PROBUS CLUB OF COLLINGWOOD P.O. BOX 601 COLLINGWOOD, ONTARIO L9Y 4E8 NEWSLETTER JUNE, 2012 NEXT MEETING THURSDAY JULY 5, 2012 – LEISURE TIME CLUB- 10 A.M. - 12 NOON MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE PRESIDENT: LLOYD DAVIS VICE PRESIDENT JACK MARLEY SECRETARY: AL WALLACE TREASURERS: BOB MILLS, KEN ADOLPHE SPEAKERS: T. B. A. MEMBERSHIP: WAYNE CASWILL I.T. COORDINATOR: DENNIS SMITH PAST PRESIDENT: JOHN WIGGINS SOCIAL: PAUL NATALE NEWSLETTER: ERIC SKEOCH feature our July speaker, John See of TD PRESIDENT’S ANNOUNCEMENTS Waterhouse. And on a personal note, Jack Lloyd began the meeting by informing the members that a vial of pills had been found reported that the recent visit to Amaizeingly somewhere on the premises. Nobody claimed Green, the Ethanol plant, was terrific. ownership until Lloyd said he thought they might be Viagra pills. There appeared to be some TREASURER’S REPORT interest. Ken Adolphe reported that our end of June Once again, we were pleased to welcome a number financial picture shows a surplus. He added a of guests. Hal Keiser, Ed West, Doug Brown, Eric reminder that at the July meeting members should Nelson and Tony Halsmer were briefly introduced bring along their check books because the annual and settled back to see what Probus Collingwood fees are due ($45.00). was all about. On a sad note, Lloyd informed us of the recent I.T. REPORT deaths of Jim Robson and Ted Squires, both Dennis Smith reported that he will be retiring extremely active Probus members. from I.T. at the end July and so a replacement is needed. “All you need to know is how to insert MEMBERSHIP REPORT four plugs into four outlets. If I can do it, anybody Wayne Caswill welcomed the following new members, presented them with the constitution, Dennis also commented on what a great help Ted explained the special features of their new name Squires had been in recent months. tags, and revealed the secret Probus handshake. Several new members wept at this point. Wayne SOCIAL REPORT also seemed quite moved by his own welcoming Paul Natale reported the trip to see the War Horse speech. This was all quite embarrassing to the rest was a great success and we even made a slight of us. The new members are Hal Kieser, Rick profit. He thanked Ian Sewell for his work in Ducharme, John Housser, Bob Milthorpe and organizing the activity. John Orviss. They seem to be a likeable enough Golf this month is at Brooklea on June 14. If you read this in time, contact Ron Mutch. Also, one of our members, Jim MaCready is interested in VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT pulling together a group for weekly rounds. Call Jack Marley reminded us that a new “Activities him at 705 443 7983 if you are interested. Card” is now available and that the ads in the June 21st is the Penetang boat cruise. Contact Enterprise Bulletin are continuing. The latter will Peter Perry for information. Next up is the July 10 King’s Wharf presentation where his daughter chose to attend French of “Murder at the Fern Resort”. Mike Martynuik immersion schools for the next ten years of so! is in charge. Call Mike for information. John’s career took him into security systems with SPEAKERS CHAIR Panasonic at a time when the cellular phone Lloyd reported the following; business was taking off. The first phones were John See of TD Waterhouse $4000 each and eight years later you could get a Aug. Dr. Eric Goode - Cardiac Health free one if you left your car at Park n Fly. His last Sept. Brian Saunders - Central Pk. Development 10 years were very successful ones working in Dr. Mark Quigg – Prostate Health Pickering in work related to electric vehicles. He does all kinds of athletic things in and around JOHN MEGARRY Collingwood and is “enjoying life”. John captured our imagination right off the bat by informing us that he was happily married to a SPEAKER GEORGE CZERNY former Miss Canada, was a millionaire several During his time with the Enterprise-Bulletin, times over, and had a rich and vibrant private life. George Czerny kept meeting people whose lives Alas, he added, this was fantasy, and his real life were touched by the Collingwood Shipyards. And was rather boring, and we could doze off and he his books on the subject are an attempt to wouldn’t be hurt. encapsulate those lives. Actually, his story was quite interesting. When George arrived in Collingwood in 1977, the Born in 1946 in Belfast, John was the eldest of 5 looming hulls and keels in the launch basin, the children. After what John referred to as “a hovering cranes, the pounding of pneumatic mediocre educational life”, he briefly worked for hammers and the flash of welding irons made for the city government before coming to Canada at scene of sensual excitement which had to be age 17. His recollections of grade 13 in a experienced to be fully understood. multicultural Oshawa high school were quite George guided us through a chronology of the different from his Belfast memories. John talked industry from its birth in the mid-19th century, funny, but the girls thought he was “cute”. through the period when wooden vessels were John had an early contact with Collingwood supplanted by steel ones, the booming years of the through his uncle who worked at the shipyards early 1900’s and into the war years, the world- and arranged for summer jobs while John was at wide decline of the 1980’s and finally to the the U of T. The “college boy” was urged to get a inevitable closure on September 12, 1986. spot right up in the front row for his first side It was quite a journey for all concerned, the launch, a vantage point which resulted in John hundreds who worked in the yard, many of them being up to his waist in water and debris. women during the war years, many more recent After two years at U of T, John took a position at immigrants from the old country, like John Manufacturers Life, where he met his future wife, McGarry’s uncle, and many others whose lives, and soon after embarked on a career in alarms. He though not directly involved at the yard, were was with Chubb for 10 years in sales and nevertheless touched by the dynamism of what was marketing and later in home alarm systems. When happening at the foot of Hurontario St. during the company was taken over by a large company those historic times. from the U.K., John was soon promoted and even George ‘s books are a must read. sooner fired. Then he went with Honeywell in Montreal until the sovereignty movement became George was thanked by Jim Macready and unbearable, particularly regarding presented with a Gerry DeLeskie pen & pencil set. requirement that his daughter enroll in French The 50 -50 winners were Bill Stokes and Keith language schools. So they moved to Toronto, Cameron. They will man the tables next month.
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