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News Letter May 2021

Management Committee

  • President: Eddie Sokoloff
  • Vice Pres: Doug Ellsworth
  • Past Pres: Monty Richardson
  • Vice Pres Elect: Ron Mitchell
  • Treasurer: Douglas Smith
  • Secretary: George Powell
  • Membership: David Eaman
  • Events Co-ordinator: Dave Dicks
  • Support: Larry Gee
  • Newsletter: Jake Johnston
  • Webmaster: Bill Booth

Club Leaders

Cycling: Carl Wintermeyer
Computer: Bill Booth
Investment: Bob Sanelli
Legends: Monty Richardson

Meeting Agenda

10:00 – Sign in

10:30 – Business meeting

Membership – Dave Eaman

Budget – Doug Smith

11:00 – Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker -- Ivan Gerginov Topic -- Solar Energy

Message from the President

Hello Fellow Probus Members!!!! Hopefully, this finds you safe, healthy and vaccinated. Your Management Team has been working away in the background trying to keep ahead of the Virus and looking forward to when we can meet again in person. Personally, I miss the sandwich and beer at the Legion, so, the sooner the better that we get back to normal. I am looking forward to seeing lots of you at our ZOOM meeting, Thursday, May 20th at 10:00 am. Please make the time to join us. Stay well, stay safe and see you soon.

Eddie Sokoloff, President PROBUS Blue Mountain

In Memoriam

Charles Wells

It is with regret that I am sharing the news of the recent loss of yet another of our members. Charles Wells passed on April 29, 2021. The Club will be making a memorial donation to Hospice Georgian Triangle - Campbell House on behalf of our membership. A link to Charles' obituary can be found below.


COVID-19 Information

Here are links to Simcoe and Grey Bruce Health Unit Sites for Vaccination Information

Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit

Grey Bruce Health Unit

Christmas Luncheon Update

Date in December TBA.

David Hore and Jim Higgins are Chairpersons

They call him Mr. Trails: Collingwood man's vision (and handsaw) carved path for trail network. George Christie

George Christie

Collingwood Today - Article

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

With the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh very good memories come to mind of meeting him twice about 60 years ago when I was at school in Edinburgh. I participated in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award soon after it was founded back in 1956.

I attained all three awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

I met Prince Philip while I was doing the Silver Award in 1960 when he toured Award participants during one of his visits to Edinburgh. During the day, he stopped and asked me what I was doing and I told him that I was making a bowline knot. He said he knew that knot, as he had served in the Navy.

The main activities of the Gold Award consisted of four sections; Rescue and Public Service Training, an Expedition, Pursuits, and Fitness.

I passed a comprehensive examination for the Edinburgh Ambulance First Aid course and for the Expedition, I completed a 51-mile backpacking hike and camping over 3 nights and 4 days in the Highlands of Scotland near Glencoe in April 1961.

For the Pursuits, I made many aircraft models as well as several buildings for my model railway set and I achieved many running, jumping, and throwing events for Physical Efficiency.

I was very honoured that the Gold award was presented to me by Prince Philip himself in June 1961 at the Palace of Holyrood in Edinburgh. He certainly was a real gentleman and he took the time to say something to every Award participant. He will be greatly missed.

When Prince Philip stood down from leading the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, I met HRH Prince Edward, back in September 2012 when he visited Toronto, after he took over the Award program.

Very good memories.

Graeme Wallace

Project Selfie

We are making progress, but very slowly. Please get your selfies into:

PROBUS Club of Blue Mountain
P.O. Box 568
Collingwood, ON L9Y 4B2

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