This formal Mission Statement was presented and adopted at the October 2002 meeting.
The Amherst Island Men’s Society (AIMS) is a voluntary service organization providing support for the community and individuals in the community, and a forum for exchanging information and pursuing meaningful activities, while striving to preserve and promote the culture, pride and spirit of caring which have made the Island unique.
An earlier letter that was generally distributed explained the new club’s purposes to the residents on the Island, and solicited additional members.
You may have heard something about the new Amherst Island Men’s Society, an unaffiliated service club for island residents. This mailing is an attempt to explain AIMS, primarily to those who might be interested in using some of its services, but also to any island men who might be interested in joining.
According to its credo, adopted at the first meeting on June 2, the purposes of the organization are:
“(a) To be of service to the Amherst Island community, particularly to younger and older people, and to raise funds for worthy island projects; and (b) to entertain and educate AIMS members in the process.”
The group hopes to be able to make all decisions by consensus, which means in effect that every individual member has a veto. And although these are early days, it may be worth noting that AIMS has managed to agree on objectives, organization and procedures without dissent at the first two meetings.
It was decided at the first meeting that there would be no permanent executive. Each meeting chooses a chair for the next meeting, a secretary, and a kitchen crew. The group has agreed to serve meals at most meetings (only breakfasts to date), thereby increasing the membership’s opportunity to fraternize. Interesting speakers may be invited to future dinner or luncheon meetings.
One exception has been made to the ban on executives, because it became apparent that for banking purposes there would have to be a treasurer and other signing officers. Paul Henshaw was chosen as treasurer.
At the first meeting, on June 2, members listed the kind of services that they would be willing to perform for the community, and at the last meeting, on July 7, it was decided to strike four action committees.
A coordinator was appointed to head each committee and to act as a contact for any infirm or elderly islanders requesting services that they have difficulty managing on their open. The committees and their coordinators are as follows:
The Transportation Committee, made up of members who have offered their vehicles and themselves as drivers, will take people around the island and to the mainland to shop, for medical services, or simply for recreational purposes. The committee’s membership is also willing to run errands – to pick up dry cleaning, groceries or prescriptions, for example. The coordinator of the transportation group is Ralph Woods, who may be reached at 389-7235.
The Manual Labour committee’s members will do odd jobs for those unable to do them themselves, including house repairs, yard work and carpentry etc. The committee’s coordinator is Allan Glenn (389-0214).
The Care and Companionship committee’s membership has volunteered to relieve constant care-givers so that they can leave their charges in good hands for an hour or two, or more, and have some time on their own. Coordinating this committee is Peter Trueman (389-3548).
The Wheels to Meals committee was designated to set up a series of regular monthly luncheons on the island so that those who have difficulty getting out of the house will have an opportunity to have a meal together, play cards or just talk to each other fairly frequently. Transportation to and from the luncheon will be provided by AIMS members. The coordinator is John Kuti (389-0890) and anyone interested in this program should contact him.
AIMS has many other projects in mind, both large and small, but will be feeling its way cautiously for some time, to determine the community’s real needs and whether or not there is any interest in having a new and untested organization like AIMS attempt to meet those needs. Among the suggestions considered at the last meeting:
Tom Richmond’s idea that excess revenues might be used to set up scholarships for deserving island students;
Ken Albertan’s suggestion that because the school does not have funds available to engrave some school trophies, AIMS should assume those costs;
And the suggestion by others that AIMS might consider establishing new school trophies for new categories of excellence, or offer small cash prizes to the winners of existing trophies.
Please don’t hesitate to call one of the coordinators, or any other member that you are aware of, to ask about any of the services described in this mailing, or to ask about the possibility of getting AIMS help for some other problem not covered here. All requests will be treated confidentially.
Any island man who likes the idea of getting together with others interested in the welfare of the island community, for service and pleasure, please don’t hesitate to come to the next meeting at St. Paul’s Church Hall on Saturday, August 1 1, at 8 a.m. The membership fee is $5.00 for the first six months, and there is a $5.00 charge for breakfast. About 40 island men have already signed up.