Photo by Jim Springer, a member of the Digital Photography Interest Group.
"This photo was taken in Carburn Park in mid-March and is a photo of the eagle just after taking flight from their nest. What I like about the photo is the expression on the eagle's face and the fan out of the tail feathers."
Check the CALL website for details of the following events. Registration is required for all these online events. You must be a member to register.
Avoid disappointment: the gerbils in the intertubes need a little time to deliver emails. They recommend registering at least a couple of hours before an event to ensure the registration confirmation email with the event link arrives in your inbox in time.
May 4, 7:30 – 9:00pm Science and Environment
Climate Change on the Prairies
Presenter: Dr. David Sauchyn, Director of the PARC – Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative at the University of Regina and Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies. PARC is a research centre providing resources for government and industry on the prairies to assist in dealing with climate change.
Where can you find climate change in Alberta?
Albertans do not experience rising sea levels, tropical storms, wasting ice sheets and sea ice, and extreme heat. These are the impacts of climate change highlighted by the media. The strongest indicator of global climate change is a rise in mean global air temperature, which actually doesn’t exist; it’s a statistical concept. However, climate change is evident in Alberta if you know where to look.
For more information and to register go to the Science and Environment page.
May 7, 8, 15 ‘Fake News’ and the Future of Democracy
A Community Conference via Zoom
Friday evening, May 7; Saturday morning, May 8; Saturday morning, May 15. This community conference is open to all, CALL members and non-members. Space is limited so register soon.
The Program will feature:
A keynote address: Fact or Faux? On the Crisis of News and Democracy in a Tweet-As-You-Go Era by Dr. Maria Bakardjieva, Professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Film, University of Calgary, a specialist in media and democracy
An expert panel
Q & A
Facilitator-led discussion groups
ALL are welcome. Come join the conversation!
For more information and to register, go to the ‘Fake News’ and the Future of Democracy page. This community conference is open to all, CALL members and non-members. Space is limited so register soon.
May 15, 9:30 – 11:00am. Ukefest 2021
We are going ONLINE this year! Our Festival Workshops will be once a month from January to June, 2021. (For this event only, membership is not required.)
May 15 workshop: Gary Glewinski and Kyle Swenson: Ensemble playing leading to larger group playing.
The Fingerstyle Workshop will discuss the meaning of Fingerstyle when it comes to multi-voice music, i.e. melody, bass, and accompaniment.
For more information and to register go to the Ukefest 2021 page.
May 19, 7:30 - 9:00pm. Treks and Travels
Come join us as we continue sailing with Jeff Zambory on his G Adventures expedition cruise from Svalbard to Eastern Greenland via the Fram Strait. Jeff will continue sharing his photos and stories of Eastern Greenland.
For more information and to register go to the Treks and Travels page.
May 27, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Climate Change and Calgary's Future
Panel discussion on the City of Calgary’s role in addressing climate change organized by CALL and the Eco‑Elders node of the Calgary Climate Hub
Moderated by Tom Kerwin, organized and moderated the CALL Climate Change Action series, and an energy-efficient housing expert.
For more information and to register go to the Climate Change and Calgary's Future page.
This year in its Strategic Planning session, the CALL Board dealt with four issues: Resumption of In-Person Meetings, Programs, Growth and Volunteers and the results were as follows.
If you want more information on the 2021 Strategic Plan, please contact the executive at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Approved by the Board 19 April 2021
By Carrol Jaques, Chair of the Operations Committee
Let us now Praise … the CALL WebTeam and the CALL ZoomHelp Team. Some of you will recognize this phrase from a CALL Zoom presentation on April 16 entitled “Let Us Now Praise Ordinary People,” itself based on an earlier saying, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.”
So, let us now recognize and thank the WebTeam: Aldo and Shauna Romanzin, Margaret Verenka, Henri Walhout, and Linda Flanagan who are constantly “on-deck,” working on the infrastructure of our technical framework. They were the ones who anticipated the possibility of the Zoom technology before most of us had ever heard of it. Also deserving recognition and thanks are the original members of the ZoomHelp Team: Richard Farrand, Wayne Marshall, Wayne Murphy, and Lilly Wong, along with the new members of the ZoomHelp Team: Michael Robert Taylor, Bett Eggertson, Peter Kehler, John Mauel, and Ruth Sturby Mauel, as well as Marje Wing, Judy Hoad, Pauline Boyd, and Marlene Lenstra, whose assistance is greatly appreciated.
