Barrie-Kempenfelt Probus Club atrL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE February, 2015 2014 – 2015 President: Sandra Forrest 7920296 b Vice-President: Robert Newby 791-1099 GREETERS January’s attendance was 84 members and 3 guests. January: Greeters were Geoff and Rochelle Mulholland. Past President: Darlene Beckley 722-8409 Secretary: Sharon Brown 7350952 Treasurer: Wayne Beckley (C) 722-8409 February’s meeting is Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 24 Ferndale Industrial Drive, Barrie. (Ferndale Banquet Hall) Amy Harwood 722-3100 (n) Start time at 10 a.m. Membership: John Kooy (C) : 792-0770 Peter Harwood 722-3100 (n) Sunshine: Robert Newby 7911099 Newsletter: Wayne Spearin 7223564 (C) Brian Spearin 722-3564 (n) Speakers: Jane Kooy (C) 7920770 G Evelyn Dewar (n) 797-0849 Social: Gayle George (C) 737up 3748 Karen Button (n) 722-7943 Patricia Smith (n) 726-8954 (C) = Chair (n) nonvoting You can find a copy of this newsletter posted on the Probus Canada website each month: www.probus.org/15barkmpnw.pdf Coffee/Tea Regular Price = $1 for every cup If you are a new member or are not on the free coffee list, please see Brian or Wayne to get on it. Free on your birthday or anniversary. February: Greeters will be Marguerite Beeswanger and friend. Sunshine Cards If you know of any members who are sick or in the hospital, remember to let Robert Newby (791-1099) know. A MESSAGE FROM THE VICE-PRESIDENT As most of you probably are aware, this coming July 2015 is the Annual General Meeting and election month at Probus. Even though the July AGM and yearly elections are still six months away, we must begin now, in February, to put together a slate of candidates to fill the upcoming vacant positions on the Management Committee. It is not unusual for clubs, especially seniors' clubs and organizations of our type to experience difficulty finding individuals willing to take on leadership roles. That is quite understandable. Those who have spent a lifetime shouldering responsibilities in education, business, public service, and raising a family, now just want to enjoy the speakers, trips, social get-togethers and other amenities provided by the club. However, the cold hard truth is that, if we cannot find a slate of candidates to take on leadership roles for the upcoming term, there won't be a Probus Club. That's right -- unless we can fill these management positions, our club likely will have to fold. Our constitution stipulates that a serving officer can hold office for only one consecutive term. New candidates must be found, duly elected, and installed if the club is to continue. However the good news is that, once a candidate has been inaugurated, the duties (depending on the position) will prove to be very light -- at the most not more than a couple of meetings, or just a few hours per month. There are the social aspects as well: after every management meeting the committee gets together over coffee and refreshments in an informal atmosphere for a friendly chat. It's a great way to get to know people you otherwise might not have had an opportunity to become acquainted with. Here are the positions opening up in July. Vice-President (continue on to President, and then to Past President -- total of 3 years.) Chair of the Speaker's Committee: (3 year term) Secretary: (3 year term) I would like to hear from you. Please contact me via email or by telephone with your questions and/or your candidacy. I really do want you to contact me, because I'd hate to see this club have to shut down for lack of leadership. Robert Newby: Vice-President [email protected] (705) 791-1099. Hall Edgehill Lions Gate Good, paved not as well paved Ferndale Parking Good Paved, Kept Clean Room Rental $200 + Tax. Large with patio bright big windows $235 Includes coffee. Large sparse room no windows $169.50 includes coffee. Bright, already decorated, no windows Coat Room yes in hall yes in hall yes in hall Screen & sound system yes yes in hall yes Parking For Trips no table cloths setup included very unlikely no table cloths setup included yes Washrooms good being renovated now good Coffee/Tea $100 + Tax included included Total Cost $339.00 for one year $223.00 $169.50 Table cloth & Setup Poor yes for both yes The Management Committee and three Past Presidents of the club discussed and reviewed the above chart that compares our present meeting place with two other possible meeting places. There may also be information on other sites, not represented in this chart that will be shared at the February 19th meeting. Sandra Forest will be presenting this chart and the background information for all members to discuss at the February 19th meeting and then she will be calling for a members vote on the hall at the March 19th meeting. There will also need to be a discussion and vote on March 19th with all the membership concerning the financial implications of increasing membership fees to cover any future costs. So review the above chart and come to the February 19th meeting with your thoughts and suggestions on helping all of us come to a decision on these topics for the best interest of the club and all of our members. The Management Committee would like to thank the three Past Presidents for their involvement with these issues and helping to develop solutions for all our members to decide. Special Birthdays All members present congratulated Bette Northover (94) and Eric Fellows (90) who celebrated MM Fo mo . special birthdays in January. We all wish them many, many more! Mark Fisher, with the Barrie Historical Society presented “Creeks of Barrie” Mark gave an informative talk about some of the creeks many of us didn’t know existed within the City of Barrie. A good amount of information was especially focussed on Kidd’s Creek, which exists around Cundles, Hwy 400, and Sunnidale Road. Mark is constantly patrolling these creeks and asking that the City of Barrie fix the runoff waters that not only flood these