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  • February 05, 2024 12:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    Welcome to our new members! At last count, we had 70 new members join the club. Thanks to our social convener, Don, and our many activity leaders, there is lots of excitement at our PROBUS club recently. We are very sure you will enjoy the plethora of activities and events that are offered and we encourage you to get involved, try new activities, and make new friends. Whether your interests lie in outdoor pursuits, indoor games or dining, there is something for everyone.

    The management committee is again planning to host our new members at a "meet and greet" prior to the February general meeting. At the general meeting in February, we will hear from Randy Bird, who will excite us with his love of the underwater world.

    Our Annual General Meeting online is on March 26, where we will share the voting results for our new executive slate and proposed by-law changes. This is followed by an in-person Activity Fair in the afternoon, where you will have a chance to meet some of the activity group leaders, get more information and ask questions. All of this is posted on our website, so check it out!


    Membership
    Pam Weaver & Kathy Mercer

    On February 1, 2024 we mark the start of a new membership year. We are pleased to report that our enrollment remains at capacity of 600. We look forward to having over 70 of our newest members join the rest of us at our February Membership meeting. If you have any questions, please contact us at membership@beavervalleyprobus.com


    Volunteers Needed
    Martin Buscher, Past President

    Our wonderful volunteers on our management committee are looking for an infusion of energy and talent! While they would like to keep all the fun to themselves, they are willing to share it with a few members ready to get to work. In particular, we are looking for a Vice President next year! If you might be interested, please contact me, or any of the management committee to learn more about the role!


    January Membership Meeting Notes

    We had a very interesting talk about Managing Anxiety given by our very own Todd Kaufman at our January 23 membership meeting. As promised, here are some notes from Todd's presentation. You can also view the photo album from the January meeting!


    February Meeting - Tuesday, Feb 27 @ 1:00 PM

    Please register if you plan to attend this meeting—so that we have enough chairs and coffee for everyone!

    Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024
    Doors open: 1:00 PM
    Meeting begins: 1:30 PM


    Speaker: Randy Bird
    Title: Exploring the Underwater World—a Journey of Colour And Mystery!

    Underwater photography is a passion and challenge that inspires Randy's quest for the perfect underwater pictures.  In this presentation Randy will share his favourite photos, of the amazing, and unique creatures he has encountered below the surface.

    Randy has been a certified scuba diver since 1984. He attained the level of Instructor-Trainer with SSI (Scuba Schools International), and has received the SSI Platinum Pro Instructor Award. Sharing his love for diving he taught in schools in Toronto and Oakville introducing hundreds of people to scuba diving. He has over 3800 dives to date which equates to about 4000 hours underwater. Randy has had the opportunity to dive the Great Lakes in Canada and the USA, the St. Lawrence, the Caribbean, and most the of the oceans of the world (with the exception of the Arctic).

    50/50 Draw: Dianne P. and Rod M. shared in the $308.00 pot at our January 23 monthly speaker meeting. Our 50/50 tickets are on sale at the beginning of each monthly meeting and during the first break. See Elaine and Hank Bouwman at the table at the back of the room!

    Book Exchange:
    The Book Exchange will be set up at the back of the room starting at 1 PM. Books should have a copyright from 2014 or later. Bring a Book, Take a Book. We ask that you exchange no more than 3 books at a time. Please contact Nancy Hart with any questions!


    Social Events 
    Don Collins-Williams - Social Convenor

    A fun time was had by all at the Valley Ridge Farm Sleigh Ride on January 24—see the photo album—snow enough for everyone! 

    February 7 - Pilkington Glass Factory Tour: The Pilkington factory tour on February 7 was vastly oversubscribed. We are hoping to be able to get more tours from them, and those on the wait list will be given priority. We have been told that the earliest another tour may take place is in April.

    February 13 - Any Dream Will Do: The music of Andrew Lloyd Webber is sold out with 71 members registered. But again, if you would still be interested in attending, please join the waitlist, as we often get a few late cancellations.

    June 12 - King's Wharf Theatre Event: The Rock of Ages event in Penetanguishene is now sold out! Please Join Waitlist as cancellations do happen! For questions contact Vicki Kellar.

    Watch the Grapevine and your email for notification of additional events, and as always, any suggestions for other potential outings are welcome!


    Georgian PROBUS Travel Group
    Gloria Thompson

    For PROBUS members, family and friends who would like to travel with local people and create new friendships—GPTG, your travel group—is proceeding with the following 2 trips:

    Circumnavigation of Newfoundland:  June 16 - 27, 2024. For those who love learning, small ship travel, and unique experiences. We still have space with no single supplement and a group discount. Please contact Brenda Chapman at Marlin Travel 705-444-1161 with any questions.

    Norway Coastal Voyage: September 17 - 27, 2024. From Bergen to Trondheim. We also still have group pricing and space. Most of the members booked on this trip are travelling early, to experience the fabulous train program from Oslo to Bergen...then taking the train back from Trondheim to Oslo. For more information please contact Gloria at 705-429-9455.


    Activity Groups Update

    Many of our Activity Group sign-ups are still open! Sign-up will close again on March 5, to prepare for the new season sign-ups. Remember you will need to sign-up on March 26 for your Activity Groups for the upcoming season, even if you signed up last year, or this year before March 5. 

    You can see what the different Activity Groups are all about at our in-person Activity Fair on March 26 at the Beaver Valley Community Centre.

    There is a step-by-step video on "how to sign-up" for Activity Groups. Click on the red arrow to view!

    If need any help with passwords or sign-up, please contact our web team on our email address: help@beavervalleyprobus.com

    Activities

    Casual Dining with Friends
    Sallie Kedwell

    In January our new experiment of choosing either a lunch or a dinner event (both on the same day) was easily organized and by all reports went well. We’ll continue that format for February just in case the winter driving ever does become an issue! The invitations will be sent out on February 5 for those who have signed up for the Casual Dining With Friends Activity Group.

    Computer GroupComputer Group
    Martin Buscher

    Didn't you get our email? A simple question that is often very difficult to answer. In this session, we're going to delve down a little bit into the world of email infrastructure and the technologies used to identify and discard unwanted messages. Sadly, this is going to be the last session of the Activity Group, unless someone is willing to step forward to lead it! After 5 years, Martin has run out of interesting topics to share.

    Cross Country Skiing
    Glen Downey

    This is a new activity group this year! We had our first outing on January 25 and plan to go out again on February 15 at the Kolapore South Ski Trail, as conditions permit. Click on the Cross Country Activity page for more information. Sign-up now to get notified when outings are planned!

    French Club 
    Caroline Bacher

    The French Club meets once a month in members’ homes. The host/hostess choose a topic of conversation so that participants can prepare their dialogue ahead of time. So far we have had three meetings with up to 8 participants. Everyone seems to be enjoying the chance to improve their spoken French!

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    Dining around TownInvitations for our Wednesday February 21 Luncheon at Tesoro Restaurant in Collingwood were sent out on February 1 to those members who have signed up for Dining Around Town. It’s not too late to join us—just go to the Dining Around Town activity page and click on the Activity Group Sign-up button.

    The Amici Restaurant in Meaford posted to their Facebook page about our January 17 luncheon there:

    “A big thank you to the Beaver Valley Probus Club! We had the pleasure of hosting 31 wonderful guests today for a private lunch. Special gratitude to Hank Bouwman for coordinating the event. Our menu featured delightful choices like Chicken Parm Pasta, Hot Beef Dinner, Smoked Higginson Farm Burger, and, of course, our AMICI House Salad. To all the members who joined us today, it was truly our pleasure to have you. We enjoyed meeting many of you for the first time and look forward to welcoming you back for another delicious meal. Much appreciated, The AMICI Team.”

    Future Dining Dates:
    • Wednesday, February 21 Luncheon – Tesoro Restaurant, Collingwood
    • Wednesday, March 20, Luncheon – Sheardown’s Wine Bar, Meaford 
    • Monday, April 15, Luncheon – Mill Restaurant, Thornbury 
    • Wednesday, April 17, Luncheon – Mill Restaurant, Thornbury 
    • Wednesday, April 24, Luncheon – Mill Restaurant, Thornbury 
    • Monday, June 17, Family Style Dinner – Marilynne Restaurant, Markdale
    • Friday, August 16, Annual Pizza Party – Justin’s Oven, Kimberley 
    • Wednesday, September 18, Buffet Dinner – The Falls Inn, Walters Falls
    • Wednesday, October 16, Dinner –The Huron Club, Collingwood

    R.O.M.E.O
    Bill McMurray

    Our next luncheon will be on Wednesday, February 13. The invitation email with all the details will be sent out this Tuesday for those who have signed up for the R.O.M.E.O Activity Group.

    Euchre 1
    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    Our next Euchre 1 tournament will be on Tuesday February 13 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at The Far Hills Clubhouse in Thornbury. Our January 9 tournament was enjoyed by 26 members (6 tables) with Ken K. taking home bragging rights after 7 games.

    Intermediate Euchre
    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    We have reserved The Far Hills Clubhouse in Thornbury for the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1 – 4 pm. Our next Intermediate Euchre tournament will be on Tuesday February 13. Lou F. claimed top spot for the afternoon on January 9. 

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

    Thursday, February 1 turned out to be one of the best Rambles to date. With the addition of more new members than my regular Ramblers totalling 25, l was struck by how enthusiastic everyone was. One wonderful gentlemen even asked about my Walking Soccer group. Before our soccer season though, I plan a few new walks, mixed in with some of my more usual Rambles, including our Collingwood trail walk along the shore ending at the Collingwood Marine Museum to find out about the history of the area. Check out the Ramblers Activity Page to register for the Ramblers Activity Group if you have not already done so, in order to receive our invites for the walks.

    Snowshoeing
    Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    The snowshoeing group has also resumed this season. We plan to alternate weeks with the Cross Country Skiing group. Click on the Snowshoeing Activity page for more details. Sign-up now to get notified when the sessions are scheduled!


    Humour Corner - Old Interesting Facts
    Shared by Hank Bouwman 

    • A SHOT OF WHISKEY - In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash, he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a "shot" of whiskey.
    • IRON CLAD CONTRACT - This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.
    • COBWEB - The Old English word for “spider" was "cob".
    • SHIP STATE ROOMS - Travelling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered. Instead they were named after states. To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.
    • OVER A BARREL - In the days before CPR, a drowning victim would be placed face down over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth in an effort to empty the lungs of water. It was rarely effective. If you are over a barrel, you are in deep trouble.
    • BARGE IN - Heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats. These were hard to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats. People would say they "barged in".



    The Master Gardener’s Corner
    John Hethrington, Master Gardener Emeritus
    Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario

    Click on the photo to see what you need to be doing in your garden in February!


    Support Group
    Lucie Desjardins, Maureen Lalonde, Mary Ann Collins-Williams

    Do you know of a BVPC member who is having a difficult time (health issue, accident, hospitalization, loss of partner, etc.) and would benefit from receiving a card or a call from our team? If so, please let us know. We will be happy to follow up and/or get in touch with them. 


    The Last Word
    Shared by  Nancy Dixon

    A smile is the best face cream.
    Nessebar, Bulgarian Philosopher 2013



    Activity Groups: Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Convenor: Volunteer needed!

    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.


  • January 08, 2024 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    As I sit here watching the rain, I am wondering, "what is happening to our weather?" Skiers are miserable, non-skiers are soggy, and sun worshippers might be happy, depending on their location. Here's hoping for a more normal January.

    We have exciting plans for PROBUS members this winter. Our social calendar is full, activities such as dining and games are in full swing and hopefully snow sports will start soon.

    Thanks to all who volunteer their time and expertise to organize all of the wonderful events we have come to love as part of the Beaver Valley PROBUS Club.

    Sincere best wishes for a happy, healthy and joyful new year with family and friends. Ilene


    Membership Renewal Deadline: January 15
    Pam Weaver & Kathy Mercer

    For some reason, Membership Renewals have been painfully slow this year—we are far behind previous years. To those that have already renewed—thank you! To those who haven't—please renew today! And if you are not going to renew, please let us know! We have over 70 people wanting to join! 

    We won't be calling to remind you this year—we simply don't have enough volunteers to phone such a large number of people. If you need help, please contact us at membership@beavervalleyprobus.com


    Volunteers Needed
    Martin Buscher, Past President

    Our wonderful volunteers on our management committee are looking for an infusion of energy and talent! While they would like to keep all the fun to themselves, they are willing to share it with a few members ready to get to work. In particular, we are looking for a Vice President next year! If you might be interested, please contact me, or any of the management committee to learn more about the role!


    January Meeting - Tuesday Jan 23 @ 1:00 PM

    Please register if you plan to attend this meeting—so that we have enough chairs and coffee for everyone!

    Date: Tuesday, January 23
    Doors open: 1:00 PM
    Meeting begins
    : 1:30 PM
    Speaker: Todd Kaufman
    Title: Managing Anxiety

    Todd Kaufman is a Registered Psychotherapist specializing in anxiety. Long associated with the University of Toronto, his practice is now primarily virtual, based out of his recently renovated cottage, now home, near Thornbury.  Over the years, Todd developed a therapeutic process to help end panic attacks and reduce the negative effects of anxiety/worry. He is the author of a book entitled: ’TRANSFORMING ANXIETY—From Hot Mess to Superpower.’

    Todd has taught medical care professionals and social workers globally through keynote lectures, workshops and virtual opportunities. He promises to provide us with an engaging, fun and truly practical experience aimed at helping us all to worry less and learn to experience our retirement with joy and gratitude.

    50/50 Draw: Mary L. and Mary Ann C. shared in the $92 pot at our November 28 speaker meeting. Our 50/50 tickets are on sale at the beginning of each monthly meeting and during the first break. See Elaine and Hank Bouwman at the table at the back of the room!

    Book Exchange:
    The Book Exchange will be set up at the back of the room starting at 1 PM. Books should have a copyright from 2014 or later. Bring a Book, Take a Book. We ask that you exchange no more than 3 books at a time. Please contact Nancy Hart with any questions!


