Friends & Fun Night at Barb’s

Thank you all S.I. DAF members for the wonderful evening last night. Everyone contributed to make the evening quite enjoyable and memorable. A special thanks to Jane for ordering a most delicious (Indian) meal and to Pauline who helped with the delivery. Thanks to all who participated in searching our various S.I. websites for SOLT information to share with the club. A special thanks to all who brought guests to share our club meeting and a special thanks to Kerry and Brooke for fun ice breaker exercises. I am so proud to belong to such a fine organization with such wonderful women that I respect and admire and can truly call my friends. S.I. DAf rocks!
With much heartfelt affection;

p.s. Governer margaret joined us to talk about the Soroptimist Foundation of Canada and was kind enough to bring chocolate. Below are a copy of the games:

M&Ms game:

Red candy: favorite hobbies
Green candy: favorite foods
Yellow candy: favorite movies
Orange candy: favorite places to travel
Brown candy: most memorable or embarrassing moments
Blue: what interested you in Soroptimist

Sort & Mingle

cheesecake vs chocolate cake (dessert)
underwire vs no wire (underwear)
red vs white (wine)
kids vs no kids (family)
apples vs oranges (fruit)
Sears vs The Bay (shopping)
cruise vs all inclusive (holidays)
standard vs automatic (cars)
open toe vs closed toe (sandles)
thongs vs panties (underwear)
car vs suv (transportation)
vegetables vs meat (food)
purse vs totebag (accessories)
plastic vs reusable (grocery store)
spring vs fall (weather)
cone or cup (ice cream)
pierced vs clip on (earrings)
tea vs coffee (food)
hiking vs swimming (hobbies)
salty vs sweet (food)
Coke vs Pepsi (food)

Rose’s Dish Cloths raised over $200

Rose Bayley is knitting dish cloths! In fact Rose is knitting dish cloths by the dozens and she is doing it so the Soroptimist International club of Dundas/Ancaster/Flamborough (whom her daughter Pauline is a member) can sell them to help less fortunate women & children in our community. The Soroptimist club will not only use the money for that cause; they will also make a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Society in honour of Rose!

You see, Rose; who is from London, England has for some time now been showing signs of the onset of Alzheimer’s. Her family first became aware of Rose’s changing situation about a year ago. Her daughter Pauline and husband David had moved to Ontario with their children several years ago and Pauline could now hear the difference in long distance telephone conversations with her mum. Each time the family visited England they would further notice marked changes in her abilities; but Pauline’s father John, Rose’s husband of 59 years was managing. Sadly in November of 2007 John passed away suddenly and when Pauline and family returned to England for her father’s funeral she realized that her mum could not stay there alone. So they brought Rose to Canada to stay with her only daughter Pauline & her family. In an attempt to help Rose rebuild her life Pauline suggested her mum might like to rekindle her interest in knitting – from that day on she hasn’t stopped!

Now you may be wondering what makes Rose’s dishcloths so famous? It is more how knitting them makes Rose feel; it gives her purpose to her day and a sense of accomplishment that she has been lacking since Alzheimer’s came to call. Even with the controlling effects of Alzheimer’s Rose can do something important to help other women & children here in her new community!




Paul Johnson

Thank you Pauline for inviting Paul Johnson as our guest speaker on September 4. Paul is the Executive Director at the Wesley Urban Ministries in Hamilton. He came to inform our group about the transitional housing project.

The Wesley Youth Housing Program is a collaborative project that offers the street-involved or homeless youth (ranging in age from 16-21 years) access to safe, affordable, one-year housing with on-site support programs to aid the youth in building the skills necessary to reach their ultimate goal.

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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.

Boat Cruise

The evening of June 6 headed out on Hamilton Harbour for our end-of-year dinner. Many of our club was able to attend and some guests joined us. The buffet dinner was quite good and the view, looking back at the city, was very different. In particular, it was interesting to see the piles of coal up close along the steel factories.

The weather was wonderful – warm, not too windy – and the rain waited until we got back to shore.

May Charity BBQ

The Soroptimist girls were out with aprons and tongs at Weeks of Waterdown yesterday. We had sausages, hotdogs and Rose’s Famous Dishcloths for sale!

Motown Night

Russ Weil and his band joined us for the Magic of Motown on Thursday April 24 at the Scottish Rite, 4 Queen St, Hamilton. The evening was Cabaret Style with dessert and coffee plus a cash bar.

We sold 81 tickets and raised over $1,000 in the raffle ticket sale.
Thank you to everyone who attended!

Award Ceremony

Congratulations to our award winners. The Women’s Opportunity Award is given to a female head of the household retraining for the workforce and the Violet Richardson Award to for a young woman that is an active volunteer.

Women’s Opportunity Award ($2,500) was given to a nursing student who is a single monther and supporting her family while getting her degree.

Violent Richardson Award ($500, of which a portion is given to her charity of choice) was given to a highschool student who is actively involved in the Girl Guides of Canada.

Recap of our March Meeting

The Beautiful Women Project is an exhibition being held at the at the Downtown Art Centre, Hamilton. The opening evening was on Thursday March 1st and included a welcome from the artist Cheryl-Ann Webster. Our club sponsored $350 towards uncreating of one of the torsos and were sponsors of the opening night. Thank you Jane, who sat on the planning committee at the YWCA.

Following a tour of the exhibit, the ladies of SI-DAF treked down to Capri Restaurant on John St to hear Val Campbell speak about the Living Rock Ministries’ “Just for Gurlz”. This program focuses on healthy lifestyle choices and selfcare for young women aged 16-26. Those participating in the program can also access the food bank and receive other supports through The Rock in Action and Rock Resources Programs.

Activities such as crafts, self-care and topical themes are introduced through informal discussions and teachings that are focused around the needs of the young women (self-esteem, relationships, sexuality, healthy choices, community, etc.). Philpott Memorial Church provides nursery, volunteers and program area for Just for Gurlz.

Walk for Memories at Lime Ridge Mall

A number of SI DAF’ers attended the Alzheimer’s Walk for Memories at Lime Ridge Mall.

Flamborough Chamber of Commerce (FCC) members Soroptimist International of Dundas/Ancaster/Flamborough recently attended the Alzheimer’sWalk for Memories at Lime Ridge Mall in Hamilton on January 27/08. Immediately before the walk the SI/DAF teamtook the opportunity to have a photo taken with HamiltonMayor Fred Eisenberger and Honorary Chairperson and Mistress of Ceremonies with CHCH TV news anchor Connie Smith (front row, centre).

The SI/DAF team raised over $2,000 for the event through generous sponsorships by friends and co-workers. Representing the Soroptimist were club members (back row) Pauline Hardcastle with her mom Rose Bayley, Susan Hooper, Sandra Gray (FCC past president and top fundraiser for the team), Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Margaret Kovacs & ‘a friend of Soroptimist’ JeanMasi. Front row is Barbara McCoy, Connie Smith and Shirley McCoy who is also past SI Eastern Canada Region Governor.

The event at Lime Ridge raised over $17,000.00 for the Alzheimer’s Society.Thank you to all those who sponsored this event or another one in their community!

Walk for Memories

Walk for Memories