Saskatoon Sport District

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From The President’s Pen

In the Spring 2015 Newsletter, I, obviously had a Senior Moment (again!!!!) indicating the Saskatoon Sport District Mini Games will be held June 6 – 10; it should have read July 6 – 10, 2015.  I just noticed the incorrect dates while preparing for this Summer Edition; hopefully, this will not cause any difficulty.

Some of the Activity Coordinators have organized and booked their venues, while other are in the process of booking.  A partial list is in the Newsletter.  Your coordinators have been very active in membership renewals plus signing up new members.  Our objective will be to exceed the 2014 of 414 (presently well over 300); that goal should be easy!!!!

The fundraisers were successful with one more scheduled for November.

At the June 4th Provincial Board Meeting, approval was given for the Kelly Green Golf Shirt for the Canada 55+ Games and we are seeking a supplier for the SSFA Kelly Green Jackets.  More information will come out in the new year when a supplier is found who can match the Kelly Green.

New SSFA Lapel Pins have been produced and paid for by the Provincial Board.  Your Saskatoon Sport District Committee must now decide if we hand them out this year or next year when you renew your memberships for the Games.   My guess – next spring for the membership renewals in April.

Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) is looking for a new Project Coordinator for the Seniors’ Globe Walk.  The applicant must have good computer skills plus good administrative leadership.  It is a paid position one to three days a week from September to May.  If you have an interest, please call June Gawdun at 306-652-2255.

Please renew your memberships and continue to support, be active and enjoy your SSFA activities, plus receive the newsletters and information updates. 


Change of Address

If you have a change of address or any change in status, please advise Laurie Dunlop 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 Laurie before the next newsletter at Laurie Dunlop,  Sending the newsletter via email saves us money and enables us to communicate with you more often too.  


Website   We will be updating our website from time to time. 


Seniors' Globe Walk

Saskatoon Sport District registered over 625 participants that is included in SCOA’s number of 1789 and we all walked the equivalent of approximately 283,600 miles.  The moon is 220,000 miles away and now next years project will be to walk back from the moon.  The Seniors’ Globe Walk Committee is scheduled to meet in September to start planning our return; after all, we do not wish to be stranded in the atmosphere!!!! 


Annual Social Afternoon and Evening

This is scheduled for September 20, 2015 beginning at 3:00 pm at the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans Club.  There will be more information in the next newsletter.   


Annual General Meeting

The Saskatoon Sport District AGM has been scheduled for Friday, October 2, 2015 at the Preston Park II Retirement Residence at 1:30 pm.  Registration will start at 1:00 pm. 


Spotlight on Seniors

This is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at TCU.


Member Recognition

At the Saskatchewan Marathon in June, our Director of Programs, Jean Healey ran the ½  marathon as her personal best. Congratulations, Jean!!!!


Committee and Coordinators Meeting

The next scheduled meeting for the Committee Members and Event Coordinators is scheduled for Monday, August 10 at 1:30 pm at Preston Park II Retirement Residence.  Please plan to attend as we have many things to handle and accomplish. 



Please renew your membership for the 2015-2016 as soon as possible.  If you do not have an Activity Coordinator please contact a Committee member or any Coordinator for renewal.



The next newsletter will be produced in early September.  This Fall Newsletter will only be distributed to the up-to-date membership list.  Presently, our distribution includes last years list.


SSFA Brochures

We have updated the inserts that are in the SSFA brochures.  If you require new inserts for your brochures or more brochures, please contact Jean or Sheldon.


Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA)

SCOA provides many services and programs for seniors including volunteering.  If you have an interest, you may call the office at 306-652-2255 or visit at 2020 College Drive (Saskatoon Field House), email  Their website is


2016 Canada 55+ Games

Brampton, Ontario will host the 2016 Canada 55+ Games from August 16- 19.  The Host Committee has approved their event list to include:

Core Activities: (15 events)

Badminton, contract bridge, cribbage, darts, duplicate bridge, five-pin bowling, floor shuffleboard, golf, ice curling, ice hockey (male & female), slo-pitch, swimming, tennis, track & field and 8 ball.

Optional activities: (6 events)

Carpet bowling, euchre, horseshoes, lawn bowling, pickleball and table tennis.

