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  • June 04, 2022 8:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    President's Message

    Take a look at our club’s calendar and you’ll see lots of activities and events. It isn’t quite back to normal, but there is ample opportunity again to live by the PROBUS motto of Fellowship, Friendship, and Fun! Our sincere thanks go to all the fine folks who volunteer their time and energy to organize these events for the benefit of our club members!

    Whether meeting outdoors or indoors, we still need to follow club guidance to limit the risk to our fellow members should we be infected by COVID, knowingly or unknowingly. It has been wonderful to witness how mindful everyone was at the events I attended!

    We look forward to welcoming you at our General Meeting on June 28. Doors at the Beaver Valley Community Centre open at 1 PM, with proceedings starting at 1:30 PM. Tables will be set up to help with membership issues, event registrations, etc. There will be a live broadcast of the guest presentation via Zoom for those of us unable to join in person. If all goes well, you can also view a recording once loaded on our YouTube channel. The subsequent General Meeting will be in September, after our usual summer break.


    June Membership Meeting - June 28 @ 1:00 PM

    Speaker: Kaylin Martin, Physiotherapist Meaford
    Topic: Falls and the Aging Body: Learn more about the changes relating to balance, bone structure and perceptions about health as we age. During this presentation Kaylin will also discuss fall data, risk and most importantly fall prevention.

    Kaylin graduated summa cum laude with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology and minor in Gerontology from McMaster University in 2008. She continued on at McMaster University for a Masters of Physiotherapy, graduating in 2010. Kaylin has primarily worked in private practice over the course of her career focusing on orthopedics, treating a variety of conditions from fractures, post-surgical care, sports injuries, concussions, TMJ and arthritic conditions. Recently, she has furthered her education in the field of women’s health and chronic pain. Kaylin has been practicing in Meaford since 2012 and recently opened her own practice in 2020.

    Questions? Please contact:
    Nancy Dixon: Meeting registration help
    Brenda Rudolf or Kirby Philp: Speaker information


    Social Events

    We have a number of exciting events coming up... Check your emails for more information and registration details. 

    Sold out!

    • June 8: “Richard III” Stratford Theatre Outing
    • June 16: Avro Arrow Museum Tour 
    • July 27: “Buying the Farm” King’s Wharf Theatre Outing 
    Coming Soon! 
    • July 12: Collingwood Lawn Bowling and BBQ. Try your hand at lawn bowling. Lesson included, no experience necessary! 
    • August 11: Summer Picnic. The annual picnic has returned and will be held this year at the Alpine Ski Club.
    •  August 30: Sheffield Park Black History & Cultural Museum. We will return for another outing to the museum in Clarksburg. 
    • September 12: Golf Tournament at Ferns Golf Club. 

    We will be looking at offering some other events in the fall as well. Look out for the September Grapevine for additional announcements!

    Don Collins-Williams, Social Convenor
    Stella Zahradnik, Assistant Social Convenor


    Lawn Bowling & BBQ

    Date: Tuesday, July 12
    Time: 3:30 PM
    Location: Collingwood Lawn Bowling Club
    Cost$36.30 per person - Lawn Bowling & BBQ
     $10.50 per person - Lawn Bowling only

    Lawn bowling is low impact exercise, with walking, bending and stretching. No prior experience is needed! We will be given a 15-20 minute lesson on the basics of the game, and then be divided into teams to play. Option to stay for the light BBQ afterward!

    Look out for an email invitation on June 7 with all the details.
    Don Collins-Williams


    Annual Summer Picnic

    Date: Thursday, August 11
    Time: 12:00 PM
    Location: Alpine Ski Club
    Cost: $30 / person 
     
    Our Annual Summer Picnic has returned! This time it will be held at the Alpine Ski Club. Enjoy the view with a choice of gourmet boxed lunch! Although there will not be a Bocce tournament this year, there will be other fun activities on the front lawn and lots of good company!

    Look for the email invitation on June 29 with all the details.
    Stella Zahradnik
    Don Collins-Williams


    Golf Tournament

    Date: Monday, September 12
    Time: 9:00 AM check-in 
    Location: Highland Glen Golf Course, Priceville 
    Cost: $95 / person 

    Price includes 18 holes golf with cart, coffee and muffin to start, followed by BBQ lunch and prizes after golf. The format is "best ball - 18 holes". As with past tournaments, the teams will be assigned by the organizers to mix things up!

    Watch for the email invitation on June 23 with all the details.
    Looking forward to a great time together on the links. 
    Kirby Philp


    COVID-19 Notice
    Members need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend any club events, meetings, and activities.
    All members are expected to use the Province’s self-assessment tool and only participate in activities or events if the outcome of that assessment shows no need for self-isolation.
    Face masks are to be worn indoors, except when eating or drinking.
    Members attending events at the Beaver Valley Community Centre are required to follow the municipality’s health restrictions.
    Activity Leaders no longer need to submit a plan on how they address these COVID restrictions. Activity Leaders may turn to Convenors for advice and assistance.

    Activity Group Update

    Colleen Wilson-Dick


    Have you been hiking, biking, canoeing, rambling or eating out with your PROBUS friends? If not, you are missing fun, companionship and a chance to participate in something you enjoy. These and other activities have started, and if you are not signed up, we encourage you to do so soon. Once you have signed up for an activity, you will receive emails with information about coming events. You can participate as often as you wish. Read below or check the website to get an idea of what events are happening through our Beaver Valley PROBUS Club.

    Activities

    We have had suggestions to form new groups for golf, choir and photography. If you are interested in such activities, please let us know, and indicate if you are willing to be a group leader or co-leader. Please contact Colleen Wilson-Dick, Activity Convenor.


    Canoeing & Kayaking

    Kirby Philp, Lucie Desjardins, Glenn Downey

    We had our first paddle of the year on the Beaver River this week. The weather made us reschedule to the afternoon but those who were able to join us had an enjoyable paddle with a few wildlife sightings. Looking forward to our second paddle on July 15. See the photo slideshow of the outing here!

    Computer Group

    Martin Buscher

    Computer Group

    In our last meeting we had fun watching a voice actress fool a phone service provider into giving her full access to someone else's account. You can see the video in the slidedeck. We then learned how to set up 2nd factor authentication on critical accounts to significantly reduce the risk of unauthorized access.

