Probus Club of Kemptville seniors are “with the times”

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Many organizations that regularly meet in person are now challenged to continue engaging the membership during the current restrictions. This is particularly true for organizations like PROBUS, that is made up almost entirely of senior individuals who meet for fellowship, occasional day trips, and monthly speakers.

Like most organizations, PROBUS, stopped meeting in March, expecting to get together again by May, or at least, no later than June. As time went on, it became obvious that would not be the case. The leadership team met via Zoom in late August, and by mid-September there was a familiarization session, and a couple of days later, the lessons learned were put into practice. There were a little less than half the membership online for the changeover of the executive and to hear our first speaker, Richard Chartrand from Sustainable Success. He told us about the benefits of strength training and, in particular, the benefits for seniors. See and hear his presentation on YouTube by clicking on this link https://youtu.be/NGYh6lec488.

The North Grenville Probus Club will be continuing with online Zoom meetings until it is deemed safe for the demographics of the group to meet in person.

Membership Fees: The Board has voted to reduce the club membership fee for 2020-2021 from $20 per person to FREE, because of the reduced anticipated expenditures for the current year. This will be for the coming year only. Probus membership is open to all retired individuals and anyone interested in a friendly connection, or those who would like an opportunity to meet for fellowship, interesting speakers, conversations, and more than a few laughs. Our next meeting is October 21 at 9:30. The speaker will be Claude Smith. She is conversant with zoom meetings.

Claude Smith is a Certified Horticulturalist and former Co-ordinator, Horticulture Program, University of Guelph, Kemptville. She was also the owner and operator of The Village Gardener Landscaping Company. Claude will talk about pruning and putting your garden to bed and seed starting in spring. By the way, Claude would like members to know that they can visit the College greenhouse over the winter.

Contact the club at n.g.probus97@gmail.com to receive the meeting link. Those already on the membership list will receive the invitation ahead of time. For those who are not yet comfortable using online tools, a few members of the club have agreed to “walk” those interested through the steps necessary to connect. Please call Anna at 613-258-2706, or email her at anna.varochon@gmail.com to make arrangements.

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