17 December 2016

December President's Feature

Hi Everyone,

The following is an update of all that has happened since our November meeting. November 17th, Colleen, Bonny, Norm and I attended the free Wellness Workshop presented by Sturgeon County.  Jody Urquhart was the guest speaker and she spoke on being positive, volunteering and laughter in a person’s life. The evening was well attended by volunteers from various groups.

November 25th Norm, Ken and I met with Roger Miller from Northwest Redwater Partnership. Ken had thought it would be in their best interests to become members of SRCWA. Redwater is within the Sturgeon County boundaries but not within the SRCWA boundaries.  Therefore, they are part of the Redwater Crime Watch Association.  Nonetheless, it was a good informative meeting.  As you have seen in the Journal, social media and local papers, there have been a number of articles on the Northwest Redwater Partnership.  The articles were interesting and informative and have given us the opportunity to learn what is going on with this massive project.

The Legal Chamber of Commerce Trade/Craft show was held on December 3rd. Our table was manned by Colleen, and Legal Zone 12 Directors Ricky and Forest.  Five new memberships were sold. Well done by all of you.  

December 13 was our Christmas Potluck dinner.  A very nice way to start the Christmas season and was attended by 23 members. There is very little time to socialize at our monthly meetings so this gives us an opportunity to actually visit.

Thank you to Shelly and Gwen from Sturgeon County and Dolly (SRCWA) for the SRCWA ad that was published in the Free Press and Redwater Review on December 13th. The ad looks great.  It is a Community Services Initiative provided by Sturgeon County to give free advertisement for non-profit volunteer groups.

On December 15, a number of our members attended the Candy Cane Check. On November 28th, nine members (and guests) added our brochure to the goody bags we gave out to the motorists.  Thank you to Patrick Tighe for printing the brochures at no cost to us and to the members for helping. 

Christmas is coming and with that there will be gifts of electronics. The young 4H members recycle electronics so if you have any to recycle contact a group in your area or you can contact Colleen or Margaret at sturgeonrcwa@gmail.com.

As you have read in the local papers and from fan outs from the RCMP there is an increase in criminal activity in the county and towns.  I am reminding everyone that it is solely our responsibility to be sure our homes (doors and windows) and vehicles are locked, that there is proper lighting around our homes, that we pick up the mail, hide your valuables when you are out shopping, and do anything else that would make it less easy for criminals. The onus is on us to be accountable for our property. It will be too late when we find that we have had our property broken into and precious mementos and possessions have been stolen. We cannot prevent all crimes but at least we can do our part by being pro-active. Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the RCMP. 

In addition to several events we attend, I also had the opportunity to speak with the RCMP at the Redwater Seniors Workshop and the Legal CWL. I gave a presentation about SRCWA at the Division meeting in Calahoo and the Rotary Club.  The support of my board at all of these meetings has been excellent.  I want to take this opportunity to thank my board and executive for doing a great job – you all make my job so much easier.

The board and executive of SRCWA had a good productive year. Since the beginning of 2016, our zone directors have updated all of our members and from January 1 to December 9 we have 44 new members. Our membership now numbers 771 active members and continues to increase.  There is strength and safety in numbers and now we have that many more “eyes and ears” in our communities.

County Councillors, Susan Evans, Patrick Tighe, Mayor Flynn and Cecile and various county staff have been involved in SRCWA activities and very supportive. We thank you for that.

We are ending the year 2016 on a positive note and look forward to 2017 being another great year.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at sturgeonrcwa@gmail.com, I would love to hear from you.           

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Francoise Meunier

President Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch Association


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This message is made possible by the Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch Association in partnership with the Morinville RCMP.

If you have any information in respect to any crime or criminal activity, please call the Morinville RCMP at 
780-939-4550 or Toll Free at 780-459-7689.