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Meeting Review November 2023


Larry Gee has retired from his Management Committee role for Support and Compassionate Care.

Please contact the incumbent if you would like more information on this important role.

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  • Guests:

    For the first time in a long time, there were no guests introduced.

  • Announcements:

Michael Coward had prepared a PowerPoint illustrating the meeting agenda which was well received by the membership.

Larry Gee outlined the role and responsibilities of the Support and Compassionate Care position and asked for volunteers to step forward as his replacement.

New Member Inductions:

Dan Edwards presented Club badges and Constitutions to Fred Chenoweth (Left) and Rob Tautkus (centre).

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Activities and Outings

Chris Meleskie detailed the upcoming activities of the Breakfast Club (next meeting on November 23rd. at the Georgian Family Restaurant) and the Luncheon Club (next meeting on January 10th at Northwinds Brewhouse and Kitchen).

Rod Innes encouraged the attendees to join the rejuvenated Investment Club. For $10, members at the next meeting (Tuesday December 12th in the library Community Roon) will be able to pick a stock and the best performer over the next year will win half the pot.

Eddie Sokoloff announced that the Christmas Luncheon will be attended by 86 members and guests on Thursday, December 7 at the Legion. Burger Bob is cooking and Dean Hollan is entertaining.

A cash only bar will be available.

Dan Edwards conducted a travel survey for interest in selected trips locally, in Canada and abroad.

Monty Richardson informed the group that Ski Legends members are invited to a free wine and cheese event at Skiis and Biikes on Wednesday December 6th. Purchase discounts will also be available.

Both ski trips (Sun Peaks and Dolomites) have sold out but there are wait lists.

Jake Johnston has arranged group rates for two upcoming Collingwood Blues games. Dates are Friday December 1st vs Georgetown and Friday January 5th vs Leamington. Tix (which include access to the Founders Lounge) are $15 and there will be a pre-game meal – location TBA.


No profiler this month.

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Kultural Attaché:

Doug Ellsworth picked up Walter’s “staff” and regaled us with a curated selection of humour. The jokes are on the Website.

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Guest Speaker: Trevor McKean, OPP Community Safety Officer

Trevor McKean, OPP Community Safety Officer, was born and raised in Collingwood and was introduced by his uncle Steve McKee.

His talk on “Frauds and Preventions” focussed on three areas.

  • Door to Door Sales:

  • (Hot Water Heater / Softeners, Utility Providers, “get out of existing contracts”, Home Renovations)

  • Take away was do not let them in your home and do not show them your utility bill.

  • Grandparent Scam:

  • Bail deposits are not required in Canada. Contact police if courier pick up is offered.

  • Canada Revenue Agency / Border Services Agency:

  • Usually approached by email. These agencies do not communicate by email.

  • A timely example was presented when Jake Johnston received a phony e-transfer request form Gene Peycha during Trevor’s presentation!

  • There were many questions fielded after his talk.

Unfortunately, our speaker was interrupted by ringing cell phones. If you must bring your phone into a meeting, please make sure that it is turned off.

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50/50 Winners

Gene Peycha (impersonating Graeme Wallace) and Graeme Bickle

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Next Meeting Christmas Luncheon

Thursday, December 7th at the Legion.

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