We’re coming up on five months since the flood that hit Southern Alberta and even though there is plenty of work left to do after the damage done here at Cottonwood, you can also look at the silver linings and how all of this has brought everybody together, both staff and members.
After the flood, we’ve done everything we said we were going to do. Our members rallied and our staff rallied.
We always prided ourselves in believing that staff is family and family looks after family. You could have worked here six month or 16 years, everybody felt the same about doing what we had to do to get Cottonwood up and running again.
There’s no doubt our members were affected, but the way they responded makes us more determined to hit a home run for them next year as a heartfelt thanks for hanging in there with us.
Actually, they’ve done more than hang in there. Our men’s and ladies’ groups went to the membership and have raised over $3,000 to take the staff and spouses to dinner on Sunday.
We’re going to Alloy, a high-end restaurant here in Calgary that is owned by one of our members, Uri Heilik.
We decided to do it this Sunday because it allowed some of the summer staff to come back from university. The restaurant is usually closed on Sundays, but they opened for us, the staff is coming in for us, and vendors are helping sponsor the evening.
The men’s and ladies’ groups sent out e-mail and people kept dropping by to contribute different sums to help put on this evening. Many of these members were down here for 20 days in a row, helping us shovel and rake. They had done enough, but they continue to give.
Is it any wonder we want to hit it out of the park for them? In the most unpleasant of circumstances, you can find a silver lining and one of them is that we’ve come together like never before.