Interested in Bridge Lessons? Contact Patti Lee for more information.
UPCOMING LAOS Bridge Lesson on Zoom!September 14th @ 3:45pm - 6:00pm EST
Be a Better Declarer
Plus the notes & recording after the lesson has taken place.
ALL Proceeds Go To Adopt A Village In Laos
Donations Of $130 CAD (approx $105.00 USD) and over receive a tax receipt. You will also be sent a picture of the family who receives the water filter and your name will be on the filter!
Enjoy from the comfort of your home. If you are unable to attend live, you will still receive access to the lesson recording AND notes.
Note: There Is A 5% Credit Card Processing Fee On All Online Payments.
If you are Canadian and prefer to pay by email transfer,
send payment to AKORNEL@SYMPATICO.CA AND also send email to BARBARASEAGRAM@GMAIL.COM with full postal code as well as email address for receipt.
Checks payable to "Adopt a Village in Laos" may also be mailed to:
Barbara Seagram, 220 Lawrence Ave East, Toronto, ON M4N 1T2
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call us: +1 (416)487-8321 for assistance!
Visit www.banyantreeorganization.com for more details about our activity at ALL of our schools in Cambodia.
Please Donate To Help Sustain Schools In Cambodia We Have Built. Join Patti Lee and Barbara Seagram In Their Journey To Give Back & Contribute To Sustaining Our Four Schools Built In Cambodia.
Tax receipt will be issued for any donation over $25.00
Three Cambodian Deminers Killed in the Field
This is a very sad day... our heart breaks for the three deminers who lost their life on Monday, January 10th, 2022 doing the difficult and dangerous job of demining.
It is the Cambodian Self Help Demining (CSHD) organization's first fatal accident in its 18-year history.
Please view the story on the Canadian Landmine Foundation (https://canadianlandmine.org) website.
OVER $60,000 raised!
A HUGE THANK YOU to ALL!!!
Last Fall, I started the journey of teaching bridge on zoom. Of course, I had lots of technology to learn. But I also had no material in the way that it would be required for online teaching.
But you were all amazing. You signed up for the lessons in the Fall and enthusiastically supported me. What a wonderful gift that was!
Two other people stepped forward and became co-hosts for me throughout all three series - Cyndy Winkler & Phil Mercurio! They both did this completely as volunteers. I truly could not have done this without their constant support. They helped some attendees to get onto the system, answered many of their questions, watched the "chat line" for me, and interrupted me as appropriate during the lessons. WOW!!! Two very wonderful and generous individuals!
In January, we had our 2nd series of lessons, with the number of attendees increasing on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. And in March, 2021, when running my 3rd series, I actually had to tell some people that there was no more room. And still, most of those people, opted to obtain the handouts and links to the utubes. What a fantastic support force you all have been!
As a result of my online endeavours, you all donated over $60,000. WOW!!!
This represents enough money to support our schools for one year, as well as pay the tuition and books for our three University Students. Although our schools are currently closed, we are still paying the teachers and librarians during this difficult time. We all look forward to a time when the schools can be re-opened safely.
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! to each and every one of you for your support. You are truly a wonderful group of people, so generous and kind.
MORE THANK YOU's for ADDITIONAL DONATIONS!
...to IG Wealth Management, who recently made a donation to our Cambodian Projects. We are so appreciative of their generous donation. Please consider supporting them. You can call Michael Dytnerski directly at (905) 467-3747. Thanks again, Michael and IG Wealth Management, for your thoughtfulness.
...to IBM Canada Ltd for their recent donation to our Cambodian Projects. We are so appreciative of their generous donation. Please consider IBM in any of your computer needs. Thanks again, IBM Canada Ltd, for your wonderful donation.
...to the Rotary Club of Toronto West for their recent donation to our Cambodian Projects. This is a targeted donation that will allow us to build a toilet for an impoverished village family. There are many that do not have a safe, private toilet. The absence of a safe, private toilet leads to serious health issues, as well as sexual abuse of women and girls. Thanks again to all of the members of Toronto West Rotary. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.
With much appreciation
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Canadian Kindness Felt in Faraway Cambodia
Most people in the bridge world know Barbara Seagram as one of the top teachers, a prolific author and an intrepid tour guide. What's not so well known is how far she will go to help her fellow mankind.
About three years ago, Seagram and fellow tour guide Patti Lee discovered a need in Cambodia and went into action.
Today, they and their supporters sustain the operations of four schools in Phnom Penh area, paying for electricity, supplies (including computers) and the salaries of teachers and librarians.
Funds to help run the schools come from the bridge players of Canada.
"We couldn't do it without them," says Lee, a retired IBM accountant executive who took up teaching and directing bridge after leaving the company.
Lee has traveled with Seagram for 20 years, organizing and escorting bridge groups in various parts of the world.
Seagram is gratified at what she and the bridge players of Canada have managed so far but she is realistic: "There's so much that needs to be done." Continued...
Please visit the Banyan Tree Organization website. Your donation will be used for the construction and operations of the schools. The schools are supported from donations through the Bridge Groups from Canada and the U.S.A.