9 December 2015

SRCWA #2015103 - President's Message

December 9, 2015
Greetings to all our members, 
Christmas is coming and what excitement for the little ones, eh? I love how their little faces light up when they see Santa. Such fun to watch. 
We had a follow-up Board Development meeting on November 21 with our facilitator Kristin Ward-Diaz. January, 2015 was our initial meeting and there were a number of recommendations made. At this meeting we were able to say we have followed through with quite a number of them including: actively recruiting Zone Directors for the vacant Zones, contacting existing members by phone, and increasing our membership to name but a few.
Dan, our Communications Director, is redoing our email system – our members now need to subscribe to the email service in order to receive the messages from the RCMP. Dan contacts members via email and the members are asked to subscribe with a simple, two step process. First by clicking on the subscribe link in Dan’s email and providing your email address. Or you can click on the link at the bottom of our home page.
 The automated service will quickly send you a confirmation email containing a verification link. Clicking the verification link will activate the subscription. Both steps are required in order to receive your SRCWA e-mails. You can unsubscribe any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of every email. And, of course, we will not share your email address with anyone!
The other reason for doing this is to reduce as many automated phone calls as possible – the telephone messages will be only for the members who have no computer and internet access. Please subscribe as soon as possible once you receive the message from Dan. The zone and associate zone directors will be personally calling all the members in their zones for their e-mail addresses. 
Dan has also reactivated our Twitter account if anyone is interested in following us. Just click on the link at the bottom of our home page to get started. Louis, Dan and Bonny are working on setting up a facebook page for SRCWA. All the information will be available to everyone through every social media source. Of course, the website will continue to be the most in-depth resource.
On December 5th Colleen and I attended the Trade/Craft Show in Legal. We received a very positive response from everyone we spoke with and we signed up two new members as well. It was a good day – well done Legal. 
Last night was our Christmas Potluck Dinner – it was well attended by about 25 members. We were very pleased to have three of our county councilors: Susan Evans, Patrick Tighe and Wayne Bokenfohr join us. We were joined as well by Shelley Porter, a trustee for the SSD. The support from all of them has been more than we could have asked for. I would have had pictures to post of our dinner if I hadn’t forgotten my camera in my jacket pocket - oops. It was a good plan though!
On December 17th we will be attending our first Candy Cane Check. We were invited by the Town to join them and we are so very pleased to do so. 
Our next meeting will be on January 12, 2016 at 7p.m. at the Provincial Building in Morinville. All of our members who would like to join us are welcome. 
We wish all of our members a safe and a very Merry Christmas and good health and happiness for 2016. 
Merry Christmas

Francoise Meunier Pres SRCWA 

Dan Antoniuk
Communications Director
Zone 9 Director

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