On Friday, January 17th, about 40 members enjoyed a lovely lunch buffet and a great afternoon of fun at the races at Tampa Bay Downs. 6 Past Presidents were among the participants at this great weather event! Special thanks to Event Coordinator, John M. Henry, for organizing and Donald Jones, photography.
Sunday Golf FUN Day 9 February, 2020
The Club was fortunate to realize the return of the annual Sunday Golf FUN Day February 9th thanks to Event Coordinators: Laurie Fischer and Lorie and Gene Osmond! 60 folks registered and 55 turned out that cold morning to play for lots of fun, laughter and camaraderie!! Gilda Gambacurta won the Lady Closest to the Hole and Harry Morrison won for the Gents!! The Highest Scoring Team comprised: Andrea Bowins, Mike Tomaselli, Judy Garland and Sandy Herrick - congrats to all!! The Most Honest Team [2nd highest score] was awarded to: Nicole Doyon, Hélène Chevarie, Yvon Theriault and Gilles Theriault - felicitations! 3 prizes of $50. were awarded during Share the Wealth of which the Club retained $42. and many door prizes were awarded to many of the participants.
The 2020 Friendship Dinner / Dance marked the celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the OTOW Canadian Club!! Various Past Presidents paired up as Ticket Takers and Share the Wealth ticket sellers which was a great attribute in greeting guests at all entrances. A lovely roast beef dinner was catered by Felice's Deli with all the fixin's and was very well enjoyed by 115 participants! The auditorium was very pretty adorned in sapphire, the colour for 45th's. Many attendees wore the sapphire colours which was lovely. We also had 2 beautiful 45th Anniversary cakes featured in the photos. Also, a surprise announcement was made that two of our members were recently engaged. A photo booth was set-up with the Friendship flag and our Mountie as the backdrop and several folks took advantage of it for their photos. Thanks everyone and Congratulations Canadian Club and Happy 45th!!
About 60 folks turned out for the Happy Hour/Karaoke on February 21 at the Belleair Room, WAC. Gil Small, Tom and Vicky Portsmouth got the party going. Finger-foods and snacks were great; there was a lot of entertainment, camaraderie, jokes and fun!! Several STW prizes were also awarded.
Spring Fling - 5 March, 2020
The Spring Fling mc'd by Event Coordinator and Past President, Laurie Fisher was attended by 125 participants and there were lots of lovely spring colours, flowers and a few other little surprises along the way including a wedding! We enjoyed a lovely spring menu catered by Steve Hicks of Catering Specialties and DJ, Jody Bower of Grant Hemond and Associates had the dance floor hopping; we had several door prizes and STW prizes to boot!! A great night enjoyed by all!
St. Patrick's Day Parade - Saturday, 7 March 2020
Club Picnic - 12 March, 2020
We are happy to announce that the Club’s first picnic was held on Thursday, March 12 at Shelter #7 at Phillipe Park, Safety Harbor, FL. Joanne Fenn stepped up to volunteer as Event Coordinator back in December 2019 and quickly got her planning and organizational skills into action. Because the Pavilion approval and opening was delayed over the winter, Joanne knew she needed to look elsewhere for a site and followed the lead of the Irish Club at Phillipe Park! Her target originally was for 35 participants and in the end, 41 tickets were sold at $10.00 each. Joanne brainstormed with President, Ian Hunter and Registrar, Shirley Hunter to develop the menu which was a huge success. Joanne also partnered with volunteers Robert and Debra Kerrison, Theresa Gates and Lydia Côté for many of the activities and events during the picnic. We enjoyed a multiple choice ‘Canadian’ brainstorming quiz for “bragging rights” and asked that our American members partner with Canadians to come up with the answers. The winners were everyone and it was a fun way for all of us to learn a little more about Canada! We plan to continue on next season with another picnic in late January at the new Pavilion at On Top of the World.