Welcome to November!  The leaves are off the trees, at least they are at my home, after that wild storm we had a week ago Friday, and we are awaiting – dare I say it snow!

November is also a time for Remembrance and due to Covid 19 Remembrance Day will look different than those in the past.  Each year on November 11th we usually attend ceremonies to honour and remember those who served and sacrificed to make our world a better place.  This year the ceremonies will be virtual but that does not mean we will not remember and perhaps this year with the world around us seeming in chaos, we will appreciate how very fortunate we really are.

Since it does not appear that we will be able to meet in person for a general meeting any time soon, I am very excited about Probus Mountainview’s very first Zoom general meeting coming up on Thursday November 12th @ 10.am!  Many of the Probus Clubs are now running Zoom meetings with great success and we are ready to have Probus Mountainview join their ranks.  The meeting will be run very similar to our in person general meetings only on Zoom.  Paul Douglas has been working hard on setting up the format for the meeting, Duncan Bristow and I have been attending education sessions on Zoom, these have been set up by Mentors through Probus Canada , Janis Miller has been working on preparing the “story telling/ musical interludes” and Jim Theobalds has arranged for our Guest Speaker.  The whole Management Team has participated on making this work so we can all stay connected.  A big thank-you to each and every one.  Now to make this a real success we need your participation!

Our Guest Speaker for November will be Brock Godfrey who will speak on Cyber Crime.

Brock Godfrey has seen just about every scam and fraud, in his years with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC). The former employee with the Ontario Ministry of Education joined “PhoneBusters” in 1997 as a volunteer, and ever since has made it his mission to bring awareness of scams, fakes and frauds to seniors, service groups and businesses across the country.


Now for some important information regarding what to expect regarding the Zoom meeting.


Many of you may already be familiar with Zoom. It allows you to attend the meeting using either a computer, an iPad, a tablet, a smartphone or simply a telephone.

In order that we are able to control who is permitted to attend the meeting so as to avoid possible hackers, we’re asking that you register your intent to participate.  You will be receiving an email from Probus Mountainview outlining the meeting date and time and asking you to Register – there will be a link to click on.  You will be asked to enter your first and last name as well as your email address. Please note that each device used to participate in the Zoom meeting will require a unique email address to be registered. If you and your member spouse will be sharing the same device (computer, tablet or phone) to view the meeting, only one email address is necessary to register. But if you each will be using a different device, please register with different email addresses.   PLEASE register as soon as you receive the email if you plan to attend.  You know how that road to good intentions goes when you think you will get to it later! 

Sometime before the meeting you will receive an invitation by email. The invitation will have information on how to access the meeting. To get a head-start on using Zoom, go to this link on the web https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E to have a look at this instructional video. It’s only eight minutes long, and it’s very clearly explained.  Alternately if you have any questions please feel free to contact either:

Duncan Bristow     duncanbristow@outlook.com

Paul Douglas          anniandpauldouglas@gmail.com

Andja Martynuik   amartynuik@hotmail.com


It is very important to keep active in mind and body and socialize (safely of course) as much as possible, so please register for the meeting when the email invitation arrives and mark your calendar and join us on Thursday November 12th 10am.


Stay safe and stay connected.

All the best,