Springtime is full of optimism, the return of our backyard birds and a warming earth. It’s the time of year for ‘rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, and regrowth’. Those exceptionally warm days in February set new temp records and we all loved it. The GWSA caught the ‘spring’ fever and we were bustling with activity two months ahead of schedule. Here are a few highlights:On February 3, we were amazed at a sold out ‘Chinese Dumpling’ lunch prepared by the ladies from our wonderful Chinese community. The ladies arrived at 7 am and began to make 400 delicious stuffed dumplings. Our cafeteria was bustling!! We even ran out of places to sit! Thank goodness for the Board Room. Special guests were our two very supportive City Councillors, James Gordon and Phil Alt, who thoroughly enjoyed this tasty meal. This special event is thanks to Maryanne Wilford and her staff who organize this luncheon every year with Amenda Ng and our Chinese friends from Immigrant Services. Happy Year of the Rooster!! In March, the GWSA Activity Leaders had a workshop on “Leadership Strategies”. Thanks to a New Horizons grant from the Federal Government, we were able to hire Jennifer Philips as a facilitator. In February, Jennifer was at the Program meeting where she led a few mini activities with the Leaders and she built on that experience to design a very practical and effective Workshop for the March Program meeting. As a result, the Activity Leaders supported the hanging of a R.E.S.P.E.C.T. poster in every room as a reminder of how we should interact and treat each other.
On March 7, as a result of the presentation given at the OACAO Conference last November by the City and your GWSA reps, 48 visitors from across Southwestern Ontario arrived by bus for a tour of our Seniors Centre. The Board of Directors took small groups around the Centre to show our seniors in action. Our guests viewed our GWSA video and everyone was given a hot lunch thanks to the prep of Chef Jocelynn and her volunteers. Our guests were amazed at how extensive our programs are. You have every reason to be proud. The GWSA is the only Seniors Association in Ontario that has more than 2500 members and every activity and responsibility is led by one of our 450 volunteers. March 24, two of our Volunteers received an Outstanding Volunteer Award at the River Run Centre. Congratulations to Ken Chupa and Gord Clegg. Thank you both for your dedication and contributions to the GWSA.
Please mark your calendar now to come to our “Annual General Meeting” on June 27. Also, please consider volunteering just a few hours for any of our special events. Here are a few examples: a greeter for the bus tour (2 hrs), greeter at the New Members Social on May 10th (1 hr), attend one of the meetings of the GWSA committees (1 hr), usher at the Christmas Variety Show (1 hr). Please contact me for information on any of these GWSA volunteer experiences that will only take an hour or so. As they say, “March came in like a lamb and roared out like a lion.”
Welcome back Blue Jays!
Thanks to all of you for everything you do to make GWSA such a special place to: BE ACTIVE. GET INVOLVED. MAKE FRIENDS.
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