Lacombe Vegetarian Dinner Club team:Front: Shirley Unruh, Carol Garner; Middle: Darlene Rachul, Margaret Hansen, Bernice Nahorney, Johanna Looyenga, Ruth Riffin; Back: Neil Garner, Wilf Hansen, Lorence Nahorney, Sylvester Riffin
October marks the first anniversary of the Lacombe Vegetarian Dinner Club. Hosted by the Lacombe Community Church, the club meets every month for a delicious vegetarian dinner. Average attendance is 45, half of whom are not church members. Recipes for every dish are provided, as well as other health materials. Each evening following the meal there is a short lecture by a health educator, or an inspiring musical program. At each meeting a variety of door prizes are given out, many of which are cookbooks.
Coordinator Ruth Riffin is pleased with the response to this outreach. She says: "Our church members are inviting their friends and neighbours and, as a result, we are getting to know more of our community folks. Our visitors, in turn, are inviting their friends. Many of those attending have stated that they have made changes in their lifestyles because of what they learned at our club dinners."
Attendees are grateful for the opportunity to learn more about vegetarianism and a variety of health topics. They have told the team that they are surprised that vegetarian and vegan dishes are so tasty. They are eager for the next Dinner Club, and love to learn about healthy living.