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Hello Everyone'              
 Just a heads up to let you know that the SPRING LADIES LUNCH will be held on
Thursday, May 14th at a new location - Sabina's Casual Dining &Pub (formerly the Courtyard or Papp's Restaurant) Located at the Ridge Mall 1755 Pickering Parkway, Unit #20 - North East corner of Brock Road and Highway 401 in Pickering.

                 (right across from the Amish Furniture & Aren't We Naughty stores)

                                             (That should help everyone!!!) 
 We chose Sabina's casual fine dining restaurant since it has a private room for our use.
  For all the recent Retirees we will have a guest speaker from OMERS (Mr. Martin Diokno) to talk about AVC's (additional voluntary contributions) which returned 10% interest last year as a investment opportunity.
Cost of the lunch for members is $20.00 per couple and $30.00 per couple for non members
All are welcome to attend, however there is limited seating for this luncheon (maximum 70 people) so let us know ASAP if you will be attending by email at johnv@sympatico.ca  or calling Roy  at 416 261-0661.
I will be away for the rest of this month.
 
                                                           MORE NEWS
 
The April luncheon was a big success with a lot of new retirees attending along with the returning snowbirds.
The Port Perry Lunches (the Northern Chapter) will be starting in June on the First Thursday of the month, location to be verified but probaly the same spot (the Pub on Water St). 
Dave Cossitt informed us that the the final tally for the Moonlight Benefit Fund (Ella & Landon) was $6,079.40 raised by the TORONTO PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS CELTIC SOCIETY. This along with our Donation of $800.00 plus an additional $200.00 private donations came to a total of $7,079.40 .  Our thanks go out to all those who participated in this fund raising event . 
 
 All the best,
 John, Roy & Gord

posted Apr 4, 2015

Retirees Newsletter - April

Hello Everyone,
                                            
Mark this on your calendar. 
Next Thursday April 9th is our monthly Scarborough Professional FireFighters Retirees Lunch.
At our usual location the Harp & Crown Pub in Pickering (Altona & Kingston Rd).
Starting at around 11:30 am. Still only $10 for lunch. 
I expect the snow birds will returning soon or on their way.
 

                                                     Anouncements


The SPFF Retiree Club has made a donation of $250.00 to the Tony Stacey Centre (Legion Branch 258) retirement home, which is in need of a new roof. They are looking at a bill of $250,000 for this maintenance project.
The Ryan Moonlight Benefit Hockey game was big success with a big turnout and lots door prizes.  Our thanks go out to the organisers (Dave Cosett and crew) for their fine work.
The SPFF Retirree Club made a donation of $800.00 to the Ella & Landen Trust Fund on the retirees behalf.
The weather is finally improving so we hope to see you at next thursday's lunch.
 
Regards,
John V
 
P.S. Please email or call if you will be attending the lunch.
John Vonk   johntv@sympatico.ca      905 509-2953
Roy Fletcher    416 261-0661
posted Mar 8, 2015

Retirees Newsletter/update

Hello Everyone,
Spring is almost here and we're into daylight savings time. Great, now we can look at the snow that's yet to melt until 7:30 in the evening.

 SCARBORouGH PRO.FIREFIGHTERS
  RETIREES LUNCH
THURSDAY MARCH 12th. starting at 11:30 am  AT THE HARP & CROWN PUB
                                        Kingston Rd & Altona Rd in Pickering
                                                       Still only $10.00
Let me know if you are coming, email me at: johntv@sypatico.ca or call John Vonk at 905 509-2953. Please don't leave a message with Roy Fletcher this time, since he's in the hospital (Tues. march 10) getting himself a new right knee. He picked this for his birthday present which is this Thursday.  Happy 74th. Roy
 

JOHNNY WALKER MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

I was informed by Rob Reid that John Walker was hit by a truck while riding his motorcycle
in Florida recently. He's out ICU now but is awaiting an air ambulance to take them home (Canada) to hospital and rehab. 
They said he flatlined on the scene of the accident but brought him back, 5 broken ribs, punctured lung, broken shoulder, concussion and road rash... John has no brain damage is speaking and lucid. We don't know what hospital he'll be in yet at home.
 
                                        ERIC COTTER RETIREMENT
Eric has finally retired after 40 years with Scarborough & Toronto Fire.
  There will be a retirement for him on Friday Apil 3rd. starting at 7:00 pm at the Harp& Crown Pub, Kingston Rd & Altona Rd Pickering. 
 

  JIM CRUMMEY & KEN LESLIE RETIREMENT REMINDER

    Tuesday March 10th.2 p.m. at the Harp & Crown Pub
 

                                  FUNDRAISER HOCKEY GAME

                 FOR RYAN MOONLIGHT'S KIDS  (ELLA & LANDON) 

              Reminder of the fundraiser hockey game at the Canlan Arena 159 Dynamic Dr.
                                Scarborough Thursday March 26th. at 12:30 
              Contact Dave Cossitt at email d.cossitt@hotmail.com  or call 905 449-2373

SAINT PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

SUNDAY MARCH 15TH. 12:00 pm

Meet at the Adelaide Station #332 transport to start between 10 & 11:30
                                 Peameal breakfast sandwiches available.
                       Reception to follow at grace O'Malley's pub 14 Ducan st.

  REMINDER: SPFF CLOTHING IS AVAILABLE AT OUR RETIREES LUNCH

T shirts, sweatshirts, golf shirts, hats and window decals

I would also ask that you keep me informed if you a have a change of email address or phone #.  Keeping members current contacts is the most difficult job. New  members or any changes email me at johntv@sympatico.ca .

