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Tri-Cities June 2024 Quarterly Newsletter

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Hello Everyone,

Our Spring, while a bit wet this year, still provided us with lots of action and activities.


In our April meeting, we expected to have Les Giles present on the “Greek Islands”. However, since Les fell ill, we were fortunate to have Colin Gurnsey stepped in at the last moment and provide a presentation on “The Seige of Vickberg”.


Delia Cooper also provided and update on “Recent Osteoarthritis Research”. With so many people having OA or are expecting replacement surgeries, it is nice to know that they are working diligently on a cure for OA.

Several of our members (Ralph and Bev Legge, Les and Monika Giles, Linda Speerbrecker) worked on the Student Community Service Awards. They invited our winner to our June picnic. See photo in picnic report.

May was a very busy month for our members.

Les Giles did a wonderful presentation on the “Greek Islands” at our monthly meeting.


John Sherry took charge of the “Small is Mighty” Campaign for Children’s Hospital. He wrote a lovely letter, that helped with donations for the provincial total of over $50,000. Thank you for your efforts, John.


Chuck Csuka and Les Giles also took the Power Pioneer website course. We had been having difficulty advertising our meetings, rambles and bowling so we are VERY pleased to know that we have competent members who will be able to assist us in the future. We also have to thank Donna Sherry for rescuing us with reminders a few times.

The members decided to increase the amount of donations $1200 to Charities this year. We donated $300 to the Diabetes Society and to the Arthritis Society as well as $200 each to Covenant House, Share and the
Salvation Army.

We had a delicious Potluck Picnic at Lion’s Park where we also played Bocci. The winner of the Student Community Service Award, Justin Comeau, as well as both of his parents came to our Potluck Picnic for the presentation of the $500 cheque, the letter and the BC Hydro Power Pioneers book. Please see the pictures (Note – we have a consent form to allow us to include this).


In June we also had our Executive Planning meeting in Delia Cooper’s backyard. Considering the cool weather, we were very lucky to be able to enjoy the first warm sunny day of the Spring.


This Spring we enjoyed these Rambles with lunch following.

In April, Chuck Csuka organized a ramble starting in LaFarge Lake and heading up Hoy Creek. Following the ramble, the lunch was held at Douglas College.

 In May, Les Giles organized a Fraser River Walk with a visit to the Gill Netter for lunch.

Who was there:


Since we had our Potluck Picnic in June and Les went on holidays in early June, he decided to plan a July Ramble instead. Monday July 15, 2024 meet at 10:30 am Coquitlam River Oxford Heights Walk. Meet in parking lot on Shaughnessy St. just north of Lincoln Ave. (gravel parking lot). Lunch to follow at IHOP or Mr. Mikes. Please let Les know if you can make the ramble.              or 604 772 0285.



Our Bowlers, led by Linda Speerbrecker enjoyed the game in late April this Spring and then because of holidays, it was decided to resume the 5 Pin Fun Bowling next September. Please see the notice below:

Last Tuesday of the month
Tuesday September 24, 2024   10:30  am
POCO Lanes  McAlister St
$11.00  2 games   $3.50 shoe rental
Please arrive early to pay and practice.
Contact Linda n
o later than Monday so she can make up teams


Our members have had a busy and exciting Spring and are looking forward to numerous activities in the Fall – the Jamboree, more Rambles and a line-up of informative and interesting speakers at our monthly meetings as well as a wonderful Christmas lunch at Best Western on the Lougheed Hwy.

The Executive have plans to invite a member of the Coquitlam RCMP to talk about Senior’s Safety, have presentation on Downsizing and Decluttering, and Colin Gurnsey will present on Refabricating his Antique Cars. We also hope to have a bus tour in the Spring of some local wineries.

If you are not a Tri-Cities Power Pioneers member yet, I urge you to join us for lots of fun, entertainment and information.


Delia, Les, Ralph, Cathy and Juliana