Tony Kamlah, president of the non-profit Lincoln Community Hall, is pleased that this hall was filled with 100 rural residents on Monday night. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

Central Alberta’s Lincoln Community Hall gets new lease on life

Big turn-out at emergency meeting

A hundred people showed up for an emergency meeting at Lincoln Community Hall on Monday night to save the rural centre from sale or closure.

Tony Kamlah, president of the non-profit board that runs the community hall between Lacombe, Bentley and Rimbey, was pleased to see many new faces at the meeting.

It was called after only a handful of residents showed up at the hall’s AGM in February. This caused the board to question the hall’s viability in a story in the Advocate.

Not only were two vacant board positions filled at Monday’s meeting, allowing the centre to continue running, but many other people signed up to be helpers at events.

Kamlah said lots of ideas were suggested about the kinds of events community members would attend, including moms and tots morning coffee/playgroup sessions and fitness classes.

“Yoga was very popular,” said Kamlah.

Some revenue-generating ideas were also put forward that require further discussion.

Kamlah is pleased the community continues to value its longstanding meeting place. The existing Lincoln hall was built in 2001 to replace the original dilapidated clapboard structure from 1927.

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