President’s Message – July 2016

Don Dempson

July 2016 – President’s Message

Greetings to all of you from Cowtown, Alberta…my annual trip to volunteer at the Calgary Stampede.

   June was another busy month in our PROBUS Club starting with an out-of-this-world presentation from NW Bay PROBUS member, Paul Kolodziej, 30-year researcher with NASA, who let us in on secrets and details about the Space Shuttle, even let us hold a tile from the vehicle.  Bonnie and Phil Howell’s tricky Digital Scavenger Hunt in Parksville, Robert Bateman’s wonderful presentation plus an Out and About walk at Little Qualicum Falls followed by lunch at Cuckoo in Coombs, completed the month.  We even added two new interest groups to our portfolio: a beer-tasting club and a TED Talks club (coming this Fall).  We now have a guest waiver on-line and in hard copy for those people who want to join us at our activities.   

   Our members continue to have lots of options… whether it’s challenging your photo-taking skills, listening to one of the world’s foremost naturalists and artists, enjoying the company of great friends over some food or wines, laughing through a fun game of golf or exploring some of the wonderful trails around the area – it’s all good in beautiful Nanoose Bay/Parksville area and environs.

   July is shaping up to continue a wealth of activities beginning with the General Meeting on July 8 when Pet Detective, Kat Albrecht, will tell us about a unique way of finding our best friends if they’re lost.  The big event, however, will be our Annual Picnic mid- month at deVissers’.  Make sure you’ve signed up for it; the menu looks fantastic and it’s always a fun event.

  Your month may be filled with visitors but don’t forget to put the following on your calendar: “Nine and Dine” at the Nanaimo Golf Club, and also a special hike/picnic down to Cable Bay-Dodd Narrows. Details are in this Newsletter.

   I’m sorry I won’t be with you for the July meeting, but I’ll be thinking about you while I’m directing people at the Stampede. As for the horses, cattle and bulls….  well, they can handle themselves.

   See you at PROBUS picnic on July 20th!