In This Issue
President's Message
General Meeting Mar.3rd
5-Pin Bowling O & A
Afternoon at Chemainus
Men's Pub Lunch
Ladies Who Lunch
Tsawwassen Mills Shopping
Tofino Weekend O & A
February Speaker
Valentine Wine & Dine
Time to Renew
Quick Links
Marnie Swanson

Gail Sherson




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

Issue: #3
March 2017
President's Message                    Next Meeting is Friday March 3rd  9:15 AM
The terminology of "in like a lion" certainly can be used as accurate when you consider the initial days of February.  Snow, snow and more snow resulted in our speaker not being able to make it to the meeting but, have faith.......

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  General Meeting - March 3rd         "How We Manage Our Forests"

Makenzie Leine, a Registered Professional Forester, has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Business Management from the University of Alberta, a Diploma in Residential Planning, and is the Manager of Community and Government Relations at Island Timberlands.

She comes highly recommeded both as a speaker and as an expert in her field; she will give us a most informative talk about BC's most vital industry.

  To read more, click here... 

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

There's still time to sign up... 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...

An Afternoon at the Theatre - March 22 - but Hurry!
Pride & Prejudice
is playing at the Chemainus Theatre, and our PROBUS group will be there on Wednesday, March 22nd to enjoy the Luncheon Buffet at the Playbill Dining Room and then attend the 2:00 p.m. performance.  Ah, romance.  Tickets are going fast.

Click here to read more and sign up...
March 7th  - Men's Pub Lunch is Continuing!

Come out on March 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...

Friday, March 10th    1:00PM        Calling all Ladies who Lunch!

If you enjoy lively company and very good food,
 be sure to join us at the ever-popular Longwood Brew Pub
 in Nanaimo on March 10th.
 Please note: The lunch will be on a Friday this time.

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


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



February Speaker: Gail Sherson: Update on Pulp and Paper Industry in BC

It was a dark and snowy day; so much so that our scheduled speaker was stuck in Nanaimo and 40 members who braved the weather to attend the meeting were stuck without a speaker! 

Fortunately for us, PROBUS member and chemical engineer, Gail Sherson, volunteered to give an impromptu talk to our group.  We were treated to a fascinating presentation on what is happening right now in, and also the future of, the pulp and paper industry in BC.
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A Sweetheart of a Day - Out & About Report:
Unsworth Wine & Dine on VALENTINE'S DAY 

Twelve members spent a beautiful afternoon in the country and enjoyed a wine-tasting and dinner.  There are pictures too!

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  PROBUS Special Interest Groups 

Along with the many "Out & About" events available to members of our PROBUS Club, the Club has established a number of "Special Interest Groups".  These include book clubs, wine-tasting clubs, a whisky-tasting group, and an up-and-coming TED Talk Discussion Group.  If you are interested in joining any of these groups or helping to start an additional one, or if you have an idea for a different Special Interest Group, please email Mary Crist at to learn more.

  PROBUS Membership Renewal Time! 

Have you renewed your PROBUS membership for 2017?  There are still a few stragglers, so if you are one of them, please bring your 2017 membership renewal form and cheque to the General Meeting on Friday, March 3rd.

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


 Mark Your Calendar: 


March 3 - General Meeting - 9:15 St. Mary's Church Hall

March 5 - Bowling and Pizza - 2:00

March 7 - Men's Pub Lunch - Black Goose Pub

March 10 - Ladies Who Lunch - Longwood Brew Pub 

March 22 - Chemainus Theatre lunch & matinee performance

April7 - General Meeting  9:15 St. Mary's Church Hall  

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.