    This month we'll talk about some of the free services we can get from the Google platform, such as automatic storage of photos from our phones, how to search for flights and get notifications of price changes, etc.

    Casual Dining With Friends

    Sallie Kedwell, Shellie Smith, Eileen Scott


    With thanks to our hosts—the Churchills, the Kedwells, the Meiklejohns and the Smiths—our new amalgamated group started off with a bang, with its first event on May 26. A great time was enjoyed by all 34 participants and we look forward to our second dinner on June 23 with a new group of hosts. Watch for the invitation to this dinner in the coming days and please consider acting as a host.

    Thinking ahead, we are planning a pot luck picnic at the harbour pavilion in Meaford in July and a similar event at Bayview Park in Thornbury in August. The dates will coincide with the fourth Thursday of each month. We look forward to crossing paths with our 61 group participants in the near future.

    Dining Around Town

    Hank Bouwman

    Dining around Town
    We now have 138 members signed up for our Dining Around Town group. Our May 18 dinner with 28 members was held at Georgian Bay Family Restaurant in Collingwood. The portions were very generous and many “doggy bags” were requested. We have booked 2 dinners at Justin’s Oven in Kimberley on Wednesday June 8 (sold out in 3 hours) and a second seating on June 15 at 5 pm.

    Save the date(s):

    • Wednesday, September 21 @ 5 pm. In the banquet room at the Walter Falls Inn
    • Thursday, October 13 @ 5 pm at The Dam Pub, Meaford
    • Thursday, October 20 @ 5 pm at The Dam Pub, Meaford
    • November TBA  @ The Mill Café, Thornbury

    Hiking

    Cynthia Sampson / Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    Hiking
    Hikers have been enjoying nature, meeting new friends, and connecting with old friends. In the last month, we have taken relatively easy hikes, such as the West Collingwood Loop, the Nipissing Ridge trail, and the Trout Hollow trail. We have variety of hikes planned for the next month, and are always looking for suggestions and hike leaders. Take a look at the latest Hiking Group Photos. See you on the trails!

    Ramblers

    Nancy Dixon


    What a great walk we had in Meaford. Thanks to Maureen Hussey, we didn’t get lost. We marveled at the diversity that Meaford has to offer with the Harbor, lakeshore area, beautiful homes and countryside. Watch for our future adventures which will include return trips to Creemore, Harrison Park in Owen Sound and Keady Market. Some new photos are also posted on the Ramblers Slideshow!

    Recreational Cycling

    Caroline Bacher

    Recreational Cycling has started! Our first ride was on May 9. Eleven cyclists started at Grey Rd 40 and cycled down the trail to the Craigleith Depot and back. It was a beautiful sunny day and some of us gathered for coffee outside at the Bacher residence. May 16 was rained out so a small group cycled later from the BV Community Centre down to the Georgian trail to do a large loop back through Clarksburg. May 30 was the Lilac ride starting from the Craigleith Depot, led by Vicki and Terry Kellar. On June 6 we will cycle in Collingwood.  Photos will be posted on the website. 

    Ski Legends
    Louise Armstrong

    In spite of the continuing covid pandemic, last winter was a great success for Ski Legends members. Each Tuesday and Wednesday people met at Blue Mountain to ski together, the days at the private ski clubs were very well attended and we were able to celebrate the end of the season with a free breakfast at Toronto Ski Club. There were two wonderful ski trips: one to Banff and Lake Louise; the second to Sun Peaks.

    Hot Off the Press! Two ski trips for 2023 are available NOW to sign up!

    1. Sun Peaks, BC: Staying at at the ski-in, ski-out Sun Peaks Grand Hotel. 7 nights Feb 5-12 starting at $2635 per person, or 10 nights Feb 5-15 starting at $3365 per person. Legends return to Sun Peaks every year as the terrain is suitable for every level, there is a lively apres ski scene as well as many great restaurants in the pedestrian village. Deadline to book is July 15th
    2. Snowmass, Aspen, Colorado: Back by popular demand, Feb 25-March 4, staying at the Stonebridge Inn at the base of Snowmass. Prices start at $3380 per person including a 5 day senior ski pass. This is a great time of the year to enjoy the Colorado sunshine and wide open slopes of all 4 Aspen/Snowmass mountains. Only 24 spots are available so book now!

    You must be a PROBUS member, as well as a member of Ski Legends, to register. Complete information on both ski trips and the membership application is available on the Ski Legends website at http://probusskilegends.ca/ski-trips/.


    Photo Corner

    Submitted by Lucie Desjardins


    Don't forget to take a look at other photos shared by our members this month!

    See all the Photos of 2022,  including Recreational Cycling, Ramblers, Dining Around Town and more!

    Humour Corner

    Shared by Hank Bouwman



    Nominating Committee


    “Oyez, oyez, oyez” derives from French and, in the words of the Town Crier, means “Listen” or “Hark”. (We recognize these words as “Hear ye, hear ye” in English). It was the Town Crier’s job to announce news, proclamations and bylaws to the citizens during medieval times as the people were illiterate.

    However, we are living in quite different times now! We are all using computers, ipads, smartphones and other gadgets to connect with one another and to get the latest news. Our Club certainly depends upon the website and emails to connect with our members. If you enjoy using the computer and have skills that you could share, please consider assisting Colleen Wilson-Dick as Activities Co-convenor.

    To find out more about this position, please contact Caroline Bacher, Ilene Rushefsky Charland or Colleen Wilson-Dick.


    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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


    The Last Word

    Shared by Hank Bouwman

    My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I’m right.
    Ashleigh Brilliant


    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.


  • May 02, 2022 9:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    President's MessageAfter more than two, long years of living in some form of isolation or other, nearly 70 of us managed to gather again in the Beaver Valley Community Centre to hold our April meeting. We were joined online by another 20. We still wanted to be careful, though, so everyone kept wearing their masks. We had plenty of chairs set out so that it was easy to keep our distances. We didn't dare serve coffee and cookies, yet, for fear of having members come too close to each other with their masks off.

