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President Lynn Askey 250-342-6603
Secretary-Treasurer Lynn Askey 250-342-6603


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Columbia Valley Branch Report 2014

The Columbia Valley Branch currently has 29 members. We held four general meetings this year. In addition to many hours of individual work the heritage committee met formally on two occasions.On September 3 about two thirds of our members attended our “School’s In, We’re Out” wine and cheese, hosted at the home of one of our few male members. It was a beautiful afternoon and all present enjoyed the opportunity to socialize. On September 30 we held a meeting at the Museum. The heritage committee presented what had been accomplished to that time on the History of Valley Schools project. We visited the Old Brisco School House located on the Museum grounds. This building will house rotating displays of photos and historical materials from the schools which have been closed.Our AGM was held on October 18 at the Station Pub in Invermere. Our executive was re-elected for the coming year.  We discussed the Advocacy Resources for the renewal of the Canada Health Accord. Members were encouraged to write letters to Provincial and Federal Health Ministers as well as to MLAs and MPs.  Letters were written and later several members spoke on the topic to other groups. Two members travelled to Cranbrook to attend the workshop presented by Golden Life that outlined the levels of senior care available in the East Kootenays. Afterward they reported to our membership and circulated materials and information. On November 21 the Windermere District Historical Society presented our work on the History of Valley Schools at their AGM. A power point presentation was viewed with much group interaction and rave reviews. On May 23 a meeting and social gathering was held at our secretary-treasurer’s home. As the president will be moving out of the district at the end of the year we are attempting to encourage others to become active on the executive. To this end an interested member accompanied the president and secretary-treasure to the Zone Meeting in Creston on May 26. Our heritage committee has placed acid free boxes in each of the schools, asking the secretaries to collect newsletters, photos and important correspondence. These items will be stored at the museum. We are grateful to the Windermere District Historical Society for their continued cooperation in making our History of Valley Schools project a success. Respectfully submitted,
Marika Veysey, President






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