Meeting new people isn't always easy, even for adults. As time frees up - children grow up, retirement looms, other commitments wane - it can be tough to find someone who shares the same interests for all those long-put-off hobbies or activities.
Enter the Thompson Valley Activity and Social Club, formerly known as the Thompson Valley Active Singles Club.
Same initials TVASC), slightly different membership.
President Fran?oise Baroux says just a few months ago, the singles club was on the brink of extinction. After 15 years, the group had seen many members pair up and, because they were no longer single, they had to leave.
So when the last few members got together in fall, discussion was edging toward whether the group should even exist.
Baroux had other ideas. She suggested opening it up to anyone, including former members who had coupled up. Change the focus to activities and being social, rather than being single. Should romance be sparked, so much the better - but that wouldn't be the group's raison d'etre.
"We've just rebuilt the club," she said.
Already membership has jumped up to 54.
She moved to Kamloops two years ago and was taking dance lessons. She joined the club to find a dance partner. The club holds public dances.
TVASC does a lot more than that: golf tournaments, picnics, camping, bowling, cross-country skiing, cycling, fishing, photo-album making, even snowshoeing.
Baroux is a delegator. So she has expanded on that list and put anyone with an interest or expertise in charge.
Take Mike and Lynne Lukow.
They've been married for 40 years and love to dance. They've organized their own public dances for years.
Now they're organizing one for TVASC on Feb. 19 at the Ukrainian Hall at 725 York Ave. It's open to the public, not just group members.
They are, obviously, in charge of dance activities for the club.
"It's a warm, friendly group," said Lynne.
The Lukows are looking forward to joining others for snowshoeing and some of the outdoor activities that they already do as a couple. Sometimes it's nice to be part of a bigger group, she noted.
So this is how it works. Members pay $20 a year. They can attend the monthly meetings - Baroux insists on keeping the business segment to one hour, maximum - that also have time for some socializing. That's at the Oddfellows Hall, 423 Tranquille Rd., on the first Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. sharp.
There's also a monthly potluck/birthday/meet and greet session on the third Tuesday of each month, also at the hall.
And then there are the activities. The club has a hotline set up, as well as emails and a calendar to get word out about everything that members are up to. Members can also toss out an offer of "anyone want to go for coffee?" at a meeting or via an email.
The minimum age to join is 19 years, but most are 50 or older simply because kids, work and other commitments tend to fill up the time for those who are younger.
Sandy Poettcker just joined the club at Baroux's insistence. The two women met through Toastmasters.
Poettcker has been off on disability for a while, but she's trying to stay active. And although she had an ankle injury a while back, she's interested in the dances.
"I'll see if my ankle will take it."
Along with golf, casual coffee and maybe a few other events.
"This is a good way to do a lot of different things."
"It's company," said Baroux.
Anyone interested or looking for more information can call 250-372-3782 or attend the next meeting, set for Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. at the Oddfellows Hall.
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