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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Friday's TSU PAC Madison Pub + My Thoughts On This Blog!

MADISON PUB IS RAIN OR SHINE!!!! WE'VE GOT A COVERED AWNING!!!!

My "Blog Manifesto "will be posted tomorrow. I need to let everyone know about the Friday Madison pub first! It's the last day of classes for many of us, and the summer holidays are just around the corner! Sounds like time for a party! Hope to see you there. I'll have my camera so wave! Photos to follow here on my slide show. This posting has been updated again. Please read on.....

TSU PAC is honoured to invite all our TSU members, including our OT's and LTO's to our Madison Pub, on June 17th from 4 to 7 pm, upstairs on the rooftop patio. Our PAC can provide us with an overview and answer questions on OECTA's "Who Speaks For Children?" platform for the upcoming fall Ontario election. We will keep the occasion informal, proving the first two drinks and all finger food snacks on the house as we toast the end of classes and engage in some good old fashioned merriment and mirth.

Your official TSU invitation was sent out to the staff reps for distribution on Monday the 13th. The flyer was kindly designed on short notice by PAC members Barbara Swit-Ardanaz, Irene Urbaniak and Chris Premdas, and will contain more information. The Google map search box in the left column here at my blogspot will provide directions on how to reach the Madison by car, or you can take the subway to Spadina Station on the Bloor Line. The Madison is a very short walking distance from there. There is pay parking across the street from the pub, and free parking at many of the TTC subway stations after 3 pm.

Please do invite our colleagues, especially any who are retiring and require one more toast. Special invitations are also extended to all of committee members, staff reps and beginning teachers. You can contact me if any special arrangements need be made. Please pass the message on to our members, and help post and share the flyer when it arrives at your school as early as possible this week, so everyone can prepare accordingly.

Hope to see you all there!

And in other news.....

Most everyone seems to enjoy my blog. Some, a very few, just simply don't, and seem to be threatening a gag order or public denunciation of sorts. I'd consider that a serious attack upon freedom of speech in our unit, and quite frankly, highly unlikely to succeed in the new communications world of today, especially with blogs, but so it goes.

I could explain more, but I am planning to keep this site as positive as can be, so I will post my Blogsite Manifesto next; an overview rationale spelling out what it's all about and where I am planning to go with it . I want to make perfectly clear my intentions considering any confusion which exists in hidden quarters, on executive, or wherever it's really coming from. But then again, maybe it's just good form to do so anyways, since the blogspot is so new as a medium at TSU.

I don't shadow box folks hiding in the dark for whatever old fashioned, confused or illicit reasons they might have. If you have concerns please forward them directly to me here, and I will address them in a very open manner. If you read criticisms elsewhere please visit here and maybe I can explain what the kerfuffle is really all about. Without doubt, any news is good news in the blogsphere, for ratings anyways, but that is not what I am all about. Rather I look foward to the many new and interesting possibilities my TSU 3rd VP blogspot provides for me to speak directly to you in an open, straightforward and informative way as your duly elected and independent executive member.

Not to labour this. Zzzzzzzzzzzz. 'Nuff said for now. Could be intriguing. Never a dull moment in the blogsphere! .

PLEASE NOTE: CLICK SLIDE SHOW TO GO SEE THE EARLIER PHOTOS!!!

Our June 7 Teacher Appreciation Night at Fantasy Farm was once again a great success! The slide show on top left only posts 20 at a time, and takes a while to load. Please keep visiting this site to see them all, and maybe yourself , family + colleagues too. If anybody else has any photos I'm glad to post them. There's about 20 good ones left, which I plan to post tonight.

If you click on the slide show, it will take you to my Flickr site. All my photos are saved there as I post them. I also believe they can be copied or printed from that location. Or email me + I can forward your photo.

I will shortly post the information on the retirement gratuity issue I mentioned in my speech last night. Sorry for the delay, we just need to get the Madison Pub info out asap first.

It was great seeing everybody at Fantasy Farms + I look forward to seeing you all again at the Madison. All your kind words about the election and this blogsite were much appreciated. Thanks!

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