~ March 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

"Living on Earth as if we want to stay"

Guest Speaker: Mike Nickerson,
founder, Institute for the Study of Cultural Evolution

Throughout his life, Mike Nickerson has been fascinated by how societies evolve. In 1971, he founded the Institute for the Study of Cultural Evolution. Even then, when many of today’s problems were still projections, Mike sensed that the human race was on the brink of what will likely be the greatest sociological transformation of all time. Mike is the author of five books, the latest being Life, Money and Illusion; Living on Earth as if we want to stay.

Mike sees an economy based on continual growth as the Earth’s biggest problem. While growth as a goal was possibly valid in past generations when the population was much smaller, a United Nations study published in 1987 concluded that mankind is now overwhelming the planet.

Since then ‘sustainable development’ has become the goal of those who believe that the human race has reached the end of its adolescent growth spurt, and is capable of adjusting to a mature steady state. It is (past) time to assume the responsibility of creating a society which lives in balance with its environment.

Mike suggested that, building on the creed of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’, we should replace the ‘cradle to grave’ cycle of pro-duction with a ‘cradle to cradle’ approach, in which producers are responsible for their products through a closed cycle of production, use and renewal.

Mike Nickerson was thanked by Orion Clark for his presentation on sustainable development.

Notes from the Management Team
  • Your Management Team is trying to encourage a participative program in June, with a breakfast meeting at which members would display and discuss their retirement hobbies and interests, perhaps even hold a match-the-baby-picture-to-the-senior challenge. Please give these ideas some thought and be prepared to discuss them at the April meeting.
  • The Perth Food Bank always needs help during the winter months. Dale Nugent will be accepting donations on its behalf again during the April Probus meeting. Please give generously, making cheques payable directly to “Perth Food Bank”, and expect to receive your charitable contribution receipt in February 2008.

  • Watch what you eat!
    A doctor was addressing a large audience in Vancouver: “The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here years ago. Red meat is awful. Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. High fat diets can be disastrous, and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water. But there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and we have all eaten it at one time or another. Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?” After several seconds of quiet, a 75-year-old man in the front row raised his hand, and softly said, “Wedding Cake.”

    Personal Profile
    Ann and Gordon Munroe

    Ann and Gordon both grew up on small Ontario farms and met at the University of Guelph where both were pursuing Masters programs. They married in 1969 and began their teaching careers at Kirkland Lake Collegiate Institute. In 1973 they moved to Perth, teaching at PDCI and establishing Munlaren Farms on the Drummond Second Line as their home for the next 33 years.
    Ann taught English, became Vice-principal at PDCI and then Principal at Almonte District High School, retiring in 2000. Gordon taught Math and Sciences, set up the Alternative School in Carleton Place and then served as Vice-principal at both PDCI and SFDCI, retiring in 1999.
    While teaching and farming, the Munroes have been very active in community affairs, most notably serving as co-chairs of Rural Expo 2003, the Lanark County International Plowing Match, an event which raised over half a million dollars for local hospitals and other health care services.
    Ann and Gordon’s son and daughter are both involved in farming, and their daughter also teaches secondary school.

    New members Gordon Munroe, Ann Munroe and Sheila Kittle are shown above, with President Keith in the background and Membership Director Rod Woolham.
    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. Accommodation at the Oakes Hotel overlooking the Falls. Wine tasting at Pellier Estates. We will also visit the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory. The two plays are Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams and the musical, Mack and Mabel. Cost/person is $695 single or $560 double accommodation, and includes bus, two breakfasts and two dinners, plays and attractions.

    Notes: For all trips, the bus leaves from the Legion. If you have ideas for new events or trips, talk to Denise Mullins (613-267-3479).

    Speaker's Corner
    • In April, we will hear from Jeff Kohl, from the Rideau Environmental Action League on the topic of energy options for the 21st century.
    • In May the speaker will be Nancy Wildgoose on the subject of volunteerism.
    • See "Notes from Management Team" on page 1 for June program
    • Our program Coordinator, Ian Doig, (264-2707) welcomes your suggestions for future topics and speakers.

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