I recently attended the installation breakfast of the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men’s Club along with Mayor Anthony Housefather and a number of members of city council. The Mayor “installed” the new executive committee of this dynamic, and civic-minded group of seniors, as well as its new President, Sidney Margles.
“This is a city that all of you helped build. The Men’s Club helps make this an outstanding community,” the Mayor said.
Outgoing President Ted Baker passed the top job on to Sidney, well-known for his distinguished career as a radio announcer for the former Standard Broadcasting Company. This included time at CJAD, where he gained notice for his coverage of the October Crisis in 1970. Sidney eventually moved on to become an executive for Standard. While living in Town of Mount Royal he served as a City Councillor there. His wife Merle was then executive assistant for many years for the late Sheila Finestone, Member of Parliament for the Mount Royal riding.
Sidney was inaugurated into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.
The Senior Men’s Club is a wonderful organization. Besides their weekly Thursday morning meetings with guest speakers, they organize many outings and excursions. Sidney said he is tired of seeing seniors sitting around the food court of the mall and has announced that on Tuesday afternoons a camera club will soon debut. And seniors who do not know how to operate a computer or the internet will benefit from a beginner’s course at the Côte Saint-Luc Public Library. The new centre will provide many more opportunities.
Mayor Housefather formally installed Sidney and his board into office and stated with great pride that when the next president is appointed, this event will take place in our brand new Aquatic and Intergenerational Centre. As we plan for this exceptional facility, the Senior Men’s Club and the ladies Senior Social Club are being consulted every step of the way. This will be their new home, a significant upgrade from the quarters the city currently rents at the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre.
Other officers include Harold Moscovitch, Syd Birns, Michael Kutz, Irving Hazenoff, Edward Wolkove, Sid Barnett, Jacob Posel, Lionel Weinstein, Ruby Cobrin and Gerrick Segal.
Best of luck to President Sidney Margles and the executive of the Cote Saint-Luc Senior Men’s Club.