    For a while it's going to be some version of a Texas 2-Step line dance, although I'm hopeful that it's going to be 2 steps forward and, maybe, 1 step back! Judging by the friendly boos I received for tricking the audience with a brain teaser, I'd say we're well on the road to recovering our old lives! It was also a wonderful gesture by the President of PROBUS CANADA, Bob MacNair, to visit with us on the occasion of our 20-year club anniversary. Our very own Bruce Ross then educated us on the topic of depression and on his personal experience with the disease. It would have been an even more uplifting talk if it wasn't for the subpar sound quality in the hall. Chalk that one off as that 1 step back, but we'll address it for our next meetings. Hope y'all can come!


    May Membership Meeting - May 17 @ 1:00 PM

    Guest Speaker: Robert Burcher
    Topic: John Muir's Local Connection
    Location: Beaver Valley Community Centre, Thornbury

    Registration: Online Registration is required.
    Please click the Yes button in the email sent on May 3, or register here. We can only accommodate 150 members—so please register today!

    Since COVID cases are increasing in our area, registration will be checked at the door and masks must be worn at all times. Refreshments will not be served at this meeting.

    Robert Burcher: In 1990, Robert found an abandoned plaque at the Epping Lookout south of Meaford describing the fact that John Muir had once lived in this area. Robert's discovery has led to a 32-year search for everything pertaining to the life of the famous American naturalist and why he was living in Meaford for two years!

    The result of this search culminated in the writing of a book called My Summer of Glorious Freedom about John Muir wandering around southern Ontario in 1864. Robert is a fifth generation Grey County descendant. He is a photographer, writer and storyteller. Currently he is working with the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy to revitalize the trails of the Bighead River valley of Meaford where Muir lived.

    Questions? Please contact:
    Nancy Dixon: Meeting registration help
    Brenda Rudolf or Kirby Philp: Speaker information


    Membership

    Please Wear Your Name Badge! It’s very hard to remember everyone’s name. Our Club has nearly 600 members...many we haven’t seen in over 2 years...in the hall where we are wearing masks...with our memories that are not necessarily improving with time!

    White vs Blue Badges….Members have white badges. Management team members have blue badges. If you are at a meeting and have a question, you can ask anyone with a blue badge. If you are a new member you can pick up your name badge at the May in-person meeting at the Community Centre.

    Kathy Mercer / Pam Weaver
    Membership Co-Chairs


    King’s Wharf Theatre Event

    Buying the Farm

    This July 27th show at King’s Wharf Theatre, Penetanguishene is almost sold out. Contact Vicki Kellar for the last ticket or Join the Wait List for potential additional tickets.

    Questions? Please contact:
    Vicki Kellar


    Avro Arrow Museum Tour

    Avro Arrow On Thursday May 12, 2022, we have arranged a tour of the Avro Arrow Museum, east of Stayner. It sold out in a couple of hours. As many of you will be aware, the Avro Arrow, was a supersonic interceptor aircraft designed and built in Canada in the mid to late 1950's.

    Due the tremendous response to the first tour date in May, we have now secured a second tour date on Thursday June 16. Priority registration goes to those who were waitlisted for the first tour—but look for another email invitation with more detail on May 9, when we open up the remaining spots to the rest of our Club! 

    Don Collins-Williams, Social Convenor
    Stella Zahradnik, Assistant Social Convenor


    Golf Tournament

    We would like to announce that we are planning to hold a Golf Tournament this year in September. The date and location will be confirmed in the June Grapevine.

    If anyone is interested in helping out at this year’s golf tournament please contact Kirby Philp. Stay tuned for further details and start working on your game.


    COVID-19 Notice
    Members need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend any club events, meetings, and activities.
    All members are expected to use the Province’s self-assessment tool and only participate in activities or events if the outcome of that assessment shows no need for self-isolation.
    Face masks are to be worn indoors, except when eating or drinking.
    Members attending events at the Beaver Valley Community Centre are required to follow the municipality’s health restrictions.
    Activity Leaders no longer need to submit a plan on how they address these COVID restrictions. Activity Leaders may turn to Convenors for advice and assistance.

    Activity Group Update

    Colleen Wilson-Dick

    The best way to meet new people and make new friends, plus participating in an activity that you enjoy, is to join an activity group. If you haven’t already signed up for activities which interest you, we encourage you to do so soon. This way you will receive emails about coming events, and then participate as you feel comfortable.

    Activities

    We have had suggestions to form new groups for golf, choir and photography. If you are interested in such activities, please let us know, and indicate if you are willing to be a group leader or co-leader. Please respond to Colleen Wilson-Dick, Activity Convenor.

    Computer Group

    Martin Buscher

    Computer Group There it was, our first in-person meeting in ages. I'm not sure that it was a very efficient learning experience, but that's not why we meet, is it? We had a good time and, I for one, learned stuff! For example, did you know that by pressing the iPhone 'home button' you can issue voice commands like "Who's on first?" The answer: correct! Bet you knew that already! We'll do another in-person meeting again on May 25 at 2 PM. 

    Dining Around Town

    Hank Bouwman

    Dining around TownOur April 13 luncheon at Al Carbon had 45 people sign up. Unfortunately, we had a fair number of cancellations, but those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the meal and fellowship. We plan to book some more luncheons next winter.

    Upcoming Sessions: We have a 5 PM dinner reservation on May 18 at Georgian Bay Family Restaurant in Collingwood for a 3-course meal for a terrific price of $23.00 plus tax & gratuity.

    Save the date: Wednesday September 21 at 5 PM, in the Banquet room at the Walter Falls Inn. You must be a member of the Dining Around Town Activity Group to receive the invitations and attend!

    Casual Dining With Friends

    Sallie Kedwell, Shellie Smith, Eileen Scott


    The results of the survey are in! The members of the Dining With Friends and Casual Dining Activity Groups voted overwhelmingly to consolidate and are now known as Casual Dining With Friends.

    For now, the group will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month, and hosts will supply the dishes. The host will select, prepare and serve the main course and each guest will be asked to bring an appetizer, a salad, a vegetable dish or a dessert sufficient to serve the group in attendance. The participating guests are fully able to choose their own contribution to the meal, no specific theme will be in place. If you wish to join the new group, just respond to the email invitation sent on May 2, or click here to register for the group online. Our first get together will be May 26.

