January 23 , 2024


Dear QART members and friends,

Happy New Year. On behalf of the QART executive, let me convey our hope that 2024 will be a very good year for us all.

The first QART event in 2024 will be the St. Valentine’s luncheon. We have booked Scarolie’s restaurant for this get-together on Wednesday, February 14th. Entry is at 11:30 a.m., when the restaurant opens its doors.

Scarolie’s is a very popular Italian restaurant, located at 950 St. John’s boulevard in Pointe Claire. It is easily accessible and has parking. Go west on the Trans-Canada (Highway 40), take exit 52 (St. Jean), turn right on Selkirk, turn left on Brunswick, cross St. John’s, and then turn right into the shopping centre parking lot.

Scarolie’s offers good food at a reasonable price. The restaurant has a lunch menu which includes soup and a main course. As a bonus, the restaurant has decided to include the coffee. Meals on the lunch menu run from $16.95 to $22.95. Tax and tip are extra. You can check out the lunch menu at www.scarolies.com/en. The restaurant’s telephone number is 514-694-8611.

We will need to know if you’re going. Our deadline for numbers is Friday, February 9th. You can contact Annie Schaffhauser by phone at 438-342-8535 or by e-mail at azuk1024@gmail.com.

QART will offer as door prizes two bottles of wine and two free meals. Each paid-up regular or honorary member attending has a chance to win one of these prizes. QART will offer all attending a free slice of cake for dessert. Chocolates will be offered at departure. Guests are welcome.

Also take note that plans are being made for a QART St. Patrick’s luncheon on Wednesday, March 13th, to be held at the Casa Grecque in Montreal North. Just before this St. Patrick’s luncheon, there will be a special general meeting to approve a proposed annual QART fee increase of $5 for regular members from $30 to $35 per year. Also for approval, a proposed annual $3 fee increase from $12 to $15 for members-at-large and those honorary members who currently pay fees.

 Happy St Valentine’s, and hope to see you at the celebration,
All the best,
John.

 

In other news, we just had a very successful QART Commemorative Mass and Luncheon. Thanks to all the volunteers for making this mass and luncheon particularly memorable and meaningful. A special thank-you goes out to Father Joe Sullivan who once again celebrated the mass for us. A wrap-up of this event follows:

48 members and guests attended the mass; 47 members and guests attended the luncheon.

At the mass, $320 was collected for Our Lady of Fatima parish and its Christmas basket fund.
At the luncheon, Gail Ferraro, Maria Perluzzo, and Carlo Stepancic each won a free meal.
Claire Iasenza won a bottle of red wine, Anita Primeau, a bottle of white, and Cécile Doucet-Greene, a bottle of rosé.

We also gained a new member, Hilarie Cruickshank, a former teacher at St. Thomas High School in Pointe-Claire. Welcome aboard.

Attached, you will find a special QART bulletin with the names of all those who were commemorated at our QART mass.

 Once again,

Season’s Greetings, and hope to see you at our Christmas party,

John.

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

At this point in the normal QART calendar, there remains just one event, the AGM and accompanying luncheon. This is usually scheduled in May. No AGM could be held last year because of the pandemic. For the same reason, I do not foresee holding a physical AGM this year until the fall, at the earliest.

However, our financial year ends March 31st. Before we plan anything further, our treasurer, Steve Dursa, has to close the year and produce the annual financial statements. QART will send these to you in the next bulletin.

Once QART’s financial statements are published, we will be ready in May to start collecting next year’s membership fees. To do this, Steve Dursa will first send out invoices. A few days later, he will send you a statement of account. Please wait until you receive your statement of account before you pay. A large number of regular members have earned varying amounts of credits in compensation for the lack of physical events in 2020-2021. Waiting for your statement of account helps ensure that you pay the correct amount with your credits worked in.

This year, we will replace the May AGM luncheon with a stay-at-home event if it is financially possible. Before QART can return to normal group activities, we would need that a large percentage of the population be vaccinated, that social distancing be lifted, and that indoor locations, such as restaurants, be fully opened. I am not sure when all this will happen, but I believe that our memorial celebration in November and our Christmas gathering in December are definite possibilities.

Membership Dues

It's now that time when QART starts collecting the membership fees for the new year 2020-2021. Membership is the life blood of the association. We really depend on your support, generosity, and promptness. I thank you in advance in making this membership drive a success.

There has been no change in the fee amount. The regular membership is $30; an honorary member who has 25 years of membership attained before July 2013 pays $0; an honorary member who has 25 years of membership attained after July 2013 pays $12; a member at large who just wishes to receive the newsletter but not participate in any QART meeting or activity pays $12.

Membership forms are available in the latest QART newsletter or on this website (just click on this link). Please mail your payment (cheque only) to:

QART
291 ave. du Parc
L'Ile-Perrot, QC
J7V 9Z
Attention: Steve Dursa

 

QART has an email address

Do you want to communicate with QART ? Perhaps you have a suggestion or a comment. You can reach QART or any member of the Executive Committee at just one email address, qart.mtl@outlook.com