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Next Meeting: February 15th

  • Collingwood Legion
  • Guests of Members are Welcome

February Speaker: David Steele - Collingwood Blues Hockey Club

Profiler: Nick Best

  • Membership 207

February 2024 Newsletter

President’s Message

It’s the middle of February, and you can argue we have broken the back of winter. Our winter this year has gotten off to a very slow start insofar as snow fall and temperatures were concerned, but that was brought to an abrupt end by the time January got rolling. Skiing conditions have been excellent, and thanks to snow making and natural snow fall, skiers have been rewarded for their patience. But it was cold, and those who have taken a vacation to warmer lands in January are no doubt thankful for their timing.

Some may suggest that the oddity of this winter is a sign of things to come. Its difficult to predict with any certainty, but one thing does seem certain – it’s the uncertainty of what we will experience from year to year.

Blue Mountain PROBUS has gotten off to a strong start to begin 2024. The January meeting afforded those attending with an enlightening case for the importance of strength training for seniors to stave off the effects of advancing years. Bonnie Campbell had everyone’s full attention throughout her presentation, identifying those things we need to do in order to maintain a high quality of life for as long as we can. She called it “squaring the curve” – those attending would know what that means.

Looking ahead, we have an exciting array of speakers lined up for the remainder of the year. Presentations will cover a wide spectrum of subjects and interests. The speaker’s committee is looking for ideas on individuals or topics for 2025, so if you have any suggestions or ideas on what you would like to hear about, feel free to contact Don Stockman.

As is typical for the beginning of every new year, we do experience a slight decline in membership for a variety of reasons. However, through the year, our membership base does recover. As you are aware, we do have a program to reward members who bring guests to our monthly meetings, and you are strongly encouraged to invite new people – we would love to have them. Guests are a major source of new membership for the club.

And don’t forget, new members are identified by the red dot on their name badges, so at our meetings be certain to introduce yourself. New membership is critical to the future success of the club.

Stephen Hyndman

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Bring a Friend to PROBUS

This contest is in full swing!

Probus is great fun! Why not share it with your friends? At every meeting we are running a draw. The winner gets a $50 gift card. To get a ballot, just bring a friend. Every friend you bring gets you a ballot. Bring two friends and get two ballots. Draws at the end of every meeting. Good luck.

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Cell Phone Use

Out of respect for our members and our speaker, please ensure that your cell phone is silent during the meeting.


Nick Best


Our February 15th speaker will be Dave Steele - Owner/President of the Collingwood Blues. In less than two years, Dave has developed a hockey team that ranks near the top of its division nationwide. He is currently in negotiations with the town for a lease extension on the Eddie Bush arena.

Personal Background: Husband to Christina, Father to Carter and Mack, Volunteer, Son of two Ontario Provincial Police officers, Hockey Enthusiast, Sponsored Race Driver.

Professional Background: Ex junior hockey player, York University alumni, President of Nutrafarms, Owner of Georgian Bay Meat Packers, Owner of Stayner Meat Packers, Owner of 400 Indoor RC Speedway, President of Optimist Club, Corporate partner to communities in Simcoe County.

Don Stockman

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Upcoming Activities/Outings

Breakfast Club

We will meet Thursday, February 22nd at 9:00 am. Location Georgian Bay Family Restaurant

Marv Cohen

Investment Group

The next meeting will be at 9:30 at the Collingwood Public Library on Tuesday, February 13th.

The speaker, highly recommended by one of our members, will be Rob McClelland who runs his own Advisory Practice under Assante Capital Management. His website Link

Rob will present a different approach to stock picking and portfolio management.

Contact Rod Inness to join the PB IG. Your mind will thank you.

Rod Inness

King's Wharf Theater Outing

Embark on an exhilarating journey through time with ‘Rock of Ages', a play that seamlessly blends history, humor, and rock 'n' roll into a one-of-a-kind experience. Don't miss out on the chance to experience the energy and excitement of this theatrical phenomenon.

When: Thursday June 27that 2pm.

Location: King's Wharf Theatre, 97 Jury Dr., Penetanguishene

Price: $52 / person

To Pay: E-transfer to anytime. Please add your name and “Kings Wharf” in the comment section of the e-transfer.

