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  • November 07, 2020 10:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members, 

    The beautiful Fall colours no longer brighten our days. The month of November may keep some of us indoors and hopefully you have a good hobby to keep you busy during this time between seasons. I personally like to get dressed warmly and go out for a walk, no matter what the weather brings. 

    Though we have not been able to hold in-person meetings our Management Committee has been very busy working behind the scenes to keep you connected.  The monthly meetings feature a Virtual Speaker Presentation. We have upgraded our Zoom license in order to allow more participants to take part in these meetings.  

    We also keep in touch with our members via the Grapevine. This newsletter contains information of interest to all.  Submissions for our Grapevine from members are encouraged. In this issue there is some important information about Membership Renewal and Management Committee Openings.

    Our website is there for your enjoyment and up-to-date information. Please check it regularly to find out what new photos or recipes have been submitted, see what Activities are listed and to view the Master Gardener’s tips and much more.

    During this resurgence of COVID many of us could not celebrate Thanksgiving with our families. Christmas is coming and we are uncertain about how we will be able to gather. Unfortunately, our Annual Christmas Luncheon has been cancelled this year.

    The situation in which we find ourselves seems like it is going to be with us for much longer than we anticipated. However, we can still connect with friends and family in different ways. We are certainly learning how to use the technology available to us whether it be Zoom, Facebook or Skype. We can still get outside and go for a walk with a friend or two. We can get together with friends who are in our “bubble”. With the snow coming, we can look forward to our winter activities such as snowshoeing and skiing. 

    In the meantime, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season. Until we can meet again, ”Keep Calm and Carry On”.  


    New Easy Membership Renewal
    Vicki and Terry Kellar 

    Along with all the new options available on our BVPC web site we can soon proceed with On Line renewals and payments. This new process will make Membership renewals and payments as easy as a few clicks on your own profile and avoid the waste of paper and need for intensive handling of forms and personal cheques by our volunteers.

    When you receive the renewal email on December 1st, please click on the renewal button. You will be prompted to login and then be guided through the secure payment process. If you have never logged in before, a password will also be included in the email. 

    With the issues related to Covid our renewal fee, as noted in last month’s newsletter, has been reduced by 50% to only $15 each. While reducing our cash flow this amount will allow us to continue to operate and to reopen for meetings and activities when permissible.

    Secure credit card payments will be made by you, with no record kept by BVPC of your confidential information.

    Stay tuned for an email on December 1st and please complete the renewal at that time. Reminder: This is a cheque-free process. A Help Team will be available at that time if you have any questions.

    Lifetime Membership Award

    The Beaver Valley Probus Club Management Team awarded Lifetime Membership to Vicki and Terry Kellar during the October monthly meeting held online. After 10 years on the Management Committee, 7 as Membership Chairs, and with Vicki also serving 3 years as VP, President, and Past-President, and Terry as Technical Advisor, the Kellars have contributed tremendously to the success of our Club.

    They have organized an annual outing to the King's Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene, and previously to DanCap Productions in North York. Vicki and Terry were also enthusiastic members of the hiking group, often acting as leaders. This photo was taken recently for their 48th Anniversary. Congratulations to the Kellars!

    Speaker Recordings

    We have just started recording our monthly speakers, so if you are unable to join us live via zoom, you can view the video later at your convenience!

    Click on the image to see October's speaker, Norine Baron, discuss her experiences with the Stephen Lewis Foundation: Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign. You can also go to the Beaver Valley Probus Club YouTube channel and see the other videos posted there!

    Our Speaker on November 24

    Linda Murphy
    Hiking Home for Shelter

    Although our regular, in-person meeting at the Community Center is cancelled in November due to COVID-19, Linda Murphy will give her presentation online.

    You no longer have to register to join! We will send the Zoom link to all our members a couple of days before the meeting, as we now have a license for up to 200 households! (For help on how to use Zoom click here!)

    The cycle of domestic abuse must be broken. Linda Murphy believed she could make a start at doing so through her backpacking and fundraising expedition: “Hiking Home for Shelter”. In 2019, Linda spent 6 months back-packing over 3,000km, through the wild and rugged mountainous terrain of the Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada.

    Completely solo for most of her journey, 58-year-old Linda ventured on this profoundly challenging trek, surviving illness, injury, and loneliness, in order to raise funds for our local shelter, My Friend’s House, and national domestic violence-prevention education programs. To date, Linda’s single-handed fundraising campaign has raised OVER $32,000!

    After raising three girls, Linda, and her husband of 30 years, Gord Llewellyn, moved to Nottawa from Unionville, in 2013. Linda’s career path has continuously led her towards positions of education, motivation, and leadership. She started as a high school drama teacher in the 80’s, became a corporate communication coach in the 90’s, and since 2003, an award-winning realtor, with Royal LePage.

    Linda has enjoyed volunteering with Southern Georgian Bay Association of Realtors, Trinity United Church, Collingwood G & M Hospital, Craigleith Ski Club Race Crew, and Theatre Collingwood. She looks forward every year to the Fall, when she usually plays a leading role in The Gaslight Community Theatre Tour, but her greatest love is outdoor adventures, and especially, long-distance hiking!

    To view Linda’s video logs from her Hiking Home for Shelter expedition, go to: https://www.youtube.com/c/thehealthyhiker/

    Questions? Please contact:
    Heather Buscher (Zoom information)
    Ann Parsons (speaker information)

    Photo Corner 

    Autumn Slideshow

    Vicki K provided this wonderful photo of the Blue Mountain Village. You can click on the image to see all the autumn photos sent in by our members so far in our Autumn Slideshow

    Video Corner 

    Forgot your Mask? "This Hour has 22 Minutes" has some ideas! This hilarious video was shared by Pat Wright. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9bPvTC4TEQ

    Please keep your videos, photos & ideas coming!
    (Email Heather Buscher).

    Trivia Contest 
    Nancy Dixon

    Congratulations to the winners Gloria Thompson and Brian Fifield, who answered all the questions correctly. Honorable mention goes to Terry Kellar.

    Here are the answers to the October Trivia Contest! 

    1. What year did the Beaver Valley Probus Club begin?
      A: 2001 (53% answered correctly)
    2. What year was the first Wimbledon held?
      A: 1877 (59% answered correctly)
    3. What is the approximate vertical drop (in metres) of the Blue Mountain ski hills?
      A: 200-220 m (44% answered correctly)
    4. Who is often called the father of the computer?
      A: Charles Babbage (81% answered correctly with spelling errors. Also accepted Konrad Zuse and Alan Turing.)
    5. What part of the atom has no charge?
      A: Neutrons (56% answered correctly)
    6. Where did the Beaver River Rat race begin?
      A: Heathcote, ON (53% answered correctly)

    Look out for our Holiday Trivia Contest in December!

    Activity Groups Update

    Winter Walkers
    Nancy Dixon

    The Winter Walkers group had their first walk on Wednesday, November 4th. It was a beautiful day and the highlight was seeing some alpacas. It was an enjoyable outing and we would really welcome more members joining us.

    The Winter Walkers is a newly formed group, that meets every week for a relaxing stroll through a neighbourhood in Thornbury, Meaford or the Collingwood area. The walking is easy, and we are encouraging photographs for posting on our website. The plan is to meet now on Monday mornings at 9:30 for approximately an hour walk. Next week we meet in Collingwood.

    Please register for the Winter Walkers Activity Group if you are interested in joining any of sessions, or contact Nancy.  Notices will be sent out via email the week before, with the meeting point and additional sign-up instructions. For more information see the Winter Walkers Activity webpage.

    Ski Legends
    Louise Donegani

    Probus Ski Legends organizing committee is meeting on a regular basis to discuss what may be offered this upcoming winter. As the Covid outbreak and Public Health guidelines are frequently changing, please check the Ski Legends website www.probusskilegends.ca for the most up to date information.

    People who are currently members of Ski Legends for the 2019-2020 year will continue to receive emails as new information is available. We all hope to have a great winter of skiing and that Ski Legends can be a part of that, so stay tuned!”


    The Master Gardener’s Corner

    Our Master Gardener's Corner by John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario, has moved online.


    Look for the Gardening Tips on our web Homepage (scroll down on the right-hand side) or click here to see what you need to be doing in your garden in November!


    Remembering Mom's Clothesline:
    Shared by Pat Wright

    This is fun to read and quite true. We "oldies" are probably the last generation that will remember what a clothesline was. And in lots of places they are now illegal (because some suburban communities consider them “unsightly”!). It's the poem at the end that's the best!!!

    THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES: 
    1. You had to hang the socks by the toes... NOT the top.
    2. You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs... NOT the waistbands.
    3. You had to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes. Walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.
    4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first. 
    5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders – always by the tail! What would the neighbours think?
    6. Wash day was Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend, especially on Sunday, for Heaven's sake!
    7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle (perverts & busybodies, you know!)
    8. It didn't matter if it was sub-zero weather... clothes would "freeze-dry"
    9. ALWAYS gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were seen as "tacky".
    10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.
    11. Clothes off of the line and neatly folded in the clothes basket before supper time, and ready to be ironed ... IRONED??!! Well, that's a whole OTHER subject!  
    12. Long wooden pole (clothes pole) that was used to push the clotheslines up so that longer items (sheets/pants/etc.) didn't brush the ground and get dirty.

    And now a POEM...

    A clothesline was a news forecast 
    To neighbours passing by,
    There were no secrets you could keep,
    When clothes were hung to dry.

    It also was a friendly link, for neighbours always knew,
    If company had stopped on by to spend a night or two.
    For then you'd see the "fancy sheets", and towels upon the line;
    You'd see the "company table cloths" with intricate designs.

    The line announced a baby's birth,
    From folks who lived inside,
    As brand new infant clothes were hung,
    So carefully with pride!

    The ages of the children could,
    So readily be known,
    By watching how the sizes changed,
    You’d know how much they'd grown!

    It also told when illness struck,
    As extra sheets were hung;
    Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe too,
    Haphazardly were strung.

    It also said, "On vacation now",
    When lines hung limp and bare
    It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged,
    With not an inch to spare!

    New folks in town were scorned upon,
    If wash was dingy and gray,
    As neighbours carefully raised their brows,
    And looked the other way.

    But clotheslines now are of the past,
    For dryers make work much less.
    Now what goes on inside a home
    Is anybody's guess!

    I really miss that way of life,
    It was a friendly sign,
    When neighbours knew each other best

    By what hung on the line.   

    BVPC Management Committee Openings

    This is a great opportunity to get involved! Volunteer to be on the 2021 Management Committee, while we are waiting to gear up to full activities hopefully in the new year. The following positions are still open:

    Please contact any Nominating Committee member if you have questions or would like to put your name forward.

    Nominating Committee
    Marion Stewart, Martin Buscher & Sandra Whitehead

    Announcements

    Remembrance Day:

    On November 11, we observe a moment of silence to honour the courage, valour and sacrifice of the heroes who have served – and continue to serve – Canada during times of war and conflict.

    In response to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the Town of The Blue Mountains, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Beaver Valley Legion Branch 281, will be hosting virtual Remembrance Day ceremonies to honour Canada’s Veterans. The first ceremony will take place at the 229 Bruce Street Cenotaph beginning at 11:00 a.m. The second ceremony will take place at the Ravenna Cenotaph beginning at 1:00 p.m. Both ceremonies will be live-streamed to the Town of The Blue Mountains website. The Queen’s Park Ceremony of Remembrance livestream will also take place at 10:45 am.

    In Memoriam

    David Morgan, a founding member of BVPC passed away in October. He was a past Membership Chair with his wife Margaret, and was also our newsletter editor. He was also active in Rotary and was a past president there.

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

    Do you know of a member who needs encouragement to get through a difficult period? Please do not hesitate to call on Lynn Corrigan or any of the management team.

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

    The Last Word: “Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.”
    John Rohn

    Grapevine Team

     Editor  Chris Rickard
     Photography  Cheryl Besley
     Distribution  Nancy Dixon
     Website  Nancy Dixon
     Heather Buscher

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick


      Please be advised that all events and activities of the Beaver Valley Probus Club are organized for the benefit and enjoyment of its Members. Individuals who participate do so at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.


