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Next Meeting: April 20th

  • Collingwood Legion
  • Coffee: 9:30
  • Meeting: 10:00
  • Lunch: 12:00

Speaker: Ashley Morrison - Discussing water quality issues i.e. Micro Plastics.

Profiler: Ed Long

April 2023 Newsletter

President's Message

WELCOME TO SPRING 2023 ( well almost and finally ).

Your Club is experiencing a whole host of exciting new developments. Please allow me to bring you up to date on what's happening.

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE We're pleased to welcome two new team members. First STEPHAN HYNDMAN as Vice President. In addition to his VP role Stephan will also be responsible for recruiting monthly Profilers. And DAVID THOMSON as Marketing/Comunications Lead providing input and programs for both internal Club and external outreach. These gentlemen will add to the strength of our team as we continue to ensure our Club's ongoing vitality and growth. In simple terms our Committee is focused on good Governance and Social Engagement or the Probus mantra of FELLOWSHIP, FRIENDSHIP and FUN.

SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT Under the leadership of Bruce West we have launched a series of new Activities and Outings. Go to the Club website, hit the large blue Activities button to see what might interest you in participating and join up if you wish. For the most part Activity leaders are identified. We are still looking for a few more leaders so volunteer if you can help. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Club.

GUEST SPEAKERS Our Speakers Committee has an exciting and informative lineup for 2023. Again, the website has a listing of upcoming speakers . Please plan on attending to hear our guest presenters.

WEBSITE Our Webmaster, Bill Booth with input from a number of members, has been working feverishly to make the website more impacful and very easy to navigate. The Activities button mentioned above is an example of this work. A straw poll at our March General Meeting indicated that only about one third of the members present used the website to glean Club information. I know a number of us are technologically challenged but with ease of navigation I encourage you to use the site.

COMUNICATIONS A sub Committee of the Management team has been meeting and will undertake several new or revised initiatives to enhance communication with ALL members. Our objective is to encourage increased attendance at General meetings and participation in Club Activities and Outings. The initiatives will roll out in April with a review in six months to assess their effectiveness.

MEMBERSHIP Our Club roster stands at 219 members. Remember, we are one of the largest men's Club in Canada. But we are always looking to grow. To that end I strongly encourage you to invite guests to our General meetings - friends, neighbour's etc. Guests are our best source of recruitment for new members.

WEBSITE PHOTOS Our PPM ( Past Pandemic President ) Eddie Sokoloff is NOT available this month, but your smart phone can do a great job. Please have your photo taken if you have not already done so. It's always nice to relate a member name to a face.

Looking forward to our April 20th General meeting. I hope you can join in.

Ron Mitchell.

Weekly Golf

Pierre Tousignant, fellow PROBUS member, has organized a weekly Golf outing. First game is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd at Bear Creek. Check for the full schedule under the Activities Tab.

Annual Golf Tournament - June 27th

Our annual golf tournament is back. Last year we had great weather and a wonderful outing for all. The purpose of this event is to promote club interaction and have fun. It is open to anyone regardless of golf caliber. The format is a four man team, nine hole best ball tournament. You can request a foursome or we’ll set one up for you. The organizer reserves the right to adjust submitted teams to ensure skill levels are balanced. Prizes will be awarded for the winners. Following the golf we’ll meet on the Duntroon deck, overlooking the course, for drinks, a great meal, and a chance to regale our feats on the course. To register please pay via e-transfer at our next Probus meeting (details below).

Location: Duntroon Highlands 226 Concession 10 South, Duntroon

Time: 3pm (1st tee time) 6pm (dinner and drinks)

Price: $96 (Duntroon members pay $45)

Payment via e-transfer to (please include Golf Tournament and your name in the comment field) or at the April/May/June Probus me

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Cycling and Paddling

These popular groups will be starting their busy schedules in May. We will have links to their activities on the web site.

Opening Cycle: May 9

Opening Paddle: May 11

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Avro Arrow Tour

The details are coming together!

We need a minimum of 30 for a private tour, and the date we have chosen is May 18 in the afternoon. We have specifically chosen the afternoon of our Monthly meeting as a good day so people have time for lunch, hopefully at the Legion, plus time to drive the approximately half hour to Edenvale Airport which is due east on Highway 26.

See the Activities Page for all the details.

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Lunch Group

The guys got together at the Dornoch Restaurant in Nottawa; first gathering of the Second Wednesday of the month.

NEW!! Lunch group will happen Monthly - second Wednesday.
Next gathering: Wed May 10th at noon.
Black Bellows Brewing Co.
40 Simcoe St., Collingwood

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Collingwood Blues Hockey

PROBUS Blue was well represented at the game.

50/50 Winners

Left to right in the picture above. Mike Robbins, Eddie Sokoloff, Jake Johnston

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The PROBUS Club of Blue Mountain News Letter is published several days before the regular meeting of the month, informing members of upcoming events and activities, and other newsy stuff! We encourage Group organizers to write up events, including photos, and submit them to Jake Johnston and/or the Webmaster.