Saskatoon Sport District

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Spring 2016 Newsletter

From The President’s Pen

The Committee members and Activity Coordinators have been busy renewing memberships, signing new members and planning the activities for the Provincial 55+ Games in The Battlefords on July 5-7.  Everyone must be a member to participate in our Saskatoon Sport District playoffs.  We must also be a member to be covered by AON Insurance for third party insurance coverage and protection.

Your Committee submitted a grant application to the City of Saskatoon Community Leisure Service Development Branch in the amount Of $5,000 for 2016, We just received an approval of the Grant Funds in the amount of $2,000. Now we have to look at how to handle the decrease in funding; any volunteers out there!!!! Now I know how the expression “Lord Please Help Me” originated.

Our member, Dave Hume, is leading AED sessions and Dave hopes many of you respond.  Members in most activities should have some experience and knowledge in handling defibulators.

There have been a few coordinator changes so please check the list carefully and destroy your old references.  A complete list of Directors and Activity Coordinators at the end of the newsletter.

Laurie Dunlop is stepping down from Director of Member Relations and Murray Strankay has volunteered (sort of). We all thank Laurie and Dennis for all their excellent work.

Included in this issue is a great deal of information on the 55+ Games. Please digest it carefully and if you have any questions, please ask.  


Change of Address

If you have a change of address or any change in status, please advise Murray Strankay at or contact Sheldon by phone at 306-242-9452. 


Newsletter Important Notice

If you received your SSFA newsletter by mail, but you do have an email address, please notify Murray Strankay at Sending the newsletter via email saves us money and also enables us to communicate with you more often. 


SSFA Website You can find information specific to Saskatoon on the website.  On the main page, click on “Districts” at the top of the page, then click on “Saskatoon Sport District” to access our district’s information. We will be updating our website from time to time at Saskatoon Sport District. 


Committee and Coordinators Meeting

The next meeting for the Committee Members and Event Coordinators is scheduled for Monday, April 18 at 1:30 pm at Preston Park II Retirement Residence.  Please plan to attend.



Please renew your membership for the year 2016-2017 before March 31, 2016, as our new year starts on April 1. If you do not have an Activity Coordinator, please contact a Committee member or any Coordinator for renewal. And keep in mind that the AGM membership passed a motion to increase the fee to $20.00 per year effective April 1, 2016.  


Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA)

SCOA provides many services and programs for seniors, including volunteering.  You may call their office at 306-652-2255 or visit them at 2020 College Drive (Saskatoon Field House) or by email at  Their website is


Saskatoon Council on Aging - Seniors' Globe Walk

Approximately 75 teams with 2,450 participants are returning from the Moon! The response has been fantastic.  Thank you for signing up and participating. The Seniors’ Globe Walk Celebration Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 13th at noon at the Western Development Museum. Entertainment is by Zoomer Idol Judges choice winner 2015 and there are great door prizes.   Tickets are $15.00 and are available at the SCOA office in the Field House.  306-652-2255. 



The next Steak Night Fundraiser will be Tuesday, May 3 at the Sutherland Bar & Grill at 5:30 pm for Happy Hour and Dinner at 6:00 pm.  Tickets are $15.00 each from your Activity Coordinator or Committee Member.   


Annual Social Afternoone And Evening

Your Social Committee has booked our annual social for Sunday, September 18th at the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans Club.  Please mark your calendar for that Sunday afternoon. 


City of Saskatoon Leisure Cards

I hope many of you are taking advantage of the reduced rate of the City of Saskatoon Leisure Card.  We asked for a reduction, received it and now we should support the opportunity.  



Saskatoon Sport District and the Saskatoon Council on Aging are looking for volunteers to take photos at events in which we are involved. The pictures will be used for our display and SCOA will publish them in their newsletter. All Coordinators have been asked to submit a photo or two and we are still waiting for those action shots. Probably could submit them after The Battlefords Games. 


Ice Curling

Activity Coordinator, Jean Healey is very proud of Saskatoon Sport District Curling Team that registered for the Provincial 55+ Games.  The Team – Tom Flath, Ada Lacoursiere, Jim Jelinski and Terry Jelinski won a Silver Medal. Congratulations!! The team played three games and enjoyed the hot lunch provided.  Dale Squires was unable to attend.   


