Our Strength is Fellowship; Our Success is Participation.
The Probus Club of Collingwood, which celebrated it’s 31st anniversary in October, 2017, is the original men’s Probus Club of the Georgian Triangle, and one of the first in Ontario. Informative speakers each month combined with a membership of over 160 retired and semi-retired active men, enable us to create a place of enjoyment and fellowship in the community, emphasizing the Probus motto. We enjoy numerous trips and social events throughout the year, including golf, biking, theatre, excursions, and tours of businesses throughout Ontario.
All meetings are cancelled until further notice.
Hoping that you and your loved ones are well!
The Province is moving into Phase 3 of COVID lockdown. However, I suspect that most of our members will not be going bar hopping any time soon. (Some will – and we know who we are!) Current rules allow for 50 people gathered indoors, and 100 outside. Theoretically this might allow for some form of Probus meeting, subject to space availability and social distancing rules for that facility. Our general feeling is, given that most of our members are, by definition, in the most vulnerable age group, and many also have underlying health issues, that most of us would be unwilling to meet in larger groups, even if allowed. Also, as you may know, the Collingwood Legion is under lease to the General & Marine Hospital as a possible overflow or backup facility in case of a widespread infection outbreak in the region, and is therefore not available to us until at least August, and very likely beyond. Members can find the news article on that here: https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/10036115--there-have-been-so-many-changes-collingwood-hospital-prepared-for-second-covid-19-wave/
Your President Mike Martynuik runs periodic Zoom meetings of your executive to keep everyone on their toes and updated on our Club status. Treasurer Gerry McGhee reports that financially we are in good shape – in short, no meetings, no rent! So while dues renewals would usually come along about now, we have decided that there is no reason to start the membership renewal process until we are able to restart meetings – and there is no news yet on that score!
We’d like to have your feedback and thoughts on the way forward. For example, would you participate in indoor meetings if there was an available and suitable venue? Would you participate in Zoom based meetings? Do you have suggestions on possible speakers who might be of interest to our membership, and on topics that might work in that format? Just reply to this email with your thoughts.
Also please keep us advised if you are aware of any members not doing well, either for health reasons or otherwise.
In the words of the late Dame Vera Lynn, “we’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when……”
I’ve added some humour, just to keep this interesting – enjoy! And please continue to follow sensible COVID precautions: wash hands frequently; social distance at all times and wear a mask indoors in public places – it’s the law in Simcoe County now!
Medical experts were asked if it is time to ease the lockdown.
Allergists were in favour of scratching it, but Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.
Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but neurologists thought the government had a lot of nerve.
Obstetricians felt certain everyone was labouring under a misconception, while Ophthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted.
Many Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while Pediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!"
Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while Radiologists could see right through it.
Surgeons decided to wash their hands off the whole thing and pharmacists claimed it would be a bitter pill to swallow.
Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would "put a whole new face on the matter."
Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.
Anaesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no.
In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes.
To paraphrase a line from the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, “who are those guys?” What backgrounds are represented by the members of the Club? There are many individuals with many diverse backgrounds.
- Corporate: CEOs, Managers, Presidents
- Education: School Principals, Teachers, School Board Reps.
- Engineering: Engineers, Geophysicist, Trades
- Financial: Accountants, Bankers, Planners, Advisors, Managers, Human Resources
- Legal: Lawyers
- Medical: Dentists, Physicians, Surgeons
- Media: Broadcasting, Newsprint
- Military: Veterans, and ex servicemen, Pilots
- Sales and Marketing: Real Estate, Pharmaceuticals, Insurance, etc.
The members of the Probus Club warmly welcome guests,
visitors and walk-ins!
Experience a Probus Club near you. “Be a friend. Bring a friend”!
To read Probus Canada’s Newsletter, or anything else of interest to you, click on the link below.
Fiddler on the Loose
A Roof-Raising Variety Show
Conceived by David Rogers
Musical Arrangements by Mark Payne
Directed & Choreographed by David Hogan
Music Direction by Jesse Grandmont
Set, Costume & Lighting Design by D2 Entertainment
July 24 to Aug 10
Drayton Festival Theatre
Anchored by the extraordinary talents of fiddler and showman Jesse Grandmont (Canada 151), Fiddler on the Loose is a gregarious musical variety show that is sure to raise the roof!
With its stirring blend of music, dancing, comedy, and of course, fantastic fiddling, this lively revue features over 60 songs running the gamut of genres from country and bluegrass to Celtic, classical, pop, and more.
The eclectic song list moves seamlessly through memorable tunes like “Dust in The Wind,” “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Snowbird,” “Misty,” “Take Me Home Country Roads,” “Orange Blossom Special,” “King of the Road,” and many, many more.
Don’t miss this high-energy musical extravaganza, but be warned – this show may contain scenes of gratuitous violins!
Drayton Festival Theatre
33 Wellington St. S.
Drayton, ON N0G 1P0
2 hours and 30 minutes including one intermission.
Limited tickets so plan early! Seating is always good!
Contact: Doug Smith
Meetings are the first Thursday of every month, starting at 0945 am. They are held at The Royal Canadian Legion, 490 Ontario Street, Collingwood. Phone: 705-445-3780
Probus Club of Collingwood
Membership: John Megarry, 705-445-1261