Helping others, sharing laughter and tears, working hard and genuine caring has brought ladies together for generations.
These old-fashioned values have not changed and in the Rimbey area, women’s groups continue to embody these characteristics, providing a strong social network of friendship, generosity and community spirit.
The Wooddale Ladies Club is one of these organizations.
This year the Wooddale ladies organized the Community Bazaar held at the Rimbey Drop In Centre Nov. 24. Twelve community groups took part in the bazaar, giving shoppers an opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts, enjoy a visit and lunch.
Teri Ormberg, treasurer for the ladies’ group, said the bazaar is planned by community groups on a rotational basis. This year the lunch was provided by the Anglican Church Ladies.
The Wooddale Ladies Club was formed in 1941 when a group of zealous woman got together during the Second World War to do their part to give back to the community.
At that time Wooddale School was still operational in the district located east of Highway 20.
Activities in the group included quilting and handicrafts. Proceeds from the sale of these items went to help families who had suffered loss through a fire and to the hospital and library.
Wooddale Ladies now donate to the Beatty House, library, hospital and Kids in Sports. They also contributed to the new Rimbey pool.
The ladies take turns hosting monthly meetings.
Activities continue to centre around quilting and handicrafts, although Ormberg said those skills are not a prerequisite to becoming a member.
Members take part in a special outing in June. Last year they travelled to a nearby greenhouse. They have also visit the police dog training centre at Innisfail.
New members are always welcome.
“Our group has stayed fairly steady. We don’t try to solicit members, but new members are always welcome. It’s a good way to give back, do a bit of fundraising, and get to know our neighbors,” said Ormberg.