Beaver Valley Probus Club

Grapevine September 2020

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

President's Message
Caroline Bacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Survey Reminder

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


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

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

Our Speaker on September 22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Corner 

Swans on Georgian Bay

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

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

Summer Contest Winners
Nancy Dixon

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

Our winners are:

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

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

Activity Groups Update
Rick Leclair & Colleen Wilson-Dick

Ilene Charland

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

Dining around Town
Hank Bouwman

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

The Master Gardener’s Corner

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

Community Announcement

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

Support Group
Lynn Corrigan

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

The Last Word
Marion Stewart, Past President

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

Grapevine Team

 Editor  Chris Rickard
 Distribution  Nancy Dixon
 Website  Nancy Dixon
 Heather Buscher

Activity Groups:    Participate - Volunteer - Have Fun!

Co-Convenors: Rick Leclair and Colleen Wilson-Dick

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

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