Profile: Friendship Club  

Are you looking for a way to meet your neighbours or reconnect with old friends? Look no further than the Friendship Club! From social events to informative guest speakers to outings to local places of interest, anyone is welcome to drop by any time. There is no membership fee (just a toonie in the toonie tin) and all Crystal Beach and Lakeview residents are welcome.

The Friendship Club meets Tuesday afternoons at Maki House, usually at 1:30 p.m. You’ve likely seen roadside sandwich boards (when weather permits) announcing speaker topics and activities. Going forward, this information can also be found on the Calendar under News and Events on this site.

We chatted with Friendship Club founder Judy Leeson to learn more about this group. “We started the club about 3 years ago as a way for seniors to connect with their neighbours at Maki House,” she explained. “The group is very informal – some weeks we simply gather together for coffee, conversation, and board or card games.”

Annual socials include a Halloween Potluck, Christmas songs, Pancake Day Lunch and St. Patrick’s Day Irish singalong. The group has visited local museums, historical sites, natural areas and other places of interest, such as the Diefenbunker.

In the past, the Club has welcomed speakers presenting subjects as diverse as gardening, history, travel, local real estate, dementia, finances and more.

“We are keen to find local residents interested in presenting their favourite subject to our group,” Judy noted. “If you have an interesting hobby, passion or area of expertise, we’d love to hear from you.” Particular topics of interest include: history (especially local); photography and digital photo management; travel; car maintenance; crafts and hobbies.

For further information contact Judy Leeson.  

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