2018-2019 Annual Report
The Saskatoon Chapter continues to be a vibrant, active group. Our Chapter is home to members who superannuated from the Saskatoon Public School Division, Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division, and Prairie Spirit School Division, as well as those who have chosen to make Saskatoon their home in retirement.
We are approximately 2,600 members strong and growing. Our 2018-2019 Executive was comprised of 36 individuals who energetically chaired or co-chaired 21 positions or committees.
In 2018-2019, our Chapter hosted a Welcome Luncheon in September, a Christmas Luncheon and Craft Show in December, and a June Luncheon at the Western Development Museum. When you combine the attendance at these three events, it means we served approximately 600 meals to our members this year. In between these events, we had a lot of fun hosting the Provincial Stitch ‘n’ Quilt in October 2018 and the Provincial Mah Jong tournament in May 2019. Throughout the year, we also hosted two evening wine and cheese (and dancing!) socials, five chapter meetings, ten executive meetings, and numerous monthly activities; including a spring and fall golf tournament. This year, we also introduced a weekly walking group and line dancing group, along with a new sewing group (Sew Much Fun!) that met about every six weeks. We have a very busy Activities Committee that ensures not a month goes by without a number of activities for our members. Participation in our events certainly depends on the activity, but we see anywhere from ten to 320 people coming out to enjoy fellowship, learning and fun on a very regular basis.
Communication is a clear focus for our chapter. We produce 3 editions of our newsletter The Voice each year, send out monthly emails to our members, have a comprehensive webpage, and have a presence on Facebook. Added to that, our Visitation, Telephoning and Cards Committees help to make sure our members feel connected 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 Stirling McDowel Foundation.
We continue to make concerted efforts to ensure our members know about the activities and sports sponsored by the Saskatchewan Seniors Fitness Association, and events sponsored by the Saskatoon Coalition on Aging.
We thank the provincial STS for all their efforts on our behalf and for providing opportunities for chapters to network so that we can continue to learn from the successes of other chapters.
Here’s hoping kindness and hope are on everyone’s radar this summer. . . .
Kim Newlove (President)