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OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

Photo of president Sue Hunter

President's Message

Happy Fall!

We are back into glorious weather - long may it last.  Although the leaves have all dropped it is a great time to get outdoors and spend those last precious days with family and friends in safe outdoor gatherings. 
At the 50+ Activity Centre we have been busy reviewing this semester and looking forward to the winter semester as well. 
I think the fall semester ran smoothly given all the challenges.  We opened a new venue with a lot of protocols based on the health unit guidelines.  The first few weeks were a challenge to fully understand and relay the requirements to our membership.  On the plus side of that - I was able to meet a lot of members and what a diverse group we are.  Our leaders are talented and dedicated to the mandate of the 50+ organization.  They also went that extra mile to ensure all the protocols were being followed.  For that we thank them.  There was also a true desire to meet safely with friends at the classes we have come to love.  I have met quite a few people who expressed their appreciation and joy at being able to once again join in  and benefit from the social interactions that the 50+ Activity Centre offers.  And so we also thank our membership for putting up with and following the rules.
We were pleased to see over 300 people enroll in classes, although down from our 480 record last semester, still very respectable.  It also proved to the board of directors how important this organization is to our community.  I saw how eager many were to get together again and enjoy our activities with the people we missed while we were locked down.  To that end Mike Libbos, our Activity Director, is working hard to get the winter semester organized and ready to go early in the new year.  We will advise all the details in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned.
I hope that we have met your expectations so far this semester.  As usual we are always looking for new classes, ideas and suggestions to make your 50+ experience more engaging all the time.  Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of the board members with your ideas and suggestions.


Carmen Grosse
President


Announcements
50+ Activity Centre News

Call for New Board Members

We recently had 2 board members step down and 2 more positions will open up in the spring when those terms come to an end. We are therefore looking for new recruits. Anyone in the membership who is keen to be an integral part of the 50+ Activity Centre is welcome to send in a letter of interest outlining why they would like to join the board and any specific skills they may have. Please email your letters to fiftyplus@myhighspeed.ca by the 20th of November.


Tax Receipts for Donations

Many members have expressed they would like to continue supporting the 50+ Activity Centre even though they are not able to take part in activities at this time. When donations of $25 or more are made, tax receipts can be issued. If you would like to make a financial donation please send your cheque payable to: The Brockville & District Ecumenical Care Community. This is our official non-profit organization name. The cheque should be mailed to:

Brockville 50+ Activity Centre

C/O Wall Street United Church

5 Wall St., Brockville, ON

K6V 4R8 Canada

Weather Policy

Please be aware that our venue open/closed status is available on our website fiftyplusbrockville.ca . If a venue is closed due to weather conditions we will do our best to update the venue status under menu selection Health & Safety > Activity Centre Weather Status.

Please check the website or call our AC office phone 613-345-2412 if you are unsure of a venue open/closed status.


CHRISTMAS KETTLE CAMPAIGN 2020

The Salvation Army partners with the AC in providing excellent facilities for many of our classes.  Last year we held Table Tennis and Tole Painting.  This year we have added 2 Ukelele classes as well as Mosaic Art & Art Studio.

We are therefore happy to help promote the annual Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign.

From the Salvation Army office:

The Salvation Army is dedicated to serving those living in poverty and struggling daily to make ends meet. We are looking for energetic and dedicated individuals to help with the Kettle campaign which is critical to ensuring we can keep our services running all year round.

The Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of Salvation Army's most recognizable fundraising initiatives. Kettle shifts are usually 2 hours and run Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from November 13th until December 24th.

Help with any number of shifts will be appreciated. All you have to do to get involved is fill out a couple of forms!

Contact Jodi Harrington at 613-342-5211 or at kettlesbrockville@gmail.com

Wall Street United Church Yuletide Fare 2020
Yuletide Fare is the Annual Wall Street United Church fundraiser — this year (2020) a scaled back version with CoVid-19 safety measures in place.

Pre-ordering of pies, preserves, fresh arrangements, etc is encouraged. Pre-order lists will be posted as available.

Contact our church office for more information: 613-342-5401 x 21.

Click here to Pre-Order
FiftyPlusBrockville

5 Wall St., Brockville, ON
K6V 4R8 Canada

Website:  www.fiftyplusbrockville.ca

Email:  fiftyplus@myhighspeed.ca

Phone: 613-345-2412

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