Federal Retirees Golf Tournament, September 14, 2017
"Come one, come all –we’re golfing this fall" was our call to members inviting them to golf in the “Just for Fun” Golf Tournament September 14th at 10 A. M. at Mission Creek Golf Course. Golf and lunch were only $30
Twenty-five golfers participated, some real golfers and some with limited golf experience, but everyone had a great time as the game was a version of the Mexican Scramble format, so that people could play from the best ball etc. Everyone played 9 holes, and play moved along smoothly. Five members, who were unable to golf, joined in for lunch.
Following the golf, lunch was served in the Fore Restaurant, at the Golf Course, where everyone could mingle and chat. Thanks to Luke and staff for an enjoyable lunch and the efficient service. Everyone received a ‘150th Canada Birthday cookie, made by Traci Mitchell and the membership team as well as a 150th commemorative bag.
There was a draw of names for donated prizes:
- 2 boxes of organic apples and a flower arrangement from Bite-Me-Organics
- a framed picture donated by Ralph,
- a box of Hickory Farms preserves donated by Christine
- 18 holes of golf for 2 from Mission Creek Golf Course
- 18 holes of golf at Mission Creek donated by Ethel Robidoux
- 2 sleeves of golf balls and a pottery mug donated by Larry Crabb
- Service at OK Tire on Springfield Road
Norm Robidoux looked after a 50/50 draw; the funds that NAFR receives go toward sponsoring a needy family at Christmas. For this draw, the winner, Linda Mackay won $50 as did the Branch.
The winning team of Allan Crowder, Ralph Livingston, Karen Zayonce and Ruth Abercrombie came in with an amazing score of 34. Congratulations team, you’ve set the bar high for next year!
Those who attended, commented how enjoyable the event was, plus the weather cooperated with a warm sunny day. Some new members and several who are interested in joining, attended and indicated they were interested in other social events which was good to hear, since we are working hard at encouraging new members to get involved.
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
Our local branch of NAFR held a luncheon on September 20th at the Chatsworth Retirement Residence in appreciation of our volunteers who help keep our branch in operation. An excellent lunch was catered by the staff at Chatsworth. Wine was supplied by Norm and Ethel Robidoux.
President Larry Crabb welcomed the volunteers, expressing his gratitude for their help in the many ways needed by the branch.
District Director Guy Bird also thanked the volunteers, expressing the importance of having them help in organizing and operating our various local operations - Board Members/Directors, events that they helped run (Learning by Experience, Health Accord, Meet & Greet New Members), manning Salvation Army Kettles at Christmas, visits to members in Care Homes and the Hospital, operating the 50/50 draw for the Christmas Basket, organizing our annual golf tournament, advising on Medwatch, and helping with Family Shopping & Gift Wrapping. He stressed that there is always room for more volunteers.
Door prizes were won by John Moore, Anne Gilbert, and Carol Geoghegan.
The 50/50 draw was won by Ken Wright.
Learning Experience VIII
October 24th at 8:15 our local Branch held Learning Experience VIII with a breakfast at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club where Claire Newell the guest speaker presented on ‘Travel Tips’ for your winter vacation. Approximately eighty members found Claire’s presentation very informative.
Claire is familiar to many residents of the Okanagan as she is featured weekly on Global TV. Claire Newell is a travel expert, author, travel consultant on Global BC and president of Travel Best Bets by Jubilee Tours and Travel. She gave bucket list ideas for travel, popular cruise destinations this year, which are Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Spain, as well as many safety factors of which travellers should be cognizant. She answered questions from members after the presentation. The feedback the organizers received from our members was that Claire gave an excellent, informative presentation.
She also provided a pdf file Claire_Newell_Kelowna_Presentation.pdf with interesting and useful information for prospective travellers.
Federal Retirees - Central Okanagan Branch “make a difference” helping
The branch received an emergency request from Variety asking if we could assist them with their annual Boat for Hope event- the land lubbers portion. The event in Kelowna had been postponed and the seafaring portion cancelled due to the smoke-filled Kelowna air creating an apparent shortage of much needed volunteers to assist with the event.
Your branch was able to respond on short notice and 4 members made their way to Kerry Park, giving Variety some much needed and much appreciated assistance with the day’s activity. We will likely hear from them again in the future.