Our Strength is Fellowship; Our Success is Participation.

August 4, Meeting

Professor(Retired)Tony Dittenhoffer

In terms of formal education, Tony has a Master’s Degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto, and a Diploma in Public Administration from Carleton University.

He worked for 31 years for the federal government in Ottawa, first as a Researcher and Policy Analyst in the field of justice, then as a more general manager. Eleven years ago, he retired from the position of Assistant Commissioner, Communications, in the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.

Since retirement, Tony and his family are delighted to live on the shores of Georgian Bay. He has found different ways to “keep himself off the streets”, an important concept in crime prevention. For 6 years, he taught a 4th year seminar course at York University, on criminal justice policy-making. He provided a six-week course on the criminal justice system to a large group of seniors in Etobicoke, “Learning Unlimited”. During the pandemic, he finished his basement, to which I myself can attest. Clearly, Tony is also the perpetual optimist, given that he is President of the Provincial Liberal Association for the Riding of Simcoe-Grey, which has been blue for nearly a century.

Tony recently spent a month in Poland, wanting to help the crisis in Ukraine.

‘You have to take a little bit of a bolder step’: Collingwood man in Poland to aid Ukrainian refugees
Tony Dittenhoffer joined Caritas Internationalis and helps load trucks with supplies bound for war zone
Jim Gosnell shared tales of his life’s journey, much to the interest of the members! Great stuff!

We are looking for members to share their backgrounds,life’sjourneys,adventures,misadventures, interests, whatever, with your pals at a Club meeting! Doesn’t have to be long and detailed, 10 minutes or less is great.
Fantasy, baloney, plagiarism or perhaps even a bit the truth are all perfectly acceptable!
So, if you are game to give it a go, let Doug Brown know, he will be glad to hear from you!

Notice of Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers

Notice is hereby given…….

That the Annual General Meeting of members of the Probus Club of Collingwood will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Collingwood Branch, at the hour of 10.00am on Thursday, the 1st day of September 2022, for the following purposes:

1. To receive the report of the Management Committee
2. To receive the financial statements of the Club for the financial year that ended 30th June 2022, together with the report of the auditor.
3. To elect a management committee
4. To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.

DATED AT COLLINGWOOD, ONTARIO, this 31st day of July, 2022

By order of the board,
Greg Geen, Secretary.

The slate of officers for the year September 1st, 2022 to September 7th, 2023 is as follows.

(Additions to those nominated may be forwarded to President Terry Billo on or before 1st September 2022, or from the floor on September 1st, 2022.

President Doug Brown Vice President TBA
Past President Terry Billo Treasurer Gerry McGhee
Secretary Greg Geen

Note: the meeting will be followed by a complementary Legion lunch and beverage of choice!

Member Communications:
Throughout the pandemic period we have carried on with regular email blasts to members, updating you on forthcoming meetings and speakers — over Zoom for 2 years — but now in person. We’ve carried about 150 members on the books, but haven’t asked for dues payments until now as we had very low expenses. We’ve had some contact with about half of you, but little or no knowledge of the other half. We’re trying to correct that, by making personal phone calls from your executive, basically as “wellness checks” and to inform you that we are, once again, meeting in person. Some members are not completely comfortable with in-person gatherings, but wish to remain “members on hold”, and that’s fine. You will continue to receive our monthly emails, and will be welcomed back with open arms whenever you feel comfortable doing so. A few members have resigned for one reason or another, and a very small number have gone completely incommunicado. Around 75 members to date have paid annual dues, either in person at the door, or via etransfer, and several more have indicated they will return and pay soon. However, inevitably we will see some shrinkage from our pre-pandemic 150 number. 150 or so is a good size of membership that allows us plenty of space to move around in the meeting breaks, and to allow for good conversations and also to cover expenses without unduly raising dues! The best way to replenish our member ranks is by word of mouth from you existing members. Why don’t you reach out to your eligible friends and neighbours, and bring them along as guests to a meeting. If they like what they see (and who wouldn’t?) They can get a membership application, and join up. No pressure!
* The Executive is now looking for candidates for the position of Vice-President.
If you are interested or know of someone you would like to suggest for the position, please advise Terry Billo, or Doug Brown.
* After years of service and wearing nearly every hat that our Club has to offer, John Megarry is is relinquishing the reins of Membership Chair.
Many thanks to you John for all you have done!
Now, we need a replacement for John, difficult as that may seem.
So, if you have a burning desire for the big bucks and admiration of your peers, and would like to offer you services for this position, please let John or the Executive know!
*Terry Fitzgerald, who has has done yeoman service in looking after the audio/visual part of our meetings, without which things would be much less entertaining, is leaving.
Terry is abandoning the ‘Land of the Lotus Eaters'(Collingwood), for the bright lights of Southampton! He will be missed! Thanks for all your work through years Terry!
So, if you would like to take over from Terry or know of someone who would fit the bill, please contact Terry or the Executive!
* A reminder, Ruben Rosen of the Speakers Committee is looking for volunteers, along with Pierre Tousignant and Gord McKay of the Events Committee.
So step up gentleman. Fresh faces and ideas or very welcome>

