Join us on January 21 for our traditional January Luncheon via Zoom. Guest speaker is photographer, Kyle Blaney.
Some members of the Digital Photography and Scrapbooking interest group held their final meeting of 2020 this week.
Deliveries were recently made to two very worthwhile community causes. This year members contributed a record 157 children’s books to the Belleville Firefighters for their annual toy drive. They also gave cash donations in the amount of $560 and a quantity of food items to Gleaners Food Bank. Thank you members!
Fifty-one members attended our virtual Christmas party on Thursday evening. We were treated to a carol sing along, a guest soloist, a costume contest, a slide show of past Christmas dinners, and a reading of The Night Before Christmas. The breakout rooms allowed a chance to chat in small groups about our holiday plans. Many thanks to the committee that made this so successful.
Santa’s helpers prepare for the virtual Christmas party. Treats were being delivered to participants today.
Eleven members of the Happy Hikers interest group got together for a walk along the Trenton waterfront this past weekend.
Members of the CanLit Lunch interest group got together earlier this week via our second Zoom meeting. We always welcome new members . Contact Jane Taylor if you would like to join us.
Six members of this interest group attended their first Zoom meeting today.
Forty members attended the online November general meeting last night. Our guest speakers were member, the Honourable Bonnie Wein, and her guest, the Honourable Madame Justice Meredith Jackson Donohue. Their topic was How to Get Out of Jury Duty and Why You Shouldn’t.
Once again, GRANquinte is answering the call of the United Nations to participate in 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls, an annual international effort to draw attention to sexual and gender-based violence, one of the most pervasive and egregious human rights violations there is and a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The global campaign begins November 25th and continues to December 10th. It has come to be known as the Orange Campaign, the bright and optimistic colour having been chosen to represent a future free of violence. This year, as the world retreated inside homes due to the lockdown measures introduced to curb the COVID19 pandemic, reports from the front lines have shown an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women.
Since we are unable to hold a vigil, GRANquinte, United Nations Association (Quinte) and Three Oaks Foundation collaborated on a very successful webinar “Standing Together Against Gender-Based Violence”, held on November 4th to launch the Campaign. If you were unable to join the webinar, you can still play a role.
How you can make a difference:
Wear something orange for the 16 days as a symbol of hope and resolve and explain why you are wearing it.
Decorate your home, office, business, church in orange – lights, ribbons, bows, candles……
Donate to local organizations supporting victims of violence.
Orange the world by speaking up against cyber violence.
Be proud that you are standing with communities in 90 countries around the world planning orange-related activities to shine a spotlight on the pandemic of violence against women and girls.