    Hiking

    Cynthia Sampson / Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    HikingWe eagerly anticipate the first hike of the season on May 3. Vicki has volunteered to take us to the West Collingwood loop. Thanks to Vicki for giving us the chance to meet with friends, view early blooms and take a walk on the boardwalk. Would you like to lead a hike? contact Cynthia Sampson if you wish to volunteer.

    Ramblers

    Nancy Dixon

    The Ramblers will meet on Friday, May 6 at Bayview Park for a walk along the Georgian Trail. Then we have our next excursion to Keady Market on Tuesday, May 10, to enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas—not to mention food—while walking around looking for bedding plants and deals we must not miss. Watch for the invitation email with directions and details about where to meet. You must be signed up for the Ramblers Activity Group to receive the emails!

    Support Group

    Mary Ann Collins-Williams, Maureen LaLonde and Lucie Desjardins

    If you, or another BVPC member you know of, is having a difficult time and would benefit from receiving a card or a call from our team, please contact one of us. We would be happy to follow up and/or get in touch. We have also posted a Community Support Reference Guide on the Support Group activity page, which lists many of the resources that are available locally. Please take a look!


    Photo Corner

    Submitted by Lucie Desjardins


    Don't forget to take a look at other photos shared by our members this month!


    Humour Corner

    Shared by Gloria Thompson.
    Click on the T-shirt below to see the whole collection!



    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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


    The Last Word

    Shared by Bruce Ross
    Don’t look back, you’re not going that way!
    Mary Engelbreit

    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.
  • April 05, 2022 5:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    President's Message Exciting news: we are slowly clawing back our old lifestyle from the pandemic, and that includes holding April's general meeting in-person at the Community Centre! We're still going to be very protective of each other by requiring properly worn masks, social distancing, and a prior self-assessment as per Provincial guidelines! You'll get an email where you can let us know via a one-click button if you're likely to come. This will help our volunteers setting up the hall.

    There are other events in the pipeline: a trip to see Richard III in Stratford, going to Penetanguishene for the romantic comedy Buying the Farm, and taking a guided tour of the Avro Arrow Museum at the Edenvale Aerodrome. Check for details below and keep an eye on your email inbox for more to come!

    April Membership Meeting - April 26 @ 1:00 PM

    Guest Speaker:  Bruce Ross
    Topic: Breaking Free of Depression's Grip
    Location:  Beaver Valley Community Centre, Thornbury

    Registration: Online Registration is required. Please click the Yes button in the email sent on April 2, or register here. We can only accommodate 100 members and are almost full—so please register today! Once we reach capacity, all Maybe responses along with new registrations will be moved to the Waitlist.

    Since COVID cases are increasing in our area, registration will be checked at the door and masks must be worn at all times. Refreshments will not be served at this meeting.

    We are pleased to welcome our guest speaker Bruce Ross, who is actually one of our new PROBUS Members!  Bruce retired from a thirty-two-year career with Mainstreet Credit Union and moved to Meaford in 2021. He has lived with depression/anxiety since early high school until today. Bruce has just published Breaking Free of Depression’s Grip – A Powerful Success Story, in January, 2022.  Bruce’s book chronicles his 45-year journey and struggle with depression and anxiety, from his high school years until his recent retirement. 

    Bruce will share with us his trials and tribulations of living with the disease, and the many professional and self-help measures he has attempted to combat it. He brings a message of hope that a person can lead a productive family life, career, and personal life despite living with the heavy and constant weight of a mental illness.  For more information about Bruce and his book, please see his website at www.brucerross.ca 

    Questions? Please contact:
    Nancy Dixon: Meeting registration help
    Brenda Rudolf or Kirby Philp: Speaker information

    UPCOMING SOCIAL EVENTS

    After a 2 year hiatus, with almost no Beaver Valley PROBUS Club social events due to COVID, we are finally able to start organizing social events for our members once again. We have had over 120 new members join our club since February 2020, and with the exception of the Sheffield Black History museum outing last fall, most have not had an opportunity to participate in a BVPC social event, and may have little idea of the types of events we have organized in the past. Our Stratford theatre outing  in June sold out within a few hours—so there is clearly lots of pent up demand to get out and do things!

    There are several annual events that have taken place most years. These include the Stratford theatre outing, a golf tournament, King’s Wharf theatre outing, mini-golf putt and lunch, a summer picnic, and a Christmas lunch. These are all in the works for this year - so stay tuned for details!

    Previous successful events have included: Backroads car tour, Fall colours tour, Cranberry Festival, Hindu Temple and Sweet Palace tour, GPS car adventure, Muskoka boat tour, Royal Agricultural Fair, Blue Jays game, Observatory tour, Kolapore Springs fish hatchery tour, Thornbury Cidery tour, Dairy farm tour, Wye Marsh nature reserve tour, Collingwood/Owen Sound Harbour cruise, Collingwood historical walk, Niagara wine tour, Waterloo Central Railway, St Jacobs farmer’s market, and a Tour of an Amazon facility. If you listened to the presentation after the AGM given by the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust,  their “See the Salmon Run” event, and their "Be the Change” film series are also possibilities.

    These are only some of the potential future social events that we could organize. The possibilities are endless! To that end, we would like to emphasize that these are your BVPC social events, and we would love to hear your suggestions for other events. No idea is too far-fetched, so if you think of something, please let us know and we can look into it — just don’t be surprised if we ask you to help organize it!

    So this is just a sneak peak at BVPC’s social calendar, and we look forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new friends, as we slowly come out of our social isolation.

    Don Collins-Williams, Social Convener
    Stella Zahradnik, Assistant Social Convener

    King’s Wharf Theatre Event


    Once again we can return to the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene! Our Club has arranged a limited number of tickets for the July 27 "capacity reduced" matinee for Buying the Farm— A Rural Romantic Comedy. Country wit meets city bluster in this fast-paced romantic comedy about the charms and challenges of maintaining the family farm.

    Talk to your PROBUS friends, partner etc. and look out for an invitation email on April 20 for full details and link to register and pay online. Tickets will likely go fast—so be ready to register and pay online when the email comes out. If you need help with the online payment part, phone assistance will be available.

