GWSA President’s Message – September 2018
From Dorothe Fair
What a summer!!! After this sweltering heat, I’m becoming more convinced the earth is experiencing ‘Global warming’.
I think we experienced the hottest summer in decades. The humidity was like the tropics and my attempt to save the hydro by not having A/C came back to haunt me. So here I am in August writing my message for the September Sentinel, dreaming of the cool temperatures and colours of fall. But really, I’m not wishing our glorious summer away.
During our shutdown in July to repave the parking lot, put in new sidewalks and upgrade numerous projects inside the building, the GWSA Activity Groups took either a month-long summer holiday or they found another location to meet and continue on with their Activity. The Line Dancers and the Dart Group told me they had fun going somewhere different for the month, but they were happy to come home to the Evergreen Centre when it reopened on August 9.
The regular summer Activity Groups that function away from the Centre, like Canoeing, Walking and Golf, weren’t disturbed by the closure. They lathered up with tons of sunscreen, sun hats and sun glasses and carried on.
After talking to many of you and hearing your summer heat stories, I’d like to encourage all of you to get your calendars out and set a few new goals for this year at the GWSA as the temperature drops and you don’t mind getting outside again.
Here’s a suggestion for you: Plan to join an Activity Group you’ve never tried before. Remember, you can try a new group for FREE to find out if you like it and want to stay. Here’s how you do it: Find out when the Group is meeting. Look up the GWSA Groups and Activities Contact Information page in this Sentinel and contact the leader. Every Group Leader’s contact information is listed. Call and ask the Leader if you can come to the class to check it out. I can guarantee you will receive a warm welcome to come to the Group and BE ACTIVE, GET INVOLVED and MAKE FRIENDS.
I especially like our September Sentinel as it gives me an opportunity to share information and Special Events you can look forward to.
This year we offered a PIZZA PARTY to the Activity Group(s) who had the greatest attendance. Since this AGM had the largest group of attendees we’ve ever had, it was no surprise there was more than one Group who won and the smaller Groups have been invited to join the Line Dancers (Winners) for Pizza. If you couldn’t make the AGM, ask for your copy of the Annual Report at the front counter to see the pictures and read the articles on each of the committees and events for the 2017-2018 year. As we know, it takes many, many people to help prepare and deliver an incredible event like the AGM. But I’d like to personally thank and recognize 3 incredible ladies who worked tirelessly to ensure every detail of the AGM and the Annual Report resulted in an end product that was nothing less than excellent. Jennifer Blackie, Board Secretary, and Carol Croft and Linda Green (Sentinel Staff) deserve a standing ‘O’. I can hear the applause now from everyone at the GWSA. Everyone is incredibly appreciative of your contributions.
SPECIAL EVENT – “THE DAY BEFORE”
The Silvertones Choir will provide a special event of music & songs. Military memories shared by GWSA Seniors will be captured through video interviews. Last year was the first time we presented this military history through song and stories and more than 250 people attended. Please mark your calendar now and join us as we sing the songs from WWI and WWII. It is an event that recognizes family or friends that were or still are involved in the protection and preservation of Canada’s beliefs and the contribution Canada has made to world peace.
I’m looking forward to seeing you every day in the halls, cafeteria, auditorium, classrooms and, of course, the heart of the Evergreen – the beautiful BOOK NOOK. Remember, my card is at the front counter; please contact me with any concerns or ideas to help all the volunteers make the GWSA the very best place to
“Be Active… Get Involved… and Make Friends.”
See you next month,
Dorothe Fair, GWSA President