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Next Meeting: October 19th

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

Speaker: Morag McKenzie - Watershead Trust Fund - Promo

  • Profiler: Fred Chenoweth

  • Current membership: 228

October 2023 Newsletter

President’s Message

This is my first message as the new President of the Probus Club of Blue Mountain. It is truly an honour to be in this role, and I am looking forward to the upcoming year. I must admit that even though I may be President, almost half the time I have been a member of PROBUS was eaten up by our COVID hiatus, so I do feel very much like a rookie.

We are beginning this year with many new faces on our management committee. At the same time, we are losing a number of long serving members who were instrumental in the success of the club. While I hesitate naming individuals for fear of overlooking someone also deserving of recognition, I need to specifically mention two individuals. First, Bruce West provided a great deal of time and effort into getting the Club active following the impact of COVID. And Doug Smith, who passed away very recently, provided many years of service on the Management Committee for the benefit of us all – Doug will be missed.

New on the management committee for 2023-24 is Chris Meleskie who will assume the duty of coordinating events and activities. This is a critical role, and Chris is off to a very strong start. Don Stockman will be heading up the speakers committee, and already has an impressive list of speakers lined up for 2024. Michael Coward will be taking on the role of Vice President, and David Eaman will become responsible for the monthly newsletter. Along with Past President Ron Mitchell, Secretary George Powell, Treasurer Gene Peycha, Membership Chairman Dan Edwards. Marketing and Communications Coordinator David Thomson, Support and Compassionate Care representative Larry Gee, and Webmaster Bill Booth, we have an exciting team to lead PROBUS through the next year.

Volunteerism is the reason this club exists, and I encourage all members to consider stepping forward at some point to provide services on behalf of the club. It’s a great way to meet other members, and you do get satisfaction from a job well done. Whether you may be volunteering to take on a role on the management committee, or assume responsibility for organizing a club event or activity, time commitments typically are not excessive, and help is nothing more than a phone call or text message away.

A general concern of members revolves around the financial health of the club. It is of great comfort to be able to say that we are in a solid financial position, and we have been able to keep our annual fees at a very affordable level. Costs of events and activities nevertheless may rise over time, as these are provided on a cost recovery basis, and we must pay whatever the going rates are for services in the community. An exciting year lies ahead. I look forward to getting to know more members in my new role.

Stephen Hyndman President PROBUS Club of Blue Mountain

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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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Morag McKenzie - Watershed Trust Fund

The 2021 census revealed, perhaps not surprisingly, that a growing number of Canadians are moving to smaller municipalities and, in particular, calling resort destinations home.

South Georgian Bay communities rank among the fastest growing in Canada, and this growth will continue with our populations expanding by another 60% by 2041.

How will we accommodate all this growth? How do we protect the natural beauty and fragile ecosystem of this place we now call home? Morag McKenzie is an Award-Winning Case Study Writer and highly skilled interviewer & researcher and creative content strategist. She won North American Business Person of the Year for growing profitable new business 320% over budget and GBC's Innovation Award for the creation and implementation an Industry/Education partnership program.

Morag is a lifelong environmentalist and actively leads and volunteers with a wide variety of different charities including the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust, Ontario Nature, Joes Team and the Ride To Conquer Cancer. She has most recently been active with the Trust as Co-Chair of the Communications Committee.

Upcoming Activities/Outings

Ice River Solutions:

Due to maintenance requirements at the Shelburne facility, the outing has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 31. The outing is fully subscribed and all participants have been advised of the date and logistic changes. Rob Dillworth

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

Breakfast Club:

WHEN: Thursday, October 26, 9:30am

Fourth Thursday of the month

WHERE: Jimmy’s Kitchen at the Collingwood Airport Nottawasaga Sideroad 33, east of Nottawa + Highway 124

HOW: Sign up sheet or email

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Lunch Club:

WHEN: Wednesday, November 8, noon (Second Wednesday of the month)

WHERE: Beaver and Bulldog 195 First Street, Collingwood

H0W: Sign up sheet or email

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Medatech Engineering Services:
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Christmas Luncheon:


Probus Club of Blue Mountain's Annual Christmas Luncheon is officially on our calendar!!!

