President’s Message Issue 36

Fall 2000 CSANews Issue 36  |  Posted date : Mar 06, 2007.Back to list

I have had the pleasure over the years of speaking with thousands of you at all of our Extravaganzas and Winter Meetings, and I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly thank you for your support. You all made it crystal clear that you appreciate the work the CSA is doing on your behalf, and have expressed a great deal of interest in lending your voice to our cause. Today, we're going to show you just how easy it is to be heard by our politicians.

As I mentioned in our last issue of CSA News, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." If we can mobilize our 100,000 members coast to coast to all become squeaky wheels, can you imagine the impact we'll have on our nation's decision-makers? All it takes is a phone call, letter, fax or e-mail and you'll have the attention of the people that you helped put into office...and can vote OUT of office just as easily. It's time we exercised our right to be heard, once again.

In the Government Report, we will take you step by step through the processes necessary to garner that attention. I have worked closely with the Government Relations Committee drafting this special section, and I can assure you that, with my years of experience as a cabinet minister in New Brunswick, the information we're giving you will do the trick.

When you turn to pages 8 through 14, you'll find all the information necessary to help express the concerns that the CSA has been addressing, both at the federal and provincial levels of government. Not only will you find out with whom to get in contact and how, we're also providing you with a brief synopsis of the issues, as they relate to each province. To make it easier for you, we're also supplying sample letters for you to review and, if you choose to do so, copy.

The CSA has done extremely well in its advocacy efforts in the past, and we see this as the next step in the evolution of our association. We have already proven ourselves to be a formidable force and, with your active assistance, I see many more victories on the very near horizon for all of us.

As many of you know, I have embraced the Internet whole-heartedly. It still amazes me just how much information one can get over the Web. To that end, I am especially pleased that the CSA has become firmly entrenched on the World Wide Web (www). This allows Internet subscribers worldwide to know about our organization, not just those who use AOL. We can still be found at AOL keyword "snowbird," but now all Internet users can find us at www.snowbirds.org.

Since going online in July, we have been receiving hundreds of 'hits' a day. That means that every day, we have hundreds of visitors to the CSA Web site. While I'm sure that many of our 'visitors' are not in the traditional snowbird demographic, I'm convinced that the majority are...proof again that the "never too old to learn" mentality does apply. All you have to do is take a look at one of the Internet Cafés at our Extravaganzas to know that we've become addicted to the Internet in a very big way. Whoever said that you can't teach an old dog new tricks certainly didn't foresee the future of computers ­ or the tenacity of a snowbird.

Like the majority of our members, Joyce and I are preparing for our trip south. We're making our lists (and, like Santa, checking them twice), and undoubtedly we'll forget something as we do every year. We do as much as we can to make our lives simpler in this regard, and I've found that the CSA Benefit Program helps immeasurably. From health and car insurance to roadside assistance, it's all there for us.

In closing, I urge you all to get involved with your association as much as you can. We are strong both FOR you, and BECAUSE of you. Pick up a pen, send a fax, or e-mail. If you winter in the States, come to the Winter Information Meeting closest to you and find out how you can help shape Canada's future for yourselves, your children and your grandchildren.