Probus Club of Perth
This listing is intended to give newer members a sense of the range
of topics covered and older members a nostalgic look back.
February Hon. Judge John Matheson Canada as a Nation with or without Quebec
March John J Stewart Restoration and Revitalization of Perth
April Betty and Matt Burpee Sailboat Building and Chartering in England
and the Caribbean
May William Nelson Wax Technology and the Containment of
Radon and Radiation in the Environment
June Susan Code History of Perth
July Frank Houghton CESO Canadian Executive Services Organization
August No Speaker Tour of the Albany Plant in Perth
September No Speaker Thousand Island Boat Cruise, Gananoque
October Robert Leitch Lanark Communications Network
November Bryce Bell Amalgamation of Municipalities in Lanark County
December Brad Marsh His Experiences in the National Hockey League
January Neil Fennell Community Policing and Crime Prevention
February Donald McNaughton Challenges Faced By Canada's Armed Forces
March John Ruggles Arctic Thoughts from Keewatin District, NWT
April Charles Long Living Beyond the Fast Lane and Enjoying It
May Dominic Gallerneault The 3M Company: Perth and Worldwide
June Ken & Elizabeth Murray Insights into Elder Hostel Worldwide
July No Formal Meeting Golf and Lunch at Links of Tay
August Bob Parks Perth and Smith's Falls District Hospital
September Greg Anderson Legal Problems Facing Seniors
October No Formal Meeting Wakefield Steam Train Excursion
November Gus Quattrocchi The Merchants, Professionals and Tradespersons of Perth
December Wendy & Art Briggs-Jude Local Flora and Fauna and Related Stories
January Tom Graham Fitness the Key to a Good Life
February Graeme Crabb Artistic Slide and Sound Presentation
March Kurt Holl Leather - A Day in the Tannery
April Franziska Von Rosen Film - Living with Deer
May Walter Brown Genealogy and the Lanark County Society
June Beverly McCreight How to Deal with Ice Storm Damaged Trees
September Shaun Thompson Amphibians are Worthwhile
October Linda Chaplin Long Term Care, Past, Present and Future
November None Trip to Parliament Hill
December Dave Darling Regional V.P. Royal Bank of Canada
January Lana March Perth, Present and Future
February Judith Knudsen Acoustics Systems for Marine Application
March Olivier Chatillon OMYA Canada Plant and Products
April Ian Miller Ian's and Big Ben's Rise to Fame Stories
May Dave Trick Development of the Perth Soap Company
June Helga & Dave Zimmerly Sailing Half Way Around the World
September John Clement The Perth Courier and Independent Papers
October Victoria Gibb-Carsley The Council of Canadians Issues-Water Export
November Jim Peden The Geographic Information System Project
December Lloyd Morrison Author and Artist of Valley Churches
January Gordon Cowie Perth's Millennium Activities
February Michel Germain Development of a Perfume Business
March Sharon Kraft / Stephen Taylor Organ Transplant-A Personal Story
April Tim Wynne-Jones The Value of Writing for the Writer
May Gus Quattrocchi Some Highlights of Perth History
June David Turner Anthropological Insights of an Australian
September Barry Crampton Update on the Lanark Communication Network
October Don McNaughton The Great War Memorial Foundation
November Joyce Firlotte Powers of Attorney-Health and Property
December Laura MacCuaig Asset Allocation in an Investment Portfolio
January Jaime Waitman The Rideau Carleton Raceway and Casino
February Ann and Gordon Munroe The 2003 International Plowing Match
March John Kruithof Handing Over Hong Kong to China in1997
April Alfred von Mirbach A Run Through the Himalayas Team NOMAD
May Peggy Neilson / Kate Bergin Home Care Services and Long Term Placement
- What We Need to Know
June Dawn Smith Knowledge is the Best Medicine-Senior Drugs
September Pam Tysick / Sheila Weeks Long Stay Vacations - Spain and Portugal
October Peter Code A Virtual Bus Tour of Perth
November John Stewart Neighbourhood Rehabilitation Project-China
