Retirement can come too early for many people who want and are able to remain active. Probus clubs are organizations for men who are fully or semi retired and want to maintain a social network with others who have similar interests.
Probus clubs meet at least once a month for fellowship and to hear guest speakers. Today there are over 300,000 members in approximately 4000 clubs worldwide. In Wasaga Beach, the Wasaga Men's Probus Club meets at the Wasaga Stars Arena, 10am on the 2nd Thursday monthly (men only).
Our July event was a tour of the "Dufferin Wind Power" facility in Melancthon township in Dufferin County. Dufferin Wind Power Inc. is harvesting wind power to support the long term clean energy needs of Ontario. The company aims to be a significant and caring corporate citizen; educating Ontarians about the benefits of responsible energy sources and contributing lasting support to the local economy Dufferin Wind Power is located at 705357 County Road 21, Melancthon, west off County Road 124 at Redickville, between Singhampton and Shelburne. We met at 10:30 am and started the tour at 11:00 am. The cost of the tour was $5.00. We met for lunch at the "Terra Nova Public House" (east of County Road 124 on 20th Side Road) at 12:30 pm. It was a great day for both and everyone was extremely happy.(More pictures in the Photo Gallery
Ernst Fischer a proud Canadian.
Rick Bradowski was pinned as a new member.
The Men's PROBUS decided to dress up for Canada 150
Joe Krulick attended our last PROBUS meeting, and he hails from St. John's, Newfoundland and he is visiting Wasaga Beach for 3 weeks
Lucky draw, 1st Bruce Kurtz - $50.00
Lucky draw, 2nd Jim Beckett - $50.00
Lee Huish talking about the Social Director job description.
Bill Snooks talking about the Visitation job description.
Guest Speakers, Nathan Wukasch & Jackie Beaudin, were introduced by John McCartney, to talk about the Wasaga Beaches' Age Friendly Community Project.
Our June 8th Speaker, Trish Davidson, from Ontario Parks, Wasaga Beach, gave an excellent presentation on the Piping Plovers that are nesting at the Beach. At the conclusion of her presentation there were many questions that were asked by the Membership and answered by Trish. For further information on the Piping Plover Program please visit ploverpalooza.blogspot.ca
There were two new members pinned as follows: Andrew Beattie - sponsor George Howie and Wally Hammond - sponsor George Potopnyk
Two new members, Hamilton Gibson and Ed Stanyk being pinned during our meeting. Eric Taylor gave an overview and slide presentation of the Georgian Bay British Car Club. The aim of the GBBCC is to promote knowledge and love of British cars. By developing relationships and friendships, the Club is a friendly, social gathering place for sharing interests in driving, maintaining, and enjoying the precious "vehicles". They strongly encourage the participation of spouses and children, so that Club events are fun for everyone. For further information please visit www.bbbc.com or contact Eric directly.
The January guest speaker was Guy Chartrand, President &CEO, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. Guy provided an update on the re-development process affecting our local hospital. Read more here.
MWO Claude Pelletier enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1980 as an infantryman with the Royal 22nd Regiment (the Van Doos) at CFB Lahr, Germany, until his transfer to Military Police Officer in 1986. During his more than 30 years in the armed forces MWO Pelletier has served in various postings in Ontario and Quebec. Furthermore, he has also been deployed to faraway places such as Bosnia and Afghanistan, as well as our Embassy in Haiti. He was in Haiti during the devastating earthquake of 2010 and was subsequently honored with the Meritorious Service Cross for his actions post-earthquake.MWO Pelletier is currently posted to his present tenure at MPU (Military Police Unit) Borden as the USM (Unit Sergeant- Major). MWO Claude Pelletier then spoke about his experiences.
Saturday May 13th held at the RecPlex: Lee Huish, Jim Desormeaux, Fred Humphrey, Reg Jalbert, Russ Talbot,
Frank Lauzon and Lin Wolfe were nominated
This trip took place May 10th to the Fish Hatchery. Peter Gifford led the "convoy" to the special secret spot where the hatchery was located. Following the visit to the hatchery a great lunch was had by all at Mylar and Loretta's in Singhampton.
About 35 of us had a high "Quality" tour today, and everyone seemed convinced it was both informative and well done. Here are a few pictures from their indoor home building warehouse. The results seemed to be very high quality, and the average 3 months to completion, and approximate $150 per sq. foot.As a bonus, lunch at The Spot Restaurant was very good, well served, well priced and speedy. If you couldn't join us, and the opportunity comes again - I would recommend you take it. Richard.
Ernst Fischer, Bill Crawford and John McCartney
First shift manning the PROBUS Booth at Wasaga Beach Home and Garden Show, April 8th.
Presentation date - May 3, 2017
3:00PM - Small presention in our office at 13 Hurontario Street, Collingwood
6:30PM - at the Collingwood Library
Call Doug at 705 293 0930 or email email@example.com to register.
An overview of the 2017 Nice to Paris and the 2017 Bordeaux River Cruises will follow the presentatiion.
After many months of many meetings and discussion the GPTG (Georgian Probus Travel Group) has finalized the riverboat cruises.
Doug Fry from "Expedia Cruise Ships Center" has negotiated and arranged a choice of three "Riverboat Cruises" on our behalf.
He is located at 13 Hurontario Street, Collingwood Ontario. He can be reached at 705 293 0930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upgrades and additions can be arranged at sign up.
If any members are interested, please let me know (Lee Huish) or get in touch with Mr. Fry either by phone or email to answer any questions and to finalize the cruise of your choice. For the information sheet, click here.
The PROBUS group enjoying a beautiful day with their significant others during the Valentine's Day luncheon at the Georgian Circle. Both the food and the service was above expectations. Thanks Social Committee for planning this event and giving us a fantastic time.
Ken Birse, in the November meeting, talked briefly about the Probus Ski Legends Club. Probus Ski Legends is made up of members of all area Probus Clubs (and some from out of town), who enjoy skiing and socializing. Each local Probus has hard working volunteer representatives. If you are interested in finding out more about this energetic Club please contact Ken Birse or go to www.probusskilegends.ca for further information.
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PROBUS is an association of active retirees who join together in clubs. Its basic purpose is to provide its members with regular opportunities to keep their minds active, expand their interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends.
If you are an active retiree, or no longer working full time, you may like to join a social club to enjoy friendship, fellowship and fun. PROBUS can offer a great avenue of interests and new horizons.
PROBUS meets the needs of retirees by providing opportunities to keep their minds active, expand their interests, stay healthy through activities, benefit from training programs, and network between like minded people and enjoy the fellowship of new friends.
PROBUS can provide members of the community with fresh ideas to enrich and fulfill their lives in retirement.
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