EXECUTIVE OFFICERS for 2017 – 2018
President Bill Lawrie
Past President John Bishop
Past - Past-President Al Wilson
Vice-President George Haywood
Treasurer Bob Lord
Secretary Ann Weatherby
BOARD OF DIRECTORS for 2017 – 2018
MEETING SCHEDULE for the BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Monday, April, 16th 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Monday, September 17th 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Monday, October 15th 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Monday, November 19st 10:30 a.m. to Noon
(Possibly followed by:
Board Members “Annual Christmas Luncheon”--Noon to ?
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WOODPENS’ CLUB
In early 1980 Ian Cant, Manager of Employee Benefits, in the Human Resources office, suggested that Woodward’s Retirees should form a club. On June 30th, 1980 a group of Woodward’s retirees received Woodward’s approval and cooperation to start a retirees’ social club. A committee was appointed and and interim executive was elected to get things underway.
The Executive Committee members were:
President Mr. Bill Woodruff
Vice-president Mr. Bob Tinck
Secretary Mrs. Betty Skinner
Treasurer Mrs. Ann Warkentin
Communications Mr. Tom Duck
Visitation and Phoning Mrs. Emma Weber
Social and Hobbies Mr. Bill Dalaymple
Benefit Changes Mr. Stan Mortimer
After several meetings, the executive committee identified four areas where the club should be active: communications, counselling, visitation, and social activities. The club was to be called the Woodpens’ Club Retirees Association. At the beginning, the annual membership fee was $2.00 and Woodward’s Stores Ltd. advanced the Club a loan of $2500 which was paid back over a two year period. The Club’s first activity was a picnic trip to Squamish on the Royal Hudson on July 31st, 1980.
Membership is available to all former employees of Woodward Stores, full-time and part-time staff members from the Retail, Food, and all Sales Support areas of the company, B.C. and Alberta.
The Club was incorporated on October 4th, 1983, in the province of British Columbia, with the Registrar of Companies, under the Society Act of British Columbia (just 9 years before Woodward’s Stores Limited closed its doors after being in business for 101 years).. Since its inception the purpose of the Club, as outlined in its constitution, continues to be achieved.
· To provide a means of friendly association a recreation for all former Woodward’s employees, retail, food, and sales support areas, full-time, regular part-time, and part-time regardless of years of service.
· To foster among its members a continuing fellowship and spirit of mutual helpfulness.
· To exemplify and perpetuate those principles which came to be regarded as ideals and traditions of Woodward’s Stores Ltd. – to keep the “Spirit of Woodward’s” alive.
· To participate in activities that are of service to the community, contribute to the progress of the Club and to promote happiness, well-being, and usefulness of the membership.