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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, May 30, 1973 YAACA increases fees, aims to cut costs Br JDI GRANT Herald Staff Writer Annual membership fees at the Lethbridge YMCA will be increased by S5 to effec- tive Jane despite a donation from the United Way in 1972 which was granted to keep at a minimim. In addition to the fee in- crease, the United Way will be asked for more money in 1973 to help balance a YMCA budget which showed a def- icit of in 1372 The operational costs of the YMCA have been in- creasing by 20 per cent a year, says the YMCA's ex- ecutive director Ken Soence says it cos's the YMCA an average of a month to serve each member. Adult male srjiuai mem- bership fees will be in- creased from to adult females from to fam- ilies from to and youth memberships from to Even though the Leth- bridge YMCA has local au- tonomy, it forwards 1.2 per cent of its gross income 173 of in 1972) to the national YMCA. In return the local YMCA leceives personnel and con- sultative services. The United Way funding is included in the YMCA's gross income. In a cost cutting move, the YMCA board has decided to stop trying to be everything to everybody because it iound it wasn't able to fi- nancially carry on a total service program. Mr. Spence ssid. Starting next month, the YMCA will specialize in physical education and all uon-physical programs will bjcome non-existent. This will mean householder pro- grams such as instruction on how to build a rumpus room will be eliminated. "The non-p h y s i c a 1 pro- grams were meeting the needs of people, but the YMCA wasn't doing the job as well as it could be done by institutions like the Leth- bridge Community he said. Mr. Spence says the non- physicl programs Tjfere ori- ginally designed to fill spare program slots, but the physical education needs are now demanding tha YMCA's total concentration. The community funded YMCA building constructed in 1968 is already over-crowd- ed and the YMCA board is planning a decentralization program to relieve the over- load at the central building. The YMCA Out-Reach pro- gram is designed to facilitate the needs of non-members and to allow membership programs to expand within the building, he said. There are active members using tha facilities in -the YMCA building and GOO of them are under the age of 18. When, the YMCA building opened in 1968, membership within four months increased from 900 to 1.900. The Out Reach program will make use of schools and community facilities while providing physical education programs to non-members who for some reason are not able to join the YMCA. Every program will have to ba self-sufficient with par- tiepants' fees paving all ex- penses, Mr. Spence said. The YMCA will not be charged for the use of school facilities and this saving wiil reduce the fee levied on par- ticipants, he added. He says the decentraliza- tion move takes the YMCA back a fsw years to a time when it was totally involved in the community and its schools. The YMCA sponsored- youth program still makes it: possible to say nobody is turned away from the YMCA, claimed Mr. Spence. Under the program the YMCA canvasses the com- munity for sponsorship of memberships for some chil- dren in the city. The sponsor buys a sustain- ing membership which a'lows the YMCA to pro- vide a full youth member- ship to a youngster who would not be able to attend the Y without it "Nobody knows who is sponsored and who says Mr. Spence. "The sus- taining member is given the same membership card as everyone else." The needy children are re- ferred to the YMCA by the principal of their school, by a social worker or by a pa- role officer. If parents can't afford to ssnd their child to the YMCA, Mr. Spence suggests they speak to their child's school principal for a recom- mendation. parents are too proud to ask for a hand out we can't hElp them unless some- body else recommends he added. "The Y couldn't possibly afford to op- erate a means test.'' There are 300 children presently enlisted as sustain- ing members and Mi1. Spence says the 1973 sponsored-youth campaign will have to raise to cover the expenss of facilitating the same number of youngsters next year. He says if the campaign falls short of its goal, the Y will not turn away recom- mended needy youngsters, but will increase member- ship fees so as to keep the books balanced. Tha YMCA also offers a day ticket for people who on'y want to use the facili- ties occasionally. How do you facilitate family who can't seem to gather the in one lump sum in order to buy a fam- ily Y membership? The Y offers people the op- portunity to pay for their memberships with a card, says Mr. Spence. Phoenix House Lethbridge youth hostel HOSTEL FOR TRAVELLERS HARRY NEUFELD photo Phoenix House use on upswing By JOANNA MORGAN Herald Staff Writer The hand lettered sign barely visible through the hedge at tht end of 8th St. near 6th Ave. S announces Lethbridge's summer vouth hostel: Phoenix House Open from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m ATust psv 50 cents per night No loiter- ing. Behind the hedge, in the YVVCA residential annex rented for the summer by the hostel, the newly christen- ed Phoenix House is quietly completing its second week of operation. Daniel McCaw the hostel's director ?aid the number of Thistle butterfly outbreak beneficial for farmers The thistle butterfly, com- monly called painted lady, has broken cut in unusual numbers in Southern Alberta but the insect is working for farmers. Neil Holmes, head of the crop entomology section at the Lethbridge Research Sta- tion, said many farmers have been calling him, worried that the insect might bo the moth stage of the Bertha army worm or the pale western cut- worm. The large butterfly, mostly orange in color with blacs marking on the wings and black and white wing tips and a brownish underside, have migrated to Southern Alberta from southern states in (ho United States. Dr. Holmes said the butter- fly reaches outbreak propor- tions every eight to 10 years. The butterfly feeds mostly on Canada thistle. In the worm stage, the larvae feed on thistle and Hollyhocks. Dr. Holmes said by feeding on thistle, the butterfly is beneficial for farmers. travellers using the federal- ly funded accommodation is increasing with the warm- er weather. Four travellers registered there in the last two week- ends of May but Monday this week saw 12 persons sleep- ing under the hostel