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  • June 03, 2021 19:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

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

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher


    Our Speaker on June 22 @ 2 PM

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

    Topic: Migratory Birds and How to Identify Them!

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

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

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


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

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

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

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

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

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

    Our Past Presidents


    20th Anniversary Theatre Memories
    Vicki Kellar

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

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

    Activity Groups Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

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

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

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

    Ski Legends
    Louise Armstrong

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

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

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

    Photo Corner

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

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

    Butter Tart Challenge

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

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

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

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

    Humour Corner

    She's got a point! 

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

    Shared by Elsbeth Wright!

    Trivia Trifecta

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


    Happy Father's Day - Sunday, June 20


    Community Announcements

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

    Trivia Trifecta Answers


    The Last Word

    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Team

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


    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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


  • May 05, 2021 22:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher





    Our Speaker on May 25 @ 2 PM

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

    Topic: "Wild, Weird and Wacky Weather"

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

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


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

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

    Activity eFair Update:

    Ilene Rushefsky Charland
    Colleen Wilson-Dick


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

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

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

    Please stay safe and active!

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

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

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

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

    Our Founding Members

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

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

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

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

    Photo Corner

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


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

    Activity Groups Update

    Ramblers
    Nancy Dixon

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

    Hiking 
    Cynthia Sampson

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

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

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

    Mobile App: Directory Access and more!

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


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

    The Road to the Best Butter Tarts

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

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

    Humour Corner

     


    Happy Mother's Day - Sunday, May 9


    Community Announcements


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

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

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

    In Memoriam

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

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

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

    The Last Word

    Marion Stewart, Past President

    "Joy is closer than you think" 

    Grapevine Team

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


    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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


  • April 07, 2021 15:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher

    Our Meeting on April 27

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

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

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

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

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

    Speaker Recordings:

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

    Speaker Suggestions:

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

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

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

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

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

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

    Our Founding Members

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


    Wanda Winters

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

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

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

    Photo Corner

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


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

    Activity Groups Update

    Ramblers (Winter Walkers)

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

    Computer Group

    Martin Buscher

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

    Mobile App: Directory Access and more!

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


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


    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

    Humour Corner

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

       

    Community Announcements


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

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

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

    The Last Word

    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Team

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


    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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


  • March 09, 2021 08:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

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

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher


    New Membership Co-Chairs

    Vicki & Terry Kellar, past Membership Co-Chairs

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

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

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



    Our Speakers on March 23

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

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

    Speakers:

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

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

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


    Speaker Recordings:

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

    Speaker Suggestions:

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

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

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

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

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

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

    Our Founding Members

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

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

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

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

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

    Photo Corner

    20th Anniversary Memories

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

    Please keep your photos coming! Email Heather Buscher.

    Activity Groups Update

    Snowshoeing 

    Caroline Bacher

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

    Winter Walkers

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

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

    Georgian PROBUS Travel Group

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

    Computer Group

    Martin Buscher

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

    Euchre 2 

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

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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


    Humour Corner

       

    Community Announcements


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

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

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

    The Last Word

    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Team

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


    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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


  • February 11, 2021 20:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

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

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher

    Annual General Meeting  - February 23 @ 2:00 pm

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

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

    The 3 articles to be voted on are: 

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

    Our Speaker on February 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Speaker Recordings:

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

    Speaker Suggestions:

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

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

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

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

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

    In the Beginning....

    Jim O'Brien, President 2003

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

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

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

    The Early Years

    Jim Hamilton, President 2002

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

    Our Founding Members

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

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

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

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

    Photo Corner

    Winter 2020-21 Slideshow


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

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

    Activity Groups Update

    Snowshoeing 

    Caroline Bacher

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

    Computer Group

    Martin Buscher

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


    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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


    Management Committee Openings 

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

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

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

    Data Privacy

    Martin Buscher


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

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

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

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

    How did we get here?

    Shared by Elsbeth Wright

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

    Support Group

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

    The Last Word

    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Team

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


    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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


  • January 09, 2021 15:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members,

    Happy New Year! While we get used to printing 2021,  we are all looking forward to a better year ahead. The COVID-19 vaccines are on their way to give us hope.

