President's Message

The year of 2020 is now drawing to a close and I’m sure that most of us will be glad to wave it goodbye!  Let’s hope that 2021 will bring renewed confidence and a fresh sense of life as we used to know it.  I’m feeling optimistic that at some point next year we will be able to resume in-person coffee mornings and luncheons and we’ll be able to cast off those masks and see all our wonderful faces again.

For now, we are welcoming Winter!  And as Paul Theroux says it is a season of recovery and preparation.  For me, this season will be about snuggling by the fire with a hot chocolate and for hunkering down during the final months of this pandemic, recovering from this torrid year and preparing ourselves for what lies ahead, perhaps family reunions, vacations, eating out, going to the movies or the theater, get-togethers and more.  My fingers are crossed!

A huge thank you to all those that attended our Holiday Extravaganza and threw themselves into the Holiday Spirit!  A fun time was had by all, filled with laughter and entertainment and for a couple of hours we were able to forget that we couldn’t be together in-person.  We had a surprise guest, Santa Claus, and a couple of his elves even took the time off at this busy time to join the party! LOL!

We have more fun things planned for you in 2021, kicking off the New Year with a fun and interactive coffee morning with Michelle Cameron of The Writer’s Circle – check out the Coffee Morning page for all the details and the Zoom link.  You won’t want to miss it!

I hope you all received your IFC gift of the seeds, thanks to our Vice-Presidents for lovingly putting those gifts together, and you should also have received your updated Membership Directory!  Many thanks to Ulla Jenkins, our Membership Director, for putting that together, despite her injured hand!!

As we all finish off our preparations for the holidays, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the happiest of holidays and to look forward optimistically to a happier and better New Year!!

 

Cheers and see you in January 2021!!

Alison

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