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

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

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

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

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

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

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


    Social Distancing - Meme of the Month

    *Photo and caption submitted by Thomas Paech.


    Field Bocce Tournament History

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

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

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

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

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

    Our Bocce - a Game of Skill?

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

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

    Memorable Moments

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

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

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

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

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

    Beaver Valley Probus Club Bocce Champions :

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

    Photo Corner - Video Edition

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


    Beating the Covid Blues - Video Edition


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




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




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

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



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


    Contest: Where Am I?

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

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

    Activity Groups Update
    Rick Leclair & Colleen Wilson-Dick

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

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

    Book Clubs

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

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

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

    Recreational Cycling Group
    Caroline Bacher

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


    Reflections


    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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


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

    In Memoriam

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

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

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

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Team

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

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick

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


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

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Calendar

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


    Things To Do While Social Distancing

    Please share your ideas with an email to Chris Rickard!

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

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

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

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

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

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


    My Covid-19 Story
    Seija Wolf

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

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

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

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


    Photo Corner

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


    Beating the COVID Blues


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





    Pottery Club 


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


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




    Our Speaker on June 23 - Online only

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    Website 

    Check the website often!
    Heather Buscher

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


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

    Need help with Zoom?

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

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


    Activity Groups Update

    Recreational Cycling Group
    Caroline Bacher

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

    Computer Group
    Martin Buscher

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

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

    Activities eFair 2020

    Activity Coordinators Still Needed 
    Rick Leclair
    Colleen Wilson-Dick

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

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

    Father's Day Reflections

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

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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


    St. George's Annual Plant Sale Notice: 

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

    In Memoriam

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

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

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

    Just for Fun

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Team

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

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-Convenors: Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick

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


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

    BV President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

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

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

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

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

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

    Calendar

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


    COVID-19 Information

    Beating the Self-isolation Blues

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

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

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

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

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

    Our Speaker on May 26 - Online only

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

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

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

    Registration

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

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

    Website 

    How to get Website Help
    Heather Buscher

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

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

    Activity Groups Update

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

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

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

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

    Activities eFair 2020

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

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

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

    Activities



    Activity Coordinators Still Needed:

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

    Theatre Event - not cancelled so far!


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

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

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

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

    Mother's Day Reflections


    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

    Brain Teaser - Crime and Treason - Rhyme and Reason

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

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

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

    Vacancy on the Nominating Committee

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

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

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

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

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

    The Last Word
    Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Team

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

    Activity Groups: Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Co-convenors: Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick

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


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

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

    "April showers bring May flowers"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Calendar 

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


    COVID-19 Information

    Local Hospitals and Health Units Information

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

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

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

    Website Updates 

    New Website Launched on March 15 
    Heather Buscher

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

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

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

    Activity Groups Update

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

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

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

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

    Please visit the web site, www.probusskilegends.ca

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

    Activities Fair 2020

    The Activities Fair is Now An Online eFair!
    Rick Leclair

    No Activity Fair? No Problem!

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

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

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

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


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

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

    Theatre Event


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

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

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

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

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

    Computer Corner

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

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

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

    In Memoriam

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

    Reflections 

    And the People Stayed Home...

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

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

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

    Kitty O'Meara

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

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

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

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

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

    The Last Word
    Submitted by Marion Stewart, Past President

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

    Grapevine Team

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

    Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

    Convenor: Rick Leclair

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


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

    President's Message
    Caroline Bacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Calendar

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

    Activity Group Updates

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

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

    Our speaker on March 31
    Tom Bell - Cyclist

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

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

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

    BVPC 2020 Activities Fair
    Rick Leclair

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

    Annual Bocce Tourney in Jeopardy

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

    Save the Planet!

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


    Rock of Ages: A Totally Rad ‘80s Musical

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

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

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

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

    Event Registration

    A new website is coming soon!
    Martin Buscher

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

    Help Wanted

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

    Book Exchange

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

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

    March 2020:

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

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

    Support Group
    Lynn Corrigan

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

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

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

    Grapevine Team

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

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

    President's Message

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

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

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

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

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

    Marion Stewart

    Annual General Meeting

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

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

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

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


    Activity Group Updates

    Georgian Probus Travel Group (Gloria Thompson)

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

    Dining Around Town (Hank Bouwman)

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

    Ski Legends (Louise Armstrong)

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

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

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

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

    Ski Trips: 

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

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

    Bridge Anyone?

