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President Sandy Dreger welcomed everyone to the meeting at 2:35. Everyone thanked Donna and her kitchen crew for the wonderful Valentine treats. We had 75 people in attendance with one guest. Members were reminded for the need to sign our new waiver form and provide emergency contact information . John McGinn was collecting forms.
Steve Hill had a brain teaser to open the programme: Q: What do Elvis Presley, William Shakespeare and Gordon Lightfoot have in common? A: Love and poetry
To reinforce the Valentines theme of the meeting Frank Young played and sang "Beautiful" by Gordon Lightfoot. Steve then shared an amusing story about love in our golden years and shared a beautiful reading from Shakespeare.
Our first speaker, Frank Young spoke about the journey of self publishing his book" Lessons my clients have taught me and other stories". The first thing you need are stories. During Franks career in a psychotherapy he gathered many stories about problems people face and the solutions they reached. He was very interested in publishing these stories after his retirement but he met many obstacles finding a publisher and faced many rejections. He became very discouraged by the process and the excuses - "not commercial enough", "not academic enough", "we really don't want to bother reading samples". He was encouraged to generate a social media following to make it more appealing. The process of self-publishing also had barriers and could be very costly with no promise of return. Frank finally found a book designer in Vancouver to format his manuscript as a trade paperback. He then found Island Blue Publishing in Victoria and did an initial press run of 100 copies and a PDF version that could be sold online. Two months after publication, selling only by word of mouth, the first press run has sold out. Frank returned to the theme of love by reciting the first verse of Khalil Gibran's poem "On Love.
Our next speaker was Dale Erhart who was speaking about Battery Electric Cars. He confessed that in his previous career as a Voodoo pilot he had a very large carbon footprint. He now has a push mower and electric cars. He has always loved cars and most of them were turbo charged. The first electric car of the modern age was the Nissan Leaf. In 2016 it had a 177 km range. It has better range in the city due to the technology. Brakes also never seem to wear out as the battery does most of the braking. There are very few working parts so it has a very long life. He told us about his induction charger that they drive over so they don't have to plug it in. It only has to charge every three of four days. After a very positive talk about the ecological value of an EV Dale fielded many questions?
Q: What about range anxiety?
A: There are high speed chargers in Qualicum Beach and Nanaimo. They charge in about 25 minutes. The technology is constantly improving so having to stop for a supercharger can take only 10 minutes. Ten or fifteen minutes will get the job done.
Q: What about vehicle safety?
A: This rates very high for electric cars. All the safety enhancements available for conventional cars are on electric cars. He also spoke about the value of autonomous driving - computers don't get tired or drunk. Humans drive with only two cameras while many sensors support autonomous driving. Studies have proven that 94% of collisions could have been avoided by autonomous driving. They drive very well in snow as they are heavy and have a low centre of gravity.
Q: What about batteries and Battery life?
A: Dale advised that Prius batteries have been known to last 18 years. Batteries are becoming more and more robust. But it is an issue for the electric vehicle market. Batteries contain some very nasty stuff like cobalt and lithium. These materials are recyclable. The batteries can be repurposed to run solar panels. They can also be used on diesel school buses to scrub the fuel.
Q: What happens in a power outage?
A: Dale acknowledged this as a concern but pointed out that in a protracted outage gas pumps would also be affected.
Q: What about service?
A: For Tesla owners there are "rangers" on Vancouver Island who can do many repairs in your driveway. The cars are designed to last - they have 500,00 miles batteries.
Q: What about fights at charging stations?
A: At peak usage times it can be a problem.
Q: What about cost of ownership?
A: Studies have shown that for a $55,000 Tesla vs. a $44,000 Camry cost of ownership over 5 years favours the electric car.
Q: Can hackers get into your car?
A: Tesla and others are working full time to prevent t his.
You can buy a Tesla online. But there are no local options for test drives. Sandy thanked him for a wonderful and informative presentation.
