Hello Fellow Gyros:
Wasn’t that a fun two years?
I would like to start by thanking our existing board members who have supported me in the past year as follows:
Vice President: Bruce Copeland
Treasurer: Erik Braun
Secretary: Ray Davis
2nd Yr Director: Art Merrick
2nd Yr Director: Jack Beattie
1st Yr Director: Bruce Schelske
1st Yr Director: Nestor Slipchuk
Bulletin Editor: Scott Brisbin
H & W Coordinator: Gordon Stewart
And a special thank you to Allan Bleiken as Past President who acted as a mentor and provided valuable advice and sanity check when I needed it.
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize all the on-to chairs and teams who put on some great events. After the “greatest summer ever” we moved into our “winter of discontent”; if I may quote William Shakespeare. And as per the intended meaning of the phrase, our unhappy times are in the past.
We started our year with great hope and enthusiasm with the golf tournament organized by Gordon Stewart. This was followed by our year end wind-up and Kropp family picnic generously hosted by Bernie and Brenda Kropp and attended by 72 grateful Gyros and guests. Gary and Carol Kleebaum were wonderful hosts for our outdoor Bocce tournament.
Our Annual General Meeting held in September was a rather spirited event; fortunately, no fist fights broke out. Bruce Copeland and Nestor Slipchuk did a masterful job of organizing the horseshoes tournament (which Nestor won aided by a ringer from the Edmonton Gyros). A few of us attended the Founders Night hosted by the Edmonton Club; too bad there were not more that attended from our club. Cribbage tournament (Bill Austen) was held at the Headquarters Restaurant. We were able to enjoy a wonderful turkey dinner with all the trimmings at the Belvedere Golf and Country Club for our annual Christmas event; thanks to Ken Lesniak and Nestor Chomik for their assistance.
We then went into a lull as the next wave of COVID slowed everything down. But we did restart in the spring with the Poker Night (John Williams, Al Gordon and Art Merrick), and Speaker night (Richard Craddock). Al Bleiken was successful in finding candidates for our election night. Keith Bradley initiated proceedings for our Auction Night before he had his misfortunate accident. Jim Malott and Jack Beattie were able to ensure that the event was a great success. A small group of us enjoyed betting on the ponies. And Al Bleiken led the convoy past Keith Bradley’s home to bring some positive vibes to Keith who needs it. Which brings is to our wind-up; thanks to Don Greig for organizing.
The past year has been challenging. I feel that we have been forced to act as caretakers in trying to keep our club activities active and alive. But it is a credit to the perseverance of our club members that we are still viable and strong. We lost only two members during the year, and I hear that they are both returning for next year. Our bank balance is healthy which should give us a great start to the new year, and a new vibrant Executive Board is ready to lead us.
In closing I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to all the members of the Sherwood Park Gyro Club. It has been an honor being your President. Let us welcome our new President Bruce and Executive Board who will carry us into the new Gyro year.
Yours in Gyro friendship,