September 2020 Update

To mask or not to mask?

Your KWC Executive had no difficulty in making the right decision during this pandemic. Whether posing for a very formal photo, or being caught in the act preparing the newsletters for mailing, masks were prominently displayed. We wanted to share this late summer photo taken in Carol Spratt’s lovely garden.

We learned that, even when wearing masks, we smile when getting our photo taken. Who knows, maybe we will also do a fall photo, a winter (depending on the snow) photo…….stay tuned to your website.

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RE:   COVID-19

Hello Everyone –

It is trite to say that we are living in unprecedented times that call for strong leadership and decisive action to ensure the health and safety of our many communities.  As your Executive, we hope that you are well and taking all necessary steps to ensure your continued good health and that of your family.

We mentioned at the March meeting that we would monitor developments at the federal, provincial and municipal levels with a view to determining whether to proceed in April with the Annual General Meeting.  Since then, many businesses have closed including Markland Wood Golf Club, many events have been cancelled, and we are all advised to take this situation very seriously and practice “social distancing”.  All of this is with a view to “flattening” or “planking” the curve.  Hopefully, we will be in a better situation in the not too distant future but it appears that this may take many months.

We are, therefore, cancelling our April Meeting and will hold the Annual General Meeting at a future date to be determined, when hopefully we will be able to resume normal lives and schedules.  This means that we will address at that time the required voting on the 2020/2021 Executive Slate of Candidates and the revised Constitution and By-Laws.  Should you have questions on the Constitution, however, please do not hesitate to contact either myself ( or Jo Shapiro, Treasurer/Membership Convenor, ( .

Social distancing is a concept supported by our medical community and infectious disease specialists.  We hear about this every day in breaking news bulletins.  We are facing much uncertainty and new challenges, unseen since perhaps the second World War.  At the same time, social caring is important –  to take good care of ourselves, to extend a helping hand wherever we safely can in our community, while all the time maintaining  a sense of humour. 

From time to time, we will be posting helpful information on the website ( – for example, information on different places to arrange grocery delivery or free pickup.

Until we are able to resume meetings at Markland, please take good care of yourselves.  Among the many things we may be doing at home, i.e. spending more time with family, decluttering, cleaning the garden, etc., we have an opportunity now to read all those books we always wanted to read – imagine what our first book exchange will look like when we return to Markland!!

On behalf of the KWC Executive, we wish you only the best as we navigate these uncharted waters together – take care and stay healthy.

March 26, 2020

March 13 Afternoon Tea

We were entertained today by Elaine Charal, and her talk on handwriting analysis, and how your handwriting tells a lot about you. Her examples drawn from personal experience over the past 20 years had us laughing, and we learned a lot about different writing styles and what they mean. After her presentation, she spent time analyzing the handwriting of several people, complete with written explanations of what their writing revealed about them.

We also welcomed three new members, two of whom were in attendance.

Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, it is uncertain whether we will be able to hold our AGM/April meeting on the 17th of April – stay tuned for an update on this situation.

February 2020 Tea

“They Left Us Everything” author Plum Johnson discussed her book, her two years spent living in her parents’ 23 room house and dealing with all its contents, and visiting the house after it was renovated.

Besides being a published author, in 1983 Plum founded Kids Canada Publishing Corp., the first parenting publication in Canada. She was awarded the Toronto Sun’s Women on the Move award for outstanding achievement in business. Her flagship News Magazine, Kids Toronto, won multiple international design awards and was awarded the PPA Award of Excellence for her monthly editorial column.

In 2002 she co-founded Help’s Here!, a resource magazine for seniors and caregivers.

Plum is also an accomplished illustrator and portrait painter.

The book:  After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents—first for their senile father, and then for their cantankerous ninety-three-year-old mother—author Plum Johnson and her three younger brothers experience conflicted feelings of grief and relief when their mother, the surviving parent, dies.

Now they must empty and sell the beloved family home, which hasn’t been de-cluttered in more than half a century. The task consumes her, becoming more rewarding than she ever imagined.

Items from childhood trigger memories of her eccentric family growing up in a small town on the shores of Lake Ontario in the 1950’s and 60’s. But unearthing new facts about her parents helps her reconcile those relationships with a more accepting perspective about who they were and what they valued.

They Left Us Everything is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future. 

The biggest message the Plum left with us after her very entertaining talk was – “Don’t throw everything out!  Leave things for your kids to discover about you.”

January 2020 Tea

We were thoroughly entertained by Adam Shoalts, a professional adventurer and outdoorsman. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geograhical Society, and in 2017 completed a nearly 4,000 km solo journey across Canada’s Arctic. His description of this trek had us both gasping and laughing, as Adam has a wickedly dry wit while describing his harrowing adventures. His book Beyond the Trees describes this trip in detail. In 2016 he was named a national champion of the Trans-Canada Trail. He holds a PhD from McMaster University and has participated in numerous archeological projects and digs. His greatest love is simply spending time in the outdoors. This has been a passion since childhood.

After his very enjoyable and thoroughly engrossing talk, many of us purchased one or more of his (3) books published to date – he is currently working on a 4th book, which will be available later this year.

Afternoon Tea November 8th

We were mesmerized by the presentation about the bomb girls of Toronto during WWII, and the working conditions in the munitions plant in Scarborough.   Some of the buildings used are still standing, but will probably not last much longer as they have not been designated heritage sites, and progress encroaches on the area.

Barbara Dickson gave a detailed presentation about the GECO site where bullets, detonators and the like were made for four years, and the dangers the women faced doing these jobs.

We also welcomed ten new members to the Club.  The ladies were presented with their membership pins and a copy of the Constitution of the Club.  We are pleased to welcome them all.

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 – Paper Moon – Zoey Adams and Tony Quarrington will entertain us with original music and Christmas selections.

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.