The Retirees Association hosted three events on June 24 as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of SLC and the community college system. Various folks dropped in, at least briefly, at the Welcome Centre held in the Essence Restaurant and then some 60 former staff gathered at the mix and mingle social event at the Cataraqui Golf Club between 4 and 6. Thirty-six people stayed on to attend the dinner at the Club, which featured opening remarks from June (Morton) Clarke about the beginning of the college, and also a "shaggy dog story" that had the audience joining in on the recurring punch line. There was lots of lively conversation. The photos that follow are from both the social gathering and the dinner.
Some 30 members attended the annual general meeting of the SLC Retirees Association on May 17. Minutes (unofficial until approved) and membership and financial reports will be posted at this website in due time. However, the Association is healthy in members (a total of 113, up from 102 the previous year) and finances (a bank balance of just over $3,000). The executive members are largely intact, but Ruth Doran stepped down as Vice-President and has moved to our Shadow Cabinet. Nancy Sudak had offered to stand as V.P. and fought off vigorous competition from the floor to prevail. [Okay, I made up that part.]
A highlight of the AGM was viewing a DVD of the unveiling of the Wall of Appreciation at St. Lawrence which took place on May 14, 1997. There was lots of reaction as familiar faces appeared on the screen and much chuckling when some of those being recognized 20 years ago were in attendance at this AGM. A second highlight was distribution of copies of the Book of Memories featuring memorable characters and events from the first half century at SLC.
A few photos of the occasion are found below.
The Open Voices Community Choir is gearing up for its final concert of the season. The guest conductor is Tim Stiff, a highly accomplished singer in his own right (having performed the lead tenor part in Phantom in T.O. and elsewhere around the world, for instance), but he has also proven to be a fabulous conductor.
The repertoire for this concert (suitably) is an interesting selection of well-known and lesser-known Broadway show tunes -- and Tim will be singing a couple of songs himself!
The concert will be performed at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3rd at the Salvation Army Citadel. For more details on when, where and how to get tickets, see the poster below or visit the choir’s website at http://www.openvoices.ca/.
The North Lakeshore Chorus (NLSC) is proud to present "Our Loved Dominion Bless" at Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston on Saturday, June 10th at 2.30 pm. Join the choir on a musical journey through 150 years of Confederation with stops at historical milestones along the way, including the entry of new provinces, the 100th anniversary of the Battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, and the Royal Visit of 1939. Enjoy such Canadian favourites as Four Strong Winds, Hallelujah, This Land is Your Land, The Canadian Railroad Trilogy, and The Maple Leaf Forever. One performance only! Tickets are $20 ($10 for children 12 and under). Available from Tara Fine Foods, Novel Idea, The Church Bookroom, Long & McQuade, choir members, or by calling Claire Shragge at 613 389 7465. For more information, visit www.northlakeshorechorus.ca.
Two of our artistic Association members have their works on display in Kingston these days in two events.
The first is the Annual Juried Exhibition of the Kingston Photographic Club at the Window Art Gallery, which ends on Saturday April 29. The show is focused on the theme of “Street Photography.” Each member got to submit three photos to be “juried,” which meant one would be selected for the show. There are nearly 30 images in the show, one of them from David Craig. This exhibit is at the Window Art Gallery, 647 Princess Street, phone 613-549-1528.
The second event is a collage and photo show focused solely on the works of Barb Carr and David. It is on display at the Golden Rooster Deli in downtown Kingston and will be there for at least a couple weeks. The Deli is at 111 Princess Street, phone 613-549-6540.
Thirty retirees came to the coffee gathering this past Tuesday and all seemed to enjoy the get together. There were some minor issues such as: folks not reading my emails and arriving for a 10:00 function that actually started at 10:30, and at least three retirees who went to the wrong building (next door) because we had been there once last year. [At our age, we are allowed to have seniors' moments.] In addition, I had trouble getting folks out the door so we could head off to an executive committee meeting at noon, but I regard that as a very nice problem, signifying how much members were enjoying the socializing. See more photos below.
The College is inviting all Alumni for a day of celebrations on all three campuses. For details, go to http://www.stlawrencecollege.ca/give/alumni-friends/alumni-home/alumni-50/ and links to register for events.
The SLC Retirees Association will be hosting three events for retirees and other past employees of the college in conjunction with the Kingston Campus Alumni Day on June 24. Details follow, along with a link to register for any or all of these events.
Progress remains slow on specific SLC events for celebrating the 50th anniversary of the college system. Our Retirees Association now has a representative on the college's planning committee - Steve Graves, one of the originals from 1967 - and we are encouraged by this development.
The college now has a website (http://www.stlawrencecollege.ca/news/2016/colleges-turn-50/) but it doesn't yet have much information. It directs you to an anniversary website for the college system (www.amazing50.ca) which should be checked regularly for college events. At the moment, it lists numerous events from Durham College, but nothing from St. Lawrence. We do know, however, that there will be an Alumni Picnic in Kingston on June 24 (sponsored by the Alumni Foundation) and your Association is planning to host a companion event on this date. Please mark this date on your calendar, tell all former SLC employees that you know, and stay tuned for further details.
We are pleased to share with you information from Brigantine Inc., which operates the St. Lawrence II youth sailing training ship. Plans are underway for the summer programs for those 13 to 18 years old. While some of us still act like teenagers at times, we do not qualify, but you may wish to share this information with grandkids or friends with teenagers. You can get details about the Brigantine and also information on registering for these youth sailing programs by going to www.brigantine.ca, the source of the accompanying photo.
Barb Carr is hoping that folks will come to the Window Art Gallery to see an exhibition (and sale) of her recent monoprints, along with prints, photos, and mixed media pieces by Jane Hamilton-Khaan. Monoprints are created by printing several layers on top of one another and these pieces depict the Ontario landscape.
There is a reception on January 15, from 3 to 5, but you are welcome to drop in anytime. For Gallery hours and a preview of some of the pieces on display go to the Window Art Gallery website.
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