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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 11, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBHIOGE HERALD Suiurduy, January VI, 1975 Three determined women organize club in Tuber Single parents reach out each other By L-VISNE VAN LUVliN Herald Family Editor TABER Thanks to the spunk of three determined women, Taber and area single parents now have someone to turn to when the going gets rough each other. Largely due to the efforts of Jean Vargu, Carol Johnson and Hita Ernes, a single parent's club has been formed in Taber. Although the Taber Single Parent Group has only been in existence since last fall, members have taken great strides forward in terms of self help and concern for other single persons attempting to raise families alone. And they organized using their own resources no grants finance their activities. The group uses the "all chip in" method. In a recent interview, Ms. Varga, Ernes .and Johnson spoke of the changes group support and fellowship has effected in fellow single parents within the past five months. They say they were encouraged to act by local home economists and social worker Charles McKHlop of Lcthbridge "Even in a small town like Taber, many single parents don't know each said Ms. Johnson, the president of the group. "We had about 22 people out to our first meeting and since then the atten- dance average has been about 13 at each meeting. That's a good start, but we know we're just scratching the surface there are still lots of people in the area who don't know about us yet, or who are reluc- tant to come to a meeting." Kela Ernes, secretary for the group, es- timates there may be "at least another 25" single parents they haven't yet con- tacted, within Taber's population and in the surrounding rural area. Although the Single Parent Group is open to anyone who is raising a family alone, for whatever reasons, in whatever circumstances, so far the membership is totally female. "There are no male members yet, but they are welcome to attend our says Ms..Johnson. "But there aren't as many men the majority of single parents are women, because women most often get custody of children in marriage settlements 'The men probably aren't going to come adds group's co ordinaior Jean Varga. "1 invited three single fathers to our Christmas party and they definitely didn't want to come. "I think it's because they regarded us as just a large hen party, and they weren't- willing to be the only men in a room full of she speculates. "Most men must have greater difficulty adjusting to single says Ms. Ernes, "They aren't prepared to cope with children and household duties, but because they're men, maybe they don't feel they can admit they're haying problems." The women in the group have been ac- tive in a number ol projects since forming their organization. In fact, they've initiated or completed a surprising array of sell help programs. They invited a number of guest speakers to their weekly meetings; presentations wore given on a variety of topics including legal and welfare rights, educational op- portunities, drugs, birth control and fami- ly court. "Our goal was to inform the members about what was available in the line of further education and self im- says Ms. Johnson. The group also drew tip a petition, re- questing that the department of health and social development institute a special Christmas allowance for welfare families with young children. The women wrote letters to key government officials and talked to their MLA, Doug Miller, to promote [heir cause, now being con- sidered by the department. Still concerned about those struggling to get through Christmas with a minimum in- come, the members contacted the Salva- tion Army on behalf of needy families. Food hampers, toys and vouchers resulted. The group also organized a Christmas party to become an annual affair for all memebers' children which was attended by about 45 youngsters. And, according to Ms. Johnson, the group's executive has a long list of pro- jects for 1975: they want to interest businessmen in sponsoring low income children, so they can participate in costly activities such as hockey; they want to contact the Big Brother's Association, to try and inject niale companionship into the lives of members' children. And that's not all. "We want to encourage members to enrol in courses through the Taber future education council and to have fees waived if people can't allord says Ms. Johnson. "Personally, I'd really like to push the idea of more education." "Initially, a lot of the women didn't seem interested in says Ms. Ernes, "but once we discussed it more, they began to show more confidence and enthusiasm." The group also plans to organize more purely social meetings, so members can get to know each other better and function more on a basis of friendship. "The changes in some of our members are says Ms. Varga. "Many women are venturing out into the com- munity, meeting their neighbors on their own, something they'd never have done before. They'd just have withdrawn." "Now we can talk to somebody who has the same kind of problems we says Ms. Ernes. "If we're having trouble with one of the children, we know we can dis- cuss it with a friend. Before we didn't know each other, or were too shy to open up. council meets next week Community calendar The federal Advisory Coun- cil on the Status of Women is F.O.E. BINGO TONIGHT EAGLES HALL BlhAve. Aand13lhST. N. Every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. 