An outpouring of neighbourly spirit
We have just passed the middle of May, and thus far, no earthquake to cheer us up. The waters are receding, albeit slowly, and the questioning aftermath begins. How much can we salvage? How much will repairs and renovation cost? Who would buy this place after this catastrophe? Do we want to stay here anymore? And on and on. Governments will help where they can, and the Red Cross has launched a drive to raise funds for those in dire need. I’ve even seen collection boxes in a grocery store, and I’m pleased to see my fellow Canadians dropping in change and notes too. This is a rough time for those affected by the flooding, but I am sure that the neighbourly spirit that was in evidence when sand bags had to be filled will carry over into the aftermath too. Our neighbours need our help, both in kind and in money. Every helping hand and every Loonie makes a difference. Be as generous as you can.
June 14 we will be holding the centre’s annual general meeting and after the meeting we will honour our volunteers with a lunch. In our last fiscal year, 354 volunteers contributed 3,136 hours to the centre and their fellow members - an impressive figure which enables us to move ever forward. As I write this, however, it is Mother’s Day and since the bulk of our volunteers are women, I am sure there are many mothers among them. For them, and all the other mothers that have nurtured us all, I hope that the appreciation which you earn every day was special for you last Sunday.
I have just a few reminders for you, among them, our Book Club is meeting today at 1:30 p.m., and on Friday it’s “Drawing with Friends” at 12:30 p.m. But the centre and our volunteers get a rest next Monday because we will not open our doors on Victoria Day, the 22nd. Consequently, painting in oils will not take place on Tuesday the 23rd. At the City of Pembroke’s council chambers, however, in the evening you will be able to take in a free seminar on financial safety and support for seniors.” This is a comprehensive program covering pensions and other retirement income programs, as well as the recognition of scams and fraud that seniors can be prey to. Noone will be trying to sell you anything, but you could learn something that may be of help to you, courtesy of the Municipal Retirees Organization and a grant from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. There is more information at the centre.
That same day in the morning (May 23), Mike will be running another Windows 10 orientation. The class is limited to 12 members, so register now and don’t forget to bring your laptop. If fresh air is more to your liking, how about joining our intrepid hikers in the Shaw Woods on the east side at 10 a.m. that same day. Be sure to wear stout footwear for an intermediate hike with moderate difficulty in spots. Bring cameras and binoculars too for stalking the wildlife. And don’t forget the bug spray! Our Diner’s Delight group will also be partaking of the wild life at the River Club across the bridge at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday the 24th. You need to get your name in to them by this coming Friday and remember there are only 25 places at the table, so don’t delay.
There you have it, the highlights for this week and next, but don’t forget that you can find the usual suspects at their usual haunts, most days of the week.
Euchre players and other card sharks, yogaists, dartists and artists, ping pongers and carpet bowlers. They lurk around every corner of the centre, but they all have a welcoming smile on their faces so don’t be shy, come on in. If you need to know more, call us at 613735-1226, or try our website at www.seniordropin.com. Until next week TTFN.
Hello everyone. I’m sure you are all wondering what Gems of the Mind has been up to and if homework is being done. The Gems of the Mind met on the last Tuesday of April at 6:30 p.m. in the Pembroke Public Library boardroom for its regular workshop. And guess what?
Everyone had their homework finished. Pretty good work I must say and not without struggle, a lot of fortitude and rewrites which is all part of the process. Two topics chosen and written on were ‘the social implications of hanging laundry’ and ‘the joy of haiku.’ Two books on the latter topic were brought in for us to get a better understanding on Haiku. It was suggested we may want to try it.
We discussed a few issues the writers were unsure of. I believe they are now on the right track.
The last persuasive assignment for the May meeting was presented.
On Sunday, May 7 the Pembroke Senior Citizen’s Drop-In Centre hosted a spring tea featuring guest speaker, author Mary Cook who grew up in the Ottawa Valley. She is an award-winning broadcast journalist, an accomplished author, and a beloved storyteller who has entertained people with her wit and stories for many years.
It wasn’t the first time I’d had the pleasure of meeting her but this time we did a photoshoot together with my book, “If Dogs Could Talk! Love, Joy, and Tears.” I wish more from the club could have attended. They missed a good time. I’ll have to tell them about it.
God willing I will be back next month. Enjoy your reading and writing. It is a gift.
Authors Mary Cook, left, and Patricia Costey-Henry at the Senior Citizen’s Drop-In and Activity Centre’s Spring Tea.