On a crisp Sunday morning, Jan. 8 the Donalda Coulee Friendship Club was hosting the first pancake breakfast of the year, and the community responded by making a beeline for the fine breakfast that was being served.
President Judy Dinsmore said, “We’ve been at it since morning and the traffic has been steady. It is a great day so we’re hoping we will get lots of people.”
With hash brown, ham, bacon, pancakes, eggs and quiche on the menu, Donalda residents and supporters of the Friendship Club who came, thoroughly enjoyed the brunch and stayed on till late to socialize and catch up after the holiday season.
“Even though the breakfast is always delicious, I come in mostly for socializing and seeing everyone from the community,” said Jean Crumly, one of the many people who had come in that day.
With Harvey Buffalo singing and playing the guitar, keeping the crowd entertained with some upbeat numbers, assisted by Les Hall on the steel guitar, the event was a full-fledged, fun and happy family event.
“We’ve been hosting this for six years now,” said Marlene Conibear, secretary and treasurer, who made sure that the funds were being collected and safely put away, welcoming each of the members who showed up that day. “This is a seniors’ association and between the four of us – Judy, myself, Director Ken Walker and Vice-President Darlene Tantrum – we keep this facility running, and we don’t mind younger members either, we welcome anyone who is willing to join the club, irrespective of age.”
The club has been one of the mainstays of the community and has developed into quite a hub for Donalda residents, and with an annual subscription of just $5, one couldn’t ask for more.
“We also partner with other community organizations, like the library to make our space available,” Conibear said. “And sometimes families and small groups also rent out the facility.”
Although there aren’t many activities at the moment, except for the card game “court whist,” Conibear hopes they can start floor curling and other interesting activities with time.