Credit or Bank card can be used, at the monthly meetings in February and March only. A transaction fee will be applied. Regrettably we cannot accept cash or cheques.

We have a limited number of tickets so please purchase as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss out.

If you require wheel chair access, please let us know when you are purchasing your tickets.

David Thomson

Kitchen Bridge Group

The Kitchen Bridge group continues to meet the first and third Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the legion. Great relaxed camaraderie.

We welcome all who have an interest in the game of bridge -- whether a beginner or expert.

Play commences at 1:00 pm but, if you cannot come until later, come anyway. We will fit you into a game throughout the afternoon.

George Powell

Lunch Club - February

Please join us for lunch on Wednesday, February 14th at noon. Our February location will be at The Smoke (496 First Street, Collingwood). Note: The Smoke opens it’s door at 11:45.

Chris Meleskie

Lunch Club - March

Please join us for lunch on Wednesday, March 13th at noon. Our March location will be at Wasaga Beach Casino, Match Eatery & Public House.

88 Lyons Court, Wasaga Beach

Chris Meleskie


Collingwood Blues Vs Coburg Cougars on Friday, February 23rd, at 7:00 pm in the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena.

Dinner and drinks – 5:00 pm at Montana's

Cost: $15 per ticket (includes access to Founders Club)

Jake Johnston


The annual PROBUS Golf Tournament will be held at Duntroon Highlands Golf Club on Thursday, June 6th with a 9 hole shotgun start a 3:00 pm.

$110.00 PER PERSON ($53 for Duntroon Members)

Includes Green fees, Power cart, Dinner, Gratuities, and Prizes.

Payment via etransfer to anytime. Please add your name and “Golf” in the comment section of the e-transfer. or at a Monthly meeting with credit or bank card.

David Thomson

Activity/Outings Leader news

Breakfast Club

The Club met at Eggsmart on Thursday, January 25th.

We had a good group out and breakfast was great as usual.

Marv Cohen


On Saturday, January 13th, ten Probus Club members attended the OJHL All Star Game hosted by our own Collingwood Blues.

We were treated to a display of amazing talent and fast paced hockey.

Prior to the game everyone enjoyed fellowship and engaging conversation at Boston pizza during out "pre game" meal!

On Friday, February 2nd twenty Probus members enjoyed an exciting hockey game watching our local Collingwood Blues defeat the Oakville blades 2-1!

The game was preceded by a dinner filled with conversation and camaraderie at Boston Pizza.

Our next outing to a Blues game will be on Friday, February 23rd with Coburg as the opponent.

Sign up will be available at the February 15th Meeting or by contacting Jake Johnston at the contact information below.

Jake Johnson    416-571-8322

Ski Legends

Ski Legends is having an excellent year.

Even though, so far, it's been a poor snow season, Ski Legends is having record turnouts, for its 'don't Ski alone' Tuesdays and Wednesdays and its private club Ski days.

Lunch get togethers on Tuesdays are proving very popular.

Monty Ski Legends Committee

Monty Richardson

Travel Group

For PROBUS members/friends who would like to travel with local people and create new friendships, Georgian PROBUS Travel Group is proceeding with the following two trips.

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.

For further info please call Brenda Chapman at 705-444-1161

2-NORWEGIAN COASTAL VOYAGE from Bergen to Trondheim: September 17-27th, 2024. We still have group pricing and space.

For further information please call Gloria at 705 429 9455.

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.

Check out the new website

Dan Edwards

In Memoriam

Andy Reid – January 24, 2024. Andy joined our Club in February 2011. Obituary

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Support and Compassionate Care

Our long search for a volunteer to fill the important Support and Compassionate Care role on the Management Committee has finally proved successful.

Ron Mitchell (despite having served the Club for three years as Vice President, President, and Past President) has agreed to take over this responsibility from retiring Larry Gee.

Thanks Ron!

Now that you're here ...

Take a look at the rest of the website. We have info on activities, calendar, speakers list and so on.

If you need to look up fellow PROBUS MEMBERS, you can login the to the Memebr's area. A number of members contribute to this content, so please check it out.

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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 Dave Eaman.

The Webmaster, Bill Booth, will make it all look presentable.