Forty years of women and their faith

Keely Dakin
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Nearly 50 women gathered to celebrate 40 years of coming together to deliberate on their faith.

Marcy Detillieux shows a couple of volunteers how to make candy flowers at the 40th anniversary of the After 5 Club in Prince Albert on Monday night. Detillieux owns Candy Florals, candy arrangements and led the feature portion of the evening. The event had about 50 women in attendance.

The 40th anniversary of the Prince Albert After 5 Club was celebrated on Monday night at the Travelodge.

Originally inspired by an impromptu gathering of a few friends in California almost 60 years ago, groups such as this continues to get together once a month to discuss their relationship with god, eat a catered meal and listen to a speaker and some music.

In October of 1972, it was brought to Prince Albert by two women, said the chair of the Prince Albert After 5 Club, Roseann Rousson.

While these gatherings are now spread across the continent, the forum remains the same, Rousson said.

Speakers vary in style and topic however they will always elucidate on a topic from the perspective of her faith.

“They basically share the importance of god in their life,” Rousson said.

This session’s speaker was Elayne Goertzen, form Medicine Hat, Alberta. She spoke on the topic of Identity Crisis.

“We define ourselves by what we do,” Goertzen said.

She has been known for years as the wife of a doctor, the mother of two daughters, and for 12 years, a funeral director.

“I could say that I am a doctor’s wife, but if my husband dies, than I won’t be a doctor’s wife anymore,” Goertzen said.

“Your identity has to come from something permanent,” she said.

She discovered that, for her, it was her relationship with god, which was about as permanent as she could get.

“I am a child of god, I am a daughter of god. He created me.”

“Even if everything else is taken away from us, they can’t take that,” she said.

Another aspect of the After 5 Club is a feature presentation. This month it was how to create floral arrangements out of decorative paper and chocolate candies. Marcy Detillieux, owner of the Candy Florals candy arrangements, presented the session.

Carole Keays led the musical portion of the evening. She sang Wings of a Dove, and recounted the personal reason for her choice.

Keays recently had a second bout of serious surgery and the song reminds her of the first surgery.

“I had a 50/50 chance that I would make it,” Keays told the gathering.

She was given a sign before the surgery, she said.

“I saw a dove out the window and I knew I was going to be okay.”

While Christian oriented, the After 5 Club is non-denominational and invites women of all faiths to come out.

“All women are welcome,” Rousson said.

She says the group specifically steers clear of politics, or divisive and controversial subjects and is instead focused on people’s individual relationship with god.

The After 5 Club roosts beneath the awning of the Christian Woman’s Clubs of Canada, and Stonecraft Ministries. It is the longest lasting group of its kind in Saskatchewan, with the only Canadian city to surpass it being Calgary, by five years.

Prince Albert has two such groups, the other of which is a breakfast gathering but otherwise follows the same format. All comers are also welcome there.

Next month will feature an Autumn Frugal Fashion show.

All women are requested to go to their nearest second-hand shop and roust out an outfit worth no more than $20, to participate in the Frugal Fashion show.

Organizations: After 5 Club, Prince Albert, Travelodge

Geographic location: California, Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada Saskatchewan Calgary

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