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to represent our commitment to the community, we honor Anne Johnson, a long-time member who is now the first woman to become Mayor of Erickson.
Being part of an organization that spans the globe and has as its main concern the welfare of its people is very satisfying. We look to the future with a hope for peace and well being for Home and Country.
GIRL GUIDES OF CANADA ... IN ERICKSON Established 1995
Girl Guides of Canada is an International organiza tion that challenges girls and young women to become responsible citizens, able to give leadership and service to the community.
Girl Guides began in Erickson in September 1995 with the formation of the youngest group called 'Sparks'. This was a group of ten girls, ages five and six, from Erickson, Sandy Lake, Onanole and surrounding areas. Their leaders were Marie Ewashko, from Erickson, and Frances Robins, from Sandy Lake. The girls did a lot of activities including crafts, games, songs and outings.
The second year saw the formation of the next unit, or the "Brownies", which was for girls ag~ ";~V~1l UlIU eight. Frances Robins began with these girls and was fortunate when Wynn Dolejsi, a Guide leader with many years of experience in Alberta, joined the unit. Together they planned many exciting adventures for these twelve girls.
Before the second year ended, Wynn Dolejsi saw the need for a third unit to begin. This was the 'Guide unit' for girls from nine to twelve years old. As the girls get older, the program becomes more involved, challenging the girls to make more responsible decisions.
At the beginning of our third year, September 1997, we were joined with another new leader, Wendy Jarema, from Sandy Lake. She became a second leader in the Brownie unit so Wynn Dolejsi could set up our fourth unit, the 'Pathfinders', These girls, ages 13 to 15, take part in
actrvities to develop leadership skills, camp skills and social skills.
All the Girl Guide units in Erickson are involved in activities in the community, such as taking part in the parade in the summer. The older girls visit the Personal Care Home and volunteer their time. They have helped clean up and take part in planting trees at the campground. Tills is a wonderful site that the Guides and Pathfinders have used for camping many times. All the units take advantage of being so close to Riding Mountain National Park and all that it has to offer.
We hope to continue with the fun and challenges offered in this program for Girl Guides.
HILLTOP WOMEN'S CLUB By Margaret Hammell
The club, which began during World War II as a Red Cross Branch, continued to meet regularly throughout the 1980's and 90's and supported many causes. Each year of the 80's, we donated to The Children's Aid, CNIB, The Ability Fund, The Heart Fund, The Lung Association, The Cancer Fund, The Lion's Talent Night and, beginning in 1984, Ronald McDonald House. We also sponsored a child through The Christian Children's Society until 1987; first Maria Theresa, then Elaine.
Each and every year of the 80's and 90's, we provided coleslaw for the Community Supper in the fall and a case of cranberries for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in the spring. We also served a supper at the Mixed Bonspiel each year - always on Thursday and always the same famous menu - ham, scalloped potatoes, com, coleslaw and dessert.
We held at least one bake sale per year in the 80's (sometimes two) and much of our bake sale money went to the new Personal Care Home. We also supported the Care Home by writing letters to the Minister of Health insist ing that it be big enough and that our hospital remain in operation. In 1986, the Hospital Auxiliary began the prac lice of holding a Pun Pair each year and our Club look part in this event. At first, we served lunch at the Fun Fair, and that was a good money raiser, but when other groups wanted to take on the lunch, we were forced to think of other schemes. It was very difficult to find anything that would raise a worthwhile amount of money. We tried cake walks, pie walks, bowling games, ice-cream cones and silent auctions but these efforts were always supplemented with club funds to make an acceptable donation. When the Hospital Auxiliary decided to discontinue the Fun Fair, we all breathed a sigh of relief!
Christmas parties in the 80's were Ladies Only affairs with a gift exchange, games and a potluck lunch after the meeting. For our outings in June, we often went out for