Sandy again urged people to consider serving on the Management Committee for the 2020-2021 term. Tony Nicol is the person to contact if you are interested.
In honour of Valentine's Day we all sang (and some danced) to Elvis Presley's "Can't help falling in love with you".
Those attending the bowling outing Saturday were asked to come 10 minutes early to sort out shoes, etc.
Linda Leslie provided the tickets for the monthly draws. The winners were: Sylvia Giles, Ann Isbister, Jennifer Harrison and Dale McIsaac.
Meeting adjourned at 4:10.
The next Monthly Gathering will be on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Join us as we kick off a new year and a new decade. Refreshments and mingling at 2:00 with our formal program starting at 2:30.
Our first speaker will be Glacier Probus member, Dr. Frank Young, a registered clinical psychologist with a home-based private practice in Comox. He published many journal and magazine articles, chapters in books, CDs and MP3 downloadable self-help programs. He was a presenter at national and international conferences and workshops. Recently he authored a book highlighting interesting cases in his 35-year career. Frank will share his experience of getting his book self-published
Next Dale Erhart will present: Electric Cars - EV World – The Myths, Mysteries, and the Magic
Our world is changing faster than most expected and the transition in ground transportation to both sustainable and clean energy is impacting us all. Learn how we can benefit from this change. Dale will share his personal journey to owning not one but now 2 fully electric vehicles, how the Solar panels play a role and what is the impact on these vehicles to our planet, our neighbourhood and to our wallet.
Dale Erhart is a professional speaker who operates a Cruise ship speaker’s agency. He is a retired Air Force Flight Instructor, Airline Captain and Accident Investigator. He has a fascination with cars and technology, but it is the future that is most compelling for Dale. A Grandfather that wants to lead by example - his house has solar panels that can also supply energy to the cars.
As always the meeting will provide an opportunity to get to know your fellow Probus members just a little bit better. And there are Door Prizes! See you on February 6, 2020.
President Sandy Dreger welcomed everyone to the meeting. We had a very full house on a rainy afternoon. Members were reminded to complete the new waiver form and emergency contact information sheets. Sandy reminded members that there are only a few tickets left for the Christmas dance for sale at the back of the hall. Helmut Breitinger will be conducting a small silent auction at the Christmas party with proceeds going to the food bank. If members have items to add to the silent auction they should contact Helmut at 250- 483-6901 Jeannie Hall and Debbie were thanked for organizing a great Wine and Appy night at the Griffin Pub last evening.
Steve Hill shared a funny cartoon to get us in the Christmas spirit and a very funny horse video before introducing our guest speaker Jill Nelson. She spoke about the benefits of exercise. It has been proven that Exercise is Medicine - it enhances our mood, reduces anxiety, helps us manage stress and improves many health conditions. Exercise releases many brain hormones that enhance our feeling of well being. Studies show that mild to moderate exercise can treat depression. It also prevents cognitive decline. A good acronym to remember is FITT: Frequency, intensity, Time, Type. All elements contribute to preventative health care through exercise.
Steve then introduced some members of the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra (under the direction of Helena Jung) who played selections from their Christmas with Mozart concert that will be held this weekend at the Native Sons Hall. There are only a few tickets left for the Saturday evening performance. The President of the Board gave a presentation of the formation and history of the orchestra. She noted that Glacier Probus member Michelle Morton was the founding President of the Board of Directors. The seventy members range in age from 15 to 80. They are a community orchestra made up of amateur musicians and high school students. The orchestra will celebrate their 15th anniversary in 2020. Anyone who can read music and has two years experience playing their instrument is welcome to join.
Nancy Watson provided the tickets for the monthly draws. The winners were Sandy Dreger, Jasmine Murtough , Ron Watkins and Phil Morck.
Sandy reminded that people should start considering joining the Board of Directors for the 2020/2021 season. Tony Nicol is the nominating committee and he will be in touch if no one steps forward.
