The Beachcomber
February 2015
Official Newsletter of The PROBUS
Club of Wasaga Beach,
P.O.B. 481, Wasaga Beach, Ontario,
Canada, L9Z 1A5
International Web Site:
Our next General Meeting will be on
Thursday, February 12, 10:00 a.m.
At the
Wasaga Stars Arena
Our Speaker and Topic:
National Web Site:
Connie Campbell
Newsletter Website:
The Move
John Flood 429-4935
Vice President
Past President
Peter Willmott 422-1469
Arrive at 9:30 a.m. meet someone new and
enjoy coffee with your friends
Social Chair
Russ Talbot 429-8714
Speakers Co-Chairs
George Potopnyk 429-4948
Doug McCullough 429-7075
Membership Chair
George Howie 429-9593
Al Chambers 429-0265
Newsletter Editor
Jim Desormeaux 289-314-3550
Visitation Chair
Lloyd Burton 352-8391
To advise the Club of any
illness or bereavement
situation affecting a
member, please contact
Lloyd Burton at
A man in love is not
complete until he is
married. Then he is
Zsa Zsa Gabor
What: Valentine’s Day
Where: Goodie’s Café
When: February 11th
Cost: $15.00 per
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The President’s Corner
Two Random Thoughts
I have two short topics to talk about this month. The first is that February is the month of LOVE-Valentine’s Day, February 14.
The older I get the more I realize how great it is to have a loving partner. Life is too short to navigate it alone. If you are
interested in sailing and have read any of the reports on single handed sailing around the world, the interviews with the sailors
are frightening. They have radio communication with their headquarters; as they battle the storms of the south Atlantic, the
Antarctic and Pacific currents that wreak havoc around the Cape of Good Hope. Some of the sailors have disappeared, never to
be heard of again, some wreckage has shown up months later. It is a journey that is the ultimate test of loneliness and selfreliance on one’s own ability.
The second topic regards the relationship of the Stock Market and oil prices which rumours are predicting a big year! I’m not a
savvy investor nor am I a wealthy one, but one bright lad tells me that the price of oil is going to drop (editor’s note: written in
November) even more and that stock prices will also drop because investors are greedy and want a better return. I asked him
``does this mean that the public is going to stop buying oil? `` (actually I said gas), and he said “No, they are going to buy more
and take longer trips and the airlines are going to have to drop the cost of flights and more people will be travelling by air and
that means more oil will be needed to meet the demand”. Well, I asked, ``the oil companies will have to increase production
to meet the demand which will mean higher sales of oil due to the volume. “That’s right`` I was told. ``Well why are investors
unhappy at the lower price per barrel if they are going to sell more barrels? “Well that’s the problem with Global Warming``, he
said, ``you just can’t deal with the markets in isolation, we’ll talk about that when I see you again, right now I have an
appointment with my Broker”. Well, I said ``I have to go and fill up with gas, my tank is on empty``.
End of November Bank Balance:
Social Committee: $3045.29
Uncommitted Net Balance: $2839.39
Social Fund Reserve: $500
Current Membership:117
Life Members: 2
Attendance: 52
% of total membership:44
Members’ Guests: 0
(Refer also Page 3 for more current info)
President John
3 members
were badge less
donated $3
to the Club’s
Winner of the
50:50 Draw was:
Kurt Benzing
Februarys Birthdays
Rick Archdekin, Dave Hood, Donald Mallett, Karl Ogger, Roy Schoenberger, Gordon Thompson
Many Happy Returns to all of you!
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Connie Campbell
Certified Relocation and Transition Specialists
As Certified Relocation and Transition Specialists,
Connie guides mature adults, going through middle and
later life transitions, and their families through the
physical and emotional upheaval of moving.
Connie has experienced firsthand how traumatic it can
be for anyone unsure of the process no matter what
their age or situation. Furthermore, she understands the
advanced difficulties that this poses for older clients in
Going through the selling, buying and moving routine
is second nature to Connie as she works with it on a
daily basis. However, she has discovered that the
typical older adult client was often overwhelmed with
everything that needed to be done. Services offered are:
 In Home Consultation for Full Move
Management Services
 Space Planning to Ensure New Housing Needs
are Met
 Furniture Placement in New Home as well as
Staging to Sell
 House Clearing, Purging and De-Cluttering
 Disposal of Unwanted Items
 Sorting and Packing for Disbursement of Items
 Packing for the Move to your New Residence
 Handling all Aspects of Moving Day
 Unpacking and New Home Setup
 Preparing Your House to Sell
We still are in need of members for the management
team. We continue to need a secretary and as of last
month we also need a Vice President to replace Russ
White who has resigned because of the time he is out
of the country. If you can help out please contact John
Flood at 705 429 4935 or Peter Willmott 705 422 1469.
Mark Gobuty from Medical Mary Jane
Medical Use of Marijuana
Laurie Thatcher-Craig from
Valley Hops
Al Sposato – The Drone Guy
At the December Management Meeting Treasurer Al
Chambers reported the bank balance as of December 31
to be $4065.28 of which $1209.36 was committed to
Social Committee activities, $500.00 is set aside as an
emergency Social fund reserve, with an uncommitted
net balance of $2159.92 This report is subject to
approval by club members at the February 12, 2015,
general meeting.
Arrangements have been made to
hold the Valentine’s Day Lunch
on Wednesday February 11th at
Goodie’s Café. Tickets are $15 per
person. Bring the spouse of course or come alone and
remember only 30 tickets available for this outing.
All tickets will be available at the next meeting
David Luxmore, President of the local Woodworkers’
Club provided an interesting review of the club’s
history and activities.
He started his presentation by giving a brief personal
introduction. He was born in
Timmins and is a graduate of the University of Waterloo
in Mechanical Engineering. During his career he has
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worked with a number of organizations and spent his
last 5 working years as an engineering consultant.
The Woodworkers’ Club was formed in 1995 and held
its first meetings at what is now the Castle Building
Supplies building. It now has a small 500 square foot
shop at cabin six at the Arena courtesy of the Town. The
shop is available to members at any time subject to a
buddy system as a safety and security measure. The
club has been involved in a number of projects over the
years including making picnic tables, building over 2000
birdfeeders with local kids, constructing the raised
beds and signage for the community garden, building
the library boxes for several locations in town and
constructing the carriage for the Nancy Island cannon
just to name a few. It also holds monthly meetings
for its members and has an active social program for
members and families.
Social events include outings to points of interest, an
annual Christmas Dinner, an AGM lunch and annual
Club dues are $60. Five of our members are currently
members of the Woodworkers’ Club.
Jeremy Rhodes from Elephant Thoughts and our
President John Flood prior to last month’s meeting.
The side-splitting corner.……….
No word in the English language rhymes with
month, orange, silver, or purple.
'Dreamt' is the only English word that ends in the letters 'mt'.
(Are you doubting this?)
Our eyes are always the same size from birth,
but our nose and ears
never stop growing.
The sentence:
'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog'
uses every letter of the alphabet.
(Now, you KNOW you're going to try this out for accuracy,
The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level'
are the same whether they are read left to right or right to
left (palindromes).
(Yep, I knew you were going to 'do' this one.)
There are only four words in the English language which end
in 'dous': tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and
(You're not possibly still doubting any of this, are you ?)
There are two words in the English language that have all five
vowels in order: 'abstemious' and 'facetious.'
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time, 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years.
(I know some people that could do this too!)
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
(I know some people like that also . Actually I know A LOT of
people like this!)
Babies are born without kneecaps
They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
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