President's Message

Summer 2021

It is the month of June,

The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses.
(N.P. Willis (1807–67)

Summer is finally here, and what strange weather it has brought with it this year. I guess that is fitting, considering how things have been going with everything in flux and up in the air due to COVID. 
Hopefully, most of you have already received your first inoculation and are going to receive your second shortly, if not already. Fingers crossed that we will proceed to stages 2 and 3 of the Provincial reopening plans quickly so that things can return to normal, or the “new” normal, whatever that may turn out to be. 
Meanwhile, at least we can take every opportunity to enjoy the summer with outdoor activities and small gatherings with friends and family, both local and around the province. To those of you with cottages--this is certainly the year to enjoy them to their fullest! 
Personally, I am looking forward to going up north to the lake for our annual family vacation. 
Due to logistics, your executive has had to make some difficult decisions regarding upcoming functions that are impacted by COVID restrictions. 

As a result, the To Hell with the Bell and Fall Lunch meetings have had to be cancelled. We are still hopeful that we may be able to meet for the Poinsettia Lunch in November and will keep you apprised as things develop. 

Our webmaster and Newsletter editors have been hard at work compiling and posting a wealth of information and activities for you to pursue. I hope that you take the time to avail yourself of these. 
Please don’t hesitate to contact any of the executive if you have any suggestions for activities or events that others might enjoy. We need your ideas! We would also like to hear what you have been doing to pass the time. Are you outside gardening (like me), 
birdwatching, walking or cycling, catching up on your reading, doing puzzles (like my mother), learning how to use some technology (I still haven’t figured out everything on my cell phone or all the ins and outs of Facebook/messenger!) or have you taken 
up a new hobby or activity? Inquiring minds want to know! Please share your experiences with the rest of us–you might just inspire someone else! 

On a positive note, Columbia has reopened; and we have a new, timely invitation for you and friends/family to peruse their offerings. Hopefully you will find something you have been looking for--in your size!


As always, please keep in touch, take care of yourselves, stay safe, be well and be kind. Enjoy the little things and small moments—and, most of all, be happy! 

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Rosemarie   Szalich

President District 8