L to R: First Trent Hills President, Bill Hogle, Incoming President, Moira Hall, District Director, Craig Greenwood
Club marked its 10th Anniversary with a special meeting
Forty members acknowledged with 10-year pins
Trent Hills – Thurs., Nov. 16, 2023 – Since 2013, the Club has offered friendship, educational opportunities, social activities and fun for active men and women in their retirement and semi-retirement years. November 8th was a celebration of this milestone. With a group of 56 in attendance at St. John’s United Church Hall in Campbell-ford, the Club received congratulations from PROBUS Canada through their District Direc-tor, Craig Greenwood, who said a few words.
The Club’s first President, Bill Hogle, told the gathering a bit of history on how the Club was set up. In attendance were four of the original five people who formed the steering committee: Bob Bennett, Alan Appleby, Dave MacDougall and Bill Hogle. Certificates were presented to them by Director Greenwood. Forty people who have remained members of the Trent Hills Club since it started were acknowledged with 10-year pins.
As an added feature at this meeting and, in honour of Remembrance Day, the Club welcomed naval historian Roger Litwiller of Trenton who spoke to the group about Canada’s naval participation in WW2. Litwiller had many personal photos taken by crewmen as well as numerous stories gleaned through inter-views with men on the ships which brought history to life.
PROBUS is a volunteer-based, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian fellowship organization with over 4,000 clubs worldwide and 255 clubs across Canada. Belonging to Probus keeps members interested, involved and stimulated at a time in life when it might be easy to become complacent. With members ranging from late 50’s to the 90’s, there is a broad range of experiences and interests but they all have one thing in common—they like meeting new people.
New President, Moira Hall said, “The group meets once a month on the second Wednesday at St. John’s United Church in Campbellford for a social gathering with a speaker chosen from a variety of back-grounds, businesses and organizations, all with the goal of informing, entertaining or challenging.”
At that time, business of the club is discussed as well as upcoming activities. Time is provided for socializing, coffee/tea and snacks. You may come as a guest to a meeting.
“Additional social activities are arranged (we can always use help planning); this past year we’ve had a boat tour, museum visit, horse-racing/casino night, theatre, road rally and picnic, to name a few. And we have special interest groups such as a euchre club and a lunch club,” says Events Coordinator Lesia Karas.
There is no fund-raising involved in the Probus Club. Activities are designed to encourage social interaction. President Hall said, “It’s a great way to meet new people in a welcoming environment—we’re always looking for new members and it’s never too late to make new friends!”
You can find out more about PROBUS at https://join.probuscanada.ca or by contacting the club directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.