Check out Chuck West's website for updates and happenings - www.scarboroughfirefighters.org

That's all for now, see you at the luncheon on Thursday.
 
John Vonk

posted Mar 2, 2015

GTMAA 40th Anniversary

Hello Everyone,
The following notice is for the 'Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association'
After 40 years of service to the Fire Fighters of Toronto and the previous 6
fire deparments of Toronto, I encourage you to come out and say thank you for
their support for the all the calls on those long cold nights and sweltering days.
 
From the Scarborough Professional Fire Fighters Retirees Club
We congratulate them for their dedication and long voluntary service to all totonto
Fire Fighers. 
 
John Vonk,  Roy Fletcher
Co-Presidents  SPFF Retirees
 
  The Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association
                                   is celebrating our 40th.
 
 40th ANNIVRSARY DINNER, SATURDAY, APRIL 4TH. 2015                                          AT THE CANADIANA RESTAURANT SIX POINTS PLAZA
                               KIPLING AND DUNDAS
 GUEST SPEAKER, DOOR PRIZES, 50/50 DRAW, GTMAA HISTORIC
                              SLIDE PRESENTATION
 COCKTAILS @ 6:00 PM (CASH BAR) DINNER SERVED @ 7:00 PM
                                       TICKETS $40.00 PER PERSON
 YOUR COICE OF BEEF, CHICKEN, SALMON OR VEGETARIAN.
 BECAUSE OF THIS VERY SPECIAL EVENT WE ARE ASKING FOR THOSE THAT HAVE
PLEASE WEAR YOUR DRESS UNFORM.
RSVP BY MARCH 23, 2015 Email: thewignalls@sympatico.ca  with questions or rsvp.

posted Feb. 5, 2015 

February Newsletter/Reminder

Hello Everyone,
 
Just a short note about next week's Scarborough Firefighters Retirees Lunch.
At the usual spot, The Harp & Crown Pub, at Kingston Rd & Altona Rd in Pickering.
Thursday February 12th. starting around 11:30.
There was a great turnout for Ron Wretham & Dennis Thompson's retirement last Tuesday,
It was great seeing so many old faces, we wish Ron & Dennis many years of health and happiness. We are looking forward to seeing them at our luncheons.
All the best.
 
John V

posted Feb. 3, 2015

A Letter from Sharon and Bruce Moonlight

Hello Everyone,
I received the following letter from Sharon & Bruce Moonlight and was asked
to pass it on to our SPFF members.
Once again we wish Bruce, Sharon & Family our deepest condolences in their
Ioss of Ryan.             A letter from Sharon and Bruce Moonlight

In memory of Ryan, donations may be made to a family trust for Ella and Landon:
RBC 07842-003-5098017
David & Lindsay Moonlight
In Trust for Ella & Landon Moonlight

John V

Posted Dec 13, 2014

OMERS Pensions to Increase by 1.80% in 2015

November 25, 2014
OMERS announced that pensions will increase by 1.80% as of January 1, 2015. This increase reflects the change in the cost of living as measured by the Canadian Consumer Price Index (CPI).
OMERS inflation protection increases retirement, disability and survivor pensions each year. OMERS uses a similar method to that used by the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to calculate its annual increase for pensions, but CPP has a different rounding approach.
In late December 2014, OMERS will send an Annual Statement of Pension to members and survivors, with their updated pension amount for 2015. Members whose pensions began in 2014 will receive a pro-rated increase.
How the Annual Increase is Calculated
Here’s how this year’s increase was calculated:
CPI average 12 months (Nov 2013 to Oct 2014) – 1 x 100
CPI average 12 months (Nov 2012 to Oct 2013)

124.81 – 1 x 100 = 1.80% (rounded to two decimal places)
122.60

OMERS NEWS

Posted Dec 12, 2014

Welcome to the new Retirees page. It is hoped you are enjoying the new changes to the site. Going forward we will endeavour to post information and events received from John Vonk, Roy Fletcher and others. If you are looking for something that may have been posted previously the old page can be accessed through the link to the right. If you have something that may be of interest please feel free to pass it along.

Posted Dec 12, 2014

Well the weather certainly impacted the turnout for this years Christmas breakout. For all those that made the trek to the Harp & Crown it was still an ejoyable time seeing those we haven't seen for a while. If it was just catching up, or reminicing, discussing new found love, social media consequences, and even recent political changes, everyone seemed to have a good time. Once again the food was good and the commeraderie even better. The next get together will be the second Thursday in January - we hope to see you there.

Posted Dec 4, 2014

Hello Everyone,

Just a reminder that December is here and we'll be holding our annual
SCARBOROUGH FIREFGHTERS CHRISTMAS BREAKOUT LUNCH at the
Harp & Crown Pub (in Pickering Altona Rd & Kingston Rd) on THURSDAY
December 11th. starting 11:30 am. (and finishing at ????)
Along with this the Scarborough Lions Club will be selling their christmas cakes.
All Scarborough FireFighters (retired & active) are invited. Cost of the lunch
is $10 PLEASE let me know if you will be attending for the LUNCH as I need a
head count for the kitchen staff at the Harp &Crown by no later than Monday
December 8th.
  email me at
johntv@sympatico.ca or call 905 509-2953 or Roy Fletcher at
416 261-0661.
Come out and see your friends and make this the biggest reunion ever.
(last year we had 100).
 I will also have Scarborough FireFighter clothing available for the afternoon,
consisting of 'T' shirts, sweatshirts, golfshirts, hats and SPFF & IAFF window
decals.
  
Regards:
 
John Vonk  and Roy Fletcher