December Todd Stepanuik What's New at the Perth and Smith's Falls District Hospital
January Earl Johns Policing Issues-Perth and Carleton Place
February Edmund Patten Restoring the Nieuport 17 - Aviation Museum
March David Ballinger History and Issues - The Rideau Canal
April Robert Fonberg The Role of the Privy Council Office
May Jim Peden / Jeff Dean Development and Use of the Geographic
Information System in Lanark County
June Henry Hengeveldt Climate Change and Global Warming
September Nedege Adam Concerns About Genetically Modified Foods
October Bill Hale The Story of Deregulated Hydro Power
November Dan Black Generations of Remembrance
December Dan Taylor Wine Making in Prince Edward County
January Murray Quattrocchi Life in Perth During the 1920's and 30's
February David Poole The Canada Council Grants Programme
March Carol Dillon The Environmental Bill of Rights / Tay River
April Imam Gamal Solaiman The Islam Religion with a Canadian Context
May Alfred von Mirbach Climate Change and the Projects of ecoPerth
June Walter Prystawski The National Arts Centre Orchestra
September Joellen McHard The Volunteer Hospice Visiting Service
October Ron Miller Royal Canadian Legion Hall of Remembrance
November Mr. Justice Stephen March The Provincial Court System
December Carolee Mason and students The Long Tradition of Performing Arts in Perth
January Jackie Marshall Life in Arctic Bay, Nunavut
February Don MacKay The History of the Rideau Canal
March Capt. Patrick Toomey Taking Tourists to the North Pole
April R. Hicks and B. McInnes The ABCs of Fraud
May Tobi Kiesewalter The History and Ecology of Murphy's Point Park
June Gordon Walton Canadian Forces Life in Afghanistan
September Hans Sinn Peace Brigades International
October Judy Young Teaching ESL in China
November Murray Quattrocchi Landing on Juno Beach (60th anniversary)
December Wynne White Teaching English to language teachers in Laos
January Dr. Herb Helmstaedt The Canadian Diamond Industry
February Joellen McHard The Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral
Service (VCARS) of Lanark County
March Capt. Patrick Toomey Comparing the Antarctic to the Arctic
April Jack Herd Musical Program with the PDCI Band
May John Wilson Powers of Attorney - Property and Personal Care
June Graham Kelly New Zealand's Electoral System
September Mike Poulin Services of Lanark County Mental Health Unit
October Dr. Allen Crawford Bank of Canada and Canada's Monetary Policy
November Murray Quattrocchi VE Day 60th Anniversary Trip to Holland
David Zimmerley / Ally Ross Guatamala Stove Project
December Paul Egginton Climate Change
January Rt. Rev. Patrick Lee Six Years in Uganda
February Lisa Morgan Levine Recycling and Trash Disposal
March William Rowe Medications for Heart Disease and Diabetes
April Tugrul Biltekin Turkey - its History and Tourist Charms
May Darinka Morrelli YAK, the Youth Action Kommittee in Perth
June Ian Doig My Magical Years in the Czech Republic
September Catherine Shearon Reaching Fitness Goals and Living Healthier Lives
October Grover Lightford Background, and development of our Probus Club
November Peter Black Fair Vote Canada - “Does your vote count?”
December David Jacklin Meet the Marks Brothers, Canadian Kings of Repertoire
January Bob Sneyd The Real Miracle of the Rideau Canal
February Lynn Ball Life on a Press Pass
March Mike Nickerson Living on Earth as if we want to stay
April Peter Code A Virtual Walking Tour of Perth
May Nancy Wildgoose Volunteers in the Community
June Jim Sands The Hobbies of a Master of Detail
September Brenda Hurle The United Way in Lanark County
October John Kittle Uranium Exploration and Mining Issues in Eastern Ontario
November Dan Black Remembrance and Youth
December John Nikita RCMP International Peace Operations
January Roy MacSkimming “MacDonald”, Roy’s current novel about Sir John A.
February John Clement Heritage Perth Business Improvement Area
March Meeting snowed out!
