WELLINGTON – Jan. 25, 2019 – Evangeline Richelieu Club has been injected with a new spark of life and enthusiasm, thanks to the arrival of several new members in its midst. The club will therefore be able to pursue its major objectives of supporting Acadian and Francophone youth initiatives, promote the French language and support the personal development of its members.
President Gabriel Arsenault admits that last year, the club’s future was unsure. “But the addition of eight new members had given our club a brand new stride; this new energy is just what we needed to get back on the horse.”
Following last year’s membership drive, the service club now has 18 members. Four of these members are women – a first for in the history of the organization, which serves the Evangeline and Summerside regions.
For a second year in a row, the club is providing financial support to two causes that the Island’s Acadian and Francophone community holds dear. A sum of $5,000 was donated to the PEI Regional Committee of the Jeux de l’Acadie to help with the purchase of sporting equipment, uniforms and other items. A $4,000 donation was also given to the Centre Goéland / Village des Sources l’Étoile Filante to help pay for youth personal development camps. As well, the club is contributing $500 to the École-sur-Mer Parents’ Council of Summerside to set up a sandbox for students.
The club’s largest annual fundraiser, a lobster supper-lottery, will take place May 11, 2019, at the Acadian Musical Village in Abram-Village. The club has already started preparing the event. Cash prizes worth $7,000, including a $5,000 top prize, will be given out that night. Members will soon be selling tickets for the event.
Evangeline Richelieu Club is always open to accepting new members, including both men and women. “If you want to learn more about the club, come and have a chat with one of our members or attend one of our regular supper-meetings,” concludes the president.
CUTLINE 1: Seen during the recent presentation of a $5,000 donation from the Evangeline Richelieu Club to the PEI Regional Committee of Les Jeux de l’Acadie are, from left, club vice-president Ricky Hitchcock, athlete Ryanna Ryan, Velma Durant, chef de mission at the upcoming 2019 Finals of Les Jeux, club president Gabriel Arsenault, athlete Gabrielle Gallant and club member Francine Arsenault.
CUTLINE 2: The Evangeline Richelieu Club recently presented a $4,000 donation to the Centre Goéland / Village des Sources l’Étoile Filante. Seen during the presentation are, from left, club member Giselle Bernard, club treasurer Alcide Bernard, Darlene Arsenault, representative of the Village des Sources, and club secretary Claude Blaquière.
CUTLINE 3: The Evangeline Richelieu Club also recently contributed $500 to the École-sur-Mer Parents’ Council of Summerside. Seen from left are club member Vallier Ouellette, Sylvia Plourde, president of the Parents’ Council, club president Gabriel Arsenault, and club member Guy Labonté.
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