~ September 2010 Edition
~ Editor: Colin Stephenson ~
Next meeting ~ Wednesday October 13th
Member at Large
Annual General Meeting ~ No surprises here! |
The AGM portion of the September meeting went off pretty much as expected, as AGM's are supposed to do. Treasurer Don Sherwin reported that the closing bank balance for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2010 was $2,131.88. He noted that revenues and expenditures were pretty much in balance with only a very slight drop in the bank balance year over year. Financial reviewer Don McNaughton, made the following statement on the state of the club's finances; "I have reviewed the Cash Receipts and Disbursement Journal of the Club, Bank Statements and supporting vouchers. All is in order and it is believed that this statement indicates completely and accurately the financial status of the Probus Club of Perth on July 31, 2010." He went on to compliment the Treasure by saying that he "could not find a penny out of place".
The slate of Directors proposed by the Nominating Committee was approved by the members, to no one's surprise. This was apparently to the immense relief of Chairperson Ernie Trischuk who admitted that he was not sure what he would do if there had been nominations from the floor. The new Management Team can be seen on the left hand side of this newsletter.In a retrospective look at his term as President, Bruce Gourley referenced the highs and lows of the year now past. He thanked his Management Team, with particular reference to the members who may not have been quite so visible to members each month, but who have made a valuable contribution. His final act was to hand the gavel over to incoming President Mike Else, who presided over the remainder of the meeting.
The Successful Guatemala Eye Clinic Project
Last January we heard from Carl Whitehouse about what he hoped the planned eye clinic project in Guatemala would achieve. At the September meeting David Batchelor and Carl Whitehouse reported their actual accomplishments. And it was an inspirational tale! With a team of 11 people from the area, only 3 of whom were professionally trained for their roles prior to the mission, they ascended the hills of Guatemala and set up a clinic where they would treat 478 patients in 6 days, dispense 240 pairs of glasses and refer 16 people on for advanced treatment. This year's project was a trial and since their "throughput" greatly exceeded their initial plan, it provided a clear indication that they would be able to treat many more patients next year ~ perhaps as many as 1,600 people.
The visual imagery of the countryside and the Mayan people displayed in their presentation were paradoxically both breathtaking and heart wrenching. How could people who live in such a beautiful but harsh environment, who have so little and who have experienced the ravages of nature in recent years, appear so cheerful?David and Carl seemed justifiably proud of the accomplishments of the team, as well as with the Rotary Club and the community that supported their project. For the 11 members of the team, which also included Probians Pat Batchelor and Barbara Whitehouse, the project included numerous personal sacrifices. Each member paid $1,400 for the privilege of participating, gave up vacation time and endured long days and less than ideal conditions which included torrential rain, hail, fog and washed out roads. Judging by the enthusiasm and facial expressions of the presenters, the sacrifices were definitely worthwhile.
Management Team Notes
Goodbye to Wilf |
New President Mike Else announced that there would be a special ceremony at the break in honour of Wilf Parry who is moving to Aurora to be closer to family. He reminded everyone that the idea of creating a Probus Club in Perth came from Wilf Parry after he had heard of a successful club operating in Collingwood. Wilf then went on to form the small group which founded Probus Perth in 1995. The picture show's Mike inviting Wilf to cut a cake bearing the inscription "Goodbye & God Bless, Wilf! Perth's Loss Aurora's Gain".
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