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In order to comply with the Covid-19 Public Health Order issued November 19, 2020 the Management Committee is suspending all in person group activities, including those held outdoors. Let's all stay safe.
Sandy Dreger, President
Members had the option of logging into the Zoom meeting at 1:40 so that they could catch up with each other or meet new friends in small break out social meetings before the start of the meeting.
President Sandy Dreger called the first meeting of 2021 to order at 2:00 and thanked everyone for adapting to our new Covid normal of meeting electronically. She shared that rather than be consumed with all the challenges of the pandemic she is focusing on how fortunate she is to remain healthy while living in such a beautiful place as Vancouver Island. Despite recent rain storms it is still possible to get outside and enjoy our surroundings. Sandy also directed our attention to the obituary in this weeks Comox Valley Record of member Ron Watkins who passed away in December. Ron was an active member of the club serving as Membership Director for 4 years. Our sympathies are extended to Nancy and the rest of Ron's family.
Elaine Brown spent a few minutes providing some "Zoom" tips around screen names, video feeds, background screens, etc.
Steve Ray introduced our first speaker, club member Ian Thompson. Ian has done extensive research on Sidney "Dusty" D'Esterre who was so important to the development of Comox. Ian traced his life from his birth in Plymouth England, through his travels to Victoria where he was a barrister and teacher. Mr. D'Esterre then purchased the Elks Hotel in Comox adjacent to Comox harbour. He also, through a consortium, purchased a large tract of land. These lands were all ceded to the Town of Comox after his death - the Comox golf course is located on this land. The Comox Council Chambers and the Senior's recreation named D'Esterre House are also located on land once owned by Mr D'Esterre. Lorne Meyer thanked Ian for sharing his research into the history of this man who contributed so much to the growth of Comox.
Steve next introduced Amanda Hale, a writer from Hornby Island who has published three novels, two collections of linked fictions set in the Cuban town of Baracoa, and two poetry chapbooks. She won the Prism International prize for creative non-fiction for The Death of Pedro Iván, and has twice been a finalist for the Relit Fiction award. Her novels and Cuban stories have been translated into Spanish; Sondeando la sangre was presented at the 2017 Havana International Book Fair. Hale is the librettist for Pomegranate, an opera set in ancient Pompeii, premiered in Toronto in 2019.
Amanda shared with us the process of writing creative non-fiction. Her fourth novel is "Mad Hatter" a story based on her personal family history, She explained how writing the novel helped her come to terms with a troubled family history. Her father was James Battersby a British fascist and pacifist, and a member of the Battersby family of hatmakers of Stockport, Greater Manchester, England. He was a disciple of the fascist politics of Oswald Mosley. He was forced to retire from the family firm due to his politics and was interned by the British government during the Second World War along with other British fascists. She revealed that she started Mad Hatter in 2000, in a pub in London UK, writing with a fountain pen in her notebook, with a glass of red wine at her side. It was an appropriate place to begin because the story of Mad Hatter takes place in England, centred around World War II, spanning the 1930s to the 1950s.She continued to add to those notes over many years of research and plumbing of memory until, in 2012, she came to a decision to write the story as a fiction, based on the facts of her research, and upon the life of her family in WW2 England. While the pandemic has caused many much hardship it provided Amanda with the time to record the audio version of her book.
Amanda read a selection of her book told in the voice of the main narrator, Mary Byrne, an Irish lass who has come to England to keep house for the family of a hat maker. Amanda's training as an actress and dramatist brought the character to life. "Mad Hatter" is available at Laughing Oyster books in Courtenay, as an audio book from Audible Books or as an eBook or print book from her publisher Guernica Editions.
Next up was John McGinn who shared a humourous story.
Dorothy McGinn announced that the February 4 meeting will include selections from a surprise musical guest and speaker Judy Millar who is a Canadian writer, humourist and professional speaker who entertains with hilarious, original stories, often based on her own life experiences. She has had her work published in Reader's Digest, the Writer's Digest and other collections. She lives in Nanaimo.
The winners of the $25.00 gift certificates from Laughing Oyster Books are: Sandy Dreger, Heather Crites, Tony and Tricia Nicol and Lynne Ray.
You can join the Glacier Probus Zoom meeting by clicking on the link that will be sent to you in an email a few days before the meeting.
