Charlene Tobin gets surprise presentation

Vavenby's postmistress did not know who was being honoured as no name was given

This month’s community potluck lunch at Vavenby Christian Church was held on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Thirty-two people attended, resulting in lots of delicious food to eat.

The tables had been decorated with the same centrepieces made by Barb Pennell that had also been used for the community potluck dinner at Vavenby Hall on Dec. 5. The centrepieces are being sold for $10, and the money is being donated to the church’s coffee fund.

This luncheon honoured Charlene Tobin for all that she has done for Vavenby. She has been the town’s postmistress for many years. She got the post office upgraded inside and outside so that its image is more cheerful. Tobin also had a one-time-only stamp made with a picture of the post office on it.

There was a basket set out for people to put small gifts of appreciation in for a presentation that was to be made.

Tobin did not know who was being honoured as no name was given right away. She felt sad because she did not know about the presentation and had not brought a gift for the basket. When she came into the church she had not even noticed it.

What a surprise and shock Tobin got when the basket was presented to her. It brought tears to her eyes.

She said that she received a basketful of beautiful gifts. She also said that they are wonderful but, “The gift I treasure the most is the time everyone gives me every day as they come into the post office to share their day or life.”

Tobin felt grateful, blessed, and thankful to all.


Everyone is welcome to come to Christmas in the Village at the Vavenby Christian Church on Sunday, Dec. 20, beginning at 11 a.m. There will be a luncheon to follow.