"Autumn Shoreline" by Barbara Amos, a member of the Creative Projects Interest Group
Don’t forget to register for the CALL Annual General Meeting. Find out how your organization has weathered the past year and virtually meet the CALL Board members.
Monday, October 18, 2021 at 10:00 AM on Zoom
The following documents for the meeting are available on the website:
Agenda: Minutes of the 2020 AGM; Auditor’s Statement for the year ending August 31, 2021; CALL Balance Sheet for the year ending August 31, 2021; CALL Statement of Revenues and Expenses for the year ending August 31, 2021; President’s Report; Nominations and Biographies for 2021-2022 Board of Directors.
Registration will be open until 1 hour prior to the meeting. A Zoom link will be sent at the time of registration and a reminder will go out 24 hours prior to the AGM. Please cancel your registration if you find you are unable to attend.
For a link to the documents and to register, go to the CALL AGM 2021 page.
Check the CALL website for details of the following events. Registration is required for all these events. You must be a member to register. Join or renew your membership now and watch for email announcements for programs and events.
All In Person, Indoor CALL programs suspended until further notice. Most Programs will continue on Zoom.
For Zoom events, please register 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.
Wednesday, October 20, 7:30pm Online via Zoom
Presenter: Andrew Hart
Since retiring in 2016, Andrew has made a number of trips to India. This presentation will focus on the Western Ghats, a mountain range, and its foothills, that runs parallel to the west coast of India southwards from around Mumbai.
Andrew Hart will talk about a trip to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Western Ghats of India. The presentation will include photos and descriptions of the natural history and of his interactions with local people.
Treks and Travels is held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month beginning in September and ending in June with the exception of December and always begins at 7:30pm. Our presentations for the rest of this year are as follows: Wednesday, October 20 at 7:30 with Andrew Hart as we journey from Mumbai to Kochi; November 17th at 7:30 focusing on Travels in SE Asia with Rosemary Kennedy and Seleem Sayegh. Stay tuned for 2022 offerings.
For more information and to register, go to the Treks and Travels page.
Saturday, October 23, 4:00pm on Zoom.
Participants will purchase tickets and watch the National Theatre at Home production of Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard at home prior to the discussion.
For more information and to register, go to the CALL to the Theatre page.
Monday, October 25, 1:00 – 3:00pm on Zoom
Residents of long term care facilities and retirement homes have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Seniors have suffered hardship, injury to their health, and death. Several lawsuits and class actions have been filed against operators of long term care facilities alleging negligence in their handling of COVID-19 outbreaks. Now the Alberta UCP government has enacted Bill 70 to give long term care operators protection from COVID-19 related legal actions. Does this mean that operators of long term care residences have no legal accountability?
To add your name to the email list to receive the Zoom Link for each session, go to the Not So Common Law page and email “Facilitator”.
Tuesday, November 2, 7:30pm Online Via Zoom
Presenter: Karsten Heuer
Karsten Heuer, Bison Reintroduction Project Manager, Banff National Park, will provide a progress report and update on a five-year project to reintroduce this once almost extinct bison to Banff National Park.
For more details and to register, go to the Science and Environment page.
Saturday, November 6 – 10:30am – 12:00pm on Online via Zoom
Presenter: Eileen Clearsky
In her presentation, Eileen Clearsky, an Indigenous educator at Mount Royal University, will discuss her doctoral work on Indigenizing curriculum for preservice teachers at MRU. She will describe her findings and respond to questions about how decolonization, indigenization and reconciliation action can be applied in other workspaces.
For more information and to register, go to the Speaker Events page.
Wednesday, November 10, 1:00 – 2:30pm Online via Zoom
Self-directed investing is becoming increasingly popular with new and long-time investors. Join us as we walk through assessing if this investing approach is right for you and the fundamentals to opening a trading account, researching and trading investments and avoiding common DIY investing mistakes.
For more information and to register, go to the Money Sense Webinar page.
Wednesday, November 17, 7:30 – 9:00pm.
November 18, 25; December 2, 9
Presenter: Dr. Alana Gowdy
This four-week online course considers events in medieval history when the weather made a difference, sometimes inconvenient sometimes devastating. Not every thing turned out as planned!
World Events 3 is a current events group that has been ongoing for about 3 years. We would be happy to add a few additional members. We meet twice a month on the first and third Friday, currently on Zoom or outside as weather permits. If you have an interest in what is going on in the world, and are willing to present a topic every few months, please join us. Recent topics have included deforestation, energy efficient building, and historical/political perspectives on a variety of countries. And, of course, we couldn't avoid a bit of election chat. Details and contact information are on the World Events 3 page.
World Events 4 meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from 1:00 – 3:00pm. The group focuses on international current events and related background issues. Members seek to broaden their knowledge and understanding in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Details and contact information are on the World Events 4 page.
From Angela Swenson, Member of OL:OS4
My daughter-in-law suggested that I should write my life-story to leave for my grandchildren. She mentioned it enough times over the next ten years that I finally made an attempt to start writing.
The project did not flow or improve until a friend introduced me to Our Lives Our Stories. I signed up and met a small group of people who had already begun writing their stories.
