Mayor Anthony Housefather and members of city council were pleased to be honoured guests on October 28 at the 25th annual Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men's Club Dinner Dance, held at the elegant ballroom of the Beth Zion Congregation.
What a fantastic party this was, with party animator extraodinaire George Thomas (above) getting everyone out on the dance floor. There were delicious hors d'oeuvres and a fantastic meal catered by Blossom and a wonderful group of individuals to chat with, many of whom reside in District 2.
The Senior Men's Club, with dynamic president Sidney Margles (pictured) at the helm, make our city proud. The activities they run, from a popular speaker series to travel excursions, are second to none. When we built our magnificent Aquatic and Community Centre, their new headquarters was very much part of the plan. We have a vibrant senior citizen community. Having just turned 50, I will be in that category before long.
D'Arcy McGee Liberal MNA Lawrence Bergman was impressing everyone with his moves on the dance floor with his lady Viviane (pictured). Councillors Sam Goldbloom, Allan J. Levine and Ruth Kovac were shaking things up to the music with their spouses as well. Man of the Year Bill Taylor was greeted with enthusiasm by everyone. One of my dear constituents from Rembrandt Avenue, Jack Budovitch (below with Ruth Kovac and I), told us he is turning 90 years young. Bravo Jack!
Happy couple Ruby and Gittie Cobrin (pictured below right), residents of Marc Chagall Avenue, told me they have been happily married for 57 years. Kenny Besner and Manny Young were there. Both men just retired as pharmacists and look forward to a warm winter in Florida with their wives. The ageless George and Phyllis Nashen were all smiles.
Harold Moscovitch chaired the event and served as emcee. Bergman and our mayor presented Margles, our 2012 Volunteer of the Year, with a special plaque and medal from then Quebec National Assembly.
It was Nat Bernstein, though, a past president of the club and man about town who shared with his some laughs and a bit of sadness. Nat is a great speaker and in fantastic form at the age of 92. He withdrew from the club for a number of years and during his keynote address we found out why. With his voice breaking, he talked about his dear wife Sarah who suffered from Alzheimer's and passed away last year. Nat was by her side as a caregiver every step of the way. Devastated after her passing, he went to his doctor and got a prescription. It was to go back to the Men's Club, for participating in their activities could do far more than any pill on the market.
Long live the Men's Club and a huge hurrah for the past presidents, the six no longer with us and those who were on hand October 28 to take a well deserved bow. A special note goes to the late Sam Rosenberg, the founding president.
Kenny Besner and Manny Young above.
Sam and Bev Goldbloom
Phyllis and George Nashen
Allan and Rhoda Levine
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Posels