Those looking to get more information on what is available in their community will soon have a great opportunity.
Residents will have a chance to learn about the existing groups in their community at an upcoming information day in Ridgetown.
As a result, community groups in rural Chatham-Kent are taking a different approach to attract new members.
“This is a free event for all groups, organizations and associations to set up a table and let our community know what you have to offer and how the community may get involved,” said the group. “This event is also free to attend.”
Event organizer Helen Imeson said the pandemic has made it more difficult to find new members. With nearly all COVID-19 pandemic restrictions lifted, the Ridgetown and District Agricultural Society can host the event in person.
The free event will allow community groups to set up a booth and showcase themselves to the public. It will be hosted at the Ridgetown Arena located at 180 Main Street East on May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We’re hosting the event to let the public know what is available to join in the area,” said Imeson. “Most groups these days are desperately looking for new members.”
Organizers are still looking for groups to book a table. The society is looking for service clubs, sports clubs, activity clubs for seniors and youth, churches, and more.
Some groups that have already signed up include the Ridgetown Rotary, The Mary Webb Centre, Tilbury Historical Society, Ridgetown Curling Club, Community Living Chatham-Kent, South-Kent Minor Hockey, and more.
“The Ridgetown Curling Club would like to extend a warm welcome to all curlers, previous and new members, to join us at the club this season. Stop into the Ridgetown arena on May 14 and let’s talk curling,” read a post from the club’s Facebook page.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News