Program 2019-2020

October 18, 2019 –  At our opening luncheon, we will be entertained by the talents of Augustine Yates, an advanced Humber Music School student.  Please join us.

November 8, 2019 – Barbara Dickson will talk to us about fascinating historical events in Toronto’s history, including the tunnels used by the bomb girls during WW2.

December 13, 2019 – Back by popular demand, the Retro Ramblers will provide their fun harmonies as they perform songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

January 17, 2020 – Adam Shoalts has been named one of the greatest living explorers, and is considered Canada’s Indiana Jones.  Adam has led expeditions for National Geographic among others, and completed a 4,000 km. solo journey across the Arctic.

February 14, 2020 – Plum Johnson, an Oakville author, will talk to us about having to deal with her parents’ mansion and its belongings after they died, and the book she wrote, They Left Us Everything, about that adventure.

March 13, 2020 – Elaine Charal will educate and entertain us with her talk on The Power of the Pen, or a discussion of handwriting analysis and what it reveals about ourselves.

April 17, 2020 – Mark Eisenman, famous Toronto jazz pianist, will entertain us with his easy piano stylings.

Men are always welcome as guests at any of our meetings.


April 2019 Luncheon

Our season wrapped up with our final luncheon, and entertainment by K2.   They are a dynamic young duo comprising Kim Erin and Kevin Adamson, who serenaded us with ballads, standards and some up-tempo light rock.   Their musical stylings were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

Our incoming President Barbara was presented with her President pin by Ruth, and Noreen won the 50/50 draw of $55.00.

Our delicious lunch was served by the ever capable staff of Markland Wood.  We appreciate their ongoing excellent service on our behalf.

We look forward to another year, our 84th, beginning in October, with the piano stylings of a Humber music student.   We hope to see you there!


Afternoon Tea March 8th

Our speaker today was Kathleen Powell, Supervisor of Historical Services and Curator for the City of St. Catharines.  She spoke to us about the construction of the Welland Ship Canal, which is the fourth canal built, and the men who gave their lives to help realize this massive engineering undertaking.  It took from 1913 to 1935 to build the canal and its eight locks, with a pause between 1916-1919 for WWI.  The canal carries about 3,000 ships which carry about 40,000,000 tons of cargo a year.  The photos she showed gave us a very good idea of the difficulties the workers faced carving their way through the escarpment to get the canal from Port Weller to Port Colborne.

Join us for our final luncheon April 12th at noon.  Call Jo Shapiro 416-622-2421 to make a reservation.  Our entertainment will be K2, a young dynamic vocal duo.

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Collecting name tags and buying 50/50 tickets


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50/50 winner! Yes, men are welcome as guests to all our meetings.

Afternoon Tea February 8th

Who knew how many things were invented in the Roaring 20’s, and why it was called “roaring”? Lianne Harris explained all this and more in her presentation to the group. Penicillin, the assembly line, Q-tips, the lie detector, hair dryer, Band-aid, combustion engine, bulldozer, Kool-Aid, and the bread slicer were all invented in that decade, and the effects of these inventions on society was explained to us. It was termed the “Roaring 20s” because of the noise created by all the construction going on and the airplanes flying people around. Lianne’s presentations are always informative and fun, and her costumes just make the day.



Afternoon Tea January 18th

Gary Hines Jan 18table 1 Jan 18table 2 Jan 18This afternoon, our guest speaker was Gary Hines, an Air Traffic Controller at Pearson Airport. He has been there for 20 years, and explained to us what goes on “up there in the tower”, complete with slides to show the work environment. It’s complicated, and ATC personnel have to be totally focused in their work to prevent accidents in the air and on the ground. His presentation was fascinating, and earned a great round of applause from our members and guests.

Holiday Luncheon December 7th

We were royally entertained by The Retro Ramblers, as we sang along to their beautiful harmonies, and were kept in stitches by their zany sense of humour. Before their performance, we enjoyed a delicious luncheon thanks to the talents of the Executive Chef at Markland Wood.



Joan, winner of the 50/50 draw.
Ruth, winner of the table decoration.

Fall luncheon 2018

Our fall luncheon started off by pinning three new members.   We are delighted to have them join us.

We then enjoyed a delicious salmon lunch, followed by wonderful music by vocalist Nicole Lisa Craig and Donald Quan on violin and tabla drums.

Check out our upcoming program for more interesting afternoons.

3 new members
Pinning new members
Nicole Lisa Craig
enjoying the music
Enjoying the music
Donald and his instruments
Donald and his instruments