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  • January 12, 2022 1:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

    Happy New Year, 2022. I hope that you have had a safe and happy Holiday Season.

    Who would have thought that we would be going into our third year of this terrible pandemic? We all wish to have had better news. Nevertheless, we will continue to do our best to keep you all connected through our newsletters, emails and interesting speakers at our scheduled General Meetings via Zoom. Don’t forget to visit our website as it is continually being updated.

    There have been a few changes in our yearly schedule that you should note.  At our February meeting we will introduce our New Members and host a modified online Activity Fair.  We will have some Activity Leaders showcase the various activities that our Club offers and then highlight how to sign-up for the various groups via our website. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for March 22. 

    Please see the announcement in the Activities section of the newsletter regarding the status of the activities offered by our Club. It is of the utmost importance that we keep each other safe.

    In the meantime, “Keep Calm and Carry On!”

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher

    Membership Renewals
    Pam Weaver and Kathy Mercer

    A big thank you to all our members who have renewed already. Over 97% of our members have renewed—but the January 8 deadline has passed and we still have a dozen members we haven't heard from!

    If you haven’t renewed yet, please give us a call with your credit card handy, so we confirm your 2022 membership—or let us know if you won't be renewing. This year we have over 40 people waiting to become new members—almost double that of last year!

    Pam Weaver / Kathy Mercer  (519-378-4970)
    bvpcmembership@gmail.com


    Activity Groups Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

    We hope that all of you enjoyed a nice holiday season, though it may not have been what you expected a few months ago. Omicron, the new Covid variant, impacted many plans with friends and family everywhere.

    Given that this virus is extremely contagious, and that even fully vaccinated people are getting sick, the executive has decided to suspend all indoor activities of the Beaver Valley PROBUS Club until further notice. Outdoor activities may continue—subject to provincial guidelines, and Activity Leader comfort level.

    We wish you a safe and healthy 2022.

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    We were so looking forward to holding our January meeting in person, but Omicron thought otherwise. Instead but with added enthusiasm, we are going to be on Zoom on the 26th at 2 PM to discuss Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain. Maybe we can figure out together what all that ballyhoo is about. If you are interested to join us then make sure that you are registered for the Computer Group so that you get the email with Zoom details (link to registration).

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

    We will start Ramblers up again—likely in February.  Please don't be disappointed and continue to get outside, as you have been doing! Heather and I want our walks to be safe, so watch for our event email when provincial restrictions ease up.

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    Following 5 successful dinners at 4 different restaurants, we are once again on hold—hopefully, just a temporary reset for a month…or two! We managed to book the following restaurants in 2021 with number of participants shown in brackets:

    • August 19 – Mylar & Lorettas (34) 
    • September 23 - Ted’s Range Road Diner (29) 
    • October 19 – The Curly Willow (24) 
    • November 2 – The Curly Willow (24) 
    • November 17 – The Orchid Restaurant (35) 
    We had a luncheon planned for January and February but will need to delay that until—well—stay tuned for further updates!

    Georgian PROBUS Travel Group
    Gloria Thompson

    Well, Scotland May 2022 is not looking too promising for a rerun. Omicron arrived so fast and so different that it is impossible to say what is next. The decision whether to hold this trip will be made in a few weeks…

    Ski Legends
    Louise Armstrong

    Please check the PROBUS Ski Legends website www.probusskilegends.ca, for information about current activities, ski days at Blue Mountain and the local private ski clubs. Ski Legends members will receive regular updates via email if planned activities change. Please note that proof of vaccination will be required at the private ski clubs.

    Our Speaker on January 25, 2022 @2 PM

    Chris Vaughan - aka "AstroGeoGuy" is an award-winning astronomer with a talent for explaining the cosmos to anyone - during his dynamic and fascinating presentations, or touring guests out under the stars.

    Please join us via Zoom! Check your email the day before the meeting for the Zoom link.

    Take a tour of the winter sky with astronomer Chris Vaughan! Using sky simulation software, Chris will point out what you can see with your unaided eyes on a crisp and clear night. He will include some delights to see with binoculars and backyard telescopes, such as the famous Seven Sisters Cluster, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Great Orion Nebula. Chris will also highlight some celestial events to mark on your calendars. He operates the David Dunlap Observatory's 74" telescope, volunteers for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, hosts The Insider's Guide to the Galaxy on YouTube and visits schools and private parties with his portable Digital Starlab planetarium.  Visit his blog at www.AstroGeo.ca for more information.

    Questions? Please contact:
    Brenda Rudolf or Beverly Forget (Speaker info)
    Cary Eagleson or Martin Buscher (Technical Zoom info)

    Recipe Corner 

    Maple Syrup Pie - shared by Lucie Desjardins

    Lucie shared this recipe for Maple Syrup Pie from RicardoCuisine.com. Lucie says, “This is a family favourite. It is quite sweet, and I personally like it with a little bit of unsweetened cream on top. A real treat for the holiday season!” Click on the image to see the full recipe!

    Lucie's Favourite Bird Cake - also shared by Lucie Desjardins

    • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter 
    • 2 cups quick cooking oats
    • 2 cups cornmeal
    • 2 cups of animal fat (Tenderflake)
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1-2 cups shelled bird seeds / peanuts

    Melt the lard and peanut butter on low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

    Pour the mixture into a resealable container. Allow it to cool and store in a cool dry place.

    Humour Corner

    "Two Different Doctors" - shared by Susan Jones Hughson

    Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint… Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

    The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

    The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then.

    Why the different treatment for the two patients?

    The FIRST is a Golden Retriever.
    The SECOND is a Senior Citizen.

    Next time take me to a vet! 

    "Happy New Year 2022" - shared by Vicki Kellar

    "Do the job right the first time" - shared by Hank Bouwman


    Friendship -  shared by Pam Weaver


    Photo Corner

    Don't forget to check out the new photos shared by our members this month! Click on the "Winter Wonderland" image on the left, shared by Vicki Kellar, to see the latest in our "Winter Slideshow 2021-22".

    If you have taken any photos during PROBUS activities or captured any winter scenes that you would like to share, please send them to Heather at hbuscher@gmail.com.

    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 January!

    In Memoriam

    John Corrigan - John passed away December 27 after a short illness. He was very active as a volunteer in the community, and had been a PROBUS member since 2003. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife of 55 years Lynn, and family.

    John Schuster - John passed away after a short illness on December 30. He was a noted carpenter and cabinet maker and was still actively building things. Sincere sympathies to his family and partner Ingrid Richmond.

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

    Because of you, I laugh a little harder, cry a little less, and smile a lot more.
    Anonymous

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Colleen Wilson-Dick | Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    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.


  • December 06, 2021 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members

    It's hard to believe another year has passed. We don't normally publish a newsletter in December, but we wanted to express our gratitude to all the members who have contributed to the Grapevine this year and supported the Club's efforts to keep our activities going!

    Seasons Greetings!
    Your Grapevine Editors,
    Nancy Dixon & Heather Buscher

    Membership Renewals
    Pam Weaver and Kathy Mercer

    On December 1, our membership renewals opened for 2022. The renewal fee has again been reduced by 50% this year—to only $15 each—due to COVID related challenges. This amount will allow us to continue to operate, while reducing our cash flow,  and to reopen for meetings and activities when permissible.

    You should have received a personalized email already on December 1 that provided a link for online payment of dues. We hope to complete our membership drive by year end—so please help us by renewing early! Reminder: this is a cheque-free process.

    Please contact us if you have any questions, or need any system help. We can even take your credit card information over the phone to complete your renewal on the spot. Please email us at bvpcmembership@gmail.com if you are not renewing, as it will help as it will help us communicate with those on our waitlist sooner.


    Activity Groups Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

    Something new - MEET-UPS!
    Organized Activity Groups are a great way to regularly connect with others, but sometimes you are just looking for others to join a one-off outing. 
    Are you looking for companions to ‘meet up’ with and have coffee? go cross-country skiing? take a walk? MEET-UPS are a casual way for members to connect with other members for an “ad hoc” activity.


    Just go to MEET-UPS in the activity section of the website, check out what others have posted, or post your own. (You will need to login first). Add your name to the forum on the MEET-UPS page and you will receive emails when a new posting appears.

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

    The Ramblers group is pausing for the rest of December and will restart in January. Heather will try the new MEET-UPS to do a last minute walk around Owen Sound to see the "Northern Lights". It won't be an organized event, but if you login and look at the MEET-UPS page and/or subscribe to it, you will see the details on how to join her! You could also post your own MEET-UP to see the tree lighting in Thornbury (Thornbury Olde Fashioned Christmas) on December 11 @ 5 PM, or join the singalong and tree lighting at St. George's Anglican Parish @ 7 PM.

    Casual Dining
    Marjorie & David Allin

    On Thursday, November 11 the Probus Casual Dining group met at the homes of Sallie & Barry Kedwell, Lynn Scotford & George Czerwinski, and Linda Taschner & Don Walker. Those at Sallie & Barry’s enjoyed a meal anchored by a chicken breast dish in a lemon garlic marinade over couscous. Lynn & George served their guests spaghetti and meatballs with caesar salad. Linda & Don’s table-mates enjoyed a marinated pork tenderloin with sautéed apples. At all three homes the meals began with appetizers to whet the palate. Guests contributed a variety of salads and vegetable dishes. The diners at the three homes enjoyed delicious desserts: chocolate mousse, luscious cake, and mocha cream pie.

    We wish to extend to everyone our best wishes during the holiday season and in the coming year. Our next Casual Dining evening will be Thursday, January 13.

    Dining With Flair
    Debbie Catto, Marion Stewart, Shellie Smith, Mary Bryant, Eileen Scott, Sallie Kedwell 

    Dining with friends old and new Covid style has been very successful over these past 5 months with a variety of approaches inside and outside with a goal of keeping us all safe. It has given us such a lift to be socializing again, enjoying delicious food in each others homes. We thank Al and Shellie Smith, as well as Sam and Helen Forrest for hosting this month. Guests dined on paella at the Smiths and lamb at the Forrests, both choices, a special treat. It is all relatively easy when each person is only making one dish.

    Dining With Flair in December is left up to you as you celebrate this special holiday season with family and friends. Best wishes for happy times and please consider joining us in the new year.

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    Our Dining Around Town group held our fifth dinner at The Orchid Restaurant in Thornbury on Wednesday November 17, with 35 members participating and lots of chatter and visiting. The restaurant opened up just for us, so we had the entire restaurant to ourselves!

    We have a total of 118 members signed up for our Dining Around Town group and to date we have had at least 71 members attend one or more of the dinners. I would love to hear from the 47 members that have not participated in the 5 dinners. Is there a favourite restaurant that you would like us to book? Please email me at hebouwman@rogers.com with your suggestions.

    Our next group dinner will take place on Wednesday, January 19 at The Corner Café & Grill in Thornbury. Please note that it will be a luncheon starting with cocktails at 11:30 AM and lunch at 12 Noon. The invitations & menu will be sent out in early January. You can still sign up on-line for the Dining Around Town Activity Group, so that you will receive invitations to all of our future dining functions!

    Ski Legends
    Louise Armstrong

    Please go to the website www.probusskilegends.ca, for more information on the following topics and the membership application form for Ski Legends.

    • There will be a free Welcome Back Breakfast at Toronto Ski Club on January 5th for Ski Legends Members only. 
    • Ski Days have been booked at Devils Glen, Osler, Craigleith, Alpine and Georgian Peaks. There will be a $10 rebate for those who purchase a lift ticket (not for those who have an exchange pass from their club) as well as a $5.00 voucher for coffee and muffin. Dates and additional information are available on the website. 
    • Every Tuesday and Wednesday Ski Legends members can meet at 9:30 AM at the Silver Bullet chair to ski with other Legends members. 
    • There is still room on both the Lake Louise/Banff and Sun Peaks ski trips. Further information, including trip contact person, is available on the website. 

    Photo Corner


    Thanks to Lucie Desjardins for sending in the above winter photos. You can view these and more in the Winter Slideshow... Please send in any of your recent winter photos that you would like to share!

