Friday, Nov 10, 2017 

Ryder Lake Grape


The More Things Change

Board Member changes and a look at Nov-Dec events

By Peter Hamilton, RLFI




yder Lake Farmers' Institute (RLFI)  is starting to deck the halls with seasonal happy happy. Peter Hamilton wanted to share with Voice readers their line-up of November and December happenings.


There's going to be some changes at the Hall this coming year.

After a decade of bringing the Ryder Lake community together as president of the RLFI Hamilton say he's hanging up his hat.


"My thanks to the Directors who retired this year, Heather Werner, Barry Eastman, Melanie Reuter and Petra Wykpis. After ten years on the Board I did not run as President again," said Hamilton. "The renovations to replace the front wall the Hall are complete, the Hall is open again and ready to renew its role as the central meeting place for the Ryder Lake community.  I know the residents of Ryder Lake will support the new RLFI Board as they continue the task of making this a great place to live."


The Ryder Lake Farmers' Institute held their Annual General Meeting last night and they now have several new Board of Directors:

President - Al Reason

Vice President - Tim Lawrence

Treasurer - Laurie Hirschman

Secretary - (need a volunteer still)

Director - Darren Stollings

Director - Sonja Wykpis


Mark your calendars and plan to make these community events part of your family's Fall and Winter celebrations.


• November 15 - 6 pm Pot Luck Dinner - always great food and a fun evening with your friends and neighbours.

• November 26 - 2 pm we will be decorating the Hall for Christmas.  Bring the preschoolers, some goodies to share, some Christmas music and help get the Hall ready for the the Holiday season.

• December 2 - 9am to 3pm  the Annual Christmas Craft Fair.  There is a waiting list for tables for this event so a huge variety of unique Ryder Lake Christmas gift ideas available and should be a fun day with your neighbours.  The kitchen will open with great food so bring your friends and relatives and enjoy this annual community event.

• December 9 - Breakfast with Santa. Details on times and contacts for ticket sales will be sent out soon.  Dorothy Bendsen is helping with this and is looking for volunteers and elves for this community event.

• December 31 New Years Eve Party at the Hall. The Women's Institute is organizing this event so watch Facebook and email for details on this event.



Sheltered in the valley bowl, charming homesteads dot the landscape. Each year the close-knit community plays host to city dwellers and country kin alike. Visitors come from close to home, from around the Province, and around the world, to attend the annual Ryder Lake Ramble.  During the Ramble weekend, the Ryder Lake Hall is open to the public.  The aroma of delicious home country cooking greets visitors as they begin their tour of some of the most beautiful properties in the area.  Visitors are treated to a self-guided rambling collection; a sort of “Open House” of local farms, incredible gardens, breathtaking views, and walks in the serene natural environment. The annual Ramble shines a spotlight on this beautiful and unique area, in the hopes that Ryder Lake’s unique character and charm, will be celebrated, and protected, for many future generations to come. Ryder Lake is truly one of the jewels in the crown of the Fraser Valley.


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