    We are very excited that 2021 is our 20th Anniversary year! You can read the article from our 20th Anniversary Committee further down in this newsletter. The committee is already pursuing a few ideas and would really welcome suggestions from all of our members regarding ways that we can celebrate this important milestone throughout the year!

    Your Probus club made the change to Virtual Meetings to adhere to the provincial and town regulations and will continue meeting through Zoom, until it is safe to meet in-person again. The Beaver Valley Probus Club was among some of the very first clubs to use Zoom to hold meetings, and our technical team is now assisting other Probus Clubs in the country to do the same. 

    In February, we will hold our AGM. You will be receiving an email regarding the new way of presenting our reports. Even though the majority of the management team members are remaining in their posts for another term, some have decided to step down as they have been doing their jobs for over three years now. It is time to let someone new step in. There are still a few positions open. We do need new members to join the team to assist us, even though we are meeting virtually. Please see the Nominating Committee’s announcement in this newsletter.

    We are all looking forward to the day when we can meet in-person again to enjoy the many activities that Probus offers. Until then, stay safe and enjoy the great outdoors!

    Sincerely,
    Caroline Bacher

    Membership Renewal

    Vicki and Terry Kellar


    Renewal Deadline: January 14

    Our membership drive for 2021 is quickly drawing to a close. The management team is very pleased that almost 95% of our members have renewed already, however there are still a number of you that we have yet to hear from. If you have any questions or need log-in help, please contact one of our renewal team members listed below. They can even take your credit card information over the phone and complete your renewal on the spot.

    In 2020, we have tried to accommodate the restrictions presented by the Covid virus by moving to virtual meetings which include guest speakers each month. Our activities that follow provincial guidelines are continuing. We have updated our website which allows us to process secure, no-contact, online renewal payments. And finally, we also reduced the renewal fee by 50%.

    To renew, click the Renew your membership button below to log in. Have your password and credit card handy! (If you have forgotten your password, click here.)


    If you are not renewing, we ask that you also please let us know via email at bvpcmembership@gmail.com

    Best Wishes for a Healthy & Happy 2021.

    Our Speakers on January 26

    Carolynn and Sylvia Wilson
    Preservation and Recognition of the Importance of Canadian Black History

    Although we are not meeting in-person at the Community Center in January due to COVID-19, Carolynn and Sylvia Wilson, will give their presentation online.

    Please check your emails in January a couple of days before the meeting date, for the link to join our Zoom meeting. (Pre-registration is not required).

    Carolynn and Sylvia Wilson operate the Sheffield Park Black History and Cultural Museum located in Clarksburg on the former Nazarene Church Campground.

    Sylvia and Carolynn's family represent seven generations and reside in Collingwood. They along with other descendants promote cultural awareness and inclusivity. Their forefathers purchased property in Collingwood, erected a church and established several Black settlements in our area. This past year in 2020 they celebrated the 150th Anniversary of their church.  Their objectives are to preserve and recognize the importance of Canadian Black history.

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

    Speaker Recordings:

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

    Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 2001-2021

    The year 2020 was very challenging for a lot of people and there wasn’t much in the way of good news. Well, that is about to change in 2021, as the BEAVER VALLEY PROBUS CLUB will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary and would like to celebrate this milestone throughout 2021.

    We have established a 20-year Anniversary Committee to kick-off this special event and they commenced meeting in December to start the planning process. One of our goals is to recognize many of the 75 active founding members that helped start our club in 2001. We are in the process of contacting those members to request a short bio and photograph that we will feature in our monthly newsletters and on our website. 

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

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

    Our Founding Members

    At this time when we are preparing to celebrate our twentieth anniversary, it is fitting to acknowledge the contribution of our founding members, whose energy and enthusiasm resulted in the formation of the Beaver Valley Probus Club.

    Each month we will feature several of our founding members. The anniversary committee is in the process of trying to contact all of our current founding members, but it turns out our membership database records are not perfect. If you are one of original members that joined the club in 2001 - we want to hear from you! Please contact Hank Bouwman 705-888-2556, Anniversary Committee Chair, to submit your bio.