    Questions? Please contact:
    Vicki Kellar

    Avro Arrow Museum Tour

    On Thursday May 12, 2022, we have arranged a tour of the Avro Arrow Museum, east of Stayner. As many of you will be aware, the Avro Arrow, was a supersonic interceptor aircraft designed and built in Canada in the mid to late 1950's. It put Canada in the forefront of the world’s aerospace industry, and its cancellation in 1959 by the government of the day had a very long lasting, and devastating effect on the aerospace industry here. Large numbers of highly skilled workers were let go, and many ended up leaving for other countries, much to Canada's loss.

    We hope you can join us for a one hour tour of the museum, which includes a scale model replica of the Arrow, as well as many other artifacts from this fascinating story of Canadian science, engineering and innovation. Please watch your email on April 8th, for further information and registration. Spaces are limited, so register early!

    Don Collins-Williams,
    Social Convenor


    COVID-19 Notice
    Members need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend any club events, meetings, and activities.

    All members are expected to use the Province’s self-assessment tool and only participate in activities or events if the outcome of that assessment shows no need for self-isolation.

    Face masks are to be worn indoors, except when eating or drinking.

    Members attending events at the Beaver Valley Community Centre are required to follow the municipality’s health restrictions.

    Activity Leaders no longer need to submit a plan on how they address these COVID restrictions. Activity Leaders may turn to Convenors for advice and assistance.


    Activity Group Update
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

    Spring is on its way—or maybe not… I know I am looking forward to getting out cycling and have already sent out my first letter to the Country Cruisers to get everyone motivated and ready for the season. My bike is tuned and ready to go. I am looking forward to a great, healthy and challenging season!

    It is not too late to sign up for Activity Groups! We have 27 different Activities and these smaller groups are a great way to really meet people! You must sign-up for each group you are interested in, in order to get on the email list to find out when and where the group will meet. Even for those registered to Activity Groups last year, you must sign-up again this year! Just click on the yellow Activities button below to get started!

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    Our meeting this month will be in-person. Come with your laptop, tablet, or phone and let's see if, together, we can find solutions to whatever troubles your use of the device. Make sure to register for the Computer Activity Group to get the invitation email with details on when and where we meet.

    Cocktails and Nibblies
    Colleen Wilson-Dick / Eddy Gwozdz

    With COVID still on our minds, getting together outdoors for cocktails & nibblies seems like a great idea. This will allow us to spread out rather than sitting together at a dining room table. This is a casual get-together—be prepared to bring a lawn chair, along with your own drinks, and an appetizer to share. Each member/couple will have the opportunity to host once per season. The Host will decide how many guests their space (deck, garden or lawn) can accommodate. For more information check out the Cocktails and Nibblies Activity webpage. their space (deck, garden or lawn) can accommodate. For more information check out the Cocktails and Nibblies Activity webpage.

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

    Our “Something new!” March luncheon at The Corner Café in Thornbury was so popular that we sold out very quickly so we have scheduled another luncheon for Wednesday, April 13 at Al Carbon in Collingwood (across the road, just past Loblaws).


    Save the dates:
    We have just booked the Georgian Bay Restaurant in Collingwood for Wednesday May 18 at 5 pm. We have also reserved the Banquet room at the Walter Falls Inn for Wednesday September 21 at 5 pm. You must be a member of the Dining Around Town Activity Group to receive the invitations and attend!

    Casual Dining
    Sallie Kedwell / Shellie Smith

    I am excited about a new season of Casual Dining and very pleased that Shellie Smith has agreed to co-convene with me. We are considering a few minor changes and will have further news to report by the time our first invitation is posted on our Casual Dining Activity web page. Our initial get together will be on Thursday, May 12. Please think ahead to that date with an eye to possibly hosting. Our dinners will continue on the 2nd Thursday of each month with quite likely picnics in July and August.


    Dining with Friends
    Debbie Catto, Marion Stewart, Shellie Smith, Eileen Scott, Sallie Kedwell 

    EXTRA! EXTRA! EXTRA! The Dining with Flair group has just changed its name to Dining with Friends. We are thrilled to welcome the many new faces to our group who signed up at the Activities eFair. If you wish to join our group now, just go to the Dining with Friends Activity Group webpage.

    Our first get-together of this season starts April 28th (our usual 4th Thursday of the month). Once registered on the web site, you will receive your invitation to participate and perhaps host for the evening. After replies are received for that month, the Dining with Friends Committee sets up the groups. The hosts decide on the menu and then communicate with their guests regarding what they are to bring—an appetizer, a veg or a dessert. As host you may wish to choose a theme for the evening i.e. colour, upcoming holiday, season, perhaps a less formal cocktail party format or just a fun evening. This is a BYOB event. We have eliminated cost sharing as it all works out evenly for everyone over time. Please join us – we welcome new members! Feel free to contact any of the Dining with Friends Committee Members listed at the top of the section with any questions.

    R.O.M.E.O. 
    Bill McMurray

    The R.O.M.E.O.s (Retired Old Men Eating Out) had their first lunch event of the year on March 15, at The Corner Café & Grill with 10 members in attendance. The next lunch will be Tuesday April 12 at the Sail Restaurant in Meaford.  It's not too late to register—please contact Bill directly before Friday, April 8 if you are interested. You can also take a look at the R.O.M.E.O. Activity Group webpage

    for general information.

    Hiking
    Cynthia Sampson / Ilene Rushefsky Charland

    It’s Spring….. Let There Be Hiking! We had a great hiking season last year, and after a loooonnnggg winter we’re all looking forward to getting back out on our area’s beautiful trails. Our goal is to have a hike scheduled every week throughout the season. The actual day and location varies each week as both are chosen by that week’s hike leader according to his or her own schedule and preference. Upcoming hikes will be posted on the Hiking Activity page. Hope to see you on the trails!

    Travel Group
    Gloria Thompson

    The oft postponed trip to the Islands and Highlands of Scotland has been deferred for another year to May 2023.  A survey of those committed to the trip showed that this is not the best year, with mandatory family visits, and company credits being used. So for those under deposit, count on it next year. For those interested in joining, watch for announcements in the fall. We do need about 25 people, so think of other PROBUS members, family and friends who might want to join the trip. 