April Helga and David Zimmerly Touring the Galapagos Islands
May James Bartleman From Port Carling to Perth: “All a Matter of Luck!”
June Ken Watson Exploring the Ancient Rideau
September Nancy Scarth My Travels in Siberia
October Harry Needham A Tale of Six Grandfathers – the United Empire Loyalists
November General Lewis McKenzie Peacekeeping Missions
December The Men of the Tay Seasonal songs
|January||Susan Code||Stories of the area.|
|February||John McKenty||The life and times of the James Brothers and his book "Follow the Crowd".|
|March||Heather Perkins-McVey||The legal issues associated with health care.|
Nuclear energy and its possible role in our future.
|May||Frank Roy||"Darts to Arrows: a celebration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight".|
|June||Peter Craske||D-Day experiences ~ marking the 65th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied Invasion of Europe .|
|September||Doug Burt||Presentation on Dignity House of Perth, a palliative care facility.|
|October||Dennis Dwyer||“Will There be a Church for Our Great Grandchildren?”.|
|November||General Clive Addy||Today's Soldier|
|December||Elaine Turner||Presentation on Perth and District Community Foundation, which has provided more than $100,000 in grants for worthwhile projects in our area in recent years.|
|January||Carl Whitehouse||Living conditions for indigenous Mayans of Guatemala and the mobile eye clinic project|
|February||Larry Cotton||The author of "Whiskey and Wickedness" on the early whiskey industry in Perth|
|March||Jorgan Hoeven & Eric Cosens||The Wilson Street Redevelopment and other Perth infrastructure programs.|
The Elderhostel travel programs.
|May||Keith & Graham Lindsey||Heritage Fair Re-enactment of the War of 1812 .|
|June||Jim Gilpin||His experiences in World War II .|
|September||David Batchelor & Carl Whitehouse||The Guatemalan Eye Clinic ~ a post project report.|
|October||Walter Baker||His walking tour from Lands End in Cornwall to John o’Groats in North Eastern Scotland.|
|November||Brigadier General Dabros||His experiences in Afghanistan.|
|December||Roy (Sandy) MacSkimming||His latest book 'Laurier in Love'.|
|January||Dennis Dwyer||A two part presentation “Mediation and Dispute Resolution” and “Small Home Based Businesses for Seniors”.|
|February||n/a||Meeting cancelled due to adverse weather conditions..|
|March||Simon Lunn||Presentation on nature photography|
|May||Cliff Bennett||Presentation on Loons.|
|June||John Chattoe||The effect of information technology on our families including seniors, presented at the Timber Run Golf Club in Lanark|
|September||Wynne White||On her experiences living and teaching in Ethiopia.|
|October||Elizabeth Goldman||The new Head Librarian of the Perth and District Union Library talked about her plans and ideas to make the library more community minded and lively|
|November||Major-General(Ret’d) Clive Addy||Presented a powerful documentary entitled “If I Should Fall”. In large part this video presentation was put together by a soldier from General Addy’s regiment and who was killed in Afghanistan.|
|December||Gordon & Linda Craig||The new Proprietors of the Perth Manor Boutique Hotel spoke about why they bought the Manor and their plans for the music series to be held there.|
|January||Bennie Beattie||Bennie Beattie, a long –time summer resident of the Saguenay Lac St. Jean area of Quebec spoke about the Whales of the St. Lawrence and St. Lawrence River Estuary. There are more varieties of whales in this area than any other place in the world.|
|February||Diana Beresford-Kroeger||Diana Beresford-Kroeger, medical biochemist, world-traveler and author and well-known independent academic who describes herself as a “renegade scientist”, discussed the Arboretum Borealis and its relation to climate change.|
|March||Dr. David Turner||Dr. David Turner, a Perthite (his father was Managing Editor of the Perth Courier) who is a recently retired anthropologist from the U of T , spoke about his experiences with aboriginals in Australia.|
Nancy Wildgoose on the Renaissance of the Perth & District Food Bank
|May||Ron Alquist||Ron Alquist, Assistant Chief Economic Analysis at the Bank of Canada, on economic research and the determinants of oil prices.|
|June||Brian Perkin||Brian Perkin, V-P & Program Director of “Lake 88” our very own and popular FM station.|
|September||Sandra Joyce||Sandra Joyce on “UK Home Children”|
|October||John McKenty||All about the history of Christie Lake|
|November||Glenn Tunnock||The War of 1812. Glenn ia an accredited land use planner, with over 30 years of experience. He has an MA (History) and an MPA from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from Waterloo University (read full bio).|
|December||Major-General(Ret’d) Clive Addy|| Clive Addy headed up a team including our Chief of Police, Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Preparedness. Their subject: SECURITY & OUR CONTINUED SAFETY. Gen. Addy described the concerns at the international, national, and provincial levels while the rest of the team covered Perth. (read bio).