Membership Directory:
We are planning to publish a directory of our best guess of current members, showing name, email address, street address and phone number. If for any reason you prefer to redact any or all of your information from the directory please let me know by return email. No reply will be deemed as your permission to proceed. The list, when published digitally, will carry a dire warning against improper uses. The intention is to foster social interaction amongst our members.

Membership Dues:
We have not charged membership dues since March 2020. We have had minimal expenses, as there has been no rental fees at the Legion, etc. However the intent is to start charging $60.00 effective upon our return to in-person meetings. That will cover the period July 1, 2022 to June 30 2023.

Cycling: the bike group meets every Monday morning, weather permitting, with a different (not overly strenuous) trip each time. Contact Steve Hawker to get on the email list. Then you’ll know the time & place to meet, and just show up.

Golf: Pierre Tousignant runs a twice monthly golf outing at a different fairly local golf course each time. Again, to get the news, email or call Pierre. .

Kayaking: Contact Steve Brown

General inquiries: Contact Pierre Tousignant.

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.

John Megarry
Probus Club of Collingwood.

A warm Probus welcome to our newest members, Andy Reid, Wally Buchner and William Waite, by John Megarry , Membership Chair.
Congratulations, you’re in the money!!

Wally Buchner

Tony Dittenhoffer

Call for Expressions of Interest, PROBUS CANADA Managing Director Position

General Position Description
The Managing Director is an independent contractor responsible for overseeing the administration of
PROBUS CANADA’s Constitution, Bylaws, Directors’ Manual 2020, Strategic Plan initiatives and the dayto-
day administration of Board and Club-related business. Other essential duties include marketing and
Club assistance. The part-time position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Position Qualifications
The successful applicant will demonstrate all or most of the following:
1. Demonstrated transparency, leadership, initiative, and strong work ethic.
2. Ability to think and plan strategically to effectively communicate the PROBUS CANADA Mission to
clubs and the overall community.
3. Senior non- or not-for-profit management experience.
4. Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.
5. Ability to plan and organize regular activities such as may be required by statute, constitution, and
6. Proficient written and oral communication skills.
7. Technological skill using software such as Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, Quicken and ZOOM.
8. An ongoing membership in a PROBUS CANADA Club. (This is a must.)

Contract Arrangements and Compensation
1. The Managing Director will provide independent contract services to the PROBUS CANADA Board of
Directors for one year with the option for renewal, as determined by the Board.
2. The Contractor is paid monthly according to the monthly payment schedule.
3. The Contractor will provide all facilities and supplies to perform the required services such as office
and supplies/printing, telecommunications, internet connections, transportation, and support
4. Necessary travel and Board-related meeting expenses will be reimbursed.

Next Steps
If you are interested in the Managing Director position, please contact PROBUS CANADA Board Secretary
Inga Thomson Hilton at ingathomsonhilton@gmail.com for more information

Sincerely, Bob MacNair, Director-Ontario District 7 (Immediate Past President of PROBUS CANADA)

Upcoming Events

Kolopore Springs Fishery
Aug 18 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Kolopore Springs Fishery

August 18, 2022.

Enjoy a tour of the fishery starting at 10:30. Carpooling will be in effect.

Fresh fish will be available at $10.00
and smoked at $15.00.

If you wish to purchase fish, please go to their website and place you order there.They will have it available for you at the end of the Tour.

Lunch at Georgian Winery.

Ladies are warmly welcome to attend.

Contact: Pierre Tousignant

Highland Glen Golf
Aug 25 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Highland Glen Golf
Thursday, August 25, 0830
Contact: Pierre Tousignant
Fall Colours Cruise
Oct 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fall Colours cruise 2022, Gravenhurst, ON

Wednesday, October 5, 2-4 pm

Enjoy the 2 hr Cruise and visit the Muskoka Steamships Discovery Centre.

Couples are welcome.

$55 pp

A bag lunch can be preordered for $17.

Contact: Doug Brown


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: John Megarry, 705-445-1261
Email: collingwoodprobus@gmail.com