Coldest Night Of The Year

A little walk for a big problem! By John Smits.

On February 25, I’m walking in the Coldest Night of the Year – a winter fundraiser for people facing homelessness in our community who need our support.

I’m walking 5 Km, on my brand new knee, replaced on Jan 13th. – for maybe an hour or two at most – a little walk, really – but it’s a big deal for the people we’re supporting. Would you support my walk with a personal donation?

Click the link below to make a donation on my personal fundraising page.


Better yet, if you would like to join our team, the Grand Bend Winter Walkers and do your own walk and some fundraising for the cause please go to the home page. CLICK HERE >>>

Sign up to walk at the Exeter location then click on Join a team and type in GB Winter Walkers. Call me at 519-238-5215 if you need help.

Funds help support South Huron Connection Centre in Exeter, offering basic needs such as light meals, a shower, washroom and laundry facilities along with support through partnerships with numerous agencies. Funds also go toward the Huron Homelessness Initiative, including the Huron supportive housing worker, shelter for women, children and youth and Heart to Home temporary emergency shelter.

The Huron Perth United Way reports that there are over 200 people facing homelessness in Huron Perth right now. Here is a link for more information


Thanks for helping to make our community just a little bit better!
John Smits.

Apply to be a 2023 Butterflyway Ranger

Thanks to Barb Smits for this submission!

We are looking for awesome community-minded volunteers to become our next troop of Butterflyway Rangers! They will join the Butterflyway Project’s award-winning efforts to reimagine our neighbourhoods as nature-filled places that support wild bees and butterflies.

Rangers receive free online training and assistance from the helpful folks at the David Suzuki Foundation as well as experts in native plants, pollinators, gardening and community organizing. They join a countrywide network of volunteers working toward common goals and having a ton of fun doing so.

Click Here To Apply

You must be a Canadian resident and 18 years of age or older to apply. This is a year-long volunteer commitment at minimum, although many Rangers remain with the project for multiple years.

Ready to be a Butterflyway Ranger? Complete this application form before February 13, 2023.

If you are a Butterflyway Ranger already, you do not need to reapply.

Old Farts CC February 14th

The Old Farts Coffee Club meeting time on Tuesday, February 14 is changed. We will now meet from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM.  This change will allow us to be considerate of Ginger’s plan for a Valentine lunch and meet our need to solve world problems.  We could also help Ginger with setup if she wants.

As one esteemed CC member stated……… “Hearts trumps Old Farts!!”


Joe Mayo