PiePie Days are over for this year at Almonte Civitan Club. Much selling, planning, shopping and hours of pastry making, apple peeling, meat spicing and browning and more happen to make this club project a huge success. Our Civitan Club has been making apple pies and tortieres for more than ten years. For this huge project we need all hands on deck. This means that nearly all of our 100 members are involved in some way to get just over 1000 pies out to hungry folks who tell us how delicious they are. Pie Days are but one of our many projects and events.

Almonte Civitan Club is good at what we do. Our efforts see to it that we help by making money to give away. Why is this help important? Our members believe the Food Bank needs our dollars. So does Hub Hospice, Augusta Street Park, Interval House, Big Brothers and Sisters, CHEO, Heart Institute, Fairview Manor, Group Homes, Syrian Refugee Committee of MM, Almonte Hospital and so many more. Everyday there is something happening at the hall that ensures folks living in this area and beyond are helped by us. They tell us our help is valued but often more is needed.

Almonte Civitan members are proud of our Club but know that community support is key to us being able to keep on meeting our commitments of giving. A huge thanks to all of you who held events at the hall. Perhaps you had your wedding, stag or shower at the hall, celebrated an anniversary, had a family funeral reception with us, had a business event or meeting, a staff Christmas party, used our medical loan cupboard, booked our tents for your event or used the items from the Eastern Ontario Event Centre for your festival or party. As long as your support continues we then can keep going and helping out. We cannot be successful without your support.

We are always looking for new members. As we head into 2016 those of you who have some time to give are encouraged to get involved with Civitan. We know we make a difference and you can too. The Almonte Civitan Club needs you time, skills, ideas and energy. Wonderful people, the satisfaction of a job well done and giving as we can are just a few of the rewards for being a member. Call us at 613-256-6234 for more information.

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy holiday filled with all the best the season has to offer.

Alice Puddington,
Almonte Civitan Club