If you would like to socialize with other members for 15-20 minutes before the meeting, log in at 1:40 pm.
The Probus meeting itself will start at 2:00 pm -- please log in a few minutes early so if there are technical issues, we can attempt to solve them before the meeting starts.
Our first speaker will be club member Ian Thompson who will present a talk about Sidney B. (Dusty) d'Esterre, a most interesting man who was central to the development of Comox.
Our second speaker will be Amanda Hale, a Hornby Island author. She will discuss her newest book called 'Mad Hatter', a novel which contains a great deal of memoir concerning her family in World War II England. Amanda will explain how she came about to write this novel and will read excerpts from it. Amanda Hale has published four novels, two poetry books, and two collections of stories set in the Cuban town of Baracoa. She won the Prism International prize for creative non-fiction for ‘The Death of Pedro Iván’, and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Relit Fiction award. Her latest novel, ‘Mad Hatter’, is a WWII story, a fictionalized version of her own family’s wartime experience following the internment of her father.
Remember to stay in the meeting until the lucky draw for one of four $25.00 gift cards - you have to be "present" to win.
Not to be daunted by the Covid 19 pandemic the Club continues to hold monthly gatherings on the Zoom platform and 48 members participated.
Members were encouraged to log on at 1:45 to enjoy some social time in break out room groups of 4 to 8 people.
Co-Host and Zoom guru Alan Brown welcomed everyone and turned the meeting over to President Sandy Dreger at 2:00. Sandy thanked everyone who has worked to keep us in touch with Zoo. She asked everyone to send her suggestions for speakers for upcoming meetings. She also encouraged everyone to stay connected until the end of the meeting as they needed to be "present" to win a door prize.
Sandy then introduced this month's speaker Dr. Tanja Daws. Dr. Daws was born and raised in South Africa. She graduated from medical school at the University of Pretoria in 2000 and practiced as a family physician before moving to Canada in 2009. She provides Family Medicine care to patients in her own full practice and consults on patients with chronic neuropathic pain, migraine and MAID on referral from other physicians.
As one of the first providers of Medical Assistance in Dying upon it becoming legal in 2016, she teaches and mentors physicians, nurse practitioners and medical residents in MAID. She assesses and provides for patients who wish to have MAID locally and in other communities as needed. Dr. Daws is a founding member and board director of CAMAP (Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers) and is a member of the Physician Advisory Council for Dying With Dignity Canada. She has presented on MAID internationally. She is a clinical instructor in Family Medicine at UBC.
Dr. Daws began her presentation with anecdotal information about how there are a myriad of ways in which MAID patients manage the end of life - quietly alone, with only one or two people sharing the experience or in large, sometimes exuberant events. There is sadness and humour and love and grief.
Her talk then focused on the history of how Bill C-14 came to be - meeting some of the goals that champions fought for and leaving room for improvement. She also outlined the pending changes in Bill C-7 that is slated to be enacted this month - fingers crossed. New provisions will eliminate the 10 day waiting or reflection period, will reduce the number of witnesses to the declaration from two to one, will allow doctor's or nurse practioners to be the required witness, will remove the requirement of “reasonable foreseeability of natural death” and will ensure that a patient losing capacity between the time of consent and the time MAID is provided is still able to access this procedure
Left on the table is the issue of advance consent (allowing for people to establish a set list of criteria that would give a designated person permission to request MAID when the person is not able to give consent). An example of this is in issues of dementia.
When Bill C-17 was enacted in 2016 Parliament agreed that the bill would be reviewed with a goal of amending it in five years. In 2021 there will be another chance for people to provide feedback to government to include provision for Advanced Care Directives to included in the amended Act.
Dr. Daws also shared statistics about the prevalence and acceptance of MAID in Canada and specifically on Vancouver Island. The Netherlands and Belgium are the countries with MAID policies that most closely resemble Canada's and these laws have been in place for 20 years. While the incidence of MAID in increasing all across Canada it lags far behind these two countries with one exception - Vancouver Island where we meet and exceed the numbers. While no definitive studies can explain why, Dr. Daws suggested it may be the high percentage of our population who have chosen to live on Vancouver Island for quality of life reasons and it is natural that this type of person would also want to be in charge of the quality and timing of their death. She also promoted the services of Comox Valley Hospice Society who provide grief support for family members of MAID recipients.
