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Next Meeting: May 16th

  • Collingwood Legion
  • Member's Guests are Welcome

May Speaker: Terry Fallis - Author

Profiler: Bob Gair

  • Membership 207

May 2024 Newsletter

President’s Message

Since you are reading this Newsletter, you are taking advantage of one of the methods that PROBUS Club of Blue Mountain uses to communicate with its members. Communication is critical to the success of any organization or relationship, and the club recognizes the importance of getting this right.

The Management Committee has determined that the website will be the primary tool for conveying information to club members.

Bill Booth, our webmaster, has done an excellent job with the website to ensure it contains all the vital information needed by members to take advantage of all that PROBUS Blue Mountain has to offer. If there is something you would like to see on the website that is currently not there, please let Bill know.

The other major tool for communicating with members is through email. You may notice however, that the number of emails you receive from PROBUS Blue Mountain is quite limited – that is by design, as the Management Committee does not want to overwhelm members with large numbers of emails that, in many cases, would only interest a few.

If you register for an event or activity, you will likely receive more emails related to that event or activity from the event organizer, but those emails only go to those members who have expressed interest in that event or activity.

At the meetings of course, we do verbally raise items that pertain to the club and its members.

Our Events and Activities Coordinator Chris Meleski does provide a verbal overview of the many things that are happening with PROBUS Blue Mountain, so those who may not have scanned the website are made aware of many of the activities underway, and how to sign up. At the meeting there are tables at the rear of the meeting room with sign up sheets for many of the events that are happening, often with a member present who can provide additional information and answer any questions you may have.

I know that at this time of year, it is preferrable to spend as much time outside as possible, but I do hope you make time to come to our meetings – they are informative, and interesting, and entertaining. Looking forward to seeing you, and your guest, at the next meeting!

Stephen Hyndman

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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.


Bob Gair

Bob has listed Chemical Engineering as his vocation.

NOTE: The Profiler spots for August, September and November still need to be filled. Contact Michael Coward to volunteer. Michael Coward


Terry Fallis

A two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Terry Fallis is the  award-winning author of nine national bestsellers, among them six #1  bestsellers, including his latest, A New Season.

His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans, won the 2008 Leacock Medal, the 2011 edition of CBC Canada Reads, and was adapted as a six-part television miniseries, as well as a stage musical.   He has written for many publications and teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.

Don Stockman

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Upcoming Activities/Outings

Breakfast Club

When: Thursday, May 23, 9:00 am.
Where: M.E.K. Breakfast House,
65 Hurontario Street, Collingwood (South of Loblaws)
How: Sign up sheet or email Marv
Marv Cohen


Upcoming Rides

  • May 14: Osler Bluff, John Kutcy (Ride Leader)
  • May 21: Collingwood-Thornbury, Dan Edwards (Ride Leader)
  • May 28: Collingwood-Meaford, Michael Coward (Ride Leader)
  • June 4: Elmvale-Fort Willow, Dennis Onn (Ride Leader)
  • June 11: Lora Bay-Meaford Loop, Jim Higgins (Ride Leader)


Go to the Cycling Tab under Activities. There is a ton of important and interesting information

  • Download the waiver and register with Monty to be included in the email distribution list.

  • Registration is electronic only (photo of fully executed waiver or scan: no paper copies will be accepted).

  • Rides are scheduled weekly on Tuesdays. Confirm with the Ride Leader by Sunday afternoon prior to the Tuesday ride: -- If you will be riding, A or B ride -- If you will be attending the optional post ride lunch

Safety is of prime concern. Ensure you have a fully charged cell phone and ebike battery.

Monty Richardson

Hiking Group

The group is up and running for the 2024 season with two hikes (under the leadership of Dick Edwards) scheduled for May and June.

The first will be on Monday, May 27th to explore Franks Kiln and the Big Hole.

We will drive to the start near Duntroon and walk to Frank’s Kiln, an archeological treasure where we will see how settlers in the 1800’s converted escarpment limestone into cement. After viewing the restored kiln, we will walk through a pretty hardwood forest past interesting crevices to a viewpoint over a gigantic quarry where limestone is actively being mined. Most of the hike is on land conserved by the Bruce Trail Association, some is on land generously made available by Walker Aggregates.

  • Easy pace, 4 kms, moderate terrain.

WHERE: Assemble behind Tim Horton’s at 195 First Street by 9:45
195 First Street, Collingwood

H0W: Sign up sheet or email Dick Edwards

The June hike will be on Monday, June 24th to visit Trout Hollow and learn about John Muir.

We will carpool and drive to Meaford (approx. 30 minutes) and park at Beautiful Joe Park on the south side of town.

From there, Probus member Michael Coward will lead us along the banks of the Bighead River past the ruins of a power dam that once energized Meaford. Continuing along the river, we will reach the site of Trout Hollow Mill, where John Muir lived and worked in 1865 during the U.S. civil war. Michael has studied Muir’s life and will provide interesting commentary while we stroll through history.

For additional information or to see the full schedule, head to the website Calendar or contact Dick.

Dick Edwards

Investment Group

Our next meeting, May 14th – 9:30 to 11:30 at the Collingwood Library is a double header.

First up is Tracy Fleischmann MBA, J.D. who will be speaking about Wills and Estate Planning.

Next, group member Wayne Eaves will talk about the benefits of dividend growth investments, how to find them and how to manage them.

Our June meeting will be on Tuesday, June 11, 9:30 am at the Collingwood Library 55 Ste Marie Street.

Agenda - Investment Advisors: What do we want? What do we expect? How do we determine their worth? Fee of Free?

You will want to be there. New members welcome.

Rod Innes

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 Group

Please join us for lunch on Wednesday, June 12th at noon.

Where: Mylar and Loreta’s - Grey County Road 124
Singhampton, On

How: Signup at back or email

Chris Meleskie

Nottawasaga Model Railroad Outing

WHEN: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 1:00 to 2:00 / 2:30

WHAT: Working model (HO scale) of the CN railway from Barrie to Meaford.

Registration limited to 14 members. If there is sufficient demand, a second group will be added later.

WHERE: Bygone Day Farms/Heritage Museum - 879 6th Street, Collingwood (West of Tenth Line). Parking on the grass in front of the building.

Entrance is through the door at the east end of the building

HOW: Sign up sheet or email

Chris Meleskie

Paddling Group:

The next outing of the season will be on Thursday, May 23rd to rediscover the Collingwood Harbour.

Contact event leader Carl Wintermeyer for details and waiver requirements.

Carl Wintermeyer


NOTE: The last chance to buy tickets for this event will be at the May meeting

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


A hardy group of twelve hockey “regulars” will be heading to Oakville on May 15th.

Our Collingwood Blues (#1 team in Canada) will be playing their final preliminary Centennial Cup national Junior A championship game against the Navan Grads (Canadian Central Hockey League).

Check the website Calendar for future game updates.

Jake Johnston

Sheffield Park Black History Museum

PROBUS Club of Blue Mountains has scheduled a visit to the Museum of Black History, 241 Clark Street, Clarksburg Ontario on Wednesday, June 26th, 2024 at 10:00 am.

This museum is a treasure you won’t want to miss, and it is right in our own backyard!

Following a group welcome and general introduction by Co-owner Carolynn Wilson we will proceed at our own individual pace to walk the grounds and visit your choices of the twenty themed heritage buildings. Note; that in addition to four more buildings since our last visit in 2019, there are also updates to the existing buildings.

Optional lunch at Winifred’s English Pub in Thornbury will follow starting at approximately 12:15 PM.

Sign up with Don McLoughlin including names and email address of those who will attend the Museum, as well as those who will attend the lunch.

Any doubts, check it out.

Don McLoughlin at

Activity/Outings Leader News

Cycling Group:

The Cycling Group held its first ride of the season on a perfect Spring day. 

Twenty-five riders enjoyed a town and country tour led by David Howden, followed by lunch at Boston Pizza in Collingwood.  Trilliums were blooming along the Train Trail South of town.  Rides will continue every Tuesday throughout the season. New members are welcome and can sign up at the next Club meeting.

Lunch Group

Another fun lunch club crowd at the Beaver and Bulldog on May 8th. This venue is hard to beat, but we are going to try with the start of patio season. Don't forget your shades!


On April 19th thirteen of our members enjoyed an exciting first game of the playoffs as we watched the Collingwood Blues defeat the Trenton Golden Hawks 5-4!

Exciting playoff hockey ahead and we look forward to attending more games.

A great game witnessed by our members watching the Collingwood Blues take a 3-1 series lead over Trenton on April 26 with a 7-2 win! 
The Blues won this this series in game six at Trenton and will go on to Oakville for the National Championships.

As a show of appreciation for Jake’s work on behalf of the group, the Collingwood Blues donated a personalized jacket and the group donated his dinner!

Travel Group

Georgian PROBUS Travel Group For PROBUS members, family and friends who would like to travel with local people and create new friendships—GPTG, your travel group—is proceeding with the following 2 trips: Circumnavigation of Newfoundland: June 16 - 27, 2024. For those who love learning, small ship travel, and unique experiences. We still have space with no single supplement and a group discount. Please contact Brenda Chapman at Marlin Travel 705-444-1161 with any questions.

Norway Coastal Voyage: September 17 - 27, 2024. From Bergen to Trondheim. We also still have group pricing and space. Most of the members booked on this trip are travelling early, to experience the fabulous train program from Oslo to Bergen...then taking the train back from Trondheim to Oslo.

For more information, please contact Gloria at 705-429-9455. 
Check out the Travel Group 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.