    Social Events 
    Don Collins-Williams - Social Convenor

    Thank you to everyone who came out to the Holiday Luncheon, and made it such a success. We are heading into our 2024 Social Calendar, with plenty on offer!

    January 24 - Valley Ridge Farm Sleigh Ride: We will start our season with a winter sleigh ride (assuming that we finally get some snow!) at the Valley Ridge Family Farm. Look for the invitation sent out on  January 3. We can accommodate 30 people, but if the limit is reached, please put your name on the waitlist, as we could try to get a second date if there is strong interest.

    February 13 - Any Dream Will Do: The music of Andrew Lloyd Webber is sold out with 71 members registered. But again, if you would still be interested in attending, please join the waitlist, as we often get a few late cancellations.

    January 20 -  JS Bach's Long Walk in the Snow: Theatre Collingwood is putting on this event and is offering PROBUS members $5.00 off the price of a ticket. Our club is not organizing a group outing, but if you are interested, you can purchase tickets online or by phone from the theatre, using the promo code "PROBUS5".

    Watch the Grapevine and your email for notification of additional events, and as always, any suggestions for other potential outings are welcome!


    King's Wharf Theatre Event - June 12, 2024
    Vicki Kellar

    Once again we are returning to the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene—this time to experience The Totally rad '80s Musical "Rock of Ages." Fans of ’80s arena hard rock music will dig this awesomely hilarious musical comedy that wails with big chords, big hair … and an even bigger heart.

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

    With only 42 spots available for our Club tickets will go fast! Look for the invitation to come out on January 10.


    Georgian PROBUS Travel Club
    Gloria Thompson

    For PROBUS members, family and friends who would like to travel with local people and create new friendships—GPTG, your travel group—is proceeding with the following 2 trips:

    Circumnavigation of Newfoundland:  June 16 - 27, 2024. For those who love learning, small ship travel, and unique experiences. We still have space with no single supplement and a group discount. Please contact Brenda Chapman at Marlin Travel 705-444-1161 with any questions.

    Norway Coastal Voyage: September 17 - 27, 2024. From Bergen to Trondheim. We also still have group pricing and space. Most of the members booked on this trip are travelling early, to experience the fabulous train program from Oslo to Bergen...then taking the train back from Trondheim to Oslo. For more information please contact Gloria at 705-429-9455.


    Activity Groups Update

    Most Activity Group sign-ups are still open!

    If you need any help with passwords or sign-up, please contact our web team on our new email address: help@beavervalleyprobus.com

    Activities

    Casual Dining with Friends
    Sallie Kedwell

    Our group celebrated the holiday season with a delightful cocktail get together at the lovely country home of Sandy and Al Tulloch on December 14. It is always great fun when we can meet as a group in one venue and we enjoyed an evening of joviality with 40 members.

    We’re trying something new in January and possibly February. Several of our regulars have shared concern about evening driving in snowy weather so we’re going to try a blend of luncheon and dinner events all on the same date of January 25. Our members will respond to our invitation indicating a preference for attendance at either 12 noon for lunch or 6:00 pm for dinner. We will require hosts for both with those volunteering indicating a preference to host either a luncheon or a dinner meal. If this works out well we’ll do the same format in February. Change is always interesting so let’s hope it’s successful. Happy New Year to all and see you on the January 25!

    Computer GroupComputer Group
    Martin Buscher

    This month, the Computer Group will meet on Thursday, January 25 at 2 PM to share their tips and tricks for using iPhones and iPads. Example: how to share a shopping list so that multiple people can let the shopper know what they need from the store. Please watch for the email invitation to join the session!


    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    Dining around TownInvitations for our Wednesday January 17 Luncheon at Amici Restaurant in Meaford were sent out on January 1, to those members who have signed up for Dining Around Town. It’s not too late to join us—just go to the Dining Around Town activity page and click on the Activity Group Sign-up button. The November 21 Curly Willow luncheon proved to be a hit as we had 16 people on the Waitlist, so we booked a 2nd date on November 29. 


    R.O.M.E.O
    Bill McMurray

    Our next luncheon will be on Wednesday, January 10 @ 11:30 AM at the Mill Cafe in Thornbury. Look for the email invitation sent out on January 3, for the restaurant details and to RSVP. **Please note the earlier start time of 11:30 AM** which is at the request of the cafe.


    Euchre 1
    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    Our next Euchre 1 tournament will be on Tuesday January 9 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at The Far Hills Clubhouse in Thornbury. Our November 14 Euchre 1 event was enjoyed by 24 member (6 tables) with Steve D. & Mary P. hosting us at The Far Hills Clubhouse. David Z. & Hank B. earned top spots after playing 7 games. On December 12 Euchre 1 had a delicious Christmas potluck snack luncheon with 18 members participating prior to playing euchre. Hank B. claimed top spot after 6 games.

    Intermediate Euchre
    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    Members that previously started out last April playing “Introduction to Euchre” have now graduated to a new Activity Group called “Intermediate Euchre” ! They will play on the same date and place as the Euchre 1 members, but in a separate group. We have reserved The Far Hills Clubhouse for the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1 – 4 pm. On December 14, Intermediate Euchre enjoyed a delicious Christmas potluck snack luncheon with 15 members participating prior to playing euchre. Elaine B. claimed top spot after 5 games. Our next Intermediate Euchre tournament will be on Tuesday January 9 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at The Far Hills Clubhouse in Thornbury.

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

    Hello Ramblers. Praying for snow and wishing for great weather for walking. My, my, my what a conundrum, we have—I am planning that we do both! I will arrange our walks for the afternoon, which will allow our skiers to get a few runs in in the morning. As we will have some competition with the new sports activities below, I will be arranging our walks for the winter according to the weather and ski conditions. Look for our first walk the week of January 8 through to January 12. More news to follow.

    Cross Country Skiing
    Glen Downey

    This is a new activity group this year! We plan to go out bi-weekly, and hope to have our first outing on January 25—snow permitting. Click on the Cross Country Activity page for more information. Sign-up now to get notified when outings are planned!

    Snowshoeing
    Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    The snowshoeing group will also resume this season. We plan to alternate weeks with the Cross Country Skiing group. We hope to begin in late January when there is enough snow. Click on the Snowshoeing Activity page for more details. Sign-up now to get notified when the sessions begin!


    Humour Corner
    Shared by Pat Wright

    "Don't let aging get you down. It's too hard to get back up." John Wagner



    The Master Gardener’s Corner
    John Hethrington, Master Gardener Emeritus
    Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario

    Click on the photo to see what you need to be doing in your garden in January!


    Support Group
    Lucie Desjardins, Maureen Lalonde, Mary Ann Collins-Williams

    Do you know of a BVPC member who is having a difficult time (health issue, accident, hospitalization, loss of partner, etc.) and would benefit from receiving a card or a call from our team? If so, please let us know. We will be happy to follow up and/or get in touch with them. 


    The Last Word
    Shared by Marion Stewart

    “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” 
    Ronald Reagan



    Activity Groups: Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Convenor: Volunteer needed!

    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, 2023 1:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    It looks like summer is really over, and the cool weather has arrived. Many of us are busy getting the yard and gardens ready for winter, perhaps having postponed the clean up as the weather was so warm. Others are getting ready to head south, or getting ready for ski season. Whatever your passion, this is a time to reflect on our good life.

    A few weeks ago, we learned from an amazing woman, Angie Sandow that “CAN’T’ is not in her vocabulary. What an inspiration! It really shows you that as we age, some things may become more challenging. However, we can still enjoy many of the things we love, maybe needing a few modifications.

    Soon we will be honouring those who fought for our freedom and still do today. We are thankful for living in this beautiful country, where we enjoy freedom and relative peace.

    The holiday season is quickly approaching. Our holiday lunch is on Dec. 6 at Alpine Ski Club, and we hope to see many of you there. With our wishes for a safe and happy season whether it be travelling, or at home with family and friends.


    Membership Fees 2024-25
    Pam Weaver & Kathy Mercer

    Our on-line renewal process will begin December 1 and our membership fees for next year will increase to $40, effective February 1, 2024. This is the first increase in fees that we have levied since 2009, but due to continued increase in costs of food for our club-wide events and meetings, as well increase in costs of our website platform, we need to increase our fees to continue to break even. 

    For more information on the background for the increase in fees, please see the Membership Fee webpage.

    If you have any questions for the Membership team, you can reach us at our new email membership@beavervalleyprobus.com


    Membership Meeting - Tuesday November 28 @ 1:00 PM

    Please register if you plan to attend this meeting—so that we have enough chairs and coffee for everyone!

    Date: Doors open: 1:00 PM
    Meeting begins
    : 1:30 PM
    Speaker: Professor Mark Rector

    Professor Rector is a published author, public speaker, and a recently retired Professor of Electronics Engineering with a specialty in telecommunications. He has written many articles, contributed to nationally published textbooks, and released his first book in 2018. Mark will share his passion for inventions and enlighten us about several famous Canadian Inventors featured in his book OH CANADA Our Home Inventive Land.

    50/50 Draw: Todd K and Don C each won $59.00 at our October 24 monthly speaker meeting. Our 50/50 tickets are on sale at the beginning of each monthly meeting and during the first break. See Elaine and Hank Bouwman at the table at the back of the room!


    Social Events
    Don Collins-Williams

    Dec 2: John McDermott Lunch and Christmas Concert
    The lunch and concert is sold out, but if you are still interested, please join the waitlist as we often have late cancellations.

    Dec 6: Holiday Luncheon
    Our annual Beaver Valley PROBUS Club Holiday Luncheon is being planned for Wednesday, December 6, at the Alpine Ski Club. Look for the invitation to be sent out November 8. The menu will be a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings.  A vegetarian option will be available. There will be a Cash Bar serving wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages.


    Decorating Committee - Members Needed

    Do you love to decorate for the holidays? We need a few creative members to help our Decorating Committee make table arrangements for our Holiday Luncheon to be held on December 6. If interested, please contact Nancy Dixon at npdixon16@gmail.com for more information. 


    Chi-Cheemaun Cruise
    Vicki Kellar

    On October 16, fifty-two adventurous BVPC members joined 400 passengers plus crew for the fall Repositioning cruise of the Chi-Cheemaun ferry. Twice yearly the ship, as of 2022 the 3rd largest passenger ship on Lake Huron, makes the transition between Owen Sound, the winter berth, and Tobermory, for the summer.

    Our sun dances didn’t work, however the ‘no rain or snow’ pleas were successful. After a choppy start, which did trigger a little seasickness in a few, we turned an unknown corner and the rocking was much diminished. The complementary coffee was a nice start to the cruise and some added a not complementary Baileys. Lunch was a very full plate at the buffet and a few enjoyed the specialty wine in a unique flowered metal wine bottle.

    Apart from our Probus members we spoke to a couple who do both the repositioning cruises each year and a couple from Goderich who were celebrating their 50th Anniversary with this ‘cruise’ arranged by the husband. Gord B also celebrated his earlier hole-in-one achieved at Monterra Golf course. Live music by Late Night Radio was a pleasant addition. Check out the Chi-Cheemaun Cruise Photos on our web site and keep your eye out for other unique activity ideas for our Club.


    Georgian PROBUS Travel Club
    Gloria Thompson

    Circumnavigation of Newfoundland: This is an incredible 12-day adventure out of St. John's June 16 - 27, 2024. Book before November 25 to get the Early Booking Bonus of 25% off the berth cost. Click on the image for the Itinerary and Pricing details!  Please contact Brenda Chapman at Marlin Travel 705-444-1161 with any questions.

    Norway Coastal Voyage: Join your fellow PROBUS members from the Georgian Bay Region for an incredible tour of Norway September 17 - 27, 2024. The Hurtigruten ship leaves Bergen and sails north of the Arctic Circle and returns to Trondheim. Optional rail tour available. See details on itinerary and pricing. For more information please contact Gloria at 705-429-9455 or Brenda 705-444-1161.


    PROBUS Canada — Travel, Health, Home and Auto Insurance
    Martin Buscher, Director Ontario District #7, PROBUS Canada

    Health and Travel Insurance: PROBUS Canada has worked with Johnson Inc., a national benefits provider, to offer plans for PROBUS members. The plans include voluntary benefit options that can be purchased on a standalone basis to meet your insurance needs: MEDOC travel Insurance, Extended Health Care, Dental Care, Trip cancellation & Interruption, Life insurance and more! Visit the PROBUS Canada club reference pages for details.

    Home and Auto Insurance *NEW*:  PROBUS Canada has now teamed up with belairdirect to offer home and auto insurance to its membership. For more information, you can visit their website, or call them at 1-833-887-4626, and use PROBUS Canada when prompted for group name. This new offering is in addition to the existing health and travel insurance available to Probus members.

    The latest PROBUS Canada Connections newsletter is now available at https://www.probuscanada.ca/news

    Activity Groups Update

    Most Activity Group sign-ups are still open!

    It's not too late to sign-up! Just a reminder, in order to be on an activity participant list—you must sign-up online—even if you signed up for the same Activity last year. A couple of Activity Groups are closed to additional participants due to overwhelming demand, but most groups are still open. If you aren't sure, please contact the Activity Group leader directly or email help@beavervalleyprobus.com

    There is a step-by-step video on "how to sign-up" for Activity Groups. Click on the red arrow to view!

    If you need any help with passwords or sign-up, please contact our web team on our new email address: help@beavervalleyprobus.com

    Activities

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    Dining around TownWe had 45 members attend our October 18 dinner at Prime-Seven-Nine and all enjoyed an excellent meal. Invitations for our Tuesday, November 21 Luncheon at 11:30 am at The Curly Willow in Collingwood were sent out on November 1 to those members who have signed up for Dining Around Town. It’s not too late to join us—just go to the Dining Around Town activity page and click on the Activity Group Sign-up button.