    PROBUS Nostalgia
    Nancy Dixon

    On my first month of Probus my sponsor said to me,
    “You should Volunteer!”

    On my second month of Probus my sponsor said to me,
    “Do you like making coffee?”
    That’s two making coffee and
    One Volunteer.

    On my third month of Probus my sponsor said to me,
    “Do you Canoe?”
    That’s three canoers canoeing,
    Two making coffee and
    One Volunteer.

    On the fourth month of Probus my sponsor said to me,
    “Can you snowshoe?”
    That’s four snowshoers shoeing,
    Three canoers canoeing,
    Two making coffee and
    One very fit Volunteer.

    On the fifth month of Probus my sponsor said to me,
    “Can you lead a bike group?”
    That’s five biking seniors,
    Four snowshoers shoeing,
    Three canoers canoeing,
    Two making coffee and
    One peddling Volunteer.

    On the sixth month of Probus my Sponsor said to me,
    “Can you work a Golf Tournament?”
    That’s six golfers golfing,
    Five bikers biking,
    Four snowshoers shoeing,
    Three canoers canoeing,
    Two making coffee and
    One very tired Volunteer!

    On the seventh month of Probus my Sponsor said to me
    “We need to play bocce ball at our Picnic, can you bocce?"
    That’s seven picnickers doing bocce,
    Six golfers golfing,
    Five bikers biking,
    Four snowshoers shoeing,
    Three canoers canoeing,
    Two making coffee and
    One Volunteer ready for a glass of wine!

    On the eighth month of Probus my Sponsor said to me
    “Can you lead a hiking group?"
    That’s eight seniors hiking,
    Seven picnickers doing bocce,
    Six golfers golfing,
    Five bikers biking,
    Four snowshoers shoeing,
    Three canoers canoeing,
    Two making coffee and
    One Volunteer ready for a nap!

    On the ninth month of Probus my Sponsor said to me
    “Can you stitch and bitch?”
    That’s nine bitching stitchers,
    Eight Hikers climbing or descending,
    Seven picnickers doing bocce,
    Six golfers golfing,
    Five bikers biking,
    That’s four snowshoers shoeing,
    Three canoers canoeing,
    Two making coffee and
    One Volunteer ready for coffee and dessert.

    On the tenth month of Probus my Sponsor said to me
    “Do you like the theater?”
    That’s ten theater lovers on their way to Stratford,
    Nine bitching knitters,
    Eight Hikers climbing or descending,
    Seven picnickers doing bocce,
    Six golfers golfing,
    Five bikers biking,
    Four snowshoers shoeing,
    Three canoers canoeing,
    Two making coffee and
    One Volunteer watching Shakespeare.

    On the eleventh month of Probus, my Sponsor said to me
    “Can you get a group of members to walk/ramble 5-7 km?”
    That’s eleven people Rambling,
    Ten theater lovers on their way to Stratford,
    Nine bitching knitters,
    Eight Hikers climbing or descending;
    Seven picnickers doing bocce,
    Six golfers golfing,
    Five bikers biking,
    Four snowshoers shoeing,
    Three canoers canoeing,
    Two making coffee and
    One Volunteer still Rambling...

    On the twelfth month of Probus my sponsor said to me,
    “Can you help at the Christmas Luncheon?”
    That’s 12 members and more making Merry,
    Eleven people Rambling,
    Ten theater lovers on their way to Stratford,
    Nine bitching knitters,
    Eight Hikers climbing or descending;
    Seven picnickers doing bocce,
    Six golfers golfing, five bikers biking,
    Four snowshoers shoeing,
    Three canoers canoeing,
    Two making coffee and
    One very Happy Volunteer ready to get going in 2022!

    Humour Corner

    Shared by Pat Wright!



    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 December!

    Community Announcements

    Saturday, December 11 @7 PM - Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Singalong:
    St. George's Anglican Parish of the Blue Mountains is hosting a Tree Lighting and Carol Singalong outside on the church property at 166 Russell St E, Clarksburg.

    Everyone in the community is invited for free hot chocolate, Timbits and movies for the kids. The St. George's and United Church choirs will lead the singalong. Song sheets will be provided. Please click on the poster image for more information.


    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

    Keep the ones who heard you when you never said a word.
    Anonymous

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Colleen Wilson-Dick | Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    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.


  • November 04, 2021 8:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

    Five years ago, on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, the Beaver Valley PROBUS Club celebrated its 15th anniversary. This year Tuesday, October 26 marked our 20th anniversary. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we were unable to celebrate this milestone in person. These have been difficult times for our Club but there are many people who assisted us in moving forward and keeping us connected.

    I would like to thank our Website and Zoom coordinator, our Anniversary Committee who worked on presenting bios of Founding Members and Past-Presidents, our Activity Leaders who kept us exercising outside, dining, playing euchre, reading books, etc., our Newsletter Editors, our Website and Communications Coordinators for event announcements and other emails and our Speaker Co-chairs who organized so many interesting and informative speakers for our monthly meetings.

    PROBUS Clubs depend on volunteers to sit on the Management Committees in the various roles that keep the club running smoothly. I encourage you to put your name forward if you feel that you can contribute to your Club in any way.

    Please review this newsletter carefully to see important announcements and dates. Hopefully we will be able to meet in person at the Beaver Valley Community Center for our January meeting. Details will depend on the provincial and town regulations at that time, of course. The intention is to offer the meeting in a hybrid format, with members also able to join via Zoom. In the meantime, I hope that you all stay safe and healthy!

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher

    Membership Renewals
    Pam Weaver and Kathy Mercer

    On December 1, we will begin our membership renewals for 2022. The renewal fee has been reduced by 50% again this year—to only $15 each—due to COVID related limitations. While reducing our cash flow, this amount will allow us to continue to operate and to reopen for meetings and activities when permissible.

    You will receive a personalized email on December 1 that will provide an easy link for online payment of dues. We are hoping to complete our membership drive by January 15, 2022—so please help us by renewing early! Reminder: This is a cheque-free process. A Help Team will be available at that time, if you have any questions.

    Our Speaker on November 23 @ 2 PM

    Please join us via Zoom! Check your email the day before the meeting for the Zoom link.

    Speakers: Pierre Pepin and Jennifer Gosselin
    Presentation:  The NorAm Odyssey - a four-year canoe journey across Canada and the United States

    After selling everything they owned and quitting their jobs, Pierre and Jennifer, along with their Karelian Bear dog Jasmine, embarked on an extensive canoe journey covering more than 20,000 km throughout the United States and Canada. Living a nomadic life for almost four years, Pierre and Jennifer share with passion and humor their discoveries, their most wonderful encounters, as well as their highlights and unforgettable moments of their adventure.

    Wild Raven Adventures is a concept that took shape in 2002. Prior to meeting each other, Pierre Pepin and Jennifer Gosselin each undertook a variety of expeditions and adventures. They share the same vision and passions of wanting to explore and discover the world. They believe in a simpler, healthier lifestyle, and that being outdoors is the best way to play, stay healthy, discover, share, preserve and live. They love to share their stories and inspire people.

    Questions? Please contact:
    Brenda Rudolf or Beverly Forget (Speaker info)
    Nancy Dixon (Zoom info)

    Beaver Valley PROBUS Club 20th Anniversary 

    Hank Bouwman, Anniversary Chair 
    Vicki Kellar / Martin Buscher /Stella Zahradnik

    Our Past Presidents

    Barb Thompson (2010)
    Barb spent most of her career as a Nurse in Family Practice at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She was also an Instructor for the Personal Support Worker Program at George Brown College and in the Queens University Program of Additional Training in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Barb recalled, “it was an amazing experience and I learned a lot about the resilience of the health care workers in that country”. Then in Toronto in 2002, Barb worked as a “data abstractor” for a University of Toronto Primary Care Research Program and continued there after she and her husband John (pictured left), moved to the Beaver Valley in 2004. They fell in love with the view over the valley, and kept busy with gardening and pool maintenance on their large property near Heathcote.

    Barb met many new friends through PROBUS and participated in hiking, gardening, canoeing and gourmet dining after joining our club in 2004. Barb served as our President in 2010 and then as Communication Coordinator for many years. Barb noted, “Having been here for 17 years, John and I are embarking on a new adventure! It is a bittersweet move to Edmonton to be close to our daughter. We have made so many friends here and live in a wonderful rural neighbourhood. However, it is time to be close to family!”

    Vicki Kellar (2012)
    Vicki learned to ski from her husband-to-be, Terry, and they bought a small place in Thornbury in 1976. Their winter sport became a passion and they ended up with a small cottage at Blue Mountain in 1994. After Vicki's early retirement from the Federal Government in 2006, she and Terry built their permanent home on that site and moved up from Kitchener. Two of their neighbours mentioned the Beaver Valley PROBUS Club as a group to join, so they applied to the then 3-year wait list. In 2009 their Club participation started and they have totally enjoyed their various experiences with the Club and in turn, encouraged friends to join and met many new friends.

    Vicki noted, “The Activity leaders encouraged and mentored us starting with Stella Zahradnik in the Social arena and Jim Couse, Dave and Eileen Robinson for hiking on the Bruce trails. I remember listening to the various Presidents, like Ken Kelley and Barb Thompson, speaking at the meetings and being so impressed, never thinking that I'd be President in 2012”. Vicki served over 10 years on our Management Committee, including seven years with Terry as Membership Chairs.  “Our time spent with PROBUS members has been fun, energetic, poignant, challenging, entertaining, and very much worth it!”. Vicki is still participating in hiking, skiing, biking, euchre, bocce, dining and has attended many theatre events with our Beaver Valley PROBUS Club.

    Activity Groups Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

    It is great to see so many activities ongoing, and new ones getting ready to start as the cold weather season approaches. Yes—the water activities are over, biking and hiking are coming to an end—but we look forward to snowshoeing and skiing. With the changes in legislation, we are now dining indoors, and so excited to see our friends again in person. As a reminder, to keep all activities consistent, and ensure that activities are safe, and enjoyable for all: Activities that are part of the Beaver Valley PROBUS Club are meant for members of the Beaver Valley PROBUS Club only. At this time, guests are not permitted. At such time as guests are permitted again, they will be required to complete a waiver to attend an activity. Thank you for your understanding, and we hope to see you soon at an upcoming Activity!

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

    Our Ramblers group continues to expand in number. We have tried to create new routes that extend our distances. Ramblers still talk and walk according to our creed, while enjoying each other's company. I think I even know everyones names by now. We hope to do a "Christmas lights" walk in Owen Sound, which starts November 20. Stay tuned. And don't forget to check out the latest photos on the Rambers Slideshow!

    Nordic Pole Walking
    Nancy Hart

    The Nordic Pole walking group restarted in October after almost a 2 year break! It feels so good to be able to walk and talk with friends while checking out the fall colours. We have enjoyed a few beautiful walks down by the bay, through the Meaford cemetery and along the Georgian Trail. We will continue to pole walk until the the weather turns. Take a look at the Nordic Pole Walking Activity page for more information and to see the slideshow for the latest photos!

    Casual Dining
    Marjorie & David Allin

    We had our first “regular Casual Dining” event on October 14 after our summer picnics. There were 22 people dining at three different host homes. Diners agreed they felt safe participating, especially since we were all fully vaxxed. Our next event will be on November 11. Please contact David or Marjorie Allin if you wish to join the group.

    Dining With Flair
    Debbie Catto, Marion Stewart, Shellie Smith, Mary Bryant, Eileen Scott, Sallie Kedwell 

    Fall dinners with a hint of winter predominated this month. We had 18 guests, nine at each home. Peter and Elske Edwards along with Barry and Sallie Kedwell were the hosts. The most surprising thing was both chose beef Bourguignon as the main dish and in each case there was a nice salad and veg; appetizers and desserts added by the guests. The dessert is always of interest, and this month there was a french style mousse in one home and a sticky pudding with a to die for sauce served warm at the other. One guest reported to me and I quote, “After the dinner the hostess served a sweet wine along with a cheese board and we all rolled home. It seemed we all clicked and had a great evening. Bless DwF!!!”

