~ March 2011 Edition
~ Contributing Editor: Orion Clark ~
Member at Large
The Marvelous Wonderettes ~ May 25th |
Images of Biodiversity by Orion Clark
At our March meeting, Simon Lunn, having an involvement in wildlife conservation as a naturalist and field interpreter in the Maritimes, Alberta and Ontario for several agencies including Parks Canada, challenged us to investigate our surroundings with family, friends and grandchildren to avoid the dreaded ‘nature deficit disorder’. This investigation can always be enhanced with your camera. In this regard, Simon provided photographic guidance through 13 considerations. i) Light; ii) Composition; iii) Tell a Story; iv) Capture a moment; v) Opportunity- Do it now; vi) Anticipation- plan for the moment; vii) Have Patience & Stealth;viii) Perspective; ix) Simplicity; x) The right equipment; xi) Special Techniques- exposures, focusing; xii) Don’t overlook the luck of the Irish; and xiii) Learn to play detective.
The many photographic tips coupled with both audio and video recordings presented a great educational and inspirational experience to all Probians. Even the interpretation of behaviours by selected species in our own backyard should constitute enough incentive to become more familiar with our rich biodiversity before these species become extinct.
This was a presentation that had a message for all present. Given the buzz in the room afterwards, it was clear that it was enjoyed by all as well.
Probus Dinner & Theatre Evening ~ Mar 31
Probians and their guests are invited to dine at The Stone Cellar at 6pm, followed by the Studio Theatre production, "You Say Tomatoes" at 8pm. So far, 31 people have indicated that they plan to participate. Mary has made special arrangements so that others may attend by contacting her before March 25th at 613-264-0024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"You Say Tomatoes" is a very funny, perceptive play, with plenty of biting wit and humour as the two somewhat dated transatlantic cultures are contrasted. Tickets are $15 payable to the Studio Theatre, if ordered from Mary by March 25th. Season Ticket holders can come for dinner with the group by making a meal choice by March 25th .
Dinner will be a choice of four entrees:
1. Pork Medallions - $19.
2. Beef Filet - $27 .
3. Chicken - $23.
4. Fish - $27.
Drinks, salads, dessert, and coffee can be ordered for an extra charge. There will be no tax on your meal, but there is a 15% gratuity. Dinner will be paid at The Stone Cellar, but must be pre-ordered.
Self-introduction ~ Richard Thomson
by Orion Clark
Richard immigrated with his parents from Diddington, England to Canada in 1949. At Western Technical and Commercial School he received a rich educational programme which introduced him to many lifelong skills. His education continued to include a BSc (1973) and BEd. (1975). Only while he was working on his PhD degree in Renal Physiology did he realize that teaching was more enjoyable than research. Hence, he spent 33 years in Cochrane Ontario, with his wife Dorothy, as a Grade 7&8 teacher (Science, Mathematics, Special Education), Consultant, Coordinator, and Principal. In 2008, they returned to Perth, an area they were familiar with since Dorothy’s parents lived on Pike Lake. Their two sons live and study in the Ottawa area. Richard continued to be active in service club work, church committees as well as enjoying painting, travelling, fishing, golf , tennis and cooking.
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