The February Probus meeting was opened by President Debbie Stivrins who welcomed all members and guests on the very snowy, blizzard-filled day. Five guests were welcomed to the meeting. Debbie reported the names of directors recommended to be elected and asked which one we would consider to represent our group.
Commercial pilot had start with local airways.
New members Tom and Dale Traversy and Lois Norris are shown receiving their membership pins from Evelyn Smith.
Ted Krug photo
Evelyn Smith reported that 77 members as well as five guests were present and then Evelyn and Debbie presented 5 members with their 5-year membership pins. They are Carol Mymko, Dan and Velma Daley, and Jim and Evelyn Smith.
Shirley Shearer advised us of a bus trip to Toronto to the Princes of Wales Theatre on Wednesday, June 6, to see the stage production of the War Horse. Bus will be leaving from Parry Sound, and lunch will be provided on the bus, and after the show on the trip home the bus will be stopping in Barrie at the Mandarin Restaurant for dinner. To book your ticket, contact Mary Anne Beck at 705-378-2899.
The bio-speaker was new member Craig Allen. Craig was born and raised in Toronto. His father owned a landscaping business and Craig worked and learned the landscaping but he went about finding his own field in business and attended Upper Canada College. Craig became an Insurance Agent and later he had his own Radio Shack store. Later he was promoted to area manager and his territory took him as far away as Timmins, Ontario. During his trips to Parry Sound, he got to like the area very well. After Craig retired, he and his wife Sheila moved to Parry Sound and are now enjoying the community here.
Mary Jane Zissoff reminded members of the upcoming guests speakers and introduced the guest speaker of the day, Wayne Parton.
Wayne Parton is an original Parry Sounder born here in the 1940s. As a young boy he was always interested in aviation and his favourite hang-out was at the bush-flying bash which was the original Georgian Bay Airways. He started to work there as a ‘dock boy’ at 13-years-old and joined the local branch of the Air Cadets obtaining his ‘Wings’ and eventually his Private Pilots License in 1961.
He went on to get his Commercial Pilots License and worked briefly as a Flying Instructor, and got hired by Georgian Bay Airways Ltd. to fly a Found-type aircraft based in Moose Factory on the coast of James Bay.
As a bush pilot he worked the areas of James and Hudson Bay flying Found, Norseman, Beaver and Otter aircrafts on floats and skiis. He also owned and operated a flight training company, training pilots on floats and skiis for several years.
He retired in 2004 as a Senior Captain from Air Canada.
Wayne is very active in community volunteer services and enjoys many hobbies.
Ted Krug thanked Wayne and the members showed their appreciation.
The next meeting will be held at the Quality Inn on Wednesday, March 28 at 10 a.m.