    Perry Hoadley:
    Perry is one of our founding members at Probus Beaver Valley, joining our Club 20 years ago in 2001, and lists Insurance Broker Thornbury as his former profession. His wife, Sue joined Probus a couple of years later. They have lived here since 1952, moved away in 1963 and returned here in 1974. Perry enjoys the fellowship and speakers at our monthly meetings and enjoys walking. 

    Photo - Taken in a dressing room on a tour of the Bell Centre in Montreal, home of the Montreal Canadiens – Perry’s favourite hockey team.

    Herbert Quickert:
    Herb is another of our founding members, having joined Probus Beaver Valley 20 years ago, back in 2001. His former profession was in telecommunications, based in Toronto. He has lived here for the past 16 years and was attracted to our scenic area by the skiing amenities. He enjoys the social aspect and various activities that our Club offers. Herb is also the current activity leader for Cue Sports!

    John Dick:
    John became one of our founding members 2 decades ago and his wife, Jan (also pictured) joined Probus Beaver Valley in 2011. His career was in information technology. He bought a cottage at Christie Beach in 1971, renovated it into a permanent home in 2000 and moved to Riverwalk in Thornbury in 2014. Jan and John enjoy the wide variety of Probus activities and have met many people who have become close friends. John coordinated the snowshoeing activity with Dave & Eileen Robinson for 16 years and served on our management committee where he became our 17th. President in 2017. John stated “My generation never had to worry about finding a job but more important, ours is the first in many generations which didn’t have to go to war. I am also extremely fortunate to have met Jan who shares my passion for travel, entertaining and golf”.

    Photo Corner

    Winter 2020-21 Slideshow

    Joanne S took this wonderful photo of Meaford Harbour on Christmas day. For more photos shared by our members, see our new Winter Slideshow!

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

    Trivia Contest

    Nancy Dixon


    Congratulations to the winner Hank Bouwman, who was the first to answer all the questions correctly. Honorable mentions go to Judy Grinton and Barbara Reynolds!

    Here are the answers to the Holiday Trivia Contest!

    1. Which Christmas Word means "turning of the sun"?
      A: Yuletide (only 3 members chose the answer we were looking for, Solstice is not technically a Christmas word!)
    2. What is the date of "Twelfth Night"?
      A: January 5th (79% answered correctly)
    3. Whose eyes were made of coal?
      A: Frosty the Snowman (75% answered correctly)
    4. Name the "other" reindeer.
      A: Olive (25% answered correctly. Also accepted Oliver and "All of")
    5. Food cooked in oil commemorates the use of Hanukkah oil. What are latkes?
      A: Potato Pancakes (100% answered correctly)
    6. In the tradition of Kwanzaa, how many nights are celebrated?
      A: 7.  (57% answered correctly)

    Thanks to everyone who participated!

    Activity Groups Update

    Winter Walkers

    Nancy Dixon

    The Winter Walkers group had their last walk of the year on Thursday, November 26th. It was a nice day with a good turnout for our walk around Craigleith. Our walks will resume when the lockdown is lifted. Please check the Winter Walkers Activity webpage to see the latest photos in our slideshow, and the date of the upcoming walks when they resume.

    Ski Legends

    Louise Armstrong

    As there are frequent changes in public health and provincial directions regarding downhill skiing, please refer to the Ski Legends website, probusskilegends.ca, for the most up-to-date information. Hopefully we will be skiing before the end of January.

    Hiking

    Cynthia Sampson

    People have been inquiring about the Probus Hiking Group. Our outings came to an abrupt halt last spring, but it’s now a New Year and time to start looking forward to the new hiking season. It really won’t be all that long until spring is upon us again and our group can reconnect and get back out onto our beautiful local trails. Further details to come later.

    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!

    BVPC Management Committee Openings

    Our Probus Club is alive and well and we seem to be getting used to online meetings.  We still have openings on our Management Committee for 2021 – how about trying it out and joining us! The following positions are still open:

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

    Fun with words

    Shared by Bob Hann


    An email was going around recently referencing the "Washington Post's Mensa Invitational", which apparently invites readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supplying a new definition.