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

    In Memoriam

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

    Activities Fair (Rick Leclair)

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

    Our speaker on February 25

    Eleonore Eaves - Executive director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters

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

    Save the Planet!

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

    50/50 Draw

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

    Membership report (Vicki & Terry Kellar, Chairs)

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

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

    From Blue Mountains

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

     

    From Clarksburg

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

     

    From Flesherton

    • Scott & Laurie Moore 

    From Meaford

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

     

    From Ravenna

    • Judy Grinton & Michael Clifford

    From Thornbury

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

    Annual Golf Tournament

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

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

    February 2020:

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

    Stratford 2020 (Stella Zahradnik)

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

    Ideas for new trips?

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

    Wanted: photos

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

    Support Group (Lynn Corrigan)

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

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

    The Last Word

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

    Eleanor Roosevelt (submitted by Past-President Pat Wright)

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

    President's Message

    Marion Stewart

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

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

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

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

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

    Calendar

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

    Stratford 2020

    Stella Zahradnik

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

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

    New Constitution and Bylaws

    Nancy Dixon

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

    Activity Group Updates

    Georgian Probus Travel Group:

    Gloria Thompson

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

    Dining Around Town:

    Hank Bouwman

    Upcoming dinners:

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

    Ski Legends:

    Louise Armstrong

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

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

    Ski Days at the private clubs have been confirmed:

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

    Ski Trips:

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

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

    Exciting Volunteer Opportunities!

    Rick Leclair

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

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

    Call for photos

    Heather Buscher

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

    January 28 Speaker: Brent Preston

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

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

    50/50 Draw

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

    Computer Corner

    Martin Buscher

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

    Change the passwords of your main Internet accounts!

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

    Environmental Plea

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

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

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

    January 2020:

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

    Book Exchange

    Nancy Hart

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

    Support Group

    Lynn Corrigan

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

    • January: Eileen Scott 
    • February: Louise Lamont 

    The Last Word

    Submitted by Past President Pat Wright

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

    Grapevine Team

    • Editor: Chris Rickard 
    • Reporters: Opportunities for you! 
    • Distribution: Nancy Dixon 
    • Website Maintenance: Nancy Dixon Heather Buscher
  • November 08, 2019 09:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    President's Message, by Mario Stewart

    This is the month of November – a number of you travel to warmer climes and continue all those lovely summer activities all year long. Others say that they are going to “The Blue Mountains” to enjoy every minute of what our area has to offer. November is a time to reflect, and what better way than to think about all the friends that we have made just within our Probus Group activities.

    Our inaugural Fallicious Lunch created one of those moments Calendar of Events 26 November, 2019 Monthly Probus Meeting 10 December, 2019 Christmas Lunch at Lora Bay – a chance to meet new people and discover something we have in common. It is such fun to sit at a table with a stranger, and come away with a new friend. We would like to make this an annual event.

    We continue with the Royal Winter Fair excursion and then, of course, our annual Christmas Party. All these events give us an opportunity to create new memories and friends.

    It is an honour to sit as your Club President – each one of us brings something a little different to the Management Team. There is a lot of talent within our membership and having fun seems to bring out the best in everyone.

    I will be in Paris for the next few weeks, hopefully to be up close and personal with Da Vinci, Napoleon and other great people, if only to see them in palaces, monuments & galleries. I will miss the Christmas lunch and would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

    Calendar of Events
     28 November, 2019  Monthly Probus Meeting
     10 December, 2019  Christmas Lunch at Lora Bay

    50/50 Draw

    Congratulations to Joan Uglow and Wendy Harris, the winners at the October 22nd meeting! 

    Annual Christmas Lunch

    Tuesday Dec 10 2019 at Lora Bay.  Social 11:30, lunch at 12:30. Tickets at $32.00 each (guest $42.00) will be available at our November Probus meeting. They can be purchased ahead of time by contacting Stella Zahradnik by email. CHEQUES ONLY PLEASE. Menu is a traditional turkey dinner, with stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes, spinach salad with cranberry and goat cheese, layered trifle and gluten free raspberry sorbet, coffee and tea. Cut off date is Dec 2. Stella Zahradnik

    Activity Group Updates

    Georgian Probus Travel Group: The May 2020 Scotland trip to the Islands and Highlands is nearly full. There are spaces for a few more people. The trip has been brought forward by one day, due to airline schedule changes. The new departure date is 09 May returning 24 May. Please contact Gloria at 705 429 9455.

