Saskatoon Sport District

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From The President’s Pen

The Mini Games held during the week of July 6 – 10 were very successful. Some activities were planned and held outside of the week that worked well; some activities were not involved because there was no Activity Coordinator.

Saskatoon Sport District membership is nearing 400. Thank you to the Activity Coordinators for their effort to renew the 2014 memberships and sign up many new members.

The City of Saskatoon has prepared four more Pickleball courts on the west side; plus we just learned the Saskatoon Field House now has four courts available to the public. There are two courts in Warman.

Your District Committee at the August meeting decided to give the new SSFA Lapel Pins during the 2016 Games year when the members renew their 2015 membership and to new members signing up.

Our year is April 1 to March 31, but our Annual General Meeting is held in the Fall. This year it will be held on Friday, October 2 to accommodate the Snowbirds. Please plan to attend, mark your calendar now and support our organization’s goals and objectives.

Saskatoon Sport District Fundraising Committee will continue to do fundraising to help the participants’ expenses to the Canada 55+ Games. Thank you to all of you who continually support all the programs your District is providing.


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. 


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. 


Committee and Coordinators Meeting

The next scheduled meeting for the Committee Members and Event Coordinators is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9th. 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. 


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



The next newsletter will be produced in December. 


Annual Social Afternoon and Evening

This is scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2015 beginning at 3:00 pm at the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans Club, 359 – 1st Avenue N. The program will start at 3 pm with games, ticket sales, silent auction, etc. ANAVETS Club will provide the bartender with very reasonable rates.

Mayor Don Atchison will bring greetings from the City of Saskatoon at 5:00 pm.

Draws will be after Dinner and the Dance from 7 – 9 pm with music by the Rhythmaires. The silent auction will be at approximately 8 pm. Dinner includes beef and ham.

Ticket price this year is $25 as the meal costs have increased (gratuity is included). Tickets may be purchased from your Activity Coordinator or any Committee member.


City of Saskatoon Leisure Cards

Last year your Committee submitted a letter to the Mayor’s office and all City Councilors requesting a reduced rate for seniors. The City of Saskatoon Leisure Services reduced the rate of the Leisure Card from $75.00 to $45.00 for everyone and that is great. Hopefully this reduction will bring out many more citizens to become active. You may purchase a monthly pass or a yearly pass. 


River Run Classic

Once again Saskatoon Sport District members volunteered to work on July 12 at the River Run Classic and raised $340.00. Thank you to Walter McNabb for contacting the volunteers to participate. 


Member Recognition

The Saskatchewan Provincial Pentathlon was held on July 26 with seven of our members participating. Vi Mizuno set a Provincial record of 10.59 meters in the weight throw. Super Lady Vi comes through again!!!!!!



Steak Night Fundraiser on Wednesday, November 18 at the Coachman Banquet Room Restaurant in Market Mall.

Happy hour at 5pm and dinner 6pm with choice of steak, chicken or vegan. Tickets at $15.00 from any member of your Committee and/or Event Coordinator. You may also call June at 306-382-1730 and Sheldon 306-242-9452 .


Seniors' Globe Walk

Saskatoon Sport District will be contacting the membership through our Activity Coordinators to sign up for 2016 Seniors Globe Walk Returning from the Moon. The program is early January to the end of April and anyone from the public can sign up with our Team SSFA. Those Snowbirds may wish to sign up before they leave.



Saskatoon Sport District Pickleball Committee have been very busy working to expand the Pickleball courts around the city. The City of Warman has provided two courts at the Warman Legends Center. The City of Saskatoon completed two courts at Scott Park near Avenue O and 27th Street and two courts at Girgulis Park in Fairhaven.

Fairhaven Community Association has agreed to run Pickleball every Wednesday evening from 7 – 9 pm at the Fairhaven School starting the end of September until the end of November for a cost of $10.00. You provide your own racquets and balls.

In the new Leisure Guide it lists Pickleball play at the Saskatoon Field House from 1 – 4 pm Monday to Friday. Fee is a daily drop in or a new reduced fee for a Leisure Card of $45.00 per month.


Member Request

One of our members is looking for a person to attend various events and participate in activities of mutual interest, as well as a possible travel companion. A sports minded person would be appreciated. If interested, please phone Rita at 306-­‐242-­‐5180. Rita is presently in Germany until the end of September.


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.


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 


District 55+ Mini Games for the Off Year

Pickleball, 8 Ball/Snooker and Slo-­‐Pitch organized their activities with very good attendance. Bocce Ball played their games on July 16, Golf was scheduled for July 16 but was postponed until September 11. Track & Field was held on July 21 and 25 with a cost of $5.00 with awards and refreshments included. Slo-­‐Pitch was held on July 7 and 9 with a cost of $5.00 with Hot Dogs on the 9th. Tennis played on September 3. For most activities Saskatoon Sport District provided ribbons to the participants placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 


Poetry/Short Story Writing

Activity Coordinator, Don Reimer wishes to hold a workshop for members who wish to learn more on writing a poem and/or short story for the 55+ Provincial Games in 2016. He requires a few more people to provide a good workshop. If interested, contact him by email at by October 1st. The 2016 SSFA Provincial Host Committee will release the theme in the new year.


Fall & Winter Activities


Ebenezer Baptist Church Auditorium, Central & Konihowski in Silver Springs from October to April.



SSFA members have use of the track to walk, run or exercise at the Saskatoon Field House from October to April. 



Swimming dates to be announced later.



5 Pin Bowling at Canadian Bowling Center on Friday, November 27th 
Eastview Bowl on Friday, February 12 and Sunday, February 28th
All bowling starts at 1:30pm and costs $5.00/person. Come out and join in the fun!!!!!



Preston Park II Retirement Residence.



Ebenezer Baptists Church from October to April.



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 9:00 – 10:30 am



Cosmos Seniors Club & Fairfield Seniors Club Contact Activity Coordinators for these activities for dates and times. 


Saskatoon Sport District Committee 2015-2016

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
Marilyn McCloy-Cornish 306-652-8150


Activity Coordinators 2015-2016

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
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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