Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
16 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, April 28, Senior citizens7 programs promoted The many successes and ad- vances made in recent years by the pensioners and senior citi- zens of Canada were recounted at last evening's reception held for the national federation executive. Executive members of the National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Organization were present in the city for a two- day closed meeting session. Plans were approved by the executive for the upcoming na- tional convention to be heici in Lethbridge this fall, as well as discussion of the New Horizons program. The Chinook Pensioners Senior Citizens hosted the ception which took place in the I Pemmican Club rooms and was well attended. All executive members were present, as well as many_ se- nior citizens from Lethbridge, and the surrounding area. Mayor Andy Anderson ex-! tended his greetings to the au- j dience and said he felt it was a j significant occasion, and one i which paid tribute to the work of the organization. He applauded the many pro- grams which the members have participated in and said it was a pleasure to see the enthusi- asm with which such activities were met. The national president. J. L. Lerette of Toronto, commented] on the growth .and expansion' east of the pensioners organiza-1 tion. He said the idea started in British Columbia, gradually spread further into the rest of Canada, and now has members in all provinces but Nova Sco- tia. No right color GRANBY. Que. (CP) "Will the lady tell me what her color This was a policeman's fallant question after a lady river absent-mindedly sat through three traffic lights- green, red and green again- while drivers behind her pro- tested noisily. "We have power as a united body, and we have a he added. "We are being heard and im- provements are times slowly, but we're proud of the work we have done to make things better for those people who made this country what it is. Mr. Lerette stressed that the work of the senior citizens must continue on a municipal, provincial and national level. He said that he hoped the September convention in Leth- bridge would further the or- ganization's cause in the west- ern provinces, and that it would promote the senior citizens' movement across Canada. Mr. Lereite also mentioned the federal grant with which the senior citizens organ- ization hopes to initiate Can- ada-wide programs and a great- er, meaningful involvement for the pensioners. "We must get the people out of their little rooms and out into the community to see and be part of a new life and make the golden years worth- he concluded. Among those present were representatives from Prince Edward Island, Toronto, Monc- ton, N.B. and Ottawa. Members from affiliated branches in southern Albert a travelled from Coleman, Blair- more, Bellecrest, Taber and Fort Macleod. F.O.E. BINGO TONIGHT EAGLES HALL 6th Ave. A and 13th St. N. 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Included in the dis- cussions was approval of plans for a national conven- tion to be held here this September. Shown are federa- i i tion members, Marian Goddard, national secretary, cen- tre; Lillian Browne, national treasurer, at left; J. L. Lerette, national president; John Gayne, first vice-president, ond far right, C. Frank Way, second vice-president. Oldsters must do own thing family by MAUREEN JAMIESON By MAUREEN JAMIESON I Family Editor j People should retire TO something, not FROM, ac- cording to Thelma Scramb- ler. "There's just no ending to the opportunities of life en- richment." she added. Mrs. Scrambler, regional representative for New Hori- zons is in Lethbridge this weekend to discuss proposed projects for this senior citi- zens program. She will also participate in two pre-retire- ment seminars for employees of the city, the provincial gov- ernment and members of var- ious unions. "I really wrestle with the idea of doing things for older she said. "They don't want things done for them. They want to be vital, action oriented persons, "The key thing here some- times is that organizations, church groups and service clubs get carried away the idea of doing something for older people. "The focus of New Horizons allows retired persons to do their thing." To be eligible for a grant, a project must be the idea of an older per- son or persons, which they themselves formulate and ad- minister. "We have to be sure the project is designed to increase the involvement of retired persons in their community Mrs. Scrambler pointed out. Lots of projects "In Alberta, we've had a fantastic range of exciting she enthused, "from drop-in centres to his- torical research to reviving old crafts and demonstrating them to other age groups. "The Golden Mile Singers have been funded under New receiving a grant to help "in developing their repertoire and travelling to surrounding areas to share their joy in singing. "I find the. Taber historical research program most inter- esting, she said. "Rather than produce a history book in general- they're tracing early pioneer families and representatives of all ethnic groups settling in the Taber area. "The collection of these his- torical volumes will be spe- cially bound and mounted and keDt in the civic centre. KRAHN HOMES LTD. Pictured above left to right are Henry Krahn and Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Corns of Grassy lake. Alberta. Mr. Krahn is presenting Mr. and Mrs. Corns with a door arm In conjunction with last week's home show. Mrs. U Mielke of Cealdale also won a door prize. ASTRO Call 328-7748 EXCLUSIVE SALES AGENTS FOR KRAHN HOMES Of DISTINCTION They'll be available for people to come and study." Other projects from south- ern Alberta now being as- sessed range from a drop-in centre to recreation programs and oral histories recorded on tapes of the early life experi- ence of older people in their original voices. "The provincial museum and archives are very inter- ested in these she ex- plained. "Older people can contri- bute to the lives of younger persons and vice versa, as in the visiting resource vol- unteer project in Calgary, Mrs. Scrambler said. "Some 35 retired persons go I as volunteers into elementary classrooms to talk about their pioneer experiences. From January to last Thursday, they had completed 141 pres- entations in the classrooms, from two-to-three hours each. Living history volunteer has his spe- cialty. Retired Mounties are in great demand because of centennial year, and so is the coalminer. We're looking at a generation of kids who din't know what a piece of coal looks like. The lady w h o talks about homsetead