    Please contact anyone on the committee if you would like to give Dining with Flair a try. We will continue to follow Covid protocol. We always have a small group, usually 8, so social distancing is not difficult. We understand that the Covid protocol makes it difficult for some people to host. We ask that those who feel comfortable hosting to please let the committee know. 

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    Our Dining Around Town group held our third dinner at The Curly Willow in Collingwood on Tuesday October 19, with 24 members participating. The restaurant capacity is only 24 seats so we had the restaurant to ourselves for 2 hours. We sold out in a matter of hours so we booked a second seating for November 2 to accommodate everyone on the waitlist.

    Our next group dinner will be on Wednesday, November 17 at 6 pm at the Orchid Restaurant in Thornbury. We have indoor seating for 40 people available, as we will be the only people in the restaurant. Menu to include Soup or Caesar Salad and Choice of Shepherd Pie, Vegetable Penne or Steamed Salmon and dessert options. You can still sign up on-line for the Dining Around Town Activity Group, so that you will receive invitations to all of our future dining functions!

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    Does that email from another PROBUS member, from a family member, or from an acquaintance seem unusual? Trust your gut instinct which, amazingly, is still one of the best protections against scammers! Don't feel pressured, don't reply, don't click on any links, and don't open any attachments. Call them to verify! You may find that their email account got 'hacked' and it was the fraudster who now wants to draw you into their evil plans! We covered this type of fraud as well as others called phishing, how to recognize them, and how to deal with them. You can relive our discussion with this slidedeck. Our next meeting on November 24 will look at ways to safe-guard our digital memories and important documents.

    Travel Group
    Gloria Thompson

    It is possible that we can try the Islands and Highlands of Scotland in May 2022. Air Transat is scheduled to fly 4 days a week to Glasgow. The exciting program that was created for us, centering on the north, can still be done with the same company. Of course, it would have to be a bit last minute with COVID news and any new variants. Now there is news of petrol shortages and a lack of drivers. Hotels have been shut down for a long time as well. At least, those who had signed up before, keep yourself sort of ready and speak to your friends and relatives about the possibility. I will be sending out direct emails to those who were interested, in the past, as well as those who had signed on. 

    Ski Legends
    Louise Armstrong

    PROBUS Ski Legends committee continues to work on activities as permitted by public health requirements. Currently, ski days at private ski clubs have been reserved and skiing together at Blue Mountain will be every Tuesday and Wednesday once Blue is open. At this time, we are not able to book social events but that may change. Regular emails are sent to Ski Legends members with updated information about skiing together, days at the private clubs and any updates on the ski trips. The ski trip to Sun Peaks is still available with a cut-off date of November 30th. The cut-off date for the trip to Banff/Lake Louise is November 15 at which time unsold rooms will be released. Availability after that date cannot be guaranteed. Please go to the website www.probusskilegends.ca, for the membership form and the most up to date information.

    If anyone would be interested in being the Beaver Valley representative for the Ski Legends committee, please contact me at louisedonegani@gmail.com. It is an excellent group of like-minded people who meet monthly to plan ski activities and events. After 9 years as the representative, it is time for me to step down.

    Photo Corner


    Here is a collection of November photos shared by some of our members. Leaves (top left), beach (top centre), fungus (bottom left), creek (bottom centre) all shared by Lucie D.  Fall scene (top right) shared by Vicki K, birch trees (bottom right) shared by Heather B. Take a look at the Fall Slideshow for all 29 wonderful photos shared by our members.

    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!

    BONUS: There is also a separate article dedicated to bulbs that you won't want to miss:  "Bulbs, Bulbs, Beautiful Bulbs - Work now and Enjoy Them in the Spring!"

    Humour Corner


    Shared by Heather Buscher


    Shared by Gloria Thompson.

    Interesting Finds

    Oldest Pair of Skis Unearthed in Norwegian Ice
    Shared by Elsbeth Wright

    In September of this year, Norwegian Archaeologists found the best preserved prehistoric pair of skis on record—encased in ice for the last 1300 years!
    Read all about it in the following articles:

    Photo: Espen Finstad, secretsoftheice.com

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

    Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.
    Ed Cunningham

    Grapevine Editors Note

    Thank you to all our members who have submitted articles, photographs, puzzles, jokes and cartoons. We continue to rely on your contributions and welcome any suggestions you might have. 

    Heather Buscher
    Nancy Dixon

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Colleen Wilson-Dick | Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    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 05, 2021 8:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

    Happy Autumn! This is one of the favourite seasons for some of us, as we watch the leaves on the trees change colour. By Thanksgiving, or after the first frost, the trees are dressed in all of their splendour. I never tire of taking photos of these scenes whenever I can. Please remember to send in your wonderful photos to our Website Coordinator, Heather Buscher.

    We have had our first Probus all-member event recently. On September 29, we visited the Sheffield Park Black History and Cultural Museum in Clarksburg. It was a beautiful sunny, warm autumn day and every member who was able to join this trip enjoyed the myriad of exhibits displayed in the two large buildings. There is also a forest walk where one can view smaller buildings containing even more items and furniture from this by-gone era. I thank Nancy Dixon, Heather Buscher and Don Collins-Williams for organizing this wonderful day.

    We had our first Zoom meeting of the season on September 28, with an informative presentation from Brooke Harrison who spoke to us on behalf of “Georgian Bay Forever”, a charity which studies pollutants and water levels on Georgian Bay. If you missed this presentation you will find the recording on our website.

    As we transition into cooler weather, some activities that are held indoors are requesting permission to resume. If you are a member of one or more of these groups please continue to follow the guidelines established by the Ontario and local health authorities to keep yourself and others safe; that is, wear a mask, keep your distance from others, and sanitize your hands.

    In closing, I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher

    Our Speaker on October 26 @ 2 PM

    Speaker: Christine Ibbotson "Ask the Money Lady"

    Christine is a Canadian Finance Coach with over 27 years’ experience in banking and financing.

    She is a certified financial planner, chartered investment manager, insurance broker, estate and tax planner, mortgage lender and commercial broker. 

    Christine has a degree in Economics and Finance from McMaster University and has written 4 Canadian finance books, and is a syndicated columnist with a weekly column in 630 newspapers across Canada.

    She has a radio show broadcasted across 243 radio stations, called “Ask The Money Lady”, which is now heard in Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.  As well, Christine has a new Call-in Radio Show that came out in September on Sirius XM.  

    Please check your emails in October, the day before the meeting date, for more information on how to join the meeting!

    Questions? Please contact:
    Brenda Rudolf or Beverly Forget (Speaker info)
    Nancy Dixon (Zoom info)

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

    This month we are featuring three of our Past Presidents that have served our Club over the past 20 years. We would still like to include as many of our Past Presidents as possible in our Grapevine newsletter for the remainder of 2021. Please forward your photo and short biography to Hank Bouwman so that we can recognize you in one of our future Grapevine Newsletters.

    Hank Bouwman, Anniversary Chair 
    Vicki Kellar / Martin Buscher /Stella Zahradnik

    Our Past Presidents

    Carolyn Leonetti 2006
    Carolyn received her accountant designation in 1982 and spent her career working in the Toronto area as VP Finance for a number of large American owned retailers and Fortune 500 companies. Skiing initially attracted Carolyn and her husband, Ernie to this area and they built their home here in 1989 before moving here permanently 17 years ago. Carolyn noted, “I never thought we would retire here, always imagined the city life, but we kept getting drawn up here more and more days and here we are after the best move we ever made - love the area.”

    The people at Probus is what she enjoys most as she has met some great people over the years, that she now calls friends. The numerous activities that Probus offers are an added bonus for meeting people as they are run by great volunteers who make joining their groups fun and interesting. Carolyn served as our President in 2006 as well as participating in wood carving, cooking together, gourmet dining and attended the picnics, golf and numerous outings.

    Carolyn and Ernie love to travel, with their favourite destination being Italy, and they enjoy skiing, biking, golf, cooking, dinner parties, swimming and fitness classes. Carolyn also volunteers as an accountant for a number of area churches, non-profit organizations and recently completed our Probus financial review. She also did volunteer work with seniors through VON until Covid-19. Carolyn stated, “Enjoy every day no matter what you are doing as life is short – love your family and friends.”

    Joanne Vivona 2016
    Joanne was a teacher-librarian in a French Immersion elementary school in the York Region. She has been a happy resident of the apple orchard areas of Clarksburg for 12 years. Some 40 years ago her husband Angelo was involved in the initial construction of Apple Jack. They visited the area often and appreciated the small town feel and rural beauty. Beaver Valley Probus Club offered the opportunity to make connections in the community and participate in activities, since they didn’t know anyone in this area. “The variety and knowledge of the membership was intriguing.”

    Joanna noted, “To better feel comfortable in this big club, I first volunteered for the toughest job of all - making and serving beverages and cookies at social time!” She served as Co-Secretary and then as our President in 2016. Her greatest achievement in that role was organizing, with a competent team, the successful Beaver Valley Probus Club 15th anniversary with Dan Needles ensuring laughter. She was involved with recreational biking, snowshoeing, kayaking, scrabble, book club, and casual dining. She is currently on the Library Board and volunteers at her Church.

    Joanna says, “Life only gives back on personal investment. So volunteer your services. In this way Probus Beaver Valley can continue to prosper from its bright, committed membership.”

    Howard Kitchen 2015
    Howard was in the retail lumber and home improvement business in the greater Toronto area with Lansing Buildall, for 42 years. He opened 3 branches and was also responsible for marketing and communications for the company. Howard started their in-house advertising department which gained acceptance by all media outlets. Howard and his wife, Ruth, bought a recreational farm property in this area in 1973 for weekends and holiday use and sold it in 2006 and moved into their permanent new home in Thornbury in 2010. Their beautiful gardens were featured on a St George’s Anglican Church tour.

    Howard stated that “Beaver Valley Probus is a wonderful way to meet people and the best way to do that is to participate in several activities. In addition, the monthly meetings feature interesting speakers.” He enjoyed the hiking and snowshoeing, Dining Around Town as well as the Dining with Flair group and the opportunity to gather in the homes of members. Howard noted, “I would encourage members to participate in the opportunities provided by the management group.” Howard looked after the monthly speakers and then served as our President in 2015, finding it a very rewarding experience working with so many volunteers.

    Howard served on the Board of Lakefield College for 20 years, The Community Foundation of Oakville for 10 years and The Great Oakville Dream Home Lottery, raising about $7,000,000 for the local hospital and other charities. He is also a member of the Parish Council of St George’s Anglican Church in Clarksburg. Howard and Ruth celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June and look forward to Howard's 85th birthday in November.


    Sheffield Park Black History and Cultural Museum Tour
    Don Collins-Williams, Nancy Dixon, Heather Buscher

    The Beaver Valley Probus Club arranged a private tour of the Sheffield Park Black History and Cultural Museum on September 29 for twenty-five members. The interest was so great, that the session filled up in less than 2 hours. Luckily, the museum co-owner, Carolynn Wilson, graciously agreed to host an additional session in the afternoon for another 25 members.

    The self-guided tour began in the large exhibit hall of African Beginnings, and took us through the passage on the slave ships, to the routes to freedom depicted on the Underground Railroad quilts. Next, members took the Heritage Walk to visit the various outbuildings to see what local black pioneer life was like. The Great Lakes Shipping exhibit highlighted the black settlers contribution to the local shipping industry, with some fantastic model ships. The last stop on the walk was the amazing doll and black memorabilia collection. See the slideshow for highlights of this interesting and informative tour.


    Activity Groups Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

    It is wonderful to see activities ongoing, and more members participating in events. The good weather brought many outdoors, meeting safely and remaining active. Many members enjoyed hiking, biking, and canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Dining groups have re-started, beginning with outdoor dining, and are now ready to safely meet indoors. It is looking like a return to some semblance of normalcy is right around the corner! Thanks to all who are participating, and especially to the activity leaders for their work in making this happen.

