Beaver Valley Probus Club

Grapevine April 2021

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

President's Message

Caroline Bacher

Dear Members,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Caroline Bacher

Our Meeting on April 27

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

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

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

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

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

Speaker Recordings:

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

Speaker Suggestions:

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

Beaver Valley Probus Club 20th Anniversary 

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

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

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

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

Our Founding Members

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

Wanda Winters

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

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

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

Photo Corner

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

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

Activity Groups Update

Ramblers (Winter Walkers)

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

Computer Group

Martin Buscher

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

Mobile App: Directory Access and more!

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

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

The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

Humour Corner

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


Community Announcements

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

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

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

The Last Word

Marion Stewart, Past President

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

Grapevine Team

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

Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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

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