  • October 07, 2020 20:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members, Thank you for responding to our recent survey. The Management Committee will consider your comments in planning for the future of our club.

    If you have been listening to and watching the news lately, you will be aware of the rising number of cases of COVID-19, not only in our province, but in other provinces too. Canada is not alone in experiencing a resurgence of this virus, as is being seen all over the world. We need to be ready for a second wave. Our premier, Doug Ford, has just placed more restrictions on gatherings both outside and inside. It is just not possible for our club to gather in person yet. If you have not yet downloaded the app, COVID alert, to your phone, you might consider doing so. There seems to be positive feedback for this app from those who have it.

    Fortunately, we can have our monthly meetings via Zoom, featuring our interesting speakers. We encourage you to participate in these meetings. There is a Q & A part where you can ask questions to the Speaker. Then afterward, we have a “Chat Room” where you can have a conversation with other members of our club, just as if we were having coffee time at the Community Centre. If you are wary of accessing Zoom, please see the link in our recent Survey Results email. You can also partner with a close friend to watch our next meeting. Please join us in October!

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers in the Beaver Valley Probus Club. Without them, we would not have newsletters, meetings, or activities.

    Some of our activities are continuing virtually, such as Book Clubs, Euchre and the Computer Group. Other leaders who wish to resume their activity must submit a plan to a sub-committee before they can go ahead. Their protocols must follow the Provincial Health Regulations to keep their participants safe. Activity Coordinators must feel comfortable with the protocols, in order to restart their activity. We respect their wishes.

    The UK’s National Council for Voluntary Organisations states: “People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.” If you feel a need to do something, please consider volunteering.

    We need more submissions for our newsletter. We plan to include a humour section and a recipe corner. If you have contributions for these, or any other ideas for content, please contact our newsletter editor, Chris Rickard. You could also submit photographs to Heather Buscher for our website.

    Please read the Submission from our Nominating Committee in this newsletter.

    In closing, though we may not be able to gather with our family due to COVID restrictions, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for, living here in this most beautiful part of Ontario.

    Survey Results

    Your Management Committee (MC) would like to thank all 198 members who responded to a survey about our operations during the pandemic. A synopsis of the responses is available here. Based on the survey results, the MC has taken the following steps:
    • There will be no meetings at our Community Centre for the remainder of this membership year. Instead, these meetings will be conducted online and recorded using Zoom. We have had 3 such online meetings to-date and found them to be quite educational, so please join the next ones, if you can. 
    • The membership renewal fee for 2021 will be $15 per member, which is a 50% reduction. At this level and with the anticipated number of renewing members, we expect a significant reduction in cash assets while leaving sufficient funds to potentially conduct a regular year of operations. More information about the renewal process will be sent out in early November.
    • Many of our members have expressed an interest in outdoor activities. However even prior to the pandemic, we had no leaders for some of our outdoor activities (see Activities Update article). The MC also respects the wishes of the activity leaders who are not comfortable with leading their group under the current conditions. Should you wish to serve in a leadership role, kindly contact our Activities Convenors, Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick.

    Speaker Recordings

    We have just started recording our monthly speakers, so if you are unable to join us live via zoom, you can view the video later at your convenience! Click on the image to see September's speaker, Dr. Robert Galway, compare the "Spanish" Flu of 1918 and the Novel Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020. You can also go to the Beaver Valley Probus Club YouTube channel and see the other videos posted there!

    Our Speaker on October 27

    Norine Baron
    The Stephen Lewis Foundation - Grandmothers to Grandmothers

    Although our regular, in-person meeting at the Community Center is cancelled in October due to COVID-19, Norine Baron will give her presentation online.

    You no longer have to register to join! We will send the Zoom link to all our members a couple of days before the meeting, as we now have a license for up to 200 households! (For help on how to use Zoom click here!)

    Norine was born and raised in Regina, SK. She moved to London, ON to attend UWO and lived there for 12 years, before moving to the Beaver Valley to be the manager of Kimbercote Farm – a retreat and conference centre. She worked there with Garth for 20 years. She has also worked in Simcoe County for 10 years in the field of children's nutrition.

    Norine is a founding member of Beaver Valley Outreach (1983) and is still on the Board. She is a founding member of Amnesty International Group 82 in Thornbury. She is also a member of Grace United Church, the Goldenaires choir and the TBM Climate Action Now Network.

    Norine became involved with the Stephen Lewis Foundation in 2006. She formed the local Grandmothers to Grandmother sgroup with 2 other women in 2007 and went to southern Africa with the SLF in 2008. Also, she has travelled extensively on her own, doing volunteer work.

    Norine is married to Garth and has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.

    Questions? Please contact:
    Heather Buscher (Zoom information)
    Ann Parsons (speaker information)

    Photo Corner 

    Autumn Slideshow

    Tom P took this photo of his recent fishing trip on the Beaver River!

    Click on the image to see all the autumn photos sent in by our members so far in our Autumn Slideshow

    Please keep your videos, photos & ideas coming!
    (Email Heather Buscher).

    Trivia Contest 
    Nancy Dixon

    Pride not Prize! Although there are no prizes to win this time....take the Trivia Quiz to test your sports, science, and local knowledge! Answers will be posted in the November Grapevine, along with the names of those who got a perfect score!


    Activity Groups Update
    Rick Leclair & Colleen Wilson-Dick

    Activity Coordinators Still Needed

    COVID 19 continues to throw us those “curve balls”, which makes it pretty difficult to get back in the game, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be ready for the first opportunity when it presents itself, AND it is safe to do so. Some outdoor activities could possibly resume in the future with appropriate safeguards, following provincial and local health officials’ guidelines and restrictions.

    Unfortunately, some of our outdoor activity groups with high member interest, remain without coordinators. Activities including Canoeing/Kayaking, Digital Photography, Birding and Snowshoeing, need volunteers to assist with a restart when the time is right.

    We are encouraging people to consider sharing an Activity Coordinator role. Some of the tasks that could be shared by an “Activity Coordinator Team” are: planning outings, choosing locations/routes, communicating with participants, and coordinating outing leaders. There are roles for members new to the activity, as well for those that have some experience already.

    Ultimately organizers of activity groups must be comfortable with resuming an activity before it happens. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, or would like to take on the role of coordinator, or assist, please contact Activities Co-Convenors Rick Leclair or Colleen Wilson-Dick.

    Winter Walkers
    Nancy Dixon

    The Winter Walkers group is a newly formed group, that will meet every week for a relaxing stroll through a neighbourhood in Thornbury, Meaford or the Collingwood area. The walking is easy, and we are encouraging photographs for posting on our website. The plan is to meet Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm for approximately an hour walk, from November to March (with a break in December). The day of the week may switch to Thursdays depending on the weather.

    The number of participants on each walk will be limited and other COVID-19 restrictions will apply.

    Please register for the activity if you are interested in joining. Notices will be sent out via email the week before, with walking route and additional sign-up instructions. For more information see the Winter Walkers Activity webpage.

    Georgian Probus Travel Group
    Gloria Thompson

    With any luck, we can redo Scotland in May 2021 and Croatia in the fall of 2021. This all depends on a vaccine. Seniors are at risk and there can be no compromises. We have to be flexible – Scotland and Croatia will be shifted according to the winds of COVID.

    If you are still interested in the Croatia trip that is a combination of a yacht/bike week and a land tour week, please contact Jacqui at 647-404-9380 and have her add your name to the list for the fall of 2021. Hopefully, we will be able to offer Madeira and Portugal later.

    Best to all on behalf of the GPTG

    Paddleboarding
    Ilene Charland

    The season was short, but fun. A few Probus members met weekly from late July until early September on their paddle boards. Being a small group, we could easily maintain social distance as we paddled along the shores of beautiful Georgian Bay. Sometimes the water was calm and almost glassy, other days we were thrilled by small waves. See the Paddleboarding Slideshow for photos.

    Thanks to all who participated. See you next season!

    Nordic Pole Walking
    Nancy Hart

    The pole walking group usually has its final walk around the end of October, which will not be happening this year. Unfortunately, this year we didn’t even have our first walk of the season let alone anything in between. When the weather is fine, pole walking  is a great way to get outside, take in the fresh air, get some exercise and enjoy the fall colours. It is also very good for your mental health!

    Later, when the snow flies, use your poles when you are snowshoeing or just out for a walk in the snow. Remove the rubber booties from the end of the poles and attach the snow baskets. Snow baskets for the Poles 4 Life brand of poles can be purchased from the Thornbury Pharma Save. Probus members get a 20% discount.

    Hopefully next spring we will be able to meet again.

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

    Our Master Gardener's Corner by John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario, has moved online. Look for the Gardening Tips on our web Homepage (scroll down on the right-hand side) or click here to see what you need to be doing in your garden in October!



    BVPC Management Committee Openings

    This is your opportunity to volunteer to be on the 2021 Management Committee. The following positions are open:

    Please contact any Nominating Committee member if you have questions or would like to put your name forward.

    Nominating Committee
    Marion Stewart, Martin Buscher & Sandra Whitehead

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

    Do you know of a member who needs encouragement to get through a difficult period? Please do not hesitate to call on Lynn Corrigan or any of the management team.

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

    The Last Word: “I don't know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.”
    John Glenn

    Grapevine Team

     Editor  Chris Rickard
     Photography  Cheryl Besley
     Distribution  Nancy Dixon
     Website  Nancy Dixon
     Heather Buscher

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick


      Please be advised that all events and activities of the Beaver Valley Probus Club are organized for the benefit and enjoyment of its Members. Individuals who participate do so at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.


  • September 14, 2020 10:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    I hope that you have all had an enjoyable summer. The weather has certainly been in our favour for outdoor activities!

    These are still very uncertain times due to COVID-19. We are not yet able to meet as a group in person which is very unfortunate for our club. However, we are continuing to reach out to our members via e-mails, the Grapevine, and our website. Additionally, we offer our "meetings" on-line with our virtual speakers, thanks to the work of our Speaker Chair, Ann Parsons and our Zoom Coordinator, Martin Buscher.

    Throughout the summer Nancy Dixon and Heather Buscher hosted a photo contest. Locations of interest were photographed and members could guess where the photo was taken. I would like to thank Nancy and Heather for their initiative in providing everyone with a fun activity! The winners are announced in this edition of the Grapevine.

    If you have been creative or have tried a new venture this summer, we would like to hear from you. It could be anything from crafts, recipes, a hike, or an interesting photo. Provide a photograph and brief description of your activity to our Web Coordinator, Heather Buscher, and it will be placed on our website www.beavervalleyprobus.com.

    The Management Committee continues to meet via Zoom. Don't forget to register for our next meeting on Tuesday, September 22 to listen to our Speaker, Dr. Robert Galway!

    Stay safe by wearing your mask, staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from others and washing your hands. These are just a few of the Ontario Health guidelines which we should all be following.

    The changing of seasons brings us cooler weather and some nice days ahead!


    Survey Reminder

    We need your input! If you haven't already done so, please fill out the short member survey TODAY! 

    PROBUS CANADA

    PROUS CANADA, on behalf of all members,  placed this Thank You letter in the National edition of the Globe and Mail on June 6.

    You can also view the PROBUS CANADA July Newsletter on their website.

    Our Speaker on September 22

    Dr. Robert Galway
    "Comparing the Pandemic of 1918 to Covid19"

    Although our regular in-person, meeting at the Community Center is cancelled in September due to COVID-19, Dr. Galway will give his presentation online (Zoom).

    For security reasons, we ask that you login to the BVPC website and Register before September 20 and you will be sent a link to the webcast with simple instructions on how to join a few days before. Although we are limited to 100 spots, a waitlist will be available and offer spots that become open. You can also register now and cancel your registration on or before September 20 if your plans change. Only one member in the household needs to register, if you are sharing the same computer screen or tablet!

    Robert Galway was born in Kenora, Ont. and grew up in the Red Lake area. In those days the community had no road connection with the outside world and planes outnumbered cars by10:1. During High School, he would load freight for the local Trapping and Commercial Fishing Operators at the Green Airways Base in exchange for flying in the right seat of George Green's first Stinson Reliant CF-BGN.

