Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2019 to everyone! 

We finished off 2018 with three outstanding Christmas Shows called “Home for the Holidays at the Evergreen.” Our resident ‘wordsmith’, Ross Coulter, has written a terrific article about the show in this Sentinel. Along with the article, there are many show pictures featuring the Sassy Strutters (Line Dancers), Silvertones Choir, Suns of Beaches, Mary Lynn Woods, Red Green and many more entertainers.

This year, we had a professional videographer taping the show and you can purchase a copy of the DVD for $10. You can leave your name at the front desk and Ross Knechtel will contact you. It’s excellent quality with all the Christmas songs and skits captured for your viewing enjoyment. The DVD would make a great Christmas gift for a senior who couldn’t make it to the show this year.

Just a suggestion: you might want to mark your calendar for next year — you won’t want to miss this great show!!!!

On December 19 at the Board meeting, the Directors presented Moe Ferris, the guest speaker from the Guelph Legion, with a cheque for $1,000 for the Legion’s Poppy Fund. It is our honour to recognize our veterans and current serving Military with this show we started last year called The Day Before. All the donations collected from those attending The Day Before were topped up by the Board of Directors to reach the $1,000 goal. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Guelph Legion, we want to tell you how very appreciative we are of your generous donations. There will be a picture presentation of the cheque to Moe Ferris in the next Sentinel.

If you’re like me, you come back from time away invigorated and ready to be active and get involved. So, I’m going to close my message with a deep, sincere request to you to please consider joining one of our committees and help us keep all the activities running here at the GWSA. Here are a few committees you might consider joining: The Variety Show, The Day Before Show, Membership and Marketing, Dances, Travel, New Members Welcome, the Program Committee, and many more. We only need a few hours of your time per month. Talk to me about your interests!!  Ask at the front counter for a copy of our Annual Report to find out more details about your GWSA, who we are and what we do.

The GWSA is a peer-led, not-for-profit, charitable association. All of us are volunteers and we do what we do because we believe that our motto “Be active, Get involved, Make friends” is necessary for a healthy, happy life. With 2,680 members, we’re always in need of “worker bees” to help get all the jobs done. Come and find out how you can get involved in this vibrant organization.

I’m in my third year of Mondays in the Board Room starting around 9:30 a.m. and please remember, my cards are at the front counter with my email address. Send me a message if you want to meet on Monday and talk about the GWSA or joining one of our working committees. Dorothy Riley, who has volunteered for the GWSA for 32 years, is on duty on Mondays and she can take your information and make sure I get it.

Thanks to all of you for everything you do to make GWSA such a wonderful place for seniors to be with seniors.

Dorothe Fair,

GWSA President.

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