Date: Thursday, December 7th

Where: Collingwood Legion

Time: Noon - Social

Luncheon: 1: 15 pm

Entertainment: Dean Hollin presents a Christmas Show

Price: $ 63.00 per person

The only way to sign up for Christmas Luncheon is by going to the October meeting and pay Gene to guarantee your reservation.

We are limited to 100 people attending so it will be
" first come first served " Please be prepared to pay for your Christmas Luncheon tickets at the October meeting !!!! debit card, charge card, or e-transfer !!!

The Legion does not accept debit or charge cards at the Luncheon, so, don't forget to bring cash for your beverage purchases. We are looking forward to seeing you and your significant other to celebrate the: " REASON FOR THE SEASON "

Activity/Outings Leader News

Breakfast Club:

Marv continues to pick locations that are fun and feature great food. The Thursday following the monthly Blue Mountain Probus meeting.  August 24 at Alphorne

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Cycling 2023 Season Wrap-up

Even in a weather challenged year we had many memorable rides and lunches. We had 51 members in the group this year and many rides had over 20 riders.

Thank you to all ride leaders and a very special thanks to Michael Coward, Emmet Weatherhead and Dick Brown for organizing the post ride BBQ extravaganzas.

Hopefully, we still get some riding weather and we can get out there, otherwise, if you are a skier remember to take advantage of Probus Ski Legends.

Monty PBM Cycling Committee

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Hiking Club:

 Pretty River Provincial Park September 14th

Great hike (September 14 at Pretty River Provincial Park) Rob! Not only did the weather finally cooperate, it was a lot of fun and I got to explore a part of the Bruce trail that has been on my bucket list for a long time. I liked being able to finish the event with lunch. “Chris Meleskie”

The pic of Bruce and Jim makes me laugh. I call them "Separated at Birth"

Investment Club Report

The second meeting of our Club was held on Tuesday, October 10 at the Collingwood public Library. Highlights included:

  • Lively discussions on a range of interesting topics
  • Estate Planning - reducing Probate costs, having the correct registration of beneficiaries for RRIF’s, TFSA’s
  • the benefits of successor annuitants
  • uses of secondary Wills
  • several investment ideas.

Our next meeting agenda was selected and will include:

  • investment selection methodology
  • measuring returns
  • tracking real returns vs returns indicated on broker statements
  • the hidden traps

Attend if you can. Share your experience and benefit from others. To join, if you haven’t, email Your finances will thank you.

Lunch Club:

Our October gathering was held at The Huron Club on Wednesday, October 11. Although the girls didn’t show up (in joke), the twelve guys who did enjoyed the event!

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Paddling Group:

The Paddling group had a number of memorable trips and a lot of cancelled trips due to weather. Our trip on Matchedash bay was well attended and was a beautiful paddle through the extensive marsh and waterways in an area new to us all, except Jim Higgins who ran this great trip.

Carl Wintermeyer

Ski Legends:

Are you a downhill skier or snowboarder?

  • Have all your ski buddies packed it in, and are you tired of skiing alone?
  • Do you want to make good use of your 5x7?
  • Do you want to take advantage of great ski trips and social events?

Then you should join Probus Ski Legends – where our motto is "Never ski alone!"

Check us out here:

Unlike most Probus activities, which are organized by and for members of individual clubs, Legends is one large organization for all Probus members in any club who are interested in meeting up with others for skiing, snowboarding and social activities.

To join, go to the Legends website and download the membership form: Membership While you're on the website, make sure you check out all the events and activities:

  1. Ski Days: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Blue Mountain (meet at 9:30am at the Silver Bullet) and Thursdays at the Private Clubs
  2. Ski Trips: Two trips every year to a variety of awesome ski resorts in Canada, the US or Europe. Sorry, our trips are sold out for 2024, but you can join the WAITLIST in case of cancellations.
  3. FREE Social Events: Skiis and Biikes Wine & Cheese/Shopping Night in December and the end-of-season Legends Breakfast in the spring. Dates for Ski Days and Events coming soon. So join us to make new friends and find new ski buddies. Let’s get excited for the upcoming season and Think Snow!

Monty Richardson

Travel Group

The Georgian Travel Group has their own Website, with all the details of their programs.

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.