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Osoyoos Museum Society begins its annual fall membership drive this week
With the vision of its new Main Street home on the horizon, the Osoyoos Museum Society is reaching out to the community for members and volunteers to keep the project moving ahead.
The fall membership drive will kick off this weekend with a booth at Home Hardware outlet on Saturday.
Museum board members will be on hand to discuss the current museum and the new facility planned for the Home Building Centre site.
The town and the regional district purchased the building for the society last year.
Home Hardware is building a new location out near the Osoyoos Airport.
Once it is vacated in September 2016, it will be renovated and re-purposed as a state-of-the-art museum for the town and the region.
Membership in the museum provides tremendous value, says society president Mat Hassen.
“For a modest $10, or $15 for a family, you can show your support, enjoy unlimited visits and demonstrate that the museum is your museum,” said Hassen.
“Membership in the Osoyoos Museum Society is a simple way of saying your believe in, and support, your museum.”
Board member Martha Collins says an important aim of the drive is to identify volunteers.
“Because we are growing, we need new volunteers. … We are hopeful that there will be lots of people who would like to join us,” said Collins. “Our aim is to get out into the community and let people know the benefits of being a member of the Osoyoos Museum Society. What we’re really doing is ‘friend-raising.’”
Volunteer opportunities include hosting visitors at the museum, maintaining exhibits, helping patrons with research and working in the office on clerical duties. Collins also chairs the Legacy Committee, the group charged with raising the capital funds for the new building. She hopes to find people willing to offer their enthusiasm and experience to the fundraising effort.
Aside from Saturday’s Home Hardware appearance, booths will be at Family Foods on November 23, Osoyoos Credit Union on November 28 and Buy-Low on December 7.
Donations to the non-profit museum society will be accepted.
Gifts over $25 will receive a tax receipt and those who donate $50 or more will receive a copy of Brushes in the Sun, a coffee table book of Okanagan artists.
Anyone wanting more information, can contact Mat Hassen at 250-495-4950 or Collins at 250-495-5200.
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