Sandy thanked everyone for coming and reminded members that there will not be a January monthly gathering - the next Monthly Gathering will be on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Join us for some Christmas goodies and enjoy a wonderful program.
Our speaker is Jill Nelson who will be advising us on Using Exercise as a Primary Treatment. She will give us tips on Overcoming adversities in life by using Exercise as Medicine. Jill is a Personal Trainer, a member of the BCRPA (BC Recreation and Parks Association), a Medical Exercise Specialist, a member of AAHRFP (American Academy of Health, Rehab and Fitness Professionals), PWR! Moves Instructor for Parkinson’s Disease and a Retired Rehab Assistant, St. Joseph’s Hospital
To help us get into the holiday spirit we will feature "Christmas with Mozart" a concert by Maestro Helena Jung with some members of Strathcona Symphony Orchestra.
Strathcona Symphony Orchestra is a unique regional orchestra that draws musicians of all ages from the communities in the Comox Valley and Campbell River. They are celebrating their 14th year and proud to be under the direction of Helena Jung.
Helena has had a diverse career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and as a teacher for over 25 years. She received her BMus and MMus in Seoul, Korea, and has performed with the Jeunesses Musical World Orchestra as a member and the Seoul Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Gyeonggi Provincial Philharmonic Orchestra as the principal cellist. She has participated in various musical programs, such as the Ratzeburger Sommer Akademie Festival in Germany and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland to learn from the best and refine her musical expertise.
Currently she plays with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, and is the leader of Vancouver Island Cello Ensemble. She received the honour to feature at Concerts Denman, Lulu Performing Arts and Quadra Chamber Music Festival. She is a faculty of the Comox Valley Youth Music Camp and has held her own cello recital series; “Cellobration” and her students` concerts’; “Hello, Cello!” since 2007.
Her unwavering vision of musical perfection has made her a prized musician of Vancouver Island. Her passion for music can be heard in her work and leaves concertgoers eager for more. At the pinnacle of her career, Helena is exhilarated to lead the SSO to unprecedented feats enrich the Valley with music unlike any other. Personal website: www.helenajung.com
See you on December 5.
President Sandy Dreger welcomed everyone to the meeting. She reminded members that Christmas party tickets were for sale at the back of the hall. Sandy thanked members for filling out the updated waiver and emergency contact form. Director at large Jim Belair's work in developing the forms was acknowledged. If information changes it can be updated online or by contacting membership Director Ron Watson.
People who have asked Nancy Watson to hold tickets or who wanted to purchase them online need to be in touch with her as the online ordering is currently out of order.
Jane Kelliher and Cheryl McMahon were congratulated on the excellent Scavenger Hunt this past Sunday. It was a huge success. The winners were Robin Pearson, Vicki Matthew, Phil and Marie Morck and Lindsay Sparkes.
Steve Hill introduced this month's program by recalling that when he was in Holland this past summer travelling with his son they were very impressed by the roadside memorials and cemeteries and the sobering experience of viewing all of the endless graves of the young men who gave their lives so we could enjoy our current lifestyle and freedoms.
Members enjoyed musical selections performed by The Military Wives Choir, Comox. This choir is one of the fourteen non auditioned military wives choirs in Canada. Directed by Wendy Nixon Stothert, its aim is to support women in the Canadian Military with comradeship through music.
Our guest speaker was Jon Ambler OCC CD. His topic was Peacekeeping Myths and Realities. Born in England in 1955, Jon immigrated to Canada with his family in 1964. Following school, Jon joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1978 and qualified as an Aircraft Navigator, specialising in Long Range Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare
He served in a variety of staff appointments and commanded the Canadian Contingent of a non-UN peacekeeping force in Egypt’s Sinai Desert from 2003-2004. Upon returning to Canada he was appointed Wing Commander of 19 Wing Comox, the RCAF’s only station in BC. He retired from the Air Force in 2007. Following retirement he was the Manager of the Comox Air Force Museum for over 10 years, and he also served as a Courtenay City Councillor for two terms. He and Jill, his wife of 42 years, are both fully retired and live in Courtenay.
