~ January 2008 Edition ~ Happy New Year !
P. O. Box 2164,
Meets first Wednesday of each month, September to June.Management Team
and Glenn Pettinger
Roy MacSkimming's latest novel, "Macdonald"
Guest Speaker: Roy MacSkimming: a Professional Writer and a Published Novelist.
Probians were granted rare insights into the mind of a creative writer and the talents and foibles of our founding Prime Minister when Roy MacSkimming spoke. The extensive research undertaken in generating the novel “Macdonald” was apparent as Roy recounted the hours in the Canadian Archives, the visits to two of John A’s Kingston residences and the digestion of works by other biographers, newspaper articles and contemporary periodicals. As the spirit of Louis Riel is postulated in the book to haunt the conscience of his condemner, Roy visited the National Historic Park at Batoche, Saskatchewan to experience the environment of the Metis culture. Roy found the comprehensive records of Joseph Pope, Sir John’s personal secretary, were invaluable in revealing a troubled private life and the turbulence of the politics of the day.
Roy also felt a personal connection to his subject via a common Scottish ancestry and an intimate knowledge of Ottawa's social life and locales. He had only to recall the pronouncements of his father to conjure the accent and cadence of Macdonald.Overall our colorful Founding Father emerges as a very human character. His passionate oratory was never extinguished by his frequent reliance on liquid refreshment.
Despite an opium-addicted first wife, an invalid daughter and the death of a son in infancy, he maintained a hectic pace on the campaign trail and in the Parliament of the day. Because of the primitive nature of communications at that time, more personal appearances by politicians were necessary.There is merit in Roy’s challenge for Canadians to take more glory in their history. His call for an official holiday on Macdonald’s birthday was well received.
Given the richness of the subject and the mastery of the author, it is little wonder that the Perth bookshop has difficulty in maintaining stocks of the novel. We eagerly await the next planned production “Laurier in Love”.
The Perth Food Bank always needs help during the winter months. Accordingly, donations will be accepted during the February and March Probus meetings. Please give generously, making cheques payable directly to the "Perth Food Bank", and expect to receive your charitable contribution receipt in February 2009. Bob Black will be collecting your donations.
Personal Profile: Dennis Dwyer
Dennis grew up in Montreal and graduated from McGill University's School of Commerce in 1959. He worked for Greenshields in retail and institutional sales moving into sales management. He also served as a Cadet, Chief Cadet Captain and officer in the Royal Canadian Navy (Reserve) from 1955-1964. In 1967, he assisted in forming a firm of financial and investment counsel and became a managing partner. In 1981, Dennis was ordained a Minister in the United Church of Canada and served in parish ministry for 11 years in Quebec. During this time he rejoined the Canadian Forces (Reserves) as Padre and was promoted Major and awarded the CD. In addition, he was a co-host on a religious radio and a TV programs. Dennis also served in other areas of the United Church: Chairman of Finance of M & O Conference, a member of The Church Council on Justice and Corrections, Governor of United Theological College of McGill University, and as founding Spiritual Director of the Montreal United Church Cursillo.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008: - Gananoque 1000 Island Playhouse production of Glorious, with lunch at the Gananoque Inn.
There is the possibility of a studio tour of a Glass Artist (Hand Blown & Stained Glass Works) in Pakenham in April.
June, Golf Tournament - Mark your calendars. Glen Pettinger has offered to organize this fun tournament and will be letting us know the date soon..
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). Note: For all trips, the bus leaves from the Legion.