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Executive & Committees

Mike Martynuik
Mike Martynuik

President

Born in Toronto, and grew up on family farm in Brampton area. After Sheridan College and Carleton University worked 35 years at Kodak Canada in Finance and Logistics. My wife Andja and I retired to Wasaga Beach, and have both children living near. Our eldest son a teacher, is the Business Dept head at SCI, and the younger son a successful Dr of Chiropractic with offices in Collingwood at TNC. Enjoy travel, our cottage, and several outdoor activities like downhill skiing.

Terry Billo
Terry Billo

Vice President

Terry Billo retired after practising law in the Kitchener Waterloo area for over 32 years. Terry and his wife Pat have owned a home in Blue Mountains for the past ten years, and upon retirement, moved here in December 2015. Prior to his move to Blue Mountains, Terry was a member of The Probus Club of Kitchener Conestoga for approximately three years, and actively participated in their activities. He is excited to continue the Probus experience in his new home, making new friendships and participating in new activities in this beautiful area.

Greg Geen
Greg Geen

Past President

Born in North Bay, Greg spent the majority of his studying and working years in the Southern climes of Ontario – mostly in Toronto. A 45 year career running a family company in the Medical / Surgical Supply business was very rewarding. The company was national and afforded lots of travel to many Canadian destinations over the years as well as the opportunity to meet many interesting characters. Eventually immigrating back north again to Collingwood in the late 2000’s, Greg counts skiing in the winter and biking – both pedal and motor – in the summer as his current interests.

Ruben Rosen
Ruben Rosen

Chair, Speakers Committee

Ruben was born, raised and educated in Montreal. He and his wife, Judith,moved to Toronto in 1977 and have been living in Collingwood since 1997, after an eleven year ‘career’ as a weekend farmer in the Stayner area.In the real world, Ruben is a Chartered Accountant and spent virtually his entire professional career at Deloitte & Touche, working his way up from summer student to Senior Partner. His local community activities include Founding Chair of the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network( the Ontario Government funding agency for health care), Treasurer of the Collingwood hospital and Treasurer of Theatre Collingwood. Ruben enjoys cycling, cross country skiing,snow-shoeing, and spending time with their nine grandchildren.

Al Wallace
Al Wallace

Secretary

Al retired from the general practice of dentistry in 2000, immediately joined Probus, and after 40 years of lugging skis from Oakville to the ski club every weekend finally saw the light and moved to Collingwood in 2008. Al is a member of Alpine Ski Club, Secretary of the Collingwood Cinema Club, and a member of the Thornbury Yacht Club. He also plays tennis and with Barbara babysits three grandchildren who live nearby.

Gerry McGhee
Gerry McGhee

Treasurer

John Megarry
John Megarry

Chair, Membership Committee

John & Sharron moved to Collingwood upon John’s retirement in the Fall of 2009 after 20+ years in Aurora, ON, and an earlier sojourn in Beaconsfield, Que.

John had a career in sales and marketing, mainly in the electronic security systems industry. They settled in Collingwood because John is interested in skiing, both downhill and Nordic, and had an old family connection in Collingwood. (He had a summer job in the Collingwood Shipyard in 1963!)

In summer he rows with the Collingwood Rowing Club, and year round tries to counterbalance an otherwise dissolute lifestyle by working out regularly at the YMCA.

Doug Brown
Doug Brown

Chair, Events Committee

Doug was born in Fort William, and after graduating from Lakehead University eventually found his way to Kitchener. He provided psychological services to the Waterloo County School Board, was actively involved in coaching, community boards and management of the Traumatic Events Team. After a life of leisure in Kincardine, the Presidency of the local Probus Club,and traveling the world with his daughter’s sports teams, he has made Collingwood home. Doug loves traveling and is a sports enthusiast!

Gord Hall
Gord Hall

Newsletter

Club Committees

Membership

 

  • Chair: John Megarry
  • Ken Adolphe
  • Gordon Mckay

Speakers

 

  • Chair: Ruben Rosen
  • Wayne Caswill
  • Hal Keiser
  • Bob MacNair
  • Jack Marley
  • Paul Natale
  • Paul Tranquada
  • Fred Young

Events Committee

  • Chair: Doug Brown
  • Al Fraser
  • Greg Geen
  • Steve Hawker
  • Richard Isaacson
  • Brian Lucas
  • Bob MacNair
  • Jack Marley
  • John Megarry
  • Gordon Mackay
  • Ruben Rosen
  • Doug Smith
  • Pierre Tousignant
  • Jim Worts

Member Support

 

  • Brian Lucas

Presentation Communication Coordinator

 

  • Terry Fitzgerald

Website

 

  • Wayne Caswill

Audio/Visual

 

  • Steve Hawker
  • Richard Rood

Upcoming Events

Sep
6
Fri
Probus Ski Legends
Sep 6 2019 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 1 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Do you have friends who go south in the winter but you love Winter, Skiing and Socializing?

Are you a Probus Member?

WE ARE LEGENDS! (In our own minds). Join Probus Ski Legends, and enjoy New Friends, Ski Buddies, Ski Trips, Ski Days at Escarpment Private Clubs, Discounts, and great Parties.

Follow our website tabs for constantly updated current information and dates for all our activities.

Join us and enjoy being a LEGEND!

Contact: Brian Lucas

Nov
19
Tue
Wine & Cheese
Nov 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Wine and Cheese Tasting

Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 pm,$20 pp

Your hosts, John Houser and Pierre Tousignant

To be held Chez Pierre T.

Nov
26
Tue
Spy Cider House and Distillery Tour
Nov 26 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Nearly a decade ago, David Buttefield and Piers Roberts were sipping a calvados in France when they came up with an idea.

“We said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to make an apple spirit from Ontario apples?’” Butterfield said.

Fast forward to 2019, and the pair is the driving force behind the recently opened Spy Cider House and Distillery, located at 808108 Side Road 24 in the Blue Mountains.

The name of the company is derived from northern spy apples, which are grown in Ontario’s apple country.

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However, when naming their products, they took the name in a different direction, instead paying homage to James Bond.

The company has two products available, the Golden Eye Cider made from locally grown apples, and the Never Say Never organic cider.

The latter is made from apples from the 80-acre orchard located next to the cider house. The company has spent the last several years restoring more than 16 acres of old apple trees.

They will also be making Crimson Tide, a dry apple cider infused with black currant.

The childhood friends have been partners in the beverage industry since 2007. Butterfield has been making wine in Burgundy, France, since 2001 and Roberts is an award-winning cider maker who has created recipes for Collective Arts Brewing.

Butterfield believes in the concept of “terroir,” which states fruit grown in a specific place can “yield a beverage with distinct and unique flavours, aromas and complexities.”

In an interview with Simcoe.com, he said, “This is where we always wanted to be, on a farm in apple country, being able to tell the story where it comes from.”

The company also has a large copper still in its facility, which will be used to make an apple-based brandy, a first for Ontario.

“We think — because of our background, where our source of inspiration comes from — we’ll have just incredible products,” he said.

Tuesday,November 26

Tour is free!

Arrive 12:00 noon for lunch, Tour will follow after.

Contact: Terry Billo

Contact Us

Probus Club of Collingwood
Membership: John Megarry, 705-445-1261
Email: collingwoodprobus@gmail.com