“It may be those who do most, dream most.” – Stephen Leacock
Ryder Cup Breaking News, May 25, 2010: The 7th annual Gentlemen’s Tournament was again held at the wonderful Coppinwood Golf Club on May 25th. Peter Oliver’s team – The Brave – competed against Kevin Thistle’s team – The Bold – for The McLean Shield. The matches are played in the Ryder Cup format over 27 holes. The Brave were victorious this year and now enjoy a commanding 4 – 3 lead overall. Through the generosity of the 16 Member Brave Team, $50,000 (net) was raised. The proceeds from this year’s Gentlemen’s Tournament will be used to fund summer literacy camps for at-risk children in Toronto. Special thanks are extended to Markland Apparel, Coppinwood Golf Club, Oliver Bonacini and event organizer member Alan Kouba. Those interested in participating next year should contact Alan Kouba at 905-890-4466 or firstname.lastname@example.org. But be warned, you have to be able to compete under pressure.
Fall 2010 Golf, September 13, 2010: Plans are forming for the 17th annual Leacock Club Golf Tournament, Dinner and Auction, taking place on Monday, September 13th at Angus Glen Golf Club and Auberge du Pommier. Last year’s event successfully raised a net sum of $140,000 for the Foundation. These results are exceptional considering the economic climate and due to the efforts of Leacock’s auction team led by Leacock Member Joanne Pickard, supported by staff members Melanie Lovering, Alex Moorshead and Marianne Bulger. We extend a special thanks to major sponsors Enbridge, Georgian Capital, Marriott Hotels of Canada, Cadillac Fairview, Corby Distilleries. Thanks to illustrator David Anderson, whose whimsical cartoons graced the program. Registration for the 2010 tournament will begin in April and notices will be sent out to all members. Special auction items are always welcome. Please contact our office for more information at 416-489-9309.
Member Information Evening, Fall 2010, Date To Be Determined: Internationally sought writer, consultant and speaker Don Tapscott, members of the Leacock Board, Education Committee and Program Staff will update the Leacock membership and other supporters on future programming trends and positive outcomes for Triangle of Hope participants. This free event takes place at Floral Hall, the Toronto Botanical Garden.
Leacock Governance: In 2009, we welcomed Messrs. Tim Price and Dan McAlister to the Leacock Board. The Leacock governance team is working diligently on behalf of the membership to ensure that Leacock dollars work to their greatest effectiveness and efficiency. A board self-evaluation took place late last year, confirming the board’s effectiveness and identifying new areas on which to focus. A set of measurable and definable goals are set annually. Representatives from The United Way attended our board meeting in January to share their research on Toronto neighbourhoods under stress with us as 2010 will see an increased focus on Leacock’s Canadian-based educational initiatives. Supporters are reminded we conduct an annual audit and 10% of administrative expenses are reimbursed by a generous donor. Copies of our 2008 financial statements can be seen online and 2009 statements will be available in June 2010.
Membership News and Updates: While the recession affected the Leacock Foundation like it did other charities and businesses in Canada, we weathered the economic storm. We are grateful to the many new members who joined in 2009 and the many members who renewed their annual donations despite the economic gloom and doom that permeated our lives for more than a year.
Leacock Members Can Get Involved! New members and committee supporters are welcomed; there is a need in fundraising and membership and special events. To get involved, contact membership co-chairs Joe Sheehan at 416-322-1050 or Dan McAlister at 416-343-5152.