    We are planning trips to Portugal and Madeira, Croatia and a Russian river cruise for the future. Keep tuned…………. Gloria Thompson

    Dining Around Town:

    Upcoming dinners:

    • Wednesday, November 20 - Crow. Bar & Variety in Collingwood 
    • Friday, January 4 - Cured Restaurant in Thornbury (limited seating) 
    • Wednesday, February 12 - The Grey Restaurant in Thornbury 
    • Thursday, March 12 - The Mill Café in Thornbury 
    • Wednesday April 15 – Nathaniel’s in Owen Sound 
    Hank Bouwman

    Ski Legends: PROBUS Ski Legends is a club with members from all area PROBUS clubs who enjoy skiing, socializing and travelling. Our social events and ski days at the private clubs are planned for the 2019-2020 season and are summarized below.

    The website, www.probusskilegends.ca, has the most up-to-date information on events and ski trips, as well as the application form to join Ski Legends. Basic membership is $30.

    This year’s social events:

    • December 2 - Skiis & Biikes Wine and Cheese. There is a discount, for that night only, on purchases of soft goods. 
    • January 6, 2020 - Free Welcome Back Breakfast for Legends Members only, at Blue Mountain Grand Central Lodge. 
    • January 22, 2020 - Dinner Show and Party at Blue Mountain Golf Club. 
    Ski Days at the private clubs have been confirmed: 
    • Craigleith – Wednesday, January 8 
    • Devil’s Glen – Thursday, January 16 
    • Osler Bluff – Thursday, January 30 & February 20 
    • Alpine – Thursday, February 13 
    • Georgian Peaks – Wednesday, March 18 
    Ski Trips: 
    • Sun Peaks, February 29 – March 4, is SOLD OUT. To have your name placed on the wait list, go to the Ski Legends website/ Ski Trips to find the trip leader contact. 
    • Steamboat, Colorado – February 2 to 9. Spaces still available. Please go to the Ski Legends website/ Ski Trips to see further information about the trip and trip leader contact. 
    • For 2021- Group ski travel has changed significantly in the last few years, and it has become necessary to plan more than a year ahead to secure space. Plans are being made for the ever-popular Sun Peaks, as well as a European trip, likely the Dolomites in Italy, with sales likely this coming winter or spring. As a Ski Legends member, you will receive information about the 2021 trips by email, as soon as it is available. 

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

    Louise Armstrong

    NEW CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

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

    Nancy Dixon

    Membership Renewal Reminder

    By now, in your very own snail mail box, you will have received a vibrant pink Membership renewal form. Hopefully you have already sent it back or dropped off the completed form and cheque at the October meeting. If not, please dig through your pile of correspondence and mail it to the address shown, or bring it to the November meeting. Please note that renewals are due by December 1 and we do want you to renew! If, however, you are unable to return it, please advise the Membership Directors ASAP. Please remember to sign the Waiver portion & include the cheque. Thanks & see you at the Club.

    Membership Directors Vicki & Terry Kellar

    HELP WANTED

    We need you! There are openings on our Management Team! If you are interested in finding out more about these positions, please contact Pat Wright or Caroline Bacher.

    Our Speaker on November 26: Diana Bishop

    Diana Bishop spent twenty years as a TV News Correspondent for CBC, CTV, Global Television, and NBC News telling stories of some of the biggest newsmakers of the day. Since 2002, she has been running a unique personal branding business called The Success Story Program™ where she helps create success stories for everyone from executives and entrepreneurs to politicians and ballet dancers.

    The Success Story Program™ has taken Diana across Canada, to the U.S and Europe, where she has spoken to dozens of business groups, while also being profiled as a one of Canada’s Top Business Women, and National Woman of Distinction, as well as, being featured regularly in the media, such as, in the Report on Business in the Globe and Mail.

    Now after all the years of telling other people’s stories Diana has written her own story, a deeply personal memoir called Living Up To a Legend, My Adventures With Billy Bishop’s Ghost, which explores the profound impact that her famous grandfather, World War One Flying Ace, Billy Bishop has had on her life. 

    In Memoriam

    Vanda Kilpen, a Probus member since 2005, passed away on Tuesday, November 5th .

    Metal Storage Cabinet Wanted

    The BVPC Management Board is searching for a ‘gently used’ metal storage cabinet, to store a variety of Probus Club materials and supplies on site at the Beaver Valley Community Centre. A cabinet measuring 36” wide x 18”-20” deep x 66”-72” high with 4 shelves and lockable double doors would be ideal. If you happen to have a unit you wish to part with, or have any leads as to where we could source one, please contact Rick Leclair, Activities Convenor, Beaver Valley Probus Club. Contact info can be found in the membership directory.