    Paddleboarding
    Ilene Rushefsky Charland 

    Though the season was short, those who came out on their paddle boards enjoyed being out on the water, getting exercise, and making new friends. I think our best outing was a sunset paddle, in which we paddled out a few hundred feet from shore to watch one of our spectacular Georgian Bay sunsets. Wow— what a sky! Thank you to all those who participated, and I look forward to next season.

    Canoeing & Kayaking
    Lucie Dejardins & Kirby Philp

    We were able to get out for one enjoyable paddle on the Beaver River in September. Unfortunately mother nature did not cooperate and we were rained out for our scheduled paddle on the Nottawasaga River later in the month. This wraps up this season for the Canoeing and Kayaking Group. We would like to thank all who participated and we look forward to another good year on the water starting next spring. Take a look at our Canoeing & Kayaking Slideshow to see some of the highlights of the season.

    Casual Dining
    Marjorie & David Allin

    During the summer months we had three picnics planned at the Meaford Harbour Pavilion. We were rained out in July, but the sun shone on our August and September gatherings. It was so good to see people again! For October and the following months, we will be returning to indoor gatherings at members’ homes with Covid protocols in place. Our notices for October have been sent directly to those who are registered for the Casual Dining Activity Group. Please contact us for more information.

    Dining With Flair
    Debbie Catto, Marion Stewart, Shellie Smith, Mary Bryant,  Eileen Scott, Sallie Kedwell 

    How happy we were in July to have our first of 3 dining events, each one very different from the others, each time moving closer to what we remember as normal Dining with Flair. We never forgot our need to comply with all of the regulations however. In July we held a picnic for all who accepted the invitation, at the beautiful country home of John and Barb Thompson. It was their property we enjoyed, not going inside of course, each couple eating their own picnic, bringing everything they needed. Easy hosting that time and well deserved as we were saying good bye to the Thompsons after many wonderful events at their home over the years. They have now moved to Edmonton. Everyone had loads of fun as we introduced a new horse racing game, initiated by Jim and Eileen Scott.

    In August, Don and Sheila Churchill hosted a smaller group on their deck , again each couple/person brought their own picnic. A good time was had by all with no shortage of chit chat—something we all feel deprived of these days.

    Twenty people responded in September to our Dining with Flair invitation resulting in 2 host locations; the lovely home and garden of Al and Shellie Smith and the country farm of Don and Debbie Catto. This time we were able to have a modified version of our usual functioning, allowing us to enjoy our guests cooking and still following careful Covid protocol. The Smiths served a delicious dinner of pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon with a honey drizzle. At the Catto's, guests enjoyed visiting their barn full of Holstein pregnant ladies before dinner and munching on s’mores around a bonfire after dinner. A new kind of flair for sure.

    The committee welcomes more members to join our Activity Group anytime and not to be intimidated by the name Dining with Flair. Take a look at our Dining With Flair Slideshow to see some photos of our get togethers! We have all learned during this Pandemic that anything goes as long as we all have fun and stay safe.

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    Our Dining Around Town group held our 2nd session at Ted’s Range Road Diner (close to Meaford) on September 23 with thirty-one members signed up. Following cocktails, our menu included a salad or soup and a choice of Bison Striploin, Sea Food Bake, Prime Rib, Salmon or Chicken Parmesan. It made for an enjoyable evening visiting with friends.

    Our next group dinner will be on Tuesday, October 19 at The Curly Willow Eatery in Collingwood. It is a small restaurant with indoor seating for 24 people, and it filled up quickly. We now have the option of a 2nd date on Tuesday, November 2, as we have sufficient members on our waitlist. The three-course menu includes soup or salad and choice of chicken, New York steak, or shrimp linguine and key lime cheesecake tart for $29 plus tax and gratuity. You can sign up on-line for the Dining Around Town Activity Group, so that you will receive invitations to all of our future dining functions!

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    Our September meeting on Passwords had stiff competition from the second visit to the Sheffield Museum and from some absolutely gorgeous autumn weather. If you missed that exciting session, you are welcome to look over these slides.

    October 27 is our next meeting and may be just the right time to talk about Phishing and scams. That's the term used to describe how cyber criminals make you do things you'll soon regret, all from your email inbox!

    Ski Legends
    Louise Armstrong

    The PROBUS Ski Legends committee continues to meet and update plans as to what we may be able to do locally when ski season starts. Members of Ski Legends will receive emails with all current Ski Legends activities and updates as they become available. 

    Two ski trips are available for the winter of 2022 and there is still room for people on both of the trips. Note that you must be a member of PROBUS Ski Legends to go on either one of the trips. The first trip is to Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta February 5-12, 2022. The second is to Sun Peaks, B.C. Monday February 28 - Thursday March 10, 2022. Booking deadline is November 30, 2021. Please go the the Probus Ski Legends web site (www.probusskilegends.ca) for complete information on both trips. The application form for Ski Legends membership is also available on the website.

    Photo Corner


    Here is a collection of photos sent in by our members. Far left rainbow shared by Caroline B, pear tree and sunset clouds (centre) shared by Debbie C, Tomahawk Golf Course (top right) and waves on the beach (bottom right) shared by Lucie D. Take a look at the Fall Slideshow for all 20 wonderful photos shared by our members.

    Recipe Corner

    Caroline B shared this wonderful Winter Grain Salad recipe—just in time for Thanksgiving!

    Click on the image to see the detailed instructions, or view the article by Greta Podleski on https://www.besthealthmag.ca/recipes/winter-grain-salad/

    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!

    Humour Corner



    Membership Renewals
    Pam Weaver and Kathy Mercer

    Membership renewals won't begin until December 1. They will be done online again, just like last year! So for those of you travelling south for the winter - you can complete the renewal and payment from anywhere with internet access! The reduced renewal fee has been extended through the 2022 membership year (50% reduction). More details to follow in the November Grapevine.

    Community Announcements

    The Blue Mountains Public Library is currently engaged in a Strategic Planning Study. They are looking for feedback about our community and the priorities you would like them to be aware of.

    They are gathering information through a variety of avenues and invite you to participate. The Community Consultation section of the Library website lists all of the upcoming events being held. You can participate in a variety of focus groups and sign up for CEO/Governance Drop-ins. Please take time to share your thoughts about the Blue Mountains Library as they plan for its future.

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

    Life is the Art of Drawing Without an Eraser.
    John W. Gardner

    Grapevine Editors Note

    Thank you to all our members who have submitted articles, photographs, puzzles and cartoons. We continue to rely on your contributions and welcome any suggestions you might have. 

    Heather Buscher
    Nancy Dixon

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Colleen Wilson-Dick | Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    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 07, 2021 5:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

    Welcome back! After a wonderful summer we are ready to begin our monthly meetings with some informative speakers for your enjoyment. Our first one is on Tuesday, September 28th. Please join us for our Zoom meeting and listen to the speaker from “Georgian Bay Forever”. Learn what we can do to help keep Georgian Bay protected from plastics and other pollutants.

    I certainly enjoyed the summer and I hope that you did too. There were so many opportunities to get outside and participate in activities such as golfing, walking, cycling, kayaking, sailing, hiking, etc. or just sitting and enjoying the warm weather. I would like to thank our many Activity Leaders who resumed their outdoor activities this summer to engage members of our club. Everyone followed the provincial and local health guidelines to keep themselves and others safe while participating. Thank you also to the other Activity Leaders who have continued their activities on-line over the summer.

    The COVID-19 pandemic is still with us, as we live through the fourth wave. We miss our Probus Club in-person meetings, however, now is not the time to gather indoors for Probus meetings. As summer begins to wane we can look forward to the beautiful autumn colours that the Fall season brings.

    Enjoy the rest of the summer. Until we meet again, “Keep calm and keep safe.”

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher

    New PROBUS CANADA President

    It is with pleasure that we announce the election of our own District #7 Director, Bob MacNair, to President of PROBUS CANADA. The vote took place at the Annual General Meeting in May. Our sincere congratulations go to Bob and we wish him a successful and productive year.

    Our Speaker on September 28 @ 2 PM

    Brooke Harrison, "Divert and Capture" Project Coordinator for Georgian Bay Forever (GBF), will be our Guest Speaker for our September meeting.

    Topic: Plastics in our Local Waterways

    Brooke Harrison is the coordinator for GBF's Divert & Capture project—the fight to keep microplastics out of our water. Brooke lives, works, and plays around Georgian Bay. Calling Tobermory home, she enjoys boating, hiking, swimming, and protecting Georgian Bay. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Trent University in Environmental and Earth Sciences.

    Please check your emails in September, a day or two before the meeting, for more information on how to join the meeting!

    Questions? Please contact:
    Brenda Rudolf or Beverly Forget (Speaker info)
    Heather Buscher (Website, Zoom info)

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

    This month we are featuring two of our Past Presidents that have served our Club over the past 20 years. Our aim is to include as many of our Past Presidents as possible in our Grapevine newsletter for the remainder of 2021. Please forward your photo and short biography to Hank Bouwman so that we can recognize you in one of our future Grapevine Newsletters.

    We still welcome your ideas on how we can celebrate this special milestone in 2021 and ask you to contact anyone on our Anniversary Committee listed below with your suggestions.

    Hank Bouwman, Anniversary Chair 
    Vicki Kellar / Martin Buscher /Stella Zahradnik

    Our Past Presidents

    Pat Wright - 2018

    Pat was a professional fundraiser and worked in the health care, international development and education fields in Hamilton, Toronto and Burlington. Her late husband, George, was a diplomat at the beginning of their careers and they lived in Philadelphia and Budapest, before moving to Burlington. They retired to Thornbury 6 years ago after coming to the area for the last 25 years to bike, hike, golf and ski as members of Georgian Peaks Ski Club. Their neighbours invited them for dinner when they retired and told them all about the Probus Club here in Thornbury. They suggested that they had to meet more people than their Peaks friends. "We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more people in the community and the many activities of the Club. I have served on International Boards, community organizations and health care boards, so the opportunity to get more involved in this community was greatly appreciated. I met and worked with a dynamic and involved group of people on the Management Committee." Pat served as a Director At Large and then President in 2018. Pat and George were both active in the dining with flair, hiking, biking, bird watching as well as the ski group.

    Pat noted that Probus is a social club, which she feels is very important when you move to a new community or retire. "The club provides an opportunity to meet people with similar interests, but also develop new interests and get to know your community better." She now serves on the Collingwood Hospital Foundation Board and has met even more active people in our community. "I encourage all members, especially new members to get involved with a committee or serve on the Management Team as their background and experiences will help to direct and enrich the future of our Probus Club."

    Ken Kelley - 2009
    Ken purchased a waterfront lot near Thornbury in the early 1960’s. Ken and Jean (also pictured here, on the right), built their home on this lot in 1975 and retired there in 1995 while having benefited from all the amenities and interesting people the area offers. “For us Probus was the key to meeting and making area friends.” They participated in hiking, euchre, casual dining, dining around town and travelling Probus activities. “We were fortunate to enjoy several of Adrienne Corti’s small travel groups to Italy, France and Croatia.” Ken served as our Club’s President in 2009, and has also been active with bocce at the Probus picnic for many years. Ken noted “my involvement with the Management Team was a time of learning and an opportunity to contribute, in small measure, for the benefits we have received from Probus. We greatly miss the meetings, the activity groups and look forward to seeing our friends again.”


    Activity Groups Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

    Recreational Cycling
    Caroline Bacher 

    We resumed our cycling group safely, following the local health guidelines. Our first ride was Monday, June 28th in Thornbury. The weather cooperated and we were able to cycle every Monday, except long weekends. We have cycled the Thornbury, Meaford and Collingwood trails and quiet roads twice following different routes. We have also cycled around the Blue Mountains and the Georgian Trail. You can see some of the photos from our trips in the Recreational Cycling Slideshow. In September we will go farther afield to Midland and Wasaga Beach. Thank you to Vicki and Terry Kellar and Maureen Hussey for leading some of the rides! It has been fun to get out together and have a chance to chat!