areas, affecting the trout and the structure of the creeks, but also flows into Kempenfelt Bay. This impacts Barrie’s drinking water as 50% comes from the bay. Please note that all new housing projects attend to the very important headwaters of these creeks. Barrie needs to fix the headwater problems that date back to the 1970’s and 1980’s. SPEAKER February 19, 2015 The speaker for February 19th will be Peter Sundborg from the Barrie Food Bank. We are asking members to bring a non-perishable food contribution to the meeting. March 19, 2015 March has been designated as National PROBUS Month. No guest speaker this month. Coffee and treats will be served. Member Survey – When You Joined the Club Over 51% of the members have responded to the email sent out in January to all members asking you to email back to Brian Spearin [email protected] the year you joined our Probus Club. Please use the following list of Past Presidents and the year they were President to help you figure out the year you joined. If you haven’t yet had a chance to respond, please do! It is not too late!!! We need this information for future projects. Tom Bookey 1998 Molly Veitch 2001 Lorne Power 2004 Sharon Brown 2007 Georgie Anderson Bob Thompson Helen Manktelow Paul Smith 1999 Doug Rose 2000 2002 Muriel Van Vugt Geoff Mulholland Connie Gillespie Beryl Gibbs 2003 Walter Richardson Bob George 2010 Marg Rothwell 2011 2013 Darlene Beckley Sandra Forrest 2015 2005 2008 2014 2006 2009 2012 Words from the Membership Chair I am investigating means to recognize 5, 10 and 15 year memberships. Probus Central offers pins, which members can purchase for about $6s each. They are like the small lapel pins, consisting of the Probus logo with small lettering *x years" below. The pins are about 1/2 inch diameter. Other Probus clubs have their members attach these pins to their name badge but that may be a problem with magnetic badges which tend to drop off if you put extra weight on them. Another possibility is to stick a small decal on the name badge but there is not much spare room on badges with long names. February’s Happy Birthdays Beryl Gibbs Evelyn Dewar Cathy Herr Cathy Kemp Adelyn Foxwell Margaret Rothwell Darlene Beckley Wayne Beckley Jeanette Herman Amy Harwood Lequita Adkins Other suggestions are welcome and if you know anyone who can make custom decals for us in Barrie, please talk to me. John Kooy, Membership Chair Please see me if you have any questions or comments. John Kooy, Membership Chair phone: 705-792-0770 email: [email protected] February’s Anniversaries Merl & Helen Bacon White George & Marlee Workman Edna & John Lister (Sample) Remember to wear your name tag!!! Pull-Up Another Chair!!! It has come to our attention once again that we as a club have not always made our new members welcome at our tables during our meetings. Please take the extra step to pull-up another chair and welcome anyone who might need a seat. You may just make a new life-long friendship!!! Let’s all give it a try in the future!!! SOCIAL Trips In The Works For 2015 A list of possible tours we are considering for next year are: * a train tour * a Niagara wine tour * a 30,000 island boat tour/ Severn River boat tour * a trip to Toronto Zoo * a trip to Meaford Scarecrow Invasion * Niagara-On-The-Lake Shaw Festival * a 6 day 5 night trip to Chicago If you would like to go on the Chicago trip May 27 to June 1, 2015 or if you need a roommate to share costs please contact Karen Button at [email protected] Refund Reminder All trips are advertised as "no refund". If anyone is unable to go on a trip, their ticket may be sold to people on the "wait list" (if there are any). Information regarding the "wait list” may be obtained from the Social Committee. Shared Interest Group – Local Theatre Buffs Here are some upcoming theatre events that may be of interest to our members. If you are interested in any of the following events, please contact Robin Milani at 705-735-0697 or email at [email protected] . 1. Theatre By The Bay – 1 Dunlop Street West Unit 1 Box Office 507-739-4228. The Stars Come Out – May 5th only, Georgian College 7:30 pm. Tickets – V.I.P. $127.13; Orchestra $52.13; Pod $27.13; Group Rates. 2. Talk Is Free Theatre – 230 Bayview Drive, Unit 20 705-792-1949. Box Office – 705-739-4228 / 705-792-1949. Venue – The Mady Centre – 1 Dunlop Street West (Stairs with handrails, preferred seating, wheel chair accessable). Stationary: A Recession Era Musical – April 8th to 11th. Stop The World I Want To Get Off (Musical) – May 21 to 30th. Tickets: Single - $40.80 (Friday, Saturday Evenings); $37.41 (Wed., Thurs., Saturday Matinees); Group Rates - $30.63 including taxes and service fees. Shared Interest Group – Euchre We have some people interested in Euchre. Hopefully we can get it started in 2015. They can contact me by phone 705-728-4470 or email at [email protected] Thank you, Connie Gillespie. Waldorf-Astoria Red Velvet Cake Ingredients: 1/2 cup shortening 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs 2 ounces red food coloring 2 tablespoons cocoa (heaping) 1 cup buttermilk 2 1/4 cups cake flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vinegar FROSTING 3 tablespoons flour 1 cup milk 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup butter (must be butter) Directions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Cream shortening, sugar and eggs. Make a paste of food coloring and cocoa. Add to creamed mixture. Add buttermilk alternating with flour and salt. Add vanilla. Add soda to vinegar, and blend into the batter. Pour into 3 or 4 greased and floured 8" cake pans. Bake at 350°F for 24-30 minutes. Split layers fill and frost with the following frosting. Frosting: Add milk to flour slowly, avoiding lumps. Cook flour and milk until very thick, stirring constantly. Cool completely. Cream sugar, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Add to cooked mixture. Beat, high speed, until very fluffy. Looks and tastes like whipped cream.