Greetings to all of you - our District 23 members! Some time has passed during this COVID-19 Pandemic since we have been able to gather together to participate in any of the many activities offered in our District. We have missed you over the last eleven weeks. We continue to operate and direct operations under the guidance of RTO ERO, Toronto Public Health as well as Federal and Provincial government policies.
This month, about 200 District 23 members are receiving this E-Newsletter for the first time. RTO ERO updated all district membership lists in April after the realignment of the group across Canada. We gained 188 members that we could not previously reach by email. Welcome to our monthly E-Newsletter!
During this time, our Executive committee continues to meet monthly to seek information about future events and what we could offer our members under the social isolation restrictions. Several members assisted the Goodwill committee and contacted many of our 80+ years old members by phone, checking on how they were handling social isolation. The calls were well received and another round may begin in June.
Vernon Paige, renamed his group, the e-Devices Group and introduced members bi-weekly to What's App and Zoom to help participants stay in touch with friends and family. There will be more information about this found below.
Members of the Needlework and Craft group met together on Zoom and discussed how their projects were developing and shared ideas for future challenges to create for the new events once we resume monthly events. (still to be determined)
Our Book Club met on Zoom to catch up on what everyone was reading and to get some ideas for summer reading. It wasn’t a regular discussion but several books were recommended.
Have-a-Java is always a popular event and convener Liz Clarke has a proposal to "meet" one final time for this year which will be outlined below.
As the weather turns warmer, the sun shines brighter and our isolation restrictions broaden to include another "bubble" of family and friends, we wish you all good health and much enjoyment. Updates will be sent out to inform you of how policy adjustments will impact District 23 on Twitter, Facebook or on our website. STONY Bridges will be published in late summer/early fall. More information can be found below.
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