There was much chicken and much cheer in Muenster on Saturday night. The community was celebrating the grand opening of the new elevator in the Muenster Community Centre. The lift system, which cost about $100,000, was installed over the summer following several years of active fundraising.
Community Centre Board Chair and MC for the evening, Miles Jorgenson, took the audience through the process. Jorgensen recalled the scrap metal drive that netted much of the funding for the project. He laughed about the proliferation of metal accumulated in his front pasture and how he may not have made it around to collect from every willing donor. Jorgenson acknowledged the other major sources of funding.
“Marguerite (Cunningham) came along with some grant applications - we raised a lot of money through grants. We had Sue Davis who rode on a bike to Regina, and she raised a whole bunch of money.”
A plaque installed alongside the lift entrance on the main floor commemorated those who have supported the project. Attendees could peruse several binders of photos, articles, and plans that chronicled the build.
The 50/50 draw was guaranteed at $1000 dollars by Daniel Hinz and Dan Wheels of Muenster. The lucky winner was Calvin Michel. A door prize of a lovely hand fashioned quilt, donated by Colleen Hushagen of Muenster, was won by Carol Gossner.
The lift proved invaluable for service from the kitchen downstairs to the upstairs dining area. More importantly, it will allow for all with mobility issues to come to the Community Centre to vote, to celebrate and gather, and enjoy the company of others at the next Muenster Chicken Supper.