    R.O.M.E.O
    Bill McMurray

    We had a successful outing to The Red Door Restaurant in Meaford on October 11. Our next luncheon will be on Wednesday, November 8 at the Alphorn Restaurant. Look for the email invitation sent out on November 1, for the restaurant details and to RSVP.


    Euchre 1
    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    On Tuesday November 14 at 1:20 pm, Steve D & Mary P  will host for a fun afternoon of cards and snacks. We had an enjoyable afternoon of card playing and snacks at the home of John & Beth W on October10 with 16 members participating in 2 groups of 8 and George C, David Z & Hank B came out on top.


    French Club 
    Caroline Bacher

    We had a very enjoyable first meeting speaking in French! There were many funny stories and lots of laughter too. We discussed our backgrounds and why we want to keep up our ability to speak French. We also talked about our favourite cuisine. The next meeting will be in November. We meet once a month in one another's homes. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me.

    Golf
    Brian Cromie

    New member Paul N retrieves his first ever hole-in-one ball on the second green at Tomahawk Golf Course, October 24!  Click on the photo to enlarge! This was the final outing of the Golf Activity Group for 2023, and what a marvellous way to finish! This great new group of friends is already looking forward to next year and more exciting times.

    Mahjongg
    Judy Smith

    New members are invited to join the Mahjongg Group. Any level of experience with American Mahjongg is welcome. During the winter months, we will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, in members' homes. Training sessions are available on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. If you would like to join our group, please sign-up on the Mahjongg activity page, or contact Judy Smith for additional information.

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

    We have already had quite an eventful fall. We explored the historical Leith Church where Tom Thomson’s memorial plaque is displayed and the Village of Leith, then rushed over to Coffin Ridge where the owners fired up their Pizza Oven for our group. We enjoyed the view of the vineyard and Georgian Bay while sitting outside with warm blankets provided by our hosts. Yes, we did enjoy some wine and cider. I was able to twist some of my RAMBLERS’ arms to come with me on Saturday, October 28 to enjoy a scary walk through Meaford where we met up with an amazing group of goblins out for treats in the downtown core. I can’t wait for the next walking adventure. My mind is whirling. Watch for my next email.

    Ski Legends
    Chris Mifflin

    Are you a downhill skier or snowboarder? Have all your ski buddies packed it in, and are you tired of skiing alone? Do you want to make good use of your 5x7? Do you want to take advantage of great ski trips and social events? Then you should join Probus Ski Legends – where our motto is "Never ski alone!" Check us out here: https://probusskilegends.ca/

    To join, go to the Legends website and download the membership form: While you're on the website, make sure you check out all the events and activities: including Ski Days: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Blue Mountain (meet at 9:30am at the Silver Bullet) and Thursdays at the Private Clubs, Ski Trips and Social events. Dates for Ski Days and Events coming soon. So join us to make new friends and find new ski buddies. Let’s get excited for the upcoming season and Think Snow!

    Cross Country Skiing
    Glen Downey

    This is a new activity group this year! We plan to go out bi-weekly, starting in mid-January. Click on the Cross Country Activity page for more information. Sign-up now to get notified when outings are planned!

    Snowshoeing
    Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    The snowshoeing group will also resume this season. We plan to alternate weeks with the Cross Country Skiing group. We hope to begin in mid-January when there is enough snow. Click on the Snowshoeing Activity page for more details. Sign-up now to get notified when the sessions begin!


    Brain Teaser 
    Mary Livingston

    Rearrange the following words to discover the names of some Canadian Brands! (answers at the end of the newsletter!)

    • Stage Girls
    • Nail Wiper
    • Ex Swab Team 
    • Horder Tug
    • Pond All Bitumen

    7 Rules for Life
    Shared by John van der Ster


    The Master Gardener’s Corner
    John Hethrington, Master Gardener Emeritus
    Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario

    Click on the photo to see what you need to be doing in your garden in November. Consider doing a big fall clean-up to get a jump on spring, and remember it's not too late to plant those spring bulbs.


    Support Group
    Lucie Desjardins, Maureen Lalonde, Mary Ann Collins-Williams

    Do you know of a BVPC member who is having a difficult time (health issue, accident, hospitalization, loss of partner, etc.) and would benefit from receiving a card or a call from our team? If so, please let us know. We will be happy to follow up and/or get in touch with them. 


    In Memoriam

    Maleine Fredricks: Maleine passed away on October 22. She was a Beaver Valley PROBUS club member since 2006 and was active in the Euchre 1 group.

    Ronald Hartlen: Ron passed away on  September 17. Sincerest sympathies to his wife of 58 years, Pat. Ron and Pat have been members of our Beaver Valley PROBUS Club since 2009.


    The Last Word
    Shared by Sylvia Ridgley

    "The greatest wealth is to live content with little." 
    Plato


    Anagram Answers

    Glass Tiger, April Wine, Max Webster, Rough Trade, Platinum Blonde


    Activity Groups: Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Convenor: Volunteer needed!

    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 04, 2023 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    The Ramblers activity group had a lovely walk in downtown Meaford a few weeks ago and had the pleasure of viewing the scarecrows. The Scarecrow Invasion always marks the beginning of autumn, with cooler temperatures, the amazing changing colours and a time to be thankful for the good life we enjoy.

    For some it is a time to travel with fewer crowds and a quieter, slower pace. For some, getting the gardens ready for the next season. Our Master Gardener, John, has helpful tips to enjoy the last days of the garden and get things ready for spring.

    October is a time to celebrate: Thanksgiving, time with family and friends, and Probus month. We end the month with inspirational speaker Angie Sandow, and her refusal to say, “I can’t”. Enjoy all the season has to offer. 


    Membership
    Pam Weaver & Kathy Mercer

    Do you know where your PROBUS badge is?

    With 600 names on our membership roll, we ask our members to wear their badges when attending club meetings, events and, when practical, at activities. Although not required, it is a courtesy to other members and helps facilitate the social aspect of our social club. We have many badges that still need to be picked up: from 2022, from February 2023 and from this summer’s membership drive. These are available at the monthly meetings. If your badge is lost, you can order a replacement through us. 

    If you have any questions for the Membership team, you can reach us at our new email membership@beavervalleyprobus.com


    October Meeting - Tuesday Oct 24 @ 1:00 PM

    Please register if you plan to attend this meeting—so that we have enough chairs and coffee for everyone!

    Date:Doors open: 1:00 PM
    Meeting begins
    : 1:30 PM

    Speaker: Angie Sandow
    Angie is an Inspirational Speaker, Author, Executive Producer, Breast Cancer Survivor, Motorcycle Enthusiast and Musician. Angie will share her amazing story that includes; being born with a variety of congenital birth defects, the most notable of which is the limb difference of her right arm and hand, and being laughed at and excluded as a result of her limb difference. Angie demonstrates why the word "can't" should not exist in anyone's vocabulary, and the importance of not allowing oneself to be judged or to judge others! Prepare to be inspired...

    50/50 Draw: Jo-Ann S and Janice H each won $64.00 at our September 26 monthly speaker meeting. Our 50/50 tickets are on sale at the beginning of each monthly meeting and during the 1st break. See Elaine or Hank B at one of the tables at the back of the room.


    Social Events
    Don Collins-Williams


    It has been a very busy year so far—thanks to all our member suggestions, and we have had a record number of interesting events! Along with an increase in the number of participants, we have also had quite a few questions regarding registration cancellations with our over-subscribed events.

    Waitlists: Please JOIN WAITLIST if an event is full. Popular events like the Chi-Cheemaun Cruise and John McDermott Concert sell out quickly, but we always get a cancellation or two closer to the date. There is no cost to join the waitlist.

    Cancellations: If you ever need to cancel a paid event, please do not make private arrangements with other members, or particularly non-members, to take your spot. Please contact me, or the organizer of the event listed on the invitation email, first. We almost always have a waitlist, and we would like those members on the waitlist to be given the first option to purchase your ticket from you.


    Georgian PROBUS Travel Club
    Gloria Thompson

    Circumnavigation of Newfoundland: This is an incredible 12-day adventure out of St. John's June 16 - 27, 2024. Book before October 30 to get the Early Booking Bonus of 25% off the berth cost. Click on the image for the Itinerary and Pricing details!  Please contact Brenda Chapman at Marlin Travel 705-444-1161 with any questions.

    Norway Coastal Voyage: Join your fellow PROBUS members from the Georgian Bay Region for an incredible tour of Norway September 17 - 27, 2024.  The Hurtigruten ship leaves Bergen and sails north of the Arctic circle and returns to Trondheim. Optional rail tour available. See details on itinerary and pricing. For more information please contact Gloria at 705-429-9455 or Brenda 705-444-1161.


    Activity Groups Update

    Most Activity Group sign-ups are still open!

    It's not too late to sign-up! Just a reminder, in order to be on an activity participant list—you must sign-up online—even if you signed up for the same Activity last year. A couple of Activity Groups are closed to additional participants due to overwhelming demand, but most groups are still open. If you aren't sure, please contact the Activity Group leader directly or email help@beavervalleyprobus.com

    There is a step-by-step video on "how to sign-up" for Activity Groups. Click on the red arrow to view!

    If you need any help with passwords or sign-up, please contact our web team on our new email address: help@beavervalleyprobus.com

    Activities

    Computer GroupComputer Group
    Martin Buscher

    Our last gathering was all about apps, and we had a lively exchange with a lot of learning. Sadly, we will not have a meeting in November (travel) nor in December (holiday). However, we'll come back strongly on Monday, January 22. Looking forward to suggestions on what to cover then!


    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    Dining around TownInvitations for our Wednesday October 18 Dinner at 5:00 pm at Prime – Seven - Nine in Collingwood were sent out on October 1 to those members who have signed up for Dining Around Town. It’s not too late to join us…..just go to the Dining Around Town activity page and click on the Activity Group Sign-up button.


    We had a record turnout of 69 members at our September 20 buffet dinner at Walter Falls Inn and enjoyed an excellent meal. We have already booked Walter Falls for September 18 in 2024.

    Save the dates:

    • Wednesday, October 18: Dinner at 5 pm at Prime - Seven - Nine in Collingwood
    • Tuesday, November 21: Luncheon at 11:30 am at The Curly Willow Eatery in Collingwood


    R.O.M.E.O
    Bill McMurray

    We had a successful outing to Winifred’s in September and will be lunching at The Red Door Restaurant in Meaford on October 11. Look for the email invitation to be sent out on October 4, in order to RSVP.


    Euchre 1
    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    Tuesday, October 10 at 1:20 pm – John & Beth W. will host for a fun afternoon of cards and snacks. We had an enjoyable afternoon of card playing and snacks at the home of Geoff & Jan N. on September 12 with 16 members participating in 2 groups of 8 and George C. & Hank B. came out on top.


    Hiking
    Vicki Kellar

    The end of October marks the finale of our 2023 hikes and as of the beginning of the month we had completed 20. There were several new-to-us hikes this summer including the Hilts Fall loop, Pinnacle Rock from Duncan and the east Owen Sound crevice trail. Many thanks go to the new and long term leaders who volunteered their time!

    Several hikes concluded with some social time over a coffee, snacks or a lunch, with the Inn at Walter’s Falls as my favourite and Mylar & Loreta’s in Singhampton as a close second. Relaxing together after a hike is a great way to get to know your fellow Probus members.

    One of the season’s highlights was the new Hogg’s Falls loop. The Beaver Valley chapter of the Bruce Trail conservancy has to be commended for the hundreds of hours of planning and working over 5 years to provide the 3 new bridges and extensive boardwalks. This year’s record number of 29 hikers (seen in this photo), enjoyed every up and down plus the river and falls views. Our hikers are now looking forward to the late fall and winter activities. Hope to see you on the ski slopes or perhaps snowshoeing the area trails.

    Mah jongg
    Judy Smith

    The Mah Jongg group started up this past spring and our members have enjoyed learning to play the American version of this traditional Asian tile game. New members are always welcome; training sessions are provided as needed. Our fall playing schedule is being set up now. We currently meet every Tuesday of the month, except on our Membership Meetings. We may reduce this to playing the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, per members’ wishes. Members are asked to sign up to host games. Hosts are not required to supply refreshments. Other members are willing to bring game sets and extra tables/chairs if needed. If you are interested to join us, please sign up on the Mah jongg Activity page. Contact Judy Smith for more information.

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

    After a great summer of Rambling and successfully avoiding those many rainy days, it looks like we are in for a beautiful fall with wonderful colours to enjoy while we ramble. We plan to return to Coffin Ridge with a pre-walk starting at Leith Church on October 13 ending up at Coffin Ridge for lunch. Just respond to the Ramblers invitation if you are interested.


    Back Roads Cycling
    June Dalton

    This marks the end of another great season with Back Roads Cycling. This past Thursday’s ride took us to the Collingwood Airport, where we enjoyed breakfast outdoors while being entertained by the planes and helicopters taking off and landing (see the photos)! It was a wonderful fall day—rather cool temps to begin our ride, but it warmed up nicely, to a balmy 17 degrees, for the ride home. It is a nice way to enjoy the changing fall colours. Thank you to those eager riders who regularly showed up for the Thursday rides. I have to say we have made some great friendships, shared lots of laughs and covered many miles during the past 20 weeks. As I prepare to put my bike away, I can’t help looking forward to the next Back Roads Cycling season in 2024. Hope to see you then. 

    Walking Soccer
    Nancy Dixon

    Even though we have had a short season, our participants seemed to enjoy our attempts at the new sport Walking Soccer especially formed for our group. Our numbers were perfect for a 5 on 5 game. As we progressed, and shots were tried, good and bad, a few shots on goal got in--much to Tom P's ire. Next spring Tom, we will have a rematch. Thanks to all of you who tolerated my recruiting efforts and those of you who showed up to play Walking Soccer—you are the best!!!!


    Brain Teaser 
    Mary Livingston

    Rearrange the following words to give a popular cereal name (answers at the end of the newsletter!)

