At 75 years of age the Prince Albert Cosmopolitan Club might be a senior citizen, but remains pretty spry for its age.
© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Prince Albert Cosmopolitan Club members sing their club song at the start of Wednesday‚Äôs weekly meeting at the Cosmopolitan Room at the Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre always having fun,‚ÄĚ President Arthur Brassard said prior to Wednesday‚Äôs club meeting. ‚ÄúWe meet every week out there -- every week we get together and have supper and we have a guest speaker for every three of four meetings.‚ÄĚ
Like most service clubs, membership at the Prince Albert Cosmopolitan Club is both dwindling and aging, though it seems to have hit a stasis in recent years of about 30 members.
Through its 75 years the fraternity of men have maintained a focus on comradeship and helping the community -- primarily through Camp Tamarack and diabetes fundraising.
‚ÄúThere used to be more businesspeople in the club than what there are, now, but otherwise it hasn‚Äôt changed in that people still look on it as a great place to be with friends,‚ÄĚ 22-year member Claire Middleton noted.
Key to the group‚Äôs success has been their weekly meetings, 21-year member Norman Hill said.
‚ÄúWe meet weekly, so it‚Äôs a part of our lives,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a day that‚Äôs set aside for an evening meal where we meet every week.‚ÄĚ
The Daily Herald attended the club‚Äôs Wednesday, April 16 meeting, during which 22 of the group‚Äôs 29 members gathered in the Cosmopolitan Room, downstairs at the Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club.
Sharing laughs and drinks, the men broke bread and mapped out future efforts of community stewardship and entertainment.
The previous weekend saw the club host their annual Prince Albert Cosmopolitan Home & Leisure Show -- an event organizers deemed a success.
April 30 will see the club host their 75th birthday celebration -- an event expected to bring in members both past and present, and for which member Bernie Dupuis prepared a history book.
May 9 through 11 will see the club host the Western Canada Federation General Convention, during which more than 100 Cosmopolitan Club members from throughout Western Canada are expected to meet in Prince Albert.
May 30 will see the club participate in the Relay For Life -- and things just continue along this manner for the balance of the year, Brassard said.
Wednesday‚Äôs meeting saw the city‚Äôs community services director Jody Boulet give a presentation on disc golf -- a golf-style Frisbee sport wherein participants toss Frisbees into nets instead of hitting golf balls into holes.
At a cost of about $10,000 (or potentially lower with volunteer help) the club hopes to see the installation of a disk golf course at a city park some time this year -- potentially at Mair Park.
The club will also build or repair something at Camp Tamarack at some point this year -- a camp dedicated to helping those with learning disabilities, located northeast of Prince Albert.
Listing off a handful of other efforts, including contributions to Camp Easter Seal and student post-secondary scholarships, Brassard summarized; ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre always this busy.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWe seem to help out each other when we need it -- that‚Äôs the key,‚ÄĚ he added. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs the friendship and the fellowship of the Cosmo Club. We‚Äôll help out not only the community, but each other when we need it.‚ÄĚ
Although the Prince Albert Cosmopolitan Club has a plethora of accomplishments under its belt over the past 75 years, a greater membership might increase efforts into the future, Brassard said.
Ensuring the club reaches 100 years of age and remains relevant in doing so, they need to bring in some new members.
Brassard encourages anyone interested in joining the club or learning more about what they do to contact him at 306-960-5976.
Click HERE for yesterday's story about the Prince Albert Cosmopolitan Club's history.