President's Message Issue 33

Fall 1999 CSANews Issue 33  |  Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.Back to list

Time to Hit the Trails

Well, we're packing up again. It feels like the summers fly by faster each year there's so much to do once we get home, that it's time to start heading south again even before we know it. Joyce and I spent an enjoyable summer with our family, but now it's time to see our old friends in Sun City Center.

For those of you who know me personally, you're well-acquainted with my passion for computers. I am a great fan of our member benefit with AOL Canada and I was very pleased to see the interest expressed at our Internet Café at Extravaganza North. Rarely were any of the computer stations idle. If you are an AOL Canada subscriber, enter the keyword "snowbird" or "csa" to find the Canadian Snowbird Association home page it is constantly changing with new, updated information and I encourage you to take a look at it.

I'm pleased to report that our Currency Exchange Program is once again being utilized by a great many of our members. The CSA strives to create benefits that will help alleviate the costs of wintering outside of Canada, and our group "buying power" allows us to offer our members highly competitive rates. If you missed cutting the Currency Exchange Program application out of the last issue of CSA news, call our office at 1-800-265-3200 and ask for one to be mailed to you.

In my last report, I wrote about a meeting I had just concluded with New Brunswick's new Health Minister, the Honourable Dr. Dennis Furlong. I have since received a letter from his office acknowledging the points raised, and I am very encouraged by his department's welcoming demeanor.

In his letter, the minister responded that his departmental staff are currently reviewing our proposals for modifying coverage rates, time limits, and prescription drug supply regulations, and will be providing recommendations for his consideration as soon as possible. He assured me that he will be in contact when any decisions are made regarding these issues.

Once again, I recommend that you get involved in the Canada Club nearest your winter residence. In this issue of CSA News, we've published our annual list of Canada Clubs if you're already a member of one, and it doesn't appear on our list, please let us know. We'll make sure to add it to our database. In the meantime, I cannot stress strongly enough how important it is for you to join a club in your area. In addition to the camaraderie, these clubs are important links to happenings back home.

My very best wishes for a safe drive south.