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Sauble Sandpipers Celebrate 40 years

The Sauble Sandpipers held their 40th Anniversary gala dinner on Wednesday August 2nd.

The celebration was made possible in large part by the Seniors Community Grant Program announced through the Government of Ontario.

M.P.P. Bill Walker was present to bring greetings from the province and congratulate the Sandpipers for the many years of dedication and commitment to the Town of South Bruce Peninsula and for successfully securing A Seniors Community Grant

Master of Ceremonies Mark Curtis opened the evening by introduction the head table followed by grace.

Everyone enjoyed a delicious beef dinner catered by Dockside Willie's.

Mayor Janice Jackson brought greetings from the Town of South Bruce Peninsula

Deputy Mayor Jay Kirkland, who as a young man was involved with fundraising with the Sandpipers, give a personal overview of the Sandpiper early years.

Four decades of Sandpiper history was read by John Donnelly, Don Dougall, Marilyn Bowman and Judy Nafziger with the Hip Waders providing the music from the 4 decades.

Plaque dedications of the Sauble Sandpiper Presidents and TSBP Volunteer Award were unveiled.

30 plus year membership pins were presented to Mary Atkinson, Trudy Broadbent, Fran Bramston, Eleanor Redford, Nellie Perry and Shirley Redmond.

President Judy presented her committee consisting of Joan Groves, Sue Osburn, Bev Neely, Betty Murphy and Joan Wilson with red roses and thanked them for their wonderful job of organizing the gala, the beautiful hall decorating and the lovely souvenir programs.

Master of Ceremonies Curtis finished an amazing evening with his " Louie Armstrong' rendition of "What a Wonderful World" and "Thanks for the Memories".

It truly was a night to remember, “Having The Time of Their Lives”

Wiarton Echo May 2nd 2017

Sauble Sandpipers Turn 40, Continue to care for cancer patients.

Wiarton Echo 4th October_2016

Sauble Sandpipers Caring For Cancer

Special thanks to Jo-Ann and Lloyd Sheridan of the Sauble Sunset Cruisers who 8 years ago invited the Sauble Sandpipers to hold a fundraising draw at the Tuesday Evening Car Shows throughout the summer months. The Sauble Sandpipers had a very successful season raising money for their Caring for Cancer Project.

The Sauble Sandpipers would like to take this opportunity to thank our Sponsors Becky Knight and Jim and Chris McLaren of McIntee Real Estate. Special Thanks to all the volunteers who helped and of course, all the supporters who bought tickets.

Thanks also to Don and June Dougall who work faithfully every Tuesday evening from mid June to mid September to support this worthy cause. Wayne Dickison’s help each and every week was truly appreciated. Thank you Don and June and we will see them back at their post next season.

September 16th edition of the Wiarton Echo


What a pleasure to celebrate Peter Pew’s 90th birthday. Peter was born August 26, 1926 in Round Plains located in the Simcoe area. He lived with his two brothers and one sister on his parent’s tobacco farm and was educated at the local school in Round Plains.

In 1945, Peter met Bernice in a restaurant, where Bernice was living at Waterford High School working as a Farmerette. Peter asked Bernice if she wanted to go for a car ride. During the ride, Bernice asked Peter to a dance and took his watch to be sure that he would come. A year later they were married on July 27, 1946 and they just recently celebrated their 70th anniversary. During their marriage, they raised 5 children and are now the proud grandparents to 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

In 1950, Peter and Bernice left the farm in Round Plains and moved to Tillsonburg where Peter sold monuments. From 1951 to 1958, they moved to Penetanguishene where Peter worked on a tobacco farm. It was then a move to Hillsburg where Peter worked for Peel Construction and then at a Plastic Plant in Acton. From 1958-1960, Bernice taught in Erin and in the fall of 1961 attended Lakeshore Teachers’ College. In 1967, Peter started his own monument business in Goergetown and in 1975, Peter and Bernice moved to South Bruce Peninsula where Peter still has his own business, “Pew’s Monuments.” This monument business is still in the family as Peter passed it over to his son Jim and his grandson Matt in the winter of 2014.

Throughout their marriage, Peter and Bernice have enjoyed playing cards and 40 years of square dancing. Peter played billiards as a young boy and still enjoys playing. In 2013, Peter wrote a book entitled “Round Plains.” He has a passion for justice and often fights for the rights of others. Peter’s sense of humour is a delight. Both have been members of the Sauble Sandpipers for many years.

