Newsletter 'Volume 31 – Issue 8 May 2020

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

  Woodstock, Ontario 
       http://woodstockprobus.ca


All meetings Cancelled until further notice !!!

Past Newsletters for your enjoyment or downloading

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Letter from the Editor

In the absence of monthly meetings, I reached out to the executive suggesting they share their “What am I doing” with the membership. This edition reflects the result of that effort and I thank each of the contributors.

Hopefully this will keep a small flame of the club burning bright and you will enjoy their efforts.  If so, perhaps you will send me your “What am I doing” to share with your friends in next months newsletter.   John Bell    jhbell50@hotmail.com

President Jerry’s Message

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In this year of COVID-19 we can now do only some of the things we dearly like to do. We see and talk to our neighbours and friends less frequently and from a distance. I am realizing how satisfying it is to communicate face to face. I sure miss group discussions. Grocery shopping once a week does not do it.

We encourage everyone to participate in the Woodstock-Oxford Probus Club by sharing your experiences to make this year tolerable and maybe memorable. We are encouraged to support those around us in the best way possible.   Jerry



  

VP Bill Weir’s Message

  

  

In the last two months, our world has been turned upside down by the Pandemic. Looking forward into the summer will include more of the same sad news and government restrictions.  Things eventually will get better, but will never be quite the same!  Social isolation may fuel depression and can even affect longevity.  Just because there is a stay-at-home order does not mean you should also stop interacting with people. 

There are available technologies that can help you stay socially connected to people, even if you are physically distant.  Try a video chat with friends and family through Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, or other easy to use computer or cellphone tools.  

You can also resort to old fashioned telephone calls.  Hearing a real person’s voice is always a welcome change.  If you have been checking in with people once a month, you can now try doing it four times a month. Aside from maintaining connections without putting yourself at risk of virus exposure, you will also get a sense that you are not alone.

Good nutrition and constant movement are good for your body and mind. Eating a healthy and nutritious diet can help your immune system.

Everyone should try to perform at least 30 minutes of physical activity regularly. If you can't leave the house, find an exercise video online. Dance to music. Do some yoga, or walk up and down the stairs.  Get a good night’s sleep, but don’t stay in your jammies all day.

When the weather is nice, go outside for some fresh air.  You can sit in your backyard, your driveway or balcony.  Go for a walk around the block and chat safely with the people you meet.  You’ll be surprised how friendly the neighbours can be, because they have been stuck at home too!

Stay positive, stay safe and look after yourself and others.  We will all get through this crazy time together!  Until we meet again.  Bill Weir

Al Driedger’s Reflections

  I've been using the past weeks to write some reflections on my life experiences.

  

As I write this it's been more than 5 weeks since I saw a human face other than my son, who brings me groceries.  Last week I had an appointment at University Hospital; nothing happened that was out of the way but all my caregivers were masked as part of the protocol of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The masks took my mind back to the times I worked in the Middle East where women, with few exceptions, were always masked. 

  

  Over the nearly 12 years I visited there, I delivered about 50 lectures to Middle Eastern hospital medical staffs.  Routinely, the veiled women doctors would arrive early and seat themselves at the back of the room in a quiet huddle.  Later, the male staff would come in, sometimes accompanied by one or two unveiled women who sat with the men.  In all those lectures I never fielded a question or received a comment from a veiled woman whereas, the few that were unveiled provided regular and powerful critiques of whatever I was teaching.  It was similar in clinics with the medical students; veiled female students made little comment in contrast to the chatty ones with open faces.  I observed there that taking away someone's face is a very effective way to shut them up and take away their personal power. 


At the King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh, I once provided some merriment for the women in the department because they were all of similar build and I wasn't able to distinguish among them from behind their veils.  Eventually I learned that they worked diligently to give subtle clues to their individual identities within a narrow range of options.  One of them confessed to me that she wore her mask with the upper edge at the level of her lower eyelids whereas her colleague dared to display 3mm of skin below her eyelids.  How racy was that!

  

One of my colleagues in Yemen was a Canadian gynecologist who was sought after for his expertise with female genital cancers.  It was his routine after the physical examination to allow the woman to dress before he sat with her to explain his findings and discuss treatment options.  The practice of Arabic physicians tended toward merely providing a diagnosis to the husband or other accompanying male. My colleague insisted on speaking directly to the woman and for this he would ask her to remove her veil.  When she demurred on grounds that it was unislamic and immodest to do that, he would explain that he needed to see her face to have the conversation she deserved and that he didn't buy the argument about modesty because she had not been overtly embarrassed to show him her bare bottom just minutes earlier.  In fact, he was trying to make a point to the Yemeni doctors that female patients deserved the courtesy of direct discussions that a more veterinary-style discussion with the husband did not address.

  

After working in this environment for a few weeks on multiple occasions, I noticed a profound relaxation in my state of mind when we stopped in Frankfurt on the way home.  It had everything to do with the appreciation of mixed crowds including women with faces.  It wasn't that those faces were in any way sexual, but just the relief that came with the appreciation that I was back in a society where people were valued as self-expressing individuals regardless of gender.

