The new administrative year is well underway and for the most part all the committees have met and are into the new program. The yearly budget process is underway and will be presented to the membership at our Annual General Meeting on the 5th of January.
I hope you will all agree that we have already had stimulating, varied and appropriate programs at our Friday Luncheons thanks to Chair Jean Filion and his hardworking program committee; I have been assured there is more to come. A highlight was the release of the 'Precious Minds' Video to a large audience as well as the media.
Just to mention an outstanding upcoming program, on the 15th of December we will be honouring some of Canada's Olympians and para-Olympians at our weekly Luncheon. One of my goals this year was to put in place those things necessary for our Club to meet our commitment to organize and run the 2002 EC&C convention. Under the co-chairs, Past President Wayne Beaudoin and Ann Max this process is well in hand as a talented group has recruited; facilities have been booked, rooms reserved, budgets developed and project management has been applied. Well done to all involved.
Our fundraisers are in fast forward; Patrick Flain is tireless in organizing the Dream of a Lifetime Lottery, and will no doubt exceed our goal of 800 tickets; Partners in Caring under Ian Peddie and Brian Quinn as co-chairs, has selected the Candlelighters as our charity partners and Roger Neilson, himself a cancer survivor, is our kick-off luncheon speaker; a new fundraiser this year, Oktoberfest, is being organized by Kathleen Holst and Geoff Godding and they have already secured a sponsor willing to commit $20,000. We will be introducing this sponsor at an upcoming luncheon along with further details of the event.
Clive Woolley is working with the organizers of this year's Briar on a fundraising opportunity, with more details to follow; the Duck Race, the Golf Tournament, and the Bon Appetit are getting geared up for their upcoming events. New and active members are a key to a successful club. Les Morin and his active committee are exploring new and innovative approaches to attracting new members and retaining existing ones, that is not to suggest that good old fashioned recruiting by individual members is any less important.