Wednesday, April 18, 2012


The third week of the month is chock-full of meetings. Nearly every organization that I am involved with meets at some point on the third week. Forget having time to put supper on the table!

Wednesdays are a particular challenge. The St. Paul's Junior High School Council meets at 12:07 on the third Wednesday of the month at 12:07. One of the great things about a regularly scheduled lunch time meeting is that the meetings have to run on time and we are always fed.  It is a true soup and salad board!

This time last year, Aidan was in the last days of his elementary education at Virginia Park. I was really nervous about junior high. A bigger school, less control, new influences.

The School Council at St. Paul's organized an informal evening called "Demystification of Junior High" for new parents coming to the school. It was attended by all the council but lead by the parents who focused on the social aspects children would be experiencing. It left parents more informed and relaxed about certain non-academic issues children can encounter. The evening included questions from the floor and a tour around the school. 

This year, the council is expanding the "Demystification of Junior High" to include an exhibition in the school gym that will showcase the wonderful extra-curricular programs that are available at St. Paul's. We have something to appeal to nearly everyone! We hope to have a display from the R.N.C regarding the ever increasing issues presented by cyber bullying.

Virginia Park Elementary likes the third Wednesday of the month as well. The school council meets at 4:30. Fundraising and new school construction will dominate the discussion. it is back to the drawing board for the community, the Eastern District School Board and students. The long and hard fought battle for a replacement school in the neighborhood for the primary and elementary students currently attending Virginia Park Elementary is far from over.

Despite money sitting in the bank to construct a new school for several years now, we will not see a decision on the new site until late 2012 at the earliest.

This means construction will not begin until 2013 and a new school would open at the earliest in 2015! In the meantime, the students at Virginia Park continue to attend a school that the government's own consultants said in 2006 failed to meet the standards of a third world country.
It should be an interesting meeting as we discuss next steps. I think a community meeting should be held, with the board and the Department of Education explaining the latest delays.
And if that was not enough the Knights of Columbus meet every third Wednesday of the month. I have rosary, a first degree and a membership meeting to look forward to. The The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic men’s organization. It has grown to more than 13,000 councils and 1.7 million members worldwide. In our Province, there are approximately fifty councils and more than 5,000 members throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

I am proud to be a member of the Knights. As a matter of fact, I joined this very worthwhile organization 23 years ago as a young fella in Stephenville. The KOC has been assisting the community and improving the lives of others since its start. In this province they have raised money for sick children, sponsor food banks, assisted families in distress and most recently have contributed in a big way to making Daffodil House a reality.

It makes for a long day! 

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