Editorial: That time of year

It’s that time of the year when any one of us can and should consider attending one or more of the many Annual General Meetings (AGM) being held throughout North Renfrew. 

If you have always wanted to have a say in an organization which supports a hobby of yours or you would like to work with some friends or neighbours on a special project over the next year or two – now is the time to get out and put your name forward. Consider joining a service club and running for an executive position or perhaps you would like to participate on a committee of interest to you.

While there are the big leagues out there, federal or provincial politics for example, the truly grassroots essence of our community includes people just like you. The success of our community rests with everyday people getting involved in the committee and executive structures of our tens of community organizations, sports and service clubs.

The Legions in North Renfrew are seeking new blood for their executives. The Deep River Legion recently held their elections, and the Chalk River Legion is holding theirs on May 17. The Deep River and District Community Foundation (DRDCF) is holding its AGM in the North Renfrew Long Term Care Centre at 7:30 pm on May 18, while the Skating Club is having their AGM on May 15. Adding to the mix, the hospital is asking those who desire to join their board of directors to apply before 4 pm today.

Some clubs and organizations have already held their AGM, but there is always the opportunity to join a club or organization and participate on a committee or simply attend to become aware of how the group operates and learn about what position you would like to run for next year. Indeed, the Deep River and District Hospital Foundation (DRDHF) is currently still seeking members of the community to get involved with them and help raise funds to purchase important medical equipment for our local hospital.

Consider that with the experience you receive from joining a local club, you could get 25 of your friends to sign your nomination papers for the next municipal election which will be held October 22, 2018. And if you want to go big and not be bothered with the small council stuff, the provincial election will be held in June 2018.

With all this wild weather, epic rain and snow, you may think that you missed spring and that Winter’s Comin’. But relax, you haven’t missed blackfly season. However, if you don’t get in gear you will miss out on enriching yourself and invigorating your community by joining a local community group. Now get up off the couch and get involved in North Renfrew!

DT