Mindreader video included in presentation.
Chris McGuire Sherwin, with Bonnie Waugh, Terrey Roach and Susan Samila
||Chris and her team talked about Lanark County Community Home Support, which offers an astonishing range and variety of support services to seniors and adults with physical disabilities to enable them to stay in their homes.|
||Amanda Groshinski talked about Plasko Energy and their innovative technology garbage can be converted into energy reducing the need for landfills while generating electricity.|
||Cheri Barton on Organ Donation: Representing the Ontario Trillium Gift of Life Foundation, Cheri is a dairy farmer’s wife from Vankleek Hill, ON who herself will need a liver & kidney transplant. Organ donation is an important facet of state-of-the-art medicine. Several members have subsequently registered for organ donation and say that it is very fast, secure and easy ~ click here to register now, then be sure to tell your family you have done so.|
Don Drummond explained the background to the Drummond Report and the intricacies of government finance. Mr. Drummond is a noted Canadian economist, having served extensively in the federal Department of Finance Canada, as Chief Economist at Toronto-Dominion Bank and as a scholar at Queen's University. He is known for his wide contributions to public policy in Canada and extensive citation on economic issues.
||James Bissett, one of Canada’s leading authorities on immigration, spoke on this subject. After 36 years of public service often serving at the highest levels, in 1974 he was appointed head of the Immigration Foreign Services. After serving as Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Albania in the early 90s he was asked by the Russian government to help in establishing a new immigration agency.|
||Willa Dwyer told us what it’s like to be a woman in the "man’s world" of long haul trucking. She is a sixth generation Montrealer who grew up in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, graduated from Mount Allison University in Science & Math, then obtained a baccalauréat en design industriel de l’Université de Montréal. Following a series of executive positions in retailing, marketing and manufacturing, she decided to become a long-haul trucker and obtained her Class 1 license. Today she is a driver for Normandin Transit in Napierville, QC and lives in West Brome, Québec.|
||David O’Blenis has spent his whole life flying, now he’s the president of the Smiths Falls Flying Club, but behind that is a distinguished career in the RCAF ending up as a Lt. Gen. and deputy commander of NORAD followed by senior executive positions in a number of well known Canadian companies. He is also an enthusiastic photographer. It is in that role that he will entertain us with a presentation and pictures of an unforgettable safari in Africa.|
||George Addy has already had a distinguished career as a lawyer specializing in trade and investment issues. He is a senior partner of Ward Phillips & Vineberg, a former head of the Canadian Competition Bureau, later Executive VP and Chief General Council for TELUS. He is sought after by Canadian and foreign-based clients in relation to mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures as they are impacted by regulations for foreign investment in Canada. With investment in Canada now coming from far away countries like China, India and the Middle East, we are fortunate to have a speaker who can give us an expanded appreciation of this important area.|
|November||F/O (Ret’d) Jim Sands, RCAF
||Jim Sands told us the fascinating story of how radar helped to win not only the Battle of Britain, but the war at sea and on land. As a specialist in electronics in the RCAF, F/O Jim Sands, “Sandy” to all who know him and served with him, led us though this great story. He knows his stuff and he tells it with sparkle. This gentleman built his first three tube radio when he was only ten!|
||December 4 ~ Craig Greenwood. a Probian, presented “The Fantastic White Bears of the Ice.” During a 31 year career with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Craig made a years-long study of polar bears in northern Ontario.
