-What is the legacy you want to leave for those who come next?
-Why make a difference and for whom?
-What does it mean for you to share your faith? How do you share your faith?
The pace for the weekend allowed considerable time for fellowship. As usual the big screen at Jackson’s point was posted to the respectful hockey game or curling match for all to see and euchre games were played throughout the common area.
George Bishop did a wonderful job providing leadership on the weekend. He organized a Ladies Program for spouses of AOTS members which included a performance of the famous People’s Players. He led a workshop and a wonderful Saturday morning meditation.
Workshop topics included: Outside of the Box Thinking, Making a Difference, Rethinking Our Direction, and Bible Study. Aside from George, David Battaino, Jim Upright and Jim McKibbin were also workshop presenters.
Entertainment for Saturday evening was provided by Cruisin Accapella Quartet. They were very well received providing lots of laughs and great harmonies.
Reverend David Estey provided us with spiritual leadership throughout the weekend in his capacity as worship leader for our Sunday worship.
Throughout the weekend we were ably hosted by the staff of the Jackson’s Point Conference Centre and our own registrar, Keeling Little.
After he was installed President Dave Morris thanked the outgoing executive. He said he looked forward to the road ahead and determining how we can celebrate into the future make a difference in the world now.
A report on the Dondi Project was presented to the convention indicating that the AOTS-supported initiative had raised over $400,000 in total and that all monies raised through the drumming circles and Drumathons would be directed to rebuilding the Lutamo school in Angola.
Convention decisions included the location of the 2013 Biennial in Gander, Newfoundland, in August. Jim Upright was selected as President-elect and Mark Browning took on responsibilities as Recording Secretary. And to the delight of everyone Harold Lorenz agreed to continue as editor of the Handshake. We are greatly blessed.