Welcome to the November 2020 Edition of The Westview Grapevine
In This Issue
The intent of The Grapevine is to keep the Westview Family connected and supported as we look forward to celebrating and meeting on the dance floor again! The newsletter is one of several that we plan to put out in the coming months. The hope is to publish every 6- 8 weeks.
We're still here! Contrary to rumours you may have heard; the Westview Dance Club is not winding up operations. While we are on a forced “hiatus” due to current public health restrictions and executive vacancies, the remaining Executive members are still planning for a 2021 – 2022 season starting in September.
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The Executive -
My View from the Inside
by David Crowe
My Introduction to the Executive
Like most, I was hesitant to get involved in the workings of the Dance Club. I was content to just pay my money and learn to dance. Over the years I did a few stints as a class rep which I thought would be sufficient in doing my part. In 2012 I took over the operation of the Club Website. It was a stand-alone position with very little inter-action with the Executive. This changed In October 2016 when I proposed to the Executive that we upgrade the website and have our own domain name. I was invited to an Executive meeting to present my proposal. This was my first exposure to a Club Executive meeting. In January 2017 I was invited to sit on the Executive Board as an Advisor to the President and in January 2019 I was elected to the Member-at-Large position on the Executive.
In January 2017, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I attended my first meeting. The entire board had changed in January and I didn’t know any of the new Executives. I didn’t know what was expected of me or what my actual role was to be. I have to admit that I was a little nervous. In the end, I found that there was no need to be nervous. The meeting was relaxed and wasn’t as "challenging" as I had expected. I came to learn that as an advisor I didn’t have a vote and had a limited role which consisted mainly of dealing with matters related to the website and technology. This gave me the opportunity to sit back and watch how the board worked.
During the time I sat on the board as an advisor, the Executive typically had an Executive meeting every 4 to 6 weeks with the meetings being held at the home of the President. In other years they were rotated between the homes of the Executives. Usually the meetings lasted 2 hours or so but some of that time was spent socializing between the board members.
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This section is for Members. Do you have a special birthday, an anniversary or an event that you'd like to share with the Club? Maybe you have a recipe or a craft tip? How about something to sell or that you want to buy? This is the spot. Just let us know by sending an email to email@example.com.
Orwell Haga, a longtime member of Wednesday at 8 suffered a nasty fall on October 13 as he was leaving the Assiniboine Clinic; breaking his hip. He's recovering nicely at home after surgery at Grace Hospital and rehab at Deer Lodge. His many friends wish him well.
To Brian Campbell (Thurs at 8) for publishing his new book.
To order Out of My Mind, go to: Amazon.ca
Or to get a signed copy, call Brian at, 204-880-5505.
Lorne Hyde, a member of Wednesday at 8 with his wife Wanda, suffered a stroke in April resulting in some vascular dementia. Lorne is now a resident at the Simkin Centre and is most appreciative of cards from friends but during these covid days is unable to have visitors. We send our care and support to both Lorne and Wanda.
Why do ants dance on jelly jars?
Because the lid says Twist to Open.
Brian Campbell is working on an article for the January Newsletter about New Year’s resolutions and hopes and how they may have changed over the past year.
Anyone who has a comment and who doesn’t mind being quoted in the next Newsletter is asked to call Brian at 204-880-5505. Your input is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
The Westview Newsletter
Volume 20 Issue 5
Published November 20, 2020
Special Thanks to Bev Gunnarson, Ev Nickel and Dave and Sybil Gardiner for their contributions to this newsletter.