What happens at the end of a golden age?

By Gordon Lambie

Earlier this year, faced with declining membership, a lack of enthusiasm, and concerns about costs, the Lennoxville Golden Age Club opted to close up shop. “Nobody wanted to take on the position of president,” said Pat Decoteau, sharing that although people were quick to tell her that she was doing a good job in the role, no one seemed to want to hear her say she was ready to move on. “I’ve had it for four years and I’m getting tired,” she added. The former president pointed out that in her time with the club membership had steadily dropped from a number in the 80s to around 35. As costs remained the same, that meant that the burden of paying for the twice monthly meetings and meals was falling on fewer shoulders without much promise that things would pick up again anytime soon. Reflecting on the declining membership, Decoteau said that the main issue is that although people could join as soon as they were 55, the members were getting older and many moved into homes where activities could be found closer to home. See full story in the Thursday, Oct. 3 edition of The Record.

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