The CWL organizes a special Wednesday Ladies' Club from September to April (to coincide with the golf season according to Nancy Shank). Every Wednesday morning, anywhere from 12 to 24 ladies gather in the parish hall to work on a variety of craft and creative projects to help needy causes in the community. They have done projects to help the local schools, food banks and several other service groups. In addition, they prepare for their annual Christmas Tea and Bazaar which is held in November at the Centennial Arena in Hanmer. Each year the tea attracts over 600 people. In 2005, the Tea will be held on Sunday, November 13 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

This year the CWL Tea and Bazaar will feature a special "Stuffed Animal" table where visitors can pick up some great cuddly little creatures for $2 to $3. All of the animals have been washed, many washed by Cecile Barriault of Valley View Cleaners, shown below. The ladies in the group above are, from the left: Aline Connors; Doris Labelle (President of the CWL); Carmen Lehto (Past President); Linda Grant; and Josephine Leblanc.

Shown below, working on decorating six Santa Claus dolls are, from the left: Ann Mount; Jean Everest; Anne Simpson, and; Aline Connors.

The kitchen crew was busy baking Christmas pies for the tea when we came in to take the photo. The picture was rushed since the buzzer went off just after the group assembled and they were worried about burning the pies. Shown from the left are: Lou Burns (Co-convenor of the Tea); Gail Collins (Co-convenor of the Tea); Sue Beaudry; Dina Farinon; Annette Banfich; Theresa Sangelais; and Pat Hinds.

Nancy Shank was busy stitching and sewing fabric together to dress up the stuffed animals. 

The Wednesday morning club began around the year 1995, originally to help prepare for the Annual Christmas Tea and Bazaar. However, as Doris Labelle explained, "Everyone had such a good time that we decided to continue it all year. We get together for mass at 9 in the morning and then come into the hall to work on projects. We eat lunch together and most of us stay around until about 3 or 3:30 p.m. We miss it when we stop for the summer.

In fact, the CWL is extending an open invitation to ladies from the entire community to joint them on Wednesday mornings. 

"This is a real true circle of friends that we have developed here," stated Carmen Lehto, Past President of the CWL. "This gives us a chance to spend time with other ladies who enjoy working on crafts and other projects. And you don't have to feel as if you need to be skilled to join us. If you are not handy at crafts, there are plenty of other things you can do to help out. It is just a great way to stay in touch with each other."

You do not have to belong to St. Kevin's Parish to take part in the Wednesday morning sessions. If you don't want to attend mass at 9, just come in for 10:00 a.m. There is no cost to join. But once you come, be prepared to continue for a long time, because the comraderie that is felt among these ladies is something special.

For more information, contact 

Doris Labelle at 969-2077 or 

Carmen Lehto at 969-4739


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