Personal Profile: Rod MacLean
Rod MacLean, a descendant of Highland Scots, spent his former years growing up in Washabuck, Nova Scotia. He attended St. Frances Xavier and Nova Scotia Technical College obtaining a Degree in Civil Engineering. Following university he met Joyce, his wife of 47 years. They have 3 children. Rod and his family have had 13 homes as his work demanded.
Rod worked for 3 years with the Canadian Gypsum Company as a sales engineer for civil engineering test equipment before joining the Military with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He loved working in the service and his military career span 20 years. He worked as base construction engineer on a number of bases, taught at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering, and served at command and national head quarters. Rod recalled working at his military office in Montreal during the FLQ crisis of October, 1970 and the tension and unrest that was felt in the city during this period.
Following his retirement from his military career, Rod worked in Hull for 15 years at Indian Affairs Head Quarters. His work with Indian Affairs changed dramatically as the Federal Government devolved to the First Nations control and management of their own affairs. Rod wrote manuals, developed and taught courses on construction and maintenance management. Also with the Department he worked in fire protection, construction safety and lastly as the director of Technology Transfer.
Rod has been retired for 11 years. First, Joyce and Rod moved to Portland, and 3 years ago, they downsized to Perth. In retirement, Rod calls himself a dabbler: he reads, golfs, gardens, fishes, paints in water colours. Come winter, you will find them in Florida or Arizona, living the good life!
- Wednesday, September 24: Wine Tour of Prince Edward County. w/Heritage Travel. Enjoy a pleasant bus trip down the Loyalist Highway with a ferry ride across the Bay of Picton. We will be visiting Waupoos & Huff wineries. Lunch will be at the Waring House. Members are encouraged to invite their spouses and friends on this trip. Please sign up with Pat at Heritage Travel before September 10th - Cost $90 each (Please pay by Cheque only).
- Friday, October 24: Annual Octoberfest! Come out and join us for a wonderful evening! Sign up with Denise at our September meeting.
- Friday, December 12: Annual Christmas Dinner! What a great way to begin the Christmas Season! Be sure to sign up early with Denise.
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 (613-267-3479). Note: For all trips, the bus leaves from the Legion.
|From the Management Team Meeting
- AGM September 3, 2008: The September Probus Meeting includes our Annual General Meeting. The Nominating Committee has proposed the following slate of candidates for positions on the 2008 - 2009 Management Team: President: Ernie Trischuk, Vice President: Bruce Gourley, Past President: Helen Black, Treasurer: Don Sherwin, Secretary: Sheila Clark, Program: Ian Doig & Glen Pettinger, Special Events: Denise Mullins, Membership: Rod Woolham, Newsletter: Vacant, Webmaster: Colin Stephenson, Facilities: Bill & Kathleen Lea, Member at Large: Keith Brown, Financial Review: Don McNaughton.
- Financial review: a “Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements For Fiscal Year ending July 31, 2008” is attached for your review ~ click here for pdf document. This statement will be discussed at the AGM portion of the meeting on September 3rd, so please bring it with you.
- Membership: Rod reported that we ended the year with 140 members.
- Membership Fees: Probus Perth membership fees for the year 2008-09 are due at the first meeting in September. To avoid the fee payment line-ups that normally take place at that meeting, the Management Team is urging members to renew by mail. The membership fees are being held at the reduced rate of $15 per person. There is a renewal form available on our Probus Website ~ click here to access. Please fill out this form and send it together with your cheque to Probus Box 2164, Perth, Ont., K7H 3M9.
- Newsletter: Colin has agreed to do a one page newsletter for September, that would be a template for future issues. At the AGM, volunteers will be asked to become part of a team to do one or more newsletters during the next year.
- Webmaster: For 2008/09, Colin will continue to present information about future activities and speakers on our Probus web-site. This is hoped to encourage member participation in meetings and activities.
- In September , Nancy Scarth - FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE! Nancy Scarth, a keen outdoors woman, first female graduate in engineering (BSc in Engineering Physics) from Queens and later received a degree in Slavic Studies from Ottawa U. She has travelled extensively in the USSR during the last 20 years and will give a slide presentation on her experiences in Siberia.
- In October Harry Needham, "Five Soldiers that found Ontario"
- In November General Lewis MacKenzie ~ tentative