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Willing Workers vote to Disband 10/10/2013

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Willing Worker’s President Ruth Brookes presents a $2,000 check to Bristol Area Lions Club Treasurer Michael Hope to be used for the maintenance of the Willing Workers Hall

Willing Worker’s President Ruth Brookes presents a $2,000 check to Bristol Area Lions Club Treasurer Michael Hope to be used for the maintenance of the Willing Workers Hall

At their last meeting of the Willing Workers in Sept. 26, they voted 10 to 4 to disband. The declining number and increasing age of the members and lack of younger members were the determining factors.

In 1975, Ruth Brookes retired and joined the Willing Workers. She addressed the Bristol Area Lions at their recent meeting and said: “the Lions had been like brothers to the Willing Workers.”

The Willing Workers started as “The Young Ladies Society of New Harbor” in Feb. 1911 and was connected with the Methodist Church. In 1913, they severed their connection with the church and changed their name to the Willing Workers. In 1932, they acquired the derelict church building now known as the Willing Workers Hall. It had neither running water nor indoor plumbing.

In 1962, Una Brackett and Marion Brackett took over as President and V.P. and began to make improvements which continued in the 1970’s and 1980’s so it could be rented more often for community events.

In 1998, they realized that due to costs and declining membership they could not keep up the hall. They made an agreement with the Bristol Area Lions Club to sell them the building for a $1. They reserved the right to have two meetings a month in the hall and fund raising events when they did not conflict with Lions activities and the hall was to retain their name. They donated $5,000 to the Lions for hall renovations.

The Bristol Area Lions had recently acquired the old Red Man Hall in Pemaquid. That was sold and the proceeds added for extensive renovations to the Willing Workers Hall.

The hall has continued to be maintained and used by the Bristol Area Lions Club for their monthly meetings and is available for rental for weddings, anniversaries, family events, fund raisers and meetings. It has a capacity of 80 seated and is wheel chair accessible with a full kitchen and bathroom. . For more information call the rental agent: Lion Bill Crider at the J. Edward Knight office in New Harbor 677- 3715

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