By Andrea Arnold
The members of the McBride Elks have made it through a rough year. At a time when plans should be in full swing for the annual Pioneer Days weekend, the group is continuing to maintain a minimum level of activity due to provincial health orders.
“We are struggling through,” said club Treasurer Al Birnie. “However, costs are down due to the hall not being used.
Expenses are covered for the next year. We are not going under at this point.”
The club has been able to continue serving the community by providing meals to families affected by the mudslide and flooding last summer, Christmas hamper distribution and helping community members when the need arises.
Through the annual gaming grant the club receives, their support for students, youth sport and the food bank has also been maintained.
The Elks Hall is in need of some repairs, and although the club does not have the money on hand, they have, or will be applying for, money from other groups through grants. As these requests are successful, work will be completed.
“Money from the Regional District will be used for repairs on the furnace,” said Birnie. Other renovations are planned, but are on hold until more money can be granted.
The group, albeit small, meets through zoom, or in small groups for more important discussions.
“We will see what happens next spring,” said Birnie. “We are hopeful for the future.”