Community Volunteer Organizations

Bluenose Senior Citizen's Club

Open to everyone each day 8 am - noon for cards and board games.

IODE

This organization began nationally on February 13, 1900, but was organized in Lunenburg October 9, 1914.

The mission of IODE, a Canadian women's charitable organization, is to improve the quality of life for children, youth and those in need, through educational, social service and citizenship programs.

The vision of IODE is to improve the physical and emotional health and expand the educational opportunities of all Canadians within a unified country.

Locally, we assist with citizenship, court, award a scholarship at Lunenburg High School, award book prizes to the Lunenburg Academy, provide books and magazines to school libraries, assisted costs of students attending music camp, pack a Christmas box for a local family, plus many more.

We support numerous national projects, especially in Labrador where we adopted a class in Nain school.

Lunenburg Summer Festival of Crafts

The Lunenburg Summer Festival of Crafts held its first Festival the second weekend in July 1975 at the Lunenburg Academy with 72 booths. It began as an idea of Barbara Zwicker, with the help of many volunteers. It is one of the fund-raising events of the Lunenburg Heritage Society. Money raised by the Festival goes to the Lunenburg Heritage Society to help maintain the Lunenburg Heritage Bandstand and other projects of the Society.

The Lunenburg Summer Festival of Crafts is always held the second weekend in July and is totally run by volunteers. It now has evolved to 145 booths held at the Lunenburg War Memorial Arena .


Lunenburg and District Music Festival

In the late 1940's, through the Lunenburg Home and Schools Association with a Festival Committee, the schools in the county held a non-competitive Lunenburg County Music Festival with groups and individuals performing oral and piano selections. In private homes, in the School Inspector's office on Lincoln Street in Lunenburg, and in public buildings, organizational meetings were held throughout the county.

Because of steady growth of the Festival, in 1972, the Lunenburg County Festival became two: The Lunenburg and District Music Festival and the Bridgewater Area Music Festival, with the LaHave River providing a natural division line.

Both festivals have continued to grow, with students participating in four different disciplines: voice, piano, instrumental, and strings. Most instruction was given by private music teachers. Due to the cut backs in the music program in the schools, very few school choruses participated. However, a growth in the school band programs provides two days of band music in the festival, including Beginner, Junior, Intermediate and Senior Concert Bands, plus Jazz Bands.

Through the years, the Festival gradually changed the classes from non-competitive to competitive. The latest participation in the Lunenburg and District Music Festival show these figures in entry numbers: 380 piano, 156 vocal, 99 instrumental, 10 string and 23 bands.

Monies for adjudication, awards and other festival costs are raised through entry fees, admission fees, Stars of the Festival Concert and through the generosity of both businesses and individual donors. To date, the Festival has failed, through several attempts, to gain a sponsor.

In 1998 and 1999, we were very fortunate to hold all sessions and the Star's concert in the Starlight Theatre, through the generosity of Mr. Edi Bauer. With the closure of the theatre, in the year 2000, Festival classes will be held in the "Assembly Hall" in the recently restored Lunenburg Academy, with the Star's concert in the Community Centre building.

With no available written records of the first years of the Lunenburg County Music Festival, the beginnings of this historical data is gathered from memories of those who participated in the Festival as students, teachers or committee members. The current Festival committee would appreciate any further information from anyone having some historical knowledge.

Lunenburg and District Honorary Firefighters Club

The Lunenburg & District Honorary Firefighters Club was organized by Fire Chief Robert Parks, following his retirement in April of 1997. Sixteen years of active fire service is required to become a member. R/Chief Parks presided over the first regular monthly meeting in October of 1997. There were eighteen members at that time, increasing to forty nine in 2000.

The purposes and missions of the Lunenburg & District Honorary Firefighters Club is:

  • to establish a renewed comradery between honorary fire fighters and also with active fire fighters;
  • to keep honorary firefighters better informed of active fire department activities, as they relate to meetings, social events, sports, fund raising and special events;
  • to assist the active department as a support group, as a need may arise;
  • to provide a recreation and social program for honorary members;
  • to set goals of achievement for honorary members.

The Lunenburg Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary was formed in 1968 when then Deputy Chief Robert Parks approached the department for permission to form a Ladies Auxiliary.

Their main function would be to provide the Firemen with refreshments during serious fires and making sandwiches for the Christmas dance. The first meeting was attended by approximately 20 people, but regular attendance dwindled to 10 to 15. The first executive consisted of President - Heather Corkum, Vice President - Grace Wilki, Secretary - Lucille Corkum, Treasurer - Judy Myra. Two of the original members, Frances Parks and Floretta Allen, are still active members today.

We now have 36 members, including one gentleman. Our duties have expanded to include catering for meetings, banquets, weddings and anniversaries. We also participate in the Garden Party. Our profits from these functions is annually given to the Firefighters, earmarked for such things as new Fire Trucks and Bunker Gear.

In the last 20 years, the Auxiliary has donated more than $70,000.00 in either cash or equipment to the Firefighters. Our duties have grown but the purpose of our organization is still the same, to help and support the Firefighters in any way possible.

Lunenburg Scottish Dancers

Instruction in Scottish Dance for personal enjoyment and also for exhibition. Club meets every Monday at St. John's Anglican Hall.

Lunenburg Skating Club

Provides a learn to skate program for boys and girls in all levels from beginner up to junior plus lessons in synchronized skating.
Administers operation of tennis courts and offers youth and adult training programs through summer months.

Order of the Eastern Star

We are a fraternal and social order which is benevolent and charitable in its actions. We raise millions of dollars annually within our membership for numerous projects that benefit many local charities such a cancer research, the Heart Fund, Arthritis Society, Shriners' Hospitals for Crippled Children. We also support ESTARL (Eastern Star Training Award for Religious Leadership).

Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women belong. Only men who are masons are eligible and only women with specific Masonic Affiliations may be members.

Except for the months of July and August, we meet monthly on the second Thursday of each month.

Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary

Organization formed to support the efforts and aims of the of the Legion.

The Cooperative Nursery School

Nursey school which operates mornings, Monday - Friday at St. John's Anglican Church Hall.