    Nominating Committee Volunteer
    Caroline Bacher

    I am looking for a member from our Club to assist me with this year's Nominating Committee. To find out more about what this job entails please contact me. This is one way you could help our Club!

    Photo Corner
    Submitted by Robert Marshall

    Diane and I just returned from five weeks in Costa Rica, a country we are very familiar with. Our bird watching hobby was put on overdrive during our stay. We were very fortunate to see a small sample of Costa Rica’s over 788 species, many from our own condo. I have attached some photos of birds we saw. Merlin Bird ID is a great source for anyone interested in birds, in this app I listed over 50 birds we saw on our trip.

    Don't forget to take a look at our Spring Slideshow to see other photos shared by our members this month!

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

    In Memoriam

    Douglas Woodrow Norman, who passed on February 16, 2022 was one of the founding members of our PROBUS Club. He served on the Management Committee and contributed significantly to the club along with his wife, Mary Ellen Norman. Our sincere condolences to the Norman Family and friends.

    The Last Word
    Sylvia Ridgley

    It’s no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking!
    Old Irish proverb

    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.
  • March 06, 2022 2:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

    Two years have passed and it is time for a new beginning for our PROBUS Club. I will be stepping down as President and would like to thank all of our Management Committee members for their dedication and support throughout these two years of the pandemic. 

    A special thanks goes to Marion Stewart, Past President for staying on for a second term and participating on our Management Committee. Also to Beverly Forget, our Speaker Co-chair, who after several years is stepping down. Her search for informative speakers has been appreciated.

    I also would like to thank all of our Activity Leaders for resuming their small groups whether it be via Zoom or in-person. It is through small group activities that members really get to know one another as they participate in shared interests.

    All members have skills and knowledge that could be valuable to our Club. I encourage you to volunteer for positions on our Management Committee. There are two positions open, that of Co-secretary and Activities Co-convenor. Activity Leader is another way to participate in our Club. Volunteering can be a very enriching and fulfilling experience.

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher


    Annual General Meeting - Voting begins March 14

    The pandemic-related restrictions have once again obligated us to conduct our Annual General Meeting online using Zoom. To that end, we will also conduct our voting online in advance of the meeting.  Please be on the lookout for a an email on March 14 inviting you to vote on the following Beaver Valley PROBUS Club matters:

    1. Acceptance of the 2021 Annual General Meeting Minutes
    2. Acceptance of the Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending on January 31, 2022, as approved by the Management Committee on February 22, 2022 
    3. Approval of the Slate of Officers for a 1-year term 

    Proposed Slate of Officers for the 2022-2023 Management Team

    President: Martin Buscher
    Vice President: Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Co-Secretaries: Mary Ann Collins-Williams
    Treasurer: Kathy Eagleson






    Annual General Meeting - March 22 @ 2 PM

    Please check your email the day before the meeting, for the Zoom link to join the meeting.

    Agenda

    • President provides a review of the past year and acceptance of Annual Financial Statements 
    • Treasurer responds to any questions raised via online voting form
    • Nominating Committee presents results of vote for Officers
    • Speaker's Chair introduces our Guest Speakers: 
      Morag McKenzie and Deb Doherty
      The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation.

    Learn about the importance of watersheds to healthy eco-systems and what you can do to protect, enhance and enjoy these areas!

    Morag McKenzie is a lifelong environmentalist and actively leads and volunteers with a wide variety of different charities including the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust, Ontario Nature, Joes Team and the Ride To Conquer Cancer.  She currently sits as Co-Chair of the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Communications Committee, sharing the Chair with Deb Doherty. Professionally Morag McKenzie is an Award-Winning Case Study Writer and highly skilled interviewer & researcher and creative content strategist.

    Deb Doherty has been a member of Collingwood Town Council from 1996-1999 and 2014 to present. In her role as Councillor she sat on the Board of the NVCA for 4 years and presently sits on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Waste Management Task Force. Her focus and priorities are Growth and Sustainability, Environment and Climate Change, Affordable Housing, and Active Transportation. She joined the Board of the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation in 2018. In her private sector life, Deb was Advertising Account Manager for Corus Entertainment for 20 years and retired in 2019.

    The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation (the Watershed Trust), Ontario’s first watershed trust, was formed in 1994 to protect natural areas in Collingwood and the Blue Mountains from development pressures of many kinds. They have been instrumental in preserving and protecting our remaining wild places. Their area of interest totals approximately 50,000 hectares, encompassing the municipalities of Collingwood and Town of Blue Mountains. 

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


    Stratford Theater Outing - Richard III

    Our Stratford Outing is Back!!

    After a 2 year hiatus due to Covid, Beaver Valley PROBUS Club is pleased to announce the resumption of our annual Stratford Festival outing. We hope that you will be able to join us to see William Shakespeare’s Richard III, in the brand new Tom Patterson Theatre!

    Date: Wednesday, June 8
    Time: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    Cost: $127 per person (tax & gratuities included)

    Price includes: Bus transportation from Thornbury to Stratford and return, lunch at Anna Mae’s Restaurant and Bakery in Millbank, and a ticket to the 2 PM performance. Lunch is a choice of roast beef or “broasted” chicken, with fresh pie for dessert, and tea or coffee.

    Play: Richard III - by William Shakespeare
    Starring: Colm Feore as Richard, with Seana Mckenna and Lucy Peacock

    “As charismatic as he is cunning, as strangely seductive as he is utterly ruthless, Richard, Duke of Gloucester is the very embodiment of lethal ambition as he manoeuvres and murders his way to the throne of England, sardonically revelling in his own villainy every step of the way. But once he has reached the top, the only way left to go is down-and in Richard’s growing roster of vengeful enemies, none are more menacing than the ghosts of the past”

    Watch for the event invitation coming on March 17 by email, and register as soon as possible, as space is limited and spots will fill-up quickly. Because of our need to purchase tickets well in advance, online payment by credit card will be required at the time of registration to confirm your spot.

    We hope to see you there!

    Stella Zahradnik, Social Convenor
    Don Collins-Williams, Associate Social Convenor



    Activity Groups Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

    Our annual Activity Fair was held online again this year. A large number of participants enjoyed the presentations from a variety of activity group leaders. There was an opportunity to ask questions at the break-out sessions which followed. Thanks to all the presenters for speaking about the activities.