    In 1958, he graduated from U of T with a B.A. after studying Economics and Geology. This was financed by working in mining exploration carrying out Geophysical assignments throughout Ontario, Quebec and Labrador.

    With a lull in the mining game, Robert returned to Medical School graduating in 1963.
    Following further training at U of T and McGill, he completed specialization receiving a FRCS(C) degree in Orthopaedic Surgery from the Royal College in 1970.

    During the first two decades of practice he shared ownership in a Cessna Skylane, CF-ZBB. He flew it and a Cessna Centurion 210, CF-YCP, conducting medical clinics throughout Northern Ontario, including in the towns of Timmins, Kapuskasing, and Moose Factory. Robert retired after 30 years of practice and returned to aviation not as a pilot but as an aviation historian.

    Photo Corner 

    Swans on Georgian Bay

    Caroline B took this photo of the Swans in her backyard! Click to enlarge photo...

    Please keep your videos, photos & ideas coming!
    (Email Heather Buscher).


    Summer Contest Winners
    Nancy Dixon

    Thanks to all our Contest Participants this summer. Our contest became a great and a fun experience for both Heather and me. I enjoyed the covertness of sneaking photos, and tried not to get arrested for trespassing. Thanks to Heather for providing the most difficult photo to solve, of the waterfall. The creativity of some of your explanations of the local shots made the event worth doing! We presented the winners with their prizes at the conclusion of the contest.

    Our winners are:

    • First Place - Shauna Lathe 
    • Second Place -  Marion Stewart 
    • Third Place (2-way tie) - Maureen Hussey
    • Third Place (2-way tie) - Dwight & Sonja Dyson 

    Watch for our new Trivia contest this fall! Thanks again to all who participated.
    To see all the Winners and the Answers check out the results page on the website!


    Activity Groups Update
    Rick Leclair & Colleen Wilson-Dick

    Paddleboarding
    Ilene Charland

    Does standing (kneeling or even sitting) on a board cruising along in Georgian Bay appeal to you? Well, this is what the paddleboarding activity group has been doing weekly at Christie Beach. We were thrilled to get the 'go ahead' to start our activity in the middle of July and have enjoyed some tranquil and calm days on the water, along with more challenging rides in the waves.  It has been a wonderful opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones, while respecting physical distancing. We are hoping to get out a few more times in September before saying "See you next year". Click on the image to see the Paddleboarding Slideshow!

    Dining around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    The September dinner at the Walters Falls Inn has been cancelled.


    The Master Gardener’s Corner

    Our Master Gardener's Corner by John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario, has moved online. Look for the Gardening Tips on our web Homepage (scroll down on the right-hand side) or click here to see what you need to be doing in your garden in September!



    Community Announcement

    “Our Military Heritage” Exhibit:  The Craigleith Heritage Depot would like to invite Beaver Valley Probus members and their families to join us at the Royal Canadian Legion Beaver Valley 281 for the launch of the “Our Military Heritage” exhibit, September 19 at 2 pm. This exhibit was created in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada on the military heritage of the Blue Mountains. See photos, artifacts, memoirs, and add your family's story to our ever-growing community exhibit! Cash bar & refreshments. All ages welcome. This is a free, registered event, approved by the Grey Bruce Health Unit for Covid-19 protocols. Click here for Programme and Registration details

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

    Do you know of a member who needs encouragement to get through a difficult period? Please do not hesitate to call on Lynn Corrigan or any of the management team.

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

    Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving. 
    Albert Einstein

    Grapevine Team

     Editor  Chris Rickard
     Distribution  Nancy Dixon
     Website  Nancy Dixon
     Heather Buscher

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick


      Please be advised that all events and activities of the Beaver Valley Probus Club are organized for the benefit and enjoyment of its Members. Individuals who participate do so at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.


  • July 06, 2020 19:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Under normal circumstances we would be enjoying our Annual Picnic outdoors on July 7th!

    We would be sitting under a tree or a canopy visiting with friends and chatting with new people. We would perhaps try our hand at games such as, “Corn in the Hole” or “Chipping and Putting”, which were introduced last year. However, the real draw would be Bocce, the most popular activity at the picnic since 2003. You can read about the History of the game of Bocce with the Beaver Valley Probus Club in this newsletter. It is interesting how this game has progressed throughout the years.

    The weather has certainly been glorious this week. Summer has finally arrived! I hope that you enjoy some time with your circle of friends and family this summer whether it be having picnics, suppers outside on your patio or walks in the park.

    Your Management Committee has been meeting regularly every month since March by Zoom. We will keep you posted on any new developments that may occur over the months of July and August. In the meantime, take good care of yourself and others. Please continue to adhere to the Social Distancing and Hygiene guidelines provided by our Provincial Health Authorities to keep us safe.  

    We are still updating the website regularly. Please continue to submit your photos and ideas of how to keep busy. We are looking for pet photos, recipes, internet memes and videos too! Email your submissions to beavervalleyprobus@gmail.com or Heather Buscher.


    Social Distancing - Meme of the Month

    *Photo and caption submitted by Thomas Paech.


    Field Bocce Tournament History

    Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Beaver Valley Probus Club unfortunately had to cancel the annual Summer Picnic and Bocce Tournament in July. 

    The Bocce Tournament really is an important part of our Club history. It was introduced at the Picnic in 2003, by Jim and Sandi Hamilton and has been an annual competition ever since.

    And now, Ken Kelley, who has done an amazing job for the last 10 years organizing the Bocce Tournament, needs to pass on the torch for 2021.

    If any players are willing to step up to organize for next year, please let Ken know. He is happy to help with the transition, and we certainly have lots of time to plan at the moment!

    We would like to thank Ken for all his time and effort that he put in to make Bocce happen over the years,  so that Probus members - both participants and spectators - could enjoy the tournament.

    Our Bocce - a Game of Skill?

    We play field Bocce, where 16 teams compete and the variables are infinite. In spite of this we have had a number of repeat winners with various partners.

    • Peter & Susan Boehm - 2003, 2015
    • Nancy & Guy Harris - Doreen & Murray Lamont - 2005, 2006, 2008
    • Terry & Merle White - 2009, 2010, 2016, 2017
    • Sharyl & George Peterson - 2013, 2018, 2019
    • Lou & Ward Fowler - 2018, 2019

    Memorable Moments

    Ken has many wonderful memories of the Bocce tournaments, but the one tournament that stands out in particular, is the summer of 2011. 

    "On game day we often have teams who are short players and spectators are recruited to fill in. In 2011 none of Craig Wright’s team were available and three spectators volunteered.  

    And the 2011Champions were - Craig Wright, Cathy Seidel, Tom Patterson and Peter Roberts!

    Variable conditions and often various partners have proven the skill of multiple Bocce Champions, but on a given day any one of the 16 teams can be a Bocce Champion!"

    You can read more details about the history of this event, see our wonderful referees, and the complete list of Champions back to 2003 on our Picnic & Bocce Event webpage. You can also view the slideshows of the 2019 Tournament and 2018 Tournament.

    Beaver Valley Probus Club Bocce Champions :

    • 2019 - George & Sharyl Peterson, Lou & Ward Fowler
    • 2018 - George & Sharyl Peterson, Lou & Ward Fowler
    • 2017 - Meryl & Terry White, Jerry Primak, John Hopper
    • 2016 - Meryl & Terry White, Nancy & Jerry Primak
    • 2015 - Peter & Susan Boehm, Cam & Donna Cleary
    • 2014 - Rained out
    • 2013 - Sharyl & George Petterson, Don & Diane Ellis
    • 2012 - Jim & Eileen Scott, Dave & Eileen Robinson
    • 2011 - Craig Wright, Cathy Seidle, Tom Patterson, Peter Roberts
    • 2010 - John & Lynn Corrigan, Terry & Meryl White

    Photo Corner - Video Edition

    Beaver Valley Probus Club is now on YouTube! Several of our members shared with us some entertaining moments they have experienced during the pandemic. Check out the new videos and please keep your videos, photos and recipes coming! (Email Heather Buscher).


    Beating the Covid Blues - Video Edition


    Making Sourdough: 
    Many members have taken up baking and a few have sent in their success stories. This video, sent in by Carol H, highlights something "a little different" in their sourdough bread attempt! Click on the image to view the video...




    Ragnar the Robot: 
    Most people have seen a Roomba in action to vacuum floors, but have you seen a robot cutting the lawn? Nancy and Paul D let Ragnar the Robot do all the work to mow their yard. Ragnar looks like a mini-corvette, is pollution free and charges itself for only a couple of loonies per month in electricity. Click on the image to view the video...




    The Only Way to Fly:
    (for right now anyway...)
     

    Martin B has taken to building model airplanes and enjoying the great outdoors while flying them.(Most of the planes are actually 3D printed). Click on the image to view the video...



    You can also check out the Beating the Blues Photo Album here for other ways that our members have found to adapt to the new normal. Several new photos were added in July already.


    Contest: Where Am I?

    BVPC is having a Summer Photo Contest! There will be a series of 6 photos posted to the website each Tuesday, for the next 6 weeks. The first three members to correctly guess the location of all 6 photos will win a Mystery Prize! (You must answer the quiz online. No login needed to play!)

    Do you know where this photo was taken? If so click on the photo, or type your answer here!

    Activity Groups Update
    Rick Leclair & Colleen Wilson-Dick

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    The Computer Group met again in June (via Zoom), for an overview of How the Internet Works - from backbone to the inner workings of a webpage. You can take a look at the material presented during the session, or sign up for the Computer Group activity to learn about similar topics! The next meeting is in September and will feature how to use Google Sheets (an Excel alternative spreadsheet).

    Book Clubs

    Two of our Probus Book Club activity groups have been holding Zoom meetings, while they are unable to meet in person. Book Club - Chapter Three, led by Val Jones, have met via Zoom for May and June and are planning to do the same in July. Book Club - Chapter Four, led by Cathie Gellatly, has been meeting regularly via Zoom in March, April, May and June. They will be taking a break now until September.

    Book Club Reading Lists:
    Just a reminder that you can check out the reading lists on the Book Club Activity Pages to add to your summer reading! 
    Euchre 2
    Allan Smith

    Members of the Euchre 2 activity group have been playing Euchre online, using the trickstercards platform. Groups of 4 can reserve a table to meet and play!

    Recreational Cycling Group
    Caroline Bacher

    Many of our cycling members are biking on their own or with a partner. If you are looking for easy cycling routes, you can check out the Recreational Cycling Group Activity Page for some "Recommended Biking Routes". Please make sure you are social distancing from other riders when cycling. 


    Reflections


    The Master Gardener’s Corner

    Our Master Gardener's Corner by John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario, has moved online. Look for the Gardening Tips on our web Homepage (scroll down on the right-hand side) or click here to see what you need to be doing in your garden in July!


    A big thank you to everyone who turned out for our COVID Plant Sale at St. George’s, the Anglican Parish for the Blue Mountains, in Clarksburg. It opened at 7 am and by 10:20, the 637 potted plants were all gobbled up!

    In Memoriam

    Martin Sinclair passed away in early June. He and his wife of 60 years, Catherine,  have been Probus members since 2013.

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

    Do you know of a member who needs encouragement to get through a difficult period? Please do not hesitate to call on Lynn Corrigan or any of the management team.

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

    The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.
    Tony  Robbins

    Grapevine Team

     Editor  Chris Rickard
     Photographer  Cheryl Besley
     Distribution  Nancy Dixon
     Website  Nancy Dixon
     Heather Buscher

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick

     
      Please be advised that all events and activities of the Beaver Valley Probus Club are organized for the benefit and enjoyment of its Members. Individuals who participate do so at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.


  • June 08, 2020 14:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    It is difficult to keep spirits up when we have experienced self-isolation and social distancing for almost three months now. However, we have to remember that “this too shall pass”.

    On a personal note, Spring is one of my favourite seasons. I enjoy bird watching and spend much of my time in early Spring, before the leaves are fully out in the trees, identifying the many species that come through our yard. We always have a little House Wren who returns every year to the small birdhouse that I hang on the same tree for her. I have learned to identify a few different warblers and finches. There are many types of sparrows too!

