Ladies Night a big hit at Brookfield Men’s Club

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Brookfield & Area Notebook, By Judy Matheson

Coveted Eagle Award presented to Lyle Carter

Local sportsman and journalist Lyle Carter is the most recent recipient of the Eagle Award. The Brookfield Men’s Club presents the award each year by to a deserving member of the village for their dedication and contributions to the betterment of the community.

Ladies Night at the Brookfield Men’s Club Gala played to a full house as the men capably catered to the ladies with a roast beef dinner and gingerbread dessert. The speedy crew had the meal served up and over in record time, ready to move on to the entertainment and door prizes.

The roll call proved several new younger members have joined the veterans, many of whom have outstanding attendance records. John Matheson leads the way with a record of 27 years, or 241 meetings without missing a night. Sounds like a Guinness Book record!

The same John, wife Lynn and family hosted their 15th annual Egg Hunt on Apr. 26. Their home on Carter Road welcomed family and friends numbering 109 guests from ages two to 85. They searched for 1,400 eggs, ran races, played games outside and enjoyed a bountiful lunch in the Matheson century home. Families came from N.B., P.E.I. and Ontario to the popular, anticipated event.

Meanwhile, back at Ladies night, the special speaker for the night was well-known and loved sportsman and journalist, Lyle Carter.

Carter titled his talk “Highlights of a Journey, let there be laughter”.

He related several amusing stories from his hockey playing days in the American Hockey League and the NHL. Touching briefly on his early experience with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and how he has continued with the organization since his playing days, Carter then moved on to a local story he obviously enjoyed, regarding alligators in Alton.

Jill Sears was chosen from the audience to share his passion for the gators and he took everyone by surprise and laughter, especially Sears, when the creature appeared behind her. This story might need further research.

The Red Tide (the BMC members) was on next and sang several well-known songs. Even an inexperienced ear could discern they’re improving; might it be the young bucks can carry a tune or is Joanne Hatfield creating miracles at the piano?

Pretty Woman, the beloved Roy Orbison hit, was distracted by the flirtations of the lovely Donna Harvey sashaying around the hall.

The Red Tide singers seemed to enjoy the old tunes, such as Don’t Fence Me In, Sweet Caroline and I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts, as much as the audience did.

Gordie Burnett had the privilege of giving out door prizes to eight lucky ladies. Mike Henderson as emcee interjected some jokes between acts that kept everyone in jolly form.

The Brookfield song, written and preformed by the Red Tide, was classic and hopefully will surface again at various occasions.

Frank Locke had the honour of presenting the coveted Eagle Award. The award is given each year to a deserving member of the village for their dedication and contributions to the betterment of the community.

Locke gave a glowing introduction to the recipient before announcing to the delight of the crowd the honour would go to Lyle Carter.

An enthusiastic standing ovation proved it was a popular choice and Carter humbly accepted the award.

Geoff Stewart then offered his congratulations and followed up by presenting Carter with a plaque from the Municipality of the County of Colchester.

Congratulatory hugs, handshakes and kisses ensued for the hometown hero!

Stacey Harrison thanked the men for the fine night of dinner and delightful entertainment.

President Austin Ross thanked all attendees and the cadet squadron, which so willingly does the dishes each year. It’s the cadets’ way of appreciating the BMC for its 60 years of sponsorship.

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Easter services in Knox United were a glorious promise of hope and new life brought in many forms, but the opening solo of Hallelujah by Lori Nielsen was magnificent!

The Baptist Church combined services throughout Holy Week with six area churches and all were well attended and unifying. The Brookfield Baptist Easter Sunday service was enhanced by beautiful music, and services in all churches were spiritually inspiring.

Judy Matheson is a life-long Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column, contact her by email at judy.m.matheson@eastlink.ca.

Organizations: BMC, Baptist Church

Geographic location: Brookfield, Cocoanuts, Colchester Knox United

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