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Vice President Lucindra Hendren 250-594-4221
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Communications Val Dyer 250-752-8824
  Jan Graham 250-248-9724
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 Parksville-Qualicum Branch Report 2015/2016

Our year started on the first day of school, September 8th, with a luncheon for our ‘To Hell with the Bell’ gathering at Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach which was a change from the usual Pancake Breakfast. This is probably the most popular meeting of the year with all of the new retirees invited to attend.In the fall, several small groups visited renowned artist Robert Held’s studio in Parksville for some amazing glass blowing demonstrations.In December, we held our Christmas luncheon at Fairwinds Golf Club in Nanoose Bay. This included a delicious seasonal meal, lovely poinsettias for life members, funny prizes for ‘ugly’ Christmas sweaters, a food drive for Salvation Army and a carol sing-a-long.In February, we had a Valentine’s Get-Together at Nanoose Library Hall. Everyone was encouraged to wear valentine colours and individuals brought a favourite game to play.In April, we toured the Vancouver Island University Deep Bay Marine Field Station complete with a huge gray whale skeleton, touch tanks and multiple aquariums filled with ocean critters. This was followed by a ‘High Tea’ Lunch provided by the students of the university’s culinary arts program.In June, we held our Annual General Meeting at Rotary Park in Qualicum Beach. Instead of the usual barbecue, we had a Pot Luck Picnic and Summer Hat Contest. Despite the changeable weather, fun was had by all.Each year, we give a $900 scholarship to a local high school student who plans to continue into the education field. As well, we continue to sponsor a Kenyan student through CHES (Canadian Harambee Education Society).


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

Respectfully submitted,
Kay Howard
Past-President, PQRTA






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