    Hiking
    Cynthia Sampson

    What a joy it has been this summer to re-connect with friends old and new on our glorious trails. We have climbed to the summit of the escarpment, and descended into the depths of amazing dolomite crevices. We have hiked a boardwalk across a marsh and observed the remnants of an old homestead. We have viewed stunning vistas and observed delicate wildflowers and ferns and brilliant red fungi. Some of our hikes have been quite challenging, and others more leisurely, but they are always engaging, enlightening and companionable outings and a pretty good workout in the bargain! There are some great photos of past hikes - see the Hiking Slideshow on the website - and there are plenty of great hikes still coming up. Trout Hollow and Jones Falls are the next two on the schedule, so please do come on out and join us!

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

    The Ramblers group enjoyed numerous outings from Country roads in Thornbury and Clarksburg, historic architecture in Creemore (Ye olde Jail), not to mention some very beautiful homes. A recent trip to Harrison Park and Inglis Falls was the most exciting yet. The latest outing to the Sheffield Black History and Cultural Museum was so rich in history and art, that we plan a return visit soon! Thanks to my assistants Caroline Bacher, Heather Buscher, Ilene Rushefsky Charland and Maureen Hussey but mostly a big thank you to our Ramblers putting up with my jokes and maps. You are the best! Don't forget to check out the latest photos on the Rambers Slideshow!

    Canoeing & Kayaking
    Lucie Dejardins & Kirby Philp

    It was a real adventure to revive the Canoeing & Kayaking Activity Group—as we are new members ourselves! After a slow start where the weather was not too cooperative, we have experienced many enjoyable paddles. We have had a great group of paddlers in both canoes and kayaks and it has been tremendous fun, experiencing magnificent scenery and wonderful camaraderie. We have explored the Beaver River several times, as well as  Lake Eugenia, Nottawasaga River (out of Wasaga) and the Sauble River. We have seen Osprey, muskrat, beavers, Blue Herons, ducks, turtles and our biggest highlight was finding a nest of Trumpeter Swans with cygnets. Take a look at our Canoeing & Kayaking slideshow to see some of the highlights. We plan to continue the bi-weekly outings into mid October (weather permitting) and hope for some more awesome paddles and fun with the group. Thanks to all of the group for making it so enjoyable. We would also like to thank Ilene, Colleen and Heather for their support and advice along the way with scheduling and registration.

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    Following a 1 ½ year break due to the pandemic, we were finally able to hold our long awaited dining around town dinner at Mylar & Loreta's Restaurant in Singhampton on Thursday, August 19. Thirty-four members participated, pre-selecting their dinner entrée on-line with a choice of prime rib, turkey or grilled salmon, along with a choice of soup/salad and delicious dessert. Our group met at 5 pm for cocktails—there was lots of catching up to do—and then enjoyed a delicious dinner. The restaurant seats were well spaced with dividers keeping everyone comfortable and safe. Participating members commented that it was so nice to have a reason to dress up, and for many it was their first visit to a restaurant in a very long time. Participants were also asked if they would be interested in trying a luncheon sometime during the winter months and the responses were positive, so we will investigate this further. We have a total of 110 Probus members signed up for Dining Around Town, so stay tuned to find out when and where we will dine next!

    Travel Group
    Gloria Thompson

    I was hoping to joyfully announce another try for the "Highlands and Islands of Scotland" for May 2022. I believe the same wholesaler will still be active, and our small deposits will be OK. Now, another blow has arrived with the Delta strain of this virus. All that can be said now is that we have to wait and see, and it must be safe for everyone. The CDC has now come out with more countries in trouble including Ireland and France. Will it never end? I know there are members who are itching to go on this tour, as am I. It is a pity that this COVID virus didn't start in Las Vegas……you know what they say, "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas"!

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    The Computer Group will restart on September 29 at 2 PM. This Zoom session will feature the use of Password Managers, which have become indispensable in a world of increasing cyber threats. Register with the Computer Group prior to September 22 to receive the invitation with meeting details.
    • What is a good password? A long one!
    • How long? As long as you can remember! 
    • What if I can't remember? Call the (password) manager!

    Ski Legends
    Louise Armstrong

    The PROBUS Ski Legends committee has been meeting throughout the spring and summer to discuss and plan what we may be able to do when ski season starts. As Covid-19 continues to influence our actions, more details about local ski activities will be coming later in the Fall and throughout the Winter. All members of Ski Legends will receive emails with all current Ski Legends activities and updates as they become available.

    Two ski trips are available for the winter of 2022 and there is still room for people on both of the trips. Note that you must be a member of PROBUS Ski Legends to go on either one of the trips. The first trip is to Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta February 5-12, 2022. Accommodation is at the Chateau Lake Louise for 4 nights and Banff Springs Hotel for 3 nights. Cost is $2805 per person double occupancy. Booking deadline is November 15, 2021. The second is to Sun Peaks, B.C. Monday February 28 - Thursday March 10, 2022. Accommodation is at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel. Cost is $2920 per person double occupancy. Booking deadline is November 30, 2021. Please go the the Probus Ski Legends web site (www.probusskilegends.ca) for complete information on both trips. The application form for Ski Legends membership is also available on the website.

    Photo Corner


    Can you spot both dragonflies?  Summer photos shared by Alan Spence (top left), Caroline Bacher (top middle and right), Lucie Desjardins (bottom left and middle) and Ilene Rushefsky Charland (bottom right). Take a look at the Summer Slideshow for other wonderful photos shared by our members.

    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!

    Humour Corner



    The above meme was shared by John Van Der Ster. It was one of a collection, so more to come!

    Back to School thoughts below were shared by Hank Bouwman.

    In Memoriam

    George Wright passed away peacefully in hospital on August 9th. He had an illustrious career as an international trade specialist in both the Diplomatic Service and private sector. Over the years George participated in the skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, cycling and winter walkers activity groups. Our sincere condolences to his wife, Pat and family.

    The Last Word

    Marion Stewart, Past President

    "Friends are the people who make you smile brighter, laugh louder, and live better."
    Unknown

    Grapevine Editors Note

    Thank you to all our members who have submitted articles, photographs, puzzles and cartoons. We continue to rely on your contributions and welcome your suggestions as well. Many thanks!

    Heather Buscher
    Nancy Dixon

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Colleen Wilson-Dick | Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    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 03, 2021 7:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

    It is now the first of June and this morning I was sitting outside enjoying the sunshine and listening to the birds with my last cup of coffee, thinking what a wonderful world we live in.

    I know that this pandemic has hit us hard. We cannot mingle with friends freely and perhaps some of us haven’t seen our family for over a year now. However, with the numbers of COVID-19 decreasing “there is light at the end of this tunnel”! It looks hopeful that we can get together in small groups outside of our household this summer.

    That is where your Probus club can help. Some leaders of small group activities have submitted their plans for a restart, following the government health regulations to do so safely. These are mostly outdoor activities so that members can get outside again to enjoy the nice warm days ahead. So sign up for the activities that interest you and let’s get moving again.

    Although in-person meetings are not possible at this time, we have been able to meet via Zoom for our monthly meetings. Thank you to those of you who have joined these meetings. Your participation greatly enhances everyone’s experience. It helps to keep us connected. Our next monthly meeting will be on June 22nd when we will listen to Andrew Major talk about migratory birds.

    Going forward, your Management Committee is working on plans for a different type of meeting in order to accommodate those members who may want to join in a physical setting. This is called a Hybrid Zoom meeting where some members will be able to attend physically, while others continue to join the meeting via Zoom at home. More information will be forthcoming once we receive the permission to restart. In the meantime, I hope that you all enjoy a safe and healthy summer, ‘til we meet again! “ Stop and smell the roses.”

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher


    Our Speaker on June 22 @ 2 PM

    Andrew Major, Wildlife Technician and local wildlife expert, will be our guest speaker in June.

    Topic: Migratory Birds and How to Identify Them!

    Now that migratory birds are back and paired up, they will be nesting and protecting territories with their calls, songs and bright colours. This gives us an opportunity to test our identification skills.

    In this presentation we will go over key features to watch for and how to use them, to put a name to the birds. We will then discuss about 20 species that are in our backyard and how to recognize them. Some of the birds will be compared to others that may be challenging to identify. I will also touch on "Birds Canada" and how to participate in annual events.

    Andrew Major grew up in the countryside of Meaford, and currently lives in Clearview County. For Andrew's biography, please click here.


    Questions?
    Please contact:
    Brenda Rudolf or Beverly Forget (Speaker info)
    Heather Buscher (Website, Zoom info)

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

    As part of our 20th Anniversary celebration, we would like to recognize our Past Presidents, who have all been such an important part of our Beaver Valley Probus Club. We would like to include as many of our Past Presidents as possible, with a short bio and photo in our Grapevine newsletter, starting in September until the end of the year. Please forward your bio to Hank Bouwman so that we can recognize you in one of our future newsletters.

    This month, Vicki Kellar has written a wonderful article detailing 20 years of theatre memories for us. Please see below.

    We still welcome your ideas on how we can celebrate this special milestone in 2021 and ask you to contact anyone on our Anniversary Committee listed below with your suggestions.

    Hank Bouwman, Anniversary Chair 
    Vicki Kellar / Martin Buscher /Stella Zahradnik

    Our Past Presidents


    20th Anniversary Theatre Memories
    Vicki Kellar

    Who knew that our Beaver Valley members were such ardent theatre aficionados? Since 2005, when we enjoyed Lost in Yonkers in Drayton, Hello Dolly in Stratford and Les Miserables at Toronto’s Mirvish, 30 theatre trips have been organized by our Social committee, which originated with Wilma O’Brien and Stella Zahradnik.

    The majority of our excursions were to The Stratford Festival, Dancap Productions, Toronto, and since 2013 we also enjoyed more local productions at the King's Wharf Theatre. Read more about the wonderful excursions and browse through the photos and slideshow on our 20th Anniversary Theatre Memories page!

    Activity Groups Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

     
    We know that our members are anxious to begin activities. However, we are required to wait until the province and the Grey Bruce health unit allow gatherings of those outside of your household before commencing activities. We are just as excited to begin outings as you are, and will contact activity group leaders as soon as the announcement of the start up date is made (Step 1). In the interim, we encourage all of you to stay active!

    Sign-ups are still ongoing, and outdoor activities will start soon. Click on the yellow Activities button above, to see the list of Activity Groups and check out the individual Activity Group webpages. There is detailed information about the Activity Group and a Registration button on each page! (You will need to register to be on the new list for this year, even if you were registered in the group last year.)

    Outdoor groups such as Ramblers, Hiking, Canoeing & Kayaking and the Cycling groups are getting ready to start, as soon as Provincial regulations allow. Other groups (book clubs, computer group etc) will continue to meet online. As we move through the 'steps' of reopening, and the weather gets warmer, other groups will be looking to start as well. Make sure that you have signed up for the Activity Groups you are interested in, so that you get the detailed information and don't miss out!

    Ski Legends
    Louise Armstrong

    Calling all skiers! Ski Legends group ski trips for 2022 will be on sale by the end of June. Two trips are planned: one for Lake Louise and Banff; the second for Sun Peaks. It is anticipated that spots will sell very quickly as there is a huge pent up demand. You must be a member of a Probus group and of Probus Ski Legends for 2021-2022 to sign up for the trips. If you were a member of Probus Ski Legends over the past two years, you will receive an email with more information about the trips within the next 2 to 4 weeks. If you are not a member of Ski Legends and are interested in these trips, you are encouraged to join Ski Legends so you will receive information about the trips. See the Ski Legends activity page for more information and to download the Ski Legends Membership Form. Please contact Louise Armstrong with any questions.

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    Digital Inheritance was the topic of our online meeting in May. What should your executor know about your iTunes collection, your software licenses, your passwords, your digital wallets, your social media accounts, etc? You can refer to this presentation with pertinent information, but it is always better to participate in our lively discussions! For our June 23 meeting bring your questions about All Things Google and let's see if we can find answers together! If you haven't signed up for the Computer Group yet, you can do so from here.

    Photo Corner

    Lucie Desjardins again shared some incredible photos of birds in her backyard. Very appropriate for this month's membership meeting! 

    Take a look at the Spring Slideshow for other wonderful photos shared by our members. Please send any photos to share to Heather Buscher.

