Letter to the members


Hello Fellow Syme Members,

My last letter to you was in August. In September the AGM material was distributed to every member in preparation for our AGM in October. The 2020 fall issue of “A Syme of the Tymes” was suspended. The winter issue is being prepared.

At the AGM Anne Woods, Richard Kratz, Susan Horvath and Donna Tettmar were returned to the Board and Marlene Peltz was elected. At the first Board meeting following our AGM both Susan Horvath and Donna Tettmar were re-elected to the positions of Treasurer and President respectively. For more about the AGM watch for the next newsletter.

Television has been brutal this month with it mostly being about the US election. Although I consider myself somewhat of a political junkie, even I found it a bit much and had to change the channel on occasion. I watched from when the results started to come in from morning till very late. On Friday morning I hung out my washing and missed the winning announcement. What a let down!

I have found a terrific restaurant which has been around for 46 years. About every 6 weeks I pick up a huge order and then for the next five or six nights I have a wonderful buffet of Chinese food. Each morning while I have food left, I wake up looking forward to my dinner.

Now I have my snow tires on my car. I am sorry to say winter is far from my favourite season. In fact, the best thing about this time of year is that I can wear a hat and probably not forget it when I leave. When I was driving with the snows on, I thought something was the matter with my tires. Then realization dawned and I remembered how noisy winter tires are. I am already looking forward to when they are replaced and how quiet my drive will be.

In November I sat on my porch and enjoyed the sun while I read and watched neighbours walk by with their dogs. I had my water bottle, my radio and my phone. What a wonderful surprise to be able to sit out in shorts and a sleeveless top and enjoy the sun without the fear of a bad sunburn.

I have finally found scrabble on my computer. I play against the computer and am quite proud of the fact that I win most games, but we are only at level one. This is much more satisfying than doing jigsaw puzzles on the computer.

Isn’t Christmas music wonderful? It brings back such warm feelings and fond memories. When in my car, I listen to CHFI and when I am at home, I listen to Stingray Holiday Favourites on the TV. I will return to Classical music and CBC when the season is over.

Speaking about Christmas, Sabine has produced a CD of her piano compositions. She has performed a couple of recitals at Syme. If you are interested in supporting Sabine by purchasing one of her CDs for $20.00, please phone and leave a message for her at 416-766-0388 and she will return your call. Sabine is not at Syme, only staff and the food bank volunteers are allowed to be on site on specific days.

Everyone is looking forward to seeing one another at Syme in the future. Until then, take good care of yourselves, wear your mask, wash your hands and keep your distance. If you need any assistance or want just to talk to someone, phone Syme at 416-766-0388.

Donna Tettmar,

Board President

Syme 55+ Centre


Christmas on the Go !!


Please call us at (416) 766 – 0388 to register for a meal. Spots are LIMITED. Once registered you will be given your designated time slot.





Fall 2020 Zoom Class Schedule
These classes will run until December 18th.

Fit & Fun with Katrina @ 11:00 am


Line Dancing with Karen @ 10:00 am


Osteo Keep Fit with Julie @ 11:00 am


Flex N Stretch with Gabriela @ 10:00 am


Yoga with Sandra @ 10:00 am





Summer Update

Hello Fellow Syme Members,
My goodness, whoever thought we would continue to be in this state of lock down 4 months after it began. It is tough being isolated from friends and relatives.
I had an appointment at St. Josephs during the closure but had finally rescheduled it for mid-June. It was so exciting to be going somewhere other than a grocery store. I took 20 minutes to decide which earrings to wear. It was the first of many hot days so what to wear was no problem, but the earrings…what a dilemma! It reminded me of the joke about people having to decide what to wear to put out the garbage.
I had my hair cut in January prior to visiting my friend in Florida so everyone who saw me on Zoom exercise classes or meetings will know it was getting quite long, in fact it was below my nose. After hair salons had been open for a week I phoned my hairdresser. There was no answer on either the first or second day of phoning. Thinking the worst (maybe she had closed the business) I drove by to see if it was open. She greeted me at the door. I really hustled getting the car parked and getting inside so my hair could be cut before her appointment arrived. No longer am I running my hand through my hair to keep it out of my eyes or off of my neck. What a wonderful feeling.
I am feeling much better about the exercise classes. For quite a while after I started exercising at Syme I found myself huffing and puffing and sweating and breathing hard when I thought the class nearly over only to discover that a mere 15 minutes had passed. I am doing much better now. Now when I check my watch, in a state of near exhaustion, I discover that 30 minutes has passed. Classes are 1 hour.
Your Board continues to meet via Zoom, to look after the affairs of Syme 55+ Centre. Stratford has cancelled the rest of the season so our Spamalot theatre trip is cancelled.

Don’t forget to give Syme a phone call if you have an issue or concern or just want to chat. The number is 416-766-0388
Stay safe and practice hand washing, wearing a mask and social distancing.

Donna Tettmar,
Board of Directors, Syme 55+ Centre

News and Announcement

AGM was held on October 22 at 10 am via Zoom.

To view 2019 Annual Report go to “How we do it” page under “About”

 2020 Membership Renewal – $10.00


Fall in-person classes have been cancelled due to Covid 19.


The Board of Directors

The Syme 55+ Centre is governed by a 10 person volunteer Board of Directors. Each director is elected for a 2 year term to maintain continuity on the board. Each year we elect/reelect up to 5 new directors. Each Director may serve 2 terms of 2 years duration on the board and must stand for reelection every 2 years. Directors on the executive have the option to serve a third term of 2 years.


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