The Ojibway Club is a hotel building that is near my cottage, it was built in 1906, and ran as a hotel until the 60’s after that the islanders bought it and made it into a clubhouse for the people whose cottages were in the surrounding area.
The Ojibway Club is a really big part of my family’s history – my grandmother remembers staying in it as a child, and we have been members of the club since it opened. In present day, my younger sister goes to the day camp and does canoeing, swimming, sailing, etc. My mom comes to play tennis, my dad meets his sailing buddies and they organise sailing races on the weekends. I work in the office at the club, dealing with member issues and helping people with questions. It is the hub of our island community. The club is where people come to meet others and hang out, they come to get their groceries and gas. Anyway, I think you get the gist. It is really important to us.
Now the building is over 100 years old, and it needs some repair, about 7 or 8 years ago we redid the roo
f and updated parts of the interior as well as fixed some structural things on the main part of the hotel. But now the Grocery Store is falling apart. My mom is on the Ojibway Historical Preservation Society, and she and the rest of the OHPS are trying to raise $500,000 to rebuild it. Since the Club is owned collectively by the islanders, it is up to them to raise this money. I think we get a little from the government because it is a historical building, but not near enough.
I thought I would help out by making posters so people would donate money. In a few days I will post the photos of the ones that I made.
So far, I can tell that the posters are achieving their posters, I have seen way more people coming to pick up donor cards and giving us money to rebuild our grocery store. Hopefully we will reach our goal in no time. 🙂