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Next Meeting: February 16th

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

Speaker: Annette Sandberg - Local Indiginous History

Profiler: Don Stockman

February 2023 Newsletter

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President's Message

Fellow Members, Welcome to our upcoming February Meeting. Lot’s to reflect on and much more to look forward to:

Many thanks to the Little family and son Ryan for his compelling presentation on his Ukranian relief efforts. What an accomplished young man!

Bruce West presented our new initiative to reactivate social interaction initiatives post pandemic. I’m pleased to say that several members have come forward to lead new activity groups. More details at our February meeting.

The Guest Speaker’s committee has been very engaged and has a lineup of interesting and compelling speakers for the balance of 2023. Special thanks to Committee members Doug Ellsworth, Bruce West and Bill Patrick. If you have any guest speaker suggestions, please let these gentlemen know.

Our new “Round Table” seating was universally accepted.

We introduced 3 guests at the meeting and they have since joined the Club. Please continue to bring and introduce guests as this is our best source of new members.

As we go forward, we have a number of priorities we must address:

We must nominate a Vice President as our current incumbent is moving to Calgary.

We must recruit a Social Convenor to coordinate our expanding social activity program. If you have a marketing/ sales background we need someone to promote our product. Our Probus Club is a great product but we need to move it forward!

Most importantly, we are constantly searching for members to step up and join our Management Committee to ensure the future of our Club. If you are interested in fulfilling any of these important needs, please let anyone on the Management Committee know.

I am confident and excited about our future prospects but it will take all of us to realize our opportunities.

Ron Mitchell

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Kitchen Bridge

Great fun and a lot of laughs . We have lots of room and would welcome members and their guests to play. First and third Thursday in the month. 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in The Legion’s North Atlantic Room.

George Powell

Great turnout on Thursday March 2 for Kitchen Bridge 3 tables,played from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and had a lot of laughs and interesting conversation GEO

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Investment Group

The Investment Group is on hold until further notice.

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The Georgian Probus Travel Group is an amalgam of Probus Clubs in the Georgian Bay Region. They organize trips for members to places of interest abroad. The group has created a questionnaire to garner future interest. This questionnaire can be found on our probus club website to submit. Below is an advertisement of the scheduled Scotland Trip that may still have a few openings. Carl Wintermeyer

Ski Legends

please go to the article under Activities for updates.

King’s Wharf Production: The Buddy Holly Story

The life and career of this artistic pioneer are celebrated in this spirited musical. Below is the information for the performance.

King’s Wharf Theatre: Penetanguishine
Wednesday, June 28 @ 2:00 p.m.
Group Ticket cost: $49.00 each, tax included
Contact Bob Halpenny. Email:

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Hospice Georgian Triangle is seeking a community minded individual to join our Board of Directors

Hospice Georgian Triangle is seeking a Board member with Contract Law Experience that will contribute to the success of the organization in achieving our strategic priorities. The Board supports staff and trained volunteers in providing exceptional supportive care in the home, community, and professional end-of-life care offered at Campbell House and through community support programs offered at 186 Hurontario Street in Collingwood.

This wonderful opportunity is available for interested individuals who reside in the communities of Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township or The Town of Blue Mountains.

Preferred background

The Hospice board continually strives to have a compliment of board members with a variety of skill sets, education, and experience. We currently are seeking: individual with a legal background and an awareness specifically in contract law would be an asset

Hospice Georgian Triangle Board strives to recruit staff, volunteers and board members that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.


Board members must be able to attend monthly Board meetings as well as participate on two Board committees – approximately 8 hours per month.

Interested in joining the Board?

Please submit your letter of interest to:  Email    Or call 705-444-2555 ext. 7522 to speak with Stacey Lindsay, program coordinator, with your questions.

The deadline for volunteer applications is Mar 15, 2023.


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Ryan Little and Pres. Ron

Highlights of the January Meeting

As President Ron said in his remarks there were extraordinary things happening at our January Meeting.

This was best exemplified by an attendance exceeding 100+!

Bruce West’s outline of a strategy to increase participation in increased activity groups was very well received! All are anxiously awaiting the February meeting where we will get more involved in realizing the increased participation.

The Guest Speaker as Ron said was most engaging. We look forward to more stellar speakers from the hard work of our Speaker’s Committee (Doug Ellsworth, Bruce West and Bill Patrick).

The Kultural Attache remarks delivered by Doug Ellsworth (thanks Walter Barclay for writing them) were hilariously received.

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L-R Bob Booth, Bill Patrick and Ryan Little

50/50 Winners

The 50/50 winners were Bill Patrick and Bob Booth. Both winners donated their winnings to Ryan Little for his Ukrainian project. The club portion was also donated.

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The PROBUS Club of Blue Mountain News Letter is published one week 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.