    • Slick ape 
    • Focus of cap 
    • Contact harmonic nuns 
    • Aim pectorals

    The Master Gardener’s Corner
    John Hethrington, Master Gardener Emeritus
    Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario

    Click on the photo to see what you need to be doing in your garden in October... It’s time to trim back perennials and divide them and October is a great month to plant perennials—to get a big jump on the plants planted next spring...  


    Support Group
    Lucie Desjardins, Maureen Lalonde, Mary Ann Collins-Williams

    Do you know of a BVPC member who is having a difficult time (health issue, accident, hospitalization, loss of partner, etc.) and would benefit from receiving a card or a call from our team? If so, please let us know. We will be happy to follow up and/or get in touch with them. 


    The Last Word
    Shared by Hank Bouwman

    If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it. Anonymous


    Anagram Answers

    Special K, Cocoa puffs, Cinnamon toast crunch, Oatmeal crisp


    Activity Groups: Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Convenor: Volunteer needed!

    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 04, 2023 8:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    It’s that time of year again. Summer is coming to an end, with temperatures cooling and the days getting shorter, we continue to enjoy our many outdoor activities. In this beautiful part of the country, we are fortunate to have a variety of choices to keep us busy. Some of you may have travelled near and far, and/or had friends and relatives visit and share our little piece of paradise. Others plan travel after the summer crowds and are just leaving in the next few months. 

    For those who had a career in education, September was always the beginning of the year. There was the excitement of new students, new classes or grades, and maybe a new school. A new school year was exciting if you had children in school: a new teacher, new grade, new friends, and perhaps a new school. This year we welcomed new PROBUS members in August for the first time. Let’s make sure these new members receive a warm welcome at our activities and our next general meeting.

    Thank you to members who have started new activity groups this season. These new activities are very popular; check out the offerings on the Activity Group webpages, and hopefully you will find a new activity that speaks to you. We are always looking for more volunteers to assist with activity groups or join the management team. So, if you have a passion to share, or just want to get involved with your PROBUS club, please let us know.


    Membership
    Pam Weaver & Kathy Mercer

    Welcome to our 51 new members, who joined us effective August 1, 2023. This is the first time ever, that we have done a mid-year membership drive! 

    Name badges will be available to pickup at the September meeting at the membership table. As a reminder to all of our members, Emergency Contact Cards with the plastic cover are also always available at the Membership table.

    If you have any questions for the Membership team, you can reach us at our new email membership@beavervalleyprobus.com


    September Meeting - Tuesday Sept 26 @ 1:00 PM

    Please register if you plan to attend this meeting—so that we have enough chairs and coffee for everyone!

    Date: Tuesday September 26, 2023
    Doors open: 1:00 PM
    Meeting begins
    : 1:30 PM

    Speaker:  Harvey Bodach
    Harvey is a National Recognized Artist who lives locally. You may have seen a feature on Harvey in the January 2023 Escarpment Magazine. He will join us to share his passion for wilderness landscapes and wildlife that he translates using minute detail and careful design within his paintings.

    50-50 draw:  John Hobson and Peter Bryce each won $50.00 at our June 27 monthly speaker meeting. Our 50/50 tickets are on sale at the beginning of each monthly meeting and during the 1st break.

    Book Exchange
    Our Book Exchange is back in business and will be set up at the back of the room starting at 1pm for the September meeting. You may bring up to 3 books to exchange for 3 books. Books should have a copyright date no older than 10 years (2013). Each book should be a good read—the kind that you would recommend to a friend. Please contact Nancy Hart with any questions!


    Social Events
    Don Collins-Williams, Stella Zahradnik

    We had a very successful summer picnic. The weather was great, and we even spawned a new PROBUS activity, with the introduction of walking soccer (thank you Nancy Dixon). Thanks to all who attended, to make it a great day.

    The lunch and Theatre event at Meaford was well attended, and we saw an excellent musical “Tom Thompson’s Wake”. The Theatre was pleased to put on this special luncheon-theatre package for us, and there will likely be opportunities for us to have similar events with them next year.

    We had two visits to the E.C Carr Observatory, which was a fascinating and educational evening. Unfortunately, during the second visit, cloud cover came in before viewing through the telescopes could take place. We are working with the Observatory for a makeup evening for those who were registered for the “cloud out” night. This may take place this fall, but may well be in the spring, depending upon the availability of the Observatory crew to host us. We also had a good waiting list for the second night, so we will look at having an additional night next year for those who would still like to attend.

    We have arranged tickets for the John McDermott Christmas Concert (see below)  and are looking at a potential car rally, and perhaps another theatre event this fall, and of course hold the date for our annual Holiday Luncheon at Alpine Ski Club, on Wednesday December 6. As always, watch your emails for announcements of future events, and please contact us  at events@beavervalleyprobus.com if you have any good ideas for possible other events.


    John McDermott Christmas Concert

    We have obtained 25 tickets to hear renowned Scottish-Canadian Tenor John McDermott, bring his Irish roots to Collingwood for a Family Christmas Concert.

    Date: Saturday, December 2
    Concert: 3:00 PM
    Cost: $63 per person + Optional Lunch price TBD
    Location: First Presbyterian Church, Collingwood

    Please look for an email invitation coming later this week with more details.


    Georgian PROBUS Travel Club
    Gloria Thompson

    Circumnavigation of Newfoundland: This is an incredible 12-day adventure out of St. John's June 16 - 27, 2024If you are interested please attend the information presentation by Adventure Canada on September 12 @ 1 - 3 PM at the Collingwood Library - 3rd Floor. Please contact Brenda Chapman at Marlin Travel 705-444-1161 with any questions.

    Muskoka Cruise: Join your fellow PROBUS members from the Georgian Bay Region for an enjoyable cruise along the famous Millionaires Row, with Captain Potts.

    Date: Monday, September 25, 2023 
    Cost: $53 including HST

    Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Location: Departing from Port Carling

    Registration: Please contact Sunset Cruises directly to purchase tickets. See their website at www.sunsetcruises.ca or contact them via email at info@sunsetcruises.ca or by phone 705 645-2462. BE SURE to tell them you are with PROBUS. The cruise is Rain or Shine. There is a snack bar on board and restaurants in town.


    Activity Groups Update

    Most Activity Group sign-ups are still open!

    It's not too late to sign-up! Just a reminder, in order to be on an activity participant list—you must sign-up online—even if you signed up for the same Activity last year. A couple of Activity Groups are closed to additional participants due to overwhelming demand, but most groups are still open. If you aren't sure, please contact the Activity Group leader directly or email help@beavervalleyprobus.com

    There is a step-by-step video on "how to sign-up" for Activity Groups. Click on the red arrow to view!

    If you need any help with passwords or sign-up, please contact our web team on our new email address: help@beavervalleyprobus.com

    Activities


    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    Computer Group

    There are some interesting apps we’re going to take a closer look at during our meeting on Monday, September 25 at 2 PM. what3words is used by emergency services to help locate you, e.g. during a hike. Grey County has a GIS website showing interesting details about where we live. Do you have an app you'd like to share with us? Please join the Computer Activity Group if you would like to receive invitations to our monthly meetings!


    Casual Dining With Friends
    Sallie Kedwell, Shellie Smith, Eileen Scott

    Fortunately the weather cooperated and we enjoyed an excellent pot luck picnic dinner at Bayview Park on August 24. As fall approaches we look forward to returning to our usual small group dinners, with our members hosting at their homes when convenient. Please save the date for our first dinner on Thursday, September 28 and enjoy the last few weeks of summer.


    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    Dining around Town

    We have 155 people signed up for our monthly Dining Around Town activity with 101 members having been out to at least 1 Brunch/Lunch/Dinner this year. 40 of our members enjoyed an excellent dinner on June 15 at Marilynne Restaurant in Markdale. Invitations for our Wednesday, September 20 Buffet Style Dinner at 5:00 PM at Walter Falls Inn, were sent out on September 1 to those members who have signed up for Dining Around Town.  It’s not too late to join our Activity Group… Just click the "Activity Group Sign-up" button on the Dining Around Town activity page to receive future invitations to our dining events.

    Save the dates

    • Wednesday, September 20: Buffet Dinner @ 5 pm at Walter Falls Inn
    • Wednesday, October 18: Dinner @ 5 pm at Prime Seven Nine in Collingwood
    • Tuesday, November 21: Luncheon @ 12 noon at The Curly Willow Eatery in Collingwood


    R.O.M.E.O
    Bill McMurray

    After a two month hiatus, we will restart our luncheons on the second Wednesday. Our next lunch is at Winnifred's English Pub, 27 Bridge Street, Thornbury on September 13 @ 12:00 pm.  Look for the event email sent on Sept 4 and register. See your there!

    Euchre 1
    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    Tuesday, September 12 at 6:50 pm – Geoff & Jan N will host for a fun afternoon of cards and snacks. It’s not too late to join us..…just go on-line to Activities and click on Euchre 1 to sign up (Insert link). We had an enjoyable afternoon of card playing and snacks at the home of Lynn S& George C on July 11 with 16 members participating in 2 groups of 8 and David Z & Ken K came out on top. Jean T hosted on August 8 with Viv A having the high score and holds bragging rights for the day after coming out on top following 9 rounds. Viv had just graduated from our Intro to Euchre and obviously paid close attention during the lessons!

    Introduction to Euchre
    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    Last chance to sign-up to learn how to play euchre: Interested in learning how to play Euchre or would like a refresher session? Please go on-line and and register for the last training session of 2023, set for Monday September 25 @ 1:20 pm at the home of Elaine & Hank Bouwman. These sessions are geared to members that have either never played euchre or those that have played but need a refresher course. People new to euchre may need 3 – 5 training sessions whereas a refresher course may only require 1 – 2 sessions. Please note that these training sessions are not for experienced euchre players as they already play on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (See Euchre 1).


    Mah jongg
    Judy Smith

    The Mah Jongg group started up this past spring and our members have enjoyed learning to play the American version of this traditional Asian tile game. New members are always welcome; training sessions are provided as needed. Our fall playing schedule is being set up now. We currently meet every Tuesday of the month, except on our Membership Meetings. We may reduce this to playing the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, per members’ wishes. Members are asked to sign up to host games. Hosts are not required to supply refreshments. Other members are willing to bring game sets and extra tables/chairs if needed. If you are interested to join us, please sign up on the Mah jongg Activity page. Contact Judy Smith for more information.

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

    What a great time we have had. Raspberry picking, new members on board, ideal walking temperatures with a beautiful fall looming. Thanks again to Donna M for having us at her cottage on the Eugenia Lake for a delightful summer potluck picnic. Our latest adventure was to Creemore being one of my favourite trips, Creemore Brewery and the Patisserie. Join us this fall when we plan a return to Coffin Ridge to see the fall colours, partake in a glass of wine or cider (lots of wining), socializing with fellow Ramblers over lunch plus many other adventures. Watch for our event emails and register. New members welcome—please sign up on the Ramblers Activity Page!

    Recreational Cycling
    Caroline Bacher

    We have had a great summer of cycling in Collingwood, Thornbury, Meaford and Owen Sound. Thank you to the members who joined me! Even though numbers have been low, we have enjoyed our time together. This is my final session of leading Recreational Cycling. I am ready to hand on this group to a new leader. I would be happy to share my information with whomever steps up to lead next year's session!

    Walking Soccer
    Nancy Dixon

    Yes it does exist! Currently we are meeting on Tuesday mornings at the Tomahawk Soccer Field, Thornbury. All are welcome. If you like getting outside, walking and are open to kicking a soccer ball, you can be a sports star. Our match on August 29 resulted in 8 players (4 hats and 4 backward hats) ending in an amicable 3-3 tie. Thanks to our goalies Herb Q and Tom P. The effort to score was intense with four key players trying to control the game, but thanks to Mae F she came through and showed us all up. Sign up for the group on the Walking Soccer Activity Page and give us a try.


    Stress Management Lesson
    Submitted by: Hank Bouwman

    A speaker confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water, while explaining stress management to an audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask the Bob ultimate question, 'half empty or half full?'. She fooled them all...

    "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. 

    "The absolute weight doesn't matter! It depends on how long I hold it.

    • If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. 
    • If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. 
    • If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance for me. 

    In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "And that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."

    "As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest, before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden—holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night... Pick them up tomorrow.


    Humour Corner 
    Hank Bowuman



    The Master Gardener’s Corner
    John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario

    Click on the photo to see what you need to be doing in your garden in September... Look for the annual Grey County Master Gardener’s fall plant sale on Saturday September 9 from 9 AM until noon. This year, it’s in Meaford, at the Rotary Pavilion at the Harbor.


    Support Group
    Lucie Desjardins, Maureen Lalonde, Mary Ann Collins-Williams

    Do you know of a BVPC member who is having a difficult time (health issue, accident, hospitalization, loss of partner, etc.) and would benefit from receiving a card or a call from our team? If so, please let us know. We will be happy to follow up and/or get in touch with them. 


    In Memoriam

    Martin Rosen - Marty passed away on August 21, after a long struggle with ill health. Our sincere sympathies to Sandra Whitehead and their family.


    The Last Word
    Shared by Murray Lamont

    Happiness is not having what you want...It is appreciating what you have.
    Anonymous


    Activity Groups: Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Convenor: Volunteer needed!

    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 04, 2023 8:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    Summer is fast approaching, with ‘teaser’ days to get us in the mood. Outdoor activities are in full swing; so much so, that some of us have two or even three activities on the same day! And if you love a walk in the sunshine, listening to the birds and the smell of the flowers, nature is accommodating you. Enjoy!

    In May, our speaker, Dean Hollin, kept us interested and humming for the hour. Thanks to our speaker chairs, Brian and Kirby, for arranging this. This month is our last general meeting before the summer break. We look forward to speaker Bill McCreary, a former NHL ref with his stories from his long career.

    There will be numerous opportunities to meet and socialize with your PROBUS friends in the next few months, as most of our groups are active. Whether you prefer rambling or hiking, trail or road biking, birding or water sports, dining in or out, (just to name a few), we encourage everyone to get involved in your club and participate. 

