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With the restrictions in place prohibiting groups larger than 5 from gathering, all Probus clubs in Northumberland have temporarily ceased operating, That is, there are no meetings or events. Some clubs are continuing with their newsletters to keep continuity and community.
This is of course impacting clubs across Canada and recognising this, the President of Probus Canada, Marlene Pearce, has issued a memo addressed to presidents with her thoughts. Download here.
One of the things that the shutdown affected was the celebration of National Probus Month. Ineke Knight and Jamie Doolittle have also written to Presidents on this subject. Download their letter here.
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The last event of the Port Hope Probus club will be their Christmas lunch on December 16, 2019 - members are saying that "it is time".In a message from President Alan Butler in the October newsletter, Alan said:
"…Most of all I treasure the friendships made over the years, and I encourage you all to keep in touch, for example by arranging lunch groups or similar get togethers where you can socialize. I should mention that a welcome awaits any of you who would like to join the Ganaraska Probus Club that meets at the Town Park Recreation Centre on the second and fourth Thursdays each month.
Don't forget that Erik is setting out the Club's collection of photographs at each of the next three meetings so feel free to take the ones you want."
The club was founded in June 1998.
Clubs of District 1, West
2019 Spring Escape
April 30th, 2019 at 11:30 am
Three course lunch served at 1:00 PM
Location: The National Air Force Museum of Canada, Trenton, Ontario
Tickets: $50 - available at your club.
Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster. He regularly writes in the national media (National Post, Air Force magazine, Zoomer among many), and has hosted many CBC Radio network programs and shows on TV Ontario. His weekly blog The Barris Beat features commentary and narrative from his travels/experience. Among his 18 previous bestselling, non-fiction books: Juno, Behind the Glory, Deadlock in Korea, Victory at Vimy, and Breaking the Silence. In June 2014, his book The Great Escape: A Canadian Story won the Libris Non-Fiction Book Award of the Year.
Dam Busters is Ted's 19th non-fiction book, published by HarperCollins. It was published on Sept. 11, 2018, and within two days was on the Globe & Mail's bestsellers list.
Also - see the exhibits in the museum - especially the one about the Great Escape.
On an invitation by District Director Jamie Doolittle, the President of Probus Canada, Bill Sexsmith, visited Northumberland Probus at a regular meeting on September 28th. Other Northumberland clubs were invited and were well represented – many staying for a lunch afterwards.
Later in the day, Bill participated in an unveiling of a new sign added to the Cobourg gateway sign which listed all Cobourg’s “service” clubs. Although Probus is not a service club, it seemed appropriate to let visitors know that Probus is active in the Town. Visitors can find when there are meetings from this web site and would be welcomed as guests.
Photos right and below show Jamie, Bill and the Northumberland Probus team who helped get the Probus Logo on the sign.
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The much anticipated "Spring Fling" for 2017 is now in the past and from all reports, a good time was had by all. As well as the speaker Terry Fallis, there was also a presentation by First Nations representative John Watson - photo at right. This included a demonstration of drumming and as he said, this is a common type of activity amongst a wide range of cultures. He said that we relate to it because it's similar to the heart beat of our mothers that we heard before we were born.
There are a lot more photos and a video of the drumming here.