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The Seniors Friendship Club organizes educational, cultural, recreational, and social events for older adults in the upper Ottawa Valley.  The club is run primarily by volunteers and we accomplish a lot. We have a seven-member executive committee, and like other organizations, we have limits on how long volunteers may serve on it.  We have three positions coming open which we need your help to fill.  These are not onerous jobs. The three positions are: President, Secretary, and Activities Director.  The President chairs the executive meetings, the Secretary records and prepares their minutes and agendas, and the Activities Director leads a committee of five people who coordinate fun and interesting monthly events, occasional bus trips,  monthly movies, etc., for club members. The executive meets once per month to oversee the club activities, discuss worthwhile improvements, and review our by-laws and policies when necessary.  Please think about joining this group so we can continue to offer a continued variety of social interaction and fitness opportunities.
If you wish to speak directly to the President, Secretary, or Activities Director to find out more, please let us know!
Thank you.


SFC 2019 April Newsletter
April Greetings to Seniors Friendship Club.
The current email list contains names of those who have renewed 2018-19 and the previous year. If you do not plan to renew and wish to have your name removed from the e-mail list, please let me know.
It's not too late to renew for 2018-19 (good till end of August 2019), if you have not done so. You can put the $20 with your name in the drop box in the Town Hall Lobby.
Tomorrow, Thursday, April 4th, those who have signed up for the sleigh ride/maple syrup outing at Whalen Farm meet at Valu Mart parking lot at 9:30 AM for carpooling. For those who don't want chili, please feel free to bring your own lunch.
Ongoing activities:
1. Wendy's Senior Stretch for all our members continues until April 29 in the Library every Monday and Thursday beginning at 1:30 in the afternoon. $8 fee at the door helps with costs.
2. Billiards will continue with Wayne Workman on Tuesday afternoons beginning at 1:30 in Wayne's home at 10 Newton until notice is given of the summer break. Space is very limited so please callWayne in advance at 613-584-2385.
3. Friday Movie at NRLTC April 26, title to be determined. Watch NRT for details.
Other Events:
1. Friday, April 12 - For those signed up for Bowling and Dinner, you will be receiving a phone call confirmation with further details.
2. Tuesday, April 16 we will be having a talk by the Deep River Fire Department followed by refreshments and then a Manta Ray presentation courtesy of Michael Stephens. All this will take place in the CEC beginning at 1:30. We hope that you can join us. See below for another event the same afternoon, but you might squeeze in both.
Expressions of interest from the members needed for the following.
Please contact us at SFC email <> or Cathy Chapman at 613-584-1577:
1. May 15 - Tulip Festival in Ottawa by bus
2. May ---- Lawn Bowling Demo at the Lawn Bowling Club
3. Mid May - Snake River Canoe trip
4. 55 Drive Alive - refresher driving course
5. July - Dinner Cruise on the Chief Commanda on Lake Nipissing in North Bay
6. August - Trip to Bonnechere Caves, touring Wilno, supper at the Wilno Tavern
Three directors of the Seniors Friendship Club executive are due to retire by the time of our AGM in June, according to the By-Laws of the club's constitution. The positions needing someone to succeed are President, Secretary and Activities Chair, currently filled by Michael Stephens, Phil Davis and Diane Davis. The term of office is two years, which can be extended a further two years, after which the officer must
retire and wait for one year before standing for re-election.
This is an appeal to you to have you consider putting your name forward for an executive position. Meetings are held about once a month to go over Club activities, so it is not a big commitment of time. A lot of the communication and discussion is done by e-mail, so being out of town for periods of time is not a deterrent. Our paid administrative assistant Melanie Theil looks after a lot of details. If you would
like to know more, please talk to one of these retiring directors or the continuing directors, Candy Bishop, Peter Brewster, Cathy Chapman, and myself.
If you don't want to commit to a director's position, we also could use help on the Activities Committee which meets separately and members are not part of the formal Executive, except for the Chair. If you would like to help this committee, it could be a way of introducing yourself to the Club, with perhaps a future commitment to joining the Executive, or if it doesn't suit you can easily leave.
We also need a Kitchen Coordinator for the social events; this does not need to be one person - it could be shared, and it could be for just one event to spread the work load.
And last, but not least, here is a notice from Patti Kinghorn which we feel will interest you. National Health Care Decisions Day April 16, 2019. We all hope to communicate until the end. It doesn’t always happen that way.
Who will speak for you when you can’t speak for yourself?
Without a plan your healthcare team won’t know your wishes.
Your family may not know what to do.
Advance care planning… it is about conversations. It’s about decisions.
It’s about how we care for each other. It matters for all of us. Have you had the conversation? We are here to help get you started.
Free Advance Care Planning Workshop, Tuesday April 16th 3:30-5 pm, at the Deep River Library program room.
Join Patti Kinghorn and Lee-Anne Kennedy (facilitators of the Palliative Volunteer Course coming to Deep River Hospital this May) as they share tools to get you started on completing your Advance Healthcare Directive. Pre-registration is required.
For further information or to register contact Patti at (613) 584-4463 or email
Best Regards,
Ann Serdula
Membership Coordinator
Seniors Friendship Club