After Dr. Daws' presentation, Probus member Steve Hill commented that his parents where early supporters of Dying with Dignity when he was young and he knows they would be pleased to see Bill C-14 and hopefully C-7 adopted.
Steve Ray thanked Dr. Daws for her informative and thought provoking presentation.
Sandy turned over the screen to Dorothy McGinn who had a Christmas Trivia quiz for participants. Brenda and Stephen Latta had 10 correct answers (out of 13) and were declared the winners.
Dorothy then announced the winners of the door draw prize - using a Google random number generator. Due to screen sharing multiple winners will have to negotiate how to share their winnings. The winners of gift cards to Art Knapp's were: Dave Scott, Steve Hill, Vicki Matthew and Robin Pearson and Bev and Gerry Haist. Donna Crozier will contact the winners.
Meeting adjourned at 3:15.
The next Monthly Gathering will be on Thursday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m.
We are pleased that so many attended our inaugural Zoom meeting on November 5 - again thank you to Alan and Elaine Brown for guiding us through the process.
Our December meeting date is changed to Friday, December 4 to accommodate our speaker DR. TANJA DAWS who will speak to us about MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying). Members are encouraged to send any questions they would like Dr. Daws to answer to Sandy Dreger before the meeting (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Daws was born and raised in South Africa. She obtained a BSc and BSc Honours degree in human physiology before entering medical school at the University of Pretoria. She graduated in 2000 and practiced as a family physician before moving to Canada in 2009. She provides Family Medicine care to patients in her own full practice and consults on patients with chronic neuropathic pain, migraine and MAID on referral from other physicians.As one of the first providers of Medical Assistance in Dying upon it becoming legal in 2016, she teaches and mentors physicians, nurse practitioners and medical residents in MAID. She assesses and provides for patients who wish to have MAID locally and in other communities as needed. Dr. Daws is a consultant for the RACE line for physicians in BC and Yukon . She is a founding member and board director of CAMAP (Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers) and is a member of the Physician Advisory Council for Dying With Dignity Canada. She has presented on MAID internationally. She is a clinical instructor in Family Medicine at UBC.
Join us for a thought provoking afternoon.
Not to be daunted by the Covid 19 pandemic the Club held its first meeting on the Zoom platform and 62 members participated.
Co-Host and Zoom guru Alan Brown welcomed everyone and turned the meeting over to President Sandy Dreger at 2:00. Sandy thanked Alan and Elaine Brown for doing such a great job of getting us onto the ZOOM platform and for guiding new Zoom users over the past few weeks. She welcomed the 37 new members who have joined the club since September and urged everyone to make them welcome. We still have open membership spots so people can promote club membership to their friends.
Sandy introduced our speaker David T. Chapman who started doing photography as well as storm chasing at the age of 16. He is self-taught in the art of photography and has been pursuing his career professionally since the age of eighteen. He learned at a very young age from his father to appreciate his surrounding environment. He enjoys taking photographs and videos of weather phenomena, especially lightning, as well as scenery and nature. David likes to seek out unusual examples of nature such as inferior mirages, albino birds, ice caves and various types of naturally created vortexes, ranging in size from dust devils to tornadoes.
David's topic today was Wild, Weird and Wacky Weather". He is a exceptional photographer and shared pictures and explanations of many weather phenomena. He shared images of monstrous shelf clouds, funnel clouds ,ice bridges and some breath-taking photographs of lightning. We also saw fog come to life and watched it dance from one end of a field to the other, creating various different optics in the process. He showed sunrises evolve into day and sunsets disappear into the night. His photos capture sun pillars, blizzards, sundogs, ice caves and arctic sea smoke
David works in Ontario, a province that is so vast and surrounded by the Great Lakes, it is no wonder they have some of the most interesting weather in the world. It offers such a variety all year round because of its terrain, temperature variations and location. We learned about Superior Mirages and discovered how far south the Aurora Borealis can actually be seen.
John McGinn thanked David for sharing his photography with us.
Sandy added some additional thanks to club members who have continued to work for the club during the pandemic. Lorne Meyer teamed up with Sandy to complete the Covid safety plan for Comox United Church and attended the church's orientation session. We are using the Church Hall for Covid safe Meet and Greet sessions with new members. Eight new members attended on October 25 and our next session is scheduled for November 12. Hopefully all new members will have the opportunity to attend by the end of November. Donna Crozier purchased four Boston Pizza gift cards for the meeting draw today. Dorothy and John McGinn have been busy processing the new members and organizing the Meet and Greet sessions.
