Placemats are Back!

Winter 2000 CSANews Issue 37  |  Posted date : Mar 07, 2007.Back to list

Last year, we provided a whopping 143,000 dinner-table placemats to Canadians and to our American friends wintering in the Sunbelt, and I'm happy to report that they are available again for this year. These attractive placemats contain a large picture of crossed Canadian and American flags, and the words to O Canada and The Star Spangled Banner. The words are in large print (for us seniors), so when you are standing, you can inconspicuously look down at the table and easily see the words. After all, we wouldn't want anyone to think we don't know them, right? To me this is important, because I've noticed that a lot of people don't know the words, and I mean to our own anthem, O Canada. I don't believe that we are expected to know the words to The Star Spangled Banner, just as our American friends are not expected to know them to O Canada, and that's where the placemats serve their purpose.

A lot of people have asked me to include the words to God Bless America and/or America the Beautiful. So I asked my American friends about it, and they claim that we Canadians and, for that matter, some Americans, feel this way because The Star Spangled Banner is more difficult to sing. I agree with this, but prefer the Star Spangled Banner since it is the true national anthem of the United States of America.

Last year, I visited 31 organized social events throughout Florida, including potlucks, picnics, award dinners and sporting events. I thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. The hospitality shown to me is terrific and offers me the opportunity to represent the CSA and Medipac International. I've said it in this column before, and will say it here again, "Canadians are the best, when it comes to organizing and administering social events in the sunbelt" and, by the way, our placemats were at every event.

If you are involved in the planning of a special event, such as for Canada Day for example, and would like to have me or someone else from the CSA attend, please let me know by calling the number below.

Don't delay, as soon as you know how many placemats you need (up to 500) and when they are needed, give me a call toll-free at, 1-877-633-4722. They are delivered via the U.S. Postal Service at Lakeland, Florida. If you are wintering in Polk County near Lakeland, you can simply pick them up at my home in The Hamptons, located on Hwy. 92 between Lakeland and Auburndale. I also have a limited number of six-inch paper flags and lapel pins available; of course, they are on a first-come basis.

Have a safe, healthy and enjoyable winter!