Welcome to the Club Issue link

It seems that the easiest way to explain what “Welcome to The Club” is all about is to just copy and paste the welcome letter from our first issue, so that’s what we’ve done. A few points in the article refer back to the first issue and you can find it at this link.

Thanks, Mark Moran, Publisher

I’ve planned to write these words for so many years and now I don’t even know where to start.

Welcome to The Club is a new and a somewhat original magazine for people 55 and up, and we mean all the way up. This is a huge age range to try to cater to in one magazine, but that will be our goal. There may be vast differences between people who are 55 and people who were born in ‘35 but we believe there are even more similarities. We want to entertain you and very much want to engage you, encouraging our readers to help build the paper by contributing in some way. That could be by writing an article, sending in a photo or offering us advice on what we’re doing right and what we can improve on. What would you like to see in this new magazine, and yes, I mean you!

Some of our readers will be thinking that this looks an awful lot like a magazine called Daytripping. There’s a good reason for that. I started Daytripping in Southwestern Ontario 26 years ago, to promote unique shops and towns throughout our region, and the “Daytripper” as it’s become known is still alive and well. This magazine will be distributed in Sarnia-Lambton, though the writers may be from anywhere in the world.

From the outset we also encouraged Daytripping‘s readers to become contributors and in over 26 years have amassed a library of articles from people just like you. Very few were accomplished writers at that time, some had never tried, but they had a story to tell and share with others and we saw how much of an impact this new hobby or outlet had on their lives. Many of these articles were nostalgic and timeless and I’ve always wanted to have another magazine in which to publish them, one intended for an older audience that would appreciate them and identify with them. In too many cases the authors have passed on, and this is our way of keeping their words alive a little bit longer. For every article we reprint we donate $25 to the charity of our choice.

Daytripping has made many friends over the years and I’m hoping the same will be said about Welcome to The Club. It’s an odd name perhaps, but is a phrase I generally use when someone turns 50 or 40 or any milestone age that is in my own rear window. At 55 I’m just barely allowed to pick up this magazine myself, and I have a great deal to learn, but think it’s going to be a fun ride and hope you’ll enjoy it as well.

This issue, the first of four that we’ll publish in 2021, features the photography of George Rosema on the front cover. Photographers and artists are welcome to submit their work for consideration within the magazine or on the covers, and we have a wealth of talented folks in Sarnia Lambton.

You won’t find any politics in these pages, no controversy and little real news for that matter. What you will find is a relaxing read that might remind you of simpler days as well as places and events from years gone by. You’ll also find some information on things in the here and now, and we hope to bring in more of this as time goes on. For example, we’d love to have a regular column with each one featuring a different trail in our area. There are more ideas on page 13.

You’ll also be amused by the vast collection of silly tidbits and fillers we have accumulated in a quarter century of publishing Daytripping. There may also eventually be an events page – once there are any events to attend – and we’re open to any ideas you may have.

There’s a questionnaire on page 25 and I hope you’ll take a moment to give us your honest thoughts. As I mentioned, we have a lot to learn and are looking forward to bringing you a magazine you’ll come to love, and hopefully be a part of. This starts by asking you what we’re doing right, what we could do better, and maybe what we shouldn’t do at all.

I can’t thank my staff enough for tolerating my years of talk about this idea, and finally helping to create it. I would especially like to acknowledge Carla MacGregor, who I met only a matter of days before the real work started on this magazine, but who has been indispensable in bringing customers on board to support the idea. Please go out of your way to support local businesses always, but especially at this time.

Thank you for reading and Welcome to The Club! Don’t throw away a copy if you can share it with a friend instead, and look for the next issues in many locations throughout Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario.