First let’s reflect on another amazing November filled with Special GWSA Events.

Nov. 2 was the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. We can never stop saying “THANK YOU” to all the GWSA Volunteers. This was a special evening to recognize the time and energy given every day to make the GWSA an incredible place to enjoy activities and spend time with friends. Did you know that from January 2017 to September 30, the GWSA Volunteers registered 26,500 volunteer hours? An incredible number of dedicated hours of service were provided and a portion of those hours are devoted to helping the City with their programs or in the cafeteria. The Volunteers help more than many of us realize. That’s how generous and kind our Volunteers are. I’ve had quite a few Members suggest the GWSA offer ‘mini Member/Volunteer drop-in’ sessions throughout the year where GWSA volunteers can enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies and chat about ‘anything’. Tell me what you think about this idea. My card is at the front counter: email me or phone me.

Nov. 6: Ken Chupa, GWSA Vice President, and I attended Guelph City Council and presented to the Committee of the Whole. Our title was “The GWSA -WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO and HOW WE DO”. Our presentation was very well received by City Councillors. I think we’ve signed up a few more Councillors besides Phil Alt, James Gordon and June Hofland to the GWSA members list. Thank you to the GWSA Members who sat in the gallery for our presentation. It was great moral support.

Nov. 10: Our very first special Tribute Event called “The Day Before” took place on Fri., Nov 10th. The Event focused on Honouring our Military Veterans, Active Military and Families touched by any Military Experience. The show featured the Silvertones Choir who sang military songs reflecting the time in history, songs like Battle Hymn of the Republic, Pack Up Your Troubles, The White Cliffs of Dover, The Maple Leaf Forever, and many others. Guest Speaker was Moe Ferris C.D. from the Guelph Legion. Moe gave a touching tribute and our GWSA Members, Madeline Bentley, Derek Cooper and Barbara Webster, also shared their military experiences. I’d like to give special recognition to our GWSA Member June Gionet who made the beautiful Poppy quilt that hangs in our hallway during the month of November. This incredible quilt was hung in the Auditorium for the Show and we thank June very much for giving us permission to add her quilt to the Poppy atmosphere. Our Silvertones singer and resident decorator Betty Wilson-McGhee did an outstanding job with the Auditorium decorations – the Military Tribute. I’d also like to thank the Guelph Legion Poppy Fund for all their support and involvement in presenting this very special show, especially Moe Ferris, Ken Budd and Neil Forbes (PIPER). The Tribute Show was free admission but we did collect donations for the Guelph Legion Poppy fund.

Nov. 13 & 14: OACAO Conference (Older Adult Centres of Ontario). GWSA Board of Directors Jennifer Blackie and Nick Harris attended and brought back new ideas from across the province to share with the Board.

Nov. 19: Santa Claus Parade in downtown Guelph. The GWSA had a float in the parade and we were delighted with the GWSA Members who joined us. Special thanks to Darlene Pembleton and Ross Coulter who got us organized and to members from the Silvertones Choir and different Activity Groups who participated.

Nov. 30, December 1 and 2: Variety Show, what an incredible performance. Every year I think it’s the best but this year was superb. There will be terrific pictures and a special article written by Ross Coulter in the next issue. Special thanks to the Variety Show committee who did an outstanding job with all the details involved with producing an entertainment show that runs for 3 consecutive days. Thank you Ann Sneyd, Russ Milner, Barry Scutt and John Snowden. Special applause to the ushers, decorators, sound, lighting, parking people and the many Santa Helpers who made the Show happen. Please plan to attend next year, you will never be disappointed.

Whether you decorate a tree, bake Christmas cookies, partake in grog, over-indulge with turkey and mashed potatoes, sing carols, light candles or watch countless hours of White Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Wonderful Life or a Christmas Carol — always remember that YOU are thought of with great warmth and affection by ME and all the GWSA Members.

Take care and see you next year, 2018.

Merry Christmas,


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