2019-20 Annual Report

Saskatoon Chapter

2019-2020  Annual Report

Saskatoon Chapter Report for AGM 2020

The Saskatoon Chapter has the privilege of serving over 2640 members for whom we strive to continue to be a dynamic, vibrant group. For the most part, our Chapter is home to members who superannuated from the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division, Saskatoon Public School Division, and Prairie Spirit School Division. Our 2019-2020 Executive was comprised of 32 superannuates, chairing or co-chairing 21 positions or committees.

During 2019-2020 our Chapter hosted 3 banquets at The Western Development Museum: ‘Brunch with the Bunch’ in September with 119 people in attendance (a chance for all of us to honour new superannuates), a Christmas Luncheon and Craft Sale in December with 312 in attendance and with our own STS Chapter Choir carolling for us, and our upcoming June Luncheon (pending at this time due to COVID-19). These banquets are partially subsidized by our Chapter for all members. New superannuates attending the September brunch have the entire cost of their ticket subsidized. Throughout the year up until circumstances surrounding COVID-19 drastically altered our lives, we had a weekly walking group, a weekly bowling group, and a weekly line dance group, along with a ‘Sew Much Fun’ group who hold sewing sessions approximately once a month. Besides our 10 Executive meetings, we strive to organize other monthly activities, as well. This year we organized two evening socials featuring live entertainment and dancing with approximately 95 people in October; unfortunately, we had to cancel our April evening social. In addition, we planned Spring and Fall golf tournaments, a learn-to-play pickle ball session, and the ’55 Drive Alive’ two-day session. Two of our Chapter meeting presentations featured a travel presentation and a presentation by Mayor Charlie Clark on ‘Is Saskatoon Senior Friendly’. We had to postpone a ‘how-to’ Spring pruning and clean-up presentation by Rick Van Duyvendyk from Dutch Growers and a Provincial STS Update session from Fred Herron and Murray Wall. Our Chapter meeting presentations typically see 35 – 50 people attending.

We continue to deal with the challenge of engaging our new superannuates, as well as the challenge of offering relevant programs and activities for our rather large number of members. This year we formed another Ad hoc committee looking at ‘Ways to Support our Membership’. On a trial basis to reach out to those members who are less mobile, we have initiated a taxi voucher offer, as a means to having some of our members attend daytime Chapter events; these members may not drive anymore or currently have a medication condition that prohibits them from driving. We look forward to introducing other means of supporting our membership, as new possibilities are explored.

Communication within our Chapter is vital. On an annual basis we create 3 editions of our newsletter, The Voice, send out monthly emails to our members, maintain an extensive webpage, and have a presence on Facebook. In addition, our Visitation, Telephoning, and Card Committees strive to make sure our members feel a sense of connection to our organization.

This year our Chapter provided a $1 000 scholarship for the College of Education’s Awards Celebration and a $500 donation to the McDowell Foundation.

We continue to ensure that our members know about the activities and sports sponsored by the Saskatchewan Seniors Fitness Association and events sponsored by the Saskatoon Council on Aging.

We are so appreciative of the Provincial STS Executive members for their tireless efforts on our behalf.

Wishing everyone a healthy, ‘fun-tastic’ summer!

Submitted by,

Eileen Deneiko, President