Bonus Event

5k – 10 k run 


Provincial 55+ Games

The Battlefords will host the 2016 SSFA Provincial 55+ Games July 5 – 7.  The registration fee is $40 and they have agreed to the following SSFA 55+ Events:

  • 5 Pin Bowling, 10 lanes
  • 8 Ball/Snooker 
  • Bank Shuffleboard
  • Bocce
  • Contact Bridge
  • Cribbage
  • Golf – 36 Holes + 35 Recreational Golf (two days)
  • Ice Curling + Ice 2 Person Stick Curling
  • Ice Hockey
  • Kaiser
  • Pickleball
  • Poetry & Short Story Writing
  • Scrabble
  • Slo-Pitch
  • Swimming
  • Tennis (Outdoor)
  • Track & Field
  • Whist

Presently, Saskatoon Sport District has enough players signed up for two teams in Ice Hockey.  Ice Curling is looking for a Coordinator as the two events will be played off in the third week of March 2016.


55+ Games for the Off Year

Saskatoon sport District has scheduled the Mini Games during the week of July 6 – 10.  One or two events may not fit in our schedule; as a result they will be held when a venue is available to them.  Since the events are set-up in the above manner, you may participate in as many events that appeal to you.  We just request that you register with the Event Coordinator in advance to ensure you can be accommodated.   Where we do not have an Event Coordinator, please choose among your group for a leader, otherwise there will be no activity.  If there is a Coordinator and no schedule please contact the respective coordinator for a plan. 

Bocce Ball July 8 - 1:30 – 3:30 pm   Preston Park II Retirement Residence Barbara Gessner - 306-384-6481
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Jean -
Planning to play outdoors
Bowling – 5 Pin July 10 – 1:30 pm Eastview Bowl Sheldon – 306-242-9452
June – 306-382-1730
Golf July 10 (tentative) 18 & 9 holes medal play Wildwood Golf Course Dawna -
Bryan –
Track & Field July 25 – 9:30 am Griffiths Stadium Judy – 306-373-3604,
Pickleball July 7 – 1:00 pm until draw completed Father Basil Merkle Park 105th St. Barry – 306-249-2978,
Swimming     Rita – 306-242-5180
8 Ball / Snooker July 11 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm Pacific Billiards 609-1st Ave. N Murray – 306-633-5618,
Slo-Pitch July 7 & 9 9:00 – 10:30 am Umea Park behind Lawson Heights Mall Doris – 306-374-8749,
Myrna – 306-283-4298,
Tennis September 3   Anne 306-382-2999

Saskatoon Sport District welcomes all spectators to all the venues to enjoy the spirit of the Games.  Good luck to all participants. 



Spring & Summer Activities


Father Basil Merkle Park in Sutherland (Central Avenue & 105th Street).



SSFA members can work out at Griffiths Stadium (runs, throws, walks and jumps) every Tuesday at 1:00 pm and Saturday at 9:30 am.  Anyone can come and get help with learning an event.



Swimming dates to be announced later. 



Canadian Bowling Center, 217 Fairmont Drive (former Pin House) on Sunday, August 9 and Friday August 21 at 1:30 pm



Tuesday and Thursday at Umea Park at 9:30 am.  



Monthly fun tournaments will be from June – September at Wildwood Golf Course. 



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 $1.50



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



Cosmos Seniors Club & Fairfield Seniors Club

Contact Activity Coordinators for these activities for more information. 


Saskatoon Sport District Committee – 2014-2015

President: Sheldon Kraus 306-242-9452
Vice-President: Les Haugen 306-230-6683
Secretary: Mary Ore 306-955-0557
Assisting Secretary: Leslie Sichello 306-477-2839
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: Laurie Dunlop 306-242-6786
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


Activity Coordinators 2014-2015

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
Golf: Dawna Neilson 306-242-6848
  Bryan Zeman 306-931-8534
Pickleball - Winter: Barry MacDonald 306-242-5365
Pickleball - Summer: Bill Welsh 306-249-2978
Scrabble: Shirley Woodward 306-373-1674
Poetry/Short Story: Don Reimer 306-374-2881
Shuffleboard Bank: Tom Atkin 306-384-3355
Slo-Pitch: Doris Croteau 306-374-8749
  Myrna Kydd 306-283-4298
Snooker/8 Ball: Dorothy Jendruck 306-382-5183
Swimming: Rita Verma   306-242-5180
Tennis: Anne Cholod 306-382-2999
Track & Field: Judy Warick 306-373-3604
Volleyball: John Wall 306-931-4651


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


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