The talk was a very thought provoking description of what Canadian soldiers have faced during Peacekeeping operations and wartime. He described the transition from Peacekeeping to Peacemaking and the ambiguities and dilemmas that can cause serious problems in the aftermath. It can psychologically destroy the members of the military who found themselves caught up in these conflicts. Peacekeeping only works if both sides of a conflict want an end to the conflict. Currently Canada is often asked to provide skilled military personnel to areas of conflict. He reminded us to be proud of our sons and daughters who put themselves in harm's way on our behalf. Sandy thanked him for his challenging presentation.
Nancy Watson provided the tickets for the monthly draws. The winners were Laurie Marttz, Bev Oyler, Gary Lucas and Brenda Olenik.
Lael Popham advertised a sale of items including scarves, embroidered linens and other treasures from their time living in China. The sale is from 2:00 to 4:00 at Berwick House on November 21. All proceeds will be donated to charity. No item priced over $20.
Sandy thanked everyone for coming and extended special thanks to Donna and her helpers in the kitchen and said she looked forward to seeing us all at next month’s meeting.
President Sandy Dreger welcomed everyone to the meeting. She encouraged everyone to check the website for upcoming events - especially the scavenger hunt. Christmas party tickets were for sale at the back of the hall.
Ann Zanbilowicz spoke briefly about a healthy and happy aging experience where exercise of mind and body is essential. She was promoting her Tai Chi interest group which is floundering and hopes that more people will consider participating.
Jim Belair introduced our guest speakers as Steve Hill is currently traveling.
Courtenay Little Theatre is celebrating their 60th anniversary this season and Terry Penney & Adele Bailey came to share their love of little theatre. Terry introduced a short video about their organization followed by a slideshow highlighting recent productions. Adele then spoke about the many ways people can participate in little theatre - on and off stage. They are fortunate to have warehouse space for set construction and rehearsal. The current show Witness for the Prosecution opens tomorrow night with a cast of 18. The Christmas show will be the Little Mermaid with a cast of about 60.
The Little Theatre launches three productions each year - serious drama in the spring, lighter or comedic pieces in the fall and a larger musical production at Christmas time.
Our next presenter was Helena Jung who revealed that the Cello is her favourite instrument and hoped it would become ours as well. Helena is a local cello teacher, plays as part of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, is the music director of the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra and also performs in recitals. She played her lovely 109 years old French cello and explained her love story with the cello and why we should also consider it the "best" musical instrument. The Cello is essential to any string ensemble, it is the same range as the human voice, playing the cello is very good mentally and physically - stretching many muscles and giving emotional release. The Cello is great to play as you age as you always sit to play it.
Our final presenter was Terry Thormin who is a nature photographer. He has been a naturalist since the age of 14. The title of his talk was Photographing Backyard Birds, Bugs, Butterflies and other Beasties. Terry had many hints about things we could do to enhance our backyards - no matter how small - to increase our enjoyment of the natural world. Plants in pots give you the opportunity to move them around for better light for photography. Native plants and wildflowers provide interest all season. They also attract interesting insects. He gave many tips about how to construct opportunities to get great photographs. He then showed us amazing photographs he has taken in his own very small backyard and his friends backyard at Miracle Beach.
Jim let us know that the November meeting will have a Remembrance Day theme and will include a musical presentation from the Military Wives Choir.
Linda Leslie provided the tickets for the monthly draws. Starting this month we will have four draws for $25 gift cards. John McIsaac, Ken Oyler, Gwen Rypien and James Kennedy were the winners.
Sandy thanked everyone for coming an extended special thanks to Donna and her helpers in the kitchen and said she looked forward to seeing us all at next month’s meeting.
