President's message

Summer 1999 CSANews Issue 32  |  Posted date : Mar 02, 2007.Back to list

Another summer has come...and is passing very quickly. It's hard to imagine that in just a few weeks, many of us will begin packing for our winter away.

I would like to take a moment to thank the tens of thousands of you who have taken the time to renew your memberships in the CSA. I am also very gratified to see that the number of Lifetime Memberships purchased has increased significantly this year. If you have not renewed your membership yet, please take the time to do so, today.

If you have already sent in your renewal, please pass the membership application that accompanied your card along to a friend, or cut the application out of this magazine. Remember, the greater our numbers, the stronger our voice. Our best advertising is our members, so keep up the good work!

All members have received, or will receive a 24-page special report chronicling both the current advocacy efforts of the Canadian Snowbird Association as well as our past accomplishments. The response to our report has, thus far, been very positive, and we plan on using this report as a blueprint when speaking with government officials in the future.

Your CSA Directors have been very busy this summer attending various events across the country. Dundee Wealth Management Group has been conducting financial seminars coast to coast and, wherever possible, a CSA Director has been on hand to greet audiences and deliver an overview of the CSA and its work. Personal invitations to each seminar will be mailed out to our members living in each area.

In Ontario, two "Big Band Sundays" were held celebrating the vibrant sounds of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Les Brown. These were very successful and at each event, either Kay Jeanneret or Ellen White delivered an association update to those in attendance. We greeted some familiar faces in the crowd and got to know (and sign up!) some new ones. All in all, these "Big Band" days were very enjoyable for everyone and we are considering expanding them to other provinces.

I have just concluded my first meeting with The Honourable Dennis Furlong, New Brunswick's new health minister, and I am very impressed with the speed of his response to my request for a meeting. The meeting was extremely positive in nature, and I anticipate that the CSA will enjoy a close working relationship with this new government. I will have details of my meeting in the next issue of CSA News.

The CSA and Medipac have a unique relationship ­ so unique, in fact, that Medipac President was invited to deliver a speech to delegates at the Canadian Society of Association Executives conference in Newfoundland, discussing how and why the two organizations work so well together. Please see CSA Days for greater details on the event.

I'm pleased to announce our newest benefit partner, The Golf Card. B.C. Director, Alex Scott is an avid golfer, and he assures us that the Golf Card is the next best thing to a hole-in-one. In addition to two free green fees a year at 1,600 courses in Canada and the U.S., members also receive 50 per cent off green fees at an additional 1,900 courses. There's a lot more, so be sure to read up on it.
I hope that you had (and are still having) a safe and happy summer and I look forward to seeing many of you at our Extravaganzas.

Bob Jackson