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March 15, 2023
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Upcoming events to note:
March 17:Technology Workshop
March 22: Cards and Games
April 5: PGOSA Table
April 12: Cards and Games
April 19: PGOSA Table
April 26: Cards and Games

PGOSA Table 

Now open only every second week.
Check the PGOSA Calendar.

PGOSA AGM  is April 19

The PGOSA Annual General Meeting is coming up in April – scheduled for April 19 at 7:00 pm at the Bradley Center.  Please mark this date/time on your calendar and plan on attending. It is at this meeting we elect our Board of Directors, make any necessary changes to our bylaws, and have an opportunity to listen to members, get direction, and plan for the upcoming spring/summer season. 

Three percent of membership, or about 30 members, are involved in organizing and running activities and the association.  We are always looking for capable members to assist with Board Work – planning, organizing, coordinating, communicating are the key aspects of the PGOSA Board. Or, assist or run an activity. Over the last five years we have lost  some of our sports/activities due to their manager aging and stepping down.  Activities such as bowling, carpet bowling, yoga, badminton, tennis, and golf are not happening as PGOSA activities as no one has stepped up to take over from an aging Manager.

Think about stepping up to help and, if you have a willingness to assist with Board work or in running an activity, let us know. Reply to the Chronicle and you will be contacted.  PGOSA is only as strong as the volunteers who step up to take on a leadership position!   Without a strong Board of Directors what we have with PGOSA will slowly dissolve as it takes volunteers and work to keep everything up and running smoothly.

Social Survey

The social committee will be meeting soon to analyze what the 250 completed surveys have told us regarding PGOSA social activities. The planning meeting will take place at the new Parksville QF, upstairs in their Meeting Room, on Tuesday, April 21st at 1:30 pm. Any members who would like to assist with social activities are welcome to attend.

From the survey done in Dec./Jan. there are no big surprises with the majority of returns indicating social events are important and need to continue – both large events for all members and that activity specific smaller gatherings are an integral and fun part of the activity. Stayed tuned for further results and what the social committee is planning for this spring, summer, and fall.


Dates for the month of  April at Oceanside Place Arena are Wednesdays, April 5th and 19th from 9:30 to 11:00.  Also questions about activities can be answered or you will be pointed in the correct direction to get an answer or to get involved in an activity.  If you can’t make these times on these two Wednesdays then online or mail-in options are available any time.  In May we move outside to the Community Park in Parksville on Friday mornings.  Dates will be advertised as we get into April 


All memberships expire on December 31.
You can always join PGOSA using one of three methods – in person, by mail or online. See below!
• Ages 55 - 79, annual fee is $15
• For those reaching the age of 80, annual fee is $10
• And upon reaching the age of 90, membership is complimentary
All memberships expire on December 31. Check your card to see your membership year.

Use your Membership…..Get involved! Hopefully you didn’t join PGOSA to be a bystander!
  • Get your membership immediately: In Person. Registration for PGOSA membership is now at Oceanside Place Arena in the front lobby, just beside the entrance door. We are now there every second Wednesday morning – 9:30 to 11:00 am. There may be periodic cancellations due to other events at the Arena. Check the PGOSA calendar.  
  • Get your membership (almost) immediately (within 2 to 3 minutes): Online registration
  • Wait 10-14 days (depending on Canada Post) for your membership: Mail in registration

Carpet Bowling Is Back!

After a hiatus of a few years for COVID and because many participants aged out, carpet bowling is resuming in mid-April to the same location – Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.
We are getting our Monday and Wednesday afternoon times back – 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Contact Jim for more information.

Cards and other Games

Table tennis  and Mahjong are now going strong with members enjoying both on Wednesday afternoons. If interested in learning Mahjong (American version) please forward your name to the games coordinator, Jim, as the group has progressed to the point of learning the basics and absorbing a newbie couldmakes it difficult for existing players… unless you just want to watch and find out what the game involves.  When we have four or more newbies who want to learn the basics, we will start another group with beginner lessons. Other games played are Crib and Mexican Train.
Location: The Studio at the Bradley Center
Days: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. 
  • March 22nd
  • April 12th and 26th.
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Fee: $2.00 drop in fee and membership at Bradley Center - $5.00 per year for an annual membership
No advance registration required.
Coffee and treats are served!
Questions, or for more information, contact Jim.

FREE Online Technology Workshops via Zoom Fridays at 9:30AM

Friday, March 17 – Buying a new Smart Phone. 
Thinking of purchasing a new smart phone but don’t know where to start? Find out more about different models of smart phone and what might work best for you. From more affordable devices to looking at cell plan providers, get a starting point and some additional information for making your choices.

View and register for workshops online at or phone 250-947-8258 and leave your contact information.
The Technology Learning Centre will be temporarily closed from
March 18 – April 3/2023 for spring break

55+ BC Games

The 55+ BC Games Zone 2 is looking to recruit an “Area 2 Representative” covering the Nanoose Bay-Parksville-Qualicum Beach-Bowser area.  
It’s a volunteer position whose duties include promotion and publicity of the 55+ BC Games in our PQB area by distributing posters +/- brochures at various locations and working with the Communications Committee for the publication of articles in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News, including the medal results of our local Area 2 participants.
This is a great opportunity to get involved with a fun group of volunteers who organize all aspects of the games for our Zone 2, which extends from Ladysmith to the north tip of Vancouver Island and includes Powell River.
Please contact for more information.

Trip Planning 101 for Paddlers

Friend of PGOSA Adventuress Sea Kayaking has a great course that she is offering online to PGOSAns at a discount. Online courses - the 2023 way of doing things!

If you would like to take an overnight canoe or kayak trip, but don't know how to start planning one, this course is for you!  

This course is especially geared for new paddlers or for those who want a refresher.  You will learn the many things to consider when planning a day or an overnight trip.  Come join fellow kayakers online to learn, share and discuss planning a local overnight or day trip.  Get ready now so you can take that trip this summer!
By the end of the course you will learn: Pre-trip planning, introduction to weather, charts, tides & currents and navigation; how to plan a paddling route and camping destination, how to pack and outfit your boat for safety and comfort, what gear to bring, how to be a green camper, safety and emergency protocols, local areas where you can camp and enjoy beginner overnight and day trips. You also have the option of planning a day or overnight trip to be discussed in class.

Dates:   2 Saturdays, April 1 & 8th, 2023
Time:    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where:  On Zoom, an online teleconferencing easy-to-use software (can be downloaded for free)
Cost:     $79.00 but for PGOSA members only $59.00 (plus gst).  Includes resource and checklist hand-out.
Additional supplies may be required.  To register and for more information and a course outline, contact Jan Kretz at or call 250.755.6702.

Sad News

Long time PGOSA member, and former Parksville City Councillor, Al Grier, passed away last week. PGOSA offers condolences to his friends and family. Watch for his obituary in our local paper, the PQB News.

Oceanside Paddlers Dragon Boat Team IS RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS

No experience needed!
If you want to have fun and enjoy the water, there will be an INFORMATION SESSION at Quality Foods in Parksville in the Community Room upstairs. Wednesdays APRIL 5 & APRIL 12 ~ 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
If you are interested in paddling, but cannot attend one of these sessions, please call Shelley at 250 240-9663 or Mary at 250 248-5824 
The list of Friends of PGOSA is growing!
They include restaurants, car maintenance and repair service, computer training, banking, veterinary services, and bicycles (and bike gear). 

Remember to show your card. Most offers may not be combined with other coupons or discounts. Check the PGOSA Friends page for terms and conditions. 
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