5 Cards (or 1.00 or Each Three 7 Number Games Free Games and Free Cards DOOR PRIZE Gold cards pay double money holding its first general ses- sion of International Women's Year Monday through Wednesday of next week at the Hotel Vancouver. In line with a decision to keep closely in touch with women across the country, the council will meet later in Halifax. Council meetings have been held previously in Toronto, Montreal and Ot- tawa. In Vancouver, an open meeting Wednesday will enable members of the public to meet Dr Katie Cook, chairperson and council members, exchange points of view and learn of decisions taken and priorities set during council sessions. HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 32B-2860 FOR PICK-UP SERVICE 01 LEAVE AT 4-lZ 1Bl AVE. S. MANY THANKS to the YWCA supporters who generously contributed to the 1st ANNUAL YWCA CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Winner of the Raffled Wall Hanging Mrs. Leslie Heath The Kiwanis Club of Green Acres will meet at p.m. Monday at the AN AF Dieppe Hall. Guest speaker will be Fern Bouchard of the Canada Pension Plan. t The Lethbridge Chapter of the Sweet Adelines meets every Wednesday from 8 lo p.m. in the church basement, 420 12th St. S. Women interested in singing four part harmony and good fellowship are welcome to attend. The Lethbridge Christian Women's Club invites all women to a luncheon at p.m. Monday in Ericksen's. Special feature will be a demonstration of practical ceramics by Mary Dyck. Eileen Frilzler will be soloist. Guest speaker will be Carol Mclvor, a Calgary homemaker For reservations call Dorothy Norby at 328-9565 or Anne Dalgliesh at 320-6897. Nursery services available. The Women's Auxiliary to the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital and Gall School ol Nursing will hold its annual meeting at a noon luncheon Wednesday at Ericksen's. Membership dues will be accepted at a.m. In- stallation of officers will take place. Southminster square dancer learners group will dance at 8 p.m. Monday in Southminster Hall. Regular lunch. The Ladies of the Lethbridge Order of the Royal Purple will hold their regular meeting at 8 p.m Monday in the Elks Hall. Lunch will follow. The Lethbridge Christian Business and Professional Women's Council invites all women to a dinner at p.m. Monday at Ericksen's. Micro wave cooking will be featured by Simpsons Inga Sheppard of Milk River will provide the music. Guest speaker will be Carol Mclvor, a Calgary homemaker. For reservations call Velma Penner at 327-7009. Oddfellows, flebeltahs and friends are reminded of the card party at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Oddfellows Hall. Everyone welcome. The Picture Dutte Pre School Society will meet at p.m Tuesday at the Dorothy Dalglieshe School. Parents of students currently enrolled at the pre school centre are urged to attend. A special invitation is extended to parents who will be enroll- ing students next fall. Registration of future students will take place at this meeting. The Whirl A Ways will square and round dance at 8 p.m. Monday in the Moose Hall, 3rd Avenue N. All square dancers welcome. Women are asked to bring a box lunch. UPHOLSTERING Prompt Service Reasonable! MODERN and ANTIQUE FURNITURE and AUTOMOBILES 1016 1st Avenue South, Lethbridge PHONE 328-5257 or 327-3037 after 5 p.m. UPHOLSTERING UKRAINIAN GREEK ORTHODOX EAGLES HALL-13th St. N. Mini Jackpot S50 Won Each Waok S230 JACKPOT IN 53 NUMBERS Increase 310 and one iiumbar per week. 22 each or 5 Catdg S1 NO ONE UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE ALLOWED TO PLAY FABRIC SALE We have to make room for our Spring Stock! Double Knits, Cortelle, Poly Cotton Knits Polyester Crepes, Men's Fortrel Knits Bonded Acrylics, Wools (all fabrics) ALL USED SEWING MACHINES 20% OFF CMA president TORONTO (CP) Dr. Bctte Stephenson, president of the Canadian Medical Association said this week that federal Justice Minister Otto Lang should be removed from office for "allowing his personal bias to interfere" with his department's stand on abor- tion. "In lieu of examining the law for possible revisions, the minister of justice, Otto I regret that his actions make it impossible for me to use the title honorable the medical profession and has tile unprecedented audacity to usurp the privileges of the court by providiing his per- sonal interpretation of the law, with regard to the per- forming of abortions in she said in an address to the Empire Club of Toronto. She added that the federal government "consistently re fuses the long-promised parliamentary review and fre- quently-promised debate on abortion." On other topics, Dr. Steph- enson said medical fee sched- ules such as OHIP should be raised 14 per cent this year to ensure that the net. income of the average physician increases by 10 per cent, a figure she said still falls below income increases forecast for other Canadians. Annual increases since 1969 in doctors' disposable in- comes have not exceeded increases enjoyed by other Canadians, she said. And in 1973 doctors' incomes increas- ed less than six per cent while many other Canadians saw their earnings rise 13.8 per cent. The salaries of nurses and other hospital workers recent ly have risen to 40 per cent, she added. The CMA president said the fee schedule in Ontario in- creased 10 per cent in 1967 and 1969. then remained stable in 1970. A 4.5-per-cent increase in 1971 had applied only to doc- tors in the lower-earning groups. No increases in 1972 and 1973 were followed by a 7.75- per-cent raise in 1974 and fee schedules are to go up another four per cent this year. But Dr. Stephenson said the Ontario Medical Association is considering requesting that the government increase the four per cent slated for 1975 to 10 or 15 per cent. "Medical fee schedule in- creases are she said. "They are indicated and warranted but they will be economically responsible. There will be no demand for 50 and 60 per cent like those in Toronto and Ottawa." COSTS RISING "Many clinics and in- dividual physicians anticipate that their costs of practice will exceed 50 per cent of the gross income in 1974." Dr. Slephenson also charged that questions she raised last [all concerning foreign medical students in Canadian universities still are un- answered. "It is all too evident that the deliberate strictures on un- iversities and faculties of medicine, inherent in govern- ment policy, have been in a part responsible for depriving a significant number of Canadian citizen.; of the opportunity of studying medicine in Canada." She said that the country's 16 medical schools last year chose fewer than can- didates from among the more than applications they received from qualified students- She said that it should he De- termined whether govern- ment policies regarding foreign students "impinge in any way upon the oppor- tunities for qualified Canadian students." She also said she wondered whether Canadians are aware of the proportion of their tax- es that go toward the educa- tion of foreign-born university students. 