~ December 2008 Edition
Probus meets the first Wednesday of each month, September to June.
Season's Greetings!


P. O. Box 2164,
Perth, Ontario
K7H 3M9

Ernie Trischuk

Past President
Helen Black

Vice President
Bruce Gourley
613-283- 5967

Sheila Clark

Don Sherwin

Ian Doig
and Glen Pettinger

Special Events
Denise Mullins

Rod Woolham

Member at Large
Keith Brown

Bill & Kathleen Lea

Colin Stephenson

The Men of the Tay
under the direction of Shelley McLaren.
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Music to Inspire
the Spirit of Christmas
This month, as a holiday treat, we invited The Men of the Tay to bring their Christmas music to the ‘guest speaker’ portion of our meeting, a timely and relaxing change from our usual programming.  As many of The Men are also Probians, the program was as energy-efficient as it was entertaining.

In the capable hands of Musical Director Shelley McLaren, and with the assistance of Chorus Manager (and MC/narrator) Brent McLaren and Accompanist Val Leavitt, The Men presented Christmas music, both old and new, charming us all with their professionalism and virtuosity.  Even the rousing old-fashioned carol singalong at the end had a familiar story to tell as we worked our way to towards Christmas morning!

Probians who missed this month’s meeting can catch The Men of the Tay, in concert with their sister group The Women of the Tay, on December 10th.  The Men of the Tay will appear again as part of the Perth Citizen’s Band Christmas Concert on December 16th.  The Women of the Tay will be part of the Nine Lessons and Carols taking place on December 21st. All of these appearances take place at St. James Anglican Church and begin at 7:30.

Patrick Lee talking about a special gift for a school in Uganda........and that's no bull.
A bull for Christmas?
As we watch our grandchildren revel in an abundance of commercially-oriented toys, many of us have wondered if there isn’t a better way to help them learn to give meaningful gifts.  Patrick Lee was persuaded to share the story of his family’s Christmas project with us at the December meeting.  Patrick spent several years in Uganda before he retired.  One friend from those days emigrated to Canada, achieved a measure of material success, and is now helping to finance a school in his home country.  The school maintains a herd of cattle to provide dairy products for the children, but the herd needs a bull to insure its continuance and productivity.  This Christmas the Lee family, parents, children and grandchildren, are spending their Christmas present budget to provide that bull.  Now that’s a gift that really keeps on giving!

Speakers' Corner
  • January ~ Heather Perkins-McVey will speak to us on certain legal aspects relevant to us as seniors.
  • February ~ John McKenty will tell us about the James Brothers and their part in Perth history, and it is expected that he will have copies of his new book on the subject available at the meeting;
  • March ~ still to be arranged.
  • April ~ our own Rudi Lepp will speak on nuclear energy and its possible role in our future;
  • May ~ still to be arranged.
  • June ~ Marking the 65th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied Invasion of Europe, Peter Craske will talk about his experiences flying with the RAF in support of the D Day Landings.
We have probable speakers lined up for March and May, but the details remain to be firmed up. If you have suggestions for either topics or speakers, please pass them to Ian Doig (264-2707) or Glen Pettinger (264-9747).

Special Events
  • April ?, 2009 ~ Keith is planning a trip to the RCAF Museum in Trenton, but details are not yet firmed up.
  • May 27, 2009 is the date chosen for our outing to the Gananoque Playhouse, to see the show, "Forever Plaid".
  • June 15, 2009 ~ Golf Tournament to be organized again by Glen Pettinger.

Members of other Probus Clubs are welcome to join our special events. If you have ideas for new events or trips, please talk to Denise Mullins (613-267-3479). Note: For all trips, the bus leaves from the Legion.

Management Team Notes
    This month's Management Meeting was held on Monday, 8 Dec. Items discussed included:
  • Our 2008-09 membership now stands at 124. Our limit is 150 so if you have friends who you think might enjoy Probian pleasures bring them along to a sample meeting. Application forms are available from Membership Director Rod Woolham. A phone survey of former members who have not renewed has been completed.

Management Team Notes (continued)....
  • "Spring Fling 09", the regional get-together, will be hosted by the Alta Vista Club at the Hellenic Centre on Alta Vista Drive on May 26, with lunch being served at 11:30. Cost will be $28 each. The Perth Club will host the event in 2012.
  • Christmas dinner report and pictures ~ click here
  • The Teams's Holiday eating tips ~ click here

Personal Profile – Dan Murphy

Dan was born in Ottawa, but grew up among the mountains of Alberta and the Yukon, playing on the relics of the Gold Rush and meeting more than his share of interesting characters there.  He attended high school in Arnprior and university in Thunder Bay where he studied Forestry and Biology and met his wife Lynn who was in the first graduating class of the BSc Nursing program.  He and Lynn spent many years in the Arctic (Baffin Island and Yellowknife) as Dan worked for the GNWT Wildlife Service, obtained a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies, then entered the emerging arena of land claims negotiation for the Government of the Northwest Territories, and later became the Senior Negotiator for the federal government for land claims in the Mackenzie Valley, retiring as the Director of Environment for Canada's Indian Reserves. The Murphys retired to Burgess Wood four years ago.

New members David and Pat Batchelor
welcomed by Ernie Trischuk and Rod Woolham

The Final Word

This month's Probian was written by Carol Trischuk and next month it will be John Gibb-Carsley's turn. Would you be willing to take a turn on one of the February to June editions? Recent contributors have indicated that the new "template approach", which takes care of the layout and production elements, makes it very easy to author an edition. If you would like to make a contribution to your Probus club, by writing one edition please contact Colin at info@probusperth.ca.