Once home, I looked through old photo albums enthusiastically, and within minutes ideas and memories flooded my thoughts. The first story was born. That was January 2020. Shortly afterwards COVID-19 hit. We had been meeting at the Rosedale Community Hall bi-weekly where each person read their story out loud, then comments and respectful critiques were invited within the group, in order to improve writing skills, punctuation and spelling and composition of sentences. March arrived and we were no longer able to meet in person. We continued writing and meeting, but now via Zoom. A whole new world of communication had to be learned. We meet every first and third Tuesday from 9.30-11.30 a.m. Confidentiality and respect of each person's piece is paramount.
Are you interested in sharing your life story with your grandchildren? Do you have stories waiting to be told? Having a hard time getting started or staying on track? Our Lives Our Stories 4 is accepting new members. In a supportive environment, you will develop your writing skills and have some fun along the way! For more information and to register, go to the OL:OS 4 page.
By Adrienne Kertzer
One important aspect of CALL programming is that it allows people with similar interests to come together to discuss and learn from each other. CALL has reviewed a request that we develop a new programming model which would encourage individuals to connect and learn from each other. We will be testing out this new model as CALL a Buddy.
If you have an idea for a topic, issue or interest and would like to connect with another CALL member to discuss, let us know by emailing email@example.com. We will post your name and idea on the CALL website: CALL a Buddy. This will allow CALL members to indicate their interest in connecting with you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we put you in touch with your buddy, how, when and why you meet is up to you. With over 900 members we are sure there are lots of interesting ideas out there. All you need to embark on a new learning journey is a method to connect. Let CALL a Buddy be that method.
This is the last in a series of articles in which CALL members responded to questions posed by Maureen Osis about the benefits of volunteering with CALL. CALL depends on volunteers to organize programs. It also relies on individuals to share their talents by offering programs for members to attend.
In the previous articles, Diana Bloom, Mary Lou Kerr and Adrienne Kertzer shared their experiences with volunteering. CALL asked Jim Conway and Barry Ronellenfitch to share their experiences in providing programs for CALL members. Jim offers the program Not So Common Law. Barry leads the program Finding Peace and Joy Within.
Jim Conway practiced law in Calgary for 40 years and was a sessional instructor at University of Calgary for 25 years. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2008. Jim has served on the Board of Directors for Calgary Legal Guidance, the Alberta Science Centre Society, as well as Rideau-Roxboro Community Association. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Leighton Art Centre. Jim is a member, facilitator and presenter for the Calgary Association of Life Long Learners and a founding member of the “Dabblers” art group.
In these monthly presentations, Not-So-Common-Law, Jim explores the historical and social background of some of the intriguing, interesting and important legal cases which have had a lasting impact on our society and affect our lives today. Each month he focuses on some famous and fascinating cases, plus the opportunity to discuss legal current affairs.
Jim answered CALL's questions.
What motivated you to provide this program?
When my wife Pat and I joined CALL and were deciding what interest groups to join, I was approached by our friends Carol Gerein and Mary Lou Kerr to create an interest group about law. It was an intriguing idea, and besides Carol and Mary Lou are very persuasive :)
Why did you want to provide it for CALL members?
CALL is a great organization with a wide range of interest groups. I was happy to participate and have something to contribute.
What are the benefits/positive outcomes for you in giving this time to CALL?
I enjoy the research and creative aspects of putting together a monthly presentation for our interest group. From a retirement point of view, it is an opportunity to participate in an engaging activity and keep up my interest in law.
Any other thoughts?
Well, I enjoyed presenting Not So Common Law so much that it was easy to persuade me to facilitate a second interest group. This time it is politics. So the political book club “How Can You Think That?" was born. It is part of Current Issues section of the CALL Interest Groups.
Barry Ronellenfitch, P.Eng. is a Professional Engineer with over 45 years’ experience with Yogic practices, and over 1,000 hours of formal training on meditation. During that time, he raised a family, owned and ran a manufacturing business, and worked to maintain a sense of peace, balance and joy while surfing the wave of chaos that we all experience in our daily lives.
Barry leads the program Finding Peace and Joy Within. In this eight-week session, Barry explores the ideas behind the practices of meditation and mindfulness, and the modern understandings about how and why they work on both your inner and outer world. Each session includes a period of meditation (sitting comfortably in chairs) to allow participants the opportunity to experience the benefits for themselves.
Barry told CALL:
I’ve always enjoyed learning. Even the dullest job seemed interesting while I was learning how to do it. And I’ve always wanted to share anything that I found useful, whether it was a new hobby or sport, or an approach to solving a problem.
I suspect most people feel the same.
CALL allows me to both learn and share. By facilitating a CALL program, I can share what I’ve learned with other interested people. At the same time, their questions and insights help me learn more. CALL also provides the opportunity to attend other programs of interest.
I get to meet wonderful people as well. For me, this is a win/win on every level!
Are you thinking about joining the great CALL volunteers?
Here are some ways to learn more:
CALL memberships renewed and new memberships are valid until August 31, 2022. Membership is required for participation in all Interest Groups and Study Programs, and for participation in events on Zoom. You can renew online or by mail. You can check your membership status at any time by logging in at the Login Icon and going to View Profile.
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Meanwhile, be well, stay well in every sense of the word.
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