By Susan Phillips
I am honoured to accept the position as president of the District 34 RTO/ERO.I look forward to meeting and talking to many of you over the coming year. Your executive has planned a number of events for you this Fall. The Open House and Fall Luncheon are always popular and well attended. In September the Hava Javas, walks with Ann, Bridge and French Club will resume. Trips to the theatre and art gallery are also planned. Please come out and enjoy these fun and educational events.
Betty Tobin, our Goodwill Representative, has asked for your help. As you know, she sends out Birthday cards to our elderly members. Sometimes these cards come back to her. If you know of a member who has moved, either in with family or into a home, could you please give Betty their new address. That way we can update our contact information.
Because of Privacy Legislation, we are implementing a new procedure for the 34th Story. If your picture will be identified in the 34th Story, we will ask you to sign a consent form. Whoever is taking the picture will have the forms on hand .This does not apply to group pictures of our members where the names are not published.
If you have any ideas for activities that would be of interest or benefit our members, we would like to hear from you. We still need a Second Vice-President. If anyone would like to volunteer for this executive position, please let us know.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or any other member of the executive.
Peace Among the Nations
By Patricia Duke
You may recall seeing this image in the last issue of 34th Story; a photo of Ann Evans, organizer of our annual Art Show at Boynton House, with five of the paintings from the show. One of these paintings is “Peace among the Nations” shown above.
My work was exhibited in Richmond Hill Group of Artists 38th Annual Juried Show in April. It was later shown in Snap’d Richmond Hill in May with Mayor David Barrow who selected this for his Mayor’s Choice Award. When we delivered it, I told our Mayor that I would send an e-mail describing how this intuitive painting happened.
On watercolour paper I poured a few colours, pushed paint around with no plan or intention. I took a piece of cardboard, swooshed it around, up and down and then paused to look. I immediately saw a head with a native Canadian style feathered headdress.
This impression took me back many years to my childhood when, as a six year old, I was evacuated to live in the country with my Godmother after the first bombing of Sheffield, centre of the steel industry, in December 1940. My Godmother lived in a small village in a cottage with no running water or electricity. I enjoyed going down the garden to help pump our water for the day.
Her favourite poet was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. She read to me from ”The Song of Hiawatha”. My imagination was stirred by the rhythms and I still have clear images of “the shores of Gitche Gumee, by the shining Big Sea Water”. “In the land of the Dakotahs, Minnehaha, Laughing Water,” never thinking for a moment that I would ever come to Canada and visit these “laughing waters” in the lands of the Ojibway, Mohawk and Algonquin.
I selected a few lines to calligraph a part of Hiawatha’s story
“Buried was the bloody hatchet,
Buried was the dreaded warclub,
And the war cry was forgotten.
Then was PEACE among the Nations.”
And now, these words expressed by Longfellow, are just as relevant today as in the time of Hiawatha. May our world leaders be guided to learn how to work together, to collaborate, for PEACE among our nations sharing this planet Earth.