Chapter V

Organizations and Clubs

Mather Community Hall

Prior to the fire in 1947, social events and dances were held in the hall above “Charlies’” and the Odd Fellows Hall (the old Methodist Church.)

A public meeting of the community was held on April 28, l948,t0 discuss building a new ball or adding to the old one. Mr. F. Berezay chaired the meeting.

In July, 1948, there was a motion made by C. Argue and E. B. Hopper that the committee be in- structed to get a petition signed and presented to the council requesting them to take a vote on a by-law to raise funds to build a new Community Hall. Carried.

Debentures were sold to raise money and plans went ahead to build a hall, thirty by seventy with full basement on two lots between K. Howard ’s store and C. Myall’s house. Cement was to be bought through Bill Taylor. A committee was appointed to go to Winnipeg to see about building material and to write to Mr. Blackburn to see about building the hall.

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Mather Community Hall.

During the summer of 1949 the building of the hall took place. At an executive meeting Dec. 10, 1949, officers elected to the Mather Hall Committee were M. E. Robinson, Pres., L. R. Groff, Vice Pres, and the secretary was F. C. Mills.

Motion Pictures were shown beginning in Dec. 1949 with Bill Taylor, and Clair Fulford as managers. In July 1950, E. Hopper and Mrs. Harris moved that Joyce Drewry and Dean Robinson go on the picture show committee to select the movies. The shows continued for a number of years but, due to lack of interest were discontinued.

Over the years the hall has managed to keep operating and is still holding its own financially. Many social functions are carried on there.

Town And Country Club

The Mather Community Hall was built in 1949. In 1951 a meeting was held at the home of Verda Howard for the purpose of forming a group to raise money to be used to supplement the hall finances. This group was named’ “Mather Town and Country Club”. As there were several ladies interested in this project, two groups were formed according to age. Group I consisted of those over thirty-five and Group II of those thirty-five and under. Needless to say, there were several Jack Bennys in the group.

Over the years, several thousands of dollars have been raised by this group which has kept the tax levy under a mill or nil.

Some of the money making projects were: a pag- eant depicting Canadian history, an antique show, bake sales, teas, whist drives, dances and bingos.

Group 1, due to a shortage of members, dis— banded in 1972; as Group II had found the fountain of youth, no one ever reached the age of thirty-five to join Group I.

Group II is still active, sponsoring teas, bake sales, dances, and adding money to the coffers of the hall.