© Karla Kelly
DEFAGA president Phyllis Kendall, seated, and other members Mason VanTassell, left, Eugene Corporon, Mary Amero, Floreen Brittain, Pat Brittain and Susan Wainwright discuss the results of Sunday afternoon’s meeting for the future of the non-profit organization.
By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com
When all the cards were laid out on the table, the response from those in attendance was an encouragement to the executive of the Digby East Fish and Game Association.
President Phyllis Kendall said the meeting on Sunday, Aug. 24 was positive and encouraging to her and the rest of the executive.
“There were close to 90 people who showed up for the meeting and I was very pleased so many showed an interest in the future of the Fish and Game,” Kendall said. “It was a good crowd.”
MLA Gordon Wilson, Municipal Warden Linda Gregory and Councillor Maritza Adams were in attendance and Kendall said they wanted to make the two levels of government aware of the club’s situation.
“We wanted to grab the attention of the government representatives to see if we qualify for any grants that would help the association,” she said. ““We laid out the financial and membership situation in order to make people in the area aware of what was happening with Digby East Fish and Game.”
DEFAGA is in danger of closing because of the lack of volunteers and workers to run the non-profit organization that has served the area for 54 years explained Kendall.
“Money is also an issue and there is less in the cash box for this time of year,” she said. “A regular and general meeting will be held Sept. 28 to set up an advisory council to see how we can bring in more paying groups to help boost our finances.”
After the meeting there were 25-30 people who stepped up to volunteer and two joined the association.
“We are hoping to keep the club open and this was certainly a positive step in doing so,” Kendall said.