~ September 2007 Edition


P. O. Box 2164,
Perth, Ontario
K7H 3M9

Meets first Wednesday of each month, September to June.

Management Team

Helen Black

Past President
Keith Brown

Vice President
Jim Sands

Chris McGuire

Don McNaughton

Ian Doig

Program Assistant
Glen Pettinger

Special Events
Denise Mullins

Rod Woolham

Don Sherwin

Jeanne Nugent and friends

Colin Stephenson

Annual General Meeting

September 5, 2007
~reviewed by Carol Trischuk


2007 -2008 Management Team: Back Row - Don, Jim Keith....... Front Row- Chris, Denise, Helen and Ian
The September Probus meeting included our Annual General Meeting. Out going President Keith Brown thanked his Management Team and the membership for their support and conducted the meeting up to the acceptance of the new slate of officers for 2007-2008, at which point he presented the gavel to our new President, Helen Black. Members of the new Management Team who were present at the meeting are shown at right, and the full Team is listed to the left side.

A Statement of Income and Expenditure for the Year ending July 31, 2007 (click here to view) was distributed at the meeting. Our Auditor for 2006-7, John Gibb-Carsley answered questions and assured us that our finances were in good shape.

In accodance with our bright financial situation, a motion was approved lowering our annual dues to $15 per member for this year. This amount will be reviewed annually to ensure that we remain, as closely as possible, a break-even organization. Dues are therefore now payable at the next meeting or by mail to the Probus address found at the top left-hand column - cheques only, please. Please note that if dues are not paid by November meeting, members will be deemed to have resigned and their places will be filled from the waiting list. (Membership in Probus is a highly sought after commodity, you know!)





In September - Brenda Hurrle spoke on the United Way in Lanark County

Brenda Hurrle, Executive Director of the Lanark County United Way, visited Probus to describe the may services her agency helps fund in Lanark County and the town of Smiths Falls. Brenda was assisted in her lively presentation by Sarah Cornell who prepared the accompanying slides.

In 1987, the fledgling Lanark County UWay helped five member agencies, raising just under $100,000. This year it hopes to raise $367,000 to fund the work of 16 member agencies and four of its own communtity projects. Its campaign runs from September 21 to November 30. Donors who contribute through payroll (or pension) deductions in organizations outside Lanark county can direct their donation to their local United Way, an innovation dubbed "Give where you live."

The local United Way polls governments, agencies and past clients to identify community issues and needs, distributing funds in accordance with these findings and in response to applications by local service organizations.

By 2006 the local population served had grown to 63,785 and the United Way network provided service to over 10% of these residents. A list of groups and programs which benefited from last year's campaign is available on the agency's website at http://www.lanarkunitedway.com.

In the picture, Brenda Hurrle accepts thanks from Bob Black for her information on the Lanark United Way and its work in our community.

Special Events
New this year, October 18: Octoberfest Dinner at the Perth Links 'O Tay Golf Club. This Promises to be a fun evening with a typical Octoberfest menu and music by Tim Hallman. Tickets are $35/person which includes taxes and gratuities. Sign up -and pay up- at the next meeting. Note: This date has fluctuated a bit, but is now firmly fixed for the Thursday, the 18th!

November: We would like to plan a museum visit or other outing to Ottawa. Do you have an interesting Ottawa destination you've wanted to visit? It may be possible to combine two stops in one bus trip if some intriguing destinations can be suggested. Where would you like to go?

December 13: Annual Christmas Dinner, $30/person, to be held at the Legion this year. Sign up early as this is the social event of the year and space goes quickly!

June 3-6, 2008: Our spring/summer mini-vacation this year could be to Estrimont Suites in Orford, Quebec. This is a 4 day, 3 night trip which includes historical touring, St. Benoit Abbey, wine-tasting, honey factory tour, etc. The cost is $479/person which includes all taxes and service charges. Several other Probus clubs recommend this outing, so tell Denise as soon as possible that you will be on the bus!

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.

  • In October, Probus member John Kittle will speak to us on uranium mining in Ontario.
  • In November, Dan Black, Editor of Legion Magazine will describe a trip to Vimy Ridge.
  • In December, we plan a morning of seasonal music by the talented students of PDCI.
Our program Coordinator, Ian Doig, (613-264-2707) and his assistant Glen Pettinger (613-264-9747) welcome your suggestions for future topics and speakers.

Visit our main website: www.probusperth.ca