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SFX Community Club requests larger municipal grant

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The St. Francois Xavier Community Club is asking for a grant to build a shed to house ice resurfacing and clearing equipment and provide a warming area for people using the new outdoor rink.

Club treasurer Renee Houde said the club is more active and wants to continue expanding its programs. However, with the Country Kids Learning Centre’s move into the school, some revenue was lost. They are now turning to the municipality.

At the municipal council’s Feb. 4 meeting, council looked at the club’s application for a $41,600 grant, with $33,600 of the money to be used to build the 600-square-foot shed. The remaining $8,000 is the municipality’s share of a Community Places grant totalling $32,000 in matched funds to be used for constructing a barrier-free family washroom in the club at 983 Hwy. 26.

"We have to find more ways of getting money," Houde said.

Council asked the club representatives who attended the Feb. 4 meeting for two more price quotes on shed construction.

The club now offers jackrabbit hockey and children’s skating lessons on its outdoor rink, which was erected mainly by volunteers last fall. They used $4,000 from a Manitoba
Community Services Council grant to buy an ice resurfacing machine and are planning to use the rest of a $10,000 grant to buy a tractor/snow blower.

Houde said local support for the club’s new programs, including indoor zumba and yoga classes, has been good.

"We’ve had a lot of community members coming out."

She hopes that the SFX council will vote to allocate part of the recreation and culture reserve fund in the 2014 budget to the community club.


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