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News Letters

April, 2009




Our 33rd Annual Reunion Dinner
will be held on Tuesday May 5th 2009 at the Donalda Club

  12 Bushbury Drive, Don Mills, - Hwys. 401 & 404 (Don Valley Expressway)
Just south off York Mills Road, at the 1st street east of Don Mills Road (stop light)
Music - our ‘Haiger All Stars”  6.00 – 7.00 – Cocktails / Canapes -  Dinner 7.30

Hi everyone,


Last year was great fun as usual, with over 90 attending. We have had many successful dinners at the Old Scott House, but as we all know “nothing stays the same”. There is no perfect location but we are delighted with our choice & confident it will be another wonderful evening. Our band will again be featured.  As yet we have no special theme. I will be putting together a collection of pictures, (some from our school days & many from our past reunion dinners), to be shown on a screen. We will again be having the 50/50 draw. Bill & Susan Dunsmoor (members), have arranged for two ‘Guest Passes’ for a round of golf, (including cart) at the Donalda Club. They have agreed to join the winner at a date to be arranged later. Draw tickets will be $ 10.00. Hopefully both draws will cover all of our expenses.


Some may be having health problems, have difficulty driving at night, etc. The poor current economic conditions don’t help either but I hope you heed our school motto “CARPE DIEM”. I remember all too well, two of our schoolmates,    who for several years in a row, promised  me they would  attend  next year, (always ended up making excuses), and never did join us. They are no longer with us.


A little about the dinner:  the cost will be $ 60.00, which includes all the taxes & tip.  A salad, 3 choices for the main course; prime rib of beef, chicken or vegetarian, a fantastic dessert, coffee or tea.  On each table will be a bottle of red &white wine with dinner. There will be a cash bar for all drinks before dinner. Red or white house wine is $ 6.50, beer is    $ 6.00. Most other drinks are also available. While the band is playing & we are laughing, telling old stories (with some bragging about their grandchildren), finger foods will be served. We will be sitting at round tables for eight, adjacent to the lounge areas. All on the ground floor, no stairs, including washrooms. There is free parking in the lot adjacent to the building.


Make sure you mark the date on your calendar


We have to guarantee a specific number of dinners by April 30.  Please RSVP early  (also with your choice of main course). Even if you can’t stay for dinner, remember you can always join us for a drink, mingle and listen to the band.

Computers aren’t perfect. Its ‘Murphy’s Law’ but I just started to have some computer problems.  So please make sure I acknowledge receipt of your RSVP.


If driving, it may be  best to go south from the 401 Hwy on the Don Valley Parkway (Hwy 404) to the first exit, York Mills Road, turn left (west)to the first stop light , turn left again (south),turn right at the stop street, then right again at first street, leads directly into the club through gates.  There is bus service along York Mills Road from the subway station. A taxi from the subway station is approximately $ 13.00.

Check the map below. Phone number is 416-447-5575. You can also check the website for more information    www.donaldaclub.ca    or call me.


I’m delighted to say that teachers William Withrow & his beautiful wife June (EHCI’s first sweethearts, married in 1948) along with Nick Purdue, Jim Smythe & Jack Foote all plan to attend. Early replies, from others planning to join us, Al Connolly -Vancouver, Bill & Jackie Bell, Bob Pemberton, Bruce & Lorraine Kleinstuber, Dave & Shirley Crombie, Noel Bambrough & Sylvia ‘McLennan’ both from Florida, Rod Ranta, Shirley’Marshall’, Joanne ‘Davis’, Fred &Verna & Greig. Bob & Adell Pearson, Howie Hiscox. Regrets from Willy Webster (who arrives in Toronto on May 6 - 1 day late) and Bob Hancock. Both send their best wishes to all. Barry Redfern - Mexico hopes to make it.


We will have a list, (updated weekly) on our website, of those planning to attend.  www.earlhaig50s.com  Also check for any other updates or news. We add several new schoolmates to our Master List each year & have tried to keep up with  the many changes to both email & addresses, but I know we have lost contact with many. If there is a change, please tell us. Also remember that our dinners are held in early May each year & information is available on our website.  Please check with any classmates you are in contact with & pass along this invitation.


Last year we had a small shortfall in covering our expenses. One of our main costs is the mailing to those without email. There are over 300 on our Master List. There are about 120 who attend  on a regular basis. It really is a fun night. Many travel quite a distance & several fly in to join us. There are also too many who never acknowledge receipt of letters or emails. There is no extra cost for us to email information, but extra mailings do cost. We do want to keep in touch with as many as possible, but quite a few, for sure, have lost interest and never plan to join us. Also the committee is volunteering its time & energy to keep this an annual event.  So please take a moment & let us know where you stand. Again if you do have email please tell us. There are also some with a recent email change, so I will again list the many schoolmates added to our ‘In Memorium List’ this year. The full list is on our website.


In Memorium


Denise Stringer   2007

Eleanor Puccini 2008

Joan Hartfree 2008

Marsh Morris 2008

Nancy 'Armstrong' Lewis 2008

Nancy Nelson 2008

Shirley 'Harris' Deasley 2008

Wes Kerton 1998

Nelson Crowder 2009


Carpe Diem

Carl Dell’Agnese


 I want to thank our volunteer committee members for all their help & support: Sue ‘Harding’Evans-Boxell - who maintains out Master List, Russ Strathdee –our webmaster & arranges the band, Susan ‘Thomson’ Dunsmoor – for her help in arranging the Donalda Club, Carolyn ‘Connolly’ Macdonald, Bev ‘Paterson’Wood, Dave Rainey, Bill Dunsmoor, and the band members - Bob Clegg, Bruce Manning, John Dowson, Michael Dowson, Paul Hiscox, Russ Strathdee & Sonny Milne, who will entertain us while the rest of us are enjoying the night.


 RSVP   - office  416-757-4550 

             -  fax  416-751-8967

             - Home address – 40 Camwood Cres.  North York,  M3A 3L4

             - Email  -   delkem@interlinks.net

             - “Contact” on home page of our website


 * To speed up & simplify the signing in process, please bring cash.

* If you plan to attend, but don’t want to make a commitment just yet, it is preferable to us that you  rsvp  early, as long as you  re-confirm  by April 30.  Please mention it to me when you do  rsvp

*In past years, there were usually 5 to10 who said they would attend & then not show up. Most often this was  partially offset by the 5 or so who would join us unannounced. We do encourage all to join us, but this year we don’t have that luxury.


 We have to guarantee & pay for the number (including main course choice) we give to the Donalda Club by May 1.


 *Also if you are not attending & would like to help out and at the same time participate in the draw for the rounds of golf,  just send me a cheque ($ 10.00 each ticket) good luck and thank you.  It would make a great gift to any golfer, for family members and/or friends


 The Donalda Club wants us to enjoy our evening & will co-operate in any way they can to   insure a fun evening for all.

Russ has a new CD, great songs, beautifully played.

I suggest you  click on the album cover below and listen to the songs.

I asked him to bring some to our dinner, so if you wish, you will be able to purchase a copy. If you won’t be attending, you can go to his website www.steppinback.com  to buy it.


Bob Clegg also will have a CD available

Click CD Cover to listen to track samples
’Jazz Standards+ with Personality’ 





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