Moving? Changing address, email, phone?

We don’t want to lose track of you!  Please email treasurer@bytownchapter.com with your updated contact information. 

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February lunch

Happy Chinese New Year! Our February lunch will be held at the Mandarin Buffet Nepean (290 West Hunt Club).  Join us on Thursday, February 1 at 11:30 a.m. for their Chinese New Year Dumpling Festival, in addition to their regular buffet items. Please register if you plan to attend so we can confirm expected numbers to the restaurant, and to be eligible for door prizes.

 Contact France Picard at vp-france@bytownchapter.com to register.

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Membership dues – reminder

If you haven’t paid your 2018 membership dues ($15) yet, now’s the time! Click here for a reminder of the benefits of membership. You can pay at any event or via email transfer. More information here.

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Community Investment – Reminder

Each year we ask our members to nominate charities to receive $500 from the chapter. The chapter provides support to two charities annually. If you have a charity you’d like the chapter to support please send a note, providing a few words why you’d like us to help that group, to Cindy Daoust (vp-cindy@bytownchapter.com).

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Annual General Meeting – Be part of the executive!

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 5 at KS on the Keys. There are four executive positions that are up for renewal. Please consider a role on the executive if you like what the chapter is doing and want to help or, just as importantly, if you don’t like what we’re doing and want to see things changed.

 If you are interested in running for one of the vacant positions and want to learn more, please send an email to Cindy Daoust (vp-cindy@bytownchapter.com) before Friday, March 30.

 

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2018 activities – feedback

In the January 2018 Newsletter, we mentioned possible upcoming events and asked for your feedback.  Click here to see the article.  If you haven’t already provided your feedback, please contact us via email to let us know what interests you.

Remember to check out our Upcoming Events page so you’re up to date on what we have planned.

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Santa letters – parking reimbursement

Santa says thank you to all members who turned out to help reply to letters.  Remember that Canada Post will reimburse up to $7.50 per day for your parking. Lise Jetté will be making payments shortly. 

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Membership dues

A reminder that your 2018 membership fees ($15) are due, if you haven’t paid them already.

We know many people enjoy our activities without becoming a member. And while we are always happy to include you in activities, membership provides several key benefits:

  • Chapter events are offered to members first and at a reduced price. Only if an event doesn’t sell out do we then open up registration to non-members. And, non-members will pay a higher registration fee.
  • Your dues help the chapter to sponsor parts of event, keeping costs as low as possible. For instance, the fee to charter the bus was paid for by the club for several activities last year, it pays for door prizes and special treats at many events. This is why we offer spots to paid members first.
  • Members have access to exclusive offers for savings on home, auto and travel insurance from Johnson Insurance. We know our members enjoy a great deal of travel, and the discount on travel insurance offered by Johnson is significant. Plus, they provide sponsorship funds to the club that also help to finance our events. You must have your Heritage Club membership number to qualify for the discount.
  • Members enjoy a great saving on GoodLife Fitness Clubs Being physically fit tops many of our member’s activity lists and the discount gym membership can certainly help with that goal. You must have your Heritage Club membership number to qualify for the discount.
  • Other discounts are currently being negotiated by the By-Town executive team, stay tuned!
  • The chapter supports two charities annually (along with the Canada Post Community Foundation) based on member input. Only paid members can nominate a charity to receive support ($500) from the By-Town Heritage Club.
  • Finally, your paid membership counts toward the funds we receive from Canada Post to continue to club’s work. It also sends a strong message to Canada Post that retirees value the Heritage Club and want to see it continue. Membership provides a united voice, when combined with the Heritage Clubs across the country, when discussions regarding post-retirement benefits and pensions are being held at Canada Post.

If you enjoy chapter events, traveling with added peace of mind, being fit and want to ensure our collective voice is heard at Canada Post; along with spending time with long-time friends and former colleagues, please pay your dues. You can pay at any event or via email transfer. More information here.

The winner of the final ‘early bird’ draw was Monique Lanthier. Congratulations Monique and all our winners.

 

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Monthly lunches – Save the date!

The first of our monthly lunches have been booked. Mark your calendars now! Lunches are very popular with our members as we share food and drink, catch up with each other and (surprisingly) sometimes even meet new friends!

 New this year: look for our Heritage Club Map at each lunch and pin your travel destinations on to it. It will be fun to see, at the end of 2018, where we’ve all travelled.

Please register your attendance if you plan to attend (we’ll send email reminders). This makes it much easier for the restaurants to plan for adequate wait staff and to have enough seating available to serve the group best. Often we have 10 – 15 extra people attend lunches and restaurants end up scrambling to accommodate and serve us. Only attendees who have registered are eligible for door prizes.