CALL has been “Zooming” for over a year. The CALL Board held its monthly meeting on Zoom on Monday, March 16, 2020, one day after Mayor Naheed Nenshi declared a State of Emergency and shut down the city. CALL had started cancelling programs in the previous week to ensure everyone’s safety.
How could CALL possibly continue? CALL had a membership of nearly 1200 people who belonged to a vast collection of groups and listened to a wide selection of speakers. We met to discuss, learn, create, play, and socialize. CALL is an important part of the lives of its members, so CALL decided to try the platform that everyone was talking about ‑ Zoom.
With the encouragement of the Web Team and led by the Program Committee Chair, Diana Bloom, the brave Coordinators and Facilitators of the Program Committee ventured into the strange new world of Zoom. Beginning with a few tentative meetings, Zooming expanded as more and more CALL members decided to give it a try. CALL offered training sessions beginning on March 25 to members who were interested in learning about Zoom so they could take part in CALL meetings. This group morphed into the ZoomHelp Team which oversees five Zoom Pro Accounts and manages a Large Capacity Account and a Zoom Webinar Account.
A great deal of work goes into making sure everything runs smoothly, particularly for the large meetings with breakout rooms and the Webinars. The ZoomHelp Team is to be commended for its work.
They are the anchor for everything we do in CALL and we sincerely thank them.
… and a word from the WebTeam:
Just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a small team of dedicated volunteers to keep CALL’s website up-to-date and answer member questions. We work through ~300 emails a month so we are a busy team.
How you can help us:
By Chris Osborne
Photo by Donna Michael: Chris Osborne on the hunt.
Did you know there are over 4,000 geocaches hidden around Calgary? There are probably several in your very own neighbourhood! Some are tiny, some are small and some are as big as a bread box (if you remember what a bread box is!). Some only have a log book where you sign your name, some have little trinkets to trade, and some have collectable items or “trackables” that must be moved on to another cache. A cacher can also collect Souvenirs and Wonders of the World.
Those of us who participated in “Geocaching 101”, a seven-week course prepared and presented online by Wayne (Rocky) Marshall, learned how much fun can be had with a free phone app and a free afternoon or evening. There is no special equipment needed and geocaching can be a great way to get out in nature with grandkids.
If there is enough demand, “Geocaching 101” may be offered again and those of us who have “graduated” plan to form an ongoing interest group to learn more about this multi-level activity and to continue adding to our list of finds. Care to join us and the geocaching community? Click the link and have a look: Geocaching 101.
In a previous newsletter, we asked for stories of your Zoom experiences.
By Denise Theunissen
My extended family’s birthdays and other milestones were celebrated via Zoom. Creativity increased over time: during one such virtual celebration, “the queen” paid a visit. During another, someone wore a swimming suit to mark the cancellation of swimming a race in the canals. I received virtual tulips and watched travels through interesting countries which made me dream about future trips. I learned new skills and developed new interests. Guided by a very inspiring leader, I improved my meditation. I learned how we all can make small changes to decrease our environmental footprints. I learned a bit more about life beyond Earth. Most importantly, I learned how it makes economic sense if we take better care of the poor in a post-pandemic world.
I learned to appreciate the positive things about successful aging and how I personally can make that happen. I stayed active through Zoom-led yoga sessions and other physical activities and enjoyed playing the ukulele and singing along where no one could hear me. How awesome is that?
I used Zoom to continue my overseas volunteer work teaching English to students and methodology to teachers of ESL (English as a Second Language.) I was able to contribute, participate, interact and make connections with wonderful and talented people all over the world, even though I could not physically be there.
During the past year, days were for outdoor activities, weather permitting, but evenings were for reading, playing Sudoku and participating in Zoom. I now long for summer and will use Zoom less until maybe next Fall.
Thank you Zoom for being my friend this winter.
The CALL Newsletter is our way to communicate what is going on in our community. Usually we communicate to members about upcoming events, however, since all CALL gatherings are postponed for an undetermined period of time, we decided to use the newsletters as a way to ‘peek behind the curtain of CALL’, to give some general information about CALL groups and members.
You are invited to send your ideas and suggestions for future issues to email@example.com. Let us know what your Interest Groups are doing and your strategies for coping with this situation in which the whole world finds itself. We reserve the right to edit for length and clarity; not every submission will necessarily be published.
Meanwhile, be well, stay well in every sense of the word.
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