President Sandy Dreger welcomed everyone to the start of our 7th year as a Probus Club. Sandy welcomed new members and reminded longer term members to greet new members who have happy faces on their name badges as they are new to the club. She also welcomed some guests who are visiting us this month.
The club is now at our 250 limit but we are taking names for a waiting list. Thank you to Heather Crites for organizing the "trade" show for activity groups. Thanks were also extended to the Activity group coordinators. Leaders are needed for Random Readers - a very informal book club that meets once per month. Donna and her helpers were acknowledged for the lovely snacks served with coffee and tea.
Sandy advised that each member will be asked to provide emergency contact information so that the rest of the group can be in touch with your designated contact if necessary while you are participating in Probus activities. We should all think of being sure that when we leave the house we carry something that could help identify us if we unexpectedly become unable to communicate.
Steve Roy asked if any club member is traveling to Victoria in the near future. A member who was injured in an accident will be moving from hospital to a facility where she will be able to have her two cats with her. If anyone is traveling to Victoria please contact Steve. The cats will be ready to go in carriers and our member would be very happy to have her furry friends with her.
Sandy advised that this year we will have a monthly meeting on December 5 in lieu of the January 2 meeting.
Sandy introduced this month's speaker Pat Trask who has a lifelong interest in the natural world. He has been with the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre since 1993. Has led several excavations and has hosted thousands of visitors on fossil tours in the Comox Valley. He is a founding member of the Vancouver Island Palaeontology Association. In 2019 the Elasmosaurus (discovered in Courtenay) was proposed as the official BC fossil emblem. Tony Nicol presented a small token of our appreciation to Mr. Trask for his very interesting presentation.
The meeting concluded with the draw for this month's gift certificates. The winners of Starbucks' gift certificates were Marie Morck and Phil Morck.
Sandy thanked everyone for coming and said she looked forward to seeing them at next month’s meeting.
This year’s final event of the season at Simm’s park was well attended and enjoyed by all. Many thanks are in order for a BBQ of this magnitude to run smoothly.
First and foremost Donna, as the Facilities Planner, did an amazing job arranging for the burgers, condiments and drinks and setting everything up in an efficient manner. In addition, thanks to all attendees who shared their favorite potluck salads, appetizers and desserts…..very delicious.
The barbeques were managed by Steve and Jim with backup by Barry and Frank. Thanks, gentlemen, for standing in the smoke and preparing great burgers for us.
Ray arranged the venue, music and speaker system. Nancy and Ron took your ticketsand many others assisted with table set up and take down. Thank you to all.
The weather cooperated this year, not too hot or too cold and no rain.
If you have any suggestions for next year, please be sure to tell someone on the management team.
Glacier Probus Club
6th June 2019
President Tony Nicol welcomed and thanked everyone for coming to the AGM, he said there were 85 members present and so we had easily met the quorum for the meeting. Tony reminded everyone that tickets for the Summer BBQ on 4th July were still available at the meeting and after today could be reserved online.
He welcomed new members Helmut Breitinger and Ron Amiss. He also welcomed the guests this month Lorne Meyer, David Dougherty and Mary Anne Meredith.
Tony said that as this was his last Monthly Gathering as President, he wanted to say what a pleasure and honour it had been to be the President of the Club this last year. He said he still not feel totally relaxed as a Public Speaker and doubted if he ever would be. He thanked the outgoing committee who had served this last year for all their support, time and hard work. He said he particularly wanted to thank those committee members who were standing down:
Anne Fast who as Facilities Director for the year had organised the snack at the Monthly Gatherings, the Summer BBQ and Christmas Dinner Dance.
Nancy Shaver-LeForte as Vice President for the great speakers she had lined up this last year.
Katie Hubberstey who had been on the Management Committee from the start, first as Activities Director, then as Vice President a, President and Past President. Tony wished her well as the new President of Comox Valley Photographic Society.
Tricia Nicol who has served as Secretary for the last 6 years.
