Posted by Carol Coupland
Club Activities are one of the main attractions in any club, and ours is no different. We currently have some great activities, but it is always good to keep things fresh by entertaining new interests as well.  Any Probus member can present an idea for an activity.  Any and all ideas are welcomed. Unfortunately we have had to cancel most activities until further notice due to COVID-19 however some groups have been creative and meet virtually. We can’t wait to get back together in person but our focus is on staying strong and healthy so social distancing is a priority. 
As always, we hope our Probus Club members will support our club by becoming actively involved in  Club activities.  While being a club convenor may not appeal to you, joining one of the activities could prove to be more fun and interesting than you imagined.  Sign-up sheets for activities are always available at the back table at our General Meetings each month. 
These are no pressure member activities, and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to continue. We don't judge and we've all been there however you’ll never really know if you’ll like something unless you give it a try!
 
CLUB ACTIVITIES:
 
Walking Club: Once a week or more or less often. Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings?  City streets, park, seaside? Anytime, anywhere.  Walk locations can vary or be the same each time.  It’s all up to you.  After the walk members may take coffee at a local cafe. 
 
Kayaking:  Is done during the warmer months, weather permitting,  Danny Bereza heads this group and is willing to show the newbies how to get going.  This outing usually ends up with lunch at a nearby pub. 
 
Games Night Club: board, dice, and other games, for example: 
Rummoli, Sequence, Scrabble, Bananagrams, Dutch Blitz, Code Names, Card Monopoly, and dice games such as “10,000” etc.
We could meet once or twice a month, daytime or evening, or both, as you wish.
Some games would be provided, but you could also bring your own game, some snacks to share, and whatever beverage, you prefer to drink. Tea, Coffee, and water could likely be provided.  Be sure to bring your enthusiasm for games!
 
Movie Night Out Club: Once a month on Monday,Tuesday or another evening at the Rialto in Courtenay (where the cushy recliner chairs are) followed by a brief discussion of the film after, perhaps over coffee/drinks.  Choice of film would rotate between club members.  What's more fun than a movie night out with friends! 
Book Clubs:
 
Page Turners Book Club:
Convenor: Jean Gray
Date & Time: last Tuesday of the month 1:30 - 3:30 
Place: at the home of the member who has chosen that month's book. Members will be given details via email before the meeting.
Cost: None
 
In The Company Of Cheerful Ladies Book Club:
Convenor: Louise Falkenberg
Date & Time: 2nd Thursday of the month 1:30
Place: at the home of hosting member (Each member takes turns in hosting)
Cost: None
In this book club, each member reads one or more books of their own choosing. We briefly discuss each book we have read for that meeting, and offer it to other members to read.
 
Current Affairs Discussion Group: 
Co-Convenors: Betty Donaldson & Dennis MacMahon
Date & Time: 3rd Monday of the month  2pm – 4pm 
Place: in the lounge at the Best Western Hotel 
Cost: None
 
Dining Out & PUB Night Clubs:
Note: These events alternate monthly
Convenors: Eric & Joan Van der Holt (Dining Out) & Ron Webber (PUB Night)
Date & Time: Approximately every 2 months at 5:30 pm 
Cost: Each attending member pays for their own meal/drinks, etc.
Place: an email will be sent several days before meeting to Probus members that have signed up re: date and place for dinner/PUB 
*Please RSVP to the convenor’s email so that correct reservations can be made.
 
Duplicate Bridge Club:
Convenor: Jim Boase
Date & Time: TBA by host.
Cost: None 
 
Everything Gardening Club: Convenor: Barbara Simonson
Date & Time: TBA (see note below)
Place:  TBA (see note below)
Cost: None, unless visiting a public garden with fee to enter, paid by member directly
Normally this club is active during the growing season and Barbara arranges various gardening events, such as local garden tours as well as information sessions, creative gardening projects, and trips to garden centres in the Valley, etc. Ride sharing is encouraged.
Note: There may be a Christmas Creations session, if enough interest is generated.
If this sparks your interest, then today is the time to sign-up for this Special Christmas project.  There is a sign-up sheet at the Activities/Events table.
 
Fun In The Kitchen    &   Wine & Appies Night Clubs
Convenor: Liz Dattoo
Note: These two clubs alternate monthly
Date & Time: last Friday of the month  
Place: Will be at the home of hosting member.
Cost: $5.00 to cover ingredients for the Fun In The Kitchen Club Meetings
This is a new hands-on club activity open to members who like to cook and want to explore various different foods.  Participants learn while they cook and then sit and share what they have made.  
The first meeting of Fun In The Kitchen Club was in October at Liz Dattoo’s home, where 9 cooks attended and under the excellent tutelage of Liz they prepared Chicken Curry, Prawns in coconut curry, Dahl rice, deep fried Mahamri Mombasa bread.  And for dessert they delighted in mango ice cream and Halvah.  It all sounds delicious and like a jolly good time was had by all in the kitchen.
 
Wine & Appies Night on January 31st
Place: TBA as the club is requesting someone to host this January meeting.
Please let Liz Datoo know before then if you are willing to host this meeting.
This club is also new and it works like this:  Members sign up at each general CVProbus club meeting to attend the next Wine & Appies Night.  Each signed-up member will bring an appetizer to the meeting and their choice of beverage.  Normally Coffee, Tea, and water will be provided by the host. 
Please let the convenor and host know if a last minute emergency prevents you from attending.
 
Golf Club:
Convenor: Dave Gray 
Date & Time:  Will be announced when these clubs resume in Spring/Summer
Place: TBA
Cost: Will be in accordance with the golf course(s).
 
Playing with Paint & Chalk: Convenor: Liz Dattoo
Date & Time: 2nd Wednesday of the month starting in January 2020
Place: TBA
Cost: TBA 
Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 8th  Time to be announced.
 
Pickle Ball Club: Once again headed up by Danny Bereza and Marsha Nelson. Anticipated start date is April 2020. Pickelball is played for free on the outdoor Highland Courts in Comox.  If your name and  email is on the list you will be contacted by Danny or Marsha.  If you wish to be included and haven’t signed up please use the sign up sheet at the Activities table at our General Meetings.
 
Games Night Club: board, dice, and other games, for example: 
Rummoli, Sequence, Scrabble, Bananagrams, Dutch Blitz, Code Names, Card Monopoly, and dice games such as “10,000” etc.
We could meet once or twice a month, daytime or evening, or both, as you wish.
Some games would  be provided , but you could  also bring your own game, some snacks to share, and whatever beverage, you prefer to drink. Tea, Coffee, and water could likely be provided. 
 
Movie Night Out Club: Once a month on Monday or Tuesday evening at the Rialto in Courtenay (where the cushy recliner chairs are) followed by a brief discussion of the film after, perhaps over coffee/drinks.  Choice of film would rotate between club members.
 
As always, we hope our Probus Club members will support our club by becoming actively involved in the Club activities presented.  While being a club convenor may not appeal to you, joining one of the activities could prove to be more fun and interesting than you imagined.  
These are no pressure member activities, and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to continue. We don't judge and we've all been there however you’ll never really know if you’ll like something unless you give it a try!