In recognition of 30 years, the Stettler Senior Social Society is hosting an afternoon and evening dance experience at the Stettler Community Hall June 22nd.
All proceeds will be going to the Stettler Hospice Society, and this event will also be a terrific opportunity for the Stettler community to celebrate a notable milestone, organizers say.
As for the event, the Hall will come alive with the sounds of the Softones, an international band from Tilly, AB.
At 5 p.m. there will be a break in the festivities to enjoy a delicious supper catered from By Sarah.
More live entertainment will move forward into the evening with one of the most popular country western bands from Edmonton – Country Gentleman – set to his the stage. Tickets are available in advance only, according to a release.
For the past 30 years, the Society has provided social connection opportunities for seniors and the community with bus excursions, bingos, dinner theatres, mingling and dancing.
Founded in 1985, when a group of Legion members initiated a fund for a Senior Lodging Complex, but were turned down, the Society changed their focus to plan and build a social gathering place for their 360-plus members and the community at large.
By August of 1988, the land was secured and a lot was prepared for construction.
It was not until May 31st, 1989 that Hanson and Sons Construction (Camrose)were contracted with a bid of $322,500 to complete the long-anticipated facility.
The Legion Senior Social Society maintained ownership and operation from March 21st, 1990 for 10 years.
In May of 2000, the Hall was relinquished to the Stettler Legion, but continued to use the facility until 2014 when the dance group had started to outgrow the Hall.
The Senior Centre hall in the Rec Centre (The Hub) became the new and current home of the Senior Social Society’s monthly dances and events.
Currently, the Stettler Senior Social Society is thriving, as the third Thursday of the month they host a dinner and dance with a live band averaging between 80 to 90 very lively participants.
The events draw attendance from many communities, as far away as Edmonton and Calgary.
Thanks to casino participation, the Society has also been able to support most of the community service groups over the last number of years as well.
The first Society executive consisted of Robert T. Hallett (president); Robert N. Spiece (treasurer); James W. Horne (building chair) and board members including Jack Armstrong, Russell Capel, John O’Chapman, Iris Chick and Helen Walker.
Meanwhile, everyone is welcome to support the Stettler Hospice Society and celebrate with the Stettler Senior Social Society while enjoying an afternoon and evening of dinner and dancing.