Hello From KLA
As I write this in mid April, Spring has sprung (sort of). Snow is melting (slowly), patches of green are appearing , and puddles and potholes are flourishing.
While much of our time and energy has been devoted to where our meeting place will be after May 2023, we continue our important work of supporting the children through the Shrine Patient Transportation Fund and through the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation for equipment and devices.
Since February, 4 tote bags were provided for children leaving Winnipeg for the first time for appointments/treatment in a Shriner’s Hospital. In addition, a special tote bag was made for Past Potentate Don Thomson, Khartum Shrine Hospital Chair, after his knee surgery and we wish him well in his recovery. Funds were recently allocated to the Children’s Rehab Foundation (CRF) -to assist them in meeting requests for specialized bikes and I-Pads for various children, which will assist greatly in improving the quality of their lives. KLA will be volunteering to assist CRF with their “ Cruisin’ to Change Lives” on Sunday, June 11th
After our March regular meeting, we were treated to a lovely Divan Tea Reception served to us by five handsome men in suits led by the Potentate, Illustrious Sir Klaus Knorz- what could be better than that! Also in March, members of KLA enjoyed themselves at the Float the Float fundraising dinner. We contributed a gift basket to the Silent Auction which appeared to be well received.
We are currently wrapping up a Bothwell Cheese Fundraiser which was our spring fundraiser. We had considered a Morden's Chocolate fundraiser (think chocolates and toasted marshmallows) but decided to defer it to pre Christmas which we have usually done.
We will hold our 98th Annual Dinner (luncheon this year) at Shrine House April 27- presenting 3 members with pins recognizing 25 years of service to the organization.
May 1st will be our final meeting at Shrine House and a vote on a new location. We will be leaving Shrine House with many memories and looking forward to making many new memories.
Wishing everyone a wonderful summer (It’s Coming!)
See You in September !!