    Some of us who have gardens have been able to get outside to tend to them. It is hard work but the reward of seeing the beautiful flowers later is worth the effort. The trees are beginning to bud and there are blossoms on trees. We have so much to be thankful for even during these stressful times.

    We are very fortunate to live in this beautiful area of the Blue Mountains. It has much to offer in the way of outdoor activities whether it be walking, hiking, cycling, driving on your motorcycle or in your car with the top down. Golf courses are open for those of you who enjoy golfing.

    When you are at home there are many activities that you can do on your computer or I-pad. There are websites for card games and trivia games which are listed in this newsletter.

    Keep your ideas coming! Submit your self-isolating photos and include your pet too! Send in recipes and ideas of how our members can keep busy. We all need to have something to lift our spirits!

    Submit them to beavervalleyprobus@gmail.com or Heather Buscher. They will be posted on our website for all to enjoy.

    In closing, I wish you all good health throughout the summer. I hope that we will be able to meet again in person. Until then, be kind to one another.

    Calendar

      20 June 2020 St. Georges Annual Plant Sale, Clarksburg
      23 June 2020 Online Presentation - Speaker: Tim Burrows
      27 August 2020 CANCELLED - King's Wharf Theatre Outing: Rock of Ages
      21 October 2020 CANCELLED - Stratford Trip: Spamalot


    Things To Do While Social Distancing

    Please share your ideas with an email to Chris Rickard!

    Check out the online Card Games! Borrowed from Donna Hurst, Harbourlands Probus Club.

    Bridge Base Online is a great way to play online bridge for free!
    https://www.bridgebase.com/

    Trickster.com also has all kinds of online card games: Spades, Euchre, Hearts and more! Play with family, friends, or be matched with other online players at your skill level! https://www.trickstercards.com/  

    Quizwitz.com - a free trivia game that you can play on your smartphone or tablet - alone or with friends. You must sign-up to use. https://www.quizwitz.com/

    "Up Here in  Canada" - View this uplifting video by Clark W. Submitted by Elsbeth Wright.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37nGeXn2K9c


    My Covid-19 Story
    Seija Wolf

    As you might know, we finally sold our house in January 2020, with an April 1st closing date. We were moving into a retirement home and could not take much with us. Our online auction to get rid of most of our belongings had to be cancelled. Getting help with the move was impossible, and the list of things we could not do goes on and on.

    Well, April 1st came and we moved to Chartwell to find out that we were locked in. No visitors and not being able to go out has been quite a challenge. Anyway, we will survive. George has his music. He donated his organ to Chartwell, so it is here for him to enjoy. First two weeks it was locked up, but then a decision was made to let him play and enjoy.

    I picked up crocheting again and have enjoyed having my fingers busy. Basically I have made just little doilies etc. and I will use them as Christmas presents later (if we ever get out of here). My daughter Julie, who is also an avid crocheter belongs to a Crochet Group on Facebook and she posted a picture of my doilies on the group’s Facebook page. As of today I have had 2098 likes. Can you believe that?

    So whatever the situation, don’t let it get you down, be innovative and use you time wisely. And be safe.


    Photo Corner

    Several of our members shared with us how they were finding new ways to keep their spirits high during the pandemic! Check out the new photos and please keep your photos and recipes coming! (Email Heather Buscher).


    Beating the COVID Blues


    Members have started knitting, chainsaw sculpting, even foraging for mushrooms this past month. They are zooming, walking, painting, adopting pets and adapting to the new normal! Check out the Beating the Blues Photo Album here ...





    Pottery Club 


    See the slideshow of the wonderful works created by members of the Pottery Club in classes prior to the COVID closures. 


    You can click on the images to see the new photos sent in by our members, or go the Photos section of our website!




    Our Speaker on June 23 - Online only

    Tim Burrows - Electric Vehicle Society
    "Should Your Next Car Be Electric?"

    Although our regular in-person, meeting at the Community Center is cancelled in June due to COVID-19, Tim Burrows our scheduled speaker, will give his presentation online.

    Tim Burrows is a retired Vice President of Forty Creek Distillery and a graduate of the University of Toronto where he earned an honours degree in psychology. He has owned and driven battery-electric cars for the past 7 years and has logged over 250,000 kilometres without the need for gasoline or diesel fuel.

    Tim chairs the Mississauga Chapter of the Electric Vehicle Society, a nonprofit organization which works to promote the understanding and adoption of electric mobility in Canada. 

    He now enjoys sharing his EV experience with others and breaks down many myths and misconceptions about electric vehicle ownership. Tim makes the case that we are nearing the ‘tipping point’ when electric cars will replace those powered by gasoline. He also touches on the state of self driving technology and what autonomous cars could mean for the future.


    For security reasons, we ask that you login to the BVPC website and Register before June 22, and you will be sent a link to the webcast with simple instructions on how to join a few days before. Although we are limited to 100 spots, a waitlist will be available and offer spots that become open. You can also register now and cancel your registration on or before June 21 if your plans change. Only one member in the household needs to register, if you are sharing the same computer screen or tablet!

    For Questions Contact:
    Heather Buscher (Registration, help with Zoom)
    Ann Parsons (Speakers Chair)

    Website 

    Check the website often!
    Heather Buscher

    Don't forget to regularly check our website. You don't need to login in order to see upcoming Events, view Activity pages, Master Gardener tips, or flip through our Photos that are updated regularly!


    You will need to login to the website to view our private membership directory online or register for certain events, like our June online speaker. If you would like help creating a password, or registering for an event, please let Heather know. She is happy to help or can even register for you.

    Need help with Zoom?

    Many of our members are still figuring out how to use Zoom effectively, whether chatting with family or tuning into the Probus monthly speakers. Zoom menus are a little different for every device, so using it on your desktop computer is not exactly the same as on the ipad or iphone. Here is a checklist of what to get familiar with, before you attend a zoom meeting: 

    • Does the Zoom software or app need to be installed?
    • Is the sound turned on? (Use the computer or internet audio)
    • Can you mute, and unmute yourself? (You should be muted unless you are actually speaking...)
    • Can you turn on and off your video? (You may not want others to see you snack during a zoom session!)
    • Do you know how to use the Chat function to ask a question?
    • Do you know how to set the view to see only the speaker, or to see all participants? You might need to use the Gallery view mode, or swipe screen left or right if you are on a tablet or smartphone.
    If you want to check whether your Zoom is working,  Heather can create a short practice session with you, to make sure everything is up-and-running for your next Zoom meeting. Please give Heather a call to arrange a time!


    Activity Groups Update

    Recreational Cycling Group
    Caroline Bacher

    Although we are not cycling together, Caroline Bacher sent a list of six "Recommended Biking Routes" to her group so that they could try them out with their partners or alone. She reiterated the importance of social distancing from other riders when cycling. Caroline also sent "Tips for Safety" when cycling. You can also view these on the Recreational Cycling Activity webpage.

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    Phishing is a word used when criminals try to make us do things that give them access to our computers or online accounts, targeting our identity or our money. The Computer Group had a great session (via Zoom), discussing how to recognize such attempts, and what to do and, in particular, what not to do here! You can take a look at the material used during the session, or sign up for the Computer Group activity to learn about similar topics!

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman
    • June – Barcelos in Wasaga Beach has been cancelled.
    • September – The Falls Inn in Walter’s Falls is still a 'go' at this time.

    Activities eFair 2020

    Activity Coordinators Still Needed 
    Rick Leclair
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

    We had a fantastic response for activity registration that continued on through May.  However some of the activities had large numbers of registrants, but still have no one volunteering to lead the activities yet! It would really be a shame if these activities  could not continue! Currently the following activities are on hold until Activity Coordinators are found: 

    • Canoeing & Kayaking
    • Digital Photography
    • Birding
    • Snowshoeing 
    We are encouraging people to consider sharing an Activity Coordinator role. Some of the tasks that could be shared by an “Activity Coordinator Team” are: planning outings, choosing locations/routes, communicating with participants, and coordinating outing leaders. There are roles for members new to the activity, as well for those that have some experience already. If you are willing to co-share an activity leader role, please give Rick or Colleen a call.

    Father's Day Reflections

    "Having children is like living in a frat house.  Nobody sleeps, everything's broken, and there's a lot of throwing up..." Ray Romano

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

    Our Master Gardener's Corner by John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario, has moved online. Look for the Gardening Tips on our web Homepage (scroll down on the right-hand side) or click here to see what you need to be doing in your garden in June!


    St. George's Annual Plant Sale Notice: 

    St. George's, the Anglican Parish for the Blue Mountains, has obtained approval from the Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health to hold its annual plant sale on June 20 @ 7 AM, under special Covid-19 circumstances. Over 600 potted unique perennials and 90 named daylilies from a well-known local garden will be for sale. Click here to see the full notice for details including safety precautions.

    In Memoriam

    Walter Mount, who was a Probus member from 2009 to 2016, passed away in May. He will be fondly remembered for the many nature walks he led for members.

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

    Do you know of a member who needs encouragement to get through a difficult period? Please do not hesitate to call on Lynn Corrigan or any of the management team.

    Just for Fun

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

    How you imagine the world determines how you live in it.
    David Suzuki

    Grapevine Team

     Editor  Chris Rickard
     Photographer  Cheryl Besley
     Distribution  Nancy Dixon
     Website  Nancy Dixon
     Heather Buscher

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick

     
      Please be advised that all events and activities of the Beaver Valley Probus Club are organized for the benefit and enjoyment of its Members. Individuals who participate do so at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.


  • May 07, 2020 16:43 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BV President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Research shows that random acts of kindness and sharing have a proven beneficial effect on our mental and physical health. During this time of isolation, we are unable to support each other and connect face-to-face as we normally do. As a substitute, many of you are embarking on new hobbies and challenges, whether it be breaking open a previously under-appreciated puzzle, learning a new language or skilled trade, or brushing up on your technological skills to stay in touch.

    If you are interested in sharing your new-found skills or hobbies, please send a photo to our Web Coordinator, Heather Buscher (her address can be found in your pink directory or the directory on our website). Heather is putting together a slide show of member projects, which will be made available on our new website under the Latest Photos section on the right hand side. Click on the image to view.

    Our Management Committee is working behind the scenes and trying to find new ways of connecting with members. If you have any questions or need assistance or support, please reach out to any of the following: Lynn Corrigan, Vicki and Terry Kellar, Heather Buscher, Hank Bouwman, Ann Parsons, Nancy Seppala and Caroline Bacher. We are here to help! You can find our contact info on the website directory or in your pink printed directory.

    We have cancelled our in-person meetings in May and June. Other events have also been cancelled. Please go to our website www.beavervalleyprobus.com to view.

    As always, please follow the guidelines of our health officials and stay safe until we meet again.

    Calendar

      1-April - 31 May 2020 Activity Registration continues online
      26 May 2020 Online Presentation - Speaker: Erica Angus
      27 August 2020 King's Wharf Theatre Outing: Rock of Ages
      21 October 2020 CANCELLED - Stratford Trip: Spamalot


    COVID-19 Information

    Beating the Self-isolation Blues

    Several of our members shared with us how they were finding new ways to keep their spirits high during the pandemic! Check out the new photos and recipes... Please keep your photos and recipes coming! (Email Heather Buscher).

    Photo Corner
    Members have started sewing, painting, and baking. They are walking, adopting pets and adapting to the new normal!

    Click on the image to see more photos sent in by our members!

    Recipe Corner
    Like so many other folks, John H has started baking. He has assured us that the bagels are even better than they look! Two disappeared before the photo could be taken, and two more disappeared before he could send the photo in! You can find the recipe here...

    Click on the image to see more recipes sent in by our members!

    Our Speaker on May 26 - Online only

    Erica Angus - Executive Director, Theatre Collingwood
    Put More PLAY in Your Life
    !

    Although our regular in-person, monthly meeting at the Community Center is cancelled due to COVID-19, Erica has kindly agreed to give her presentation online.

    For security reasons, we ask that you login to the BVPC website and Register before May 22, and you will be sent a link to the webcast with simple instructions on how to join a few days before. Although we are limited to 100 spots, we will open up a waitlist and offer spots that become open. You can also register now and cancel your registration on or before May 22 if your plans change. Only one member in the household needs to register, if you are sharing the same computer screen or tablet! Please contact Heather Buscher for registration help.