    Groan Time

    A woman in labor suddenly shouted, “Shouldn’t! Wouldn’t! Couldn’t! Didn’t! Can’t!”
    “Don’t worry,” said the doc. “Those are just contractions."

    Hear about the new restaurant called Karma? There’s no menu: you get what you deserve.

    Why can’t you explain puns to kleptomaniacs? They always take things literally.

    I lost my job at the bank on my very first day. A woman asked me to check her balance, so I pushed her over.

    Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.

    Environmental Plea

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

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

    November 2019:

    • Take advantage of any warm spell for a little last minute deep watering. 
    • Buy discounted bulbs on sale and get them in the ground. Your extra efforts will be rewarded in the spring. 
    • Remove plants from your pots and other containers and empty the soil. Dump plants and soil into your compost pile; clean them thoroughly and store them. 
    • There is an annual argument as to whether you should cut back your perennials, grasses etc., in the fall, or leave them long for “winter interest”. Up here, most perennials are covered by 2 feet of snow, so you can’t see them anyway. Since Spring Clean-Up can be daunting and there can be wet weather, a late spring and/or instant summer, this year I am opting for a BIG FALL CLEAN-UP to get a jump on spring 2020. 
    • Dig up and bring in dahlia tubers, tuberous begonias and gladiolus corms when the leaves turn yellow. Remove the soil and wash the tubers. Remove little cormlets from glad corms for more plants next year. Cure the tubers and corms for 2-3 weeks in warm dry place. Place in trays and cover with dry compost, peat moss, sand or perlite. Store at about 5 C in a cold-cellar, or slightly heated garage. 
    • Try potting up some spring bulbs like amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus and force them into bloom for Christmas and/or for late winter indoor colour. Different bulbs will require various lengths of cold to flower, so read the product packaging carefully. Store the bulbs in an area where they will not freeze (about 5°C). A fridge or cold cellar will work well for this. 
    • Complete winterization procedures for plants, containers, hoses and all other garden equipment. 
    • Protect young trees from rodents by using wire collars or plastic protectors. 
    • Hill up your hybrid Tea and Floribunda roses with 10 inches of compost covering the stems, or use a metal or plastic “Rose Collar” and fill it with compost before the ground freezes. 
    • Create one or more Winter/Christmas urns using a variety of evergreen branches. Find branches with berries and add colour with red dogwood and dried hydrangea blossoms. 
    • Check mulch levels in gardens. Pull mulch back 2”-3” from around shrub and tree trunks to discourage rodents. Add more compost or leaves if you have them. 
    • Order seed catalogues for next spring. 
    • Buy your Triple 19 fertilizer from the Co-Op for March application on the snow, so you will have some when the time comes to apply it, as their summer supplies may have not arrived in March.
    Support Group

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

    • November: Mary Dillon 
    • December: Doreen Bowins 
    • January: Eileen Scott 

    Lynn Corrigan

    The Last Word

    Submitted by Past President Pat Wright

    Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible”
    Audrey Hepburn

  • October 28, 2019 20:14 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    President's Message

    We are well into October now and Thanksgiving festivities. We have so much to be thankful for – at the top is the wonderful country that we live in and that includes our many Probus Club friends.

    Talking about Probus Club friends, we are looking for a big turnout at our first ever Fallicious Lunch on October 24th at Blue Mountain Pottery Restaurant. This luncheon will be a meet and greet affair. Each of you will be given a table number when you arrive. This is how Probus works – being with old friends and meeting new ones. Please sign up before the day and make this first Fallicious luncheon a big success.

    All of our Events are now listed on our Probus web site. We are in the process of making the site easier to use and the “go to” place to keep us all connected. If you have any suggestions or would like to be on the Committee – please get in touch with Martin Buscher.

    Last month saw a lot of community activity, with students in our area and throughout Canada taking a day off to march for awareness of how we can reduce our impact on the planet. Please remember the little things that we can all do – another reminder – bring your own coffee cup to the Probus meeting! Try to “do as I say and not as I do”.

    Marion Stewart

    Speaker on October 22 with Topic: Search and Rescue

    Constable Anderson will be bringing his dog, Bauer. Bauer is a general service dog whose duties include searching for wanted criminals, missing/lost people, drugs and guns. Constable Anderson will also be bringing his other dog, Striker, who is a human remains detection dog. This will be very exciting for those of us who love dogs, but anyone with allergies that are affected by dogs, please be mindful of our canine guests.

