Beaver Valley Probus Club

Grapevine June 2022

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

President's Message

President's Message

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

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

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

June Membership Meeting - June 28 @ 1:00 PM

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

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

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

Social Events

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

Sold out!

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

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

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

Lawn Bowling & BBQ

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

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

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

Annual Summer Picnic

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

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

Golf Tournament

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

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

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

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

Activity Group Update

Colleen Wilson-Dick

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


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

Canoeing & Kayaking

Kirby Philp, Lucie Desjardins, Glenn Downey

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

Computer Group

Martin Buscher

Computer Group

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

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

Casual Dining With Friends

Sallie Kedwell, Shellie Smith, Eileen Scott

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

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

Dining Around Town

Hank Bouwman

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

Save the date(s):

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


Cynthia Sampson / Ilene Rushefsky Charland

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


Nancy Dixon

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

Recreational Cycling

Caroline Bacher

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

Ski Legends
Louise Armstrong

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

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

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

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

Photo Corner

Submitted by Lucie Desjardins

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

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

Humour Corner

Shared by Hank Bouwman

Nominating Committee

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

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

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

The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

The Last Word

Shared by Hank Bouwman

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

Activity Groups: Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

Convenor: Colleen Wilson-Dick

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

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