Friday, May 27, 2011

Dinner, Tuesday, May 24, 2011

We welcomed members and guests this evening to our last dinner before we take a break during the summer months. While sipping on orange juice, another excellent meal was awaiting us and we enjoyed California Mixed Green Salad followed by an entrĂ©e of Prunes and Cranberry Stuffed Pork Loin with creamy potatoes and mixed vegetables. Our dessert was a light carrot cake with vanilla butter cream and walnuts, and we completed the meal with tea or coffee.

At the head table our Guest Speaker was Allan De Genova, President of Honour House Society and he was introduced by Tim Armstrong, Fire Chief, New Westminster. Present also were Lee Reynolds, Vic Leach, Councillor Lorrie Williams, and Calvin Donnelly who thanked Allan for his presentation. Honourary Member Councillor Betty McIntosh and her husband Ken also joined us for the evening and we thank you all for attending.

Following dinner we assembled in the Theatre where Allan began his presentation with a DVD explaining Honour House and the many businesses and organizations giving voluntarily of their help. An enjoyable start to the presentation was Sarah McLachlan singing “Love Come” in praise of Honour House.


A place of refuge where families of First Responders
and Canadian Forces Personnel can reside free, while their
loved ones are treated for any number of conditions.

So often in the past, receiving treatment
has meant either huge costs incurred
or long periods of separation from
family for the injured member.


Eliminates this stress,
adding to the quality of life and speedy recovery.

Honour House is an idea whose time has come.

I visited Honour House to see its current state and met Vic Wylie, Site Superintendent with Scott Construction Group who was very helpful in explaining the status and future plans for this wonderful concept. Vic advised that the house is about 100 years old and will be a fully disabled accessible facility. Honour House will offer ten bedrooms each with its own bathroom, a 4-storey elevator, a communal kitchen and dining area, plus a media center, library and quiet room. A children’s play area is planned for the property. They are working to have Honour House ready by the end of June 2011, and we look forward to seeing the hopes and dreams of this beautiful facility materialize in the coming months.  For your convenience, on the right of this page I have included links to the Honour House web site.

In concluding the meeting, Nick our President reminded the Directors of our next meeting, which will be held in the Auditorium of the New Westminster Library on Thursday evening, June 23rd at 7 p.m.  Calvin again led us in the singing of God Save the Queen.

Another reminder that the June Luncheon will be held at La Rustica Restaurant on 6th Street on Tuesday, June 14 at 11:30 a.m., and we hope that you can attend.

Thanks again and with best wishes,