Weyburn Rotary club features ‘legacy’ speakers in 100th year

The Weyburn Rotary Club is celebrating their 100th year in 2020, and to help mark the milestone, a series of “legacy” speakers will be sharing their experiences as long-time club members and community volunteers.

The first speaker to take the podium was Myron Fletcher, who joined the Rotary in 1993 at the invitation of then-police chief Bill Millar, and he talked about some of his volunteering positions over the years.

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He attended school at Assiniboia School, located where the Co-op food store is now, then he went to Elgin School and was in the first Grade 9 class at the Weyburn Junior High before moving on to the Weyburn Collegiate, “where I learned how to play the drums.”

Myron started working at the Weyburn Funeral Home in 1972, which was also home of Royal Ambulance Service, which also served Estevan, Carlyle and Pangman. He took an EMT course at SIAST, the first one offered by that institution, and then in 1982, he established Fletcher Funeral Chapel.

He served as the provincial coroner for eight years, until a mandate came down that funeral directors could not serve in this position, and he also served with the Saskatchewan Funeral Directors Association.

In other volunteer roles, he was president of St. John Ambulance in Weyburn, served as chairman of the board of Weyburn Free Methodist Church, was on the committee for Habitat for Humanity, served with the United Way/Communithon, and was with Canadian Cancer Society for 13 years.

In addition, he is serving as Rotary’s representative on the Weyburn Care-A-Van Society.

Of his involvement with Rotary, Myron said, “I see a lot of value in what we do, and I love the camaraderie between the members.”

When Myron had to be hospitalized for a time recently due to his health, he noted that club members kept in touch with him, visiting him and helping provide a ride for him whenever he needed one.

“The best gift you could give me was your time, and you have so much to me. This club means a lot to me,” he said.

Aside from his work and volunteer efforts, Myron was well-known as a drummer for many years, playing in both a rock band and an old-time dance band, with many opportunities to play at the Legion Hall, in addition to the drumming he has done for many years at the Free Methodist Church.

“We did a lot of playing here, that’s basically how I paid for my drums,” he noted, adding that his mother played piano and played for a lot of dances also.

The Weyburn Rotary Club will be holding a centennial celebration this spring, with a special banquet and program on Friday, April 3 at McKenna Hall.

The evening will start with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., supper at 6:30 and the program at 7:30.

Tickets are $40 each, and are available from Myron Fletcher at 306-842-7347, or Bob King at 306-842-5296.