    Registration for activity groups has already begun and will continue through to April 26.

    Click on the Activities button above to see the list of all the Activity Groups. Then click on an Activity Group link to read all about the group and use the Register button from there to sign-up. Don't delay, as many activities will be starting soon and you won't want to miss out. Once you are signed up for the Activity Group you will then receive emails that will tell you about upcoming events and when and where to meet!

    We are asking everyone to sign-up again for 2022 activities (even if you were registered last year for that group).

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    The Computer Group met on February 23 and had some lively conversation on  the topic of Google Docs and Google Sheets— the online rivals of Microsoft Word and Excel. There won't be a meeting in March, but hopefully we will be able to meet in person when the Group meets next on April 27.

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman 

    Something new! Based on our members feedback, we will try a luncheon instead of a dinner for the months of March and April. We have booked The Corner Café for Wednesday, March 16 with 42 people signed up and have started a waitlist for this event. On Wednesday, April 13 we have reserved the large back room at Al Carbon, in Collingwood. They opened in 2021 and specialize in authentic Peruvian cuisine. I have personally had both a lunch and dinner at Al Carbon and it was very good. You will have a salad and choice of 5 entrees to choose from for a cost of $24.00 (have a look at the bottom of our Activity Page in the Upcoming Events section and you will find the menu choices). Invitations will only go out on March 25, to those members that have registered for Dining Around Town

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

    Dining With Flair wishes to WELCOME everyone, especially our New Members. We are expecting a real re-opening soon and our committee is working hard to plan for a new year of dining with friends.  EXPECTED START DATE: 28 APRIL, 2022 (4th Thursday).

    Mark this date on your calendar and of course, don’t forget to sign-up for the Dining With Flair Activity Group. Then sit tight and await your invitation— sent only to those who are registered. You can anticipate:  a new name - a new look - a  new feel!

    Humour Corner


    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.

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

    "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud"
    Maya Angelou

     

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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


  • February 07, 2022 8:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    I extend a warm welcome to all of our new members this month! We are also excited to welcome you virtually at our Activity eFair on February 22. All members are encouraged to attend. Please see the Upcoming Meetings section below for details. I do hope that you can join us and hope that you will find activities that interest you!

    There are other important dates for all members to be aware of in order to prepare for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on March 22. Please see the announcement in this newsletter.

    In closing, I want to say a “thank you” to all of our volunteers—whether they be activity leaders, Management Committee members or members submitting newsletter items. Your involvement makes for a most interesting, informative and active Club. Thank you!

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher

    It's official—Wiarton Willie predicts early spring—no shadow seen!

    Membership
    Pam Weaver and Kathy Mercer

    We are pleased to report that we have had more than 500 members renew this year—and that most were able to easily renew through our website. It is definitely exciting to see so many loyal members still actively involved in our PROBUS club as we move into our 21st year! This year, we have 47 new members who are looking forward to participating in all aspects of our club.

    We invite all members to join our meeting on February 22 via Zoom as we share a bit about how our club operates and some tips on how to sign-up for Activity Groups. Stay for a virtual chat at the end of the meeting to say hello to other members!

    Pam Weaver / Kathy Mercer
    bvpcmembership@gmail.com

    Upcoming Meetings

    Our February and March meetings will be online only. The Zoom link will be sent out by email a few days before the meeting. Hope you will join us!

    February Meeting & Activity eFair  - February 22 @ 2 PM

    • New Member Welcome 
      Membership Co-chairs: Pam Weaver / Kathy Mercer
    • Activity eFair Introduction 
      Activity Co-convenors: Colleen Wilson-Dick / Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    • Website Overview and Activity Sign-up 
      Website Coordinator: Heather Buscher
    • Activity Groups Overview 
      Various Activity Leaders
    • Breakout session
      All members: divided into virtual groups for a general chat!

    Annual General Meeting - March 22 @ 2 PM

    This year's Annual General Meeting will be held on March 22 at 2 PM. You can find detailed information on this page on our website. We may already have a capable list of nominees for our Officer positions but would welcome further nominations! In particular, we need volunteers for Co-Secretary and Activities Co-convenor! To put your name forward, please contact the leader of our Nominating Committee, Marion Stewart.

    Meeting Recordings

    Our Guest Speaker for our January 25 meeting was Chris Vaughan - aka "AstroGeoGuy", who took us on an exciting tour of the winter skies. If you missed the presentation, you can still click here to see the recording on our YouTube Channel.



    Activity Groups Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

    We are looking forward to our virtual Activities eFair on February 22. The format for the eFair portion of the meeting will be much the same as last year. Please see the Upcoming Meetings section above for the agenda. There will be an opportunity for members to ask general questions, but since not all the Activity Leaders will be present, questions about specific activities will be directed to the individual Activity Leaders who will respond separately, by phone or email.

    We are excited to begin another season of activities, safely following current provincial and local guidelines.

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

    Well, that was a bit of a wild ride discussing blockchain and bitcoin in our last meeting. If you missed it, no worries, as you can find links to the slide deck on our Computer Group webpage.

    It includes a well produced video tutorial! Our next meeting on February 23 at 2 PM will cover some newish friends: Google Docs and Google Sheets, the online rivals of Microsoft Word and Excel. It is amazing to see how widespread the use of these apps is in our club. Of course, there are always new things to learn! If you would like to join us, then simply register for this event to get the invitation including Zoom link!

    Snowshoeing
    Caroline Bacher

    Snowshoeing has resumed again! Although we had to cancel our first session at the Clendenan Dam Conservation Area due to poor weather, we had a very nice outing for Session 2 along the Bruce Trail at the top of Alpine and Craigleith Ski Clubs and for Session 3 in the Loree Forest area. See the the Snowshoeing Slideshow for some photos! Also, I am still looking for an additional Assistant Leader— someone to lead another group at a different time, for the same outing. Please contact me for details!

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

    Our first walk this year was on February 7. We met at the Beaver Valley Community Centre and walked along the Georgian Trail near the harbour to look for swans! Take a look at the Ramblers Winter Slideshow for photos of the outing!

