River Bourgeois Community Services Society
In 2019 The Society had a super year, especially with the Chase the Ace fundraiser. Everyone did a great job and a lot of extra work, including participating and helping out with other events.
In 2020 we started off with much enthusiasm, however by March the whole country was shut down due to epidemic Covid-19. In July we were approached by Future Worx who desperately needed a place to train LPN for the next 12 months. The rent helped us pay a good portion of our expenses.
We are please to announce that this year we are providing three Richmond Academy graduating students with $500. bursaries.
The selected recipients are:
Congratulations to all.
RBCSS board of directors
On behalf of both RBCSS and RB Seniors 50+ Club
All regular and special events have been cancelled.
We will re-access in the fall.
Please Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Healthy
Our family, friends and neighbors health is very important to all of us.
Please stay home, keep that physical distance, it is so important.
Stay safe, don’t go out unless it is absolutely necessary and only one shopper per household.
And above all stay healthy, so that when we can, we will celebrate in our community once again.
RBCSS board of directors
Our Chase the Ace which began on July 1st, 2018 came to an end on August 15th, 2019 with a record of going to the 52nd card before the Ace of Spades was chosen. Final payout for the 52 weeks was accumulative Jackpot of $141,910.00 + the weekly 20% for that week of $26,822.00 giving the winner Jean Pottie of L’ardoise a cheque for $168,732.00. RBCSS and Youth Development each received a total of $110,976.76 after expenses.
This funding assisted us on day to day operation, pay off our Heat Pumps and do some much needed repairs in the hall and the rest of the complex. Several other projects have been postponed until 2020.
Our weekly Café continues to be a big hit each week. It was in operation from January to mid-August.
Our 41st annual Festival saw the addition of a successful Dinner Theatre. Festival numbers were down from previous years but the success of the Chase the Ace ending just two weeks prior was most likely a factor.
We catered to the 150 Anniversary of St. John the Baptist Church celebration along with two meals for the Catholic Woman’s League.
Celebrations were held on Canada Day and our Annual Community Christmas
Three Trivia and Pub Nights were held along with three Concerts
The 3rd Annual Winterlude dinner was held in December with entertainment following.
It was a very busy year and so many of these events could not have happened without the huge support of the community.
Thank you to everyone
RBCSS Board of directors.
In 2018 River Bourgeois Community Services Society accomplishments:
The Youth Committee saw the installation of their new children’s playground. Thanks to the Municipality of Richmond for the $7500. grant. They also continue in their quest to raise funds towards the splash pad.
The 40th Annual Festival celebrated their “Ruby Jubilee” anniversary. Net income was $11798.95.
Tara Lynne Bursaries were awarded to Jaden Bona and Emily O’Brian.
Chase the Ace and the Cafe’ began in April and is continuing. The Ace was drawn in July, so we started again the following week. The current jackpot is now $4800. plus. The profits from this successful project has enabled RBCSS to pay our day to day operational expenses.
We had several other fundraisers during 2018 including: the Robert Bouchard Concert, Trivia Nights, Cold Plate takeout, and our Winterlude dinner.
Summer Student Grants from the Provincial and Federal Government allowed us to hire Emilee Poaps as our Festival Co-ordinator and Alexander Poaps as our Property Caretaker.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
From the Board of River Bourgeois Community Services Society
As many of you know, we originally purchased our playground equipment before doing the Splash Pad because we received an amazing deal on our equipment. Our playground equipment has a value of about $70,000 and we purchased it for $35,000. We are are happy to report that the playground equipment is now paid off and the plan initially was to install it with volunteers. What we did not realize is that the playground equipment is much more complex to install than we ever thought, and after speaking to many professionals, it is clear that we need to hire a company to install it. The best quote came from Eastern Fencing in Dartmouth at a price of $18,500. plus HST. Because of all the support we have received from everyone, we have enough money to cover this cost, however, it will take all the funds we have raised to date. Nevertheless, it’s amazing to think in this little amount of time we have raised over $50,000! The timeline for the playground is to begin installation in about 4-5 weeks.
This has always been a two stage project and we look forward to seeing the playground complete and beginning our work on the Splash Pad. With that said, the Splash Pad is going to be costly, but a valuable asset to our children and community. Our first quote for the Splash Pad was about $146,000. We are looking into a buildable Splash Pad that may cost us a little bit less. In order to accomplish the this, we are going to need volunteers, so any help anyone can give us would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone is interested in putting on a fund-raising event on our behalf, we would be more than grateful.
Heidi LeRoux Chairperson / Youth Development Committee
On Sat, August 17th, 2019, Jean Pottie won the final Jackpot of $141,910.00 + $ 26,822.00, the daily 20%
On Sat, July 21st, 2018, Michael Landry won the final jackpot of $ 3988.00 + $201.00, the daily 20%
On Sat, Oct 28th, 2017, Rita Fougere won the final Jackpot of $ 5094.00 + $ 162.00, the daily 20%
Congratulations from the RBCSS Board of Directors.
Events and Fundraising:
We had three Trivia Nights, Pub Night, July 1st, Winterlude Dinner and Community Celebrations.
We began a “Lotto 10/49 Fundraiser” on December 9th. We have netted $510.00.
We had two Chase the Ace this year. One from April to June and one from July to October. and netted $3596.02. (The Youth Development Committee netted and equal amount)
The Bourgeois Cafe’ ran for the same period as the Chase the Ace and netted $10,625.20.
The 39th Annual River Bourgeois Festival netted $10,905.07.
The Tennis Courts were totally revamped. This was part two of the Canada 150 projects. The Parking Lot was given a much needed gravel uplift, along with the property around the courts and Hall.
The Youth Development Committee (who are under the umbrella of RBCSS’s but run completely independent) did some major fund raising. They purchased new playground equipment which arrived in November and will be installed in the spring. They continue to raise funds to eventually install a splash pad.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
from the Board of River Bourgeois Community Services Society
RBCSS Board of Directors: President Rose Merrick, Secretary Donna Babin, Treasurer Kathryn Groves, Past President Sharon Chilvers, Wayne Bona, Mike Fougere, Glenn Pottie, Ricky Stone, Connie Stewart, Carolyn Fougere, Heidi Leroux, Tanya Burke
Year in review: 2016
We had three Trivia Nights, a Pub Night, July 1st celebrations and the Haunted House.
We also had the Chase the Ace from April to September with a net profit to RBCSS of $8691.56.
The Bourgeois Cafe was also opened during the same period as the Chase the Ace and netted $9767.01.
The 38th Annual Festival netted a profit of $17130.07.
Heat pumps were installed at the Tara Lynne Centre.
Two energy efficient food and drink coolers were installed (upstairs and downstairs)
Upstairs of the Tara Lynne Centre was painted.
Repairs were done on the ball field bleachers and the ball field canteen.
Looking forward to many upcoming events and celebrations for Canada’s 150th!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The Board of Directors of The River Bourgeois Community Services Society