Weekly Meeting - Tribute to Rita Harper

Amidst fun, laughter, hearfelt hugs, some tears and lots of smiles, the members pulled out all stops on honouring Rita Harper, retiring Administrative Secretary who is on her way to sunny BC with her hubby.

In the spirit of friendship and support, and to thank Rita for eight and a half years of unwavering commitment, the club raised over $9,500 at the lunch auction and raffle as a "send off" gift. Rita was also presented with an "Ottawa Then and Now" book co-authored by our own member Jackie Holzman inscribed with a personal message, a pressed flower picture made by our member Con Stoltz, a scrapbook decorated by Con Stolz full of notes, messages and pictures from members, as well as a collage of pictures taken during her 8 years put together by Jamie Johnson.

Amidst much jocularity and ribald humour Rita is roasted by her seven dwarves...oops seven Past Presidents Ed Healey (President), John Callan, Ian Hendry, Marcia Saipe, Ron Wing, David Fair and Wayne Beaudoin. Thanks

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to the individuals and companies who so generously donated items to the raffle and auction. We couldn't have done it without your support.

A special thanks too to all the individuals for their incredible organizational skills and commitment to making this event the success that it was - too many to name them all. However we will never forget Mark Max and the music committee for their musical tribute, Dominic D'Arcy for his romantic serenade, nor the past presidents all decked out in costume for the Snow White Roast. Val Wilkins directing traffic and Shirley Tomblin her right hand "man". Tom Beveridge, Ian Hendry, David Fair and Tom Spence working behind the scenes. Mike St. Louis for his Thought for the Day poem. Thanks too to Michel Podeszfiniski for all his assistance at the Westin Hotel.

Raffle Winners 1. Trip to Mexico Won by Larry Haffner 2. Hot AirBalloon Ride Won by Tom Grossman 3. Two ClubSeats at Hockey Game Won by Louise Mes 4. Yonex MiniStaff Tour Golf Bag Won by Barb Perrin 5. Golf Passes for four at Loch March Golf Club Won by Kathleen Holst 6. 13” Sharp Colour TV Won by Patrick McGarry 7. Venetian Pain ted Plate Won by Meaghan Paquette 8. $100 Gift Certificate for Staples Won by Rob Thompson

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