Borden and District Farmers Market held their annual meeting April 10 in the Borden Friendship Centre with 12 members registering. In the president’s report, Karen Kerr noted 11 members paid dues in 2020. The market ran from July to October, with no Christmas sale. There were 114 stall rentals and the 50/50 draw each week netted what was formerly made in coffee donations.
The financial report showed the market ended the year with a healthy bank account.
This year’s market will operate from May 7 until Oct. 1 or 9 in the Borden Friendship Centre from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with set up at 9 a.m. Membership fees are $10, with yearly dues set at $10. Rent is $10 for larger tables and $5 for small tables. Seniors’ centre rental each week will be $50.
The Christmas sale in the Borden Community Centre was set for Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., depending on pandemic rules in place by then.
The market plans to put up two large signs east of Borden and by the bridge.
The board remained the same: president Karen Kerr, vice- president Eileen Petrun, treasurer Connie Kinakin, secretary Lorraine Olinyk and board member Martha Rempel. There is interest in two or three new members joining the market.
The Borden Friendship Club held their monthly regular meeting and annual meeting in the club room April 14 with 14 attending. A treasurer’s report indicated that from April 1, 2020 to March 30, 2021 the club had income of $7,049, which included a Safe restart grant of $3,000 from the federal government and a Sask Lotteries grant of $1,119 to buy sporting/games equipment. Expenses were $5,413. The bingo account has more than $2,000 and an In Motion account more than $200. The club also has three term deposits leaving the club with a healthy balance.
Officers elected were: president Eileen Petrun, secretary Lorraine Olinyk, vice-president Sandra Long and treasurer Bev Assman. Florence Neufeld will do room bookings. Committee members brought forth by the nominating committee Brenda Tumbach are: bingo – Bev Assman, Gary Palmer, John Petrun and Sandra Long; caretaking – Gary Palmer with help; choir director – Marlene Derbawka; decorating – Brenda Tumbach and Ilene Youchezin; entertainment – Ruben Rempel, Peter Thiessen and Ron Mills; greeting cards – Rosann Carr and Lorraine Olinyk; Kaiser – John and Eileen Petrun; flower barrels – Elaine Gunsch, Peter Thiessen, Dianne Rawlyk and Brenda Tumbach; lunch – Bev Assman, L. Olinyk, D. Rawlyk, Doreen Flath, Bev Hrynuik (buyer), Rosann Carr, Ruby Wall and Barb Leschyshyn and others willing to help when needed – Shirley Whitt, Elaine Gunsch, Miriam Hamm and Martha Rempel.
The yearly fees were to remain at $15. An end of July supper at Rawlyk’s acreage was tentatively set for July 28, depending on the pandemic rules by then.
Games purchased with Sask Lotteries grant were ladder game, croquet set, patio shuffleboard set, horseshoes and bunnock set. The games are to be used by club members and their families only but if room is rented out, the renters may use them but a member of the club must be in charge.
Brenda reported that 20 new barrels had been purchased and the committee will be emptying out the old barrels and replacing the soil. Ian Tracksell is donating old manure and the Borden Co-op has donated two bags of peat moss. The barrels will be placed around town and planted with flowers in May.
Borden is having a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Borden Community Centre April 22and 23. Appointments must be booked. Book by phone at 833-727-5829 (open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week) or go online to http://www.saskatchewan.ca/COVOID19-vaccine.
There will be a clinic in Borden every month until September, following the SHA guidelines for age eligibility. The majority of Borden and area residents 55 and older will have received their first shots by end of April.
The Borden United Church will no longer have Gayle Wensley hired as minister after April 30, but will still have services every Sunday in St. John’s Church at 1:30 p.m. in May and June with Gayle presiding over two each month and the board members presiding over the other four services. If COVID-19 rules are relaxed by the end of June, the church hopes to have a closing service June 27. Gayle Wensley will still be preaching at Speers every Sunday and in Battleford three services a month.