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Markerville Good Neighbours Club

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First organized in 1935 with a founding membership of 15 ladies, the mandate of the Markerville Good Neighbours Club has been to make life a little easier within and outside the community. To achieve this mandate they donate to a number of national and international funds, including the Cancer Fund, Red Cross and the Bangladesh Fund. During WWII, it sent food parcels to the armed forces, which included homemade fruitcakes sealed in tin cans. 

Anita hanson with the Markerville Good Neighbours Club in Markerville, Alberta.  Provincial Museum of AlbertaThe club has a particular interest in helping youth: it purchases equipment for budding hockey stars; financially assists students to attend post-secondary institutes, and; sponsors foster children. Most importantly, the club helps out anyone in need in their community. When a family has lost its home or business to a fire, the club provides assistance and helps rebuild. When there is a wedding thrown in Morkeberg, the club does the catering. When a neighbour has fallen ill, members bring meals and take care of his or her home.

The club combine fundraising with socializing. Holding bazaars, teas, curling bonspiels and rummage sales all allow the club to make money, but also allow the community of Markerville to come together and socialize. Members work with Vonin Ladies' Aid in organizing some of the major social events in Markerville, such as Icelandic National Day. They also provide outlets for members of the community to express themselves creatively by organizing theatrical productions and taking them on the road to be shown in neighbouring communities.

The ladies of the club believe that if they treat everyone as a "good neighbour," they reduce life's hardship and increase people's enjoyment of living. Becoming a member is their way of helping to construct Markerville as a close-knit and friendly community.

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  • "Markerville good neighbours vital to community." The Innisfail Province, September 13, 1977


 

  
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