    Registration

    Erica Angus came to work as Executive Director for Theatre Collingwood in 2013.  The company had been producing shows in-house since 1984 but the Board of Directors was looking for a new direction and someone who could bring in outside talent. Erica brought with her to Collingwood a wealth of experience in the arts and culture sector.  She has worked with many of Canada's most talented performers.  Read her full bio here.

    Each year at Theatre Collingwood Erica and her team present approximately 12 shows/events.  It is a heavy workload but one that is both challenging and exciting.  No year has been as challenging as 2020, and although it has been filled with  uncertainty, Erica feels it has also brought with it "gifts" which will strengthen the company's ability to Put More PLAY in Your Life!

    Website 

    How to get Website Help
    Heather Buscher

    Hopefully you have all seen the emails on how to login to the new website in April. More than 225 members were able to login and access the online membership Directory or register for Activities before May 1!

    If you need help getting started, try the step-by-step instructions below or reach out to Heather Buscher. She is happy to help with login questions or registering for an event!

    Activity Groups Update

    Georgian Probus Travel Group
    Gloria Thompson
    As more is learned about COVID-19, the more we realize that perhaps the Scotland trip next October is premature. It is beginning to sound like life will be somewhat tentative until there is a vaccine. So, yet again, there are changes:
    1. Islands and Highlands of Scotland: We are trying for 08-23 May 2021. Your deposits will be honoured. Contact is Gloria 6705-429-9455
    2. Croatia tour: The land tour starts 11 September, followed by the yacht/bike program 19-26 Sept 2021. For information and to make a deposit, contact Jacquie 747-404-9380.
    3. Portugal and Madeira: May 2022...TBA
    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman
    • June – Barcelos in Wasaga Beach has been cancelled.
    • September – The Falls Inn in Walter’s Falls is still a 'go' at this time.
    Hiking Group
    Cynthia Sampson

    Hiking is, of course, suspended until restrictions are eased.  Some time ago Dennis Knight provided me with a great list of hikes that he was/is willing to lead for us this summer, but many of them will not happen. Realistically, July is the earliest we can hope for, so the following are possible:

    • Friday, July 3:  Trout Hollow
    • Tuesday, July 7:  Bognor Marsh

    Even if you are already on the previous mailing list for hiking, please register online. The deadline for the Activities eFair has been extended to May 31st.

    Activities eFair 2020

    Activities eFair Extended By Popular Demand to May 31st!
    Rick Leclair
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

    The Beaver Valley Probus Club’s Activities “eFair” has been well received by members. Once you get the hang of logging into the website and navigating around, it’s really pretty easy. If you haven’t yet set up your password to access all the features of our website, please do. You can find an excellent instructional slideshow on how to login available from the Login Help on our main web page. To date we have close to 800 registrations when you tally up numbers for each activity group. Our dining, cycling, and hiking groups alone make up over 60% of the registrations so far!

    There is still time to sign up for our great variety of activities! We have extended the eFair to May 31st, 2020 to give members every opportunity to register for the first time or add to your existing list of activities. When the green flag is waved and we are able to resume club activities our activity groups will hit the ground running!

    Activities



    Activity Coordinators Still Needed:

    It would be a shame to have some of our popular activities not continue! At present activities including, Canoeing & Kayaking, Digital Photography, Birding and Snowshoeing are on hold until Activity Coordinators are found for each group. Based on registrations so far this year there is a lot of interest in these groups. Unfortunately, they remain inactive until volunteers step up. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity or would like to take on the role of coordinator (or are willing to assist) please contact our Activities Co-convenors: Colleen Wilson-Dick or Rick Leclair

    Theatre Event - not cancelled so far!


    Rock of Ages: A Totally Rad ‘80s Musical
    Vicki Kellar

    Once again our Club has arranged tickets for a Drayton Festival Theatre Event at King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene. Fans of '80s arena hard rock music will dig this awesomely hilarious musical comedy that wails with big chords, big hair ... and an even bigger heart.

    • Date: Thurs. Aug. 27, 2PM show 
    • Group Rate: $44.32/ticket  (payment instructions to follow closer to date)
    • Location: King’s Wharf Theatre, 97 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene
    • Driving arrangements: should be made individually. A group dinner will be arranged closer to the date.

    Please register online or contact Vicki Kellar.  This event is expected to sell-out, so please register as soon as possible. First-come, first-served.

    Mother's Day Reflections


    The Master Gardener’s Corner

    Our Master Gardener's Corner by John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardners of Ontario, has moved online. Look for the Gardening Tips on our web Homepage (scroll down on the right hand side) or click here to see what you need to be doing in your garden in May!

    Brain Teaser - Crime and Treason - Rhyme and Reason

    Each pair of words below is a disguised rhyme of a familiar phrase. For example the title of this puzzle "Crime and Treason" would be the clue for the answer "Rhyme and reason". Spoiler Alert: Answers at bottom!

    1. Sleuth and Trail
    2. Fork and Greens
    3. Draw and Border
    4. Ruts and Jolts
    5. Jars and Pipes
    6. Yak and Gnu
    7. Pride and Chic
    8. Stencil and Scraper

    Thanks to Candace Walmsley of the Muskoka North Probus Chapter for sharing!

    Vacancy on the Nominating Committee

    Your Probus nominating committee is looking for a member to join the committee for 2020-2021. The nominating committee selects a slate of candidates for consideration for officers of the club at the AGM.

    Our bylaws stipulate that at least one member of the committee should be from the membership at large.  Please volunteer if this is something of interest to you, and contact Past President Marion Stewart, Committee Chair. Her contact information can be found in the online directory, as well as the pink printed version.

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

    Do you know of a member who needs encouragement to get through a difficult period? Please do not hesitate to call on Lynn Corrigan or any of the management team.

    Brain Teaser: Crime and Treason Answers
    1. Sleuth and Trail – Tooth and Nail
    2. Fork and Greens – Pork and Beans
    3. Draw and Border – Law and Order
    4. Ruts and Jolts – Nuts and Bolts 
    5. Jars and Pipes – Stars and Stripes 
    6. Yak and Gnu – Black and Blue 
    7. Pride and Chic – Hide and Seek 
    8. Stencil and Scraper – Pencil and Paper

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

    Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.
    W.P. Kinsella

    Grapevine Team

     Editor  Chris Rickard
     Photographer  Cheryl Besley
     Distribution  Nancy Dixon
     Website  Nancy Dixon
     Heather Buscher

    Activity Groups: Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-convenors: Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick

     
      Please be advised that all events and activities of the Beaver Valley Probus Club are organized for the benefit and enjoyment of its Members. Individuals who participate do so at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.


  • April 05, 2020 12:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    "April showers bring May flowers"

    This is a lovely quote for Spring, and it should lift up our hearts to know that Spring is coming amid all of this chaos.  Let’s hope that the flowers will bloom, the grass will get greener and the temperature will get warmer soon!  We have that to look forward to!

    This is a very stressful time for all of us as we wait out this Pandemic of major proportions.  We are doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by cancelling regular meetings and suspending small group activities for our Probus club.  Trips have also been cancelled until further notice.

    It is also very difficult for us to be physically apart from our families at this time, especially with Easter approaching and other special events, like birthdays.  You have time now to work on hobbies and try new ones!

    I hope that you can get outside for a walk and enjoy some of the sunny days. Soon we will be able to do some gardening as well.

    We are here to help you. If you are in need of assistance, such as having   questions that are not health related, just chatting, or to pick up a few groceries or drugstore items, you may contact the following members who have generously volunteered to take your calls.

    • Lynn Corrigan, Support Group
    • Vicki and Terry Kellar, Membership
    • Heather Buscher, Website Coordinator
    • Hank Bouwman, Director at Large
    • Ann Parsons, Speaker Chair
    • Nancy Seppala, Co-Secretary
    • Caroline Bacher, President

    Our contact information is in the Pink Directory or you may access the Directory on our new website:  beavervalleyprobus.com

    For your information, I have compiled the phone numbers and websites of our local health authorities and hospitals as well as government websites below.

    I believe that we are going to return to routines in different ways. Life is not going to be “as usual”.  We have all been affected by this Pandemic and will go forward in our own individual way.

    I wish you and your families good health in the coming days.

    Calendar 

      28 April 2020 CANCELLED: Activities Fair
      1 April - 1 May 2020 Activities eFair Online
      27 August 2020 King's Wharf Theatre Outing: Rock of Ages
      21 October 2020 Stratford Trip: Spamalot


    COVID-19 Information

    Local Hospitals and Health Units Information

    Grey Bruce Health Services: (519) 376-2121 www.gbhs.on.ca/covid-19/
    Owen Sound Hospital:1800 8th Street East.
    Go to the website for instructions. Use the self-assessment tool to determine how to seek further care, before going to the hospital. 

    Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: Health Connection (705) 721-7520 or www.smdhu.org
    Collingwood General and Marine Hospital: 459 Hume St. Collingwood or 
    www.cgmh.on.ca 

    Go to the website for instructions. Use the self-assessment tool to determine how to seek further care, before going to the hospital.

    Website Updates 

    New Website Launched on March 15 
    Heather Buscher

    You have probably already noticed the new website, which was launched on March 15. All of the things that you are used to seeing are still there - the Photos, Newsletters and Activity pages -  with a new updated look. This web platform will save our volunteers hours of work behind the scenes, but also offers some new "Members-Only" features.

    Check out the online Directory to find a fellow member's contact details or use the online Registration to sign up for an Activity group or theatre event with a single click. You can even update your own contact information using the My profile link in the top right corner. Just create a password and login, and these extra features will be available to you! Click here to see the new step-by-step instructions to create a password!

    Please feel free to contact Heather Buscher if you have any issues logging in or registering for an event!

    Activity Groups Update

    Georgian Probus Travel Group
    Gloria Thompson
    • Highland and Islands of Scotland: This trip is postponed until  October 3-18, 2020. The deposits will be honoured for the new dates. Please contact Gloria at 705-429-9455. Hope and pray this virus will be a distant memory by then.
    • Portugal and Madeira: May 2021. This trip will be a 2 week program. For information or to register please call Gloria at 705-429-9455. 
    • Croatia: Sept 12-26, 2021. The first week, Sept 12-19 will be a tour to explore the interior. The second week, Sept 19-26 is a bike and boat trip along the coast. Regular or e-bikes will be available to rent. For questions or registration, please call Jacqui at 647-404-9380. 
    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman
    • Please note April's event is CANCELLED. We will wait to see if May and June will be permitted.
    • Wednesday May 13 – Justin’s Oven in Kimberley (limited to 24 diners). May 20 is also available if we have 40 people booked. 
    • Thursday June 18 – Barcelos in Wasaga Beach 
    • Thursday September 10 – The Falls Inn in Walter’s Falls
    Ski Legends       
    Louise Armstrong

    Sadly, the ski season came to an early and abrupt end, as a result of the corona virus outbreak and measures to limit it. Better to be safe and healthy.

    This past winter has been very successful in all respects and especially the “Ski Day Every Tuesday at Blue” was hugely popular.

    The “Legends” management committee continues to work over the Spring, Summer and early Fall to plan for next year’s social events, days at the private clubs and ski trips. The trip to the Dolomites in Italy in January 2021 is sold out, and planning for the annual Sun Peaks trip will begin over the summer. Members will receive emails as information becomes available.

    Please visit the web site, www.probusskilegends.ca

    , as you will find the most up-to-date information on events, ski trips, as well as the application form to join Ski Legends. Basic memberships are $30.

    Activities Fair 2020

    The Activities Fair is Now An Online eFair!
    Rick Leclair

    No Activity Fair? No Problem!

    Due to the COVID-19 crisis we can't meet in person this year, but we are now hosting an eFair instead - April 1st thru May 1st! Check out the Activities and Register online today! 

    We ask that all members register for the activities they are interested in, even if they were part of the activity last year. This will put our leaders in a better position to start activities, once we have the all-clear to get together again.

    Step 1. Login to our website first. (It makes registration much simpler - just 1 click!) Click here if you haven't logged in before and need to create a password.

