HALTON HAPPENINGS Happy New Year January 2009 Issue

New Chapter Direction Needs Further Membership Support

With the start of a new year, brings changes within the Halton Chapter Executive Team.

Hugh Cass, our Chair for several years, has resigned the position of Chair, but will stay with the Executive until June.

Dr. Gordon Atherley, our recent Advocacy, Chair has resigned from the Executive to take on a new exciting business opportunity.

Neville Brown, our Interim Treasurer, recently resigned from the Executive.

Harry Bowers, our founding Chair, has recently moved to the Hamilton area that will limit his involvement in the Chapter.

Mel Matthias, our Program Chair, may be limiting his involvement in the Executive due to professional reasons.

James Clark, our Temporary Treasurer, is staying on the Executive until a replacement for that position can be secured, which he hopes is as soon as possible.

Mary Gardner, our Executive Team Secretary, has her present term ending in June. In order to keep the momentum of the Chapter moving forward,

Greg Metrakos, has agreed to be the Interim Chapter Executive Team Chair until our next Chapter Annual Meeting in June ’09.

Yes, WE NEED MORE HELP to move our Chapter forward! Please consider volunteering for the following positions ASAP: Fund Development – seek sponsors, special events, advertising Chapter Treasurer – budget prep, accounting and reporting Publicity – newsletter, press releases, media contacts, website Personal Involvement=2 to 3 hours per month for any position.

Please contact Greg Metrakos, if you are interested or require further information at (905) 631-6751 or [email protected]

Proposed Chapter Directions in 2009 Advocacy Issues Include added membership Invite health, social and public services to Chapter Meetings Maintain parallel support for CARP national issues

Member Benefits Invite CARP membership benefit partners to our Chapter Promote CARP and Chapter benefits to others in Halton Provide input to CARP for added benefits that members want

Community Involvement Seek new community partnerships with agencies and others Provide more information about the benefits of CARP Improve the overall profile of our CARP and our Chapter

Chapter Development Expand Chapter Meetings and Seminars across Halton Seek more Chapter members, volunteers and sponsors Develop a new Chapter Structure and Action Plan for Members

MP Mike Wallace Hosts Annual Seniors’ Pension and Tax Seminar in February Mark on your calendar, Wednesday, February 18, 2009 to attend a very informative Seniors’ Seminar at the Burlington Central Library (2311 New Street). Mike Wallace will be hosting the 3rd Annual Seniors’ Pension and Tax Seminar from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Included in the free admission seminar will be representatives from Canada Revenue Agency and Service Canada, so bring your questions to be answered. For more details and to register, please contact Mike’s office at (905) 639-5757. We thank Mike and his staff for including our CARP Halton Chapter article in his latest UPFRONT Newsletter. (this article also published in January/February 2009 Silver and Gold Magazine)

Halton Taxi Services offer Seniors’ Discount Rates and Accessible Vehicles Given the winter season, taxi services may be a nice alternative to driving or having family to get you around. Taxi services across Halton are providing more accessible vehicles and discount fares for seniors.