Spotlight On Seniors

To be held on Tuesday, October 4 at TCU Place from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Cost to attend is $8.00.


AED Sessions

An informational session on chest compression and AED applications will take place at the Preston Park II Retirement Residence activity room on June 4th and 11th at 9:30 – 11:30 am. This is a “free” information session only to outline the premiere causes or cardiac issues and how to provide chest compressions and the application of an AED where available. If you are planning to attend, please email Dave Hume at


Saskatoon Sport District Activity Playoff Schedule

Provincial 55+ Games

Bocce – to be determined

Contact Bridge – to be determined

Curling – completed and our team won silver. 

5 Pin Bowling – May 6 & 8 at 1:30 pm at Eastview Bowl

8 Ball/Snooker May 7 & 14 at Pacific Billiards. There will be no Snooker in the Battlefords. 

Cribbage – to be determined

Golf – May 27th at Wildwood Golf Course.  Eighteen holes and tee times begin at 11:30 am.

Hockey – team going directly to 55+ Canada Games as The Battlefords cancelled

Kaiser – Activity Coordinator required

Pickleball – Tentative schedule set for May 4.

Poetry & Short Story Writing – entry submissions to be completed by May 25.

Scrabble – to be determined

Bank Shuffleboard – to be determined

Slo-Pitch – 55+ Team is organized. There will be 65+ teams (open end) for the first time this year

Swimming – to be determined

Tennis – register by May 13th with playoffs the following week

Track & Field – no playoff required. There is no limit to the number of registrations

Whist – Activity Coordinator required


The events that require playoffs will be held in April and May.  The Activity Coordinators will be contacting all members of their events with playoff information for you.

If you participate in the Provincial 55+ Games and qualify you will have an opportunity to go to the Canada 55+ Games.

Check out our ad on Kijiji for the Saskatoon Sport District playoffs.


Provincial 55+ Games

The registration fee is $40.00 per participant and $40.00 per non-participant.  The $40.00 fee covers Opening and Closing Ceremonies plus the Gala Night Banquet. The entry fee for Poetry & Short Story is $6.00.

The Facebook page for the 55+ Provincial Games is now up and will be updated frequently. It can be accessed at the following:

The list of accommodations and SSFA Rules & Regulations is on our website – refer to

Your District Committee is recommending car-pooling as much as we can to save on costs. You are welcome to book accommodations and enjoy the Battlefords and area.


Canada 55+ Games

The registration fee for participants is $141.25 and non-participants is $96.05. This includes all taxes.

Registration includes: two to four days of competition depending on your event; transportation from and to the Toronto Pearson International Airport only; to and from any functions organized away from headquarters.  Brampton is ten minutes from Pearson International Airport.

The Saskatchewan contingent is assigned three hotels in Mississauga: Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Quality Inn Airport West.  There is a Team Registration:  Hockey $150.00; Curling $100.00; Slo-Pitch $150.00 and additional Golf fee $150.00 per participant for two days golf plus a free practice round and includes the cart.

WestJet is offering a 10% discount of airfares – use promo code YYZ02 and coupon code KALRIAJ entered at the time of booking.

Car rentals – National Car Rental offering 10% discount; Enterprise Rent-A-Car offering 5% discount.  Reference number for both is XVC2737  


55+ Games 2016


Provincial (18 Events)

The Battlefords-July 5,6,&7

Canada (22 Events)

Brampton, Ont. – Aug. 16-19

1. ------ Badminton
2. Bocce ------
3. Bowling ------ Bowling Carpet
    Five Pin   Five Pin
    ------   Lawn
    ------   Lawn
4. Bridge Contract Bridge Contract
    ------   Duplicate
5. Cribbage Cribbage
6. Curling Ice Curling Ice
    Ice (2 person stick)   ------
7. ------ Darts
8. 8 Ball 8 Ball
9. ------ Euchre
10. Golf Golf
11. Hockey: Ice Hockey: Ice (Male & Female)
12. ------ Horseshoes
13. Kaiser ------
14. Pickleball Pickleball
15. Poetry & Short Story Writing ------
16. Scrabble Scrabble
17. Shuffleboard Bank Shuffleboard ------
18. Slo-Pitch Slo-Pitch
19. Swimming Swimming
20. Tennis Outdoor Tennis Outdoor
    ------   Table
21. Track & Field
T&F: 5K and 10K run
Track & Field
T&F: 5K and 10K run
22. Whist ------


