Welcome to all new members: We are so pleased to have you become a part of E.N.C.O.R.E. Spread the word as that is our prime source of advertising. Enjoy your classes. Please ask another member or an instructor for the code to the front door.
Registrations from out of town: Access our website encoreseniors.com to view the courses being offered, print out the Registration Sheet, make your selections, write your cheque and mail to the Registrar.
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Annual General Meeting: We are pleased to announce that a new Board of Directors will be ushered in at the meeting on September 5. Please take notice of the slate of officers included in this package. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting. Those leaving the Board this year dedicated themselves to E.N.C.O.R.E. for a long time in many capacities and we owe a debt of gratitude to them:
Ilse Smejkal took members around the city for years with her "Discover Montreal" weekly group. She also did the Program - finding interesting classes, typing the program brochure, getting it printed and ready for mailing. She helped in every way possible. Her great legacy to E.N.C.O.R.E. was the "Trips". Ilse organized day trips for every session to wonderful places in Quebec, Ontario and the USA.
Norman Hannan, with his connection to the Knights of Columbus and FCCS negotiated the move for E.N.C.O.R.E. to the building we now occupy. As well as being president for a few years, he used his wood working abilities to build the TV stands, the portable white boards and storage units for E.N.C.O.R.E. and also did a lot of the heavy lifting.
Mary Murphy came to the Board 13 years ago and almost right away took on the presidency. With no prior knowledge of the club, she stepped in and efficiently managed any and all problems presented to E.N.C.O.R.E. both as president and then as past-president. With her wit, persuasiveness and organization, she initiated many projects and brought E.N.C.O.R.E. into the computer age.
Marie Bricault came to the Board 13 years ago as well and revamped the program brochure and computerized it. For many years Marie was the Treasurer. She computerized the records and kept the books, and organized "the office". Again, she was efficient and good-humoured, and she too would do whatever was asked of her and more.
Iona Carrington took over as Treasurer from Marie in 2009 and she managed the books, paid the bills and kept accurate records to keep E.N.C.O.R.E. on a good financial footing. Iona also took on the registration in the Registrar's absence. She also would do anything to keep E.N.C.O.R.E. working well.
Stefanie Derewecka is passing the torch as Registrar after 10 years in this role. She computerized the data, dealt with many ongoing challenges, and contributed so much to the functioning of E.N.C.O.R.E. She will retain the job as Webmaster for E.N.C.O.R.E.
Pat Kirk will step down after ten very interesting and enjoyable years as President but will continue working with the Program which she has done for 13 years.
We welcome all the new very capable Board members who will start in the fall, as well as those who are continuing to offer their service, and wish them success and camaraderie as they work together to keep E.N.C.O.R.E. moving and blooming.
It is also sad to announce that Harvey Levinson has decided to retire after 28 years of service. We are so grateful to him for his interesting classes and all he has given to E.N.C.O.R.E. Fortunately, Harvey will continue to do some Montreal Tours this fall and will be taking us about in "Milton-Park". Thank you, Harvey.
Annual Luncheon: It was a great success this year, thanks to Suzanne Lafleur and her team. We had a delicious meal and great entertainment with E.N.C.O.R.E.'s Line Dancing group who put on a good display of their talent, led by instructor Jocelyne Kwok Choon. We enjoyed being back at the Plaza but since it is their last year of operation, we will be on the lookout for another venue for next year's event.
Fees: As you know, we are a not-for-profit organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors. We regret having to raise our membership fee by $5.00 and our course fees by $1.00 per class this fall in order to cover our expenses. Our costs have risen - the rent, the honorariums, the printing and mailing of the programs have all increased as have many of the smaller expenses, e.g. audio-video equipment, internet and a new telephone line for E.N.C.O.R.E. We trust in your understanding.
Classes: We would be appreciative of any suggestions you may have for new classes at E.N.C.O.R.E. and recommendations for teachers who may be interested in joining E.N.C.O.R.E. Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner Club: It is fun to get together at different restaurants across the city (many are BYOB). The choices have been excellent and it is a great way to socialize with other members. If you have restaurant ideas send them in to Gwen Goring at Seniorclubencore@gmail.com.
Book Club: E.N.C.O.R.E.'s Book Club is a wonderful way to keep you reading! If you are interested, contact Suzanne Lafleur at (514) 982-0507 or email@example.com.
First Aid Kit: There are first aid kits in Room #110 and in the kitchen on the 5th floor. Please make yourselves aware of these in case of emergencies.
Perfume: Some members are allergic or extremely sensitive to scent, so please refrain from wearing any perfume to class. We appreciate it.
Emergency Exits: Please make sure you are aware of the Emergency Exit on the 5th floor. Should there ever be a fire in our building, the regular staircase would also be available but the elevators would not. There is also a fire extinguisher in the 5th floor corridor as well as a smaller one in the kitchen.
Stack Chairs:We need your help in stacking chairs and folding tables at the end of classes and making sure the windows are locked at the end of the day. We are all volunteers at E.N.C.O.R.E. so any assistance you can give is surely appreciated. Thanks to all of you who are so forthcoming.
Boots are not permitted in classrooms. Please bring footwear with you so you don’t have to walk in your socks.
Coffee & Tea: We are experimenting with having the coffee vending machine installed in the 5th floor kitchen and hope it will work well for everyone at class breaks. You may choose from an assortment of coffees and hot chocolate for $1.00 or $1.25. Lunch room facilities are also available in the basement of the building.
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