Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Dinner: Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Such a wonderful turnout for this, the first meeting of the year! Thanks to all who attended, and especially our guests including: Lorne Zapotichny, Mayor Wayne Wright, Councillors Lori Williams, Betty McIntosh, Bill Harper, and Calvin Donnelly, and Paul and Maureen Forseth.

In memory of Robert Burns Day (January 25), Muriel recited one of Robbie Burns’ poems as our Grace before dinner, and Calvin led everyone singing “I Belong to Glasgow” – such a grand way to start the evening’s activities!

We then heard from Andrée of the Arts Council of New Westminster, who advised of a beautiful movie that will be shown on Monday, March 5 at the Theatre Near You (above Starbucks on 6th Street). "Away from Her" was highly acclaimed at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Andrée encourages as many as possible to view this movie that deals with Alzheimer’s disease, and will advise us more on this event nearer the time.

Following dinner we met in the Theatre to see and hear a concise and well-prepared presentation from Lorne Zapotichny, Chief Constable, New Westminster Police Services.

Lorne has spent the past 39 years in policing, and the past seven years with New Westminster Police Services. His presentation outlined the background of the police force in the City; formed in 1873, New Westminster is the oldest police department west of Thunder Bay, Ontario; in fact, older than the RCMP! Lorne also described the Mission, Vision and Priorities of the Department. We again thank him for such a wonderful presentation and his ease when answering questions. It’s nice to know our city is in such capable hands and we commend the men and women of the Department for their dedication and hard work.

We encourage you to invite guests to the Canadian Club so that they too may enjoy good food, camaraderie and listen to such knowledgeable guest speakers.

Please check the Calendar of Events to see our upcoming activities, and a reminder that the Directors meet on Tuesday, January 30, and our next dinner meeting is Tuesday, February 27.

Best wishes,