Sandy also announced that the December monthly meeting will be held Friday, December 4 at 2:00. The speaker will be Dr. Tanja Daws on the topic of MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying). Dr. Daws encouraged members to send her questions via Sandy before the presentation.
Sandy turned over the screen to Dorothy McGinn who drew the four names for the draw prize - using a Google random number generated (thanks to Alan Brown for this guidance). The winners were: Elaine Brown, Pat Tait, Patti Spearman and Stuart Lane. They can pick up their prizes at Boston Pizza.
We then broke out into smaller groups for a brief social time at the end of the meeting. Participants were asked to unmute themselves and turn to gallery view so they could see all the people in their small group. After introductions it was suggested they could talk of where they dream of travelling next once it is safe to do so. After the breakout sessions people could leave the meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 3:15.
The next Monthly Gathering will be on Friday December 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
We are pleased to announce the restart of monthly meetings on the Zoom platform. With lots of mentoring from Probus Canada and due to the enthusiasm and hard work of members Alan and Elaine Brown we are ready to launch Zoom meetings.
So save the afternoon on Thursday, November 5 at 2:00 where you can head into the eye of a storm - from a safe distance. Professional photographer and storm chaser David Chapman will present his program “Wild, Weird and Wacky Weather.
We will also have a few fun activities in small breakout sessions.
Please refer to the two Zoom preparation emails you should have received with instructions on downloading Zoom to the device you plan to use during the meeting. There is still an opportunity to practice on Monday, November 2 at 11:00 - again look for the email you should have already received. You will receive an email invitation to the meeting.
You have all received the exciting news that Glacier Probus meetings will re-start on Nov. 5 via Zoom.
Some of you will have already used Zoom, and are quite familiar with it. However, some of you may have only participated in one or two meetings, or perhaps you have never participated in a large Zoom meeting.
For that reason, we are holding two "Getting Ready to Zoom" practice meetings:
That way, when it’s time for our first Zoom meeting next week, you’ll be ready to join in!
Watch for an invitation to these practice sessions later this week.
Alan & Elaine Brown"
We were delighted that Probus member Donna Crozier provided musical selections on her harp as members gathered and socialized. Many members of the Management Committee channeled their latent Irish ancestry with interesting accessories.
President Sandy Dreger welcomed everyone to the meeting at 2:35. Members were reminded for the need to sign our new waiver form and provide emergency contact information . John McGinn and Ron Watkins are collecting forms. Sandy reminded members that there are still two openings on the Executive - Vice President and Facilities director. There are volunteers lined up to help with facilities but a leader is needed
There are six tickets left for the Prisma Festival in Campbell River on June 27. Details have been circulated to members.
The bowling Special Events outing was very successful and the rescheduled Games night will be held on Tuesday, March 24. There are lots of spaces for games night.
Jim Belair asked for input for a special event "blindfolded" archery. He suggested that if you haven't tried it you "don't know what you are missing".
Jim Belair (acting for Steve Hill) introduced our guest speakers. Steve shared a picture of himself performing important Probus business in Mexico.
Rich Leche planned to share a wonderful slide show to illustrate the work in this year's Imagefest 2020 which will be held at the Sid Williams Theatre on March 27th. Unfortunately technical difficulties prevented him from showing the slides. Tickets are available through the Sid Williams Box Office. There is also a static show of the images at the Pearl Ellis Gallery. Imagefest 2020 is a multimedia extravaganza of images and video clips set to music. The Comox Valley Photographic Society shares their passion for photography, showcasing people and places from both far away and close to home. This, the 10th annual production, promises to be the best ever. Rick is a member of the CV Photographic Society and Glacier Probus. The winner of the draw for two vouchers to Two Imagefest was Marilyn Owens-Jones.
Next up was Alan Brown on the topic "Beer Spies". Alan discovered as a university student that he didn't really like the taste of beer. That changed in 1985 when Alan tasted his first craft beer. At that precise moment, the heavens opened up, the glory shone down, the Choir Celestial sang and Alan fell to the ground crying tears of joy. Although he worked for many years in communications and administration, Alan always thought about a career in the craft brewing industry. He eventually returned to school to earn a diploma in Brewing Sciences. He worked at Black Oak Brewing in Toronto before joining the staff of Niagara College's Brew master and Brewery Operations Management program. In 2014, Alan won the Master Brewers Association of Canada "Iron Brewer" competition. Alan retired in 2016 and moved to Comox with his wife Elaine. He writes about the craft brewing industry on his blog, "Student of Beer", and teaches classes about beer at Elder College, and is a member of Glacier Probus.
