The number of members in all service clubs in Canada, and specifically in Salmon Arm, have fallen drastically over the past few years, and some are on the edge of having to close. A recent example in our community was the demise of the Lions Club which, we understand, was at least partially a result of reduced membership. It is, of course, recognized that there have been many changes in our society including working couples, which have had a major influence on the membership numbers as people do not always have time available to take part in such activities.
Service clubs in our area regularly donate funds to local organizations such as food banks, children’s activities, seniors assistance organizations, etc. These funds are compiled from the clubs’ own fundraising events and, in many cases, from substantial government funding (lottery revenues) provided for this purpose.
As President of Salmon Arm Elks, and as an executive member of a local recipient charitable organization, I am fully aware of the importance of government funding that is donated through service clubs, as well as how it provides a necessary assistance with the delivery of important programs and services to people who benefit directly from them.
In order to maintain the availability of government funding to charitable organizations in our area, we must help keep all of our local service clubs viable. Membership is the only way to do this and I encourage your readers to consider joining an organization of their choice. (You can call Peter at 250-832-6145 for further information on Salmon Arm Elks.) You do not have to attend all business meetings if time does not always permit, but your membership support will help ensure the continued operation of each club. A successful group of service clubs is important and will help ensure continued government funding to assist needy people in our community.