~ December 2008 Edition
Probus meets the first Wednesday of each month, September to June.
and Glen Pettinger
Member at Large
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.
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!
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).
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:
Management Team Notes (continued)....
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.