  

There is a place in the human brain where faces are uniquely recognized and the

  

There will be an end to our current preoccupation with masks when the Covid-19 virus will become history and I look forward to observing whole faces and doing my own grocery shopping again. I'm not so sure of how or when our sisters in the Middle Eastern countries will be liberated except I am sure that they will come to their own Me Too moment.

  

AAD   Apr 19, 2020

What Am I Doing? from Phil Thorne

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Recently The Soper Valley Railroad posted this news item on Facebook and it was circulated around the Facebook world which is where we saw it.  It is suggesting that model railroaders will survive the Covid-19 pandemic because they would be  hunkered down in their basements (or wherever they have their train layout set up) playing with their model trains and would not be in contact with anyone who might have the virus. 

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  As a member of the Woodstock Model Railroad Club I have not been up to the club’s layout since the Ontario State of Emergency came into effect.  As a result I have been spending more time working on my own train layout. I have also been spending more time on the computer emailing friends and relatives and working on my family tree.  Brenda and I have also been watching a lot of movies (mostly the Hallmark Movies) on W Network.  The plot is very predictable but they are “feel good” movies and we all need to feel good these days.  

Phil Thorne

Helping Our Community

 

Future Events: 

 Wednesday, August 26, 2020: Annual Summer Social. We are hoping to go back to Rose Hill with its beautiful country setting.


 Wednesday, April 22, 2020 : 2020 REEL CANADA Plans have us doing two movies showings this year (one show will be Come From Away! TBA later:

 A Tour of Castle Killbride 

A History Walking Tour 

A Drive-to-Eat 

Any Pro  

Given the urgent need in our community, Peter Harrison recently suggested that the club consider making a donation to a local charity in support of those less fortunate. 

While there was positive support for Peter’s initiative, unfortunately the Probus Charter restricts any charitable or fund raising activity, hence it was suggested that members be provided with recommendations on how to best make a meaningful personal contribution to the needy in Woodstock.

Members may recall the presentation to us by Operation Sharing. They provide support to needy families as well as coaching and provide food purchase cards that may only be used to purchase healthy foods.  You can support them by donating a dollar each time you shop at Sobeys, Giant Tiger, Foodland, or Food Basics in Woodstock; or at Independent Grocer, Foodland, or Giant Tiger in Ingersoll. See https://211southwestontario.cioc.ca/record/OXF1184?Number=13

The Salvation Army also runs a Woodstock food bank. Food donations may be made from 9 am to 3 pm any Monday, Wednesday or Friday at their Family Services Office at 190 Huron Street or you can donate directly at the church office at 769 Juliana. 

For more information see  https://www.oxfordcounty.ca/Services-for-You/Human-Services/Emergency-Food-Services and http://www.heartfm.ca/news/local-news/salvation-army-food-bank-still-accepting-donations/

Peter has however identified a Woodstock Rotary Club initiative that supports both programs and is also matching any donations and providing charitable receipts.

Their "Fund for Food Vouchers" initiative is described at https://www.woodstockoxfordrotary.org/ 

and donations can be made at  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/12109

It would appear that Rotary, which is also the organization that founded Probus, offers the most appropriate vehicle for any personal contributions members may choose to make in support of those in Woodstock. bus member with ideas for events let any member of the Events Committee know or email Rob Bryant at robclydebryant@execulink.com 


 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

Membership News from Ken Shrubsall

Membership News from Ken Shrubsall

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NO Future  Speakers

    

           until FURTHURE NOTICE                                                      


  

  

  

Special Events News from Rob Bryant

  

As a person who has worked in Health Care for the better part of 4 decades, we all need to keep ourselves safe. My great wife Dianne is wonderful in supporting that we do this. Social distancing, not putting ourselves into a crowd situation, using hand sanitizer, keeping things clean, and acquiring fresh supplies from local sources.  Please keep safe and healthy. Here is a virtual handshake to all.

Future Events: 

Keep August 26th 2020 open for the Summer Social. 

We are still hoping to go back to Rose Hill with it's beautiful country setting. TBA later: 

Tour of Castle Killbride; A History Walking Tour; A Drive-to-Eat.


  

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 

Membership News from Ken Shrubsall

Membership News from Ken Shrubsall

Membership News from Ken Shrubsall

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   Current membership stands at (actually they generally sit at the meetings) 122 . 



Birthdays; 50/50

Membership News from Ken Shrubsall

Birthdays; 50/50

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  • Dan Byers,   BernieCaulder
  • James Carrier,  JamesCook     
  • Bob Elliott,  LarryLeGallail
  • Bill Mackesy,  
  • Keith Stevens  
  • Terry Thompson     Deward Yates 
  • Ted Young

  


  



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

Special Events News from Rob Bryant

  

As a person who has worked in Health Care for the better part of 4 decades, we all need to keep ourselves safe. My great wife Dianne is wonderful in supporting that we do this. Social distancing, not putting ourselves into a crowd situation, using hand sanitizer, keeping things clean, and acquiring fresh supplies from local sources.  Please keep safe and healthy. Here is a virtual handshake to all.

Future Events: 

Keep August 26th 2020 open for the Summer Social. 

We are still hoping to go back to Rose Hill with it's beautiful country setting. TBA later: 

Tour of Castle Killbride; A History Walking Tour; A Drive-to-Eat.


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

The Lighter Side of Life

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See you again