Archive for August, 2008

Annual Cruzin’ Night

Monday August 25th was the 2nd Annual Cruzin’ Night ~ Car Show at Alexander Place long term care facility on Parkside Drive in Waterdown. Claire Collison, the Activation Co-Coordinator for Alexander Place, rounded up all the volunteers & BBQ facilities (& food) for the event.

I handled inviting all of the car owners for the show, we both scrounged for door prizes, Claire primarily for the residents & myself for the car folks. I designed the ‘dash plaques’ (2.25″ x 3.25″, printed on aluminum plates), which were given to all of the car owners as well as the residents (they could stick them on their wheelchair, walkers or in a memory book as they desired).

Coincidentally, I received a humorous set of lyrics that same day done by Julie Andrews, which she sang to the tune of ‘My Favourite Things’ (my_favourite_things). I printed copies & rounded up those who could sing to entertain the crowd by singing this a cappella!

August 26 2008 under SI-DAF Members

Sandy’s Hot Air Balloon Adventure

Wow!  What a day!  Steve & I were sleeping in a bit, we are still on holidays.  It was after 8 am we were still in bed; but awake & the driveway dinger went off, shortly followed by the door bell.  As Steve got up to answer the door the phone rang too which I answered.  (it was Frank, PS: Liz, the following is why I didnt’t stop by to see you in the morning as I had suggested to Frank that I would). 
Steve came back to the room to say that the REMAX hot air ballon team wanted to launch their balloon off of our front lawn; of course he said ‘sure, go ahead’.  I grabbed my camera and went outside to take some up close pictures of the set-up procedure.  I started chatting with the guys & told them they could use our lawn anytime they wanted & if they ever needed some ‘ballast’ I would be happy to go along too someday.  After a bit more chatting, the pilot Hal asked me if I could be ready in 15 minutes or so…..can you say ‘fastest shower ever’!  They were only planning on a short flight, about 1/2 hr or so.
So the rest is history,  I took a ton of pictures, Hal took the one of me with our home below, Steve took the ones from the ground perspective.  Stop by sometime & I will bore you with my pictures!  (we flew over towards south Cambridge, south of the 401 before touching down in a farmers field off of Gore Rd, nearly 1 hour later)
HOW COOL IS THAT! (& how lucky am I, a hot air balloon flight courtsey of the REMAX crew!  I have always dreamed of doing this but never acted upon it)

The touch down was interesting, on ‘paid for tourist’ flights there is always a ground crew there to make sure all goes smoothly. This was just the two of us with no crew to help control us; Hal know what he is doing but we are still somewhat at the mercy of the wind gusts. The basket had set down on its bottom but wanted to either tip or skip along as the winds had gotten gusty. It kept trying to pushing us over so Hal dumped the air out of the balloon rather quickly & the envelope laid down real nice. The basket was now on its side I was hanging on to two of the struts on the high side with my foot pressed into the opposite side of the basket between Hal’s legs otherwise I would have been on top of him. Just like Hal’s said ‘no elegant way to get in and no elegant way to get out!’

Suffice to say, I am ready for my next flight! Who else is game? Liz was looking into this recently, looks like it is about $500.00 each in a larger rig that takes up to 6! (I got my flight courtesy of Hal but trust me, it is worth it!) Can you say “ooohhh, look at those fall colours!”

Did you also know that I am now officially an aeronaut? Look it up in the dictionary; it is good to learn something new every day! 
Sandy  ~:)
PS: Turns out Hal has been chosen to represent Canada in next years ‘World’s Hot Air Balloon Competition” in Austria!  Appears I was in good hands!

August 24 2008 under SI-DAF Members

Women’s Opportunity Award Statistics for 2008

This year, a record 946 clubs participated in the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards and honored 1,120 deserving women in their communities. These awards provided more than $1.3 million to help women reclaim their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families. All participating clubs will receive a certificate and the sincere thanks of the women they helped.

Thank you to all the Soroptimist clubs working to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.


President Machiko Yamada
SIA President

August 18 2008 under Programs of Service, SI News

DAF-fy Girls Get-Together

Special thanks to our two guests who attended the pot-luck dinner at Sandy’s last night. The food everyone brought was absolutely delicious! Sandy gave the newcomers a tour, we all met Max and she had a slide show from her recent motorcycle trip. Brooke and Nancy had wedding photos to share.

The weather on the patio was beautiful and with drinks in hand, we sat down to business. Barb put together a great annual calendar with colour coding and everything! Our next meeting will be at the usual spot: Fortinos in Westdale.

August 15 2008 under SI-DAF Events