The Men’s Service Group (MSG) of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care was established in 1956 to assist Baycrest with both its fundraising and public relations activities. It also supplied volunteers to help run programs and services for Baycrest’s residents and patients, and acted as a training ground for future lay leaders of Baycrest. Herbert J. Weiss served as the founding president and was succeeded by Charles A. Grosberg in 1960.
The MSG’s activities included driving residents to events, organizing special outings to the theatre, concerts, or sporting events, planning a monthly Sunday Brunch for residents and patients, assisting with recreational programming at Baycrest, and meeting with organizations across Ontario, such as synagogues and service clubs, to disseminate information about Baycrest. The MSG also planned an annual Family Carnival and picnic for residents and their families and organized a variety of fundraising projects, such as its annual Honour Roll publication, an annual Fun Run (now known as the Baycrest Challenge), a letter and greeting card service, garage sales, and the sale of Yarmulkes made by residents. Today the MSG continues to plan and run many of its early projects and services.
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual and graphic material documenting the formation, governance, and activities of the Men's Service Group. Included are meeting notices, agendas, and minutes, reports, speeches, invitations, programs, correspondence, press releases, newspaper clippings, brochures, publications, financial records, newsletters, flyers, cards, certificates, photographs, posters, and cards.
Series is arranged into the following nine sub-series: 1. Board of Directors and Executive Committee; 2. Annual and general meetings; 3. Committees; 4. Fundraising; 5. Membership; 6. Public relations and publicity; 7. Honour Roll; 8. Programs and events; and, 9. Administrative functions.
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. Men's Service Group
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