~ January 2009 Edition
~ This edition written by John Gibb-Carsley ~


P. O. Box 2164,
Perth, Ontario
K7H 3M9
Probus meets the first Wednesday of each month, Sept. to June.

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

Vignettes from the January Meeting
President Ernie Trischuk opened the meeting with a well told “Knick knack” joke. Many were treated to mostly flattering pictures of themselves taken at the Probus Xmas party. Guests Gail, Irene and Win were introduced. Membership currently stands @ 127—room for 23 more! Don Sherwin reported on our finances and there is an updated mid-year financial report attached to this edition.

Special events coordinator, Denise Mullins reported on possible arrangements for a summer Gananoque Theatre/Boat Tour outing--”Forever Plaid” musical—Bus would cost about $24 and the Boat about $20. She will provide more details later.

Keith Brown wanted to get an idea of who would be interest in going to the RCAF warplane museum at Trenton. The admission is free, but visiting times are restricted. April 8th or 15th are the tentative dates. He is taking names and would like to know as soon as possible who plan to attend and whether or not to order a bus. Call Keith @ 613 264-2026.

Many of our members are heavily involved in other community activities. No exception is John Gittens who contributes his talents to local theatre. John reported that the January 31st “Perth Has Talent” show at the “Studio Theatre" will showcase local singers, actors and dancers. The “Studio Theatre” will also be presenting “Buddy Holly Lives”, music many Probians will recall with fond nostalgia from their youth. John has created a website that gives you all the entertainment events in our town at www.perthentertainmentnow.net

Similarly, Ian Doig, another stalwart and longtime contributor to the community, announced that the Perth Museum's annual fundraising dinner (choice of chicken, salmon or vegetarian) would be held at Code's Mill on Feb. 21st with an Irish theme and entertainment. Tickets are $55 with $25 considered as a charitable donation. Probians can obtain tickets from Ian (613) 264-2707.

Colin Stephenson's pitch for newsletter volunteers resulted in Helen Black volunteering for the Feb. issue of the Probian, Orion Clark for March, Glen Pettinger for April, Don Sherwin for May and Audrey Cole for the Summer edition. Both Colin and the Club are thankful for your participation. Colin kindly offered his assistance in the computer generation of the publication.

Story Teller Susan Code
Susan Code, author, editor, ghost walk leader, actor, mother, researcher, etc. gave a background of the harsh living conditions along the Rideau Canal route in the 1820's and then gave her poetic reading taken from the writings of John McTaggart who led a canal route survey party in winter. She followed up with her writing based on an account in the Bathurst Courier of a winter party and dance hosted by canal contractors, Phillips & White and concluded with her ghost story concerning Isaiah Crouch who farmed on the bank of the Rideau (near Kilmarnock) in pre-canal days. Following Ms Code's entertaining and informative talk, she made available her book on tales of early Perth, “A Matter of Honour”. Susan was thanked by Ian Doig.
Speakers' Corner
  • 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, “Follow the Crowd—The James Boys of Perth” which will be available at the meeting; Click here for more information.
  • March ~ Heather Perkins-McVey will speak to us on certain legal aspects relevant to us as seniors.
  • April ~ Rudi Lepp will speak on nuclear energy and its possible role in our future;
  • May ~ Dennis Dwyer's topic will be “Will There be a Church for Our Great Grandchildren?”;
  • 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.

Special Events

  • April 8 or 15, 2009 ~ Keith is planning a trip to the RCAF Museum in Trenton, but details are not yet finalized.
  • 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.

Orion Clark has passed along the following link to the 100 Hours of Astronomy website for your possible interest: www.100hoursofastronomy.org/

Self Introduction ~ Carl Whitehouse

Illinois born, this engaging Probian give us a humourous and interesting account of his life as a foreign exchange student, a US Navy enlistee, an optometrist in St. Albans, VT for 35 years, a licenced pilot and then a boater who, with his Canadian-born wife, Barbara, deduced that a cottage (with an interesting history) on the Rideau Lakes would make an ideal place to 'dock' themselves. After retiring, Carl moved to Ogdensburg to cut the commuting time. Carl, an active Rotarian, has also been a choir director, organist, school board member and scoutmaster in the past. We welcome this civic-minded, talented and energetic individual to the Probian community.

Management Team Notes
  • "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.
  • Don Sherwin will be presenting the attached mid-year financial review at the February meeting.
  • 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 “Perth Food Bank”, and expect to receive your charitable contribution receipt in February 2010.

The Final Word

A reminder for members who access the on-line version of the Probian: if you wish to print your own copy, rather than reading it on your computer screen, there are printing hints on our website please click here to view them.

Probus Perth website: www.probusperth.ca