    Check the website for the variety of events offered, including our golf tournament, theater outing, and the summer picnic. As always, thanks to our activity leaders and social convenors who make all this fun happen. Enjoy your summer, and stay safe. I look forward to seeing many of you at our events. Ilene


    Membership
    Pam Weaver & Kathy Mercer

    Historically, our club has added new members only once a year, in February. But this year things are different. Our club's Management team has decided to try a mid-year enrollment, on August 1. This adjustment was made so that new members could come on board while our activities are still going strong and not have to wait a full year. As new members, they will be able to register and participate in all club events and activities. Please make them feel welcome, especially when we reconvene at our September Membership Meeting.

    If you have any questions for the Membership team, you can reach us at our new email membership@beavervalleyprobus.com


    June Meeting - Tuesday June 27 @ 1:00 PM

    Remember—this is our last meeting before the summer break! The Grapevine Newsletter and our monthly meetings will start back up again in September.

    Please register if you plan to attend this meeting—so that we have enough chairs and coffee for everyone!

    Date: Tuesday June 27, 2023
    Doors open: 1:00 PM
    Meeting begins: 1:30 PM
    Speaker: Bill McCreary

    Bill is a former NHL referee and member of the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame and now lives locally. He will share some stories of his over 30 year refereeing career, including many Stanley Cup finals and the famous Gold Medal Olympic Game in Vancouver.


    50-50 draw: 
    Nancy Dixon and George Czerwinski shared in 50% of our winnings at our May monthly meeting. Our 50/50 tickets are on sale at the beginning of each monthly meeting and during the 1st break.

    Book Exchange
    Our Book Exchange is back in business! Any member can participate—no sign up is required. The Book Exchange will be set up at the back of the room starting at 1pm. Books should have a copyright date no older than 10 years. Bring a Book, Take a Book. Since the summer break is coming up, we invite you to exchange up to 3 books at a time. Please contact Nancy Hart with any questions!

    NOTICE: Beaver Valley Community Centre Parking Disruption
    Please be aware that there is a big parking lot construction project scheduled  starting May 29,  which will restrict the amount of parking available at the community center for our next meeting. Please follow the signs to see where to park for our meeting and where to enter the building.


    Social Events
    Don Collins-Williams, Stella Zahradnik

    Don't forget to register for our upcoming annual events!

    June 20, 2023: Annual Golf Tournament
    Registration is still open! This year's tournament will be held at Shelburne Golf and Country Club. $95 / per person. Price includes 18 holes with cart, and BBQ lunch. The format is team scramble with a shotgun start. Non-member guests are welcome! We would love to have more participants—it's not too late to sign-up a friend! Online payment for those who reserved already is now due. An email with the link to pay was sent out on June 5.

    July 20, 2023 - Annual Summer Picnic
    Registration is  now open! 
    Our Annual Summer Picnic is back. We will return to the Alpine Ski Club for our summer get-together with lots of games and activities on the lawn. Please register from the email invitations sent out on May 31.

    If you have any lawn games you can bring—ladder toss, corn hole toss, horseshoes etc, please let us know via our new email address events@beavervalleyprobus.com.


    Activity Groups Update

    Most Activity Group sign-ups are still open!

    It's not too late to sign-up! Just a reminder, in order to be on an activity participant list—you must sign-up online—even if you signed up for the same Activity last year (or this year prior to March 28, 2023). A couple of Activity Groups are closed to additional participants due to overwhelming demand, but most groups are still open. If you aren't sure, please contact the Activity Group leader directly or email help@beavervalleyprobus.com

    There is a step-by-step video on "how to sign-up" for Activity Groups. Click on the red arrow to view!

    If you need any help with passwords or sign-up, please contact our web team on our new email address: help@beavervalleyprobus.com

    Activities

    Birding 
    Brian Cromie / Lucie Desjardins

    Fifteen members of the Birding Group had a good first outing May 4, with Co-coordinator Lucie Desjardins recording 23 different species in our visit to Christie Beach, her and Kirby's backyard, and to the Thornbury Sewage Lagoon. The group made a second outing to Collingwood Harbour on May 31, where even more spring migrants, warblers and shore birds were spotted! Take a look at the Birding Slideshow to see some great photos taken by our members. 

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    Computer GroupIn our June meeting we will delve into the fascinating world of Cloud Computing. Following our insightful discussion on Artificial Intelligence last month, we are eager to continue our journey of technological exploration. Source: ChatGPT, and yes, there will be real people ;-) We're covering the Cloud only because Hank B. sent a funny video to start with. Also, Rod I. wants to tell us why he keeps everything local.


    Casual Dining With Friends
    Sallie Kedwell, Shellie Smith, Eileen Scott

    Save the date - our next regular get together will be on June 22. Hoping you can join us for another enjoyable evening. As usual, dinner locations will be announced closer to the date. Thinking ahead the summer picnics will be on July 27 and August 24 - always fun to meet outdoors as a larger group. The venues for these events have yet to be decided but we usually plan for July in Meaford and August in Thornbury.


    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    Dining around TownInvitations for our Thursday, June 15 "Family Style" dinner at 5:00 PM at Marilynne Restaurant in downtown Markdale were sent out on June 1 to those members who have signed up for Dining Around Town. The session is now sold out.  Last month, 42 of our members enjoyed an excellent dinner on May 17 at Match Restaurant & Casino in Wasaga Beach. Each person received a $35.00 free slot play and some of us even made a few $$$ in the casino. It’s not too late to join our Activity Group… Just click the "Activity Group Sign-up" button on the Dining Around Town activity page to receive future invitations to our dining events.

    Save the dates

    • Thursday, June 15: Family Style Dinner @ 5:00 PM at Marilynne Restaurant in downtown Markdale (Sold Out—Waitlist only)
    • Friday, August 18: Pizza Party @ 5PM at Justin's Oven in Kimberley
    • Wednesday, September 20: Buffet Dinner @ 5 pm at Walter Falls Inn


    R.O.M.E.O
    Bill McMurray

    The next R.O.M.E.O. gathering will be on Wednesday, June 14 at Sterlings in Thornbury. Please RSVP via the email invitation that will go out on June 7.

    Dominoes
    Donna Murray

    This a potential new activity group, depending on the number of members who sign-up to show interest in playing. The idea is to have weekly or bi-weekly gatherings at member's homes to play Dominoes (Mexican Train). The day and time will be decided by the participants. Please check out the Dominoes Activity Page or contact Donna with any questions.

    Euchre 1
    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    On Tuesday, June 13 at 1:20 PM, David & Christina Z will host for a fun afternoon of cards and snacks. It’s not too late to join us..…just go on-line to the Euchre 1 Activity page to sign up. We had an enjoyable afternoon of card playing and snacks at the home of Bruce & Janet L with 12 members participating on Tuesday, May 9. George Baker had the high score and holds bragging rights for the day after coming out on top following 8 rounds.

    Introduction to Euchre
    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    We have had 7 training sessions involving 16 different participants to teach the basics of playing euchre. We may to start a fourth group in the fall, so please add your name to the  Waitlist to be notified of the details. These sessions are geared toward members who have either never played euchre at all, or those who have played, but need a refresher course. 

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

    May 26 turned into the most amazing day for our Ramblers Coffin Ridge adventure. We had the view, the sun and the best time hanging out at the winery. Our hosts allowed us to wander throughout their vineyard. Even though we had a written map of their self guided tour, we somehow missed a few of their "Skeleton crew" direction signs but made it to our final objective--wining allowed. We will return in the fall for another vineyard adventure.


    Tick Alert
    Submitted by: Vicki Kellar

    Spring is tick season as well as allergy season! Ticks don't just carry the potential for Lyme disease, rising temperatures means ticks carrying babesiosis are also making their way to our area. Brucetrail.org reminds us to make sure we protect ourselves from ticks when out walking or hiking. Wear long pants and shirts, tuck your pants into your socks, wear boots and avoid walking through tall-grassed areas—stay to the centre of the path. Wear light colored clothes so ticks are visible, then check for ticks after your hike!

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/16/health/babesiosis-tick-disease-northeast.html
    https://toronto.citynews.ca/2023/04/10/ontario-tick-season-lyme-disease-symptoms-prevention/


    Brain Teaser - Anagram
    Submitted by: Mary Armstrong

    Can you guess who the Canadian Singers are below?

    1. ONCE IN DELO
    2. INN HAS AWAH
    3. RODEO CHANNEL
    4. BARD MAN SAY
    5. BE MUCH LIABLE
    Answers at the end of the newsletter!

    Photo Corner 
    Brian Cromie

    This Red-headed Woodpecker, a near-threatened species, visited a couple weeks ago, and is one of the 29 different species seen in our backyard so far this year. For those not in the Birding Activity, you can still see lots of different birds in backyards, parks and wild places around your home. Keep your eyes and ears open and your feeders full, and it is a great time of year to go out and enjoy some of the best of what nature has to offer!


    If you have any spring photos you would like to share, please send them to our new email address at grapevine@beavervalleyprobus.com so that they can be included in the Spring Slideshow!


    The Master Gardener’s Corner
    John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario

    Click on the tulip photo to see what you need to be doing in your garden in June... Don't forget to look over your garden to determine what plants are in the wrong place or should be divided. Check out the St. George’s annual plant sale, Saturday June 3, 2023


    Support Group
    Lucie Desjardins, Maureen Lalonde, Mary Ann Collins-Williams

    Have you heard of a BVPC member who is having a difficult time (health issue, accident, hospitalization, loss of partner, etc.) and would benefit from receiving a card or a call from our team? If so, please let us know. We will be happy to follow up and/or get in touch with them. 


    The Last Word
    Shared by Vicki Kellar

    The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it is unfamiliar territory!
    Paul Fix


    Brain Teaser (Answers)
    Celine Dion; Shania Twain; Leonard Cohen; Bryan Adams; Michael Buble


    Activity Groups: Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Convenor: Volunteer needed!

    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 02, 2023 7:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    One of the highlights of April was viewing the film “The Red Violin” as part of the National Canadian Film Festival. The film was a blend of history, drama, and romance. I think everyone was touched by the raw emotion that the film evoked.

    Usually May brings warmer weather, and the start of more outdoor activities. Let’s hope that the weather cooperates and we can once again meet friends and enjoy our Club's many offerings. Thank you to the organizers, activity group leaders and those participating, who have made our Club's activities such a success.

    Our website is a wonderful resource and I encourage all of you to use it to keep up to date on PROBUS events. Social events and meeting dates are posted on the website; and all members will also receive an email invitation with registration instructions. If you have signed up for a specific activity group, invitation emails will be sent to announce each outing date, such as a hike, a biking excursion, etc. Many of our members also find the ‘Wild Apricot’ APP on their smartphones particularly useful for finding other member's contact information, as well as searching for events and registering!

    The best way to meet new friends is to get involved! Joining activities—whether they are ones you have enjoyed for a long time, or you are just learning about—keeps us busy and engaged. Our volunteers put in many hours to offer the variety of activities that make this club special, so please enjoy them. And if you have a passion that you would like to share, please volunteer. Your contribution is welcomed and appreciated.

    Enjoy!
    Ilene


    Membership
    Pam Weaver & Kathy Mercer

    Membership applicants are popping up on our Waitlist as quickly as Daffodils in the gardens around town! If you know someone who is interested, encourage them to submit their on-line application. We will be reviewing the Applicant List in late Summer for a September start.

    If you have any questions for the Membership team, you can reach us at our new email membership@beavervalleyprobus.com


    May Meeting - Tuesday May 23 @ 1:00 PM

    Please register if you plan to attend this meeting—so that we have enough chairs and coffee for everyone!

    Date: Tuesday May 23, 2023
    Doors open: 1:00 PM
    Meeting begins: 1:30 PM
    Speaker: Dean Hollin

    Dean is an entertainer—on stage, television and the airwaves.  As an actor/singer he has written, directed and performed in stage productions all around Ontario. He is well known for his emcee skills, and as the host of Radio Limelite—All Things Great American Songbook and Big Band Night as well as co-hosting The Garden Show with Charlie Dobbin on Zoomer Radio and The Classical Jukebox on The New Classical FM. Dean will certainly be an entertaining speaker for our group!

    50-50 draw: There was no 50/50 Draw in April, but it will return for our May monthly meeting. 50/50 tickets are on sale at the beginning of each monthly meeting and during the first break. See Elaine or Hank Bouwman at one of the tables at the back of the room.

    Book Exchange
    After over 3 years the Book Exchange will finally be back in business at the May Membership meeting. Any member can participate. No sign up is required. The Book Exchange will be set up at the back of the room starting at 1pm. Books should have a copyright date no older than 10 years. Bring a Book, Take a Book. We ask that you exchange no more than 3 books at a time. Please contact Nancy Hart with any questions!

    NOTICE: Beaver Valley Community Centre Parking Disruption

    Please be aware that there is a big parking lot construction project scheduled  from May 15 - July 1 which may restrict how much parking is available at the community center for our meetings. 


    Social Events
    Don Collins-Williams, Stella Zahradnik

    It looks like we will have a busy spring and summer!

    June 20, 2023: Annual Golf Tournament
    Registration is now open! This year's tournament will be held at Shelburne Golf and Country Club. $95 / per person. Price includes 18 holes with cart, and BBQ lunch. The format is team scramble with a shotgun start. Non-member guests are welcome. Please reserve now to help us plan—online payment to be made later, starting June 5.

    June 21, 2023: Theatre Event - The Buddy Holly Story
    Ticket Pick Up: For those lucky club members who registered for the Buddy Holly Story at the King’s Wharf Theatre in June, the tickets will be available for pick up at the May 23 meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Vicki Kellar to arrange a pick up.

    July 20, 2023 - Annual Summer Picnic - SAVE THE DATE!
    Our Annual Summer Picnic is back - this time in July! We will return to the Alpine Ski Club for our summer get-together with lots of games and activities on the lawn. Please mark your calendar and look for the invitation coming out in June!

