(Updated Mar. 18, 2018)
Our special speaker for the Feb. 21, 2018 meeting was introduced by Don LeBlanc (right), and was one of our own, Keith Dow. Keith spoke on the events surrounding the 1755 expulsion and 1764 return of the Acadians. An active question period followed.
Gordon Dempsey thanked Keith for his detailed account, presenting him with our Club 25th Anniversary mug.
Bill Covert always does a great job reading from the "SNIPPETS" book about events that happened on this date, but about 50 to 100 years ago. At today's meeting, Bill read a February 21st, 1828, article from the "Saint John Snippets", by David Goss, as well as a June 20th, 1877 report on the Great Saint John Fire.
Carl Thompkins (Center) is at the podium with the "Fabulous Funnies" to share a bit a levity while President Ed O'Keefe (Left) and Secretary Willard Buckley (Right) listen attentively!
A memorial card was placed in front of the podium of our deceased PROBUS member, Mr. Lester Mott, for all to read.
The regular monthly of the PROBUS Club of Saint John was held Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, at the Boys and Girls Club. President Ed O'Keefe called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m., with about 35 members and guests in attendance. With special guest Barry Snodgrass at the piano, a very nattily attired Gordon Mouland led us in the singing of “O Canada”, and 4 sing-a-longs, (without the usual 'one, two, three') culminating in a solo by Gordon.
The guests were welcomed by President Ed into the Club as our our newest members: Chip Lawton (Left photo, Center), sponsored by George McCaughey; Bob Bustin (Next Photo, Center), sponsored by Tom Craig; Clayton Daye (Next photo, Center), sponsored by Mack Pike; and John Johnson (Left photo, Center), sponsored by Chip Lawton. All were presented with a New Member binder, name tag, and car decal.
President Ed addressed the membership, and advised that "So far, we have had a great start and we have increased our membership by 13 since September. Our Goal is 25 new members by the end of May. The best way to do this is to use our PROBUS Invitation Cards. It's easy to ask a friend to come and try a meeting without committing themselves. That's how you were able to get so many new members to date. With everybody’s help, we can reach this goal. The most important thing is that with a total membership of 65, our club will be solvent financially. Keep up the great work. I also want to say a special thanks to our "stay in touch committee" as they have made the attendance so great."
Past President Ralph Wood introduced our guest speaker, Victoria Clarke, Executive Director of Discover Saint John, although she stated it should be “Greater Saint John” based on what was involved. John Doyle thanked Ms. Clarke for her talk, presenting her with our Club Anniversary mug.
The regular December meeting of our 2017-2018 season was held Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 at the Boys and Girls Club. President Ed O'Keefe called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m., welcoming about 36 members and guests. After the singing of “O Canada”, Gordon Mouland led us in three songs, of which two were successfully sung.
Vice President John Doyle reported on the coming months programs in 2018: January--Victoria Clark; February-- Keith Dow; March--Harold Wright and David Goss; April--Bev Franklin; May--Bernard Cormier.
A new member, Tony Brooke, was introduced by Ralph Woods and presented with his name tag. Welcome Tony.
President Ed O’Keefe presenting a cheque from PROBUS to the Executive Director of the Saint John Boys & Girls Club, Amy Shanks.
Carl Tompkins introduced The Saint John String Quartet: David Adams and Danielle Sametz--violins; Sonja Adams--cello; Christopher Buckley--viola. Carl also thanked the Quartet, presenting them each with our Anniversary mug.
Past President Robert Taylor (right) had the pleasure of introducing and inducting Sherman Potter as a new member.
The guest speaker for the Nov. 15, 2017 meeting was introduced by Secretary Willard. Michael Griffin, a long-time volunteer for the Seafarer's Mission, spoke on behalf of the Saint John Seafarer's Mission, relating their many services to the maritime community. Vice President John Doyle (right)thanked Michael Griffin for his address, presenting him with a PROBUS mug in appreciation.