Alan shared a short presentation from his History of Beer course from Elder College. He told us how two young sons of European beer brewers used subterfuge to learn how British breweries made a beer that was far superior to the beer made in small breweries on the continent. This beer was called British Pale Ale and was sold throughout the British Empire, but not in Europe. The "spies" returned to Europe and took over their fathers' breweries and transformed them to resemble the much larger breweries in Britain. The Austrian brewer called his new beer Lagerbier. In Germany they called this beer Oktoberfestbier. They became the most successful brewers in Europe.
Our third speaker was Jay Nadler on the topic Travel Insurance: What you need to know before you travel. Jay is an insurance specialist (but, no longer sells travel insurance.) For 15 of his 17 years in the industry he has owned his own independent brokerage that specializes in insurance based financial & estate planning for business owners and families. As part of Jay’s practice, he provided travel insurance for his clients. The policies ranged from basic emergency medical policies to complicated policies for people with existing medical conditions, for hazardous activities and for those travelling to dangerous locations. Jay moved to the Comox Valley in the beginning of 2017 and now owns a new brokerage called Naviguide. Jay continues to help business owners properly structure their group benefit plans, buy/ sell agreements, life policies and estate plans. He teaches a course on travel insurance at Elder College that expands on this topic.
Jay’s talk focused on the details of what travel insurance is and is not. Since insurance is mostly based on contract details, it is important that our members know how to determine if their insurance will actually cover their expenses when they leave our province or country.
The travel insurance business is very complex. There are many nuances that the consumer must be aware of. Insurance is a great tool for preventing accidental poverty. He gave examples of sample claims from American hospitals that ranged from $400,000 to $2,000,000 for fairly common medical procedures. He also emphasized the need for travel insurance even for interprovincial travel within Canada.
Important points - read your Contract. First two things you need to worry about are stability and eligibility. Stable means absolutely no change in your treatment - even as a result of an improvement. It includes even planned changes after your return. Consult your insurance provider with your specific questions. Get your answer in writing with employee names. The waiting period qualification for stability are also important.
If you purchase a policy where personal questions are asked be sure to read the completed application to ensure the questions have been answered accurately.
Always check your credit card travel insurance for age exclusions. Most policies only cover you if you also have provincial coverage - be careful to not opt out of BC MSP if you travel.
Read carefully about the need to contact the insurance company before seeking care - usually before seeking care (if you can speak for yourself), sometimes as soon as possible (48 hours). Seek information from you insurance provider before travelling for information about where the best place to seek care. When you print off your insurance coverage card put it someplace where it will be easily found if you are unable to locate it yourself.
Filing claims can be a challenge - some care providers will expect you to pay upfront and will not deal directly with your insurance provider. Be very careful to keep every scrap of documentation - included exchange rates. Usually your insurance company will negotiate with the hospital to pay the bill. Some American hospitals will 'rebill' later and send you a dunning letter saying your claim has not been paid. Do not pay - contact your insurance company and have them deal with the hospital.
Most insurance providers expect you to be stabilized and sent home. For us that may mean to the closest hospital once you enter your province of residence - i.e. Vancouver.
Covid-19. Always check travel.gc.ca for travel advisories because that will have an impact on your coverage. Currently there are many countries listed for Covid-19. The advisory means the date of departure, not the date you bought insurance.
Accidental Opt Outs: sky diving, race car driving, bungee jumping. Check your policy for this.
Other types of coverage: trip cancellation and trip interruption, extreme sports, baggage insurance, rental car insurance. Make sure all parts of your trip are covered - especially if you don't buy all parts of your trip at once.
Other things to consider: Premiums are based on age,
Where to buy insurance: Find a travel insurance independent advisor. They have a variety of policies available and will fit the coverage to your specific circumstances.
Be careful when making extended stays in the US that you don't become liable for non-residents tax.
Meeting adjourned at 4:10.
The next Monthly Gathering will be on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
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