CELEBRATING 152 YEARS OF PYTHIANISM

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Grand Lodge Celebrates our End of Year!!


Our Pythian Year, 2016-2017 has come to an end, and it's now time to celebrate.

We accomplished a lot this year, our projects went well.  Under the leadership of PGC Donald Lieberman and PC Michael Berman, patients and residences at the Caldwell and B'Nai Brith Houses, at the  Maimonides, the Jewish Hospital of Hope and the Ste Anne's Military Hospitals were visited and treated to our shows. 

Our Pythian Appeal collected money and we were able to help many worthy charities in the Montreal Area including:  Ami Quebec
B’nai Brith Canada Foundation, Cerebral Palsy Association of Quebec, Chabad House, Children’s Wish Foundation, Cummings Jewish Center for Seniors. Diabetic Children’s Foundation, Jewish Rehab Hospital in Laval,
Jewish Hospital of Hope, Magen David Adom, Mira Foundation, Miriam Home, MS Society of Canada, Montreal Association for the Blind, Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center, Retina Foundation/Jewish General Hospital


Our latest speaker in our Wellness Series was Dr. Alexandra Zorbas, award-winning podiatrist.  Her topic was:  YOUR FEET AND DIABETES. Thanks to GOG Farley Fishman for making all the arrangements.

Now it's time to celebrate and give a pat on the back to Grand Chancellor Calvin Finkelstein for being our leader.  About 70 Pythians and their guests came to the Aquatic and Community Center in Cote St-Luc for a party..... and what a party it was!!





Oh the Food!!  Of Course the best way to a
Pythian's heart is through his stomach!

Grand Chancellor Calvin Finkelstein welcome over 70 Pythians and their guests to our Closing Brunch!



Congratulations to Brother Michael Baron on becoming a Grand Lodge Officer and the newest member of our Executive.
Coming to help us celebrate were Mitchell Brownstein, Mayor of the City of Cote St-Luc and Cote St-Luc Councilman Allan Levine
Look at all these smiling, happy Pythians Brethren and families, enjoying a day of

Fun, Friendship and Food






Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias
in association with
Residences B'Nai Brith House

Presents our
Wellness Series




In the past we have welcomed.....................

Caryn Roll

Nutritionist
RoseMary Steinberg

Ombudsman,
Jewish General Hospital
Dr. Laurie Betato

Sex Therapist and
Radio Host

Dr. Yosh Taguchi

World renowned Urologist,
 Royal Victoria Hospital

Dr Tina Kader

Staff physician in the JGH's
Division of Endocrinology




Tracy SCHACHTER







Laugh Therapist



Dr. Alexandra Zorbas Award winning podiatrist.

Several years ago Brother Phil Troy, PhD. came up with an idea to form a committee to develop a series of presentations, about how we can help ourselves, or how we can benefit medically, based on the experience or training of a speaker. This project would be oriented both towards KOP members and their families, as well as others in the community.

Brother Phil drew up a whole list of topics and the source of where to look for the speakers as well. You might say that thanks to Brother Phil Troy and the late P.D.S.C. Sir Gerald Weinstein we were able to put together several successful, well attending programs.

Our first program was held on March 21st 2011 on a Monday night, our first speaker was Caryn Roll who is a registered dietitian and member of the Ordre Professionel des Dietetistes du Quebec. Her topic was How Easy it is to Achieve a Healthy Diet and how much fun nutrition can be while giving you tips on how to improve you health with food. The program featured a slide show and documentation was distributed to all who attended.

Our second program was held on Monday June 13, 2011featuring Ms. Rosemary Steinberg, Ombudsman at  the Jewish General Hospital. Her topic was Making the Best of A Bad Situation. How to Thrive and Survive Hospital Care; The right and responsibilities of patients receiving health care in Quebec. The program was well attended and documentation was distributed as well.

Our third program was held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 featuring Dr. Laurie Betito, Sex Therapist Radio Talk show host on CJAD. Her topic was Use It or Lose It. You Can Keep Your Sexuality Alive Forever. This program was well attended and the most lively of discussions.

On October 22, 2012 Our fourth speaker was a world renowned Urologist, Dr. Yosh Taguchi an associate Professor of Surgery (Urology) at McGill University and a senior urologist at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal.

On May 20, 2014,  Dr. Tina Kader, Endocrinologist at the Jewish General Hospital spoke to us about Type II Diabetes.  Over 100 Pythians and guests enjoyed an amazing talk from Dr. Kader.

Our next speaker taught us that LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE.  Thanks so much to laugh therapist TRACY SCHACHTER for an entertaining and informative evening.

Our latest speaker, Dr. Alexandra Zorbas, award winning pediotrist, was our guest speaker in May, 2016.  Her topic was:  YOUR FEET AND DIABETES.  A special thanks goes out to Past Chancellor FARLEY FISHMAN, for organizing this evening, and to the families of SIR JAMES INDIG and HAROLD VINEBERG, who sponsored this event.
 

May we continue in good health in the fall ensuring the wellness program continues and many more Pythians can contribute their knowledge and expertise in making future programs successful that will help increase our membership for many years.



Midsummer Get Together

On September 25 2016 75 Pythians and their guests enjoyed a fantastic brunch in a Montreal restaurant to celebrate the end of summer and the start of the new year.

At this time, Grand Chancellor Calvin Finkelstein presented the annual Grand Chancellor's Long Time Service Award.  This award reads...
For long time service
and dedication to the Pythian ideals of
Friendship
Charity and
Benevolence




To:

Brother Marty Zaltzman
Past Grand Chancellor

To:
Brother Morton Leiner
Past Chacellor

Mazel Tov to you and may you continue to serve our Order and the Montreal-Jewish Community for many more years to come!






Gerry Weinstein Memorial Lecture:

There were several things that Gerry Weinstein Z"L had strong feelings for:  his family and his Jewish Montreal Community, including all his work done on behalf of the Knights of Pythias and B'Nai Brith.  In his memory, on June 14, 2016, over 70 Pythians and their guests attended a special screening of the film:  Nobody was Interested. Nobody Asked: The Holocaust, the Montreal Jewish Community and the Survivors.

This film based on extensive oral history interviews focuses on the reception and integration of Holocaust survivors by the Montreal Jewish community.

This highly respected documentary explores the immigration history of Holocaust survivors to Montreal and examines their new lives here.

Attending this evening's program were the film's directors Deena Apel and Max Beer.  They presented their movie and answered questions from our audience.

Following the film, Eileen Katz, Director of the Residences B'Nai Brith House gave her tribute in memory of this truly remarkable man.  A special thanks goes out to Mr. Aaron Reimer, Gerry's nephew, for graciously lending us the audio visual equipment to show the film.






It was our honour to introduce Mr. Max Beer, Director of the Film, to show his documentary film
Nobody was Interested. Nobody Asked: The Holocaust, the Montreal Jewish Community and the Survivors.





A special thank you goes to Ms. Eileen Katz, Director of the Residence B'nai Brith House for her valuable help in setting up the film and for her moving tribute to Gerry.


Thank you, Max!






On behalf of Grand Lodge, Grand Vice Chancellor Calvin Finkelstein had the honour of presenting a cheque to the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center in tribute to Deena and Max.










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