    Butter Tart Challenge

    To all you road warriors, hikers and ramblers: We are on a search for the best butter tarts in the area. Thanks to Linda Rylott and Peter & Ann Smith for participating. Linda enjoys Grandma Lambe's and Peter and Ann like the Blackbird Pie Company in Heathcote.

    We would like to expand our challenge through the summer. Please send a photo of your "indulgence" and why you like,  along with the name and location of the bakery to Nancy Dixon. We will record and vote on the best entry!

    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!

    Don't forget the Giant Plant Sale at St. George's Anglican Church in Clarksburg on Saturday, June 12 at 8:00 AM.

    Humour Corner

    She's got a point! 

    Click on the image to watch this hilarious video by Nicole Oliver (TikTok@mamoliverr).

    Shared by Elsbeth Wright!

    Trivia Trifecta

    Shared by Mary Livingston. Mary enjoys creating trivia rounds for her family's game days and shared some of her efforts with us. Look out for more trivia from Mary in our September issue!


    Happy Father's Day - Sunday, June 20


    Community Announcements

    Lobsterfest - July 3, 2021. Beat back the Covid Doldrums and help support local community groups!  For details and to place your order, please visit https://lobsterfest.blue, call 519-599-3345 or email lobsterfestblue@gmail.com

    Trivia Trifecta Answers


    The Last Word

    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Team

    Editors Heather Buscher, Nancy Dixon
    Photography Cheryl Besley
    Distribution Nancy Dixon
    Website Heather Buscher, Nancy Dixon


    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Colleen Wilson-Dick | Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    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 05, 2021 10:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

    The lovely month of May is finally here! The birds are singing, the daffodils and tulips are blooming. We have so much to enjoy during the warm days ahead.

    We had a very successful first Activities eFair Zoom meeting on April 27th. Thank you to those of you who joined us for this meeting. We thank all of the presenters and organizers of this important event! The sign up for activities continues on our website. I hope that you find activities that suit you.

    We are living in unprecedented times. The pandemic continues with a resurgence of cases. Many of our activities have continued throughout this past year by going on-line. Outdoor activities such as “Winter Walkers” and “Snowshoeing” resumed safely following the provincial health guidelines such as, wearing masks and keeping 2 metres apart during our outings. Other outdoor activities will resume under similar restrictions. It is our priority to keep all of our members safe.

    Socializing with others is an integral part of belonging to a Probus Club. We can all do our part to keep ourselves and those around us safe, by following the provincial health guidelines, including getting the vaccine against COVID-19.

    It is my hope that life can get back to some kind of normal by the autumn. In the few months remaining before we have a break for the summer, we have two interesting topics for our May and June Zoom meetings.

    In May we will listen to David Chapman, weather photographer, speak about Ontario’s wild weather patterns and see some incredible photos. In June, local biologist, Andrew Major, will talk about migratory birds and the birds we see at our feeders. Watch for the emails which will have the link to these informative meetings.

    I hope that the spring will bring hope to all of us for a better summer ahead.

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher





    Our Speaker on May 25 @ 2 PM

    We are very fortunate to have obtained David T. Chapman as our May online speaker. He is a well-known, professional speaker and photographer, who enjoys entertaining and educating audiences. He is an expert on weather, aurora borealis and Ontario scenery, birds and wildlife.

    Topic: "Wild, Weird and Wacky Weather"

    In a province that is so vast and surrounded by the Great Lakes, it is no wonder we have some of the most interesting weather in the world. It offers such a variety all year round because of its terrain, temperature variations and location. Learn about Fallstreak Holes, Superior Mirages and discover how far south the Aurora Borealis can actually be seen. This presentation combines Ontario's weather uniqueness, power and beauty all wrapped into one.

    You won't want to miss this event! Join the show! Bring your questions and engage our speaker. This should prove to be a very informative and entertaining meeting. 


    Check your email the day before the meeting for the Zoom link to this event.

    Questions? Please contact:
    Brenda Rudolf or Beverly Forget (Speaker info)
    Heather Buscher (Website, Zoom info)

    Activity eFair Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick


    Thank you to everyone who participated in the eFair, during our April 27 zoom meeting. We had over 60 members participate, and the management team, the presenters, and the members asking questions, all contributed to its success!

    Sign-ups are still ongoing, and registrations are coming in quickly. Don't miss out! Registering soon will ensure that you get important emails regarding the start dates of your favourite activities! Although many activities are still on-hold, some outdoor activities are already starting at the end of this month.

    Click on the yellow Activities button above, to see the list of Activity Groups and check out the individual Activity webpages. There is detailed information about the Activity Group and a Registration button on each page! (You will need to register to be on the new list for this year, even if you were registered in the group last year.)

    Please stay safe and active!

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

    This month we are featuring another four of our founding members (see the Founding Members section below), and starting in June we will spotlight some of our past presidents.

    We still welcome your ideas on how we can celebrate this special milestone in 2021 and ask you to contact anyone on our Anniversary Committee listed below with your suggestions.

    Hank Bouwman, Anniversary Chair 
    Vicki Kellar / Martin Buscher /Stella Zahradnik

    Our Founding Members

    Each month we will feature some of our founding members. If you are one of the original members who joined the club in 2001 - we would like to hear from you! Please contact Hank Bouwman hebouwman@rogers.com.

    Bruno & Heidi Schulze
    Prior to retirement, Bruno worked in Engineering and Heidi in Accounting. The couple has lived in the area for over 50 years; for the first 30 years as "cottagers" and then moved here permanently in 2000. They enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, sailing, windsurfing and playing tennis year round. They joined the snowshoe group for a number of years and Heidi did a lot of hiking with the hiking group. “We have been skiing for over 50 years and Bruno plays a lot of tennis”. Bruno started the investment group and was the President of the Investment group for over 10 years. “We enjoy the monthly Probus speakers and have met many friends through our Probus Membership”.

    Don & Debbie Catto
    Don and Debbie grew up in Toronto and Hamilton respectively, married and lived in Toronto while working. Don worked in investments and Debbie as a devoted Public Health nurse. They lived for the weekends spent at Don’s small “ski cabin” which he had built in the early sixties at the bottom of the Craigleith hills. As a charter member he had purchased 2 lots for $600.00 each before the club was barely up and running.

    Retirement in 2000 resulted in a move out of Toronto to Craigleith where they reconstructed a square log house, next door to the original chalet of the ski in/ski out variety. They learned that a new Probus Club was forming and went to the first meeting in 2001 and signed up. “Beaver Valley Probus: the best decision we ever made”. They met a wonderful group of friends, all who were looking for the same life as they were. They participated in hiking, snowshoeing, dining with flair, dine around and cooking together. “Dining together and enjoying a glass or two of wine proved to be the best way to make friends. It was instant fun and we have never looked back. We now look forward to celebrating with all of you, the 20th Anniversary of Beaver Valley Probus.”

    Photo Corner

    More signs of spring - Common Grackles! Shared by Lucie Desjardins.


    Click on the image to see more photos submitted by our members!
    Please keep your photos coming! Email Heather Buscher.

    Activity Groups Update

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

    Although the name has changed (formerly Winter Walkers), we will continue our weekly exploration of country roads and "ramble" all year long. Our first walk is planned for the end of May. Make sure you sign-up for the Ramblers Activity Group to get more information about our upcoming walks.

    Hiking 
    Cynthia Sampson

    We are kicking off the season a little differently this year, with an urban "Meaford Industrial Historic Walk" at the end of the month, led by the very knowledgeable Dennis Knight. We will then head back into nature for our subsequent hikes, beginning with a hike in beautiful Silent Valley, also led by Dennis! Sandy Tulloch and Vicki Kellar are also lining up some wonderful hikes for us, and of course if anyone else would like to volunteer to lead us as well, we'd be delighted! Please see the Hiking Activity Page for more information and to register to join the group!

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    The computer group met online in April for a very lively discussion on organizing documents "in the cloud" using Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. The next meeting is May 26 @ 2:00 pm and the topic is Digital Inheritance.

    Mobile App: Directory Access and more!

    Did you know you could access our Members Directory and sign-up for Activities with a mobile app?


    The app is called Wild Apricot for Members. You can also use it to update your own contact information!  It is super easy to use, and only requires you to login once.

    The Road to the Best Butter Tarts

    To all you road warriors, hikers and ramblers: We are on a search for the best butter tarts in the area. Reply to this email with the name and location of the best best place to get butter tarts made on site. A vote will be forthcoming!

    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 May!

    Humour Corner

     


    Happy Mother's Day - Sunday, May 9


    Community Announcements


    Do you have trouble with your computer, tablet, or phone?
    Maybe Cyber Seniors can help!

    This non-profit organization connects high schoolers looking for volunteer hours with seniors needing help. You can call them at 844-217-3057 to book an appointment. This is a free service. Cyber Seniors also offers interesting webinars. Take a look at their website at https://cyberseniors.org/

    We do not yet know how well this works, so please let us know about your experience by email to beavervalleyprobus@gmail.com.

    In Memoriam

    Marg Reid, a member since 2013, passed away peacefully at home on April 24. Marg was active in the pole walking and hiking groups. We extend our deepest sympathies to her husband, Bob. 

    Jim Couse, one of our founding members and a Bruce Trail enthusiast, passed away on April 27.

    Fred Young, a member since 2004, passed away last week. Fred was also a strong supporter of the Bruce Trail.

    The Last Word

    Marion Stewart, Past President

    "Joy is closer than you think" 

    Grapevine Team

    Editors Heather Buscher, Nancy Dixon
    Photography Cheryl Besley
    Distribution Nancy Dixon
    Website Heather Buscher, Nancy Dixon


    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Colleen Wilson-Dick | Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    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 07, 2021 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

    It has been over a year now since our in-person meetings have had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Many of us are feeling discouraged. However, there is encouragement if we believe that this too will pass and that we will be able to get together when circumstances change for the better.

    Many of you will have had the opportunity to get your vaccine. If you are unsure of how to access the site to book your vaccine, the details are found below. 

    “March has certainly come in like a lamb and gone out like a lion!” It is April Fools Day as I write this message and there is snow on the ground! Nevertheless, the one thing we can be certain of is that warmer temperatures are coming. The Crocuses, Snow Glories and Snowdrops are popping up everywhere. They remind us that Spring is here!

    April is the month when we hold our Activity Fair. Although we cannot meet in person, the fair will continue on-line. Registration assistance, description of activities and an opportunity to ask questions will be given during this eFair. Visit our website to see the many activities that our club provides, thanks to the volunteer leaders! Please join us to register for the activities that interest you on April 27th at 2:00 p.m. Further information will be forthcoming.

    Although many activities are not able to resume in-person at this time, leaders have come up with various ways to stay connected, such as Zoom meetings for Book Clubs, Euchre and the Computer Group! We encourage leaders to follow the Ontario Government and Local Health guidelines in order to resume their activity safely.

    In closing, I wish you all good health. Keep smiling and get outside to enjoy some of the sunny days ahead!

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher

    Our Meeting on April 27

    TopicActivities eFair
    Online: Zoom link will be emailed two days prior to the meeting

    Hosts: 
    Colleen Wilson-Dick and Ilene Rushefsky Charland, 
    Beaver Valley Probus Club Activities Co-convenors

    Although we are not meeting in-person for the annual Activity Fair, we will be hosting a meeting and eFair online! The presentation will cover the following:

    • Review of the online registration procedure
    • Description of the different Activity Groups, including what to expect this year
    • Opportunity to ask general questions of the activity group leaders

    We are requesting that everyone sign-up online again this year for the Activity Groups they are interested in. Sign-up is currently closed, but the new lists will open up on April 27 after the meeting!

    Speaker Recordings:

    Don't forget to check out our past speakers on our YouTube channel.

    Speaker Suggestions:

    If you have any suggestions for speakers, please contact one of our new Speaker's Co-chairs: Brenda Rudolf or Beverly Forget

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

    Our Club was featured in a couple of local newspapers, just in time for PROBUS  month and to celebrate our 20th Anniversary year. See the article on page 10 in the March 26 edition of the Blue Mountain Review!

