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President :  John McGowan               
                  
 
 
Vice-President: John Moore
 
Secretary: Tom Kovacs
Treasurer: Robert Erickson
Communications: Irfane Fancey
Memberships: Marv Ferg
Events: David Phillips
Speakers: Doug Bernard
Past president: David Cooper
 
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November Monthly Meeting
 
Minutes of the  Brentwood  Bay  Probus  Club,  November  21,  2023   
 
President John  MacGowan  welcomed  guests  Rick  Smith  and  Ian  Myles  and 
introduced  today’s  speaker  poet  and  author  Frank  Wilson.   
 
Frank began  by  recalling  his  English  country  background  and  education  as  an 
agricultural  economist  who  also  worked  in  Africa  and  Southeast  Asia  before 
ending  up  in  Canada,  following  his  two  daughters  who  had  already  settled  here.
 
His brief  biography  states:   
“Frank Wilson  who  is  a  retired  university  professor  from  the  UK,  has  been  living 
in  Victoria  since  2008.  In recent  years  he  has  published  three  books  of  short 
stories,  one  history  book  and  six  collections  of  poetry  including  his  recent  “Oak 
Bay  and  Not  far  Away”  (Tusitala  Victoria  2023).  He has been published in 
magazines  and  anthologies  in  both  Canada  and  the  UK  and  made  many 
presentations  to  service  clubs  and  community  organizations.  All revenue from his 
book sales and presentations is  donated  to  his  charities.  His current main charity 
is Alzheimer’s BC.”   
A prolific author, Frank read some of  his  poetry,  including  Beyond  the  Red  Poppy, 
Country  Boy,  Waiting  for  the  Bell  2021,  among  others.  In producing  his  numerous 
books,  he  has  collaborated  with  visual  artists  locally  and  in  the  UK.   
 
Ron  Devion  thanked  Frank  with  a  poem  of  his  own  (with  apologies  to 
Shakespeare)  and  gave  him  a  token  of  our  appreciation.   
 
After  coffee  John  called  on  Executive  members  to  give  their  reports.  Bob  said  we 
have  $3,500  in  the  bank  and  $2,000  in  GIC’s.  Marv  said  we  have  69  paid  up 
members  with  8  in  arrears  and  two  “lifers”.  Doug  reported  that  Trish  Duncan,  a 
volunteer  dynamo,  will  be  our  speaker  at  the  December  6  Christmas  lunch.  Her 
topic  is  Tour  de  Victoria.  In  January  Randy  Mains,  a  Sidney  resident,  will  talk  on 
the  making  of  a  helicopter  safety  advocate.  Then  in  February  we  will  have  Chris 
Kilford  speak  to  us  on  the  War  in  Ukraine  or  a  topic  on  Turkey.  Come March  Bill Collins  of  Sidney  will  have  a  dual  topic,  harvesting  seaweed  and  a  Sidney  radio program.
Roger said  there  will  be  a  December  1  walk  announced  shortly.  Marv has discontinued  cycling  until  next  March.   
 
President John  said  David  Cooper  has  taken  over  liaising  on  the  December  3 
Christmas  lunch  as  VPJohn  Moore  suffered  a  stroke  3  weeks  ago  and  is 
recovering.  So far 30  people  have  signed  up  for  the  lunch  but  we  need  40  to 
proceed.  Members were reminded  that  December  1  is  the  cut  off  for  joining.  As   
the cost  of  eating  out  continues  to  rise  the  idea  of  such  events  will  have  to  be 
revisited  next  year.   
 
John  then  raised  the  use  of  Club  Runner,  that  is,  its  scant  use  by  the  members, 
especially  since  it  costs  us  $700/  year.  A  cheaper  option  would  be  to  switch  to 
our  own  domain  name  and  website.  In  addition  to  saving  $350  a  year,  it  would 
have  several  other  advantages.  The  question  about  switching  will  be  put  to  the 
membership  next  year.  
 
The  50/50  draw  was  won  by  Colin  Wright  and  the  coffee  draw  by  Mel  Rinald. 
 11 members  will  have  lunch  at  the  Prairie  Inn.   
 
 
Tom  Kovacs 
Secretary   
 
Age related one liners
Here are some funny remarks about being older:
 
 “If you want to know how old a woman is, ask her sister-in-law."  (Eva Gabor)
- "Old age comes at a bad time." (Ed Sullivan)
- "Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened." (Stevie Wonder)I
- "Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you are aboard, there is nothing you can do about it."  (Golda Meir)
- "The older I get, the more clearly I remember things that never happened." (Mark Twain)
- "I’m at that age where my back goes out more than I do." (Phyllis Diller)
- "Nice to be here? At my age, it’s nice to be anywhere." (George Burns)
- "First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to pull your zipper up; then, you forget to pull your zipper down."(Rob Reiner)
- “You spend 90 percent of your adult life hoping for a long rest and the last 10 percent trying to convince the Lord that you’re actually not THAT tired.” (Princess Grace)
- “Old people shouldn’t eat Health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get.” (Bob Hope)
- "At my age, flowers scare me." (George Burns)
- “It’s like you trade the virility of the body for the agility of the spirit.” (Ed Sullivan)
- "The years between 55 and 75 are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down."  (T.S Elliot)
  - "At age 20, we worry about what others think of us… at age 40, we don’t care what they think of us… at age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all."  (Ann Landers)
- "When I was young, I was called a rugged individualist. When I was in my fifties, I was considered eccentric. Here I am doing and saying the same things I did then, and I’m labeled senile." (Milton Berle)
- "The important thing to remember is that I’m probably going to forget." (Martin Scorsese)
- "We don’t grow older, we grow riper." (Pablo Picasso)
- “It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” (Andy Rooney)
- “The older I get, the better I used to be.” (Lee Trevino)
- "I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a lot more as they get older, and then it dawned on me — they’re cramming for their final exam." (George Carlin)
- "Everything seems to slow down with age, except the time it takes cake and ice cream to reach your hips." (Elizabeth Taylor)
- "Grandchildren don’t make a man feel old, it’s the knowledge that he’s married to a grandmother that does." (Norman Vincent Peale)
- "When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old." (Mark Twain)
- "You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks." (Dennis Quaid)
- "There’s one advantage to being 102, there’s no peer pressure." (Adam & Eve)
- "There are three stages in man’s Life: he believes in Santa Claus, he does not believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus." (Leon Phillips)
- "Looking fifty is great — if you’re sixty." (Joan Rivers)
- "Time may be a great Healer, but it's a lousy Beautician." (Zsa Zsa Gabor)
 
 

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