Speaker – Thursday 27 September 2018

Marine Spill Response on Canada’s West Coast

The speaker at our AGM on Thursday 27 September will be Michael Lowry of the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation. He will talk to us about how oil spills are handled on the West Coast.

The Canadian spill response regime was created in 1995 to enable the shipping and oil industries to respond to their own oil spills.  Built on the polluter-pays principle, the regime is based on a partnership between the federal government and industry.  The Western Canada Marine Response Corp (WCMRC) is the industry funded response organization (RO) for Canada’s West Coast. It was founded in 1976 as a small response co-op called Burrard Clean Operations started by four oil companies who had refineries in Burrard Inlet, and a pipeline company that was shipping oil out of the inlet.

In 1995, following two large spills in Alaska and the state of Washington, the Canada Shipping Act was amended to include regulations and standards to protect all navigable waters in the country.  It placed restrictions on tankers and barges of 150 tonnes and greater, on all ships 400 tonnes and greater, and on oil handling facilities that receive deliveries from these vessels.  When these changes came into effect, WCMRC was formed to respond to spills in all of Western Canada’s navigable waters

With the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion scheduled to begin operations in 2020, WCMRC is investing $150 million in new equipment and new response bases on B.C’s South Coast, including a major centre in Nanaimo. These enhancements will cut response times dramatically and significantly increase response capabilities.

The presentation will explore the history of spill response in Canada and the development of the WCMRC on the West Coast.  Participants will learn about the technology involved in response and how WCMRC identifies and protects coastal sensitivities. The presentation will also explain how WCMRC is preparing for future increases in tanker traffic as a result of the Trans Mountain pipeline.


Movie Outing – 25 September, 2018

What: Crazy, Rich Asians

When: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

Where: Avalon Cinema  Woodgrove Mall

Cost: $6.99 per person

Meet: in the Lobby to collect your pre purchased ticket: 6:15p.m.

 Movie Time: 6:30 p.m. (Length: 2hr.00 min.)

Please contact Joan Honig at 250 758 9930 or at joan.honig@shaw.ca  by noon Monday, Sept. 24, 2018  if you plan to attend.


President’s Message – September 2018

September brings my year as your President to a close. I have enjoyed the opportunities that being president have afforded me. I have enjoyed getting to know members. I have enjoyed opportunities to make you laugh and have laughed heartily with you. I have been warmed by the kindnesses shown to me, to one another and impressed by how much this Club means to members. I have also been impressed by and grateful for the time many members give to help our Club run as it does. I owe a great deal to the support, friendship, patience and help given to me by the Management Committee. Lastly, I want to thank my husband Ray for his support in all things Probus and for his understanding.

September is membership renewal month. Membership renewal will take place at this month’s meeting on Thursday, September 27. The annual membership fee is being held at $30.This year we are asking members to fill out a Membership Application Form updating contact information and giving consent for this contact information to be made available to members for the facilitation of Club activities via the Membership List. The form will poll members on activity choices and volunteer opportunities

I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting, Thursday, September 27 at 9:30 a.m.at Costin Hall in Lantzville. Your new sleight of Management Committee officers will be inducted. Lantzville Probus Club will move into a new year.

Joan Honig,

Photography Group Outing – Seats Available

The Photography Group still has 4 seats available for the trip to Stamp Falls and Taylor River. Please see the information posted below for details. They would love to have you join them even if you do not own a camera. It is a great opportunity to observe the salmon run and enjoy the fall colours.

Lantzville Probus photography group is planning an outing on Thursday October 18th
with Janie’s bus tours.

We will be visiting Stamp Falls in Port Alberni for the Fall Colours, lunch at Port Alberni  at the Clam Bucket ( not included with price of the trip) and onto Taylor River by Sproat Lake to see the Salmon Run.

You do not have to be a photographer but just come along for a day out.  The cost will be $48 per person which includes taxes, and you pay Janie directly on that day.

We will leave Cabella’s parking lot at 8:00 am. Please park your car on the Highway 19A side of the parking lot. If you are interested please call me at 250-751-1801 or e-mail me at lvw1944@gmail.com.

Comox Valley Wine and Cider Tour

The following invite has come to our Probus Club from the Parksville Probus Club.  Please contact Sherrin (see below) if you wish to join their group for this tour.  

Comox Valley Wine and Cider Tour

We are planning a wine and cider tour of the Comox Valley on, Friday, September 21
We have some seats left and we would like to invite you to join us.

Our only cost will be the bus, a nominal fee for the tasting and any purchases you wish to make. We will stop for a picnic at one of the wineries and you may bring your own lunch or purchase food such as baguettes,  various cheese and wine from the venue.

Coastal Black Estate Winery is an award winning winery which is family operated.  It makes berry wines and cider.

40 Knots Vineyard boasts that it is the largest winery in Comox Valley. Their wines are grape wines. Along with the wine tasting they have an interpretive trail that we can stroll.  We plan on stopping here for lunch on their covered patio and we will have the wine tasting there.