days and depression days is also in demand. "We're trying to recover this massive loss to Canadian Fetus insurance bid turned down PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) A life insurance application for a three-month-old fetus, filed in response to a state law declar- ing that life begins at con- ception, has been turned down. The application was filed by Senator Donald E. Roch on be- half cf his pregnant niece, Jlrs. Maurice Gauvin. Roch is an agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.. which he .said re- jected the applicaion last week. He and Mrs. Gamin said they expected the society of early life experi- ences and our history of the development of this she said. "While these people are alive it's living history, and so much more valuable than just reading something. "I'd like to see this bridging with children extended to day care centres, nurseries, and kindergartens." she continued, "where grandmothers and grandfathers can become 'grandfriends' to the little people, providing that extra loving care and attention playing games together, read- ing, telling stories and so on. "I'd like to emphasize that to me, New Horizons has to push out even further to reach out to the isolated older per- son who has become alienated and is alone. "We have to find ways of developing friendly visiting programs and getting them out to meet with others." Medicine Hat Retired Teach- ers Association, according to Mrs. Scrambler, is meeting this problem by compiling and publishing a directory of ser- vices available to senior citi- zens. Reaching out "But they're going to do more than that." she said. going to visit each senior citizen in Medicine Hat Call on them and make sure they are aware of the ser- vices available to them. The association also plans to organize a group of retired specialists with a knowledge of legal matters and real es- tate and the like, to provide information on these subject to all senior citizens request- ing it. "It's a real outreach kind of thing, involving people in the later years with others in the later years." Mrs. Scrambler said she be- lieved retirement re the time "to develop a second, third, fourth or fifth and invited any person or group with a project or idea to con- tact New Horizons. 3108 Baker Centre. Eomonton. A YEAR AGO Christmas, Flip Wilson's invisible dog had pups, and one of the little mutts was acquired by the Jamieson clan. Reaching over to the TV screen, Youngest Daughter lifted a tiny pup out of Flip's arms. Bsfore I could intervene, the family had closed its pro- tective ranks around her, ad- mired the pup, named him Whiskers, and made him up a special box beside the TV set. Invisible though he was, Whiskers soon made his pres- ence felt. The little menace started out by making off with report cards, gnawing holes in sock heels, biting off buttons, knocking dishes off tbi table, and all that minor-league sort of stuff. By the time he was six months old, he was eating his way through cartons of ice cream, running up bills for long-distance phone calls and charging comic books at the local store. He didn't turn into an actual monster, though, until after last Christmas, when I was given a couple of books 'on child-rearing. Both books accused me of damaging the delicate emo- tional balance of our off- spring with all my snarling, screeching and nagging. Guilt-stricken, I resolved to repent of my mean and nasty ways, follow the book, and spread joy and happiness throughout the borne. Going by the book, I would use logic all the way. I would show the children the reason for doing what they were ask- ed (told was a dirty word ap- parently) and let them dis- cover for themselves the con- sequence of disobedience. Immediately they would see the light, and henceforth re- frain from wading in puddles without their boots, putting Ex-Lax in the chocolate cake batter and other things with unpleasant repercussions. I started practising on Son Four. "Keep your jacket on while you're out I cooed, carefully adding the reason. "You know you catch cold easily." He came home a couple of hours later minus the jacket, wearing goose bumps in a delicate shade of blue. Of course, it wasn't really Son Four's fault. Whiskers had run off with the jacket. Well, whoever was to blame, the logical and reason- able consequence of Son Four, wandering around without coat in chilly weather was a cold, maybe even pneumonia. He didn't get as'much as a single sniffle. Next on the receiving end of my' new formula was Son Two. rvni? particular Saturday, in- stead of handing him only half his pocket money and keeping the rest, I gave him the lot. Smiling sweetly, I reminded i i' him of a dance coming up Thursday. By Thursday, of course, the money was long gone. By now I was well into my new role, and thoroughly nauseating. "I'm afraid I smiled sadly, "you can't go to the dance. "That's the logical result of spending all your money at once. Now you have to take the consequences and stay home." Patiently he explained that he had used his money all of.it to bail Whiskers out of the pound. I stood firm and awaited re- sults, which were not long coming. A sympathetic Son One went halfers in paying the pound and handed his brother a dollar to go to the dance. Sen Two went off in high good humor, blowing my logic to pieces. (Sometimes I think that kid has no Then there was the night Oldest Daughter (nine) was two hours late for supper, and we were on the verge of call- ing in John Law. She turned up tearfully ex- plaining she'd spent the whole time searching for Whiskers had run away from home. With great effort, I remem- bered ot smile and reason, and told her supper was long over. Consequently, she would have to go without. Relieved to get out of a nag- ging, she blithely went off to watch TV. A short time later my con- science got the better of me and I sneaked down to give her a piece of pie. I needn't have bothered. Our little heroine was sitting in front of the set surrounded by empty popcorn cartons, potato chip bags and candy wrappers, smuggled down behind my back by her sib- lings. I figured it was tune to quit. Tossing the books in the garbage, I shed my new im- age, and returned to my nag- ging, screeching and snarling. The house returned to nor- mal, and the family heaved a combined sigh of relief. Mind you Whiskers is still with us, but he had a close shave recently. I was driving into the car- port late one evening and hit the post. Fortunately the damage was only minor. As I explained to my Willyum, I had to swerve sud- denly to avoid hitting Whisk- ers, and the post got in the way. 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