On Oct. 18, 2017, there was no monthly meeting at the usual place. Instead, the Probus group went out on a tour of a local industry just a few miles down the road from Saint John. The place was CONNORS BROTHERS sardine factory located in Blacks Harbour, NB. The tour took place on October 18th and was arranged by our president, Ed O'Keefe. On a head count we had about 22 persons. Some members could not attend because of the amount of walking required. The tour was most interesting and what a lot of members were saying, is the plant was much larger that previous realized with many product lines in operation. It is a major employer in that region. The tour lasted about 1.5 hours. PROBUS would certainly like to thank the management of Connors Brothers for their hospitality. The plant was very clean. After the tour, several groups went to the local Restaurant in Penfield or St George for lunch.
Pictured above is a group picture of those that attended (L-R):
Thomas Craig, David Ellis, Ron Pearce, Robert Taylor, Wes Cosman, John Doyle, Fred Shillington, President Ed O'Keefe, William Covert; Dale Steeves, Barry Watson , Murray Driscoll, Fenton Keirstead, Ron Lister.
Above, Fred Shillington, holds up the two samples of sardines given to all who went on the tour. In the foreground is Wes Cosman, Fred Shillington and William Covert. In the back ground, on the left, is Robert Taylor, John Doyle and president Ed O'Keefe.
Fenton Keirstead looking at the menu trying , to decide "what's good today"!
It looks like John Doyle is explaining to David, "just how they get 6 sardines in one can".
In the entrance at Connors Brothers, a model of an earlier Seiner vessel, Brunswick Maid, was on display.
Sept. 20, 2017 was a great meeting as Club members, both current and former, gathered to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Probus Club of Saint John. Pictured above (L-R) are current club President Ed O'Keefe who was very pleased to recognize the following Charter Members who were in attendance for the meeting and lunch- Mac Pike, Frank Ervin, Gerry Barnett, John Cooke, and Robert Taylor, Past President who introduced each of the Charter Members, and helped Ed present each with a 25 year Probus pin. Missing from the photo were Duane Lister and Gordon White.
Gordon Mouland lead the group in a lively sing along with our own Murray Driscoll on the Keyboard.
President Ed (R), had the pleasure of inducting our newest member, Chester Young (Center) as the first order of business at the Charter meeting. Off to the left is Dale Stevens, Membership Development chairperson who introduced Chester. Welcome to the Club, Chester.
The guest speaker for the luncheon was Marlene Pearce, Director and Secretary Treasurer of Probus Canada who congratulated the Club on being 25 years young, and gave an update from Probus Canada.
Marlene presented President Ed with a certificate from Probus Canada signed by herself, and W. R. (Bill) Sexsmith, President of Probus Canada.
We were very fortunate to have a number of Past Presidents in attendance. Pictured above with Director Marlene are Past Presidents (L-R) Mac Pike 1993-94, Richard Burphee 2008-09, George McCaughey 2004-05, Ralph Wood 2013-15, Ralph Murray 1999-00, Gordon Mouland 2000-01, Bob Capson 2010-11, Tor Bordevk 2011-13, Robert Taylor 2015-17, and Carl Tomkins 2003-04.
To complement coffee, and for desert for those that attended the luncheon, a beautiful Probus cake was cut by PP Robert Taylor or President Ed O'Keefe.
Your Executive trusts you have enjoyed our delightful Saint John summer. We've put together a fine program for our Fall meetings - you can find details elsewhere in the Phoghorn. We have made a goal -
To add 25 members in our 25th season.
And we're offering YOU a limited-time discount on your own renewal of $30 (due in September) for helping us.
$10 off your renewal
if you bring in a new member or bring back a lapsed member (lapsed a year or more) in September or October 2016;
if you do the same in November or December 2016.
PS: Make sure prospective new members know there is a $20 initial fee and an annual fee of $30, both payable when they sign up.
Guest speakers for the Jan. 18, 2015 meeting were David Dickinson (Centre) who spoke on Funeral Planning, & John McMillan who spoke on the Memorial Foundation for his son John Jr..
The lucky winner of the 60/50 draw on Jan. 18, 2015 was Past President George McCaughey (right) being congratulated by President Ralgh Wood.
