Registration for the 2017 version of the Northwest Senior Summer Games is fast approaching! If you are at least 55 years of age, you can take part in any of 15 different events to be held June 5 to June 8. You can bring your own partner for pairs or team events, or be paired with other singles in a random draw. More details can be found in the brochures available on the front counter at Rural 60. The participation fee varies with the activity, in addition to the Ontario Games Association affiliation fee of $10. You can sign up at West Arthur Community Centre from Tuesday, May 23, to Friday, May 26, from 10 to 3, or at Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre on Monday, May 22, from 1 to 4, or Tuesday through Friday from 9 to 4.
Rural 60 Plus News
Our new Board of Directors met on Friday, the 5th, to elect their executive--details can be found on the "About Us" page at http://www.rural60plus.ca/about-us/. Thank you to retiring board members Kathy Gilbert, Linda Hamilton, and Sharron Martyn for all of their service! For those who may want to attend future board meetings, they will now be held on the first Friday of the month rather than the last Friday. The next board meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 2, at 9:30 a.m.
The annual Rural 60 yard sale will be held on Saturday, May 27, from 10 till 1. Tables are only $10 and can be reserved by contacting the centre. Or . . . you could donate unwanted items to the Rural 60 table prior to that date. At the end of the sale, some lucky person will win the Boston rocker, so be sure to get your tickets if you haven't already done so.
Our spring clean-up day at the centre will be Saturday, June 3, from 9 to 12. A potluck lunch will follow. Last year, only 10 hard-working members showed up to tidy our building and yard--let's have a better turn-out this year!
There was a full house last night at The Eddy in Kakabeka Falls for the debut of our own Rural 60 Plus art class, and the walls were alive with their paintings as you will see below.
Sincere thanks to the management and staff of The Eddy for providing the opportunity to showcase their year's work. The artwork remains on display, so please stop by and admire your neighbours' accomplishments! (more…)
Congratulations to our new and returning board members who were elected at last Friday's Annual General Meeting! Tina Guzzel, Lloyd Hanton, Bob MacMaster, Oscar Mattas, and Etta Nowak will join Sharon Corrigan, Mary Germain, Lucy Kloosterhuis, Bernie Leger, and Ellen Olson to ensure the continued smooth operation of our centre for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The new board will meet on Friday, April 28, so stay tuned for more information to be posted following that meeting.
The talented folks from the Rural 60 Plus art class will be showing their work later this month at The Eddy in Kakabeka Falls. Stop by on Thursday, April 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to meet the artists; a reception with refreshments and snacks will be available. The artwork will remain on display through the month of May.
Diabetes Health Thunder Bay will be at the Centre from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 7 and again on October 4. Please call the clinic at 344-3422 to make an appointment.
It's not too early to think about the 2017 Northwest Senior Games. In their 33rd year, the Games will run from June 6 to 9, offering those 55 years of age and older the opportunity to compete in over a dozen events from cribbage to bowling to golf. Registration will take place during the last week of May, and more details on this will follow in later posts.
And finally, a reminder that the annual General Meeting--including the election of board members--will take place at the Centre on Friday, April 21, following a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. In addition to a hot or cold dish, please remember to bring your own plate, cup and cutlery, and mark any dish that contains nuts.
The Rural 60 Plus Centre will reopen one week from today, on Monday, March 13. In addition to resuming all of our normal activities, we will be offering chair yoga with Colleen beginning on Thursday, March 16, at 10 a.m. A small participation fee applies.
The Centre will be closed on Monday, February 20, for the Family Day holiday. Then it's back to business as usual for the remainder of the week. Please remember though, that we have a scheduled 2-week closure coming up from February 27 to March 10, inclusive, while the flooring is being replaced.
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, April 21, following a pot-luck supper at 5:00 p.m. This is your opportunity to contribute to the continued smooth operation of your Centre, whether by raising issues of general concern, nominating someone for the Board of Directors, or allowing your own name to stand for that office. Five of the 10 board members are elected each year to serve a 2-year term, providing overlap and continuity in the Centre's management. For more information or to offer suggestions, please contact the Centre via email or by dropping a note through the mail slot in the office door. Only those whose 2017 membership fees have been paid will be eligible to vote in this election.
The Centre will be closed from Monday, February 27, until Friday, March 10, for the installation of new flooring. All regular activities will resume beginning Monday, March 13, when the Centre reopens.
Canada will reach a milestone this July, marking 150 years since Confederation. If you have any suggestions on how we could celebrate Canada's sesquicentennial at our Centre, please let us know. We are also looking for your ideas on how this web site could be improved to make it more responsive to members' needs. You can submit suggestions on both topics either by emailing the Centre at the link shown at the top of this page or by dropping a note through the mail slot on the office door.
Welcome back! Some of our normal activities have resumed at the Rural 60 Plus Centre, and some will start up in February.
Disking and cribbage are back on Mondays and Wednesdays, respectively; disking, at 1:30 on Monday, and cribbage, at 1:00 on Wednesday. The Good Company Singing Group meets every second Tuesday, with the next session from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24.
Watercolour painting starts a little earlier this year, on Thursday, February 2, at 1 p.m. with instructor Pat Izek. This course is usually quite popular, so please be sure you pre-register by calling Mary Germain at 475-9689. Yoga classes will return as well later next month, beginning Thursday, February 16, at 10 a.m. with instructor Colleen Dolce.
Please note that participation fees apply to some of these activities.