Fenelon Fall Senior Club needs new users of their club’s space

By Lindsay Advocate

The home of the Fenelon Falls Senior Citizens Club at 58 Murray Street, Fenelon Falls has lost significant revenue from a lack of venue bookings and live events normally held — but the club board sees 2022 as an opportunity to re-energize the building and its purpose.

The club members believe it is a valuable community asset and wants to invite the community to discover its amenities and the opportunities to participate in its variety of uses, according to a media release.

Entrusted with the management and maintenance of the building they call home, the volunteers have served the needs of the Fenelon Falls seniors for more than 50 years. It is a not-for profit, registered charitable organization with its entire operating budget coming from club membership fees, fees from club activities, donations, rental contracts, and fundraising activities. Other than occasional grants, there is no annual support from the City of Kawartha Lakes. 

The club members organize cards, shuffleboard and line dancing every week, and look forward to bringing Bingo back. Many special events such as dances, weddings, dinners, fashion shows, craft sales and much more have been held there.

The building has a capacity of 150 during a licensed event and 185 during unlicensed events. The venue is not limited to a senior audience, but appeals to all Fenelon residents, no matter what age or interest. The amenities are fully equipped including a kitchen, ideal for catered special events, workshops, trade/consumer shows, indoor markets and exercise/indoor sport events. Expectations are to attract new users and reintroduce the fully equipped facility to those who have often considered other locations for their special events and occasions.

A fundraising program will be launched to address the financial shortfall the organization finds itself in, including the obligations to an outstanding mortgage on the building. Themed “Coming Together for All in Support of This Community Asset”, the campaign will have a widespread appeal to both individuals and corporate sponsors presenting a schedule of fundraisers in the upcoming spring and summer.

“Watch for our online community survey, and please take the time to respond. Your input would be much appreciated. We…look forward to a season of sharing and giving on its behalf, “ stated Rosemary McColeman, second vice president of the FFSC Board.

Inquiries on how to assist are welcomed and encouraged. Call 705-887-7007, visit www.fenelonseniors.com or visit Facebook for further information on the venue and the club membership and activities.

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