~ February 2007 Edition


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

Meets first Wednesday of each month, September to June.

Management Team

Keith Brown

Past President
Ian Doig

Vice President
Helen Black

Chris McGuire

Archie Hurge

Program Ian Doig

Special Events
Denise Mullins

Rod Woolham

(Not filled)

Carol Trischuk

Colin Stephenson

"Life on a Press Pass"

Guest Speaker: Lynn Ball - Canadian Photojournalist
~reviewed by Mike Else

Lynn Ball gave a scintillating talk, and i-Photo session, to an enthralled Probus group. We all sat in rapt attention as he told us the stories and showed us some of photos that he and his brother Doug Ball have taken over the years.

At an early age Lynn was drawn into photography by his father, an ex RCAF reconnaissance photographer, who had a darkroom in his basement. Meanwhile Doug was drawn to sports, where he had a natural talent, excelling at golf and hockey where he could easily have been a pro in either sport. Their father wished that Lynn would pay more attention to sports and Doug to photography. Despite Doug’s natural talent that was exactly what he did joining Lynn in their lifetime passion for journalistic photography. While Doug was the best member of any team that he played for, without even trying, Lynn was always the worst player while trying the hardest. Looking at the results though I think they both made the best choices.

Lynn learned his photography from his perfectionist father who taught him to only offer up his best work. Interest in sports cars led him to take photos at car races for U.S. magazines. While covering one race he took a series of photos of a driver jumping from his racecar, covered in scalding coolant, pulling his pants off as he went. This was Lynn’s first break as the “pants down” pictures ran on the Canadian Press and then internationally on the Associated Press - winning CP picture of the month award. This led to job at CP doing darkroom work and allowing time for freelance photography. The rest is history, as they say, including a three year round-the-world trip, with brother Doug, doing all kinds of odd jobs to pay for their expenses.

Among the photos, taken by Lynn and Doug, the following were some of those shown:

  • The pants off racecar driver set.
  • A mirror image shot of a young Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger.
  • The queen’s 1964 tour in Charlottetown, with a shot of a fainting Honour Guardsman being dragged away just in time.
  • Robert and Ethel Kennedy at a hockey game after a Canadian Press dinner.
  • Johnny Bower acrobatically missing a goal bound puck.
  • A shot of Gordie Howe’s huge fist as his arm is wrapped around the neck of teammate Ed Joyal.
  • Bob Stanfield set showing him throwing catching and dropping the infamous football which is said to have been instrumental in his loss of the following election.
  • The famous shot of Trudeau pirouetting behind the Queen before a G8 summit dinner.
  • Hilary Clinton with her first beavertail snack during a Winterlude visit to Ottawa with President Bill Clinton.
At the end of this very enjoyable session Bob Taylor, on behalf of Probus, presented Lynn with an honorarium in appreciation of the great talk.

Personal Profile
Michael and Mary Watters ~ reviewed by Mike Else

Michael was born in Bellville and was of fifth generation Irish descent. He had one very much older sister and so was brought up much like an only child. He went to school at the Nicholson Catholic College in Bellville and was the captain of the football team. He went on to university and graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1971 after reading Electrical Engineering.

He began work as a Test Engineer at Northern Electric, later to become Nortel. Almost straight away he was transferred to Montreal to acquire knowledge on Test Methodology. He then moved to Nortel’s Bellville office in 1972. In 1973 he was sent, as part of a five man Canadian team, to open a new plant in Galway, Ireland.

Mary was born into a larger family of seven in County Limerick, Ireland, in a small place between Limerick and Kilarney. She had two sisters and four brothers. She went to school in Newcastle West and after completing school became a secretary to lawyers. Later she moved to Galway. They met each other in Galway, where Michael recruited her as a tour guide for a trip around Ireland. They decided to get married and move to Canada. Mary’s first days in Canada were in January in Montreal with several feet of snow and typical low temperatures.

They later moved to Bellville where they settled down and had three children; Siobhan, a graduate of the University of Guelph who teaches at a high school in Waterloo; Kevin a graduate of Carleton University who works for the Federal Government; and Theresa, a graduate of the University of Ottawa who teaches at a Kanata high school.

In the meantime the family had moved to Kanata so that Michael could take up a position in the Acoustics Test Laboratory at Bell Northern Research. Later he worked on International Telephony Standards and then into project management in Voice Over Internet Protocol,VOIP.

He retired in 2001 and Mary and he became empty nesters and decided that Kanata was not where they wanted to spend their retirement years. After extensive searching, from Cambellford to Brockville, they decided to move to Perth and settled in to what has become a very enjoyable retirement.

Notes from the Management Team  

  • Members are invited to the Annual Probus Eastern Ontario Spring Luncheon, on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at the Hellenic Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive in Ottawa. Reception and social time 11:00 am (cash bar), 12:00 noon luncheon, choice of chicken or salmon, followed by entertainment; $29/person.
  • Given the current favourable cash balance ($5,282), coffee will be free for remaining meetings this fiscal year.
  • The Nominating Committee for the new executive for 2007/08 will include Ian, Helen and Denise. At present, the only known vacant position is that of Vice-President.
  • The Perth Food Bank always needs help during the winter months. Dale Nugent will be accepting donations on its behalf again during the March Probus meeting. Please give generously, making cheques payable directly to “Perth Food Bank”, and expect to receive your charitable contribution receipt in February 2008.

  • Special Events
    May 30: Gananoque 1000 Island Playhouse production of The Ballad of Stompin' Tom.

    June 25: The Annual Probus Golf Tournament, organized this year by Dale Nugent. Golfers, mark your calendars.

    October 11-13: Shaw Festival; at Niagara-on-the-Lake. The two plays are Summer and Smoke, by Tennessee Williams, and the musical, Mack and Mabel. We will also visit the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and Peller Estates.

    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 (267-3479).

    Speaker's Corner
    • In March we will hear from Mike Nickerson, author of "Life, Money and Allusion".
    • April is still open.
    • In May the speaker will be Nancy Wildgoose on the subject of volunteerism.
    • In June the idea is to have a "show and tell" on personal hobbies. Please let Ian know what you think of this idea and whether you would be prepared to share your hobby.
    Our program Coordinator, Ian Doig, (264-2707) welcomes your suggestions for future topics and speakers.

    Visit our website: www.probusperth.ca