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Gerry Brissenden
CSA Past President
What a great summer we had in Canada and we now look forward
to a great winter in sunny climes. I hope that everyone had a safe
trip to their winter residence and that you have a wonderful win-
ter season.
Once again, it was a busy summer for Joan and me – we attend-
ed several political information meetings. It is important that
Directors are seen at these events and that the politicians under-
stand the Association’s concerns.
The fall season started with my being the guest speaker at the CN
Rail retirees meeting at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre. We
had a very good audience – several of whom were already mem-
bers of the CSA – and we were able to sign up several new mem-
It was then of to Parry Sound and Brockville for the Snowbird
Lifestyle Presentations. These were well-attended and everyone
enjoyed the entertainment provided by Bowser and Blue, Jimmy
Flynn and, of course, Tommy Leadbeater, as well as the informa-
tion provided by President Bob Slack and Dr. Bob MacMillan.
Many attendees were so impressed with the quality of the enter-
tainment that they made a nice fnancial donation to the Special
Action Fund. This fund is very important to the Association; the
money you donate is used to visit politicians across Canada and
in the United States. If you enjoyed the entertainment and would
like to donate to the fund, you can do so by sending a cheque to
the ofce or by donating at one of our events.
My next speaking engagement was in Hamilton, where I spoke to
the International Police Pensioners Association. Once again many
of the attendees were already members, but we were able to sign
up quite a few new members.
It was then of to St. Catharines to talk to a group called PROBUS,
which is an acronym for Professional Businessmen’s Association.
Once again several in the audience were already members of
the CSA, but we were able to bring quite a few new members on
These speaking engagements are very important as they provide
information about the Association tomany people who travel, but
do not know about the CSA. If you are a member of a retiree group
who would like a Director to talk at one of their meetings, please
Travels of Gerry and Joan
have them notify the ofce of the date, time and location
of the meeting and we will provide a Director to attend.
We are now ready to start a new winter season. Joan and I
will be sending out the placemats. If you haven’t ordered
yours yet, call the toll-free number and we will make sure
that they are sent to you in time for your event. If you
would like a Director to attend and speak at your event
during the winter months, please call the ofce to see
who is available.
Have a wonderful winter and keep ft and healthy.
See you at the
Information Meetings!
The phone number for placemat orders is
Oh, say can you see
by the dawn's early light
what so proudly we hailed at the
twilight's last gleaming?
whose broad stripes and bright stars
thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were
so gallantly streaming?
and the rocket's red glare,
the bombs bursting in air,
gave proof thru the night that our
flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled
banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and
the home of the brave?
O canada!
Our home and native land!
true patriot love
in all thy sons command.
with glowing hearts
we see thee rise,
the true North
strong and free!
from far and wide,
O canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
god keep our land
glorious and free!
O canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
O canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
February 11 to 28, 2011
January 25 & 26, 2011
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February 1 & 2, 2011
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February 8 and 9, 2011
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Third Thursday of each month starting at 12:00 p.m.; November
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