Whether it’s painting, quilting, wood-carving or shooting pool, there’s no shortage of activities happening every day of the week at the Dalmeny Seniors Centre.
With a membership of about 110 people, the Dalmeny Seniors Club (DSC) is a vibrant part of the community.
DSC President Rosella Buhr said the goal of the club is to not only provide seniors with a place to socialize and gather for activities, but also to give back to the community.
“We have a craft club that meets every week to make quilts,” said Buhr. “We have about 20 quilts all ready to donate to Interval House in Saskatoon next month.
“We also make pillowcases, lap quilts and other things. We’ve donated these items to places in Saskatoon like Ronald McDonald House, and also to overseas charities.
“Here in Dalmeny we’ve made ‘fidget quilts’ for residents of Spruce Manor care home who have Alzheimer’s Disease; and also rain ponchos for residents who use wheelchairs.”
Buhr, who’s served as DSC President for ten years, said the seniors association is open to anyone 50 years and older, has activities that are led by the members themselves. It’s a place to learn new skills and stay active, she stated.
“We have a painting group, we have a woodworkers group, an exercise group, and a group of guys that play pool twice a week,” she said. “We also host a monthly supper with live entertainment and a monthly pancake breakfast, along with a games night. We also have a raffle to raise money for our quilting materials.”
DSC Vice-President Bill Troupe said the seniors hall where the club holds its events was originally built by the seniors of the community.
“They raised money and built it and then operated it for about five years before turning it over to the town in 1999 for the nominal sum of $1.00,” said Troupe. “They gave it to the town because they couldn’t afford to pay the property taxes. So the town took over the ownership and the seniors club leased it back and looked after the building.
“Over the years we’ve done lots of upgrades and renovations,” he added. “Last year we decided we’d rather own the building, so we made a presentation to council, and they agreed to give it back to the club for $1.00. We couldn’t do it without having the property taxes forgiven, and council agreed to that, and we were also exempted from the school taxes because it’s classed as a municipal building.”
Troupe said the annual membership fee of $25 is very affordable, even for seniors on a fixed income. He said each year the association organizes and subsidizes a bus trip for members during the month of July. This year they’re heading to the Seager Wheeler Farm near Rosthern, and then over to Wakaw and Cudworth to ride the Wheatland Express Excursion train.
Troupe said the wood-carving group, which he is involved in, has won several ribbons at nature art shows in the region. The carving group started two years ago, and the group meets twice a week.
“We learn from each other and help each other out,” said Troupe. “It’s very enjoyable.”