For the past 30 years, Le Club Amical du Nouveau Sudbury — The Friendly Club — has been bringing seniors together.
On Sept. 23, the club celebrated the milestone with a wine and cheese gathering.
Laurent Albert, the club's treasurer/director, said the club was originally founded as a way to bring seniors together and provide them with activities in which to take part.
"We have all kinds of activities here," he said. "There's cards, shuffleboard, bowling, pool ... and a group of ladies do arts and crafts."
There are also information sessions for issues pertinent to seniors, including topics like health, finances and legal.
Albert has been a part of Club Amical for the past 16 years.
"It gives us something to do," he said. "It keeps us busy."
Jean Messier has been a member since the club was founded in 1982 by Yvon and Aline Boulanger.
"When I started here, I was looking after the meals with my first wife," he said. "There were only about 30 members then."
Club Amical has since grown to include about 550 members.
Messier said the club has given him his health.
"I like people, I like to do things — it's my life here," he said. "I'm 86 and still healthy and able to do things."
In fact, Messier is at the Lavoie Street Club five to six times a week. He's currently taking part in rehearsals for an upcoming play.
"I've built lots of friendships through the club," he said. "My three sisters and my brother are here, too. They enjoy it."
Besides celebrating the club's 30th anniversary, those at the gathering also paid thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a grant given to the club at the start of the month. The grant was put toward repairing the non-profit organization's roof, purchasing new equipment and covering the salary of a co-ordinator for a 10-month period.
For more information, visit www.clubamicalnouveausudbury.com.