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Well, just like Santa's sleigh - the hours and days have somehow accelerated, and it is already time to look forward to new challenges as December gallops to the finish line! Our Probus club has enjoyed many excellent speakers this year, and I hope everyone had some fun as well. Our meetings were well attended. Thanks to all the committees for their efforts in 2023. The annual Christmas lunch on Dec. 12th promises to be a Special Event to remember.
Arie Markvoort was…..
born in the Netherlands in 1953. He received 6 years of education followed with 4 years of vocational ,carpentry and bricklaying.
He immigrated to Canada in 1976 and stayed here in oxford county as a mason and the latter part of his working s a life insurance agent.
He got married in 1979 to Sylvia who passed away in 2022. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren. Arie currently lives with his son and daughter-in-law and 4 grandchildren and he helps with looking after the grandchildren. He is involved in his church as an elder
(Maranatha Christian Reformed Church). He enjoys going to Southgate to play cards and he likes gardening.
Oh he reminded us not to forget coffee. He loves to connect with people over a cup of coffee
Remembering Oxford's Own 168th Battalion.
Some highlights: Consisted of 1300 soldiers from Oxford County 4 companies totaling 713 arrived in England on 11 October 1916 Served Sommes, Amiens, Hill 70, Ypres, Hindenburg Line, Passendale 108 were killed, 156 wounded, 3 captured, 10 died of other causes 9 missing in action, 418 were gassed, 159 lost their lives 35,000 soldiers with no graves are remembered at Vimy
A moment of silence was held for our soldiers
Perry Lang, President & CEO Woodstock Hospital and Cindy Smart, Director of Patient Care Acute Inpatient Services were our November Speakers.
12 years since the opening of the new Woodstock Hospital, Up to date in equipment and facilities with178 beds 2022 budget $165,000,000, 1200 staff, 9900 surgeries, 1113 births
Hospital is #2 in emergency wait times on Ontario Using innovative practices to retain and attract staff Addressing security IT issues
At our December meeting, our newest member Rick Shaeen, son of founding member and past president 1990-91 Naif Shaheen, will give his Who am I!
Our main December Speaker will be Eric Gilbert, MCIP RPP, Manager of Development Planning , Community Planning, Oxford County
MEAL SERVED AT 12:00 NOON AT THE SOUTHGATE CENTRE ON WELLINGTON ST.
TURKEY DINNER - MASHED POTATOES, STUFFING, G R AV Y, C R A N B E R R Y T U R N I P, C R A N B E R R Y COLESLAW, CRANBERRY SAUCE, DINNER ROLLS, BUTTER, D E S S E R T: S T I C K E Y TOFFEE PUDDING COFFEE OR TEA
COST WILL BE $25.00 CASH PAYABLE AT THE NOVEMBER MEETING THERE WILL BE A SIGN-UP SHEET AT THE NOVEMBER MEETING
CONTACT Rob Bryant Cell 519-494-3621
A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patty Whack. "Miss Whack, I'd like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday." Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it's okay, he knows the bank manager. Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral. The frog says, "Sure. I have this," and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink, and perfectly formed. Very confused, Patty explains that she'll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office. She finds the manager and says, "There's a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral." She holds up the tiny pink elephant. "I mean, what in the world is this?"
(You're gonna love this.) The bank manager looks back at her and says, "It's a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man's a Rolling Stone."
(You sang it, didn't you? Yeah, I know you did.) Bill
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