See below the names of those being recognized - for service ranging from five years to 40!
The Ontario Colleges Retirees' Association will hold its 15th annual conference on Wednesday June 6 from 9:30 until 2:30 at Humber College, Toronto. The keynote session will feature a presentation from the Ontario Securities Commission on how to protect your money. This subject is certainly timely, given that earlier in the day an update from the CAAT Pension Plan will provide a reminder that the years of service prior to 1992 remain without indexing in spite of the improved financial position of the pension fund! Details of the conference program can be found at http://ocraretirees.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/05b-OCRA-General-Meeting-2018-brochure.pdf.
On Thursday, May 24, 2018, St. Lawrence College will be holding its 25th Annual Alumni and Friends Golf Classic at Smugglers Glen Golf Course in Gananoque. This popular event is an annual fundraiser for the College to support the Extraordinary Learning Fund, SLC Athletics and, this year, the Uncommon Campaign.
Show your commitment to quality education and consider entering a team, sponsoring a hole, and/or donating a prize for our raffle auction. The tournament sells out quickly! Please join us for a fun day of golf and support student success!
Please register by clicking here
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.
As part of the upcoming Ontario Welsh Festival in Kingston, an award-winning guest choir will be performing at The Spire (Sydenham Street United Church) on Saturday, April 28th, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door. For details go to www.ontariowelshfestival.ca.
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.
As Christmas draws near, many of us are caught up in the annual shopping marathon, looking for just the right gift for family and friends. One of our Association members from Brockville, Ed Lypchuk, shared the following story of a personal Christmas shopping experience. It is a welcome reminder of the “spirit of Christmas” that we all too often forget and I am pleased to share it with you.
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.
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