A Very Busy Winter In Florida!

Spring 2010 CSANews Issue 74  |  Posted date : May 27, 2010.Back to list

In the last issue, I started off by saying "What a strange summer it was" in Canada. Well, the winter in Florida had it beat. This was the coldest winter in Florida for years. However, that did not stop us from visiting many Canadian Clubs and signing up many new members.

We had a wonderful time at every event we attended. However, the one that will stand out in our minds will be the dinner/dance at Outdoor Resorts in Clermont. When we arrived, we were greeted by more than 200 Canadians all dressed in red and white. They were watching the gold medal hockey game. Everyone was happy until just before the end, when the U.S. tied the game. The groan could be heard for miles. Then when Crosby scored the winning goal in overtime, there was a thunderous roar and everyone burst into singing O Canada. Joan and I both had lumps in our throats and tears in our eyes. We were proud to be Canadians. I am sure that everyone there will remember where they were on that day.

Another event that was hard to forget was the dinner at Horseshoe Cove in Bradenton. They served an authentic Canadian dinner "Swiss Chalet" style; they even had the special sauce.

I am sure that there are many Canadian clubs across the Southern United States that have never had a CSA director attend their meetings. If your club would like a director to visit and give a brief talk about the work done by the association, all you have to do is call the office and request a director to attend.

In addition to the clubs we visited, we also attended the Florida picnics of Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the first Ontario picnic. All of these picnics were well attended. The Newfoundland picnic was a blast – a blast of wind! It was so bad that we had to take down the CSA/Medipac tent before it blew away. We would like to thank all of the Newfoundlanders who helped us with the tent.

The first Ontario picnic organized by Isabel and Stu Irvine was a great success, with more than 450 people in attendance; we even had a busload from Ocala. These picnics give everyone an opportunity to meet others from their province and to renew old acquaintances.

This was a busy winter for us as well. In addition to attending these events, we also mailed out 95,000 placemats. We encourage you to order these placemats, which are sent to you free of charge. Please order only enough for the current year; this will enable everyone to receive placemats for their events and your placemats will have the current meeting dates.

Well, by the time you read this, you will all be back in your home provinces. Let's hope that the summer weather is much better than last year. We'll see many of you at the Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations in Canada this fall.

Have a safe and healthy summer.


Photo #1: Organizers of the Canada Day dinner at Horseshoe Cove in Bradenton. (L-R) Rick and Jean Hatzlhoffer, Jim and Janet Anderson, Barb and Bob North (chairs of the event), Gerry Jannett, Joanne Wilson

Photo #2: Canada Day at Crystal Lakes Resort Wachula organizers Diane and Francios Landry

Photo #3: Live Oaks Canada Day celebration. Gerry (center) with (L-R) Barry and Mary Cation, Lee and Tom Wilson, all from Port Severn, ON

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