    Step 2. Select an Activity that you are interested in...


    Step 3. Click the Activity Registration button to register, or reach out to the coordinator with any questions.  You can simply click on the Coordinator name to access their Online Directory contact details!

    This is not only easy, but fun.  Please take the time to give it a try!

    Theatre Event


    Rock of Ages: A Totally Rad ‘80s Musical
    Vicki Kellar

    Once again our Club has arranged tickets for a Drayton Festival Theatre Event at King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene. Fans of '80s arena hard rock music will dig this awesomely hilarious musical comedy that wails with big chords, big hair ... and an even bigger heart.

    It's 1987, and aspiring rocker Drew meets and falls madly in love with Sherrie, a fresh-faced Midwesterner who has recently moved to Los Angeles to chase her movie star dreams. Will their stars rise? Will their love last? Find out in the worldwide phenomenon featuring 28 classic rock tunes like "We Built This City," "The Final Countdown," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Here I Go Again," "Harden My Heart," "Can't Fight this Feeling," and "I Want To Know What Love Is."

    • Date: Thurs. Aug. 27, 2PM show 
    • Group Rate: $44.32/ticket  (payment instructions to follow closer to date)
    • Location: King’s Wharf Theatre, 97 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene
    • Driving arrangements: should be made individually. A group dinner will be arranged closer to the date.

    Please register online below or contact Vicki Kellar.  This event is expected to sell-out, so please register as soon as possible. First-come, first-served.

    Computer Corner

    Pa55w%rds!
    Martin Buscher - IT Dude, Computer Group Leader & BVPC Vice-President

    Last month at the AGM our scheduled speaker was unable to attend last minute. Martin Buscher, our Computer Group Leader stepped in.  Before migrating to the Beaver Valley and joining the BVPC, Martin had a career in the oil industry. Just prior to his retirement, he ran a program to improve his company's cyber-security defenses. This is where he learned much about the fight between people and their information machines, in particular on the topic of passwords.  In this presentation, Martin hopes to help his audience understand why things are the way they are, and how 3  simple rules can help fend off cyber-criminals.

    Click here to see the presentation if you weren't able to attend or to refresh yourself if you did! 

    In Memoriam

    Peter White passed away in March.  He and his wife, Penny, who passed away in 2019, joined Beaver Valley Probus Club in 2006.

    Reflections 

    And the People Stayed Home...

    And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

    And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

    And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

    Kitty O'Meara

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

    Things to do in your garden each month taken from the Ontario Master Gardener Calendar by John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario. For more information call 519-599-5846.

    Please Note: The Paul Zammit presentation on Perennials has been postponed until Thursday, May 28 2020 at the Beaver Valley Community Centre at 7 PM. See you there!

    April 2020
    • Make sure you have done everything you were supposed to do on the March Master Gardner's List.
    • Do stretch and bend exercises before you start in the garden. I find skiing muscles have nothing to do with gardening muscles. Take it easy. There are a lot of gardening days before the ski season comes again.
    • I hope you had a chance to spread 19-19-19 general purpose fertilizer over the snow on all your flower beds and shrub borders before the snow disappeared. It melts down into the ground as the snow goes away. It and other fertilizers are available at the Co-Op in Markdale, at 10% discount for 599 Members. If you missed this step this year, plan for next winter and buy the fertilizer this fall.
    • The snow has gone but may be back once or twice in April. You can still spread the triple 19 as long as it does not get on to the emerging plants, as it may burn them.
    • Organize your compost pile for the new season. Start a new one with the top foot of compost from last year’s pile as a base.
    • As the weather warms and the ground dries, prune back perennials and ornamental grasses to 1” to 3” from the ground. Put dead material on your new compost pile. Shred if possible.
    • Prepare garden beds for planting. Dig in compost, and/or manure, and/or other organic material around each plant. Remove any weeds that have come through from last fall. When you have cleaned up the beds, ADD 3”TO 4” OF MULCH to control weeds this summer.
    • Remove rose protection. For Hybrid Teas, Prune to 6” or 8”and apply dormant oil spray before the buds break.
    • Apply dormant oil spray to shrubs like euonymus that may have suffered from scale last year. Do it before the buds break.
    • Prepare your vegetable garden with a good digging and mid-month plant the seeds of cool-weather vegetables like peas, spinach, lettuce, onions, beets and seeds of frost resistant annuals like larkspur, sweet peas and calendulas.
    • When dry, rake your lawn vigorously to remove thatch, repair damage with weed-free topsoil. Add grass seed to bare spots. Keep moist.
    • Fertilize your lawn with slow-release high nitrogen (the first of the 3 numbers) fertilizer. Slow release urea costs more, but it’s worth it.
    • Apply crabgrass pre-emergence herbicide to your lawn, if required.
    • When spring finally comes, plant trees, shrubs, perennials and biennials in your garden. No need to wait until May 24th for perennials, that’s for annuals. It may be the first week in June before you can get frost tender annuals into the ground.
    • Re-fill your pots and planters with compost. Put empty plastic bottles with tops at the bottom of large pots. You will need less soil and they will be lighter to move. Add slow release plant food to the top 4 inches.
    • Plant frost-resistant pansies NOW for a little spring colour.

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

    Do you know of a member who needs encouragement to get through a difficult period? Please do not hesitate to call on Lynn Corrigan or any of the management team.

    The Last Word
    Submitted by Marion Stewart, Past President

    No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. 
    Aesop

    Grapevine Team

     Editor  Chris Rickard
     Photographer  Cheryl Besley
     Distribution  Nancy Dixon
     Website  Nancy Dixon
     Heather Buscher

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Convenor: Rick Leclair

     
      Please be advised that all events and activities of the Beaver Valley Probus Club are organized for the benefit and enjoyment of its Members. Individuals who participate do so at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety.


  • March 14, 2020 06:21 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Welcome to March and the hopes of an early Spring! Apparently, Wiarton Willie predicted an early Spring. We shall see!

    March and April are National Probus Months. What better way to celebrate than to welcome our new members. They will be wearing a name badge with a pink smiley face sticker, so please say “hello” when you see them at our meetings and make them feel welcome. I thank Vicki and Terry Kellar along with Pam Weaver for their hard work in registering our new members and for organizing our new directory for this year. We wish Jim Scott, Past Treasurer, a happy and relaxing “retirement” from our Management Committee. He has deserved his Life Membership, presented to him at our February AGM, for his many years of dedicated service to our club.

    There are a few Business items that I want to bring to your attention.

    Your Management Committee is working hard behind the scenes to keep the club running smoothly. We are in search of an Assistant Treasurer so if you are so inclined please contact the Treasurer, Kathy Eagleson. An accounting background is an asset. You will find the names and contact information of all members of the Management Committee at the front of the new directory.

    If you have a Community Announcement to make, please e-mail it to Martin Buscher a few days before our General Meeting so that he can familiarize himself with the content. I encourage you to take a look at our Operating Policies document found on our website under Club Rules. These explain how our club operates within the Constitution guidelines, specifically item #4.

    We are trying to reduce garbage at our general meetings and in so doing will dispense with using creamers and sugars provided with our coffee. We will provide milk, cream and sugar in containers for your use at future meetings. Thank you for bringing a small reusable mug for your coffee, tea or water.

    I look forward to a busy and exciting year as your President. There are many excursions and events for you to enjoy in our club. Our social convenor, Stella Zahradnik, is busy organizing these and is always happy to receive new ideas. I hope that you will come to the Activity Fair in April to sign up for some of the great activities that are offered by our many coordinators. Let’s take this opportunity to meet new people and enjoy fellowship!

    Please note that the revised date for the next General Meeting is Tuesday, March 31st. This meeting has now been canceled out of concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus.

    Calendar

     31 March 2020  Monthly Probus Meeting - cancelled
     28 April 2020  Activities Fair
     27 August 2020  King's Wharf Theatre Outing: Rock of Ages
     21 October 2020  Stratford Trip: Spamalot

    Activity Group Updates

    Georgian Probus Travel Group
    Gloria Thompson
    • Highland and Islands of Scotland: May 9-24, 2020. This trip may be postponed until approximately October 3, 2020. Some space has opened up for new bookings, please call Gloria at 705-429-9455. 
    • Portugal and Madeira: May 2021. This trip will be a 2 week program. For information or to register please call Gloria at 705-429-9455. 
    • Croatia: Sept 12-26, 2021. The first week, Sept 12-19 will be a tour to explore the interior. The second week, Sept 19- 26 is a bike and boat trip along the coast. Regular or e-bikes will be available to rent. For questions or registration, please call Jacqui at 647-404-9380. 
    Dining Around Town - upcoming dinners
    Hank Bouwman
    • Thursday, March 12 - The Mill Café in Thornbury
    • Wednesday April 15 – Nathaniel’s in Owen Sound (limited to 30 diners) 
    • Wednesday May 13 – Justin’s Oven in Kimberley (limited to 24 diners). May 20 is also available if we have 40 people booked. 
    • Thursday June 18 – Barcelos in Wasaga Beach 
    • Thursday September 10 – The Falls Inn in Walter’s Falls
    Life Membership for Jim Scott

    Jim Scott has retired from being our treasurer, after more years than he would care to admit! During his tenure Jim was dedicated, hard working, sincere, and honest. He performed what had to be done, quickly. He always made himself available to answer any queries that needed to be resolved. In recognition of his great contribution, he was presented with a Life Membership at our February 25th AGM.

    Our speaker on March 31
    Tom Bell - Cyclist

    Tom Bell, Cyclist, age 66 from Collingwood, is our speaker for March, who cycled across Africa to support Hospice Georgian Triangle.  Tom Bell undertook the tremendous 13,500 km bicycle ride last year, the length of South America from Cartagena, to Ushuala, Argentina, to raise awareness and encourage donations to Hospice Georgian Triangle.  His efforts were hugely successful, and raised $21,300.00 for the Hospice. 

    And if this story wasn't amazing enough, Tom did another bicycle ride in January 2019, this time through Africa.  For his second cross continental cycling journey, on his own two wheels he traversed another 11,220 km from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa in support of Hospice Georgian Triangle. 

    See full bio at https://www.hospicegeorgiantriangle.com/tom-bell-tour-dafrique

    BVPC 2020 Activities Fair
    Rick Leclair

    The 2020 Beaver Valley Probus Club Activities Fair takes place on Tuesday April 28th at the Beaver Valley Community Centre from 1:30pm to 3:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to sign up to participate in one or many of the activities available to club members, as well as share any interest you may have in possible new activities. Activity Coordinators for each of the groups will be on site and available to answer any questions you may have about each activity. A listing of the current activities available can be found in your copy of the 2020 Membership Directory or on our web site: www.beavervalleyprobus.com. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Activities Fair!

    Annual Bocce Tourney in Jeopardy

    After 10 years doing an amazing job organizing the Bocce Tourney event at our annual summer picnic in July, Ken Kelley has decided to take a well-deserved break. This activity sees over 64 club members annually participate in this fun event. A picnic without bocce just wouldn’t be the same. To keep this event going, we need a person or group to take the reins and plan this year’s tourney. Ken has graciously offered to assist if help is needed. Please contact Stella Zahradnik, if you are interested in keeping the bocce tourney alive in 2020.

    Save the Planet!

    Remember to bring your own mug for coffee/tea break! Let’s reduce the number of unrecyclable paper cups used at the meetings. 


    Rock of Ages: A Totally Rad ‘80s Musical

    Once again our Club has arranged tickets for a Drayton Festival Theatre Event at King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene. Fans of '80s arena hard rock music will dig this awesomely hilarious musical comedy that wails with big chords, big hair ... and an even bigger heart.

    It's 1987, and aspiring rocker Drew meets and falls madly in love with Sherrie, a fresh-faced Midwesterner who has recently moved to Los Angeles to chase her movie star dreams. Will their stars rise? Will their love last? Find out in the worldwide phenomenon featuring 28 classic rock tunes like "We Built This City," "The Final Countdown," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Here I Go Again," "Harden My Heart," "Can't Fight this Feeling," and "I Want To Know What Love Is."

