What a great success!!

WOW – If you weren’t there, you missed a great event. The special Saturday sale at Encore Furniture and Books was a terrific success. We certainly sold lots of furniture, lamps, books and miscellaneous furnishings and we had fun and enjoyed ourselves. Many, many thanks to the volunteers who participated in organizing, setting up, selling, cashiering, and taking down the sale site.   We made a little over $3500 for the Benevolent Fund in the one day sale. The wrap-up and evaluation of our activities has resulted in a major change to the organization of the patio sale – furniture and books as well some other items will be sold on-site at Encore rather than transported to the Chalet site. For the first time the Patio Sale will operate at two sites. The Patio Sale Committee is busy working on rearranging the logistics of the Chalet site to provide more room for sales there as well as revamping the logistics for parking, traffic control and directions. Stay tuned as plans develop for this exciting innovation in our traditional annual sale.

I have already thanked the volunteers and staff who worked to make the Encore sale a success, but this should be a season of gratitude for each of us in this amazing community. Novelist Faith Baldwin says “Gratitude expresses itself in a sincere thank you … not for the gifts of this day only, but for the day itself; not for what we believe will be ours in the future, but for the bounty of the past.” Today, I am grateful. Grateful for all I have, for the sunshine, for the flowers that are starting to bloom, for my neighbours, for all of you. Cultivating gratitude begins with cultivating thankfulness for our lot in life — living it in our daily lives. Being grateful means taking nothing for granted. Our life, health, friends, our family, the food we eat, and our body and senses are all gifts which we often take for granted.

Expressing our gratitude to someone directly is a wonderful way to give back. So let me take the time on behalf of the Benevolent Fund Board to thank, in advance, all of those who have volunteered to step-up in this year of change to reinvent the activities at the Stiles-Beach Barn, Encore, and the planning for the upcoming Patio Sale. Your efforts are at the heart of gratitude – working to make life better for others. To be grateful, or to offer thanks, is to confess dependence, to acknowledge that others have the power to benefit you, to admit that your life is better because of their efforts. That is true for all of us here.

Please, as you read this column, take a moment to think about volunteering for the Patio Sale. There are lots of opportunities to help from security to stocking the tables to helping to wrap packages. Two-hour shifts are available throughout the week of the sale and especially on Friday and Saturday July 14th and 15th. Take the time to sign-up and help the Benevolent Fund and your neighbours make this year’s sale a success for all of us. You can sign up on June 21st or June 26th between 10:00am and 1:00pm in Pan Hall. Thank you in advance for taking the time to be a working participant in the Patio Sale – your generosity is much appreciated. While saying thanks is never enough, thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. While thankfulness consists of words, gratitude is shown in acts. We look forward to working with you.

Gail Madden

Benevolent Fund Vice President

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