In the top left photo, President Ralph is sharing one of his growner jokes while on the left Tor Bordevik is seen doing a bit of fiddling with Sonia from the String Quartet.
On a rare occasion, we capture long time Club Treasurer Don Mitchner in a picture. Is he busy keeping us solvent before we make a Christmas financial presentation, or planning his next trip to Florida- laughing! The Club certainly appreciates the work Don does on our behalf.
On Sept. 17, 2014 our guest speaker was Anne Raina who spoke about her book "Clara's Rib", the story of her sister who spent her teenage years battling tuberculosis. She wasn't expected to see age 20 but lived to age 71. Anne Raina assured us she's not the one you can Google who writes erotica! Her story illustrates how a positive attitude and strong faith can overcome disease. A question and answer period followed. Anne was not permitted to promote sale of her book, but individual members could approach her and buy a signed copy.
On Sept. 17, 2014, President Ralph Wood presented a $500 cheque to Amy Shanks, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Saint John. She was thanked for a re-decorated room the Club meets. The President took the opportunity to request that space be found to restore our banner.
At the Feb. 19, 2014 monthly PROBUS meeting, the speakers were Victoria Clarke and Jeff McAloon of the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation.
During the meeting, President Ralph was presented with the club's new "Aid for the vertically challenged" The President has not had a growth spurt! All got a chuckle out of that!
Shown is the left picture are Bill Covert and President Ralph Wood proving to George that they really can't sing. In the right picture, the PROBUS Male Choir made up of Gordon Mouland, the Choir Master, and some of his cronies proving Bill and Ralph wrong.
PROBUS Executive 2013-2014
Standing: Gordon Dempsey, Gordon Mouland, Robert Taylor, Jim Shillington, George Urqhart with guitar, and President Ralph Wood
Sitting: PP Brian Mitchell, Gordon Graham, PP Torbjorn Bordevik, and Willard Buckley
In the left photo, Past President Tor explains how to make Norwegian Lutefisk, cod treated with Lye, a Christmas delicacy it seems. With Tor are Brian Mitchell & David Lester, standing, and Gordon Graham sitting. On the right, PROBUS members relax while they wait for the Christmas dinner prepared by the Saint John Boys' & Girls' Club to be served.
Ralph Wood (Top Photo), President of the PROBUS Club of Saint John, spoke on Thursday December 12, 2013 to members of the Rothesay-Kings Rotary Club. He spoke on the mission of the PROBUS organization, membership and the fellowship it provides. He also made the connection between Rotary and PROBUS. He ended by answering many interesting questions posed by club members.
In the bottom photo are PROBUS members attending this mornings meeting at the Rothesay-Kings Rotary Club. They are left to right, Rotary Club President - Andre Welland, Saint John PROBUS Club President - Ralph Wood and Rotary Past District Governor - Gordon A Dempsey. Missing from the photo PROBUS member and Past Charter Member of the Rothesay-Kings Rotary Club, was Brian Mitchell.
Gordon Dempsey(left), Past District Governor of Rotary, was pinned during the Oct. 2013 meeting. In Nov., Gordon congratulates Kendall Higgins who was pinned in Nov. and was sponsored by him. Welcome to Probus gentlemen ...way to go Gordon at this rate we'll be looking for a larger meeting place soon.
Jim Quinn (left), CEO of the Port of Saint John, was our Nov. speaker. He was enthusiastically welcomed. Question period had to be curtailed as lunch was getting cold. Thanks Jim for an excellent update on our port. Members (right) paying rapt attention to our November Speaker Jim Quinn.
PROBUS wreath (on the left) laid on the Kings Square Cenotaph November 11th as Trinity Church struck 11 am.
On Sept. 19, 2012, the Saint John PROBUS Club celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a special meeting and lunch hosted by the Boys & Girl Club of Saint John.
Pictured in the top row is Vice President Probus Center Canada, Atlantic Director, Mr. Steve Campbell giving a short speech to members, and presenting a Certificate from PROBUS Center Canada which was received on behalf of Probus Saint John by President Tor Bordevik.
The members of PROBUS held their Christmas meeting on Dec. 14, 2011. Seen above is Ralph Wood, Past President who shares a story with the members.