    We would welcome your ideas on how we can celebrate this special milestone in 2021 and ask you to contact anyone on our Anniversary Committee listed below with your suggestions.

    Click on the image above to see all the wonderful anniversary photos we have collected so far!

    Hank Bouwman, Chair, Vicki Kellar, Martin Buscher, Stella Zahradnik

    Our Founding Members

    Each month we will feature some of our founding members. If you are one of the original members who joined the club in 2001 - we would like to hear from you! Please contact Hank Bouwman hebouwman@rogers.com.


    Wanda Winters

    Wanda was a teacher in Toronto for a year and then returned to Thornbury where she taught for over 40 years either full or part-time before retiring. She managed to take off for 8 years to raise her children. She was born in Thornbury and returned to her favourite place to live. She really enjoys the Probus Club speakers, meeting new friends and participating in our Hiking and Cross Country activities. Wanda did lots of stained glass in the past, loves to sew from clothes to quilts. She is presently making a quilt for each grandchild. Words of wisdom: “The highest form of wisdom is kindness”.

    John & Judith Helston
    John and Judith Helston moved to the delightful village of Clarksburg in 1996 following successful teaching careers in the Toronto area. "The idea of sailing, golfing and skiing was very appealing to us as we became full-time residents in the Beaver Valley". They have made new friends and enjoyed many Probus activities and speakers over the years as Founding Members of the Beaver Valley Probus Club. They both plan to "remain loyal members in the years to come".

    Beth & David Plank
    David was a dentist in Hamilton and was the president of the Hamilton Academy of Dentistry. He also belonged to the Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and was the President of the International Dental Study Club. David met Beth at Craigleith Ski Club where both were members. Beth was an art teacher and then got her papers at U of T and became the first female shop teacher in Ontario. They have enjoyed skiing, canoeing, biking, snowshoeing and the French club as well as volunteering for 3 years at Errinrung. David and Beth spend their summers at their cottage in Quebec. They enjoy going out to dinner more than once a week, and are really missing our Probus Dining Around Town activity during the current pandemic. “Can't wait for all of us to be Covid safe”.

    Photo Corner

    Daffodils - a  sure sign of spring! Shared by Caroline B.


    Click on the image to see more photos submitted by our members!
    Please keep your photos coming! Email Heather Buscher.

    Activity Groups Update

    Ramblers (Winter Walkers)

    Nancy Dixon
    Although the name has changed, we will continue our weekly exploration of country roads! The plan is to now "ramble" all year long. Hopefully, once a month in the future, we can enjoy a coffee stop or an outdoor lunch after we have explored the different communities. Make sure you sign-up for the Ramblers activity group at the eFair later this month!

    Computer Group

    Martin Buscher

    The computer group met online in March for a discussion on Google Sheets. The next meeting is April 28 @ 2:00 pm and will talk about how to organize documents "in the cloud" using Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.

    Mobile App: Directory Access and more!

    Did you know you could access our Members Directory and sign-up for Activities with a mobile app?


    The app is called Wild Apricot for Members. You can also use it to update your own contact information!  It is super easy to use, and only requires you to login once.


    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 April!

    Humour Corner

    • I was going to wear my camouflage shirt today, but I couldn't find it. 
    • I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger, then it hit me. 
    • If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you. 
    • To write with a broken pencil is pointless. 
    • Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

       

    Community Announcements


    Do you have trouble with your computer, tablet, or phone?
    Maybe Cyber Seniors can help!

    This non-profit organization connects high schoolers looking for volunteer hours with seniors needing help. You can call them at 844-217-3057 to book an appointment. This is a free service. Cyber Seniors also offers interesting webinars. Take a look at their website at https://cyberseniors.org/

    We do not yet know how well this works, so please let us know about your experience by email to beavervalleyprobus@gmail.com.

    The Last Word

    Marion Stewart, Past President

    "Don't let yesterday take up too much of today." 
    Will Rogers

    Grapevine Team

    Editor Heather Buscher, Nancy Dixon
    Photography Cheryl Besley
    Distribution Nancy Dixon
    Website Heather Buscher, Nancy Dixon


    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Colleen Wilson-Dick | Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    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 09, 2021 8:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

    March has arrived and with it, hopes of an early Spring. On March 14th we “spring forward” by turning our clocks one hour ahead! On March 20th we celebrate the First Day of Spring! We can’t forget St. Patrick’s Day! I particularly like this special day due to my Irish ancestry. There is much to look forward to.

    Usually at this time of year, the Beaver Valley Probus Club is planning a New Members Lunch! Once again, due to the pandemic, we are unable to meet in person. However, your Management Committee is planning a virtual meeting on St. Patrick’s Day instead. New members - you should have already received your invitation to this special event. Please check your emails for details.

    April is our month for signing up for activities. This year we will be having another Activity e-fair. Further information will be forthcoming.

    We had a successful virtual AGM in February. Thank you to those of you who participated in the voting process and gave your Management Committee a vote of confidence. We are working on a new type of General Meeting and will keep you informed of how that will work.

    In the meantime, keep safe and healthy. Enjoy some of the warmer days that are surely on their way.

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher


    New Membership Co-Chairs

    Vicki & Terry Kellar, past Membership Co-Chairs

    Along with the advent of our new website and online membership process, we also welcome our new membership co-chairs: Pam Weaver (pictured right) and Kathy Mercer (pictured left). They currently live in Meaford. Kathy is originally from Owen Sound and is coincidentally Terry’s first cousin. Pam is a transplant from the U.S., where the two met, and has enthusiastically embraced her Canadian citizenship. 

    Terry and I have greatly enjoyed our involvement with the Probus management team, most recently in the membership role, especially with getting to meet so many members. We look forward to continuing our participation with various Beaver Valley Probus activities and events.

    Pam set up our first computerized membership database, so is very familiar with the transfer to the new web-based system. She has also been a volunteer on the Management Committee as co-secretary. Once we get back to in-person meetings, Pam and Kathy will be the friendly faces at the membership table. Please welcome them to their new role.



    Our Speakers on March 23

    Although we are not meeting in-person at the Community Center in March due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will have a meeting and guest speaker online.

    Date: March 23, 2021 @ 2:00 PM
    Online: Zoom link will be emailed two days prior to the meeting
    Topic: The Events for Life Centre, Inc.

    Speakers:

    Barb Weeden, Executive Director
    Shelley Higginson, Founder and Program Director

    The Events for Life Centre Inc., is a not-for-profit charity that provides social, recreational and lifelong learning for adults with special needs in The Town of the Blue Mountains and surrounding areas. Shelley and Barb will introduce us to the new Forest School program, share how they have weathered the pandemic, volunteer opportunities and their dreams for the future.

    Please take a look at their website  https://eventsfor.life/about-us/ for more information regarding their mission and our speaker's biographies!


    Speaker Recordings:

    Don't forget to check out our past speakers on our YouTube channel.

    Speaker Suggestions:

    If you have any suggestions for speakers, please contact one of our new Speaker's Co-chairs: Brenda Rudolf or Beverly Forget

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

    As part of our 20th Anniversary celebration, we are featuring three more of our founding members, who joined our club in 2001. Our aim is to include as many of our founding members as possible, with a short biography & photo in our Grapevine newsletters throughout the year. Please forward your information to Hank Bouwman so that we can recognize you in one of our future Grapevine editions.

    Your Anniversary Committee has decided to delay holding a “big bash" anniversary celebration until the Spring of 2022, due to the current pandemic restrictions. We will revisit this decision later this year, if things improve and large scale meetings are permitted.

    We would welcome your ideas on how we can celebrate this special milestone in 2021 and ask you to contact any of the 4 members listed below with your suggestions.

    Hank Bouwman, Anniversary Committee Chair
    Vicki Kellar
    Martin Buscher
    Stella Zahradnik

    Our Founding Members

    Each month we will feature some of our founding members. If you are one of the original members who joined the club in 2001 - we would like to hear from you! Please contact Hank Bouwman hebouwman@rogers.com.

    James Couse
    Jim Couse, one of our founding members, was employed by Maple Leaf Foods from 1949-1988 in Toronto, Brampton and Guelph. He retired to this area 34 years ago to be close to family and the Georgian Peaks Ski Club, where he was a chartered member since 1960 and closely involved in ski racing. Jim states “Probus provides a wonderful opportunity to meet other retirees with similar interests and activities within a social environment”. He was involved with and led the Probus hiking group for 10 years on various parts of the Bruce Trail. Jim, a navy veteran from WW2, is now 94 years old.

    Jim was always very involved in sports and outdoor activities, especially skiing, hiking and golf. He was also a Bruce Trail Captain and Land Steward for 20 years. He was still doing trail maintenance by cutting weeds with a whipper snipper when he was 84 years old! His advice: “stay active into your 70’s and 80’s in order to remain fit and healthy and to enjoy life longer with family and friends”.

    Margaret and David Morgan
    Margaret began her professional life in accounting and administration and her late husband David, in architecture. Both of their careers commenced in the UK, followed by moves to Calgary and later to Toronto. Twenty years ago they decided to spend their retirement in this area. They enjoyed the Probus fellowship and the ability to meet new friends and were Membership Chairs for 4 years. David was Newsletter Editor as well, for a couple of years and was involved in digital photography and golf. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, DIY, reading and was an active volunteer with Rotary and the Anglican Church. Margaret was a member of Stitch & Bitch and the Art Group.  Margaret also volunteered at the Anglican Church and BVO, and enjoys knitting, crochet, embroidery, watercolour painting, reading  and jig-saw puzzles. Words of Wisdom: "Count your blessings and try to do something for someone else every day."

    Sylvia Ridgley
    Sylvia was formerly a Guidance Secretary at King City Secondary School from 1972 to 1984. She and her husband moved to this area in 1986 as they were looking for a place in which to retire and loved lakes and countryside. Sylvia enjoys the camaraderie of our Probus Club members and the variety of available activities. She was involved in our Canoe club, Hiking, Photography, Stitch ’n Bitch, Leisurely Walking, Garden Club and dinners out. Sylvia’s volunteer work with Meals on Wheels & Valley Visitor kept her busy. Hobbies involved choral singing, including the Georgian Bay Concert choir, Sound Investment choir, Shoreline Chorus choir and Church choir, as well as canoeing and camping in the summer time. Sylvia noted “After my husband passed away in 1997, I had the urge to hike somewhere different so I signed up with a group hiking and camping in the Rockies. Didn't know any of the other participants of which there were 10 including the leader, but off I went and I have to say the two weeks were the most enjoyable days I ever spent. The others were all seasoned hikers but with their encouragement and my determination, I hiked further and harder than I imagined I could. A wonderful experience!” Her words of wisdom: "Tough times never last, but tough people do."

    Photo Corner

    20th Anniversary Memories

    We have received from our members and unearthed from our archives, some  incredible photo collections! You can access all of the anniversary photos from our 20th Anniversary Memories webpage.

    Please keep your photos coming! Email Heather Buscher.

    Activity Groups Update

    Snowshoeing 

    Caroline Bacher

    We have had two Snowshoeing events since our last newsletter. On February 17, we enjoyed lots of snow in the Enchanted Forest, above Alpine and Craigleith Ski Clubs. On March 3, we hiked along the Margaret Paul Side Trail. Since the warm temperatures have come along, the trail was more hard packed than normal. However, those of us who ventured out, enjoyed the outing and its lovely views. See the the Snowshoeing Slideshow for photos.

    Winter Walkers

    Nancy Dixon
    Since the start of our activity in the late fall, I have come to the realization that we can be active as a Probus group outside during this strange era of Covid.  We walk along commiserating, while wearing masks, talking of everything and nothing, enjoying the scenery and making friends. 

    Our last two walks have been the best. We now walk with 15 members, three groups of 5.  My attempt at using the so-called "groomed" Georgian Trail was foiled by deep, fresh snow hidden by a recent grooming, but our walkers loved the swans.  My love for alpacas gave a few walkers a laugh, but the weather was the best part of our walk in our recent trudge through Thornbury's country roads. See the Winter Walkers Slideshow for photos! Our next assault will be Meaford and I'm the only one who really knows what experience is around the corner. Keep on trying! 

