The Ontario Colleges Retirees' Association held its 15th annual conference on Wednesday June 6 at Humber College, Toronto. The keynote session featured a presentation from the Ontario Securities Commission on how to protect your money. We will bring you a report when it is available.
Another very well received coffee gathering was held on April 18, with some three dozen retirees attending. The coffee was delivered from Tim Horton's by Anne and the snacks were prepared by Ruth and Clare. The conversation was provided by everyone, almost non-stop. Pictorial evidence follows.
It is gratifying to note that my years of service as Winter Mayor of Myrtle Beach have not gone unrewarded. I am pleased to share this photo of a street that has been named after me. You will note that it is at the intersection with 65th Avenue North, and SLC retiree visitors to MB will know that we spend our winters in a condo building at 76th Avenue North – so this special street is located close to the regular neighbourhood.
Disclaimer: Okay, I admit that this street was not really named after me, but it was still a pleasant surprise when it was drawn to our attention – by the maitre d’ of our favourite restaurant.
Thanks to Frank Lockington for the accompanying photo, which shows him with former President Bill Cruden during one of their occasional get togethers in Halifax. [I can't be sure, but Frank appears to be adopting a receding hairline, in imitation of his former President.]
What do you get when you combine 40+ retirees and a lounge designed to hold 24 people? You get a very crowded and noisy gathering – and yet everyone seemed to have a good time regardless.
This situation arose as a result of two factors that unfortunately came together at the same time. We enjoyed a record turnout for our last coffee event of 2017 and, as luck would have it, Homestead decided that it needed the first floor lounge at 1066 King West and bumped us next door, to a much smaller lounge.
It is a pity that there aren’t any photos to show the jam-packed gathering. Had anyone thought to take them, they would have shown cartons of Tim Horton’s coffee and trays of cookies prepared by Clare and Ruth. They might also have captured the three new members who joined us that day – Gary Bernfeld, Susan Cross, and Hugh McLaren.
While that was supposed to be the last social event of 2017, we were asked about having another lunch at the Cataraqui Golf Club in November and found a great deal of interest when we contacted members. November 16 is the date for the lunch. Association members have already received an email about this event and another will follow in early November.
A group of retired Cornwall faculty (most from the Business Department) have been meeting for 19 years and donating funds in support of a student bursary. That money now amounts to $55,000, the return on which provides two annual bursaries of $1,000.
The most recent gathering (hosted by David and Sandy Enns) was on October 12 and was highlighted by the 50th anniversary cake shown in the accompanying photograph. The college could have used something this creative to distinguish the anniversary events it sponsored back in June-July.
Those in attendance this year included Dick Aubrey, Tom and Helen Butkovich, Eugene and Sue Cardinal, Gerry Dobbyn, Dave and Sandy Enns, Pat Finucan, Michel and Diane Pilon, Norm Hall, and Ken Wingert. A special feature was using FaceTime to connect with Cy Page (and his wife Rita) out in Calgary. Others who were not able to attend this time but support the student bursaries with donations include John Limeburner, Bert and Joan Martin, Sandy McCallum, Heather Robertson, Rosalind and P. J. Robertson and Louis Tremblay.
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/.
Check this page for updates on Association news and activities.