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March 2024 Newsletter

THE MARCH 2024 NEWSLETTER FOR THE AIRDRIE OVER 50 CLUB

PAST ACTIVITIES

Thank you, Sharron McCartney, for embroidering the towel which was presented to the Table Tennis winner at our first tournament.

Thank you, Susan Newman for contacting Community Links and then thank you to Katherine from Community Links for bringing in two speakers on February 7th who gave us information on how to keep our dollars safe. 

 Carolyn on Bingo reported that anyone over 18 years of age may come and play Bingo.  Doors close at 12:45.

Activities Director Joanne: Carpet Bowling Tournament.  Check out the pictures on the website: Airdrie Over 50 Club under "HOME".  While you're on the website, check out the other activities and pictures for other activities.

Travel:  The bus trip to the YAMNUSKA WOLFDOG SANCTUARY February 15th was most interesting and educational.  We were able to pet a couple of wolves!  The awesome Alberta winter day blessed us with sunshine, blue skies, about -10C and no wind.  The white Rockies in the distance completed a picture perfect day.  The lunch at Cochrane's old 1904 Rockyview Hotel was delicious.  Some of us took home a 'doggy bag'. Ken and friends:  This jam was held, as usual, on the 3rd Saturday of the month being February 17.  A really good turnout of entertainers and dancers.  Thank you to Susan Newman and her working crew. The set up and take down was well organized as well as the delicious food made by Maureen Wagal (one of our local singers) who also made one of her delicious native New Zealand speciality dessert called Pavlova topped with kiwi fruit.  THANK YOU to ALL who helped. Thank you, Ken and friends for coming and entertaining us once a month. The board meeting was held on February 14.  Our first meeting with a mixture of new and returning board members and directors went very well.  Thank you Doug, our past president, for keeping me on the 'straight and narrow' and later Glen, our current president, correcting a couple of my mistakes. 

Upcoming events:  Please see the March calendar for upcoming events. Check for photos of Club Activities under "HOME" on our website Airdrie Over 50 Club.    

WAYS AND MEANS INFORMATION  1)  Community Links Presentation on Wednesday, March 6th will be with Jennifer Williamson, from the Airdrie Food Bank.  Information will include:  How to Access the Food Bank; What Foods are Available; Who can Access, etc.  Presentation is from 1:30 - 3:30 .  Do come with questions and or concerns, whether it be for yourself or a friend, regarding this vital link to our community in these financially challenging times.

2)  Income Tax time is approaching fast.  Please note that Community Links will be doing income tax for low income folks once again.  For more information to determine if you are eligible for this service please contact their office at:  403 945 3949.  

3)  The Ways & Means is asking for volunteer support for set up for Ken & Friends on Saturday, March 16th at 11:15 to about Noon.  Also, I need a couple of strong arms to put the furniture back in place at the conclusion of Ken & Friends from about 3:30 to 4:00.  We had over 70 folks in February come for the music, dancing, social interaction, and of course the excellent luncheon.  February's luncheon was prepared by Maureen Wagal with our tummy happy thanks!  A special nod was given to Bud Geisbrecht who celebrated his 90th birthday with a cake and hearty salutations!  If you would like to volunteer in the kitchen for this once a month event please let Susan know. Hope to see some new faces and of course, the familiar ones, too.  Future travel plans for March:  Jean is looking at the following trips for March, please let her know which you would be interested in having her book. 1.  Rocky Mountain Symphony playing Greatest Hits from Bach and others - Saturday March 23rd, a self drive/carpool event costing approximately $35. 2.  Theatre Calgary performance of As You Like It on March 16, afternoon show only, cost $45 + bus $20.

3.  OR Cow Patti Theatre in Lacombe. Buffet and comedy type show called Drinking Alone. Cost is $70. plus bus which varies depending on the number of passengers, ranges from high of $35. down. The more riders the less the cost. Please call Jean at (403 948 3312) or email (travel@airdrieover50club.com) with your thoughts  --  ASAP.

Future travel plans for April:  Looking ahead because most of these events must be booked far in advance I’m sharing thoughts for April now. 1.  I am suggesting we support local and attend the Crossfield Theatre’s Dinner and Show, General Inhospitable on April 5 or 6th. Tickets are approximately $60.(not finalized yet) and it would be car pooling.

2.  I am also looking at Stars on Ice in Calgary May 10th. Tickets would be in the $50. Range plus bus $20. depending on numbers. This is a lot of info but people are asking for advance notice so they can plan. I will ask that all events signed up for be PAID IN FULL 2 weeks prior to the event. If you must cancel it’s your responsibility to resell your tickets. Thank you and I hope to see you travelling and meeting new friends.  Thank you Jean for all your planning.

 Bingo: Carolyn is asking for volunteers for the Sunday afternoon Bingos.  A short description can be found on the Bingo section of the Information Board.  Volunteers interested in any of the positions can either send an email to Bingo@airdrieover50club.com or put their name and position of interest on the description sheet at the Club.

The next Board Meeting is set for Wednesday, March 13 and the General Meeting the following Wednesday, March 20.  Both both will start at 7PM. GENERAL INFORMATION Posted pictures of activities from our Club can be found on the main website under "HOME".

I am THANKING ALL those involved in getting, setting up and recording our Club activities on that nice white bulletin board.  There should now be ample space for other events happening in Airdrie, Calgary or the Province. For the April NEWSLETTER, anything you want included, PLEASE have this information IN WRITING to Gisele or Marge by March 26.


AND A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HELP TO KEEP THIS CLUB OPERATIONAL AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO COME TO THE VARIOUS EVENTS,  WITHOUT ALL OF YOU THIS CLUB WOULDN'T EXIST.



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