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Calendar Girls – Chapter 3

I have to laugh… when I look at my blog stats, guess which post is getting the most hits? The Calendar Girls!  I wonder why? Is it the notoriety of the subject, is there a lot of prurient curiosity out there, or are people genuinely interested in this fund raising calendar? I really don’t care the reason it is being viewed – I just hope that those that have seen it see it in the way it was meant to be viewed – tasteful photographs of some very giving, beautiful and confident women. Let’s hear it for women’s empowerment! If some of you out there in cyberland would like a copy, they are going for $20 a piece and the proceeds are to go toward the columbarium fund at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Brandon MB. Leave me a message on the blog post and I’ll respond.

So here are the rest… Ms. May is Norma Woodman, needle-worker extraordinaire.

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Ms. June is Gwen Elliott, former nurse, still looking smashing!

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The July page is graced by none-other than the wife of the Bishop of Huron, Brandon’s Sister Diocese, Kathie Bennett.  She is obviously an avid golfer.

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Ms. August is Caroline Mullins, who loves hot tubbing with a nice glass of red wine.

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Now you have got to love Betty Coleman. She wasn’t in the original 12 selected for the calendar, because she was away when I was ‘recruiting’, as it were.  So next thing I know the phone rings, and it’s Betty – “What’s this I hear about a calendar? I want to be in it!  And is it going to be full length, because I want to wear my army boots.” Now how can you refuse an offer like that, so she took the September slot, and I got relegated to January 2010. (Yes, I ‘bared it all’ too!) And Betty got to wear her army boots… though not much else! 😀

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Ms. October, Peggy Matheson, is a renowned cook and baker, wife of former Shilo Base commander Alex Matheson, and mother of CTV personality, Dan Matheson. Her grand-daughter was heard to say “Granny, you rock!” Isn’t she great?

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Ms. November is a stalwart member of the Cathedral, Joan Scrase.  She is probably more fit than the rest of us put together!

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Does Ms. December look like a librarian to you?  Albeit now retired, Linda Ross served as librarian at Vincent Massey High School for many years.  I’ll bet her former students never dreamed she’d be doing anything like this!

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And finally, I had to put my money where my mouth was, so I bared all to be Ms. January 2010. The photo was taken by my dear friend Marlene Fast in my studio. Marlene is also a professional photographer and you can view her blog at http://marlenefast.wordpress.com/

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Thanks for visiting, and thank you to all the Calendar Girls – you rock!

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‘Calendar Girls’… more images

OK, I haven’t had many requests for additional posts of the images from the calendar, but I’m going to put up a few more just because…  🙂

Here is Ms February, Edna Knock, Professor Emeritus Brandon University School of Music.

… and this is Lisa MacDonald-Murray, wife of Rev. Mark Murray of Souris, and a University Professor in her own right.

And the last one for this post is Ms April, Phyl Elliott, wife of retired Brandon physician Al Elliott.

Thank you all for offering to be in the calendar!

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‘Calendar Girls’

Just about a year ago I had this crazy idea to raise funds for St. Matthew’s Anglican Cathedral by creating a Calendar Girls calendar with members of the church ladies of St. Matthew’s.  You know Calendar Girls…?!? They were a group of women in Yorkshire who decided to raise money for the local hospital after the husband of one of the ladies had died there of cancer.  They had photographs taken of themselves in the nude, but tastefully covered so no ‘naughty’ bits showed.  The calendar was a huge success, made over £250,000, and resulted in a movie based on this venture.  I knew that nothing like this had been done in Brandon, so I figured… why not?  When I approached the ladies of the Cathedral I was overwhelmed with the positive response!  And so this calendar was born. As it will be going to press soon, I thought it would be appropriate to send out a teaser on my blog.

Here is Ms. January 2009, Bea Jolly, who is a retired teacher from Brandon, currently a member of the Brandon School Board.

Isn’t she wonderful? If you want to see more months, let me know and if you would like to order a calendar, please email me! The calendar is sure to become a collector’s item, and it’s all for a good cause. Cost $20 each.

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