At the February 29 meeting of the Golden Gears Car Club, an election was held to install the officers and directors of the newly revived car lovers organization. Deputy mayor of South Dundas, Jim Locke, was on hand to swear in the duly elected board and to outline for all club members the duties associated with each position. From the left are Jim Locke, Brian Erratt, 1st vice president, Henry Swank, president, Jim Millard, secretary, Ken Hasson, treasurer, Wayne Barkley, past president, Stephane Aube, director, Jeff Beaupre, membership chairman and Garry Tracey, director. Absent from the photo is Gaby Swank, public relations and communications chair person. The next general Meeting of the Golden Gears is Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Iroquois Legion. New members are very welcome.
The Reverend James Tripp, who received his call to serve at the Morrisburg Pentecostal Tabernacle in March of this year, is already starting to feel at home with his new congregation and in his new community.
“It’s wonderful that this is not just a church in the community, but really a church that is very much a part of this community,” Rev. Tripp said. “We could feel that this was a church deeply involved with its community, with a strong tradition of service, and that really attracted me.”
Pastor Tripp, and his wife, Sarah, an elementary teacher, both in their 30’s, have moved to South Dundas and are currently living in Iroquois. They are expecting their first child in October so they are particularly pleased to be safely settled into their new home.
Tripp preached his first sermons as pastor at the Morrisburg Pentecostal Tabernacle in May. He assumed the full time position following the retirement of long-serving pastor, Duncan Perry, who retired late last year. The Reverend Lorna Casselman has been the interim pastor while the Morrisburg Pastoral Search Committee looked for a full time candidate.
“I believe the Pastoral Committee got my resumé from our District Office,” Rev. Tripp explained. “They seemed to feel I might be a good fit with this congregation. We did an initial telephone interview, followed by a face-to-face. Then I was presented to the congregation to ‘preach for the call’. The entire membership of the church makes the final decision, on the recommendation of the Committee.”
Pastor Tripp brings a wealth of experience to his new charge.
An only child, he grew up in Mount Bridges, Ontario, attending high school in Strathroy. “I knew that I would be a pastor at a very young age,” he said. “I truly felt it was my calling, my purpose. I was about seven or eight. My parents were definitely alright with this decision as church was a strong part of our family experience.”
He completed his theological education at Eastern Pentecostal Bible College, now known as Master’s College and Seminary in Peterborough. He served five years at Bethel Church in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, in the Kawartha cottage country. Before that, he was an assistant pastor at a church in New Hamburg, in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. He did 10 years of student ministry at different churches before he went to Bobcaygeon.
Pastor Tripp has also been involved in missions and cross cultural work.
He spoke at a conference in Trinidad and worked in Poland, Cuba and the Czech Republic. “These were short term experiences. We were partnered with local churches, “church planting” or starting up churches in communities without them.”
He hopes that somewhere down the road, the possibility of going overseas again will continue to be an option. “Perhaps one day I will be able to take teams from Morrisburg,” he said.
He praises the outstanding staff he has at the Tabernacle. He also has a new assistant pastor, Sharon Bretz, who just started work a week ago.
“I think that this church is very welcoming to families. We encourage people to come to us ‘just as they are.’ I think, too, that it is our mission to serve this community, and I am definitely looking forward to all the challenges ahead,” said pastor James Tripp.
“Our church doors are open, and we would love to meet people. Please feel free to drop in.”
Royal Bank Bake Sale, Bakes up a Big Day for Breast Cancer
It takes a lotta’ sweets to satisfy a whole community and that was no problem on Friday, when clients and staff of the Royal Bank in Iroquois, opened their oven doors to a giant Bake Sale that raised a whopping $1,744 for Breast Cancer. Now an annual affair since 2007, Royal Bank Accounts Manager Marie Prosser said, “October is breast cancer month, and we like to host our bake sale before Thanksgiving. We couldn’t do this without the support of the entire Iroquois community,” she added as she looked over the incredible amount of baked goods provided for the sale. Joining the Royal Bank Breast Cancer fundraiser are the Royal Bank branches in Prescott and Spencerville. With Prescott raising $672 and Spencerville adding another $370 to the baking pot that brought the fundraiser total to $2,786. Pictured above left is Prosser with volunteers Bea Smith and Anna Smail who were kept busy stocking the tables and assisting the customers.
If all goes according to plan, Dundas County Hospice will be re-locating to a new space that will be a lot more like a home.
Dundas County Hospice, which offers a variety of services to anyone suffering from a terminal or life-threatening illness, has long been a tenant at the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors Support Centre in Williamsburg.
Hospice is a separate entity from the support centre, and has outgrown the office space and common space that it has been renting at the centre.
In order to accommodate the growing need, Hospice has been looking for some time at options to re-locate, and has, conditionally, found a new home.
April 7, South Dundas council approved a zoning amendment that will permit the hospice to operate from a residential dwelling at 4353 County Road 31, in Williamsburg.
Once the zoning change is finalized, the property which includes a house and garage will become the new home for Dundas County Hospice.
Lisa Casselman, executive director of Dundas County Hospice, explained that this new location will suit Hospice and its programs very well. The garage will provide ample space to store the medical equipment that they have for their loan service on site. “Right now, we have two locations that we use for equipment storage, this will allow us to get everything here under one roof,” she explained.
Inside the dwelling, there will be office space and a place for hospice programming.
Temporarily, Hospice has been hosting many programs at the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church.
Casselman is pleased that they have been able to find a space in Williamsburg. She explained that Williamsburg is very central to the area served by Dundas County Hospice.
With minimal renovations, Dundas County Hospice should be in its new location this summer (July).
While Dundas County Hospice does periodically hold volunteer training courses, much of what they do on a daily basis involves brining clients to the hospice location to participate in its day programs. “We provide the transportation, bring our clients here so they can enjoy a chat, a coffee and a muffin, participate in an organized activity, which could be a legacy project, or just a game of cards, and provide them with a hot meal before we take them home,” explains Casselman. They have volunteers and an RN on site to ensure they are well looked after while enjoying the day. “What this does is gives the caregivers for these clients a 5-6 hour break,” said Casselman.
She looks forward to Dundas County Hospice moving into a home of its own, adding that this home-style setting will be ideal for the hospice’s caregiver support group as well.
All Dundas County Hospice services are free.