Please join the Sauble Sandpipers in wishing Peter Pew a Happy 90th Birthday.

The following article was published in April 27th edition of Wiarton Echo

Sauble Sandpiper's Update - May 2014

On April 14th, members were treated to a delicious Pot Luck Lunch General Meeting. President Marilyn Bowman introduced our Guest Speaker Ms. Audrey Earls,

from Home & Community Support Services of Grey Bruce who spoke about the many resources available for Caregivers and disabled Residents of Grey Bruce, accompanied by her coworker Ms. Julie Diaz. Services include "Day Away" program, "Meals on Wheels", "Friendly Visiting", "Movin'GB" and "Housekeeping". It was great to 'hear about how to get assistance for loved ones and relief for Caregivers, as well as learning about Volunteering. Thank You Audrey and Julie for taking time to enlighten us.

Membership fees due now: $10.00 single, $20.00 couple.

Sandpiper's Upcoming Events include:

May 7th, 9:00am-IO:00am, the Sauble Family Health Team presents an "In Service" session at "the Sauble Community Centre on "Advance Care Planning & Health Care Consent".

May 12th, Pot Luck General Meeting will feature guest speaker from PRANCE.

May 12th, Monday evening Bid Euchre Tournament.

Join the fun. "Soup's On" May 21st, every 3rd Wednesday monthly, 11 :30 am, with Soup, Bun, Dessert, Tea, & Coffee for $4.00.

Thanks to RBC for their support.

June 9th will be the Club Hosted Annual BBQ~ July 17th - set aside Thursday evening for a wine & cheese mystery theatre. Volunteers still required.

July 21 st join the Dessert Bridge Tournament, $10.00 each, sign up with partner.

Oct. 2nd come along to the Drayton Theatre Bus Trip, for $90.00 each to see "PATSY CLINE, organized by Bill & Marilyn Wallace.

Activities held year round: Bid euchre (Monday. nights),

Solo (Wednesday mornings), Bridge (Monday, Wednesday afternoons), hand quilters (Monday, Wednesday mornings), shuffleboard (Monday, Wednesday afternoons)

Machine quilters (1st and 3rd Friday each month).

Pool (Monday, Wednesday, Friday).

Caring for Cancer, making comfort quilts, caps for Cherno patients, May 27th 9am to noon, (last Tuesday monthly, except December).

General Meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 11 :30 am.

Wiarton Sandpiper's are every Wednesday morning at st. John's United Church. All are welcome.

Meeting Minutes are posted on Sauble Beach Community Centre bulletin board as well as on our website.

All of the above activities are posted on our website along with other helpful aids Fraud Prevention, Health Services Links and Computer Tips.

Check out our website: organized by Dave Jessop.

The following article was published in the Port Elgin Newspaper

There is something to be said for a woman who lives through 3 tornadoes and makes 90 years of age look good!

Jean Coates was born April 20, 1924 (Easter Sunday) at Ellengowan Corners (Lot 1, Concession 1, Elderslie Township.)

by Joan Bowman

Jean met her future husband, Bev Robertson, at a 4H conference in Guelph but it wasn’t until one night after she finished work at the Queen’s Hotel in Port Elgin that the two began seeing each other. They married in 1946 and settled on Lot 13, Concession 13 of Saugeen Township. Bev passed away in 1993, but Jean still lives in the home today – 68 years later.

Their children (Wayne, Elaine and Diane) all have interesting birthdays – 29th February, Thanksgiving and July 1st. Strangely enough, that trait has trickled down to the grandchildren and great grandchildren with several of them also sharing “holiday” birthdays.

While raising their family and working on the farm, Jean cooked on a TV show for 10 -12 years, worked at the Golf Course and at the Breakers Motel. I was intrigued about the TV show. Jean explained that each year she attended 7 fall fairs with about 40 baking entries for each fair. She did very well; winning the most prizes and was made Queen of the Fair at 4 different Fairs. She was asked to go to the Wingham TV station monthly and make a 1st course and a dessert on TV.

Jean is incredibly sharp and loves her card games. She plays Bid Euchre, SOLO and Bridge on a regular basis. Many years ago she joined two lady friends – Nelly Perry and Alice Purvis at the Sauble Sandpiper’s Monday night Euchre games and she hasn’t looked back. Jean has given much of her time and energy as a Sandpiper including acting as 2nd Vice President for several years.

Please join us in wishing Jean Robertson a Happy 90th!

April 6, 2014