By Ewa Chwojko-Srawley

If you want to get a sense of the role volunteers have played in the success of Club 55 Pefferlaw, read the poem stitched onto a quilt crafted by Carol Wolfe some two decades ago:

“Many will be shocked to find.
When the day of judgement nears.
That there’s a special place in Heaven.
Set aside for volunteers.”

This unique quilt, displayed at the Pefferlaw Lion’s Hall during the club’s 20th-anniversary dinner celebration held on October 3, also includes a depiction of the hands of the club’s 12 original board members, some of whom have sadly passed away.

“Although some of our founding members are no longer with us, their memory lives on in our hearts and is forever stitched into this quilt,” Wolfe reflects.

Carol Wolfe

Fortunately, many founders are still at the steering wheel, spinning ideas and stirring up a lot of energy, from organizing pickleball showdowns to snooker shenanigans to euchre battles — not to mention lunches and special events like the 20th-anniversary dinner.

It all started in November 2003 when 41 seniors from the Pefferlaw area came together for their first lunch. Those scrumptious lunches quickly gained fame, with folks from neighbouring clubs joining.

Judith Wilson, who pampered everyone with her fantastic homestyle lunches for eight years, recalls, “I thought I’d give it a shot for a week or two, but I ended up staying. Now, it’s time to pass the culinary torch to our new Executive Chef, Mackenzie Jones, from Cedarvale Lodge.”

One of the founding members, Jan Osborne, treasurer, says, “Pefferlaw is on the outskirts of Georgina, so having the club here saves us a lot of driving. It’s lovely to have a space where we can gather, get to know each other, and enjoy each other’s company. It’s the perfect spot for socializing, and I warmly invite everyone.”

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Jan Osborne (treasurer), Margaret Lynch (director), Jean Moore (secretary
Sherry, previous chef Judith Wilson, Tonya, Chef Mackenzie