    We are hoping to have an evening at the E.C. Carr Observatory sometime in June as well. As always, if you have any ideas for other potential future events, please let us know at our new email events@beavervalleyprobus.com.


    Activity Groups Update

    Most Activity Group sign-ups are still open!

    It's not too late to sign-up! Just a reminder, in order to be on an activity participant list—you must sign-up online—even if you signed up for the same Activity last year (or this year prior to March 28, 2023). A couple of Activity Groups are closed to additional participants due to overwhelming demand, but most groups are still open. If you aren't sure, please contact the Activity Group leader directly or email help@beavervalleyprobus.com

    There is a step-by-step video on "how to sign-up" for Activity Groups. Click on the red arrow to view!

    If you need any help with passwords or sign-up, please contact our web team on our new email address: help@beavervalleyprobus.com

    Activities

    Birding 
    Brian Cromie / Lucie Desjardins

    The new Birding Group will make its first outing on Thursday May 4 (weather permitting) just in time to observe our spring returning migrants at several sites close to Thornbury. We also hope to see species destined for a summer farther north in the boreal forest as they pass through our region.

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    Computer Group"Digital Inheritance" was the topic for our last meeting, i.e. what to share with our executors about our Internet accounts, digital photo and movie collections, cryptocurrency, etc. This month it will be a bit more uplifting topic: "Artificial Intelligence".

    Explorators
    Mikael Schaltz

    The Explorators Cycling Group will be active for the summer of 2023! The cycling day is Wednesday, with a 10 AM start. The distance is 20-25 km and the rides last around 2-2.5 hrs. Beverly and Marcel Forget have generously agreed to lead the group on the weekly rides, until my hip is able to do a 25 km ride. So please sign up on the Explorators Activity page and we will be out riding together soon.

    Recreational Cycling
    Caroline Bacher

    As the month of May is here, it is time to think about cycling again! I will send out an email to inform you of our first ride when the weather warms up. So get your bikes out and ready for cycling! Remember to get them tuned up by a professional so that they are road worthy. We will discuss what you need for your bicycle at our first meeting. I will have sheets with dates of our rides so that you can sign up to lead one or two for me. Looking forward to seeing you soon!


    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    Dining around TownInvitations for our Wednesday May 17 Dinner & Tour at 5:00 PM at Match Restaurant & Casino in Wasaga Beach were sent out on May 1 to those members who have signed up for Dining Around Town. It’s not too late to join us… Just click the "Activity Group Sign-up" button on the Dining Around Town activity page. Check-in at the Playtime Casino Guest Services counter, sign up for My Club Rewards and receive a $10 free slot play voucher. 33 of our members participated in our April 18 Brunch at The Georgian Family Restaurant in Collingwood. 

    Save the dates

    • Wednesday, May 17: Dinner at Match Eatery, Playtime Casino in Wasaga Beach. Includes optional guided tour & complimentary $10 slot play voucher for tour participants
    • Thursday, June 15: Family Style Dinner @ 5:00 PM at Marilynne Restaurant in downtown Markdale
    • Friday August 18: Pizza Party @ 5PM at Justin's Oven in Kimberley.
    • Wednesday, September 20: Buffet Dinner @ 5 pm at Walter Falls Inn


    R.O.M.E.O
    Bill McMurray

    We had a record 19 members attend April's lunch at The Corner Cafe in Thornbury. We hope for another great turn-out on Wednesday, May 10 at The Red Door Pub & Grill in Meaford! Please RSVP via the email invitation that went out on May 2.

    Euchre 1
    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    Tuesday, May 9 at 1:20 pm: Bruce Leigh will host if we have 2 tables. Mary P & Steve D will host if we have 3 - 4 tables, for a fun afternoon of cards and snacks. It’s not too late to join us..…just go on-line to the Euchre 1 Activity page to sign up. We had an enjoyable afternoon of card playing and snacks at the homes of George B and Linda H with 16 members participating on Tuesday, April 11. Elaine B & Bruce L had the high scores and hold bragging rights for the day after coming out on top following 7 rounds.

    Introduction to Euchre
    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    Based on feedback that we received at the March 28 Activity Fair, we have decided to hold some euchre training sessions and have had 2 groups with a total of 10 participants to date, and a number on the Waitlist for future sessions. We plan to start a 3rd group on May 29 so add your name to the Waitlist to be notified of the details. These sessions are geared toward members who have either never played euchre at all, or those who have played, but need a refresher course. People new to euchre may need 2 – 3 training sessions, whereas a refresher course may only require 1 – 2 sessions. Please note that these training sessions are not for experienced euchre players, as they already play on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.


    Golf
    Brian Cromie

    The Golfing Group is scraping the rust off their clubs and getting ready for the first game of the year at Tomahawk, on May 9. We plan to get groups out on alternating Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. There is always room for more members no matter how well you play, so please join us by signing up for this new Golf Activity Group.

    Hiking
    Vicki Kellar

    A Wet Hiking Start: Our Hiking Group has now topped 100 members and we welcome everyone to what we expect to be an enjoyable and energetic season. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t yet cooperated, resulting in very wet forest trails, even affecting our more urban initial hike. We’re looking forward to better conditions soon and a variety of area venues. If you haven't signed up yet for the Hiking Activity Group, you can still join by registering on the Hiking Activity page. Also check out the additional hiking information and guidelines on our page!

    Mah jongg
    Judy Smith

    We had 20 members sign up for this new activity. Training sessions have begun for those who are new to the game of American Mah jongg. The goal is to hold weekly training sessions through May, then begin playing regular games on either Tuesday or Friday afternoons (chosen by majority vote) in June. It is still possible to sign up for this activity on the Mah jongg Activity page. Our next scheduled training sessions will be May 5 and May 19. Contact Judy Smith for more information.

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

    Recently we had an amazing walk to the Clendenan Dam (from Thornbury to Clarksburg and back) where we spotted swans. Is it possible that there are more swans in the area or just two very busy swans following us, as we ramble along?  We had a few new Ramblers join us, experiencing our best ramble yet.  Thanks to all of you attending. You always make my day!


    Photo Corner - SS Keewatin
    Vicki Kellar

    The photo below, pictures the SS Keewatin, as she moved from Port McNicoll on her way to a permanent site in Kingston to join the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. She will be stopping in Hamilton for dry dock repairs. Unfortunately her long history with Port McNicoll and the numerous local volunteers, weren’t enough to keep her in Georgian Bay...


    The SS Keewatin is one of the largest of the 3 Edwardian, Titanic era, passenger steam ships still floating. The subject of numerous documentaries, she was also featured on an episode of Murdock Mysteries, Murdock Ahoy. Several years ago ‘volunteer Captain’ Eric Conroy (who actually worked, then later volunteered, on the ship) spoke to our Club about the ship’s interesting history. PROBUS members also toured the ship, built in Glasgow in 1907.

    If you have any spring photos you would like to share, please send them to our new email address at grapevine@beavervalleyprobus.com so that they can be included in the Spring Slideshow!


    The Master Gardener’s Corner
    John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario

    Click on the tulip photo to see what you need to be doing in your garden in May... Don't forget to look over your garden to determine what plants are in the wrong place or should be divided. Dig and pot up any extra plant material to contribute to the St. George’s annual plant sale, Saturday June 3, 2023


    Support Group
    Lucie Desjardins, Maureen Lalonde, Mary Ann Collins-Williams

    Have you heard of a BVPC member who is having a difficult time (health issue, accident, hospitalization, loss of partner, etc.) and would benefit from receiving a card or a call from our team? If so, please let us know. We will be happy to follow up and/or get in touch with them. 


    The Last Word
    Shared by Nancy Dixon

    For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go!  I travel for travel's sake.
    Author R. L. Stevenson


    Activity Groups: Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Convenor: Volunteer needed!

    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 04, 2023 5:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    Welcome to spring! Though some days it still feels more like winter (and we can still ski), we are just around the corner from some warmer weather and the activities that go with it. The impressive turnout at the recent Activity Fair shows us that members are getting ready for warmer weather activities. In addition to the usual outdoor activity groups, check out the Activities webpage for our many new groups this year. Thanks to all for making the Activity Fair a success. We owe a huge thank you to Colleen Wilson-Dick for her hard work organizing the Fair, and to Nancy Dixon, Heather Buscher, all the activity leaders and our coffee assistants for their part in making the Fair a success.

    Our April meeting will be on Wednesday, April 19. This date change enables us to participate in the National Canadian Film Festival, which is being held on that day. The film chosen by the members is  "The Red Violin”. Due to the length of the film (it is over 2 hours) our meeting will be longer than usual. More information will follow by email.

    I look forward to working with the new management team, introduced below. Thanks to all who give their time to volunteer in so many capacities. This is your PROBUS Club, volunteer and enjoy fun, fellowship and friends. 


    Membership
    Pam Weaver & Kathy Mercer

    With the wonderful turnout at the Activity Fair, we had many who stopped by the Membership table. A number of our new 2023 members picked up their club badges. We were also excited to see the number of guests who expressed an interest in joining. They all said their interest was fueled by the club’s numerous activities and slick website.

    Please continue to welcome our new members as you meet them—they have a "star” sticker on their name badge. 

    If you have any questions for the Membership team, you can reach us at our new email membership@beavervalleyprobus.com


    2023-24 Management Committee

    We are exited to introduce the new Management Committee for 2023-24. 

    President: Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Vice President: Joanne Vivona
    Co-Secretary: Mary Ann Collins-Williams
    Co-Secretary: Kris Wichman
    Treasurer:  Lynn Horlor

    Membership Co-Chairs: Pam Weaver / Kathy Mercer
    Social Convenor: Don Collins-Williams
    Assistant Social Convenor: Stella Zahradnik
    Speaker's Co-Chairs: Kirby Philp / Brian Cromie
    Assistant Treasurer: George Czerwinski
    Communications Director: Nancy  Dixon
    Website Administrator: Heather Buscher
    Newsletter Co-Editors: Nancy Dixon / Heather Buscher
    Technical Advisor: Linda Haines
    Directory-at-Large: Hank Bouwman
    Director-at-Large: Mary Cromie
    Director-at-Large: Lucie Desjardins
    Immediate Past President: Martin Buscher

    We are still looking for an Activities Convenor (or 2 Co-Convenors). Colleen Wilson-Dick is stepping down after serving for four years, but she is available to train and advise. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us on our new email at management@beavervalleyprobus.com. 

    We also welcome our new Coffee Convenors—Joanne and Jamie Procunier. A big thank you to Joan Williams, who is stepping down after many years. Thanks also  to Mae Farmer, a longtime helper who continues to assist our convenors, and to all our other coffee volunteers! Our coffee volunteers play an important role in making our meetings a success. Thank-you


    April Meeting - Wednesday April 19 @ 1:00 PM

    **PLEASE NOTE:  Our meeting is on the 3rd Wednesday this month, instead of the 4th Tuesday**

    Our PROBUS club will be taking part in the National Canadian Film Day this year, which is Wednesday, April 19. We will host a special screening of "The Red Violin"

    Please register if you plan to attend this meeting—so that we have enough chairs and coffee for everyone!

    THE RED VIOLIN
    Director: François Girard / Year: 1998 / 131 min / G
    The incredible history of a beautiful antique violin is traced from its creation through its various owners, changing the lives of everyone who plays it. A historical epic like no other, this gorgeous film won 8 Genie awards as well as the Academy Award for Best Original Score, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary!

    Due to the length of the movie,  there will not be a regular meeting nor a 50-50 Draw this month.  The 50-50 Draw will resume at our regular May meeting.


    Social Events
    Don Collins-Williams, Stella Zahradnik

    Our PROBUS calendar was quite busy in the last month. 40 members enjoyed the additional 2 tours at the Grey Roots Museum for the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit, and another 20 members enjoyed the Georgian Bay Symphony and dinner afterward  on April 1. There are some new events coming up in May and June, so please watch your emails for the invitations to register.

    May 17: Dancing in the Street
    There are still spaces available for Dancing in the Street in Toronto on May 17, but the registration deadline is fast approaching. Unfortunately, there will not be enough registrants for us to get a bus, but carpooling is available. Sign up soon.

    June 1: Blue Mountain Film Festival 
    We sent out an invitation last week for the Blue Mountain Film Festival on June 1, and already have a good number signed up. It should be a fun day, with two films and ample time for lunch in the Blue Mountain Village. If you have never been to a film festival before, now is your chance!

    Additional Discounted Events: The Film Festival runs from June 1-4, and if anyone would like to attend other events, they can buy tickets online at https://bluemtnfilmfest.ca Early bird tickets are available at 10% off until April 15. PROBUS members get an additional 5% off using the promo code “PROBUS” which is valid until May 23. (You can use the promo code even if you do not register for our event). There will be complimentary use of the gondola at Blue during the Festival for anyone with a 5X7 pass for the 2023-24 season.

    Watch for further announcements in the Grapevine every month, and we hope to see you out at upcoming events. If you have any ideas for other potential future events, please let us know at our new email events@beavervalleyprobus.com.


    Annual Golf Tournament - Save the Date

    Our Annual Golf Tournament is back in June—at our traditional course in Shelburne. Please mark your calendars and look for the invitation coming out next week!

    Date: June 20, 2023
    Time: 9:00 AM Shotgun start
    Where: Shelburne Golf and Country Club
    Cost: $95 per person.

    Includes 18 holes with cart, lunch and prizes. Shotgun start and scramble format. 


    Activity Groups Update

    Activity Group sign-ups are now open!

    Thank you to those who turned out for our in-person Activity Fair on Tuesday afternoon at the Beaver Valley Community Centre. We had a great turn-out and lots of catching up and coffee.

    As a reminder—you will need to sign-up in order to be on an activity participant list—even if you signed up for the same Activity last year (or this year prior to March 28, 2023).

    There is a step-by-step video on "how to sign-up" for Activity Groups. Click on the image to view!

