Crowsnest Culture & Recreation Society anticipates success
Pass Herald Reporter
New executives were appointed at the first annual Crowsnest Culture and Recreation Society AGM meeting and President of the society, Tim Juhlin said the first year was a success.
“The year was full of ups and downs but overall, it’s been good,” said Juhlin.
The Culture and Recreation Society, (CCRS) is a private society committed to a vision and mission that will enhance opportunities in the Crowsnest Pass. The Society is committed to work with all clubs and groups and work towards a common goal. The CCRS has a primary vision to have a viable multi-purpose recreation and culture centre.
“We are going around to every club and we are asking if they will consider identifying one person to liaise with us,” said Juhlin, adding that surveys and question forums will be given to the clubs as well.
A site assessment will be done this year, and forms have been sent out to the community to analyze the best location for the centre.
Juhlin said that are ready to narrow it down to the best two sites starting in mid March,” said Juhlin.
The CCRS made the decision to have two fundraisers a year, one in the summer and one in the winter, to help raise money and spread awareness of the society. In the summer of 2012, the CCRS hosted the Crowsnest Can Do Golf Tournament, which resulted in “moderate success,” according to Julian. On Saturday, February 23, the CCRS will initiate a winter carnival, including a dance and a silent auction.
“It’s all about bringing the community together in a spirit of cooperation,” said Julian. “In years to come we are hoping the carnival will reach new levels and become an annual event, even with a parade.”
“Out community is pulled into different direction,” said Julian. “We want to be that positive, monitor to make a change.”
The CCRS is a registered society in Alberta and is made up of individuals intent on working together to establish a cultural and recreation facility in the Crowsnest Pass. A lifetime membership for the CCRS is $30, or $5 per year. Members receive discounts and benefits from dozens of stores around the municipality.
The CCRS maintains the goal to support the community residents and their communication program, develop a feasibility study, which recognizes study, design, engineering, construction and operating funds that are housed in an account with Crowsnest Fund, developed by Community Futures. Finally, the CCRS plans to use the “green ideas and initiatives” such as clean coal technology to minimize operating costs and to ensure the long-term viability of the facility.
In the event of a failure of the society to meet the mandate outlines in the vision and mission, all funds raised and stored in the Crowsnest Community Fund will be donated to the Municipality of the Crowsnest Pass for enhancing the culture and recreation activities in the area.