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Chamber Chat: Jeanette Armstrong named Volunteer of the Year

By Richard Trenchard

The Rainy River and District Chamber of Commerce's 80th Anniversary Celebration was well attended, with over 60 people enjoying a great Turkey dinner, prepared by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
There were also speeches from Sarah Campbell MPP and a representative of Rainy River Resourses, both of whom gave great optimism for future endeavors in our area.
Campbell spoke about the many changes that have happened over the years but that we have persevered through for 80 years.
Rainy River Resources Company explained how it is committed to utilizing as many local area employees as it can both during construction of the mine and to run the mine.
Gill Stamler also gave a great speech about the past and present of the Chamber of Commerce in Rainy River.
I spoke to the crowd about the great history that I discovered as I searched through the 80 years of minutes that I have discovered in boxes given to me. I have found the last names of almost everyone who lives in our community including my own Grandparents and parents. Two of the names that I did notice popped up a lot during my examination of these books were Robert Stamler and Gordon Armstrong. Either one or two of these names seemed to come up at every turn of the page. I laid out the oldest of books so that anyone who wished could look them over.
One of the greatest junctures of the night was when I had the pleasure of presenting one of our great citizens with an award as Citizen of the Year. Jeanette Armstrong was our well deserved recipient of that award. Jeanette involves herself in so many things such as The Rec. Board, The Seniors Depot, Locum House, Red Hatters and just about any function that involves some of her delicious cooking. She is a face that is seen everywhere in our fair town. When you see her next please give Congratulations.