    General Instructions:

    1. Log in to the Beaver Valley PROBUS Club website, otherwise you will have to add your personal contact information for each Activity you sign up for. The Log in link is on the very top right of the homepage. If you forgot your password click here for a new one.

    2. Click on the big yellow ACTIVITIES button on the right-hand side of the home page.

    3. Select the Activity Group you are interested in, which opens up the detail page for that activity.

    4. Click on Activity Group Sign-up button.

    5. Click on the red Register button, and confirm.

    6. You will receive a Confirmation email showing that you have successfully signed up.

    When the Activity Group leader schedules an outing, you will then receive an email with the details (date, time, location etc.) which you can sign up for or skip.

    If you need any help with passwords or sign-up, please contact our web team on our new email address: help@beavervalleyprobus.com

    Activities

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    Computer GroupIn our March meeting, we wanted to go through a list of things for digital spring cleaning. The first item— backups—created such a lively discussion that we didn't have time to cover much of the other things to do. So, we might as well finish that topic during our April meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, April 24 at 2 PM. 

    E-Bikes
    Terry Kellar

    We had a great response at the Activity Fair and now have 22 people signed up and another 8 have shown interest. Not all have e-bikes, so we will have a mixture of technologies. I anticipate our first ride will be early May and be around the Blue Mountain Resort area. I will be in touch with the registered participants before the end of April.

    Euchre 1
    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    We had an enjoyable afternoon of card playing and snacks at the home of Sharon Clayfield & Bill Rogers with 8 members participating on Tuesday, March 14. Bill Rogers had a fantastic score and holds bragging rights for the day after coming out on top following 7 rounds. On Tuesday, April 11 at 1:20 pm, both George Baker and Linda Haines will each host 2 tables, for a fun afternoon of cards and snacks. It’s not too late to join us..…just go on-line to the Euchre 1 Activity page to sign up.

    Introduction to Euchre
    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    Based on feedback that we received at the March 28 Activity Fair, we have decided to hold some euchre training sessions starting April 4 at the home of Elaine & Hank Bouwman. These are geared to members who have either never played euchre at all, or those who have played but need a refresher course. People new to euchre may need 2 – 3 training sessions, whereas a refresher course may only require 1 – 2 sessions. If you are interested to join any of the Introduction to Euchre Sessions, please go the Euchre 1 Activity Webpage to see all the available sessions. Sign-up to the “Waitlist” so you get notified when we have enough people to host another training session. Please note that these training sessions are not for experienced euchre players, as they already play on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.


    Casual Dining With Friends
    Sallie Kedwell, Shellie Smith, Eileen Scott

    We’re very excited to welcome so many new, regular and lapsed members, to Casual Dining with Friends. Chatting with so many of you at the Activity Fair was a delight—what a wonderful turnout. Our first get together of the new season will be on April 27—please watch for the invitation right after Easter. Do keep in mind that hosts are needed for all of the regular monthly dinners. Please consider what month(s) will work for you to host, so that you can plan ahead. Looking forward to dining together!


    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    Dining around Town38 of our members participated in our March 22 luncheon at The Iron Skillet in Collingwood. Invitations for our Tuesday ,April 18 Brunch at 10:00 AM at The Georgian Family Restaurant in Collingwood were sent out on April 1 to those members who have signed up for Dining Around Town Activity. It’s not too late to join us… Just click the "Activity Group Sign-up" button on the Dining Around Town activity page.

    Save the dates

    • Tuesday, April 18:  Brunch @ 10:00 am at Georgian Family Restaurant in Collingwood. Great food and only $15
    • Wednesday, May 17: Dinner at Match Eatery, Playtime Casino in Wasaga Beach. Includes optional guided tour & complimentary $10 slot play voucher
    • Thursday, June 15: Family Style Dinner @ 5:00 PM at Marilynne Restaurant in downtown Markdale
    • Wednesday, September 20: Buffet Dinner @ 5 pm at Walter Falls Inn


    Golf
    Brian Cromie

    The Golf Group had more than  27 members sign-up to participate in the new activity. A survey was sent on April 2 to those on the participant list, in order to find the best days/times to play and how to group the foursomes. Please reply by April 15.

    Hiking
    Vicki Kellar

    A lot of interest at the Activity Fair translated into 89 members (so far) signing up for the Hiking Group. You can still join by registering on the Hiking Activity page. We anticipate starting our hiking schedule the first week of May, depending on the weather and if ski season is still operating at Blue Mountain (yes, we’re still skiing!).

    Beverley Forget and Maureen Hussey were the first 2 hikers at the Fair to volunteer to lead a hike this season and won Bruce Trail bags. Each participant is encouraged to lead their favourite hike. Guidelines for leading are found on our Hiking web page. We hope to hike weekly until the fall, if a sufficient number of leaders volunteer. See you on the trails!

    Mah jongg
    Judy Smith

    This new group had more than 16 members sign-up. A survey was sent on April 3 to those on the participant list, to find the best days/times to play, experience levels and more. Please reply by April 8.

    Nordic Pole Walking
    Nancy Hart

    Pole Walking will start on Tuesday, April 18, weather permitting. We will meet at 9:30 AM by the pavilion at Bayview Park in Thornbury. For those that are new to Pole Walking, come at 9:15 for instruction. Please be aware there is a difference between Nordic poles, ski poles and hiking poles. It is important that you use the correct poles. Nordic poles can be purchased at Thornbury Pharmasave—they are called Poles 4 Life. Show your PROBUS name tag for a discount. 

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

    Since the Activity Fair, Ramblers has grown to 70 members. On April 4 a group of over a dozen Ramblers walked on a country road, on the edge of Thornbury, to see the new Alpaca babies. I hope to get more of you out now to explore our area, now that we are not restricted by Covid. Our walks will be on Thursday or Friday depending on the weather. Watch for my emails with special instructions for meeting. I will try not to be too mysterious by including more than one date or time. Looking forward to seeing my regulars and new Ramblers.

    Stitch and Bitch
    Sheila Churchill

    Since the Activity Fair our group has grown but we would love to expand.   Our group concentrates on the social aspect every month while visiting each other's homes, exchanging ideas on our current projects and—this is the best part— enjoying a wonderful dessert or light snack with coffee or tea prepared by the hostess.  Please come and be part of our group.


    Photo Corner

    Activity Fair Slideshow Photos shared by Lucie Desjardins.

    Click on the photo below to see the slideshow of the March 28  Activity Fair. If anyone has more photos from the Activity Fair, please send them to our new email address at grapevine@beavervalleyprobus.com so that they can be included in the slide show!





    The Master Gardener’s Corner
    John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario

    Click on the snowdrop photo to see what you need to be doing in your garden in April... Don't forget to look over your garden to determine what plants are in the wrong place or should be divided. Dig and pot up any extra plant material to contribute to the St. George’s annual plant sale, Saturday June 3, 2023


    Support Group
    Lucie Desjardins, Maureen Lalonde, Mary Ann Collins-Williams

    Have you heard of a BVPC member who is having a difficult time (health issue, accident, hospitalization, loss of partner, etc.) and would benefit from receiving a card or a call from our team? If so, please let us know. We will be happy to follow up and/or get in touch with them. 


    In Memoriam

    Eileen Rickard - Eileen passed away on March 17. Sincere sympathies to Chris, her husband of 51 years and their family.


    The Last Word
    Shared by Hank Bouwman

    Stay away from negative people. They have a Problem for every Solution.  Albert Einstein


    Activity Groups: Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Convenor: Volunteer needed!

    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 07, 2023 5:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    President's Message

    What a turnout we had at our February meeting as well as at the welcome luncheon for our 68 new members! I'd imagine that this was like in those old days some of you have been telling me about. Sure looks like we are back to (mostly) normal again.

    We are gearing up for the Activity Fair on March 28 where you can talk to our wonderful leaders about activities you might like to participate in. If you cannot make it to the Community Centre that day, no worries, you can learn much from our website and you can even sign-up online starting that day. It is awesome to see a new generation of volunteers stepping up and offering to lead new activities such as birding, conversational French, or Mahjongg!

    There is also a strong lineup of events in the pipeline, ranging from our participation in film festivals to museum visits to car rallies to golf tournaments to ... and the list keeps growing! The only thing holding us back a bit is that we have several vacancies to help with the organization of our club. Personally, I think there is no better way to get and stay connected than volunteering!

    In a few weeks (March 21 - 27) you'll be invited to vote online on a slate of new club officers, to approve our financial report, and to accept some changes to our constitution and bylaws. You will have an opportunity for direct feedback during our online Annual General Meeting on March 28 at 11 AM. Please participate in the online voting so that we reach the required quorum and I can close my presidency by handing over to my successor a club that is well positioned for the future.


    Membership

    Pam Weaver & Kathy Mercer

    Prior to our February meeting, our Management team was able to join many of our new members for a “Meet & Greet” luncheon. The agenda included short introduction on the upcoming Activity Fair and the Annual General Meeting (AGM), and then each member of management present was introduced. Next, everyone shared some lively conversation time and then lunch was served as the conversations continued.

    A few additional new members were brought onboard that were not mentioned in the January Newsletter. Welcome to Pamella Branch, Martin Hederich, Martin Henderson, Ewen McIlraith, Fiona McIlraith, Judith Neate, Geoff Nicholson, Jan Nicholson, Katharine Peat, Charlene Winger, Christina Zettler and David Zettler.

    Please welcome our new members as you meet them—they have a "star” sticker on their name badge. 


    Annual General Meeting - March 28 @ 11:00 AM

    This year's AGM will be held on March 28, 2023 at 11 AM. It will be an online meeting, using Zoom. An invitation and a reminder will be emailed to our members ahead of time and with instructions on how to join this online meeting.

    We kindly ask that all members participate in the online vote to elect our officers, to accept amendments to our club's constitution and bylaws, to accept the minutes of the 2022 AGM, and to accept the 2022 annual financial statements. Online voting will be available starting March 21, 2023 and will close on March 27, 2023 the day prior to the AGM. Please refer to the timeline below for detailed information.

    **It is important that members participate in this online vote so that the required quorum of 25% is met and the club can continue to operate!**

    To view the timeline and current nominations for officers, please go to our 2023 AGM webpage.


    April Meeting

    Wednesday April 19 **Please note change in date**

    Wednesday April 19, 2023 is the 10th Annual National Canadian Film Day. Our PROBUS club has arranged to celebrate by watching a great Canadian Film at our Beaver Valley Community Centre on that date, instead of our usual 4th Tuesday meeting day. Please take a look at the description of 3 possible films on our event page, and then take the survey to choose one. The movie that gets the most votes will be the one screened! Deadline to respond is Friday, March 10.

    • Peace by Chocolate 
    • The Red Violin 
    • You are Here: A Come from Away Story

    50-50 Draw 

    Hank & Elaine Bouwman


    We had our 50/50 draw for $276.00 at our February 28 monthly speaker meeting. The two winning tickets held by Howard Kitchen and one of our new members, Judith Neal for $69.00 each. 50/50 tickets are on sale at the beginning of each monthly meeting and during the 1st break.


    Social Events

    Don Collins-Williams, Stella Zahradnik


    We just had our second visit to the Grey Roots Museum, on March 2 for the Leonardo Da Vinci Machines in Motion exhibit. And again having a significant waiting list, we have added a third tour on March 30. Preference will be given to those on the waitlist from the March 2 tour, and if there are still openings, we will extend the invitation to all members. If the registration is full, please add your name to the waitlist, as if there is enough interest, we will likely be able to book a fourth tour before the exhibit closes on April 23.

    For those who have registered for the Georgian Bay Symphony on April 1, we will be sending out information on an optional post concert supper at a restaurant in Meaford.

    We are gearing up for a busy social season as Spring approaches. As always, watch your email, and announcements in the Grapevine, and please let us know if you have any ideas for interesting events


    Nominating Committee

    Caroline Bacher, Ilene Rushefsky-Charland and Elsbeth Wright


    Thank you to Linda Haines who has volunteered to take on the Technical Advisor role and to Joanne and Jamie Procunier who have offered to be Coffee Co-convenors.  We still require volunteers for Activities Convenor and 2nd Vice-President.  Please consider filling these roles. If you would like more information about them, please contact one of us. There will be lots of support available to assist you. This is your Club! We will struggle to organize Activities and in-person meetings if these roles are not filled...


    Activity Groups Update

    Colleen Wilson-Dick


    Activity Fair:. We are hosting an in-person Activity Fair at the Beaver Valley Community Centre on Tuesday, March 28 from 1:30 - 3:30 PM. Come and walk around the centre to learn about the various Activity Groups our club offers!

    Check out the various Activity Groups on our website and be ready with some questions before you attend! Do you have an idea for a new Activity Group? Let us know and we can add it to the list and see if other members are interested too!

    Here are some of the new Activity Groups this year so far...

    Say hello to old friends and catch up over a cup of coffee and cookies....


    Meet our Activity Leaders—Ask questions—Sign up online!

    Activities

    Computer Group

    Martin Buscher

    Computer Group

    Our February meeting actually happened in March but was nevertheless a very enjoyable event with shared tips on the use of camera phones, the iPhone in particular. There is as yet no topic set for our upcoming meeting on March 27 at 2 PM so please let Martin know what you'd like to see covered.

    Euchre 1

    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    We had an enjoyable afternoon of card playing and snacks in the “party room” at the home of Jean Tyler in Thornbury with 12 members participating on Tuesday, February 14. Jean Tyler & Ted Littlejohn went home with bragging rights for the day after coming out on top following 9 rounds. On Tuesday, March 14 at 1:20 pm – Sharon Clayfield & Bill Rogers have graciously offered their home for a fun afternoon of cards and snacks. It’s not too late to join us—just click the Register button on the Euchre 1 Activity webpage to sign up. 


    Casual Dining With Friends

    Sallie Kedwell, Shellie Smith, Eileen Scott


    Our next Casual Dining With Friends will be on March 23 at 6:00 pm. Please respond to the email invitation sent out on the 7th. We are hoping for another good turnout from those of you who are wintering at home!


