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President's Message

 

By Lynn Hitsman

Once again we will be honouring District 34 Members who have been retired for 25 years. Upon first retiring, the number in mind is how many years of pension credits had been accumulated, but after a while, the years of retirement become a significant accomplishment. In District 34, our membership is just over 3,700. We have two members who are aged over 100 and 14 who are under age 54. The largest group, 945, is between ages 70 and 74.

It is significant to know this information about our members. It enables us locally to plan events, to lobby for health plan adjustments and provincially
to advocate for senior citizens’ challenges and needs.
I invite our 25 Year Members to join us for the Spring Luncheon. Information is in this newsletter. It would be an honour to congratulate each of you in person.

This year, RTO/ERO has been concerned about the Social Isolation of Seniors. Many older people live alone on their own or in a retirement facility or nursing home. (Living in a community does not necessarily mean the there is real social interaction.)

If you know someone who is alone, send them a cheery note in the mail. Make a quick phone call, just to let them know you are thinking of them. If practical ask one out for coffee or take it to them.
Little gestures mean a lot.

Drop off magazines or books that you have read to someone alone, or go and read to someone who can no longer see. Offer to pick up a few groceries if there is bad weather. This is particularly important to those who no longer ┬áhave a driver’s license. Please consider older friends or relatives who might appreciate your call.

As this year comes to a close, I issue an annual plea to members who would be interested in joining our executive or committees to contact me or another executive member to discuss how you might become a leader.

This is not a scary word!

It means volunteering some of your time to assist in planning events, greeting members at these events or using your artistic, organizational or communication skills to assist District 34 serve its membership. You are never alone. There are very experienced executive members who will assist you. On a light note, there is always someone to tell you what to do! Done with respect and collegiality, it is a fine group of people who all volunteer for the betterment of District 34 members.

 

Here is the Financial Statement for January 1, 2018 to Decemeber 31, 2018.

Here is the budget for 2019.

A very imnportant event for members in York Region, Bradford and Georgina.

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