Newsletter 'January' 2020

.............................THE WOODSTOCK – OXFORD MEN’S PROBUS CLUB...............................

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  Woodstock, Ontario 
       http://woodstockprobus.ca


Volume 31 – Issue 4– January 2020

  

We meet monthly on the 2nd Tue at 9:45 A.M. at Quality Inn

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Newly added, weekly Statistics for our website     

 

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President Jerry’s New Years Message

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 We look forward to all the good things that we can be part of in 2020. We should be concerned about the environment and global warming. These are topics with grave concerns expressed by some and indifference by others. What can be done? According to statistics, global warming has tracked closely with population growth since the mid 1900’s. In 1960 the population of the world was 3 billion, today about 7.8 billion and growing. To reduce our effect on global warming and the environment we must consume less and simplify our life styles. Is this something that can be done? Our meetings have interesting presentations and fun times. 

If you know of anyone who might be interested in our Probus Club, please invite them to join .


Happy New Year

President Jerry 


  


Science Club News from Al Driedger SCIENCE CLUB meets every

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“Modern Hydroforming - developed in Woodstock for the World"

 Our January 14 presentation will be on Modern Hydroforming. Learn how water is used for forming industrial products Find our about this Amazing Technology invented and developed in Woodstock Ontario, and used around the World 

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Jerry Klages

 Jerry Klages presents his explanation of the development of modern hydroforming for the manufacturing of automotive structural parts. .

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Who Am I Speakers from Phil Thorne

 

   Our December Who Am I speaker was Ed Donmoyer. You can read Ed’s presentation more

Our January Who Am I speaker will be Keith Stevens.

In Memoriam: Fred Freeman (July 15, 1928 - Dec 22,

 

 Fred worked in industry, was a technical teacher in Sarnia and Woodstock. In 1975, a lifelong ambition was realized when Fred founded a wholesale company called Rentquip Supply Limited. He was very active in the local Woodstock Coin Club, Lions club of Woodstock (26 years); member, treasurer, and President of the local PROBUS club; member, and President of the Oxford Historical Society; and volunteer at Woodstock General Hospital. Fred and Betty have three children, Bill, Jim, and Diane. Fred’s Obituary may be seen here



   Membership News from Ken Shrubsall 


 Give a welcome to our Newest Members: 

 George McKnight - sponsored by Peter Ewing  

Don Perkins - sponsored by Glen McDonald 

Our current membership stands at 120. 

Our Speakers from Peter Harrison

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We enjoyed two December speakers.

 Tony Paladino spoke to us about his recollections of a traditional Christmas at his childhood home in Rome near Vatican City. Tony’s fondest memories were of the food and drink, particularly the traditional Panatone fruit cake and candy. In the 20th century Italy has adopted many western Christmas traditions including Santa Claus, however the good witch La Befana still delivers presents to many on Jan. 6, Epiphany (the twelfth day of Christmas, when the Wise Men arrived). Tony recalls many people dressing up and celebrating in the streets and Piazza Navona near his home with roasted chestnuts and street games. Christmas was very much a season of joy for Tony and his family. 

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 Our guest speaker, Jennifer Hoover, the pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church, outlined the basic liturgical context for Christian services as being the gathering, the story, feeding (sometimes metaphorically), and the departing. Jennifer noted that the Christmas season is traditionally a wonderful time of year with shorter days and longer nights conducive to longer rest in the cozy warmth of the season. Her Christmas story was about her attempts to ‘up’ her Christmas decorating game by visiting a website that provided 25 new traditions’ and her attempts to decorate and match the needs of a modern Christmas. She noted that this only led to a heightened anxiety and concluded that the old fashioned celebration beginning with Advent, the 4 weeks leading to Christmas, and following the stories of the prophets which lead to the hope of a new world were still the best way to spend the Christmas season. .

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Jessica Thomas

Give customers a reason to do business with y Our January speaker will be Jessica Thomas from RBC Dominion Securities who will give us a market update and outlook for 2020. Jessica is an experienced Investment Manager with over 20 years of wealth management industry experience. Jessica works in partnership with Portfolio Manager, Brad Young, and their RBC Dominion Securities team to provide valued advice and service to their clients.

Breaking News!! Mark Your Calendar!!

  

 Southgate Christmas Lunch: It was a pleasant surprise to see over 35 Probus men enjoy the roast beef special for the amazing price of $10. We were greeted and personally cared for, then invited to come back anytime as a group! WOW! Thanks to the members who supported this inaugural luncheon! 


