, Ed Kanto (who recently blew out 89 candles on his birthday cake!) and partner, Gale Erickson, declared ... life is good and what a fun afternoon! Every 3rd Monday afternoon of the month is Canasta Day. Come, join in, have some fun!