Shirlee Schacter sent us this account of the Air Canada Pionairs Central Ontario Spring Luncheon held on May 14, 2018 at the Royal Ontario Golf Club.

Always a popular event; 124 members registered to attend. The complimentary wine tasting (a glass of red and white wine for each Pionair) arranged by Event Chair, Valdy Prieditis, was once again a big hit. The Door Prize Table saw a prize go to each table (16). In addition, there was a Special Prize Table and a number of Cash Draws. A “first” this year also saw 4 “double winners” – those lucky Pionairs who won the Door Prize at their table and also won a gift from the special Prize Table or one of the Cash Draw prizes!!!

Below are the 4 double winners, Linda Holmes-Tennant, Ann Heinen, Linda Upshall and France Brinck


  tmb linda holmes tennant   tmb ann heinen
  tmb linda upshall   tmb france brinck

Passing of the Torch:

tmb ed storrieCentral Ontario Treasurer, Ed Storrie (left), is finally taking his well-deserved retirement. Ed served for many continuous years of outstanding and unwavering service to Pionairs in a multitude of capacities, encompassing both National and Central Ontario.

Shown here with his wife Lois Storrie, also a strong supporter of all Pionair endeavours. Next to Lois is Flo Christjanson, widow of Irv Christjanson who also served on the Board. On the right is Bob Newson, the incoming Treasurer, who is already serving on the Board as the Central Ontario Membership Director. This means Bob will be doing double-duty until a replacement comes forward. 

A few more photos of some attendees -

tmb serge colekessianFrom the left: Serge Colekessian, Willie Gomez, Diana Christie, Pat Stocks, Antje Bedirian and Alex Bedirian

tmb traude brunskoleMembers of Ladies Lunch Group: Traude Brunskole, Linda Holmes-Tennant, Susan Lawrie, Sylvia Hanson, Rita Champoux, and Anne Pierce (Group Leader).
tmb dean mckinnonPionair L1011 Crew: Dean McKinnon, Ken McLeod (YHZ Pionair), Robert Newson, Peter Schofield, John Cavill (YHZ Pionair) and Event Chair Valdy Prieditis. It was special and great to have a couple of ex YYZ’ers fly in for our luncheon. 
tmb john cavillFinally, a toast from John Cavill and Dean McKinnon for another enjoyable Pionairs venue!!
tmb nice spreadSee the spread you missed! Be there next year. Delectable items on the sumptuous Buffet.

In closing, feedback gave this year’s luncheon a “thumbs-up” with special kudos going to Chef Matt Woods and his staff who outdid themselves with a fabulous dessert table. Royal Ontario Golf Club seems to be the leading contender and favourite for next year’s luncheon.

Submitted by Shirlee Schacter.

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