    Hiking
    Cynthia Sampson

    After coordinating the Hiking Group for the last five years, I am looking to "pass the torch." We have been blessed with a  wonderful core group of members who have led individual hikes, and they have made the coordination role pleasurable and easy to manage. It has been a rewarding  experience, and I am happy to stay on and help with the transition. Please let me know if you are willing to volunteer to coordinate this season!

    Casual Dining

    The Casual Dining Group needs new coordinators for the upcoming season. Marge and Dave Allin have graciously coordinated since 2014, but are now stepping down. If any members are willing to take on this role, please contact the Activities Co-convenors: Colleen Wilson-Dick or Ilene Rushefsky Charland. Marge and Dave will be glad to provide assistance to get you started!

    Travel Group
    Gloria Thompson

    A survey has been done for travel to the islands and highlands of Scotland for May 2022. This was done with the people who showed great interest. Based on the feedback, it is best to postpone this trip yet again. Consequently I hope you mark this trip in your calendar for May 2023. Keep safe and enjoy your upcoming travels!

    Humour Corner

    The "Device in my Pocket" and "Skull pressure" shared by Karen Wilson.

    "My first computer" shared by Elsbeth Wright.
    "Technical support job posting" shared by Bruce Hill.



    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 / Mary Ann Collins-Williams 

    The Support Group has been re-started. Do you know of one of our members who is ill, in hospital, grieving the loss of a loved one or is in any way needing some cheering up? Then please contact one of the coordinators above, who will reach out to them with a phone call or card.

    In Memoriam

    Lee Yeandle - Lee passed away suddenly on January 28. He will be remembered for his active community involvement and his love and talent for music and song. Sincere sympathies to his wife of 52 years, Candy, and their family.

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

    "There's nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate!" Unknown

     

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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


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

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

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

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher

    Membership Renewals
    Pam Weaver and Kathy Mercer

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

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

    Pam Weaver / Kathy Mercer 
    bvpcmembership@gmail.com


    Activity Groups Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

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

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

    We wish you a safe and healthy 2022.

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

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

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

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

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

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

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

    Georgian PROBUS Travel Group
    Gloria Thompson

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

    Ski Legends
    Louise Armstrong

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

    Our Speaker on January 25, 2022 @2 PM

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

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

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

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

    Recipe Corner 

    Maple Syrup Pie - shared by Lucie Desjardins

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

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

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

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

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

    Humour Corner

    "Two Different Doctors" - shared by Susan Jones Hughson

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

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

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

    Why the different treatment for the two patients?

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

    Next time take me to a vet! 

    "Happy New Year 2022" - shared by Vicki Kellar

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


    Friendship -  shared by Pam Weaver


    Photo Corner

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

    If you have taken any photos during PROBUS activities or captured any winter scenes that you would like to share, please send them to Heather Buscher

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

    In Memoriam

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

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

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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


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

    Dear Members

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

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

    Membership Renewals
    Pam Weaver and Kathy Mercer

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

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

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


    Activity Groups Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

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


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

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

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

    Casual Dining
    Marjorie & David Allin

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

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

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

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

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

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

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

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

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

    Ski Legends
    Louise Armstrong

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

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

    Photo Corner


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

    PROBUS Nostalgia
    Nancy Dixon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Humour Corner

    Shared by Pat Wright!



    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

    Community Announcements

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

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


    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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


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

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher

    Membership Renewals
    Pam Weaver and Kathy Mercer

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

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

    Our Speaker on November 23 @ 2 PM

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

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

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

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

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

    Beaver Valley PROBUS Club 20th Anniversary 

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

    Our Past Presidents

    This month we feature Barb Thompson (2010) and Vicki Kellar (2012).
    Please click here to access their photo and bio! (Members-only) you must login to view!

    Activity Groups Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

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

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

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

    Nordic Pole Walking
    Nancy Hart

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

    Casual Dining
    Marjorie & David Allin

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

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

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

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

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

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

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

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

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

    Travel Group
    Gloria Thompson

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

    Ski Legends
    Louise Armstrong

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

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

    Photo Corner


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

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

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

    Humour Corner


    Shared by Heather Buscher


    Shared by Gloria Thompson.

    Interesting Finds

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

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

    Photo: Espen Finstad, secretsoftheice.com

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Editors Note

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

    Heather Buscher
    Nancy Dixon

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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


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

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

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

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher

    Our Speaker on October 26 @ 2 PM

    Speaker: Christine Ibbotson "Ask the Money Lady"

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

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

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

    Our Past Presidents

    This month we are featuring Carolyn Leonetti (2006) Joanne Vivona (2016 ) and Howard Kitchen (2015). Click here to see their interesting stories on how they came to be in the area and their experience with our PROBUS Club! (You must login to view).


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

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

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


    Activity Groups Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

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

    Paddleboarding
    Ilene Rushefsky Charland 

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

    Canoeing & Kayaking
    Lucie Dejardins & Kirby Philp

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

    Casual Dining
    Marjorie & David Allin

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

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

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

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

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

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

    Ski Legends
    Louise Armstrong

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

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

    Photo Corner


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

    Recipe Corner

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

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

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

    Humour Corner



    Membership Renewals
    Pam Weaver and Kathy Mercer

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

    Community Announcements

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

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

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Editors Note

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

    Heather Buscher
    Nancy Dixon

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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


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


    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher

    New PROBUS CANADA President

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

    Our Speaker on September 28 @ 2 PM

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

    Topic: Plastics in our Local Waterways

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

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

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

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

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

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

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

    Our Past Presidents

    This month we feature Pat Wright (2018) and Ken Kelley (2009). Please click here to access their photo and bio! (Members-only) you must login to view!


    Activity Groups Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

    Recreational Cycling
    Caroline Bacher 

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

    Hiking
    Cynthia Sampson

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

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

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

    Canoeing & Kayaking
    Lucie Dejardins & Kirby Philp

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

    Dining Around Town
    Hank Bouwman

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

    Travel Group
    Gloria Thompson

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

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

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

    Ski Legends
    Louise Armstrong

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

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

    Photo Corner


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

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

    Humour Corner



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

    Back to School thoughts below were shared by Hank Bouwman.

    In Memoriam

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

    The Last Word

    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Editors Note

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

    Heather Buscher
    Nancy Dixon

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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


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