Blue Moon Winery and Ciderworx has 15 varieties of cider using all local ingredients. George is the wine maker who is Swiss Canadian and in his other life he was an engineer. Quinn is the cider maker and is described as passionate and artistic.  He is very interested in the fermentation process and the results on developing the various flavours in the cider.

The cost for the bus will be $32.00 each based on 25 passengers.  The bus can hold 29 passengers in total.

It will be an all day event.  I hope you can join us.

Sherrin Upgaard
Social Chairman Parksville Probus
250 586-9386

Announcing New Bridge Group

To Nanaimo Bridge Players –

Note : You may get this email more than once, I apologize but I am mass mailing it out from old address books and I have done my best to get the email out to as many beginner Bridge players as possible.

Over the last few years, I have held Bridge classes for beginners at Bridge. A common feedback at the conclusion of these classes, was a request from many students for me to recommend or provide a place for newcomers to the play the game. It is sometimes difficult for beginners to “fit in” at existing games because of their limited skills and experience. Many feel intimidated and therefore have no where to play.  HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO BEGIN PLAY.

I have decided to set up a game in the Nanaimo area for players new to the game of Bridge. We will play each TUESDAY at 1:00 p.m. at St Phillips by the Sea Church in Lantzville  (7113 Lantzville Road).

First game is planned for Tuesday  –  September 25th 2018.


  • Start with a 20 – 25 minute lesson followed by about 2 1/2 hours of play.
  • During play I will be available to provide guidance in the bidding and play of the hands.
  • Mistakes and corrections will be tolerated – fun play will be the focus. Not too serious.
  • Players will stay with a partner for the duration of the day.
  • I will make best efforts to have partners for those arriving as “singles.”
  • The game would be open to all players of all skills, but the FOCUS will be on new players and people learning the game and trying to get better. The game is NOT aimed at seasoned/ experienced duplicate players.
  • We will use a modified Chicago scoring, keeping it SIMPLE – You will rotate every 4 hands and meet new opposition.
  • Cost will be $ 5, mainly to cover costs for the hall and some refreshments.
  • Weekly attendance is NOT necessary – no commitment. Come as you like.
  • Over time we will introduce some duplicate concepts to see if the group can be moved in that direction OR NOT.

The room is NOT huge, we can accommodate perhaps 4 – 8 tables. If we get less than that then the proposed weekly game concept will have to be cancelled, but I think we have enough interest to make this a go.

Let’s work together to make this a success. Please feel free to pass the word around about this new game and the timing. Email me if you have questions.

No need to reserve a seat for the 25th  –  Just show up keen to learn, play and have fun.



Keith Ruthman   250 390 1901                   keithpad998@gmail.com


Walking Group – September

All walks start at 10:00am sharp. Be there a little early, as we leave right at 10:00am.

September 5
Harbour front – meet in the parking lot of Maffeo Sutton Park.
September 12
Collier Dam Park – take the 5th Street exit off the Parkway; turn right onto Wakesiah and go straight ahead crossing Nanaimo Lakes Road. Meet in the parking lot at the Dam.
September 19
Jack Point – take the Highway to the Duke Point ferry and follow the signs to Jack Point. Meet in the parking lot on the left side.
September 26
Morrell Sanctuary – off the Parkway, take the 5th Street exit; turn right onto Wakesiah and then right again onto Nanaimo Lakes Road. Meet in the parking lot.

If you have any questions or need further directions contact:

Phil Wilson, 250-468-9418
Doreen Schaefer, 250-729-8007

Pub Night

Beer mugs

Hello folks,
Here is a list of the next Pub Night locations…3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm.

Sep 18
The Fox and Hounds in Ladysmith
Oct 16
Millers in Nanaimo
Nov 20
The Lantzville Pub
No pub night

If you are planning on joining us at The Fox and Hounds on Sept 18, could you please let me know so I can let the pub know our numbers:
fsrosar@gmail.com, or 250-585-5955.
I’ll give you a shout the weekend before to confirm and remind!

Everyone is most welcome to join us for an evening of good food,good friends,and good cheer!


Anne Marie….and Frank Rosar


Drinks and Appies – September

Our drinks and appetizers events for September are on Saturday September 22nd from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm.

Home one is Dan and Sharon Tettamanti – 3444 Budehaven Dr. Nanaimo, Saturday 22nd, wheel chair friendly.
Home two is Don and Marilyn Day – 6596 Golden Eagle Way Nanaimo, Saturday 22nd,  wheel chair friendly.

I still have room at both homes if you would like to attend. Please email or call me at 250-758-6976 or rbchapman@telus.net.

Barry Chapman

Request for Probus Club Testimonials

Our Probus Club has been asked to provide some testimonials for posting on the upcoming new Probus Canada Website. Here is an opportunity for you to let others know how much you enjoy belonging to a Probus Club.

Please consider writing a brief testimonial, as brief as three sentences if you wish. State what belonging to our Probus Club means to you. You can mention specific activities or what you like about Probus in general. Please email your testimonials to me directly and I will forward them. Note: please SEND emails to joan.honig@shaw.ca – do not REPLY to this post.

Thank you.

Joan Honig
President, Probus Club of Lantzville