    Annual Christmas Lunch

    Our annual traditional turkey Christmas luncheon will be held at Lora Bay on Tuesday Dec 10th. Details will be announced later.

    Activity Group Updates

    Georgian Probus Travel Group: Travel with your peers....avoid the single cost...get to know new people...join our trips!

    1. There are still a few spots left for the tour to the "Islands and Highlands of Scotland", 10-25 May 2020. For further info or to book please call Gloria at 705 429 9455. 
    2. Our informal survey showed great interest in a Russian River cruise or Portugal/Madeira program. Stay tuned. Gloria Thompson

    Recreational Cycling Group: The group has completed its busy season. We had a few new rides this year, one from Owen Sound on the trail and a quiet road to Leith, and the other from Anten Mills to Elmvale. We also cycled around the many trails and country roads in Collingwood, Thornbury, and Meaford. Thanks to all who joined us to make this an enjoyable activity! Caroline Bacher and Joan Hammond

    Dining Around Town: Upcoming dinners: Wednesday, November 20 - Crow. Bar & Variety in Collingwood Friday, January 4 - Cured Restaurant in Thornbury (limited seating) Wednesday, February 12 - The Grey Restaurant in Thornbury Thursday, March 12 - The Mill Café in Thornbury Hank Bouwman

    Ski Legends: PROBUS Ski Legends is a club with members from all area PROBUS clubs who enjoy skiing, socializing and travelling. Ski Legends organizes social activities, ski days at private clubs and ski trips. The website, www.probusskilegends.ca , has the most up-to-date information on events and ski trips, as well as the application form to join Ski Legends. Basic memberships are $30. This year’s social events:

    • December 2 - Skiis & Biikes Wine and Cheese. There is a discount, for that night only, on purchases of soft goods. 
    • January 6, 2020 - Free Welcome Back Breakfast for Legends Members only, at Blue Mountain Grand Central Lodge. 
    • January 22, 2020 - Dinner Show and Party at Blue Mountain Golf Club.

    Ski Days at the private clubs:

    • Devil’s Glen – Thursday, January 16 (to be confirmed) 
    • Craigleith – Wednesday, January 8 (to be confirmed) 
    • Osler Bluff – Thursday, January 30 & February 20 
    • Alpine – Thursday February 13 
    • Georgian Peaks – March 11 or 18 (to be confirmed)

    Ski Trips:

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

    Hiking: Hiking season isn’t over yet! Although weather is less than predictable at this time of year, there are still a few more weeks of hiking season left. Some people feel this is the best time of all – cool temperatures and glorious colours. If you’re not already on our mailing list but would like to be, please let Cynthia know at probusbvhiking@outlook.com. Hope to see you on the trails! Cynthia Sampson

    2019 Probus Putt and Lunch Event

    Beautiful blue skies and a hint of autumn temperatures made it a perfect day to be on the putting green! 32 members hit the course on September 12th at the Georgian Bay Hotel and Conference Centre. The fellowship, friendship and laughs on the course continued as the group enjoyed the delicious BBQ lunch on the patio which followed. Here are the results of this year’s event: • Winning Team: Pat Ransom, Robert Johnstone, Stella Zahradnik • Low Individual Score: Pat Ransom • Hole in One: Robert Johnstone • “Most Active Putter”: Joanne Knight. Stay tuned for details on next year’s Putt and Lunch Event. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun in early September 2020! Rick Leclair

    Royal Winter Agricultural Fair, CNE Trip Tuesday Nov 5

    Visit this fair which for almost 100 years has brought the best in agriculture, local food, and equestrian competition from across the country to the heart of Toronto. It is the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world. Wander the vendors’ stalls, see horse jumping, meet cows, pigs, sheep and more. Expect a fun day of shopping, meeting the great farmers who grow our food and vegetables, etc. Sign up sheets will be at the back of the room at our October 22nd meeting. The fee for senior admission and the bus is $56.84. Cheques only please. Stella Zahradnik

    Membership Renewals Coming Soon

    Very soon, in your very own snail mail box, you will receive a vibrant pink Membership renewal form. Hopefully you can send it back immediately to the Membership Directors. Better to do it right away than risk forgetting it in the pile of correspondence! Please note that it is due by December 1 and we do want you to renew! However if you are unable to return please advise the Membership Directors ASAP.

