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President’s message

Greetings and welcome to our new launch of the Hamilton and Area Branch Report. Moving forward, we will provides narrative of Branch news and events, together with pictures for you to enjoy!

Our Branch Annual Meeting ( BAM) was held on May 7. The BAM saw a new slate of Officers elected listed on the last page for your reference. We bid farewell to Marietta Raybould and Carol Desoer who stepped down from our Board. Members in attendance were presented with our 2018 Financial report and 2019 Projections.

In June, Cathy Tarves and I attended the national Annual Members Meeting. Our Branch received the 2018 Large Branch Excellence Award in recognition of our work in member recruitment, retention and engagement; local advocacy and participation in the Hamilton Area Seniors Coalition and our outreach with local federal departments and agencies. This national recognition is a major achievement we call all share in as a Branch.

Congratulations go to National President, Jean-Guy Souliere and Ontario Director Linda MacDonald who were acclaimed for a second three year term at the Annual Meeting!

My thanks go to our dedicated team of Branch executive, telephone Callers, and financial reviewers who work tirelessly in support of our Branch operations!

Branch Annual Members Meeting

Our Branch Annual Meeting on May 7 was attended by 115 members. We presented our annual financial report for 2018 and projections for 2019 and announced we will be presenting options to re-distribute our Branch defence of benefit fund at our September general Members Meeting (GMM).

Our thanks go out to Past President, Wayne Honsberger, was our Branch election Chair this year. The list of new Branch officers and their roles appears on the last page of this report and on the Branch website.

Ontario Director Ted Young attended the BAM and delivered an update on the state of the Association, from the National Board of Directors.

Social Events

The annual Golf Day was held at Oak Gables Golf Course in Ancaster on June 7th. Mark Leonard did a masterful job of coordinating this year's Golf Day which saw 37 Golfers and 40 dinner guests turn out on a fabulous, sunny day!
Next year's Golf Day is planned for June 5, 2020 at Oak Gables and a formal announcement with details will be released early in the New Year!

Our sponsored a Summer Lunch at the Casablanca Winery Inn on July 23rd. We had 36 members and guests attend to enjoy a delicious Taste of Tuscany lunch and spectacular view of Lake Ontario from their Panorama Room. Thanks go out to Dave Miller for his yeoman work in planning and coordinating the lunch and to Penny Wirth who was our registration contact person.

Branch  Recruitment, Outreach and Advocacy

We congratulate the winners of our 2018 " Members Recruiting New Members" Campaign, Sharon Moffat ( newly recruited member) and Penny Wirth ( current member recruiter)! The Campaign was a success and we  look forward to the National recruiting drive to be announced in the Fall out of National Office. Current members who recruit a former colleague, friend or spouse will receive a prize and their name will go into a draw for a $10,000 trip voucher from our travel partner, Collette Travel.
National office will also be discounting the 2020 membership fee for any member who switches from paying their fees by cash or cheque, to deduction Direct at Source ( DDS) through the Pension Office. Look for details on both in Sage magazine and on the national website !

Our executive continue to look for opportunities to establish contacts in the area federal Offices, to provide information on the Association and Branch to current federal employees, and to partake in any planned local National Public Service Week activities. Dave Miller sent out over 25 information packages to local federal Offices and follow-up is planned targeting the larger federal facilities in and around Hamilton.
If you have any contact names and telephone numbers to assist in getting " our foot in the door", please contact Dave Miller.

Planning is underway with our partner Seniors organizations around Hamilton to host the 4th annual, United Nations sanctioned, Hamilton International Day of Older Persons ( I.D.O.P.). The event will be October 1st, at the David Braley Centre at the corner of Main and Bay Streets in downtown Hamilton. It is free of charge and we will invite various seniors Service organizations to come and
display their products and services. There will be speakers who will address retirement income security, health care for seniors  and Hamilton's Age Friendly City Project team. Lunch will be provided at no cost.

The I.D.O.P. planning committee members are planning an " All Parties" Town Hall the week of October 7th. Each Party will provide a sitting Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister or Candidate. We plan to provide each an opportunity to address a series of questions around the theme of " sustainable services for seniors" with a focus on retirement income security, affordable health care, a national Pharmacare plan and a national seniors' strategy.
The Town Hall is planned for the David Braley Centre Auditorium at the corner of Main and Bay Streets. Details will be provided via E Notice and posted to our Branch website early in September.

Branch Executive

Our Branch executive stands at 10 members, with the list of names, contact details and roles listed on the last page of this report. I am pleased to welcome Gloria Reid to the role of Membership Director ; Rose Norman as Branch Secretary  and John Wiggins as a new member of  the executive.
Penny Wirth has added the role of Membership Retention  to her Recruitment duties.
We bid a fond farewell to Marietta Raybould and Carol Desoer with many thanks for your hard work and dedication to this Branch!

Branch Communications

Currently we communicate with over 800 of the 1150 households in our Branch. We also continue with our telephone contact for  those of you who prefer a call.
If you are not receiving an E-Notice of our Branch events, or a phone call and wish to, please contact Mark Leonard to add you e mail address or to report a change or correction to your address on file.  To be added to the Callers list please call Cathy Tarves.
Also, please check to see if your E-Notices are being diverted to your Spam or Junk folders., by checking your device's "Settings" and change the routing.
Our Branch website is available for Branch events and news at We encourage you to create your own Member Account on the national website which is www.".

Branch General Members Meetings

We have two BGMM's planned for the balance of the year. Our Fall GMM which is our Preferred Partners Open House will be September 10th. Representatives from Johnson Insurance, Hearing Life Canada, Choice Hotels, and Simply Connect will be available to discuss their products and services with you.

The Christmas BGMM will be held December 3rd. Both will be held at Michelangelo's, 1555 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton. Doors open at 11 a.m. with lunch served at 12:15 sharp!
The price for members is $15 and $25 for non members. Please come out, have some fun and make new friends or renew old acquaintances.

We will send E-Notices, make phone calls and post these events to the Branch and national website four weeks prior to each BGMM.

Branch In Memoriam

We extend our condolences to the families and friends of former Branch President, Louis Gansky and member Roscoe Wright on their passing.

Mike Walters
Branch President

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