Beaver Valley Probus Club

Grapevine December 2021

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

Dear Members

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

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

Membership Renewals
Pam Weaver and Kathy Mercer

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

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

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


Activity Groups Update:

Ilene Rushefsky Charland
Colleen Wilson-Dick

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


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

Ramblers
Nancy Dixon

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

Casual Dining
Marjorie & David Allin

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

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

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

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

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

Dining Around Town
Hank Bouwman

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

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

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

Ski Legends
Louise Armstrong

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

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

Photo Corner


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

PROBUS Nostalgia
Nancy Dixon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Humour Corner

Shared by Pat Wright!



The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

Community Announcements

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

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


The Last Word
Marion Stewart, Past President

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

Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

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

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


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