~ November 2009 Edition
~ Contributing Editor Glen Pettinger ~
Today's Soldier ~ Continued
General Addy has spent considerable time in Afghanistan, and his opinion of our men and women serving there could not be higher. His slide show, which was unfortunately not available with his presentation due to technical difficulties, clearly supports his opinion.*** Our soldiers believe in their mission and they want to stay until the Afghans can provide their own security and develop their own necessary infrastructure. He really got to know what was going on there and he himself believes in the Afghanistan mission. "Afghanistan is good value and we've done a good job there. "
An interesting question and answer session followed General Addy's talk. He explained that the Taliban enjoy lots of support because Afghanistan has been Pashtun for 6000 years, Muslim for 1200 years, and Afghan for only 25 years. As a consequence, he believes that ten years is not enough time to establish democracy in a country where graft, corruption, and tribalism are culturally normal and accepted. In conclusion, General Addy said that Afghanistan is "a very complicated job" and we (the military) are doing far,far more than Canadians know." Don McNaughton thanked General Addy for a job well done.
***The slide show is now available on our website.
If you have an idea for an activity you think other Probus members might enjoy, please talk to Mary Kilgour or Glen Pettinger.
Management Team Notes
Self-introduction ~ John Gibb-Carsley
John Gibb-Carsley gave his personal profile, this being his second go-round, having entertained Probians in 2001 with his first edition. As usual, members found his personal profile to be very interesting and proof that every one has a great story to tell. John did not disappoint, telling as he did of growing up Montreal and Hudson, Quebec, going to a convent school to learn French, sometimes in a horse and sleigh. if deep snow forced buses to cancel! He finished his education at Bishops' College and McGill and earned his B.Comm. at McGill where he also met Natalie who completed his education. After a short career in the Sun Life audit department, John saw the light and became a teacher in Perth, no doubt drawn to this area somewhat by Natalie's work as a teacher in Almonte. John then spent many years at Perth and District Collegiate Institute as a teacher of Special Commercial subjects eventually becoming Head of The Business Education Department. From 1965 to 1968, John and Natalie taught in Europe at DND/NATO schools in Metz and Lahr, one of the most interesting periods in their lives. In 1975, John set up an Income Tax and Deposit Broker business as a part-time enterprise. It became more and more successful to the point that John retired from teaching and devoted all his time to helping people with taxes and investments, an enterprise which he found more fulfilling in a personal sense. John has cut back on these endeavours considerably in recent years.
John's many hobbies include gardening, cycling, cross-country skiing, kayaking - the list goes on - and traveling. He is very involved in Rotary and is on the Perth Museum Foundation Board.
Next April, John and Natalie will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their three children and their grandchildren and John wants us to know that he loves living in Perth and he will stay active as long as possible and be nicer to more people.