Snowbird Extravaganza 1999!

Spring 1999 CSANews Issue 31  |  Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.Back to list

Hi folks!

Congratulations to all the folks who made this event even better than last year's. We had a trailer-load of service and product displays, a bucketful of continuous entertainment and seminars galore. I was again privileged to meet and greet thousands of snowbirds over the two days.

Ontario Premier Mike Harris took time out from his vacation to address the snowbirds. The audience of 7,000 greeted him with a standing ovation and he received several more as he spoke of the positive changes his government was making for snowbirds.

Three new pieces of legislation will be law in Ontario by the time you read this article. These are very positive changes for all Ontarians, but of particular interest to travelling seniors. Firstly, if we are out of the province during an Ontario election, we can vote by mail. Secondly, the Ontario prescription drug plan has been upgraded and travellers can now take an extra 100 days (for a total of 200 days) of prescription drugs out of the province with them if needed. Thirdly, a special 30-day addition to the existing 183-day rule has been added which allows us greater freedom to travel out of our province and country.

We are finally getting a more meaningful application of freedom in a democratic society, which many of us fought for during the wars.

During our two-day Extravaganza, Cam Jackson, Ontario's Minister of Long-Term Care with Responsibility for Seniors pointed out that the Canadian Snowbird Association was the only seniors' group that requested the government make changes to these issues. These comments are very important to us and should be equally important to you. It means that your Board of Directors is moving in the right direction to improve the lot of all Canadians. If you have friends who are not yet CSA members, ask them to join. The more members we have, the more influence we can exert to bring about needed changes.

Beth and I drove down to Punta Gorda on January 26, to attend the first winter information meeting. It was great to see so many old friends (old meaning endearing rather than chronologically).

Close to 2,000 people came to the show. CSA Director Jack Kiuru did a fine job as Master of Ceremonies, and Ronnie Prophet and his wife Glory-Anne entertained the folks royally. We're off to another great year!

Getting back to more serious stuff. The insurance agent was surprised to find a couple in a retirement village with no insurance. In his effort to sell a policy to the husband, the agent said, "How in the world will your wife carry on if you should die?" "Well," answered the husband, "I really don't care how she carries on after I die as long as she behaves herself while I'm still alive."

A final thought for the day. "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."