Report of first Meeting of the 2013/14 season.

We welcomed about 175 -200 folks to our first meeting of the 2013-14 season plus 24 new members joining us for the first time at one of our meetings.
We would like very much to thank once again our volunteers who each and every meeting and event get here early or stay late helping us pull these great get togethers off – please give them a hand.
Paul and Brian once again ran our 50/50 draw and we raised $368. Winners of the two $75.00 prizes were Bill Barry from Baden, ON. and Gail Maguire from Ottawa. The luck winner of the $34.00 was a new member, Jim Allingham of Barry’s Bay ON.
We would like to commend the gals and guys that take care of us here La Hacienda – since day 1 they have been nothing but extremely helpful with all of our efforts.

Club's Future and Planned Events
This is our 4th season of the Canadian Loonies and Toonies and Pat Irving and I have acted since inception as your secretary-treasurer and President respectively. We were part of a group back in January 2011 that met over a kitchen table and started the club as we felt a need for a club aimed at Canadian Snowbirds as well as anybody else who had a connection to Canada. Back then we thought we could get maybe a couple of hundred members – last year when we left to go home in April membership for 2012/13 surpassed 650 paid members – just awesome.
Where do we go from here – Pat and I are once again committed to act as your executive for this year but it is time for some new blood and direction so if any of you would like to step up and retire us at the end of the year [we would both be happy to continue supporting and volunteering as we are committed to the continuance of what we started] – please do so – while we both have and do enjoy running the club we really do need to pass the torch on.
We have a number of ideas that we are going to put into action this season – among them a hockey game in Tampa against a Canadian Team either before or after the Olympics, we are going to try and go to the Blue Jays game in Tampa on April 1st which will be the season opener instead of returning to Dunedin again, our 4th annual golf tournament in March as well as our annual Bunko tournament the same week, and will try and put together a return trip to the Canadian Snowbird Extravaganza end of January – last year we filled 2 buses with folks and everyone had a great time.
We are going to have a Grey Cup party on Sunday November 24th at Gator’s Dockside in Spanish Springs as they have committed to have the game on a number of their televisions throughout the evening – game time is 6 pm..
Dec 11 will mark our 3rd Christmas party which will be catered and have a very special guest who winters here in Florida but summers at his workshop in the far northern part of Canada – more info to come in an email next week or so.
This past week of course we celebrated a day that is very important to most Canadians – Monday was Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day here in the United States and we recognized these brave men and women with a round of applause.

Guest's Presentations
We had with us 3 very special guests – 2 of whom gave us short talks and then stayed with us until the end of the evening and handled questions
First up was Kristin Coleman originally from Wynyard Saskatchewan.  She moved to central Florida in the mid 80’s with her family and never left.  Kristin has spent the past 20 years in the Fitness Industry.  She recently made a decision to leave her job as The Fitness Manager at MVP Athletic Club after 12 years, to pursue a career in Real Estate and is currently working for Properties of The Villages. Kristin, however, still teaches classes at MVP.  
On Sept. 23, Kristin became The Rider Nation’s youngest Grandmother.  Granddaughter Kendall Rae will be a part of a five generation family that is having a reunion here in The Villages early in 2014.  Kristin shared health and fitness tips as well as gave us information about MVP Athletic Club. To thank Kristin – we gave her a Cheque made out to Central Florida Brain Injury Support Group on behalf of the Canadian Loonies and Toonies as a token of our appreciation for being with us tonight.

Our second special guest was Michael Girard who is a PGA professional and with his wife Joy are owners of Tree Top Golf in Lady Lake. Michael moved to the area in 1970 from Worcester Mass, he has played College Golf on a Scholarship, and is extremely proud to be a US Army veteran.  Mike joined the PGA of America in 1991, played on various mini tours for 3 years before starting a career as a Club Professional and Teacher. He has worked at Silver Lake, Continental County Club, opened Black Bear Golf Club in Eustis Florida, and at Tierra Del Sol of The Villages.  In 1998 he left The Villages and built Tree Tops Golf, which opened in April of 1999.  He was named one of the top 25 golf instructors in America in 2012 and 2013 by PGA of America Get Golf Ready Top 25 --- and named on of the Top 100 Club Fitters in the Nation for the past 3 years.  He is shared with us the secret we all need to know to shoot par, let us know about what Tree Tops is up to with their expansion and then stayed to the very end giving all who wanted it golf tips and mine lessons – Michael
To thank Michael – we also gave him a Cheque made out to The Wounded Warriors as a token of our appreciation for him being with us that evening.

Meeting Closing Activities
We the turned the evening over to our honorary Canadian Mike Palma who has been with us since our very meeting and is definitely the best entertainer here in The Villages and goes by the moniker – Just Mike.

Our next meeting is our annual Christmas Party December 11, 2013 – see you there.