A very productive and successful Group Leaders Lunch was held on Friday,  November 1, with representatives of all 34 groups and activities in attendance, as well as the Board of Directors.

Terry Szabo welcomed and thanked all the Group Leaders for their time and dedication.  Ernic Kashima, our President,  and Michelle St. Jean, our Senior Supervisor, reviewed the Group Leaders Manual and fielded very valid questions for the attendees.    The emphasis was on safety and fiscal spending.

A lovely luncheon was served, thank you Paolo Zenone for the arrangements.  Mary reminded us to submit web updates on groups and special activities, and advised that our annual Maywood Christmas project will be initiated on Monday, with a Christmas Concert at the senior center on December 6.  Please note this on your calendar - a delightful event (time to be announced).

 

seniors on roadtrip

What an enjoyable trip it has been!  From Sunshine Coast to Vancouver Island, we traveled all the way to the end of Highway 101, the historic village of Lund to Coombs, a bustling town with interesting unique shops among other things such as the live amusing goats on roof.  Along the way, we visited different places, all with its distinct flavour and history.  And so, after 4 days in each other’s company, friendship forged, experience enriched and memorable moments etched on the photographs.

Brett, thank you for organizing and planning all the details of our trip; Monica, thank you for coordinating and taking care of the paperwork; and Wing, thanks to taking us everywhere safely and minding the van.  Much appreciated and heartfelt thank you to the Bonsor Bus Committee!

Submitted by Stella Au
Tour Participant
October 1, 2019

 

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tennis clip artOn Friday September. 27, the Bonsor 55+ Tennis Group held their yearly AGM and season wind up in the Bonsor 55+ Centre.

The new, terrific, executive were all unanimously re-elected:

President: Wayne
Vice-President: Des
Treasurer: Sandy
Secretary: Pat

As part of the meeting, numerous members were acknowledged for all their contributions in making the club so successful.  The meeting was followed a fabulous Pot Luck (not to be missed!!!!).  Not only do we have some fabulous, friendly and skillful tennis players we also have some amazing cooks.

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karaoke micKaraoke is form of interactive entertainment in which an amateur singer sings along with recorded musical video with a microphone. The music is typically an instrumental version of a well-known popular song. The lyrics are usually displayed on a video screen, along with video images to guide the singer.

Singing Karaoke in front of a group is an excellent way to build your confidence, train your memory, learn new songs and socialize with people.

In fact, it can be a very enjoyable afternoon for both the audience and the singers. This is especially true when the selected songs turn out to be very popular and the delivery turn out to be surprisingly well done.

In 2019 our group had 70 members. We have 6 hours of singing time in the afternoon of each Sunday in the MP1/2 room at the Bonsor 55+ Center. On average, 25-30 members attend each Karaoke session who may come in at any time during the session. We sing with a 5 minute quota each and we do it in a first-come-first-serve basis. At times we can sing up to approximately 85 songs during the session. We sing a variety of English and Chinese pop songs and opera songs. There are solos, duets and group singings opportunities. We have a lot of fun.

In addition to singing, we also have social events, about 3 parties per year. We do not go out to a restaurant but we organize good food to be brought onsite and we serve the food ourselves with the help of volunteers.

Our annual registration is in early March with an annual membership fee of only $20 in 2019.

Spring Party March 24, 2019
Spring Party March 24, 2019

A member singing during one of the Karaoke sessions
A member singing during one of the Karaoke sessions

 

Computer help!The Bonsor 55+ Society offers a $1 drop-in computer time to its members, three hours per week on Tuesday 12:00-3:00pm.

In the Bonsor 55+ Centre, the computer lab is equipped with movable desks, a laptop and a tablet as well as a large flat screen TV to do presentations.  Participants bring their own devices to use during our open lab time.  Our volunteer instructors continue to support our program with generous contributions of their time and expertise.  At the Tuesday afternoon sessions members are welcome to request help with specific questions, technical or otherwise.

MORE INSTRUCTORS ARE NEEDED!  If you would like to share your knowledge of computing, on any level, please leave your name at the seniors’ counter and someone from the computer group will contact you.

With the larger space allocation, there is opportunity to consider some other formats of offering instructional and learning sessions, please forward us your ideas.

 

We are a very organized and congenial group, and welcome all levels of play, including beginners.  The Snooker Group is very active, competing locally at all levels, with some success.  We have an annual tournament with the West Vancouver Seniors Center, with a trophy to the winning team for the year.  This is a highlight of our many events, with a luncheon, and great camaraderie.  Our house league is very popular, thanks to the city of Burnaby giving us expanded hours to now play.  This year for our annual trophy presentations and wind-up luncheon we had a sumptuous banquet at the Neptune Restaurant in Metrotowne,  Ladies are welcome to join to learn how to play, or compete with some of the best female snooker players in the province.  For more information, contact the Bonsor 55+ Society or the city of Burnaby at 604-297-4580.

Upcoming Activities

  • September to March - Lower Mainland Snooker League for A and B teams
  • October end - Challenge Match against West Vancouver Seniors Snooker Club at West Vancouver for the Mary Horton Trophy
  • November - 9 Ball Tournament
  • December - Annual Christmas Luncheon
  • January 2020 - 8 Ball Tournament
  • January to May 2020 - Ladder Competition
  • February 2020 - Billiards Tournament
  • April 2020 - LMSSL Tournaments after completion of the League Matches
  • April 2020 - Double Knockout Snooker Tournament
  • April 2020 - Hosting West Van Senior Snooker Club for Challenge Match for the Mary Horton Trophy
  • May to August 2020 - The 9th Edition of the House League

snooker balls