    Dining Around Town

    Hank Bouwman

    Dining around Town
    31 of our members participated in our February 15 luncheon at The Alphorn Restaurant on Hwy. 26. Invitations for our Wednesday, March 22 luncheon at The Iron Skillet in Collingwood (Sobey’s plaza) were sent out on March 1, to those members who have signed up for Dining Around Town. It’s not too late to join us… Just click the "Activity Group Sign-up" button on the Dining Around Town activity webpage.

    Save the dates

    • Wednesday March 22:  Lunch @ 12 noon at The Iron Skillet in Collingwood
    • Tuesday April 18:  Brunch @ 10:00 am at Georgian Family Restaurant in Collingwood
    • Wednesday May 17: Dinner at Match Eatery, Playtime Casino in Wasaga Beach. Includes guided tour & complimentary slot play voucher
    • Thursday June 15: Dinner at the Marilynne Restaurant in Markdale
    • Wednesday September 20: Dinner @ 5 pm at Walter Falls Inn


    Nordic Pole Walking

    Nancy Hart

    Once the snow has gone and the daffodils are in bloom, Nordic Pole Walking will resume. Hopefully that will be by mid April. As usual we plan to walk on Tuesday mornings for 1 hour,  starting at 9:30 am. Don’t forget to sign up again this year!

    Ramblers

    Nancy Dixon

    Nancy is currently enjoying the warmer weather down south, and Hank Bouwman has graciously offered to lead the Ramblers on Friday, March 10 @ 10:00 AM. The group will meet at the Beaver Valley Community Centre for a walk around the Thornbury Harbour area. 


    Ski Legends

    Chris Mifflin


    The Ski Legends group just recently returned from the annual pilgrimage to Sun Peaks (BC), and this week, the group is hitting the slopes at Aspen Snowmass (Colorado). The locations of next years (2024) group trips have not yet been finalized – one of the destinations may be Italy. Stay tuned as this will be announced in late spring. See the website www.probusskilegends.ca for the most up to date information. The twice weekly Ski Together at the Blue Mountain continues. Meet at the Silver Bullet chair at 9:20 am on Tuesday and/or Wednesday. Just ask/look for Ron Duke – our inimitable team leader. Frequently, an optional on-mountain group lunch will be organized for afterwards at one of the restaurants. Don't miss the annual end of season breakfast. It is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 8:00 am at the Toronto Ski Club. 


    Travel

    Gloria Thompson


    This Highlands and Islands of Scotland tour is almost full, but we can make room for 1 or 2 more—so act now! Trip dates are Saturday, May 13, 2023 returning Sunday, May 28, 2023. For information and booking, please call Gloria with any questions at 705 429 9455.


    Humour Corner - Airline Announcements


    Shared by Jan Reid and Pat Wright 

    A United Flight Attendant announced, 'People, people we're not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!

    On landing, the stewardess said, 'Please be sure to take all of your belongings.. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have. '

    'There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane.'

    Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing: 'We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal.'

    After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the attendant came on with, 'Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Capt. Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.'


    Photo Corner


    Shared by Robert Marshall.
    Diane and Robert are spending 5 weeks in Costa Rica and shared these photos of the wonderful birds seen from their balcony.




    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.



    Support Group

    Lucie Desjardins, Maureen Lalonde, Mary Ann Collins-Williams

    Have you heard of a BVPC member who is having a difficult time (health issue, accident, hospitalization, loss of partner, etc.) and would benefit from receiving a card or a call from our team? If so, please let us know. We will be happy to follow up and/or get in touch with them. 


    The Last Word

    Shared by Hank Bouwman

    You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Activity Groups: Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Convenor: Colleen Wilson-Dick

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


  • February 03, 2023 12:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    President's Message

    Being in a PROBUS club is all about Friendship, Fellowship, and Fun, and that includes managing the club's affairs with our Management Committee! As newcomers to the region, Heather and I had the good fortune of having neighbors rope us into this PROBUS club and its management team. Even having to isolate during the last few years, the committee work was instrumental in creating our new social network. Investing a bit of our time in volunteering paid off handsomely!

    Talking of fun, we're going to have our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 28 at 11 AM, and it's going to be online via Zoom! We've learned during the pandemic that we can make the AGM a lot less stressful for the management team by splitting the voting part from the presentations. Between March 21 and 27, you will have the opportunity to elect our executive officers and to approve our financial statements, last year's AGM meeting minutes, and changes to our club's constitution and bylaws.

    The AGM on March 28 will then be a short affair where we present the voting results, provide an opportunity for your feedback, and then introduce you to the new Management Committee. The unusual start time of 11 AM was selected so that our team has enough time to prepare our Activity Fair, which will take place on the same day between 1:30 - 3:30 PM. You can find a detailed roadmap to the AGM on this web page.

    Although we now have a complete slate of executive officers for you to approve, you nevertheless have the opportunity of putting your name forward for any of the positions up for election. Please contact Caroline Bacher (Nominating Committee) or myself to add your name to the ballot. In addition, we always welcome members to join the Management Committee or to step up as leaders of existing or new activities!


          Happy Valentines Day!




    Lifetime Membership - Stella Zahradnik


    The Management Committee is delighted to announce that Stella Zahradnik has been made a Lifetime Member of the Beaver Valley PROBUS Club! Stella is the epitome of a selfless and competent volunteer, without whose contribution the club might not exist. She has been the club's Social Convenor for such a long time that we were glad to make an exception to our bylaw 10-year rule for her. While Stella has handed the reins over to Don Collins-Williams, the Committee is relieved that she will continue to pass on her wealth of knowledge, as Assistant Social Convenor, so that we can keep having well-organized and fun events!


    Membership

    Pam Weaver & Kathy Mercer

    In January we had the opportunity to offer membership to 56 people! This month, the Management team will be hosting a “New Member Meet & Greet" for our new members, prior to our February 28 meeting. Our newest members will have a small sticker on their name badge. Please make them feel welcome!


    Membership Meeting - February 28 @ 1:00 PM

    Date: Tuesday February 28, 2023
    Doors open: 1:00 PM
    Meeting begins: 1:30 PM

    Speaker: Annette Sandberg
    Topic: 450 Million Year creation of the Niagara Escarpment.

    Annette Sandberg is a Simcoe and Grey County historical researcher whose storytelling comes to life through her work as a freelance community historical writer and speaker for museums, community groups, theatre, and certified guided hikes on the Niagara Escarpment.

    Annette Sandberg grew up on the Niagara Escarpment on a farm between Castle Glen & Scenic Caves and now resides in Collingwood. Her love for the area developed as a child and it has driven her to research and document our local history, focusing primarily on its 450-million-year formation to the time of the Petun and the early immigrants of the 1800's. In 2018, Annette was elected to the Town of Collingwood Trail & Active Transportation Advisory Committee for a two-year term.

    Annette is an active member of the Ontario Museum Association and her articles have been included in the Indigenous and early pioneer exhibits at local Museums, conservation newsletters, and our local CollingwoodToday newspaper. Annette is a certified Ontario Hiking Guide leading historical hikes for Bruce Trail Clubs and independently through her Historical Hiking Tour business. In 2016, she completed the 900 km trek of the Bruce Trail from Queenston Heights to Tobermory and researched and recorded the history of the land that she walked on. This all-encompassing experience, knowledge, and passion have led her to recently be appointed on the Board of Directors for the Escarpment Corridor Alliance Group as Director of Education focusing on the protection of the Niagara Escarpment.

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


    50-50 Draw 

    Hank & Elaine Bouwman


    We had our 50/50 draw for $288.00 at our January 24 monthly speaker meeting with two winning tickets held by Barbara Hall and George Baker for $72.00 each. 50/50 tickets are on sale at the beginning of each monthly meeting and during the 1st break.


    Social Events

    Don Collins-Williams, Stella Zahradnik


    We are going back to the Leonardo Da Vinci Machines in Motion exhibit at the Grey Roots Museum, on March 2. This guided tour was very well received when we went last November. Watch for your email invitation coming soon. Invitations  will be sent first to those who were on the waitlist in November, but will then be opened up to the rest of the club. If the tour is full when you try to register, please put your name on the new waitlist. If there is enough interest, we will add a third tour in April.

    The Georgian Bay Symphony on April 1 at Meaford Hall sold out very quickly, and there are no more tickets available from the theatre. This event sold out so quickly at the box office, that hopefully that will give them plenty of incentive to host future similar concerts (for which we will snap up tickets for our members!)

    The Buddy Holly Story at the King’s Wharf Theatre on June 21 is also sold out, but if you would still like to go, please put your name on the waitlist, as there often are some cancellations close to the date, so some tickets might become available.

    Watch for further announcements in the Grapevine every month, and we hope to see you out at future events


    Nominating Committee

    Caroline Bacher, Ilene Rushefsky-Charland and Elsbeth Wright


    After much “twisting of arms”, we are pleased to announce that we have filled four positions on the Management Committee, that of Speaker Co-Chair—Brian Cromie, Assistant Treasurer—George Czerwinski, Director at Large—Mary Cromie and Vice President—Joanne Vivona. We thank them for volunteering to step into these important roles.

    We still require volunteers for Activities Convenor, Technical Advisor and Coffee Coordinator. Please consider filling these roles. If you would like more information about them please contact one of us. There will be support available to assist you. This is your Club! We will struggle to organize Activities and in-person meetings if these roles are not filled...


    Activity Groups Update

    Colleen Wilson-Dick


    Activity Fair:. We are hosting an in-person Activity Fair at the Beaver Valley Community Centre on Tuesday, March 28 from 1:30 - 3:30 PM. Come and walk around the centre to learn about the various Activity Groups our club offers! 


    Meet our Activity Leaders—Ask questions—Sign up online!

    Check out the various Activity Groups on our website and be ready with some questions before you attend! Do you have an idea for a new Activity Group? Let us know and we can add it to the list and see if other members are interested too!

    Activities

    Computer Group

    Martin Buscher

    Computer Group

    Our January meeting was a joyful event with discussions about a joyless task: how to keep the bad guys away from our accounts, using a password manager. For February, let's talk about something a little more entertaining: tips and tricks for using phone cameras. The meeting will need to be a week later than usual on account of our travels, so it's going to be March 6 at 2 pm at Heather & Martin's home.

    Euchre 1

    Elaine & Hank Bouwman

    We had an enjoyable afternoon of card playing and snacks at the home of Beth & John White in Lora Bay with 12 members participating on Tuesday, January 10. Sharon Clayfield and Vicki Kellar went home with bragging rights for the day after coming out on top following 8 rounds. On Tuesday, February 14 at 1:20 pm – Jean Tyler has graciously offered her Thornbury home for a fun afternoon of cards and snacks. It’s not too late to join us—just click the Register button on the Euchre 1 Activity webpage to sign up. On Tuesday, March 14 at 1:20 pm – we are looking for someone to host.


    Casual Dining With Friends

    Sallie Kedwell, Shellie Smith, Eileen Scott


    Save the Date: our next Casual Dining With Friends will be on February 23 at 6:00 pm. We are hoping for a good turnout from those of you who are wintering at home!


    Dining Around Town

    Hank Bouwman

    Dining around Town
    29 of our members participated in our 18 January 3-course luncheon at Sterling’s Restaurant in Thornbury. Invitations for our February 15 noon hour luncheon at The Alphorn Restaurant on Hwy. 26 were sent out on February 1 to those members who have signed up for Dining Around Town. It’s not too late to join us… Just click the Register button on the Dining Around Town activity webpage.

    Save the dates

    • Wednesday February 15: Luncheon @ 12 noon at The Alphorn Restaurant on Hwy. 26
    • Wednesday March 22:  Luncheon @ 12 noon at The Iron Skillet in Collingwood
    • Tuesday April 18:  Brunch @ 10:00 am at Georgian Family Restaurant in Collingwood
    • Wednesday May 17: Dinner at Match Restaurant, Playtime Casino in Wasaga Beach. Includes guided tour & complimentary slot play voucher
    • June TBA
    • Wednesday September 20: Dinner @ 5 pm at Walter Falls Inn


    Nordic Pole Walking

    Nancy Hart

    Although the Nordic Pole Walking group won't start up again until mid-April, did you know you can do indoor walking at the Beaver Valley Community Centre in Thornbury? This activity takes place Mondays and Thursdays from  9 AM - 11 AM. There are no fees and pre-registration is not required—just show up and enjoy the walk! Walking with poles (with rubber feet) and walkers is allowed.

    Ramblers

    Nancy Dixon

    With Ground Hog Day here and that pesky rodent controlling the arrival of spring, l plan a few exhilarating walks. Unfortunately, l must leave you the end of February and part of March for my husband Paul and my first real vacation since Covid but our own Hank Bouwman is available, weather permitting, to walk you.  Not that you really need to be walked but you know what l mean. Hope to organize a Valentine's Day walk for those in our group who love to walk or walk to love!


    Travel

    Gloria Thompson


    This very exclusive and inclusive tour of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland has only 4 spots left. Trip dates are Saturday, May 13, 2023 returning Sunday, May 28, 2023. For information and booking, please call Gloria with any questions at 705 429 9455.


    Humour Corner


    Then and Now - Shared by Mary Ann Collins-Williams


    Drop Off - Shared by Murray Lamont




    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.



    Support Group

    Lucie Desjardins, Maureen Lalonde, Mary Ann Collins-Williams

    Have you heard of a BVPC member who is having a difficult time (health issue, accident, hospitalization, loss of partner, etc.) and would benefit from receiving a card or a call from our team? If so, please let us know. We will be happy to follow up and/or get in touch with them. 


    The Last Word

    Shared by Sandy Tulloch

    No amount of regret changes the past. No amount of anxiety changes the future. But any amount of gratitude changes the present...
    Marc and Angel Chernoff

    Activity Groups: Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Convenor: Colleen Wilson-Dick

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


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