Issue 101



Winter 2016 » Issue 101

This morning, I remembered why I was a snowbird. We awoke to a swirling dusting of snow and freezing weather. The weather forecasters were doing what they do but, incredibly, they were talking about a possible two feet of snow; not a few centimetres or a bunch of millimetres, but feet. It was 70 degrees a few days ago for heaven’s sake. It appears that our several Indian summers are over.

The 2017 Old Farmers’ Almanac advises, “As solar activity continues to decline, we expect below-normal temperatures and above-normal snowfall in most of the nation.” I have been reading the Almanac since I was a young boy, having found my first copy at my grandmother’s small farm in the Annapolis Valley. They have continuously published the Almanac since 1792 and are celebrating their 225th year of production. In March, the Canadian Snowbird Association will be celebrating their 25th anniversary so they only have 200 years to go to catch up, and I am sure that they will. In their first 25 years, the CSA’s accomplishments have been amazing in keeping our borders open and our health care intact. Both the U.S. and Canadian governments have changed many policies to protect our lifestyles, all at the urging and recommendation of the CSA.

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate the new members joining our Board of Directors. They were selected by the CSA nominating committee and subsequently approved by the membership on November 18, 2016. They are:

Rod Seiling (Ontario/Florida)

Garry McDonald (Ontario/Florida)

Robert Herman (Ontario/Florida)

Wendy Caban (British Columbia/Arizona)

Welcome to our wonderful community and may your Board tenure be rewarding and successful. There is still much to do.

And, as for the snow, we are out of here instantly following our staff Christmas party. See you in the sunny South.

Sincerely,

Ross Quigley