    Here are some extracts from the winners:

    1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
    2. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
    3. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
    4. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
    5. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

    Below are some entries, where readers were asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

    1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
    2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
    3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
    4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
    5. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.

    In Memoriam

    Norma Kornelson from Thornbury passed away in late November 2020. Along with her husband Glen, she was a founding member of the Club and known for her ready smile.

    Sharon Black passed away on Dec 15. She and her husband Al were previous BVPC members who joined in 2002 and were very active in the Club and on the Management Board for many years. Sharon was key in setting up our first web site, producing the newsletter and leading many hikes.

    Support Group

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

    The Last Word

    Marion Stewart, Past President

    "Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.”
    Anon

    Grapevine Team

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

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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


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

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    Dear Members, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    New Easy Membership Renewal
    Vicki and Terry Kellar 

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

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

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

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

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

    Lifetime Membership Award

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

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

    Speaker Recordings

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

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

    Our Speaker on November 24

    Linda Murphy
    Hiking Home for Shelter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Photo Corner 

    Autumn Slideshow

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

    Video Corner 

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

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

    Trivia Contest 
    Nancy Dixon

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

    Here are the answers to the October Trivia Contest! 

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

    Look out for our Holiday Trivia Contest in December!

    Activity Groups Update

    Winter Walkers
    Nancy Dixon

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

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

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

    Ski Legends
    Louise Donegani

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

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


    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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


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


    Remembering Mom's Clothesline:
    Shared by Pat Wright

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

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

    And now a POEM...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By what hung on the line.   

    BVPC Management Committee Openings

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

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

    Nominating Committee
    Marion Stewart, Martin Buscher & Sandra Whitehead

    Announcements

    Remembrance Day:

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

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

    In Memoriam

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

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

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

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Team

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

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick


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


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

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Survey Results

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

    Speaker Recordings

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

    Our Speaker on October 27

    Norine Baron
    The Stephen Lewis Foundation - Grandmothers to Grandmothers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Photo Corner 

    Autumn Slideshow

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

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

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

    Trivia Contest 
    Nancy Dixon

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


    Activity Groups Update
    Rick Leclair & Colleen Wilson-Dick

    Activity Coordinators Still Needed

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

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

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

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

    Winter Walkers
    Nancy Dixon

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

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

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

    Georgian Probus Travel Group
    Gloria Thompson

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

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

    Best to all on behalf of the GPTG

    Paddleboarding
    Ilene Charland

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

    Thanks to all who participated. See you next season!

    Nordic Pole Walking
    Nancy Hart

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

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

    Hopefully next spring we will be able to meet again.

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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



    BVPC Management Committee Openings

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

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

    Nominating Committee
    Marion Stewart, Martin Buscher & Sandra Whitehead

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

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

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Team

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

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick


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


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

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Survey Reminder

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

    PROBUS CANADA

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

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

    Our Speaker on September 22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Photo Corner 

    Swans on Georgian Bay

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

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


    Summer Contest Winners
    Nancy Dixon

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

    Our winners are:

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

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


    Activity Groups Update
    Rick Leclair & Colleen Wilson-Dick

    Paddleboarding
    Ilene Charland

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

    Dining around Town
    Hank Bouwman

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


    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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



    Community Announcement

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

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

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

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Team

     Editor  Chris Rickard
     Distribution  Nancy Dixon
     Website  Nancy Dixon
     Heather Buscher

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick


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


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

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

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

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

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

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

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


    Social Distancing - Meme of the Month

    *Photo and caption submitted by Thomas Paech.


    Field Bocce Tournament History

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

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

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

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

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

    Our Bocce - a Game of Skill?

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

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

    Memorable Moments

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

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

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

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

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

    Beaver Valley Probus Club Bocce Champions :

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

    Photo Corner - Video Edition

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


    Beating the Covid Blues - Video Edition


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




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




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

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



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


    Contest: Where Am I?

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

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

    Activity Groups Update
    Rick Leclair & Colleen Wilson-Dick

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

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

    Book Clubs

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

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

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

    Recreational Cycling Group
    Caroline Bacher

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


    Reflections


    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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


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

    In Memoriam

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

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

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

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Team

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

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick

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


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