Why Don't They Do Something About It?

Summer 2002 CSANews Issue 43  |  Posted date : Apr 06, 2007.Back to list

How many times have you heard that said? And who are 'they' anyway?

Usually 'they' refers to people in authority or with actual or perceived influence, such as local, municipal, provincial and federal governments, the police, corporate executives, the courts and bureaucrats.

But have you ever considered that 'they' are 'us'?

Too often, we look to others to solve our problems when we each have the power to make that extra difference. Personally, I follow a simple creed ­ "If it's going to be, it's up to me."

Back in 1992, a small group of Canadians became frustrated with provincial governments' reduction in the out-of-province coverage for emergency medical services for Canadians travelling out of the country. This group organized and, shortly after, your CSA was born.

Since then, your CSA has won many initiatives for travelling Canadians. We will continue our efforts to ensure sufficient drug supplies equal to length of stay allowed out of province and an end to restrictive residency requirements which preclude travel within Canada, once the time period out of country has been exhausted.

And then, out of the blue came the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) proposal which could limit visitors' stay in the United States to as few as 30 days.

Fortunately, your CSA was there and ready to react swiftly. Travelling Canadians do have a lobby group working tirelessly for their best interests and, at the time of writing, our position looks promising. But

will your association be here five years from now, when perhaps the INS again looks at limiting our time, or our own government makes a decision to cut Medicare to those going south for extended periods? It depends on you.

As chair of the membership committee of your CSA, I want to make sure that your CSA is there for you, your children and your grandchildren. During our May discussions at the membership committee and board meetings, we formulated an idea that just might go a long way to perpetuating your CSA.

The concept is simple - create a sufficiently large endowment fund that will guarantee the longevity of your CSA through prudent investment earnings. Here's how you can become 'they' and do something about it. Become a 'Lifer'. A lifetime membership in your CSA will provide the base for an endowment fund that, over time, will grow to perpetuate your CSA.

I know, many of you will quickly do the math - and figure that it's cheaper to buy annual memberships based on your age and number of years you expect to continue the snowbird lifestyle. Wait a minute; isn't that small extra cost a miniscule part of your estate that you will leave to your children anyway? And what better way to guarantee the continuance of your CSA so that it can always be there for surprises like the INS announcements.

Canadian Snowbirds - stand up and be counted! My wife, Sharon and I are "Proud to be Canadian snowbirds" and have become 'Lifers.' Won't you consider the advantages for the future - for yourselves and your families? Join us! Let's make your CSA a million strong so 'they' will continue to listen to us.