Our Strength is Fellowship; Our Success is Participation.

*Membership Dues are coming due. Annual $60, due by June 30.*

May 2, Meeting

Speaker, Mike Hiltz,

The Canadarm and Space Exploration…A Canadian Success Story!

Michael Hiltz

“ Mike Hiltz has over 35 years of systems engineering experience on complex, mission critical projects – working on the Space Shuttle, International Space Station and Canadarm3 Lunar Gateway robotics programs. He was both the Technical program manager and Systems & Controls manager for the original Canadarm and also served as the Systems Engineering Manager for the Space Station Robotics program. He led the Canadarm Mission Control engineering flight support team over 50 Space Shuttle missions at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, overseeing the use of the arm in such vital missions as the repair and upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope and assembly of the International Space Station. Michael currently manages the Mission Systems and Operations Engineering department at MDA Space and oversees MDA’s DREAMR Lab – a zero-g robotics lab that uses innovative Mixed Reality technology to simulate the behaviour of complex robotics systems in space for training, pre-mission planning and operational prototyping.”

A Members Story: Jim Bertram
Jim grew up on an Ontario farm. When the time came for him to strike out into the world of employment, an offer to join the Toronto Township Police( Mississauga Police) appeared to be a good way to start, free car and clothes!
After a two year break from policing to attend university, to be completed later, Jim rejoined the police force.
Quite a law enforcement career indeed! Working undercover in Rochedale College, led to him being part of the formation of the Drug Squad.
Undercover work continued in the world of outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Jim also responded to the first aircraft hijacking in Canada with his supervisors authorization to inflict bodily harm on the hijacker if the opportunity presented itself, it did not.
Jim also frequented the world of famous Canadian entertainers. From breaking down Ronnie Hawkins finest oak front door and confronting Ronnie, stark naked with a handgun, to pulling over Gordon Lightfoot for questionable driving, and ending up chasing Gordon’s song sheets in the wind for a couple of hours. Quite a career!
Jim is an avid sailor and motorcycle enthusiast.
He enjoys skiing, woodworking, carving and as a fly fisherman tying flies.
Not quite enough time to hear it all, but a great story nonetheless! Thanks Jim.
We are looking for ‘A few good men”.
September is the time for nominations or volunteers for our Executive.
This year’s openings are for Vice-President and Secretary.
If you are interested please advise Jim Gosnell or Dave Stamper.
Our good friend George Christie is 90 years young!!

The well deserved accolades keep on piling up. A Collingwood Legend.

Happy Birthday George.

Membership Directory:
If you would like to get a Membership Directory, please contact Mike Martynuik.


When paying for Events, please try to use eTransfer, Debit, or lastly Credit Card.

Breakfast Club:
Georgian Family Restaurant, Thursday May 9, 9:00 am. All are welcome.Please RSVP.
Contact: Roger Dunning.

Lunch Club: For information, please contact Pierre Tousignant.

Summer is coming and so are the warm weather events! Organizers are, Cycling, we are looking for a replacement for Steve Hawker, Kayaking, Stephen Brown and Golf, Pierre Tousignant.

Georgian Probus Travel Group:

1. CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF NEWFOUNDLAND     June 16-27th, 2024. For those who love learning experiences, small ship travel, and unique  experiences. We still have space with no single supplement and a group discount.

2. NORWEGIAN COASTAL VOYAGE , from Bergen to Trondheim. 17-27  Sept 2024. We also still have group pricing and space. 
Most of the members booked on this trip are going early  to experience the fabulous train program from Oslo to Bergen. Then train Trondheim to Oslo.
Roger Dunning.<

Probus Ski Legends 24/25.
Trips are being booked starting May 22.
See website https://probusskilegends.ca/membership.
Contact: John Housser

Darts: 1-3 pm Thursdays @ Collingwood Legion. Contact Owen McBride

Billiards: 2-4 Wednesdays, @ Moguls. Contact Jim Theobold

Bowling Activity: Terry Gates

Kitchen Bridge: @ the Legion. Contact: George Powell

Probus Ski Legends: https://probusskilegends.ca .Contact John Housser

Georgian Probus Travel Group

The Georgian Probus Travel Group is an initiative created by Probus members to promote group travel among the Probus clubs of the Georgian Bay Region.
Our Club contact: Roger Dunning
*Volunteers, volunteers. We can always use volunteers. The Speakers Committee Chair, John Housser, is retiring and needs a replacement. The Social Events Committee could use some help. If you are interested, contact Jim Gosnell, Dave Stamper, John Housser or Bob MacNair*.
Book Exchange:
Our book exchange ably curated by Al Wallace, is back in business. So bring along a few of the books you’ve enjoyed, and exchange them for fresh reading material.

Remember: Be a friend, bring a friend. And let us know if there’s a member who’s not doing well.

Prez Jim Gosnell and Membership Chair, Mike Martynuik, welcome John Grinton and Earle Nestmann to our Club at our April Meeting.
Congratulations, you’re in the money!!

Roger Dunning

Grant Parsons

Upcoming Events

Probus Golf
May 1 @ 9:00 am – Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm
Join your Probus friends in a Summer of golf.
Events run from May into the Fall.
Contact: Pierre Tousignant
Probus Biking 2024
May 1 @ 10:00 am – Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm
Biking Season begins in May and continues throughout the Summer.

Plans are for weekly/biweekly events.

Steve Hawker is retiring after yeoman service and we now need a new team leader to carry on in his place.If you are interested in helping out, please contact Bob MacNair or Steve.

May 1 @ 9:00 pm – Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm
Fun ‘n Sun on the Water
Kayaking begins again in May and runs throughout the Summer with your guide Stephen Brown.
Please contact Steve for more information.


Meetings are the first Thursday of every month, starting at 10:00 am. They are held at The Royal Canadian Legion, 490 Ontario Street, Collingwood.

Contact Us

Probus Club of Collingwood
Membership: Mike Martynuik,
Email: collingwoodprobus@gmail.com