In This Issue
President's Message
Next General Meeting Feb.3rd
Valentine's Day O & A
Ladies Who Lunch
Men's Pub Lunch
January Speaker
5-Pin Bowling O & A
Tsawwassen Mills Shopping
Tofino Weekend O & A
More Coming
Time to Renew
Quick Links
Marnie Swanson

Gail Sherson




Bea Kolodziej - Web
Phil Howell - Technology 
Grant Foster - Operations 
Norm Kilarski - 50/50

Issue: #2
February 2017
President's Message                    Next Meeting is Friday January 6th  9:15 AM
The days are getting longer, the snow is gone, wet is our standard and - we have buds that are about to explode in the gardens.  What more can you say but, Thank you!

January jump-started our new year off in style not only with our weather, but...

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  General Meeting - February 3rd           " The Costco Effect"

Consider a business that does no advertising, offers limited choices, where you pay to shop, where you nearly always spend (and come home with) far more than you had intended, and where you frequently face long line-ups to pay at the cashier.  And yet... over 3 million people a day worldwide flock to Costco to do their shopping.   How can this be!

To have your questions answered, come out and meet our February speaker, David Hahn, Nanaimo Costco Store Manager, who will be giving us a personal talk on running the Nanaimo store and what lies ahead.

Curious to find out more?...


February 14th
is a special day and you can celebrate in a special way if you join your fellow PROBUS members on this extraordinary vineyard tour and special Valentine's Day dinner at Unsworth Vineyards in Cowichan.  But seating is limited...

Click here to find out more and sign up...

February 9th  1:00PM   Calling all Ladies who Lunch!

 We have a new organizer for our very popular Ladies' Lunches:  Pat Scholz, a new PROBUS member has offered to take on the job of organizing and, (from hearing some of her suggestions) we know she'll be very good at it!   Many thanks to Judy Love-Eastham, our former organizer, who is taking a well-deserved bow and a break.

If you enjoy lively company and very good Thai food, be sure to join us
at Kasira FineThai Cuisine in Nanaimo on February 9th.

To check out the menu and sign up, click here...


February 7th  - Men's Pub Lunch is Back!

Come out on Feb.7th for tasty pub fare and good conversation
 at the Black Goose Pub in Parksville.  Everyone is welcome and
 (for you new members) it's a good way to get to meet a few of
your fellow PROBUS fellows.  

For more details and to sign up online click here...

January 6th Speaker: Barb Ashmead from Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs

If it hadn't been for Trooper, a little rescue dog turned compassion dog, and an amazing woman named Barb Ashmead,  war veteran Brian Cameron might still be terrified to even walk out his front door.  As it was, Barb and Brian and Trooper inspired and educated all of us who attended the January PROBUS meeting, about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how it is being tackled right here on VanIsle.

Click here for the rest of the story...    

5-PIN BOWLING & PIZZA - Sunday, March 5th

Our PROBUS Club plans to take over all of Sunset Bowling Lanes from 2:00 to 4:00 PM so let's round up at least 24 bowlers.  Pizza n' beer in the lounge afterwards.  Don't miss out!

Click here to learn more...

A New Date for TSAWWASSEN MILLS Shopping Excursion...  Now April 26

PROBUS members have another chance to explore and shop at one of the largest malls in Canada. The newly-opened Tsawwassen Mills covers 1.2 million square feet and boasts a unique mix of premium fashion brands, factory outlets and restaurants. Join fellow PROBUS Members as we travel from Duke Point and take the shuttle from the ferry to the mall.

Learn more about the trip and sign up...



A WEEKEND IN TOFINO!  What a great idea...
Friday May 19 to Sunday May 21
It will be a very special weekend - Clayoquot Island is open to the public only one day per year.  This year the date is May 20.  Rendezvous with fellow PROBUS members for a boat ride to the island, and so much more...  Make your accommodation reservations soon; this is a very popular event.

Learn more details and sign up now




Wow!  You have read details of some exciting "Out & About" events in this issue --- the Valentine's Day winery tour & dinner, bowling & pizza, a shopping excursion to a huge mall, and the rare chance to tour Clayoquot Island near Tofino with your fellow PROBUS members.  These are just some of the events that our Social Chair, Kim Rasmussen and her team have in store for us.  In the first six months of 2017, you will also have the chance to go snowshoeing at Mt.Washington, take in a play at Chemainus, learn more about special coffees, go on a digital scavenger hunt.   In July, we have the ever-popular Annual Summer Picnic.  Stay tuned!  These events will all be detailed in the eNews and you will be able to sign up on line.
To participate in any or all of these upcoming fun events, please ensure you have renewed your membership. (See the box below.)
  PROBUS Membership Renewal Time! 

Have you renewed your PROBUS membership for 2017?  If not, please bring your 2017 membership renewal form and cheque to the General Meeting on Friday, February 3rd.

For membership cost and to download the form from our website click here... 


 Mark Your Calendar: 


January 6 - General Meeting  

January 18 - Out & About:  Tsawwassen Mills shopping trip

February 3 - General Meeting

February 7 - Men's Lunch at Black Goose Pub - noon

February 9 - Ladies Who Lunch at Kasira - 1:00 p.m.

February 14 - Unsworth Vineyard Tour & Dinner

March 5 - Bowling and Pizza - 2:00

April 26 - Tsawwassen Mills Shopping Excursion

May 19-21 - Tofino Weekender plus Clayoquot Days

July 26 - Summer Picnic at Qualicum Rotary Park - 5:00 p.m.

December 6 - Christmas Party at Fairwinds 


For most events more than one month away, details will follow.

Click on each event in the calendar for more information.