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North Bay & District Chapter for Zoomers


2010 SPRING CONFERENCE – ZOOMER NORTH 2010 SOLD OUT OVER 215 Chairman Ron Farrell opened the conference by recognizing event leaders, Madeleine & Rob Mantha and their committee for their efforts in putting together this sold out event.

As one CARP member attendee said, “This is by far the best local CARP conference I have ever attended, and I’ll be sure to attend your fall conference too.” It was a lively fun filled event, with a variety of speakers and presentations.

Moses Znaimer was the feature presenter at the sold-out event organized by the North Bay Chapter. In his introduction of Moses, chapter chair Ron Farrell outlined the dynamics and phases associated with Change Management Theory that Moses has put into practice since taking on the leadership of CARP. Following his video presentation of A New Vision of Aging. Moses engaged in a lively Q&A session, during which members identified a number of issues of particular concern in Northern Ontario, including the environment, health care services and employment opportunities. Moses explained the importance of attracting younger Zoomers to become CARP members and urged those in attendance to buy gift memberships for their sons and daughters. Local MP Anthony Rota and North Bay Mayor Vic and Mayor Vic Fideli were in attendance, and both praised the chapter for its service to the community.

Rob & Madeleine Mantha, Don Heron aka Charlie, Moses Znaimer and Ron Farrell

Angela Beasley of Carlson Wagonlit Travel gave a wonderful presentation on the senior travel opportunities available through her CWT office in Bracebridge. She suggests you explore the CARP designated website, where you can shop, check out the detailed information and also sign up for a newsletter that offers specials just for you. www.cwtvacationclub.ca/carp (When you register on this site please make sure to include “Bracebridge” as your home agency.) Please know the vacation club offers change from season to season. . CARP Members will enjoy CWT special value offers on hundreds of holidays in the CWT Vacation Club such as: * Upgraded accommodations, such as ocean view rooms and junior suites at a wide selection of vacation resorts (valued at $100-$300 per couple) * Shipboard credits of $50-$200/couple on select sailings or cabin upgrades * Tour discounts or optional excursion vouchers of $100-$200/couple on a variety of tour packages * Exclusive pricing and inclusions on exotic tour packages (when applicable) * Access to their own customized member website at www.cwtvacationclub.ca/carp There are even extra RBC Rewards Points available for travel and travel insurance booked through CWT. Additional information can be had on these points opportunities at www.cwtvacationclub.ca/rbc. For more travel information, feel free to contact Angela Beasley, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, 295 Wellington Street, Bracebridge, ON, P1L 1P3, or call 705 646 0709, or toll-free at 866 233 8050. Local Chapter Vice-Chair Bill Green (RBC Dominion Sesurities) introduced Chris Stinson of RBC Asset Management who gave a very informative talk titled “After the Storm”, which explained all the ramifications and issues surrounding the recent economic slowdown and investment market problems. And as Chris explained, there are hopefully blue skies ahead, and with proper planning, the future does look bright. Chris is from the Huntsville office of RBC Asset Management. After a wonderful Asian Buffet lunch at the North Bay Best Western Hotel, sponsored by RBC Asset Management, that provided much laughter was none other than Don Herron’s alter ego, Charlie Farquharson, who regaled the audience for more than an hour with his array of mangled “Farquharsonisms”. It was certainly a wonderful way to end lunch with a walk down memory lane with such a well know Ontario entertainer. Thank you Don for your wonderful humour!