As has been the custom for some years, the Club was entertained by the Saint John String Quartet.
PROBUS met for their Christmas meeting and social on Dec. 15, 2010. They were entertained by the Saint John String Quartet consisting of David Adams, Larissa Chitty, Sony Adams and Chris Buckley who played a selection of Christmas carols.
Vaughn McIntyre, guest speaker for Oct. 21, 2009 meeting.
Mr. Roger Haineault, a tax consultant, was the guest speaker for the meeting on Mar. 18, 2009 and was introduced by Don Thomkins.
Mr. Haineault then proceeded to outline various new measures in recent Federal and Provincial budgets that could be advantageous to us as senior citizens. There was also some explanation of the circumstances that have led to the current recession and measures that have been introduced to ameliorate them. A lively and informative question and answer session followed the presentation. Mr. Haineault (left) was thanked by Clarence Blois(right) seen shaking hands and the meeting adjourned for lunch at 12 noon.
In the back ground to the left is 2nd Vice President Bob Capson, and Phoghorn editor Ralph Wood.
During the Feb. 18, 2008 meeting, President Richard Burpee welcomed two new members into the Club. Pictured above are President Richard, left, and Frank Cormier and Dr. Barry Beckett.
The Club's guest speaker was Dr. Robert MacKinnon, (left photo), Vice President of UNB Saint John, who gave the Club an update and overview of the University with particular emphasis to the new School of Medicine. In the photo to the right is new club member Dr. Barry Beckett thanking Dr. MacKinnon for his informative talk.
On Jan. 15, 2009 the Rendezvous 2008 organizing team met at the Mediterranean restaurant to wrap-up and share some laughs and successes for the rendezvous 2008 gathering.
Pictured (L-R): Ralph Wood, Bill Bydges, Wes Cosman, David Fraser, Carl Tompkins, Fred Shillington, Laurie Hossack, President Richard Burpee, Mildred Brydges, Betty Thomkins, Robert Taylor. The empty Chair is Robert Lockhart, who was behind the camera.
The gathering was spearheaded by Co-chair Bill Brydges, and it was with great pride that he, Fred Shillington and President Richard Burpee advised that all was a success, both financially and socially.
The following summarizes the committees synopsis:
At the Dec. 17, 2008 Christmas meeting, the Probus members were entertained by the Saint John String Quartet (top photo) comprized of David and Sonia Adams, Chris Buckley, and Christine Gail-Harrison whose seasonal presentation was a delightful combination of carols and seasonal music with interesting comments on the origins of each piece. The members were then served a fine Christmas lunch by the Boys and Girls Club staff and the members adjourned full of Christmas cheer.
Pictured in two bottom photos are PROBUS members listening (left), and enjoying a sing song.
During the meeting, President Richard Burpee presented Debbie Cooper, the Executive Director of the Boys' and Girls' Club, with Probus' annual Christmas cheque.
Clarence Blois (left), the Club's Entertainment & Singing Chairman, shares a laugh- maybe at the quality of the singing that day! Don Tompkins (right), isn't quite sure what just happened. He has just taken over from long time historian Lou Duffley as the Club Historian and Photogragher, and will be prime for forwarding material to Club Webmaster Robert Lockhart for the web site.
President Richard Burpee
Vice President Brian Mitchell
At the Dec. 2008 meeting, President Richard Burpee (top photo) was pleased to announce that Brian Mitchell (bottom photo) had accepted the position of Vice President and Program Director for our PROBUS Club.
The Club is very fortunate to have Brian step up to this position. We know he will do a great job!!
PROBUS Canada President Art Buck (far left) is very pleased to be presenting the “John R. Morris Founder’s Award” to a long time PROBUS Member who has definitely made his mark in “outstanding support for the growth and development of PROBUS across Canada” over the past 15 years as a member. Bill Brydges is a Charter Member and a Past President of the Probus Club of Saint John, N.B. He has also served on the Board of Directors of PROBUS Centre-Canada, Inc. doing so with dedication and commitment. He has also been involved in the development of new Probus Clubs in his area and most recently, without hesitation, successfully served as Co-Chair of the PROBUS Canada Rendezvous 2008 held in his community.