Tony also thanked the Coordinators of all the Activity Groups, he said without them the members would not enjoy all the activities that the club offers.
Tony said he wished incoming President Sandy all best wishes for the coming year.
Tony then went on to introduce the “Year End Slide Show” produced by Technology Director James Kennedy, Tony said it was a great production and thanked James for all his hard work in compiling it.
After the slide show incoming President Sandy gave the Activity Director’s report on behalf of Heather Crites. She said Heather too thanked all the Coordinators for their time and hard work. She said that both the Bridge Group and the Strollers were closed to new members but that a Waiting List for these groups would be kept. Two new groups have been added to the Activities List: Art Appreciation and Tai Chi, both were being led by Anne Zambolowitz. The Art Appreciation Group was up and running and the Tai Chi would be resumed in the Fall.
Tony then Introduced the Treasurer Ray Fast who presented the Financial Report for 2018 – 2019 and the Budget for 2019 – 2020. Ray thanked John McGinn for the Financial Review for the year.
Ray summarized his report saying that the Club was in a strong financial position and as a result there would be no increase in the membership dues for 2019 – 2020. He said the renewal invoices would be sent out in the next few days and can be paid either through PayPal or by cheque. Ray said the current membership number stood at 256.
Ray proposed a motion that his Financial Report as presented be accepted, seconded by Dave Scott and passed unanimously. He then proposed that his Budget for 2019 – 2020 be accepted, seconded by Dorothy McGinn and passed unanimously.
Tony then called for a motion from the floor to accept the work of the 2019 Committee. Dawn Moore proposed the motion to approve the actions of the Management Committee during the year 2018 – 2019. Seconded by John McGinn and passed unanimously.
Tony said there was a second motion proposed by the outgoing Management Committee. He said that any further increase in membership would, if not addressed, be a problem for the size of our meeting space and for a good number of the activity groups. He said the Management Committee was proposing a CAP on the membership at 250. He said that in past years there was a non-renewal of about 7% so that the existing extra numbers and new members would be accommodated by the reduction of those members not renewing. The motion was seconded by Katie Hubberstey and passed unanimously.
Tony then introduced Katie Hubberstey as Chair of the Nominations Committee to conduct the election of new officers. Katie said she and Steve Horn on behalf of the Nominations Committee had canvassed the membership for nominations as none were forthcoming, she proposed that the Slate of Committee members drawn up by the Committee be accepted by a show of hands. The new committee is as follows:
President Sandy Dreger
Vice President Steve Hill
Past President Tony Nicol
Secretary Dorothy McGinn
Treasurer Ray Fast
Membership Director Ron Watkins
Technology Director James Kennedy
Activities Director Heather Crites
Communications Director Ian Thompson
Facilities Director Donna Young
Registration Director Nancy Watkins
Special Events Cheryl McMahon
(co Director) Jane Kelliher
Director at Large John McGinn
Director at Large Jim Belair
Katie said she would like to wish the incoming committee best wishes for the coming year.
She then presented President Tony with a token of appreciation from the membership.
Tony introduced the new President Sandy Dreger. Sandy said she was looking forward to serving for the coming year. She said that in the light of a few accidents at activities over the last year the Committee had decided to start a “Contact List” she said this would be developed over the coming months. She suggested that members NOT give their spouse as the contact name.
Sandy asked the members of the 2019 – 2020 Management Committee to join her at the front.
Incoming Vice President Steve Hill thanked Nancy for the great speakers she had found for the last year and encouraged members to make suggestions for speakers for the coming year.
Tony asked Pat Fleming to do the draw for this month’s gift certificates. The winners were: Marina Fraser and Lindsay Sparkes.
Tony said that brought the meeting to a close and that the next Monthly Gathering would be Thursday 5th September.
Tony then told his last “joke” as President of the Club.
This is the slideshow set to music, with photos extracted from Club News and Activity Group News during the entire past year.
Turn your speakers up and click on the image to play
Glacier PROBUS Club