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Next Meeting: January 18th

  • Collingwood Legion

January Speaker: Bonnie Campbell - Stronger Solutions for Aging Well

Profiler: Richard Toy will be speaking to us on his brewing background and life events of interest.

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January 2024 Newsletter

President’s Message

“HAPPY NEW YEAR!” – perhaps this will be the last you hear those words for some time!

The new year 2024 has begun, and while none of us want to wish our time away (time is all too short in any event), some would argue that 2023 was a year to forget. In Canada, with wildfires and floods, the global effects of climate change, and with serious tensions in many quarters around the world, this past year has left us with many concerns and worries for all that we treasure and hold dear.

We are most fortunate to live in Canada, and there are few places in this world where we could feel as safe and secure. As for Collingwood, while it struggles with the challenges of growth and the problems of any small urban community, the quality of life we enjoy on the southern shores of Georgian Bay is second to none. In Canada, there are many reasons to be optimistic about our future, and about the year that lies ahead – that certainly applies to us here in Collingwood.

The PROBUS Club of Blue Mountain plays, perhaps, a small but nevertheless important role in that quality of life. It is my understanding that we are the second largest men’s PROBUS club in Canada, continually adding members who bring new excitement and promise for the future. It will be an exciting year ahead for our Club and, like you, I am anticipating the many outings and activities that are offered.

Our Club runs totally on the efforts of the many volunteers who step forward to offer their services for the benefit of us all. Volunteering brings many benefits, least of which is the satisfaction from a job well done. None of the tasks that must be performed require excessive effort, but each is necessary to ensure the club remains successful and vibrant. If you have not yet decided to volunteer, I hope you do give consideration to stepping forward. I think somewhere I the past, somebody once said “We need YOU”.

Looking forward to seeing you at our January meeting and throughout 2024!

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.

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Richard Toy will be speaking to us on his brewing background and life events of interest.


The Speaker for our January 18, 2024 meeting will be Bonnie Campbell.

TopicStronger Solutions for Aging Well

How much effort does it take to get out of your favourite armchair, climb a flight of stairs, or bend over to pick something up off the floor? You may have noticed that your balance is declining, and you used to be more steady on your feet. You find that you are more cautious in your daily routines.  Instead of accepting steadily declining health and that things are more challenging to do as we age, learn the most potent tool we have that can change the trajectory of our health and life span and improve all aspects of our daily life, allowing us to age well.  

Bonnie has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and is a certified Personal Trainer, Exercise Therapist, Nutrition Coach, and Functional Aging Specialist and holds many Crossfit certifications.  She has been a lead coach for a McMaster University and Canadian Frailty Network research project on strength training in older adults.  Bonnie is also a BoneFit Trainer with Osteoporosis Canada and has worked as a Physiotherapy Assistant at the Orthopaedic Sports Institute.

Don Stockman

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Upcoming Activities/Outings

Breakfast Club:

Our next gathering will be at Eggsmart (115 First Street, Unit 1B, Collingwood (Beside Rogers)).

We will meet Thursday, January 25th at 9:00 am.

Marv Cohen

PROBUS Hockey:

Collingwood Blues Vs Oakville Blades on Friday, February 2, at 7:00 pm in the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena.

Dinner and drinks – 5:30 pm at Boston Pizza

Cost: $20 per ticket (includes access to Founders Club)

Jake Johnston

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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 is:

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

Kings 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 27th at 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 January, February, and March only. A transaction fee will be applied. Regrettably we cannot accept cash or cheque.

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

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

Activity/Outings Leader news

Investment Club:

NOTES FROM INVESTMENT GROUP MEETING, Jan 09, 2024 This meeting was another resounding success with twelve active participants. A comment overheard afterwards; “It was certainly enlightening to be among these well informed and experienced investors and thinkers. I’m looking forward to the next one!”

We discussed the usual wide range of topics: New tax legislation effective January 1st ; a list of excellent investment guides written by legendary stock pickers and managers, (including one suitable for our children and grandchildren); some of our investment returns over 2023 and the reasons for the success many had; Tax, political and social issues that could effect investment markets; The stock picking “game” and a resolution to update the prices monthly so we can watch the “horse race”; the Group also considered alternative meeting venues and topics for future meetings.

Rod Inness

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Lunch Club:

No reservation, no problem!!!  Actually, we didn't originally have a reservation, but the good people at Northwinds were able to accommodate us.

Lots of fun and camaraderie.

Incredible setting, the food was great (how do you decide), and of course, one of the best breweries in Collingwood! Next month, we are across the street (literally) at Smoke, with phenomenal BBQ. Gluten free options as well.

Chris Meleskie

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Ski Legends:

Hello Fellow Skiers

The Ski Legends season is now into its full schedule (we started on January 9th).

Meet at the Silver Bullet at 9:30 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to ski with your buddies.

The private club ski days kicked off on January 11th at Alpine.


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

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.