    • Date: Thurs. Aug. 27, 2PM show 
    • Group Rate: $44.32/ticket  (payment instructions to follow closer to date)
    • Location: King’s Wharf Theatre, 97 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene
    • Driving arrangements: should be made individually. A group dinner will be arranged closer to the date.

    Please register online below or contact Vicki Kellar.  This event is expected to sell-out, so please register as soon as possible. First-come, first-served.

    Event Registration

    A new website is coming soon!
    Martin Buscher

    Our Management Committee has agreed to invest in a new website that should help our volunteers reduce the amount of time they have been spending on clerical work. There is not much fun in tens of hours of printing and mailing membership notifications or doing similar jobs. Instead, we shall move such tasks to an automated system: for instance, we will pay our membership fees online with a credit card. The new website will look a little different, but you should quickly find how similar it actually is to what we currently have. We will get a new members-only section where we will be able to make restricted information available, such as a lookup of our membership directory.

    Help Wanted

    The Management Committee is searching for an Assistant Treasurer. If you have an accounting background and are looking for a volunteer opportunity we would like to hear from you! Please contact the Treasurer, Kathy Eagleson. Thank you! 

    Book Exchange

    Bring a Book Take a Book: Books should be in good condition, a book you have enjoyed reading, and the copyright date should not be before 2000.

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

    Things to do in your garden each month taken from the Ontario Master Gardener Calendar by John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario. For more information call 519-599-5846.

    March 2020:

    • Start tuberous begonias and caladiums and bring them back to life in pots using damp peat moss. 
    • Start brassicas (cabbage family) and hardy annual seeds for April-May planting in your garden. 
    • Start tomatoes, lettuce and other fast-growing seeds late March, or early April this year. 
    • Order summer flowering bulbs. Try www.botanus.com for interesting high-quality bulbs. 
    • Get your “To-Do” list for this spring and summer into your computer so you can’t say you lost it. 
    • Spread triple 19 fertilizer on the snow on your flower beds and shrub borders before it goes. It’s available at the Markdale Co-Op on Hwy 10 south of Markdale. Ask for our 599 10% discount from the regular price. Call 1-519-986-2031. 
    • Check and repair gardening tools. Find them first. Sharpen spades, shovels, etc. Wipe down wooden handles with boiled linseed oil. Paint the handles of small hand tools like trowels with red or yellow fluorescent enamel, so you won’t lose them so often. 
    • Apply combination dormant spray to fruit trees and pest-prone shrubs when non-freezing weather permits. Especially good against scale. 
    • Start forcing branches of spring-flowering shrubs like Forsythia, and lily-of-the-valley root pips after buds start to swell, later in the month. 
    • Prune summer-flowering shrubs and vines when the snow has disappeared. 
    • When the snow has gone, and the frost disappears, loosen up packed winter mulch and push perennials back into the soil that have been heaved out of place by the frost. 
    • Plan to add a few native berry plants and shrubs that will attract the birds this summer. 
    • Visit local nursery greenhouses to smell the coming spring. 
    • Check dates for annual garden shows like Canada Blooms, Mar 13 - 22 2020, co-locating with the National Home Show at the Enercare Centre in the CNE grounds. Tickets Reg. $20, Seniors $17, Early Bird on-line to Mar 7, Regular $17, Sr only $14 www.candablooms.com. 
    • REMEMBER 
      • Paul Zammit is coming back to the Community Centre in Thornbury for our April Meeting, Thursday April 9 @ 7 pm to talk about perennials. It’s a joint 599 Garden Club /Probus Club presentation. Guests welcome for $10. Get tickets at the March Meeting. 
    Stratford Trip 2020
    Stella Zahradnik

    Come and enjoy Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Avon Theatre on Wednesday October 21, 2:00pm matinee. The cost is $121 which includes theatre, bus and lunch at Anna Mae’s in Millbank. This trip is fully subscribed, but a waitlist has been started. 

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

    Do you know of a member who needs encouragement to get through a difficult period? Please do not hesitate to call on the following, or any of the management team:

    • March: Lynn Corrigan 
    • April: Sandy Macaulay 
    • May: Joan Uglow 
    The Last Word
    Submitted by Past President Marion Stewart

    As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
    Audrey Hepburn

    Grapevine Team

     Editor  Chris Rickard
     Reporters  Opportunities for you!
     Distribution  Nancy Dixon
     Website  Nancy Dixon
     Heather Buscher

  • February 08, 2020 14:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the Club and made my year as President so meaningful. It is hard to believe that the year is over, and the baton will be handed to your new President Caroline Bacher in a few days.

    Your Club has been very busy this year. Our Constitution and Bylaws have been revisited, and some revisions are up for ratification at the Annual General Meeting later this month.

    The Club’s purpose: to promote the enjoyment of our Members - our structure is designed with this in mind. We are now in the process of preparing a new website. This will enable electronic transfer of funds (no more cheques????) and you will be able to sign up, review and take note of each event and activity right online. We are looking to make it easier for the activity leaders and event coordinators – more time to have fun. Again, this is a process and we are cognizant of the fact that some members still like the “paper” feel.

    One of my goals over the year has been to ensure that new members, especially those that are a little reticent, get to participate and feel more comfortable. We had a very successful new members lunch with lots of questions, and when time came for the Activities Fair, they had an idea of what was in store on that busy day. We also initiated a Lunch & Chat event, where you sat with different people over lunch. A great way to get to know someone new. The feedback was very positive and perhaps this can be an annual occasion.

    I do not want to go on and on, however, this is your Club. There is something to do for everyone – friendships are made that are so important to keep us feeling young and vibrant. Thank you for a great year and I look forward to sitting on your Board, this time as Past President.

    Marion Stewart

    Annual General Meeting

    The Annual General Meeting of Members of the Beaver Valley Probus Club will be held at the Beaver Valley Community Centre, Victoria and Alfred Streets, Thornbury at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the 25th day of February, 2020.

    The following is the slate of nominees proposed by the Nominating Committee for election as officers for the ensuing year:

    • Caroline Bacher, President;                                     
    • Martin Buscher, Vice President
    • Pam Weaver, Nancy Seppala, Co-Secretaries
    • Kathy Eagleson, Treasurer

    Prior to the meeting, a complimentary light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. for those members who have notified Stella Zahradnik prior to February 18th that they wish to attend.


    Activity Group Updates

    Georgian Probus Travel Group (Gloria Thompson)

    • Highland and Islands of Scotland: May 9-24, 2020. Some space has opened up for new bookings, please call Gloria at 705-429-9455.
    • Portugal and Madeira: May 2021. This trip will be a 2 week program. For information or to register please call Gloria at 705-429-9455.
    • Croatia: Sept 12-26, 2021. The first week, Sept 12-19 will be a tour to explore the interior.  The second week, Sept 19-26 is a bike and boat trip along the coast. Regular or e-bikes will be available to rent.  For questions or registration, please call Jacqui at  647-404-9380.

    Dining Around Town (Hank Bouwman)

    • Wednesday, February 12 - The Grey Restaurant in Thornbury
    • Thursday, March 12 - The Mill Café in Thornbury
    • Wednesday April 15 - Nathaniel’s in Owen Sound
    • Wednesday May 13 & 20 - Justin’s Oven in Kimberley June  – TBA
    • Thursday, September 10- The Falls Inn in Walter’s Falls

    Ski Legends (Louise Armstrong)

    Probus Ski Legends is in full gear having had 3 social events and 3 ski days at the private clubs. Three more ski days are planned (see dates below).  The website, www.probusskilegends.ca, has the most up-to-date information on events, ski trips, as well as the application form to join Ski Legends. Basic memberships are $30.

    Ski Day every Tuesday at Blue: You don’t have to ski alone. Legends members will meet Tuesday mornings BY 9:30 at the bottom of the Silver Bullet chair. Look for the Legends’ sticker on helmets and skis (silver snowflake on a white circle) and either a red or orange ski jacket. The group decides if they want to stop for coffee or continue to ski and some stay to have lunch together at a different restaurant each week. 

    Ski Days at the private clubs: You will receive a $10.00 rebate when you purchase a lift ticket (this rebate does not apply to exchange or reciprocal passes) as well as a $5.00 voucher for coffee and muffin.

    • Alpine – Thursday February 13
    • Osler Bluff – Thursday February 20
    • Georgian Peaks – Wednesday March 18

    Ski Trips: 

    • Sun Peaks, February 29 – March 4, is SOLD OUT. To have your name placed on the wait list, go to the Ski Legends website/ Ski Trips to find the trip leader contact
    • For 2021- trip to the Dolomites in Italy confirmed for January 2021. Please go to the Ski Legends website to get all the information regarding itinerary, costs and application. As of January 31, there were only 5 spaces remaining.

    More information will be available through the season by ongoing emails to members, from your Probus representative and from the website, www.probusskilegends.ca.

    Bridge Anyone?

    Do we have any members who would like to get together to play bridge? If so, perhaps a new activity group can be launched! If you are interested in coordinating a bridge group for the club or simply joining in, contact Rick Leclair, Activities Convenor. (contact info in Membership Directory). 

    In Memoriam

    • Beverley Zwingenberger, a member since 2003, died in December 2019
    • Jean Leishman, a member since 2017, died January 14, 2020
    • Wendy Butt, a member since 2017, died early in January 2020

    Activities Fair (Rick Leclair)

    The 2020 Beaver Valley Probus Club Activities Fair takes place on Tuesday April 28th at the Beaver Valley Community Centre from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to sign up to participate in one or many of the activities available to club members, as well as share any interest you may have in possible new activities. Activity Coordinators for each of the groups will be on site and available to answer any questions you may have about each activity. A listing of the current activities available can be found in your copy of the 2020 Membership Directory (available soon) or on our web site: www.beavervalleyprobus.com. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Activities Fair! 

    Our speaker on February 25

    Eleonore Eaves - Executive director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters

    Though having only joined Big Brothers Big Sisters at the start of the year, Eleonore's extensive experience has enabled her to lead the way to exciting growth. Her diverse background over the past two decades started with her graduate studies in the UK, followed by positions with renowned institutions such as London School of Economics. Upon her return to Canada, she took positions in both the public and private sector, wherein she acquired best practices from various organizations to develop her management style. She strongly believes in the importance of mentoring services, and is passionate about child welfare. As such, she is excited to merge her skills with her passion as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters team, helping generations of young people realize their full potential.

    Save the Planet!

    Remember to bring your own mug for coffee/tea break! Let’s reduce the amount of non-recyclable paper cups at the meetings.

    50/50 Draw

    Congratulations to George Baker and Joan Uglow, the winners at the January 28th meeting! 

    Membership report (Vicki & Terry Kellar, Chairs)

    On February 1, 2020, we mark our 19th year as a club.  With nearly 600 members, we continue to have a stable, yet dynamic mix of active participants.  Nearly 10% of our Members have been here from the beginning in 2001! 

    And now we are pleased to welcome 42 new Members from across the area!   New faces, new spirit, and new ideas….. this is what helps make us a successful organization.  Please take a moment to welcome our new Members at Club events! (They can be identified by a special sticker on their Probus name badges).

    From Blue Mountains

    • Sarah Andrews
    • Sara Larson
    • Janice Martin & Brian
    • Walker
    • Donald & Mary Ann CollinsWilliams

     

    From Clarksburg

    • Nancy & John Rheaume
    • Susan & Roger Short
    • Martin Tekela
    • Elana Bacher

     

    From Flesherton

    • Scott & Laurie Moore 

    From Meaford

    • Christine Ellinger
    • John & Rosemary Kamler
    • Brian Kellett
    • Jeanne Lightheart-Johnson
    • Lynn Sandbrook
    • Allan Rudolf
    • Liz & Steve Lyons
    • Joelle Adelson
    • Joanne Steele

     

    From Ravenna

    • Judy Grinton & Michael Clifford

    From Thornbury

    • Shauna Lathe & Ian Finlayson
    • Karen Cronin
    • Brenley Crawford
    • Adele Denyer
    • Jane Dykstra
    • Patricia Griggs
    • Lynn & Tom Horlor
    • Mary & Bruce Livingston
    • Ed Korhonen
    • Brian Carle Shannon
    • Lynn Taylor
    • Bredge Watson
     

    Annual Golf Tournament

    Golf for 2020 at Shelburne is booked for Monday June,15, 2020.  The price is around $72, which includes coffee and sweats before the game, 18 holes with cart followed by lunch and prizes.