    Georgian PROBUS Travel Group

    Gloria Thompson
    The Highlands and Islands of Scotland: We had hoped for a rerun of the trip in fall 2021, but yet again everything is on hold. When the flood gates open, I suspect family visits will be the first excursions. I have heard that some of the small, luxury round-the-world cruises are sold out for 2022 already. I have been keeping in touch with the wholesaler and they will still honour our deposits. We are hoping that this trip will finally get "off the ground" in mid-May next year. Please pencil in this trip for May 2022 and hopefully there will be lots of new members interested as well.

    Computer Group

    Martin Buscher

    The computer group met online in February for a discussion on digital photography. The group learned about Google Lens to identify objects and Photo Scan to use a phone to scan photographs and documents. There was a short demonstration of photo editing tools, storage, sharing and search options, as well as back-up ideas. The next meeting is March 24 @ 2:00 pm and will cover how to use Google Docs and Sheets.

    Euchre 2 

    Allan Smith
    The Euchre 2 group has been ramping up the last couple of months, after being  dormant most of last year due to Covid meeting restrictions. A few members of the group recently experimented with the online Trickstercards.com platform, which allows play online with audio and video. We have come up with a method for 8 players, interchanging between 2 tables at the same time and are getting ready to increase the number of players. Trickstercards.com requires a bit of homework and practice, all done in stages, but we are getting there. If anyone is interested to learn more, please contact me. For those of you who play cards and are looking to explore a little, I recommend taking a look at trickstercards.com. They have 9 different games, one of them being bridge!

    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 March!


    Humour Corner

       

    Community Announcements


    Do you have trouble with your computer, tablet, or phone?
    Maybe Cyber Seniors can help!

    This non-profit organization connects high schoolers looking for volunteer hours with seniors needing help. You can call them at 844-217-3057 to book an appointment. This is a free service. Cyber Seniors also offers interesting webinars. Take a look at their website at https://cyberseniors.org/

    We do not yet know how well this works, so please let us know about your experience by email to beavervalleyprobus@gmail.com.

    The Last Word

    Marion Stewart, Past President

    "Every day may not be good but there is good in every day."
    Alice Morse Earl

    Grapevine Team

    Editor Heather Buscher, Nancy Dixon
    Photography Cheryl Besley
    Distribution Nancy Dixon
    Website Heather Buscher, Nancy Dixon


    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Colleen Wilson-Dick | Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    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.


  • February 11, 2021 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

    Happy belated Groundhog Day! Wiarton Willie says we will have an early Spring! We have had some beautiful sunny days of late. I hope that you are able to get outside and enjoy the crisp, fresh air whether it be for a walk, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing!

    This month is an important one for all of our members of the Beaver Valley Probus Club because we will hold our AGM on February 23rd. This will not be the usual AGM meeting where everyone can gather to enjoy a lunch together. The actual meeting will be run using Zoom. However, the review of last year’s minutes, the slate of nominees for officers and the financial statements will be done online. Please refer to the email sent out on January 27th for more information about the voting process. Further emails are forthcoming.

    Every February AGM meeting brings change to the Management Committee. Although a few of us are willing to stay on for another term, some of our members are stepping down. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their important contributions to our Management team over the past few years. They are Vicki and Terry Kellar, Rick Leclair, Ann Parsons, Chris Rickard and Nancy Seppala.

    That means there are still some positions open! Please consider volunteering. We are here to give you assistance. Please see the nominating committee report further down in this newsletter.

    This month is special because St. Valentine’s Day is on February 14th. This is a  good time to send greetings to friends and relatives. Remember to be kind to one another. Stay safe. We hope that you will join us for our monthly virtual Meetings with interesting speakers! 

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher

    Annual General Meeting  - February 23 @ 2:00 pm

    Due to the restrictions imposed in response to the current pandemic, our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held online this year. Voting will also be done electronically and in advance of the meeting. 

    Voting is open now! Almost 20% of our members have already voted!

    The 3 articles to be voted on are: 

    Check the Feb 10 email for the link to vote! Voting closes on February 21.

    Our Speaker on February 23

    Although we are not meeting in-person at the Community Center in February due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will have a meeting and guest speaker online.

    We will begin with the  Annual General Meeting (AGM) agenda, and announce the results of the voting for the 2021 slate of officers. This will be immediately followed by a presentation by our guest speaker. Please check your emails closer to the meeting date, for the link to join the Zoom meeting.

    Our Guest Speaker on February 23 will be Bob MacNair, Director - PROBUS Ontario District 7 and Vice-President PROBUS Canada.

    Following an election in August of 2017, Bob was appointed in September, to serve for three years as the Director for the newly established PROBUS Ontario District 7. He was re-appointed in 2020 to serve as our District Director until May, 2023.

    There are 13 PROBUS Canada Directors from across Canada on the Board of Directors. Five of these Directors are members of the Executive for the Board. Bob is presently the Vice-President of PROBUS Canada.

    Bob was an Elementary School Teacher for 37 years with the Peel District School Board. He taught all Grades from 1-8 and also taught in schools in all three municipalities in Peel Region: Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon.

    Speaker Recordings:

    Don't forget to check out our past speakers on our YouTube channel.

    Speaker Suggestions:

    If you have any suggestions for speakers, please contact our new Speaker's Co-chairs: Brenda Rudolf or Beverly Forget. 

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

    Last month we announced that our Beaver Valley Probus Club is celebrating our 20th Anniversary during the year 2021. To date, our Committee has held 2 zoom meetings to start the planning process. Our aim is to feature as many of our Founding Members from 2001 with a short bio & photo in our Grapevine newsletter throughout 2021. Last month we featured 3 members and this month we again include some more of our members that joined our Club in 2001, along with a short write-up from 2 of our Past Presidents from 2002 and 2003.

    We would welcome your ideas on how we can celebrate this special milestone in 2021 and ask you to contact any of the 4 members listed below with your suggestions.

    Hank Bouwman, Anniversary Committee Chair
    Vicki Kellar
    Martin Buscher
    Stella Zahradnik

    In the Beginning....

    Jim O'Brien, President 2003

    In 1995 when Wilma and I retired to our weekend place in Thornbury, there was just one Probus Club in the whole area. It was in Collingwood, just for men, and had a ten year waiting list. With the help of Rotary, 25 people from that waiting list formed the Blue Mountain Probus Club, also in Collingwood and also just for men. By 1999, it had a waiting list, and there were also Probus Clubs for women, and Probus Clubs for men and women - all in Collingwood.

    Jim Hamilton, a Past President of the Blue Mountain Probus Club, asked the Thornbury/Clarksburg Rotary Club to sponsor a Probus Club in Thornbury. A notice was placed in the local newspaper explaining what Probus was all about and inviting people to come to a meeting at the Beaver Valley Community Centre to help us decide if a new club should just be for men or women or both.

    We had 75 chairs set out, but 180 people showed up. Jim Hamilton, with his strong high school principal's voice, chaired the meeting. At the end, by a strong show of hands, it was decided to have a combined men and women's Probus Club. Our first president (Peter Jerred), as well as a secretary and treasurer were appointed, and a date for the first meeting of the new club was set.

    The Early Years

    Jim Hamilton, President 2002

    Since Jim O’Brien covered how the club started, I will talk about the early years. I was the second president and one of the founding fathers. From the start, we had great executives. Like other clubs we did not have strict limits on numbers. Our area was growing fast with retired people. With the help of many individuals a large number of "interest clubs" were started,  and with a little help from the executive, ran independently. There was an annual fair to showcase and sign-up members. During my time many joined Probus to get into a club. I have many fond memories of my time at Beaver Valley Probus.

    Our Founding Members

    Each month we will feature some of our founding members. If you are one of original members that joined the club in 2001 - we would like to hear from you! Please contact Hank Bouwman.

    Jim O'Brien
    Jim's profession was dentistry, with 3 years in Madoc and 35 years in Etobicoke. He retired to this area 25 years ago after being a “weekender” for 20 years. He noted “I like that so many members take an active part in the activities of our club”. He started the canoe group in 2001 and the woodworking group in 2004. Jim also served on the management committee and was our president in 2003. Woodcarving was his main hobby for 40 years as well as skiing, boating, golf and genealogy. His volunteering included 12 years with the Thornbury/Clarksburg Rotary Club and 2 years with the Errinrung Retirement Home. Jim is pictured above with his spouse, Dianne Nixon.

    Peter & Sue Boehm
    Peter & Sue joined Probus Beaver Valley in 2001. Peter was a high school history teacher with the Etobicoke Board of Education, and Sue was a secretary in a middle school with the Peel District School Board. They have lived here since 2000 and moved here for the skiing and to get out of “The Big Smoke”. They both enjoy the monthly Probus speakers and have met many friends through their Probus association. They were involved with our hiking group where Sue was a leader for a number of years.  They have been skiing for over 60 years and Peter plays tennis year round and golfs in the summer as well as being a member of the Collingwood Optimist Club since 2000. Sue is actively involved in a Sweet Adeline Chorus in Collingwood and has been in a quartet within that Chorus for 16 years. 
    Photo taken on the occasion of their 51st anniversary dinner at Prime 7 Nine in Collingwood.

    John and Carol Hethrington
    John & Carol Hethrington are Founding Members at Probus Beaver Valley having joined back in 2001. Their former occupations were business owner and entrepreneur, and marketing and advertising executive respectively. They have lived in the area for the past 20 years as skiing, gardening, politics, the view of the mountains and family connections that go back to the founding of Creemore by John’s great grandfather brought them to this area. They noted that the fellowship of individual members is what they like most about our club. Carol served on our Probus management committee and was our president in 2008. John and Carol ran the Garden Group for 12 years, from 2001 until 2013. Take a look at the Garden Group memories page for some of their reflections and photos!

    Photo Corner

    Winter 2020-21 Slideshow


    Peter Edwards was able to capture this photo of a lovely snowy owl in his neighbourhood! For more photos shared by our members, see our Winter Slideshow!

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

    Activity Groups Update

    Snowshoeing 

    Caroline Bacher

    Snowshoeing has resumed again! We had our first session out at Tomahawk Golf Course on January 27th. It was a very snowy day so the track was in good condition. We did two circuits, since it is a fairly small course. Fun was had by all! Session 2 was on February 3rd at the Clendenan Dam Conservation Area. It was a beautiful sunny day! See the the Snowshoeing Slideshow for photos.

    Computer Group

    Martin Buscher

    The computer group resumed their online meetings in January with a discussion about Social Media - the good stuff and the pitfalls. There was a short demonstration of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, messaging apps and more. The group tackled how to search and use hashtags, and discovered how much private data these tools actually collect about us! The next meeting is February 24 @2:00. 


    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 February!


    Management Committee Openings 

    We urgently need to fill two openings on our Management Committee for 2021. There is a lot of support and handover help available - how about giving it a try? 

    • Secretary (1 or 2 volunteers needed. The position can be shared.)

    Please contact Marion Stewart, Martin Buscher, or Sandra Whitehead for details.

    Data Privacy

    Martin Buscher


    You may have received phone calls or email from scammers, so you may have wondered how they found your phone number or email address. Did it come from Probus?

    When we moved to the new website last year, we also made our member directory available online. To use this online directory, you have to be an active member of our Probus club and you need to login to your account first. You are in control over the type of information you want to share with other members. You can even opt out of the directory altogether, although that would make it difficult for other members to get in touch with you.

    When you pay for membership or events using the online payment system, you have the choice to store your card's information for future use. It is a good practice not to do this for any online payment.

    So, did they get my phone number from Probus? Very unlikely, but even government agencies and credit reporting companies can be compromised. Is an online directory as safe as the old printed version? That is as hard to know as the whereabouts of the 600 printed copies that were produced every year before we moved online.

    How did we get here?

    Shared by Elsbeth Wright

    Click on the image to view the entire collection of all 12 generation gap illustrations!

    Support Group

    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 giving of love is an education in itself.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    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 | Colleen Wilson-Dick | Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    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.


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