The new drywall is up, next is the ceiling and bathroom fixtures. Painting should start in a couple of weeks, should you wish to volunteer please advise the Town Office. Painting should be completed in a weekend if we get enough help.
The Rossburn Fitness Centre Committee will be hosting a fundraiser steak dinner and social evening on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m., Canad Inn Pembina Highway in Winnipeg.
This “Rossburn Reunion” will allow us reach out to people with a connection to Rossburn who wish to assist with this project, while reconnecting with friends from our hometown and area. For $25, you will dine on a full steak dinner, with one beer or shot. There will also be a cash bar for the evening.
For those who are not aware, plans for a fitness centre started about a year ago. Renovations have begun on the old Swintak’s Grocery Store (between Slon’s garage and the liquor store), which has been vacant for several years. Future plans include a physiotherapist office located in the back of the building.
Of the $200,000 required to renovate the building and purchase exercise equipment, the committee has to date raised $130,000.
We hope to see you there and appreciate your support. Tickets, which will be held for you at the event, can be purchased by sending a cheque, payable to Town of Rossburn, C/O Linda Yaskiw, 460 Shelley St., Winnipeg MB R3K 1G3; or to Town of Rossburn, Box 70, Rossburn, MB R0J 1V0. We are required to advise Canan Inns of anticipated attendance by October 22, 2011.
Menu: Steak, garlic toast, baked potato, mushrooms, vegetable, Caesar salad, beer or shot
Halloween costume is optional.
Rossburn Fitness Centre Committee
Ilse Ketelsen – Chair
Diane Maxwell – Vice Chair
Glenda Sidoryk - Secretary
Kerry Lawless – Treasurer
Nancy Drul – Fundraising
Gary Gibbs Shirley Kalyniuk; Bev Kostecki; Mark Wood; Ed Zimmerman; Ron Kreshewski
Special Thanks to the following supporters:
Housing & Community Development Community Places Program ($35,000)
Manitoba Community Service Council Inc. ($20,000)
Vanguard Credit Union ($5,000)
Rossburn Lions Club ($5,000)
Thank you to all of you who supported the Fitness Centre/Physiotherapy Clinic project by coming out to our evening with Nestor Pistor. Not only was it a fun event, but we were able to raise about $3,000.00 which will be put to good use for renovations.We apologize to those who weren't able to taste everything we cooked; we promise to do better next time.
In regard to the progress of the project, we ca report that funds raised to date will allow us to proceed with Phase 1 of the renovations, which is a major part of the complete renovation plans. Additional grants are in the process of being reviewed and we continue to apply for new opportunities as they become available. Grans have also been received for the purchase of some of the exercise equipment. The Fitness Centre Committee has been working on finalizing the drawings for the lay-out of the building as well as working on a detailed llist of materials needed for Phase 1.
Pay-what-you-pull (free to $2) tickets are still available at various businesses and the municipal offices. First prize is a 2-night stay in Winnipeg to enjoy Celebrations dinner theatre, a Blue Bomber-Eskimos footbal game and $200 spending money. Second prize is a one-night stay at Elkhorn Resort, including a boat ride on the Marteses on Clear Lake to arrive at Supper-in-the-Field for a succulent supper prepared by chefs using mainly local ingredients.
Reminder to all fitness minded in and around town: We are still selling founding memberships for the fitness centre at $150. It gives you the opportunity to support the fitness centre AND will give you a reduction on memberships for the next 5 years. Tax deductible donations and pledges of volunteer labour are gratefully accepted.
Update on the Physiotherpay Clinic: Our futur physiotherapist has achieved his first step toward immigration and has applied for a work permit. He has found employment outside his specialty for a year, the time it takes to be recognized by Manitoba authorities to be allowed to practice physiotherapy. This coincides with completion of Phase II of our renovations. Our own physiotherpist! Right here in Rossburn!
The project has a lot of benefits for Rossburn:
- Promotes physical fitness
- A new business and a downtown building occupied
- Facility for people with disabilities
- Something to do for the younger (and not so young) generation
- Another local health care option
- Another attraction to bring new people to the area
- More people coming into town and supporting local businesses
- Providing more work for locals (renovations to be done)
- Opportunity to improve overall lifestyle
Something for everyone!
The Town has a signed offer to purchase for the building on Manitoba Ave (former video store) with a total of 2,700 square feet, about 1,550 square feet will be dedicated to the fitness area itself, 2 rooms will be available for physiotherapy service and another health related services.
An engineer's study has been received, the building can be renovated to meet safety standards.
We are looking at a variety of funding sources: provincial and regional grants, MB Hydro grant, local government funding, corporate and service club sponsorships, founding memberships and donations. Our intent is to avoid tax increases to fund this project.
- Begin renovations of the building in April 2011
- Opening of the Fitness Centre in September 2011
- Work on the finishing touches for the physiotherapy clinic over the winter of 2011/2012
- Opening of the clinic is planned for 2012.
There may be an additional room available for additional health care options such as acupuncture, chiropractor or others, depending on availability of specialists.