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Fundraising tops club’s agenda


The executive of the Fort Frances Trampoline Club held its first-annual general meeting April 25, and fundraising was the major topic.

“It is always a struggle to keep these volunteer clubs going,” noted club president Arlan Hahkala, adding there are no grants these days.

But he did note Paramount Windows donated a picture window and Perron Contracting donated the labour to put it in. Morgan & Derksen Law firm also donated a will while Ron’s Auto Body donated some work on an auto.

With these three prizes, Hahkala said they will hold a raffle to make some money to cover coaching for next year.

These tickets will be on sale at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market and around town until Aug. 1. The club also has a “Kitty Kat” snowmachine purchased for the fall draw.

“We are an environmentally-conscious club,” stressed club secretary Maureen Hahkala. “The club has decided to collect aluminum cans and recycle them to obtain funds to help out.”

The club will build a bin by the Fort Frances Gymnastics Academy on the side that faces the Beer Store. People can drop off bags of aluminum cans there to be crushed and sold.

“This is a painless way that the whole town can help us out,” noted Arlan Hahkala, who is looking for a large can crusher to make the job easier.

The Fort Frances Bingo Hall also has informed the club that it is first on the waiting list for a bingo. This was good news since the club has been waiting a long time.

“Our equipment is wearing out fast with all the use it gets,” said equipment manager Joel Perron. “Clubs used to get Wintario grants to match what we paid for equipment but they are no longer available.”

Nevada co-ordinator Chane Rissman also has been working hard to get the club an outlet in Fort Frances. “We have one potential at the moment,” he noted.

Meanwhile, coaching co-ordinator Betty Grynol said the club had a really good year.

“It is officially incorporated now and on its own. We hope to attract more athletes next year to broaden our base of parents,” she noted. “The club is outgrowing the small executive very fast.

“It is a pretty big step for a beginning club to go from recreational to national level in one year,” she added. “Although most of our athletes have had gymnastics background so that makes the difference.”

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