Mindreader video included in presentation.
Derek Cooke, one of our newer Probus members who gave his personal profile at the November meeting, returned to talk about his eleven years working in Saudi Arabia.
Alexis Troubetskoy is the son of Russian immigrants and grew up in Montreal. While attending university at Concordia he joined the RCN(R) and served as a Lt. After graduate studies he became a teacher and then headmaster of two private schools. Presently he travels the world as International Liaison Officer for the IOCC. (International Orthodox Christian Charities) He has a passion for Canada’s arctic and his acclaimed book “ Arctic Obsession” was published by MacMillan.
Ted Dyke is a retired electrical contractor whose hobbies over the year have been wood turning and photography. His passion today is nature and he has recently been up in Churchill Falls and has some wonderful pictures of wild life in natural settings. Given that another interest is racing cars - he has competed at Watkins Glen - his presentation to us in March of photo studies of plants and animals, highlights again the eclectic nature of our membership. For a taste of Ted’s photography click here.
George Laidlaw on "For the Love of History"
A native of Ottawa, after working for the Canadian government as a biologist for over thirty years, George started another career as a story-teller, historian and author. His publications include stories in children’s magazines and adult historical novels. With the fast-paced skills of a natural story-teller he threads action, emotion, and intellect into riveting presentations. His interests include biology, geology, paleontology and the history of man. You may get a glimpse of George in advance by checking out this video.
|May|| Gail Read and Ian McDonald
Gail Read & Ian McDonald have spent several months this year exploring southern South America and Antarctica. They have also visited Chile, Argentina, Peru and the Falklands, in addition to Antarctica. And they have taken pictures everywhere they have gone ~ thousands of them. Gail whittled their treasure trove of pictures down to display a sampling to us.
Our speakers were Geoff Hart, Al Mcgregor and Lisa Saunders.
Dr. Geoff Hart, a veterinarian who has carefully followed how ticks on dogs can cause Lyme disease in our area and two people, Al McGregor and Lisa Sunders, who have personally wrestled with Lyme disease.
It turns out that the Perth area and especially Last Dual Park and Murphy’s Point Provincial Park are considered “hot spots” by some who follow these developments.
Information on Ticks and Lyme provided by Al McGregor
|September|| James Bissett
James Bissett spoke about lessons learned from the Balkans and present events in the Ukraine and on the effectiveness of NATO. Mr. Bissett is a former Canadian Ambassador with 36 years of service in the government of Canada. He was the Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Albania and worked in Russia from 1992 to 1997 as Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration. He previously spoke to Probus in May 2013.
Mr. Bissett's paper detailing his position on NATO is available by clicking here.
|October|| Paola de Rose
Our speaker was Paola de Rose, Director, Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, Natural Resources Canada. She spoke about the Canadian approach to remote sensing - observing the Earth with sensors from high above its surface.
|November|| General Paul Manson
Our speaker was General Paul Manson on The New Face of War, former Chief of Defence Staff and volunteer chair of the Canadian War Museum’s “Passing the Torch” fundraising campaign, which raised $16.5 million in support of the new museum. General Manson has written numerous articles on defence and national security, and has been a frequent commentator on defence issues on television and radio.
|December|| Alfred Von Mirbach
Our speaker was Alfred Von Mirbach on the El Camino Trail, which has been described as the most famous pilgrimage in the world, tracing the route to the relics of the Apostle James, interred in the grand old Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Alfred Von Mirbach is well known in Perth for his environmental work with ecoPerth and for his participation in local theatre.
