HERE’S OUR HISTORY!
The 55 Plus Club originated as the Silver Jubilee Club of Stouffville. The Silver Jubilee Club was inaugurated on February 7, 1977. At that time, Stouffville offered no recreational facility for seniors. Four women appeared before Council as a delegation from the friendship Club of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Canadian Legion. Since the Town had just acquired the old Post Office on Main Street, the women requested the building be used for seniors
The Town offered the group use of the main floor of the building. Because a New Horizons Grant was made available by the province to purchase furniture, with a grant deadline of less than two weeks, a property committee was quickly set up, an executive elected and the club began!
The four women responsible were Marjorie Smith, Gladys Clarkson, Marion Murphy and Aurelia Smith.
1977 was Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee year so in her honour the members named the club, “The Silver Jubilee Club.”
The club’s formal opening took place Wednesday June 1, 1977, with Mayor Gordon Ratcliff presiding. Members of the Federal and Provincial governments, Council and Service Clubs were represented.
Over time, membership in the club grew from 60 to over 360. The old building was no longer sufficient to hold all the functions and activities offered. In 2012, the club changed its name to the Whitchurch-Stouffville Fifty-Five Plus Club. In 2013, the group re-located from the old Post Office building at Main and Market to Latcham Hall on Park Drive, south of Main. Membership continued to grow, swelling to over 560!
With this solid foundation, the addition of new activities and enthusiastic leadership, the Club will continue to grow and flourish.