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January 2011
Hi folks! This last quarter of the year has been very busy and productive with a number of successful events held at the Wing. Our regular activities – our Darts Program and our TGIF Dinners continue to be very popular and are widely attended. Our Bingos, the Goods Bingo in November and the Ham and Turkey Bingo in December gave us record returns, and as well, our Flipper and Roast Beef Dinner was the best yet, and we've received many accolades from the members and the public.
Our Armistice Dinner and Dance was a great success this year, offering a great in-house prepared meal and featured an intriguing speech from Ross Reid on Canada's role in Afghanistan. Our Afternoon Tea and Bake Sale was the best yet and has obviously, considering the turn out, has become a favourite with members and guests. It was a class act all the way, with top quality baked goods donated by our members, beautifully wrapped and presented, with many positive comments coming in, noting as well, the great sandwiches and cookies offered at the Tea. This project took many hands to orchestrate and we had many members willingly offering their time and effort.
New to the scene was a Cadet Reunion party offering the Wing as a venue for this event and promoting new membership from these ranks. Also new to the scene was our Bridge and Auction Luncheons that appear to have become a big hit with the members and public, with much interest expressed for more in the New Year.
All these events don't just happen. They are the result of the hard work and dedication of members who continue to give there time and effort. The team work among these members is exceptional. In December alone, eight rental dinners were catered to in house, minimizing over head expenses and maximizing our return.
Other teams have rallied together organizing fund raising events and activities. While others worked on the housekeeping needs of the Wing, decorating the Wing for Christmas and cleaning the new windows and cleaning and reinstalling the blinds.
Other members have contributed other ways, like making donations of cash and or goods to boost our various events. Of course, I must mention also the dedicated team of Jeanne and Clayton Collins who many times go far beyond the call of duty to lead the way on these projects. I am so very grateful to everyone. It is this kind of dedication that will sustain our Wing.
Meantime, our building improvement project has begun, with nine new windows (basically all our windows) installed. Our fund raising done earlier in the fall gave us the start up funds to get this underway. This project must continue as we move towards the spring, with much needed repairs and replacements done to our doors and front steps and hopefully a new paint job for the building. Our fund raising efforts must continue also to ensure the Wing can afford these expenses.
Finally we will end the year with our New Year's Eve Gala. I'm happy to report that we are booked for 110 guests with a fair size waiting list for cancellations. We expect a great night with the City’s fireworks just outside our door.
As the year rolls out, our program will continue with our ever popular Darts and TGIF Dinners followed by our usual Bingos and Flipper and Roast Beef Dinner and our newly organized Bridge and Auction Lunches will also continue. This year we plan to try a new approach by holding a "Valentines Night Hawaiian Style" in February, and return to our Paddy's Night Concert and Dance in March.
Again, I must offer my sincere thanks to our members whose continued support makes all this possible. Already, as we walk into the Wing and see the lovely Christmas decorations along with bright new windows, I feel it gives us all a boost as it reflects a successful and "with it" organization that we can all be proud of. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all!!
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