    Although we’re starting a new decade that doesn’t mean we’re old. Let’s keep up our activity levels by participating in or volunteering for the club interest groups or the Board. Right now there are over 30 activity groups from which to choose, or you can start a new group! Contact the Activities convenor Rick Leclair for details. Remember you only get out of it what you put in.

    The renewal form and cheque, please no postdated cheques, can be mailed or alternatively brought to the October or November meetings. Please remember to sign the Waiver portion. See you at the Club. Membership Directors Vicki & Terry Kellar

    Help Wanted

    We need you! There are openings on our Management Team. We are looking for a Co-Secretary, an Assistant to Activities Convenor and a Vice President. If you are interested, or know of someone who would be a good candidate, please contact Caroline Bacher or Marion Stewart.

    Environmental Plea

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

    Ontario Steam Heritage Museum Tour

    Join us for a tour of the Ontario Steam Heritage Museum on Thursday October 17. The Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, restoring and operating steam powered equipment and Steam Traction Engines. So come along with us, get on the bus for a country lunch in Morriston then an amazing tour and ride a Steam Traction Engine. The cost of the bus and lunch is $49.65 per person (cheques only). Contact Stella Zahradnik

    Join us for a Fallicious lunch at The Pottery Restaurant

    This event takes place on Thursday, October 24 at 12.00 noon. We are naming it “Mix and Chat”. As you enter the restaurant you will be given the number of your assigned table. We are hoping that this mingling will introduce you to new people at our club!

    The lunch will be buffet style so more ability to “mix and chat” with others. The menu is a Naan and Noodle – Thai rice noodle salad with Bok Choy,Onions & Sesame dressing, Kachumber salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, cilantro & lemon juice, minted potato salad with fresh mint, olive oil and lemon juice, crispy vegetable samosas with mango chutney, vegetable biryani, tender beef rendang with ginger, garlic & lemongrass braised in coconut milk, chef’s special butter chicken finished in rich tomato butter sauce topped with Fenugreek leaves, platters of fresh sliced papaya, dark chocolate orange cake, Starbucks Premium coffee, tea and soft drinks all for $35.85 per person which includes tax and gratuity. Cut off date is Oct 16. Contact Stella Zahradnik for tickets. Stella Zahradnik

    The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

    October 2019:

    • After a warm summer and another 3 weeks of summer in September, fall is finally here. 
    • There is an annual argument as to whether you should cut back your perennials, grasses, etc., in the fall, or leave them long for “winter interest”. Up here, most perennials are covered by 2 feet of snow, so you can’t see them anyway. Spring Clean-Up can be daunting. There may be wet weather, or a late spring like this year. For these reasons, this fall I am opting for a BIG FALL CLEAN-UP to get a jump on spring 2020. 
    • It’s time to trim back perennials and divide them as needed. Make sure it is a cool cloudy day and fertilize with a “transplant fertilizer” -- big middle number.
    • Suzanne Strong, our first President, has downsized 3 of her huge perennial beds. Volunteers from St. Georges Anglican Church in Clarksburg have been busy potting up and heeling in her treasures which will be for sale at the church plant sale next June. 
    • Buy and plant spring flowering bulbs. Add a little bulb fertilizer, one with a big middle number for lots of phosphorus (P). Your efforts now will bring big dividends in April and May 2020. 
    • Place chicken wire just under the surface of the soil over any tulip bulbs you plant. The squirrels will hate you. Daffodils should not need this protection. 
    • Plant perennials and evergreens, and/or buy new ones. 
    • If there is an early frost warning, cover tender annuals overnight with an old bed sheet. They should make it through and keep on blooming. 
    • Bring in house plants when the evenings start to cool down, or you get a frost warning. Give them a thorough spray first with insecticidal soap, so that there are no unwanted hitchhikers coming into your home. 
    • Fertilize lawns with a low “first” number and high “middle” number “Fall” formula. The phosphorus promotes root growth. 
    • Start cutting your grass much lower than in summer to avoid winter matted long grass next spring. 
    • Water shrubs, evergreens and trees weekly and deeply at least until frost.

    50/50 Draw

    Congratulations to Jerry Primak and Marcel Forget, the winners at the September 24th meeting!

    Book Exchange

    Bring a Book, Take a Book. All books should be current and in good condition. The book you bring to exchange should be one that you have enjoyed reading and would recommend to a friend. Nancy Hart

    Support Group

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

    • October: Carol Hethrington 
    • November: Mary Dillon 
    Lynn Corrigan

    The Last Word

    Respect is how you should treat everyone, not just those you want to impress. Richard Branscombe (submitted by Past-President Pat Wright)

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