PROBUS members are connecting


by Anna Van Adrichem Rochon

The majority (all) of the PROBUS members in North Grenville are retired; but that doesn’t mean they are not willing to learn new skills. Many are “gingerly” stepping on the Zoom platform to attend monthly meetings. In the world before Covid-19, the purpose of PROBUS was to open opportunities to meet people, share a joke or two, conversation, and hear a speaker on topics of interest. We are continuing to do the same now.

It was with great pleasure that we welcomed Claude Smith as our guest speaker at the Probus meeting held on October 21. Claude is a Certified Horticulturalist, former Co-ordinator Horticulture Program, University of Guelph, Kemptville. She heads and manages the Kemptville Campus greenhouse located at 75 Campus Drive. She discussed how to properly put our gardens to bed, what to prune, and what not to prune before winter. For instance, she told us that we should leave the stems on our purple coneflower so it will collect snow, as snow is a great insulator protecting this lovely perennial. Her tips on where and what to plant in various locations of the garden proved to be most interesting and invaluable for the plant’s growth and longevity.

Our next get together will be on November 18. Our speaker that day will be Thomas Byrne, Barrister and Solicitor in Kemptville. He will be presenting topics of concern that we should all be aware of and prepared for from a legal prospective. The meeting will be via Zoom. If you would like to join us, please email Anna at to receive a link to the 9:30 meeting.


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