Friday, November 30, 2012

Holiday Luncheon

A great success!
This year's holiday luncheon was held at Le Fuchia restaurant in LaSalle College of Hotel Management and all thoroughly enjoyed the meal, the service, the setting and the conversation. People started arriving before noon and after some catching up on the news time, it was time for the lunch. On the menu: salad "inspiration du chef" (the edible orchid was certainly an inspiration!), a minestrone soup, coq au vin plus a glass of vin, and Christmas log and coffee for dessert. President Leslie Cohen raffled the donated gifts and presided over the auction of a painting by Agatha Monroe. Sandra Cohen-Rose, President of the Montreal Council of Women, spoke of the upcoming luncheon to honor WASM's Shirley Cohen who has been chosen for this year's Woman of the Year award.
And then, with parting wishes for the holiday season, we took our leave until the spring season picks up again next March.
(Remember, especially with the combo photographs, that by clicking on them you can see a larger version)

Shirley Cohen and Ann Chippendale
Carol, left, our Reception Chairperson

Lily Azerad-Goldman and Cheryl Braganza, Press Secretary
WASM's own Christmas elves (a.k.a. Sharron Gallagher and Jackie Rae Wloski)
delivered gifts to  all the members attending

Pauline and Norma
As you may have noticed, I do not yet have all names attached to all the faces,
but I do remember Judith Blin's (center, blue sweater) because she was sitting next to me
at lunch and had the excellent idea that I take photographs of the artistic food presentations.

President Leslie Cohen saying a few words before the auction

Sandra Cohen-Rose, President of the Montreal Council of Women, announcing
the Woman of the Year award honoring Shirley Cohen's contributions

Agatha Monroe's painting that was auctioned
Sharron Gallagher was our very excellent auctioneer
and Denise Janelle her very excellent translator
And who was the highest bidder?? Turns out to have been fellow
WASM blogger Jackie Rae Wloski
The LaSalle College staff  whose friendly, professional and flawless service was much appreciated.

Posted by Judith Pickard

Monday, November 26, 2012

WASM's X-mas Tree at the MMFA

Our tree is up and ready for viewing at the MMFA.

Ann, Shirley, and Sharron busy decorating our tree.

Stanley and Josette at work.
Stanley, Josette, Shirley, and Sharron.

This time Josette took the picture, so here I am too: Jackie.

Posted by Jackie Rae Wloski

Friday, November 16, 2012

Woman of the Year! Shirley Rind Cohen

Shirley Cohen

Press Release from the Montreal Council of Women:

The Montreal Council of Women (MCW) is delighted to announce its Woman of the Year Award winner for 2012.  Shirley Rind Cohen, former President of the Women’s Art Society of Montreal and the American Women’s Club of Montreal, was chosen for her leadership in volunteerism in community services and support of the arts, and her many accomplishments spanning a period of over 40 years.  Shirley has also been an active member of the MCW and contributed to the making of its 100th Anniversary Tapestry.

Please join us to celebrate the 26th anniversary of this gala event at a luncheon on Friday, December 7, 2012 at the recently fully renovated Omni Hotel, 1050 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC H3A 2R6 (corner Peel), from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Tickets at $55.00 are available by registering online at or calling Shirley Gyles at 450-672-7081.


Music: Marianopolis Trio

Three students from the Marianopolis / Mcgill music program entertained us last week with a beautiful rendition of the Mozart Divertimento in E flat major, K. 563. They are Qian Li on violin, Jacob Wald on cello, and Philip Guntermann on viola.  It was so interesting to watch the interplay between the three musicians, and the clarity of their instruments carried so well in the intimate setting of our lecture theatre. 

Photos: Jackie Wloski

Friday, November 2, 2012

Members' Day: Tania Shamy

This year's Members' Day talk was given by Tania Shamy to a crowded lecture hall. Beginning with Frederick the Great's gift of a 1000+ piece porcelain service to Catherine the Great, Dr. Shamy led us through the ins and outs of history and porcelain's place in it. Her slides, taken during research trips to Russia, showed us porcelain figurines, table decorations, plans for elaborate banquet settings, rooms whose every surface were covered with porcelain plates, the renowned cabinets de curiositiƩs, and more.

After the talk, new members were welcomed and had a chance to introduce themselves and then everyone got down to the serious business of coffee and cookies and enjoyable conversation.

Annette Wolfstein-Joseph and Tania Shamy

Shirley Cohen busy with tickets for the Holiday Luncheon
Carol Donoghue at the Reception desk

Photos: Judith Pickard

More photos (of Dr. Shamy's slides) from Jackie Wloski: