Sketch by Maria Seiler-Huizing, member of the Sketch Club Interest Group
cSpace has just reopened to the public. The CALL Board met on July 13 to discuss the possibilities of beginning to use Room 310 for small meetings but nothing has been decided yet. However, if individuals need to access the room, there are some procedures that must be followed:
cSpace has taken measures to keep the building and visitors safe. Check these out on the cSpace website: https://cspacekingedward.com/covid-precautions/
The other venues used by CALL are not open as yet.
If you have questions about returning to venues, contact email@example.com
By Mary Ndlovu
Have you got a good idea? Are the groups full that you wanted to join? Or the meeting time is not good for you? Why not start a group yourself? It takes a little effort, but it’s not that difficult, as Terri Mayo found through her own experience. And there were lots of benefits, and hopefully more to come.
Terri was a relatively new member of CALL who had attended some of the Speakers’ Series and CALL Cafés, but had not joined any interest group when she encountered Marika Kohut sometime in 2019. Marika was at the time the Volunteer Co-ordinator and was looking for someone to start up a new group. It turned out that Terri was just the right person, as she picked up the idea and ran with it. The project was to form a group which would arrange day trips by bus to various attractions outside Calgary. CALL members who do not drive distances would have the opportunity to enjoy occasional days venturing out of the city with congenial company.
A small planning committee was formed, co-ordinated by Terri, and it soon became clear that organising this group was going to be more complicated than most would be. Buses would have to be booked, venues selected, lunches arranged, trips advertised and covered by liability waivers. It would be necessary to ensure that trips were affordable, and arrangements for payments made. Policies and regulations of the board would have to be observed. Members from the board and the webteam pitched in to help set up a coherent system.
Many interesting venues were suggested, but in making a selection, Terri raised the question as to whether the purpose of the trips was directed at learning, or simply fun. Or was this a false dichotomy? The committee decided that any activity could be both or either – no need to stress. A variety would be included. By the time the programme was beginning to take shape it was winter and the group thought it prudent to start the trips after the danger of snowstorms faded. Three trips were identified – in April to Medicine Hat to visit the Medalta Pottery Museum, in May to the Bear Valley Horse Rescue near Sundre, and in June to the Rosebud Theatre. These were advertised and fifteen people had already signed up for the April trip when the covid struck, forcing everything to be put on hold.
What a pity that Terri was not able to see this new bus trips group up and running before the brakes went on! But everything is ready to go the minute it becomes safe for such trips to take place. Terri has her eye on a Christmas trip to Rosebud if the coast is clear by then. Certainly, if not then, as soon as possible. But at this point Terri looks back on her experience as overwhelmingly positive, even if she still has to wait for the plans to be realized. She found that she was climbing a learning curve in organizing, and enjoying the process. Yes, there were problems and delays and issues to be ironed out, but she met other CALL members and found that there was always someone willing to jump in to help solve any dilemma. And she knows that when the bus trips finally begin she will have had fun, made friends and provided opportunities for CALL members to participate in activities which will be cherished and remembered. And she would be very happy to welcome any other volunteers who want to be part of the committee to plan more adventures.
CALL and the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning will explore the question in two new Interest Groups.
There is an exciting new study group beginning in September. Vive La Différence – Non is a collaboration between CALL and the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL). Facilitated by Ron Foyer (CALL) and Tony Frayne (MCLL) the group will discuss issues and explore similarities and differences.
Details, dates and registration information at the link. There is a limit of eight participants from each organization. No drop‑ins.
Beginning in September, members of a new book club Interest Group on Zoom will read and discuss four novels, two from the Prairies and two from Québec, which offer nuanced insight into the history and cultures of each place. Eight members from each of the lifelong learning groups will share responses and insights.
Facilitators are Tamara Seiler (CALL) and Lorne Huston (MCLL). Maximum eight CALL participants. Details and registration at the link.
There are many Interest Groups in nearly every category which are meeting online and have room for new members. The links will take you to their Interest Group Page where you can find contact information for the facilitator. Please contact the facilitator to get detailed information on these meetings.
Here you'll find a list of proposed Interest Groups looking for members. If you would like to propose a topic for a new program or interest group or become a facilitator, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also propose a new interest group verbally at a monthly CALL Café.
As CALL is growing we have need for more people to help maintain the quality of what we offer. Take some time and get involved in CALL… meet new people, develop new friendships while providing valuable help.
There are still openings for volunteers for board positions and others to keep CALL programs going. Please check the Volunteer listings and/or email email@example.com to see how you can contribute.
Volunteers are the backbone of CALL. We sincerely thank all of our dedicated volunteers who have contributed and who continue to contribute in making CALL such a wonderfully diverse and interesting organization! We are truly lucky to have such a rich range of life experience in our membership. Your time and talent is immeasurable. Simply put… without YOU—our volunteers—CALL WOULD NOT EXIST!
The CALL membership year is September 1 – August 31, but we have always encouraged new members to sign up and take advantage of a special deal that extends their membership from May 1 to September of the following year. This year we are also extending the invitation for current members to renew at any time after May 1. The membership Team is well organized and will be happy to accept and process renewing memberships as well as new ones at any time after May 1.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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