2016 SSFA Provincial 55+ Games
July 5 - 7, 2016
Battefords, SK

Registration: Northland Power Curling Centre
5 July 2016: 1:00pm - 5:00pm


** Golf: Registration: N.B. Golf & Country Club at least 30 mins. prior to tee-times 5 July

*** Slo-Pitch: Coaches register FIRST at Battlefords Flats Park at 8am, Coaches' meeting at 8:15am


Spring & Summer Activities


May to September at Father Basil Merkel Park, Warmen Community Center and the Saskatoon Field House



SSFA members have the use of Griffith Stadium for the summer



Swimming dates to be announced at a later date



Twice a month June to March  



Preston Park II Retirement Residence



Monthly nine hole tournaments at Wildwood Golf Course June - September



Pacific Billiards – Saturday 1:00 pm.  $4.00 for 2 hours for SSFA members



Anavets Club - Wednesday & Friday 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  Drop-in fee is $1



Tuesdays and Thursday at Umea Park at 9:30 am. Coffee to follow



Lakewood Tennis Club - Monday-Friday 9:00 – 10:30 am



Looking for players



Cosmos Seniors Club & Fairfield Seniors Club


Contact Activity Coordinators for these activities for dates and times. 


Saskatoon Sport District Committee 2016

President: Sheldon Kraus 306-242-9452
Vice-President: Les Haugen 306-230-6683
Secretary: Mary Ore 306-955-0557
Treasurer: Ron Spizziri 306-244-9478
Director of Programs: Jean Healey 306-934-3567
Director of Finance: June Lamers     306-382-1730
Director of Member Relations: Murray Strankay 306-663-5618
Marketing Representative: Dawna Neilson 306-242-6848
Director of Courtesy & Recognition: Yvonne Pryor   306-374-4542
Directors at Large    
Pat Harbidge 306-343-7231
Wes MacIntosh 306-222-5453
Vi Mizuno 306-249-2364
Joe Chermishnok 306-979-3994
Marilyn McCloy-Cornish 306-652-8150


Activity Coordinators 2016

Bocce Ball: Barbara Gessner   306-384-6481 
Bridge: Contract-Social: Ruth Jones 306-242-2294
Bowling: Five Pin: Sheldon Kraus 306-242-9452
  Yvonne Pryor   306-374-4542
  June Lamers   306-382-1730
Curling - Ice: Jean Healey 306-934-3567
Hockey - Ice: Doug Bartake 306-491-8272
Golf: Dawna Neilson 306-242-6848
  Bryan Zeman 306-931-8534
Pickleball: Barry MacDonald 306-242-5365
Scrabble: Shirley Woodward 306-373-1674
Poetry/Short Story: Don Reimer 306-374-2881
Shuffleboard Bank: Tom Atkin 306-384-3355
Slo-Pitch: Carol Hansen 306-370-0945
  Myrna Kydd 306-283-4298
Snooker/8 Ball: Murray Strankay 306-653-5618
Swimming: Rita Verma   306-242-5180
Table Tennis: Ron Styles 306-242-7580
Tennis: Anne Cholod 306-382-2999
Track & Field: Judy Warick 306-373-3604
Volleyball: Cheryl Dougan 306-374-8666
  Vi Mizuno 306-249-2364

Activity Coordinators are needed for: Badminton, Biking, Darts, Duplicate Bridge, Carpet Bowling, Short Mat Bowling, Lawn Bowling,  Horseshoes, Floor Shuffleboard, Kaiser, Cribbage, Whist,  Forty-Fives, Bean Bag Toss, Washer Toss, Tarabish, Walking/Pole Walking/Fitness Walking


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