Rising Sun open house to intensify community ties

At a recent open house, the Rising Sun Clubhouse spread its arms to the community to express its pride

Rising Sun Clubhouse executive director Amanda Henderson (right) and former executive director Carla Prediger (left) explore past memories on the photo wall at the clubhouse’s open house

Rising Sun Clubhouse executive director Amanda Henderson (right) and former executive director Carla Prediger (left) explore past memories on the photo wall at the clubhouse’s open house

At a recent open house, the Rising Sun Clubhouse spread its arms to the community to express its pride in the good work the staff and members do, as well as to re-familiarize the town with the clubhouse.

What executive director Amanda Henderson is calling a “casual meet and greet event” was kicked off with a lunch for clubhouse members, board members and other organizations in town, including town and county councils, FCSS, Alberta Health Services and Community Mental Health. “It was just kind of a casual re-introduction, showing what the club does for lunches.”

This is the clubhouse’s 20th year in town and while Henderson is happy with its position in town, she wants to continue building strength and relationships with the community. “Yes, in the 20 years we’ve been very successful. Without our community support — 20 years we would not exist.”

The open house displayed the history and overall purpose of the clubhouse as well as information on the programs they run, including the Blue Box recycling program and the work program.

Staff biographies were also hung on display. “And really, the true purpose of that is to show everybody the key purpose for them being here,” said Henderson.

Staff and members also took great pride in the photo wall that was specifically created for the open house. “I think setting up for it was more of a treat than they actual day,” said Henderson referring to the members who helped create the photo project.