Our speaker on was Dennis Staples, the recently retired and long-time mayor of Smiths Falls, who spoke about the collapse of the employment base there and the Town's subsequent efforts to build a new economic base. Dennis is also a long time member of the Perth & Smiths Falls Hospital Board and has provided direction and leadership to the broader community for years.
|February|| Terrence Dickinson
Our speaker was Terrance Dickinson, who gave a “Tour of the Universe”. In this highly illustrated presentation, astronomy author Terence Dickinson revealed the grandeur of the universe as seen in his own celestial photography and in the magnificent images taken by the world’s largest telescopes. The speaker is a member of the Order of Canada, editor of SkyNews, Canada’s national astronomy magazine, the author of 15 astronomy books and is a former staff astronomer at the McLaughlin Planetarium of the Royal Ontario Museum.
For a glimpse, check out Nightwatch
Meeting CANCELLED because of a Hydro failure, which closed the Legion. Our speakers were to have been Helga and David Zimmerly, who were rescheduled.
Our speaker was Kate Johnson who gave a talk entitled "Empathy and Hope". She talked about who in the justice system deserves empathy and how her work training prisoners in victim empathy is bringing hope to prisoners, victims and staff alike. Kate has spent 20 years "in and out of jail" as a Social Worker, chaplain and advocate for victim's issues.? She holds Bachelor's degrees in sociology and Social Work as well as a Master's of Divinity in Restorative Justice. Kate was appointed the Inter-faith chaplain to Queen's University in 2013 but continues to spend her free time advocating for humane responses to crime.
|May|| Cheryl Cooper
Our speaker was author Cheryl Cooper speaking about her “Seasons of War” saga, which is set against a backdrop of the naval War of 1812. Cheryl has a degree in English and Education from Queen's University. A former teacher of hearing-impaired children and a volunteer for the Children's Foundation of Muskoka, she lives in Bracebridge, Ontario.
|June|| James Leake, Toni Pickard & Bill Cooper
Our presentation was on the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) concept. Our three speakers were: 1. Toni Pickard (Co-founder, Kingston Action Group on BIG; retired Professor, Queen’s University Faculty of Law); 2. James Leake (Chair, Social Justice and Outreach Committee, Sydenham United Church; retired Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry); 3. Bill Cooper (Professor Queen’s School of Business). To read more about this subject, please go to the resource kit on our website, or for a quick primer, go to QJ Politics: A case for basic income.
|September|| Dwayne Price & Greg Holbrook
Our presenters were Dwayne Price, Manager, Field Operations, Information Management, NavCan and Greg Holbrook, a pilot and former Inspector, Transport Canada. The illustrated talk was an overview of controlled airspace in Canada called "From Hand Signals to Satellites".
|October||Helga & David Zimmerly
Our speakers were Helga and David Zimmerly, who gave an illustrated talk on the risk-taking inherent in making an extended voyage by cruising sailboat. The risks discussed ranged from the physical to the emotional and the financial, from storms to pirates to unstable political situations. The couple spent ten years cruising half-way around the world, from 1986 to 1995, via the Canadian Arctic, Europe, Africa and Asia before settling down in BurgessWood. They are in the process of writing a memoir about their adventures and Helga will also discuss the risks and rewards associated with that project. For a glimpse of their presentation, please click here for a sample from their e-book “The Voyage of Erasmus Volume 1 - Ottawa to the Arctic”.
Our speaker was Barry Crampton with a presentation on his historical mapping project for the 200th anniversary of the Perth Military Settlement. Barry demonstrated the online prototype of the historical mapping Project, showing the original lot boundaries of land grants to the early settlers, the various types of land grants (military, settler, clergy, crown, etc.), and data about the original grantee, where they were from, how many in the family, etc., as well as links to any interview clips or photos.
|December|| Jennifer Dickson
Our speaker was Jennifer Dickson with a presentation on planning for the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the Perth Military Settlement, which encompasses the current Town of Perth, Tay Valley Township, Drummond North Elmsley Township and Beckwith Township. The member municipalities have established a 200th Anniversary Joint Committee to plan the celebration. Jennifer is a Councillor of Tay Valley Townships and chairs their 200th anniversary committee as well as sitting on the joint committee for the whole area. She talked about why the military were assigned here, why settlers came here rather than elsewhere, what they faced and who established the four municipalities.