323 5th Street South Phone 327-8877 or. NOW YOU ARE FINISHED SCHOOL And Desire 10 Learn a Profession.. WHY NOT BECOME A HAIRDRESSER? Wo have 3 fully qualified full lime inirucircsses and we leach all oliases of faetuily c.ulUire, liaii styling and culling, bleaching, tmiing and permannnl waviny You'll our new remodelled and mr- condilioned school. Fill Out This Coupon For More i Information Alberta Beauty School 405 5lh SI. S. Lethbridge NAME ADDRESS CITY Low Monthly Tuilion Payments Classes Starling Now -The Eulogy to the dollar "Tell me demanded little Susie TippiU, one cloudy day in the year 2007. ''whn! did money look mused tier mother, Sadie TippiU, "let me see now, it's been so long since we used it... well, dear, as I recall, there were two kinds. The paper money was nice and crisp when new, and it folded into your wallet neatly. It came in funny- orange ;mii greenish colors with pictures of queens and scenes on it. There were metal coins too pennies, dimes and, uh nickles. I tliink which made the friendliest jingling noise when a tew of them got together in your pocket Little Susie giggled. "That's dumb. Money made out of paper'.' Money's made out of plastic with little letters and numbers stamped into it." For her age, seven and one half years, Susie had very definite opinions. "No, no dear." snapped Sadie, resenting the interruption in her reverie. "You've got it all wrong, you're talking about charge plates. "Charge continued Ms. Tippitt. "They were what killed all those dear little dollar bills. You see dear, long ago, when mummy was a girl, everybody had cold hard cash. People bought what they could afford and pined after what they could not. Then credit was spawned some said it was the work of the devil and nobody needed money any more. Just by signing your name on a piece of paper, you could charge things. People charged cars, and suits and sets of dishes. They charged holidays and funerals and weddings. Some people even charged groceries. The whole population went insane they charged more than every cavalry down through history." "But I don't understand." said Susie, who had her own Kid- die Kard with which she could purchase all her own coloring books, bubble gum and comirs, -'signing" with a thumbprint in the space provided. "It's so much easier to have a nice little plate than carry around all (hat funny money." "Most people didn't understand what they were doing when they ran up bills on their charge accounts." said her mother sadly. "They were paying for yesterday tomorrow and last year's Christmas presents the following year. But the people were happy or so I hey believed because they could also buy to- day what they really couldn't afford to pay for until next year or the year alter. 'Buy now, pay later' was the gospel of the land 'Get it was everyone's motto. "One year, even before Christmas bills were tallied, Canadians owed f 19 billion through credit buying counting their mortgages. About that time, all the bankers and financiers got together and decided money was just a nuisance. It was. they proclaimed, much simpler (and much more profitable, they chuckled to themselves) to buy on credit, and pay all that lovely interest (sometimes as much as 35 percent) on purchases. Besides, the bankers told one another benevolently, people seemed to have so much FUN with their charge plates. .Sadie was so lost in her memories, she didn't notice Susie slip (juieily away. The child had decided it was much more ex- citing out in the world of commerce: mummy did tend to drone on. She skipped off don7i the street, lier Kiddie Kard clutched securely in her sticky fisl. There was this little red wagon she'd seen at the toy mart last week and she just had to have it... Ford signs order issuing adherence of women's year WASHINGTON (AP) With a gentle nudge from his wife, President Ford signed an executive order this week honoring women and urged ratification of an amendment to the United States constitu- tion against sex dis- crimination. "I'm glad to see you have come a long, long way." Betty Ford quipped as her husband issued an executive order creating a national commis- sion to observe International Women's Year 1975 Guests crowded so close to Ford during the ceremony that Ford said. "I'm not sure 1 fan write." Mrs. Ford replied: "If you don't, I will." Thus far, 33 states, five short oi the required number, have ratified the equal right amendment to the con- stitution, and Ford said he hoped others would do the same, this year. "In the meantime we will continue to explore legal in- equities between sexes that can be changed by legislation. The gains of the past course must be consolidated, but we must also break new ground." he said. S CASH BINGO S O'CLOCK HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HSU. A Blicloy: Bingo f'Jf'd lir lill won avety Saiurfav plus Nbinber Jirtpcls JACKPOTS NOW AND 5 Cards lor S1.00 or 25c each jLocsled Nexl lo No. 1 Firehall) Starting Monday, Jan. 20ih 8 week course Instructor: Bonnie Sinclair Pre-raifisirstion a must. Instruction also on Men's Wear, vest jacket, pants. 5 week course S20 Pro-registration a must. Clip and mail this form or register at Store BAKER'S FABRIC CENTRE Centre Village Mall film 328-4536 Lelhbridge Name Address.................................. Phone Course: Basic........... Men's Payment unclosed ;