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Commemorating With our AGM…

September 16, 2013
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Commemorate – definition: to serve as a memorial or reminder of some event.

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My writers circle – Writers Foundation of Strathcona County held their AGM & Writer’s Luncheon on Saturday. We were lucky enough to hold it in a meeting room within our Council building, with kitchen facilities included.  Once the President began listing our events for the year, it occurred to me just how busy the foundation and its members are. As you can see there is something every month of the year.

September
  • Culture Days – featured weekend participation with interactive writing activities
October
  • Words in the Park hosted with Library in conjunction with LitFest
November
  • National Novel Writing Month – participants writing 50,000+ words in month of November

 

December
  • Member Christmas Party held at Second Cup, Summerwood
January
  • Committee planning for 2013 Conference begins
February
  • Arts Expo weekend participation
March
  • WFSC participation in Adult Learning at the Library – presentations by members – Writing Memoirs, Orchids, and Self-Publishing
April
  • WFSC participation in Active Living conference – presentation by member – Your Lifetime of Stories
  • 4th annual conference “Chapter 8” celebrated WFSC 8th Anniversary in conjunction with kick off for Strathcona Celebrates
  • Display boards show history, projects, volunteers, and membership.
May
  • Regular meetings and Novel Workshops begin for editing NaNoWriMo and books to be published
June
  • WFSC participation at Senior’s Day breakfast held in Ardrossan
  • Members attend grant presentation at County Clothes Line
July
  • Participation in Savour Strathcona with table display
  • Participation in Arts in the Plaza – one day
August
  • Participation in Arts in the Plaza in conjunction with Strathcona Celebrates – one day
  • Writing the Seasons mini workshop at member residence
September
  • Here we are at our Annual General meeting 8 ½ years later
Meetings
  • Board meeting each month with exception of July  =  11
  • Novel writing workshop – 4 participants met at least monthly from May – August = 7 – 8
  • Writing Friends twice per month = 24
  • Writers Circle and sharing meetings = 24 * sometimes scarce of participants for the 3rd Tuesday
  • Committee Meetings – Words in the Park, Conference

 

Projects
  • Never Been Better celebrated 4 years in April – Bethany as editor in charge
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Member collaboration to write and produce Your Lifetime of Stories Workbook to go with the presentation. Workbook was written over the summer and is at press – ready for release by Words in the Park event.
  • WFSC asked to administer Strathcona Connect online magazine until October this year due to election.

To make the day even better, the members brought pot luck dishes and there were writing games after the business part of the meeting had been completed.

With such a involved, encouraging and supportive group it is no wonder the WFSC is well known and celebrated. We are not limited to local authors either as our website enables virtual members – some as far away as Poland & Australia – to converse with our chat feature and receive critique with a personal blog and news page. And participate in the Saturday morning prompt and download the monthly newsletter – Muse.  http://wfscsherwoodpark.com/

Melting we were but it was worth it…

August 25, 2013
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Deliquesce – definition: 1) to melt away or to disappear as if by melting 2) (chemistry) to dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.

Strathconaph-FAC-artintheplaza-2013Not sure about chemistry but my fellow Writers Foundation members, Dream Write Publishing staff and I were melting yesterday at the Arts in the Plaza and Strathcona Celebrates. It was a pageantry filled day (my English is showing!) Tanks and military vehicles paraded through the streets and then the horse guards, which were my favorite. Bright red uniforms and gold helmets with tassels flowing.

Horse paradeLord StrathconaLord Strathcona – Sir Donald A Smith. 1st Baron of Strathcona, who was born in Scotland.

If you are interested here is a link to his biography. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Smith,_1st_Baron_Strathcona_and_Mount_Royal

Lord StrathconaMayor Linda Osinchuck and horse guard.

Luckily we had canopies to shade us and displays of the Writers Foundation history were very popular. I managed to hand out quite a few Rumble coloring competition pages so hopefully there will be lots of entries to judge.

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No argument here…

August 24, 2013
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ph-FAC-artintheplaza-2013Argumentative – definition: fond of arguing and disputing

I will take no argument – if you can possibly make it to the Arts in the Plaza today, please do. It is a free event and there is original work by authors, artists, potters, weavers – well you get the idea!

Today’s event is in conjunction with Strathcona Celebrates so there is lots of activities for everyone. A free pancake breakfast is a great way to start the day. Here’s the link : http://www.strathcona.ca/strathcona-celebrates.aspx

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Pancake breakfast 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.         Community Centre (401 Festival Lane)

  • Free pancake breakfast supported by Canadian Progress Club, Sherwood Park
  • Free family activities
  • Verve Salon & Spa Ltd. will help you show your pride at their hair zone
  • Stage entertainment from Cooper Pump Record Studios Inc. – stage schedule
  • “Strathcona’s pioneering spirit at 10 a.m.”
  • Storytelling

Official Key to the County Ceremony followed by Roll Past and Parade         In front of County Hall (2001 Sherwood Drive)

Welcoming Tea 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.         In front of County Hall (2001 Sherwood Drive)

  • Enjoy free refreshments and cookies
  • Entertainment provided by Crescendo Music Studios

Strathcona Mounted Troop Musical Ride         1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.         Former Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School (160 Festival Way)

The Mounted Troop is reminiscent of Lord Strathcona’s Horse in the 1920s and 1930s. The 20-horse, 25-member Troop performs the Musical Ride. The ride is drawn from the Regiment’s traditions of the 1920s and 1930s.

Celebration continues with free activities for everyone         12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.         The former Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School (160 Festival Way)

  • Exhibition of both modern and antique military vehicles and meet the troops (Festival Way in front of Elk Island Catholic School Board)
  • Military activities by Navy League of Canada, 2551 PPCLI Army Cadets
  • Agricultural opportunities by Green Hectares
  • Aboriginal activities and performances
  • Experience life 120 years ago in Strathcona County by Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and City of Fort Saskatchewan
  • Zipline
  • Inflatables
  • Family activities by Strathcona County Museum and Education Station
  • Stage entertainment provided by Crescendo Music Studios
  • Face painting and much more

Please note: zipline and inflatables will close between 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for the Military Musical Ride.

Miok-McCormack Memorial Unveiling         4 p.m.         Festival Place (100 Festival Way)

Official military unveiling ceremony for The Miok-McCormack Memorial located in Broadmoor Lake Park. This memorial is dedicated to the memory of two Sherwood Park soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2009. This is a community event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Free Movie in the Park and family activities

6 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Movie starts at 9 p.m.)         Former Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School (160 Festival Way). Also includes free family activities from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Click here for more details.

Food Services         12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.         Former Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School (160 Festival Way)

Enjoy great food and refreshing drinks from

  • Royal Treats
  • Funky Pickle
  • Uncle Milts Old Fashioned Rootbeer
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