BC Islands Calendar And News Update

Hello all Islands G2G  Members,

Hope your summer is as excellent as ours! It is flying by, and the new season for fundraising activities coming up fast.

It will start September 4th with the CAMPBELL RIVER DINNER FOR THE ANNUAL CAMPBELL RIVER TO VICTORIA BICYCLE TOUR! Always a great start of the ride. This year 28 Grandmothers and-others are signed up, and the Fundraising goal of $50,000.- is in sight, way to go! I also love the way this event involves so many groups up and down the island, Friday morning snacks and fluid refreshments by the Merville Grannies, lunch in Courtenay by the Glacier Group, while the HUGGS from Hornby make sure we don’t fade in the aternoon, bringing super melon drinks and other goodies at the Buckley Bay store and ferry terminal! On Saturday the Oceanside Grannies fortify us in the morning, then the NanGoGrannies host our lunch and usually send us off with snack packs for the afternoon. We overnight in Chemainus and look forward to lunch in Brentwood, with St Andrews group and Sydney Grannies participating I believe, and before we know it, we will be welcomed in Victoria. Everyone is invited to the welcome party at the legislature.

On September 18th, the St Andrews Grannies are having their meeting and look forward to having Joan Wenman come and speak about her experiences on the SLF educational trip to Africa this past March.

October 5th, PaGo in Pt Alberni is organizing an exciting benefit concert, showcasing BEV ZIZZY, THE WOMAN IN BLACK. Ms Zizzy is a powerful songwriter and singer of the Blues and Jazz repertoire. Her original CD, ‘Woman in Black’, combined with her community work, earned her the 2009 YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Arts Award. The concert will be at Char’s Landing, a licensed venue, 4815 Argyle Street Pt Alberni at 2.00 pm, October 5th. Tickets $10.00 at the door, additional donations welcome, all proceeds to SLF.

October 18th, St Andrews Grannies are hosting a bridge tournament at lunch time and they are expecting to sell out all tickets!

November 22 the Greater Vancouver GoGo’s are hosting a showing of the Tribunal film with Ilana coming to speak and introduce the film. November 23 the Victoria Grandmothers are also going to host the Tribunal Film and Ilana, but I don’t have any details regarding venue yet.

In my brief survey from a few weeks ago, there was consensus that we should wait till our gathering of 2015 to have a showing of the film ‘up-island’. I would like all groups to consider where they would like the gathering to be and what the main theme will be. Since the last one was in Victoria, the central island seems a logical choice, but there are other options. Please discuss with your groups what role you would like to play!

I am happy to report that the Powel River Grannies continue to feel part of the BC Islands region. I met with Maureen this summer and hope to visit the group together with Tina Fillipino in the fall for an Africa experiences presentation. I believe that is all for now, hope to see many of you along the ride route,

Warm regards, Paxie Vreed, Island Liaison