Future Events: 


Keep August 26th 2020 open for the Summer Social. We are hoping to go back to Rose Hill with its beautiful country setting. 

Tour of Castle Killbride: TBA in the New Year. Note: They are open & available for Christmas tours as they do decorate for the holidays. 2020 REEL CANADA movie presentation: 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Plans have us doing this cinema treat with two movies showings this year (one show will be Come From Away! History Walking Tour: TBA The amazing mansions tour that ends with the inside tour of Carbide Wilson’s Chateau! Drive-to-Eat in the New Year; TBA If any Probus member has ideas for events let any member of the Special Events Committee know or email Rob Bryant at robclydebryant@execulink.com 



2020 REEL CANADA movie presentation:

Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Plans have us doing this cinema treat with two movies showings this year (one show will be Come From Away!


History Walking Tour: TBA The amazing mansions tour that ends with the inside tour of Carbide Wilson’s Chateau!


Drive-to-Eat in the New Year; TBA

If any Probus member has ideas for events let any member of the Special Events Committee know or email Rob Bryant at robclydebryant@execulink.com 


Your input regarding any of the following would be appreciated: Facetime with Oxfordshire Probus. 

A History Walk of Woodstock Houses. 

A Tour of Castle Kilbride in Baden. 

A new NFB movie presentation. 

A new Lunch and Theatre Event. 

A new Drive 2 Eat. 


The committee is also seeking a new venue for our 2020 Summer Social. Please pass any suggestions on to Rob Bryant at robclydebryant@execulink.com or any committee member. 


 Web Site News from Bob Axon 


Every member should check their personal information in the website - woodstockprobus.ca and report any errors or omissions to Bob Axon at raxon@rogers.com

 

Password ENTRY to the Website Directory is now available for extra security of all members. Follow the directions carefully and reset your password to one that you intend to make permanent. Please submit your photographs of any member activities to Bob Axon for inclusion in our unique collection of photos for visitors to the website and members. 

Future Guest Speakers

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Future  Speakers

    

 Our January Who Am I speaker will be Keith Stevens. 


  

  




 

Membership News from Ken Shrubsall

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  Give a welcome to our Newest Members: 

 George McKnight - sponsored by Peter Ewing  

Don Perkins - sponsored by Glen McDonald 

Our current membership stands at 120. 



Birthdays; 50/50

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     John Carley

 Jim Elliott 

Richard Fanning 

John Farley 

Ian Hart 

George McKnight 

Fred Newton 

Naif Shaheen 




50 / 50

   December winners were Bill Meek and David Clowes with $30 each! 



 Our Thanks to John Bell for this final version of the Newsletter.

A Lighter Side of Life

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In the Spirit of Christmas


  

It's just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for many years.


It all began because my Dad hated Christmas. Not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it, overspending and the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and powder for Grandma, gifts given in desperation because you couldn't think of anything else.


Knowing he felt this way, Mom decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, ties and so forth and get something special. Her inspiration came in an unusual way.

Dad coached the wrestling team at my school. Shortly before Christmas, there was a match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church. As the match began, Mom saw that the other team was wrestling in tattered shoes and without headgear, luxuries the team could not afford. That's when the idea for his present came.


That afternoon, she went to a local sporting goods store and bought an assortment of wrestling headgear and shoes, and sent them anonymously to the inner-city church. On Christmas Eve, she placed a small, white envelope on our tree, the note inside telling Dad what she had done, and that this was her gift to him.


Dad's smile was the brightest thing about Christmas that year. And that same bright smile lit up succeeding years. Each Christmas, Mom followed the tradition – one year sending a group of mentally handicapped youngsters to a hockey game, another year a cheque to a pair of elderly brothers whose home had burned to the ground the week before Christmas, and on and on.


That white envelope became the highlight of our Christmas. It was always the last thing opened on Christmas morning, and we would stand with wide-eyed anticipation, ignoring our toys, as Dad lifted the envelope from the tree to reveal its contents. As we grew, toys gave way to more practical presents, but the small, white envelope never lost its allure.


The story doesn't end there though. Even after we lost Dad, when Christmas rolled around, Christmas Eve found each of us placing an envelope on the tree in his memory. Dad's spirit, like the Christmas spirit will always be with us.


May the Spirit of Christmas find you all. 


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See you again