Congratulations Bill !!
(From Dec. 2008 PROBUS Canada Newsletter)
This happy group are Members of the Organizing Committee of the PROBUS “Rendezvous 2008” held in Saint John, N.B. this past September. Having just received “Certificates of Appreciation” from PROBUS Canada President Art Buck (3rd from left) they have a right to smile at the success of a tremendous event. Just under 300 attendees took advantage of Saint John hospitality to enjoy three days of fun, fellowship and idea exchange in Canada’s “Loyalist City”. Survey returns are already in and, with few exceptions, they express feelings of great satisfaction and enjoyment with lots of opportunity for business as well as sight seeing and just plain good times.
Thank You Saint John !!
(From Dec. 2008 PROBUS Canada Newsletter)
It's hard to believe that we're at the end of another year--and boy what a year it has been. Our efforts across this Country have brought us to 200 Clubs, …. the "long sought after" number and now we can set our sights on a new target … perhaps 250.
My thanks to all who helped to make this growth happen and may it continue ! And “Rendezvous 2008---Catch the Wave”---held in Saint John N.B. in late September, which turned out to be a "super" success. The ---food--- fellowship--- entertainment---tours---and not to forget the discussions & the comments from the workshops---left us with much pride about the benefits of belonging to such a great group called “PROBUS”.
I personally met so many from across Canada who commented on their pleasure at being involved with our organization. Our Board will be discussing many of the recommendations brought up during the workshops, particularly those dealing with improved communications, and sharing more information between Clubs.
A very sincere “Congratulations” to the Saint John Clubs , their non Club volunteers---and to all our members who were there to enjoy their efforts.
(From Dec. 2008 Probus Canada Newsletter)
Dave Lester, President 2005 - 06, shares a laugh as incoming President David Frase presents him with his past president' pin on Sept. 20, 2006.
One of President Dave's last chores was to induct new member Frank Setchell (center) to Probus. Frank was sponsored by Fred Shillington (left).
At our Christmas luncheon on Dec. 14, 2005, President David recognized our Charter Members with special name badges. Pictured above are the initial four Rotarians who did the ground work to invite 44 gentlemen to a meeting to discuss the creation of a PROBUS Club. Pictured above are Gordon White, Gerald Barnett, Bill Brydges, and Canon Lloyd Lake. Of the 44, 43 signed as Charter members.
Pictured above is President David presenting founding President William Bartlett with his new Charter Member's name badge.
The following Charter Members who were in attendance to receive their new badges: Left to right back row: Bill Bartlett, Reg MacKenzie, Alex Penman, Robert Crawford, Blake McCullogh, Gordon White, George Teed, Robert Reeves, Canon Lloyd Lake, Gerald Barnett, Bill Brydges, and Mac Pike. In front are John Cook, Duane Lister.
Missing from the photo were: Ross Coates, Horace Hall, Jack Myles, Frank Ervin, Harry Hoar, Glen Scott, David Filliter, Eric Josselyn, Ed Graham, and Bob McConnell.
During our luncheon, Treasurer Ed creaser presented Debbie, Cooper, the Boy's and Girl's Club Executive Director, with a cheque for $500.00 for Probus' Christmas Donation.
During the meeting, the members present were entertained by Saint John Quartet members: Sonja Adams, David Adams, Ericka Low and Chris Buckley.
On the Sept. 21, 2005 meeting of Probus at the Boys' and Girls' Club of Saint John, the new executive for the new Probus year were voted into office. Pictured here is incoming President David Lester presenting out going President George McCaughey with his past president's pen.
We were fortunate to have renowned Saint John artist Ray Butler as our guest speaker on Sept. 21, 2005 to kick off the new PROBUS year. Ray gave a very interesting talk on what an artist thinks of and considers when doing a person or landscape portrait.
As part of Ray's talk, he did a portrait of Wylie McGinley explaining as he drew what he was looking for and how he puts the detail on artist paper. Wylie went home with a souvenir from our PROBUS meeting.