 

 Also, check out the new section on our website with news of Upcoming Events! Check back often to see what new events are added.

 

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Community Investment – Nominate your charity

Each year we ask our members to nominate charities that are important to them to receive $500 from the chapter. The chapter provides support to two charities annually. If you have a charity you’d like the chapter to support please send a note, providing a few words why you’d like us to help that group, to Cindy Daoust (vp-cindy@bytownchapter.com). Recipients will be announced in February and a representative from each charity will be asked to attend the AGM to receive their donation.

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Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 5 at KS on the Keys. The chapter’s financial report will be presented at the meeting.

There are four executive positions that are up for renewal – the President and three Vice-president positions. Please consider a role on the executive if you like what the chapter is doing and want to help or, just as importantly, if you don’t like what we’re doing and want to see things changed!

Being on the executive is not a big commitment. There are about 6-8 meetings a year and you generally agree to organize two – three lunches a year and organize or help with one larger event. If you are interested in running for one of the vacant positions, please send an email to Cindy Daoust (vp-cindy@bytownchapter.com) before Friday, March 30.

 

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2018 activities

Your executive is busy looking at our events for the year. At this point we are considering/have booked the following:

  • January 10: Bowling (learn more here and, if you plan to attend, please confirm attendance today)
  • May/June: Third Annual Mystery Tour!
  • September: Wine tour…
    • We need your help here… Please let us know if you would prefer returning to the Niagara Region or combining a visit to Quebec City with tours of wineries in the Eastern Townships region.
  • October: Tour of a local winery and Saunders Farm dinner
  • December 15: Christmas event! Based on overwhelmingly positive feedback, we’ll be returning to scene of last year’s festivities. Mark your calendar now.

 Other activities we are considering include:

  • Attending a Blue Jays game in Toronto (summer)
  • Montréal shopping day (early fall)
  • Upper New York outlet shopping (late fall)

 Please, via email to vp-france@bytownchapter.com, let us know of your preference for the wine tour and interest in the other activities listed above. We need your opinions to help us plan activities that suit our members best.

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One final effort for Santa!

Thank you to all the members who turned out to help Santa in November and December. He was very appreciative of our support. Winners of the volunteer draw will be announced shortly. If you can help one last time, please join us on Wednesday, January 10 (at the cafeteria at Head Office) to finish off the last of the after-Christmas postcards. We, and Santa, want to make sure that no child (even the ones that waited until the last minute or whose parents forgot to mail their letters on time) is left wondering if Santa received and read their letters.

Please register your participation with Christiane Tailleur at lesrochon@videotron.ca so we can send morning-of updates to everyone (in case Santa beats us to the job of finishing his mail).

 

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Reminder Bowling – Merivale Bowling Centre – January 10 @ 3 pm

If you plan to join us at the By-Town Bowl-a-thon (Click here for info), please register by the end of Tuesday, January 2 by contacting Karen Casselman at vp-karen@bytownchapter.com. Please indicate whether you will

a) bowl only,
b) join us for dinner only or
c) bowl and dinner.

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Santa Letters December 13, 2017

Another busy morning at By-Town’s Santa central! Helpful Postal Elves were in great form helping Santa with another big batch of mail. If you’re unsure of your status on Santa’s “Naughty or Nice” list, there’s still time to plead your case next Wednesday (December 13). Please register your participation with Christiane Tailleur at lesrochon@videotron.ca.

If Wednesday doesn’t work for you, consider joining the club for Blitz Day on Monday, December 18. More details on Blitz Day here.

The winner of this week’s $100 draw (all on-site Elves are entered in the draw!) was Cindy Daoust. Congratulations Cindy!

Thank you to all our Heritage Club Elves…

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BOWLING – Merivale Bowling Centre – January 10 @ 3 pm

Back by popular demand, we are hosting a third By-Town Bowl-a-thon. Please join us for a couple of games on Wednesday, January 10 at 3 p.m. at the Merivale Bowling Centre, 1916 Merivale Road. Afterwards, we can meet in the restaurant for refreshments and dinner, at approximately 5 p.m. By-Town Chapter will sponsor members whose 2018 dues are up to date for 2 games, including shoe rental. We do request that participants pay $5 on arrival to Karen Casselman, the full proceeds of which will go to our 2018 Cause of Choice. 

Contact Karen Casselman at vp-karen@bytownchapter.com to secure a spot on a team. Please indicate whether you will

a) bowl only,
b) join us for dinner only or
c) bowl and dinner.

 

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