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

    Things to do in your garden each month taken from the Ontario Master Gardener Calendar by  John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario. For more information, or your copy of the 11” x 17” calendar of the full year’s tips for a $1 contribution to Master Gardeners, call 519-599-5846.

    February 2020:

    • With one January freeze/thaw already this winter, mound up all the available snow and any new snow that falls, around tender plants like roses. If you have a few bows from your Christmas tree, put them over tender plants to catch the snow. It is the freeze/thaw that kills plants, not just the cold.
    • Start planning your garden projects for 2019. Make a list, so you will know what you did not get done when you look at it in June. I have mine done and I am tired already. A garden is never finished!
    • Start propagating stem cuttings of geraniums, fuchsias, etc. by the end of the month.
    • Plant slow germinating seeds inside, like impatiens, peppers, eggplants, etc.
    • As the weather warms, start pruning shade trees, fruit trees and shrubs, if you can get to them through the snow. Leave trees that “bleed” like maples and birch until after they have leaves.
    • Visit local nursery greenhouses to smell the coming spring. Stop by the Garden Gallery just west of Barrie on Hwy 91 on the way to Angus, and inhale.
    • Check the dates for annual garden shows like Canada Blooms: Mar 13 - 27 at the Enercare Centre at the CNE. Early Bird Tickets $17, $14 for Seniors. Go to www.candablooms.com.
    • Pat Brookings, owner of Annan Way Nurseries, is again running a bus tour to Canada Blooms, Wednesday March 18, $98 including Bus, Blooms Entrance & Mandarin Dinner on the way home. Pick-ups at Owen Sound, Chatsworth, Markdale & Flesherton. More Info call Pat 519-376-9444.
    • Paul Zammit is coming back to Thornbury, Thursday April 9 at 7 pm to talk about perennials at a joint 599 Garden Club /Probus Club presentation. 

    Stratford 2020 (Stella Zahradnik)

    Come and enjoy Monty Python's Spamalot at the Avon Theatre on Wednesday October 21, 2:00pm matinee. The cost is $121 which includes theatre, bus and lunch at Anna Mae's in Millbank. This trip is fully subscribed, but a waitlist has been started.

    Ideas for new trips?

    I am open to receiving any suggestions from members for out of town trips/events etc.  Please contact Stella Zahradnik

    Wanted: photos

    We would like to refresh our current roster of photos which are used at our monthly meetings as background for our national anthem.  If you have some we could use, please forward them to Cary Eagleson.

    Support Group (Lynn Corrigan)

    Do you know of a member who needs encouragement to get through a difficult period? Please do not hesitate to call on the following, or any of the management team:

    • February: Louise Lamont
    • March: Phyllis Thomas
    • April: Sandy Macaulay

    The Last Word

    One’s philosophy is not expressed in words...it is expressed in the choices we make...and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.

    Eleanor Roosevelt (submitted by Past-President Pat Wright)

  • January 10, 2020 16:11 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    Marion Stewart

    This is our first newsletter for 2020. Hope you have made your resolutions for the next year and next decade. So much going on in the world that it is hard to predict where we will be in 2030.

    Your Probus club is in good shape. We continue to keep our membership at 600 by welcoming new members every year. Please keep an eye out for coloured stars on the name tags of new members and make them feel welcome.

    Our Activity groups are well supported. Love the change of seasons when hiking turns into snowshoeing and kayaking to curling. We have very strong turnout for our events and overwhelming enthusiasm for eating – Dining Around Town, Casual Dining, and Dining with Flair.

    We are in the process of having more and more information on our web site. Please keep tuned and give us your feedback as we move along with these changes.

    On a personal note - I have just returned from 6 weeks in France staying outside Paris. Didn't find a Probus Club! There are so many interesting places in this world and seeing antiquities thousands of years old puts everything into perspective. Everyone of us makes our mark however big or small. Just make sure we have joy and enjoy every day.

    Calendar

     28 January, 2020  Monthly Probus Meeting
     25 February, 2020  Probus Annual General Meeting
     31 March, 2020  Monthly Probus Meeting (NB later than usual!)
     21 October, 2020  Stratford Theatre Trip

    Stratford 2020

    Stella Zahradnik

    Come and enjoy Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Avon Theatre on Wednesday October 21, 2:00pm matinee. The cost is $121 which includes theatre, bus and lunch at Anna Mae’s in Millbank.

    Sign up sheets will be at the back of the room at our January mtg. Payment by CHEQUE only. Those who signed the interest sheet earlier for this trip have to sign up again please to show your commitment.

    New Constitution and Bylaws

    Nancy Dixon

    PROBUS CANADA updated its Constitution and Bylaws last year and in order to comply with them, our Management Committee has reviewed and updated the Constitution and Bylaws for Beaver Valley Probus. The new Constitution and Bylaws are posted on our website, and the Management Team will bring the proposed documents to the Annual General Meeting in February, 2020 for the members’ approval. PLEASE REVIEW THE PROPOSED DOCUMENTS. The quick link to the site is: http://beavervalleyprobus.com/club-rules.cfm

    Activity Group Updates

    Georgian Probus Travel Group:

    Gloria Thompson

    • Highland and Islands of Scotland: May 9-24, 2020. The Scotland trip is filled except for a single female. If that is YOU, call Gloria at 705-429-9455.
    • Portugal and Madeira: May 2021. This trip will be a 2 week program. For information or to register please call Gloria at 705-429-9455.
    • Croatia: Sept 5-12, 2021. The core is a bike and boat trip along the coast for a week. A tour will be added to explore the interior. This could be the week before or the week after. For questions or registration, please call Jackie at 647-404-9380.

    Dining Around Town:

    Hank Bouwman

    Upcoming dinners:

    • Wednesday, February 12 - The Grey Restaurant in Thornbury 
    • Thursday, March 12 - The Mill Café in Thornbury 
    • Wednesday April 15 – Nathaniel’s in Owen Sound 
    • Wednesday May 13 & 20 – Justin’s Oven in Kimberley 
    • June – TBA 
    • Thursday, September 10 – The Falls Inn in Walter’s Falls

    Ski Legends:

    Louise Armstrong

    PROBUS Ski Legends is a club with members from all area PROBUS clubs who enjoy skiing, socializing and travelling. The website, www.probusskilegends.ca, has the most up-to-date information on events and ski trips, as well as the application form to join Ski Legends. Basic membership is $30.

    Ski Day every Tuesday at Blue:
    You don’t have to ski alone! Legends members will meet Tuesdays at 9:30 at the bottom of the Silver Bullet chair. Look for the Legends’ sticker on helmets and skis (silver snowflake on a white circle). Come in for coffee and chat at the Grand Central Lodge at 10:15.

    Ski Days at the private clubs have been confirmed:

    • Osler Bluff – Thursday, January 30 & February 20 
    • Alpine – Thursday, February 13
    • Georgian Peaks – Wednesday, March 18

    Ski Trips:

    • Sun Peaks, February 29 - March 4, is SOLD OUT. To have your name placed on the wait list, go to the Ski Legends website/ Ski Trips to find the trip leader contact. 
    • Steamboat, Colorado - February 2 - 9. Spaces still available. Please go to the Ski Legends website/ Ski Trips to see further information about the trip and trip leader contact. 
    • For 2021 - Group ski travel has changed significantly in the last few years, and it has become necessary to plan more than a year ahead to secure space. Plans are being made for the ever-popular Sun Peaks, as well as a European trip, likely the Dolomites in Italy, with sales likely this coming winter or spring. As a Ski Legends member, you will receive information about the 2021 trips by email, as soon as it is available.

    More information will be available through the season via emails to members, from your Probus representative and from the website, www.probusskilegends.ca.

    Exciting Volunteer Opportunities!

    Rick Leclair

    One of the cornerstones of The Beaver Valley Probus Club is our team of members who volunteer their time and energy coordinating an impressive list of activity groups for us to enjoy. Here’s a chance for you to lend a hand and help us continue offering a variety of activities for our members. Our members becoming involved help make the Club vibrant and a lot of fun!

    Currently we have an opening for an Activity Coordinator for the Snowshoe Group as well as a coordinator for the Photography Club. If you are interested in more info about what is involved in being an Activity Coordinator for either of these groups or would like to introduce a new activity group I look forward to hearing from you. My contact info. can be found in the Probus Membership Directory.

    Call for photos

    Heather Buscher

    Did you take any photos during your Probus activities? Please email any you would like to share, along with a caption, so that I can post them on our website or newsletter! Everyone loves to see what others are doing! 

    January 28 Speaker: Brent Preston

    Brent Preston worked as a human rights investigator, aid worker, election observer and journalist on four continents before finding his true calling as a farmer. In 2003 he and his wife, Gillian Flies, abandoned successful careers in Toronto, packed up their two young children, and moved to a run-down farm outside of Creemore, Ontario. Since then, they have built The New Farm into a thriving business and a leading light in the good food movement, providing vegetables to some of the best restaurants in Canada and raising over a million dollars to make local, organic food accessible in low income communities.

    Brent has written for the Huffington Post, the Globe and Mail, the Walrus and other publications. His first book, The New Farm: Our Ten Years on the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution, is a national bestseller and is now available in paperback.

    50/50 Draw

    Congratulations to Kay Schultz and Cynthia Sampson, the winners at the November 26 meeting

    Computer Corner

    Martin Buscher

    Here is a New Year's resolution that should be easy to accomplish:

    Change the passwords of your main Internet accounts!

    1. Start with the ones that touch your money, (e.g. your online banking or your favorite shopping sites) 
    2. Find as long a password as you can remember. If the site allows spaces in passwords, then use something like I'm 60 years old! It doesn't have to be true, just memorable! Such a passphrase is too long at 17 characters for cyber-criminals to guess, even with today's computer power. It also fulfills requirements about mixed case, numbers and special characters. 
    3. Have a different password for every account. Never re-use passwords. If hackers get your password for one account, they will try it on all! 
    4. If a site offers multi-factor authentication (e.g. sending a verification number to your mobile phone) then learn how to turn it on - it will significantly improve your protection.

    Environmental Plea

    Remember to bring your own mug for coffee/tea break! Let’s reduce the amount of garbage produced at the meetings.

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

    Things to do in your garden each month taken from the Ontario Master Gardener Calendar by John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario.

    For more information, or your copy of the 11” x 17” calendar of the full year’s tips for a $1 contribution to Master Gardeners, call 519-599-5846. A limited number of calendars will be available at the January 599 Meeting

    January 2020:

    • Inspect houseplants for white flies, spider mites and aphids. 
    • Apply insecticidal soap and spray with water. 
    • Inspect spring bulbs in storage. Discard soft or mouldy ones. 
    • Not a problem yet this winter, but if there is a thaw and the snow melts, mound any remaining snow over roses and tender perennials. It’s the freeze/thaw cycle that kills the plants. 
    • Expand personal knowledge through library visits, courses, catalogues, etc. 
    • Think about and start planning your garden for next spring. 
    • Google “Seed Catalogue Websites” and see hundreds of seed sources. 
    • Order flower and vegetable seeds. Decide which seeds should be started inside. 
    • Try forcing amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus for indoor winter bloom. 
    • At the end of the month, start the slowest germinating seeds like begonias and geranium, also seeds for early spring bloom e.g. pansy, verbena, alyssum and dianthus.

    Book Exchange

    Nancy Hart

    Bring a book that you really enjoyed reading over the holidays and exchange it for another good read. Books should be current and in good condition. 

    Support Group

    Lynn Corrigan

    Do you know of a member who needs encouragement to get through a difficult period? Please do not hesitate to call on the following, or any of the management team:

    • January: Eileen Scott 
    • February: Louise Lamont 

    The Last Word

    Submitted by Past President Pat Wright

    If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. Roald Dahl

    Grapevine Team

    • Editor: Chris Rickard 
    • Reporters: Opportunities for you! 
    • Distribution: Nancy Dixon 
    • Website Maintenance: Nancy Dixon Heather Buscher
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