roof. Phoenix House is operated for travelling youth and not as a cheap hotel for district people who wish to stay in Lethbridge. Mr. McCaw told The Herald. But, he said, "the taxpay- ers pay for this service and they should know what's going on doivn here." He said so far people from points as far away as Mon- treal. Denver, and Syra- cuse IS" Y have stayed at the hostel. Last an Austra- lian woman months on the road dropped in. Though set. up obstensibly for people under 30, the hos- tel director is flexible. "I'm not going to turn anyone away that's 80, he said. Each arrival to Phoenix House must register and give details as to age, name and the beginning point of his trip. The charge for each night's stay is 50 cents, but when this would cause hardship the traveller can do chores to pay for his lodging. For needy travellers the hostel is empowered to p. o- vide meal tickets redeem- able at a local restaurant. These are paid for by the provincial department of so- cial development. Mr. McCaw said the hos- tel cannot afford to offer this service to everyone and that it was not often necessary. Hostel capacity is guests. The second floor of the annex has been designated the men's dormitory with room for 24 beds soms bunks, others simple mattresses. The third floor women's dormitory contains four rooms and 12 beds. Guests are awakened by the staff by 11 a.m. and the hostel then closes until 4pm. A three-clay stay is permitted each visitor. Those who stay longer than one night may store their be- longings in locked rooms or hall closets during the day. Response surprises More than 100 diners to swell PC coffers More than 100 persons are expected to attend the June 6 Progres s i v e Conservative dinner in Leth- bridge, The Herald has learn- ed. The response has surpass- ed expectations and the num- ber of seats has been increas- ed, said Fred Weathcrup, chairman of the local cam- paign for the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta. There are a few tickets still available to fill the ex- panded number of seats, he said. A good cross-section of the community has applied for tickets, said Mr. Weatherup, including professionals, agri- culturists, manufacturers and other businessmen. A good number of strong Liberals have also ordered tickets for the dinner at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaur- ant, he said. Scheduled to attend the din- ner are Premier Peter Loug- heed: Hugh Horner, agricul- ture minister: Bill Dickie. mines and minerals minister; Don Getty, federal and inter- governmental affairs minis- ter: Roy Farran, telephones minister. Allan Warrack. lands and forests minister. Bob Dowling, tourism minis- ter; Dave Russell, munici- pal 'affairs minister; Jim Fos- ter, advanced education min- ister: and others. Mr. Weatherup said the dinner is designed to ac- quaint local people with the ministers on a personal basis. Funds raised from the local dinner and similar dinner in Edmonton and Calgary will be used to keep the Tory as- sociation going between "elec- tions and provide funds ior the next provincial election. Half the funds raised in Leth- bridge, he said will be je- turaed here when an election is called to help the two Leth- bridge Tory candidates. On a per capita basis, the response in Lethbridge has exceeded the Calgary and Edmonton campaigns, said Mr Weatherup. ARENA CONSTRUCTION TO START NEXT WEEK Excavation for construc- tion of the new million Canada Games Sportsplex is scheduled to begin Mon day morning. The official sod-turning cer- emony Mill be led Thursday by Mayor Andy Anderson. Games society president Charles Virtue and 16 youths representing each of the sports in the 1975 Canada Winter Games The cere- mony is at 3 p.m. north of the Lethbridge Communi t y College. The public is invited for the sod turning and refresh- ments later at the college. The Sportsplex develop- ment committee has accepted four tenders, three from local firms, for initial construction phases: Wyatt Electric, for temp orary electrical work; Prebuilt Industries, 215 per month for a tempor- ary site office: Pine Tree Supply Ltd.. for ex- cavation work, and Dominion Bridge Co. of Calgary, 171 for structural steel. Finance company moves Beneficial Finance Co lo- ca.ed above Woolworth's m downtown Lethbridge for 20 years, will move into reno- premises in July. Students to handle float Four local students have been hired by the Lethbridge and District Exhibition Board to take over responsibility for the city's float. The students, Ruth Wcisse, Michael Mells. James Veen- stra and one as yet to be hired, will build, decorate and repair the float and trans- port it to the various exhibi- tions in Southern Alberta this summer The float is a join! effort by the city and exhibition board and will have a theme this year called history lives in Southern Alberta. ft will depict the native heritage as well as mining, agriculture, the railway, the founding of Fort Whoop-Up and the current industrials growth. Ed Bayley of the city com- munity services department designed the float. Ken Cor- rami of the exhibition board will supervise its construc- tion. Starting with the Raymond parade July 1, the float will appear in 10 parades includ- ing the one at the Calgary Stampede. Renovations costing an es- timated are under way at 423 5th St. S.. the former premises of Keenan Office Equipment Ltd. Kee- nan has temporarily relocated a! 412 4th Ave. S. Beneficial's new premises will be the first in Canada with a nsw office concept known as '-office landscap- reports local branch ma-iager Jos Csaki. Other Beneficial offices in Canada will later be develop- ed along the same lines as the Lelhbridge office. Beneficial offers full finan- cial services, said Mr., including personal bans up to installment purchas- ing, computer income tax ser- vice, insurance and first and second mortgages. Retiring teachers County teachers were honored Tuesday with a dinner Young of Picture Butte, also honored Tuesday, will and presentation ceremony before their retirements from Jan 31. Guest speaker was Tom Rieger, executive member schools in the Lethbridge district. Among those retiring of the Alberta Teachers' Association, who will be retiring June 22 ore Mrs. Velma Atwood, Ccaldale; Mrs. Marjory this year. Mr. Rieger is a past president of the ATA and McLeod, Coaldale; Jack Lowery, Picture Butte; Cliff Harvey, is a former principal at Picture Butte. Coaldale; and Mrs. Argue, Coalhursr. Teacher Corl ;