PROBUS Club of Durham West
January 12th, 2023
Lianne Harris – Undressed, A Short History of Hygiene
In this lively, visual presentation, Lianne Harris scrubs away the surface of what we might think of as hygiene – soap and water – to the essential reality of survival in former less-than-sanitary conditions. From quirky personal practices to religious instruction to political intervention, to our perception of smell and its medical significance, it all comes out in the wash. Come, and soak up a short history of hygiene.
November Speaker: Ted Barris. Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory
Barris’s research reveals that this bloodiest of WWII battles was shouldered largely by military medics.
Barris explores the evolution of battlefield medicine at such historic engagements as Fredericksburg, Batoche, the Ypres Salient, the Somme, Vimy, Singapore, Dieppe, Normandy, Falaise, Bastogne, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
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October Speaker: Richard Mewhinney – Green Oranges Project in Uganda.
Richard spoke about a unique rain-water collection system at Ongutoi Health Centre for drip irrigation in an orange orchard where the revenue generated provides long term free health care for this community and region.
September Speaker: Chris Allum on Protect Your Money
Christine Allum partners with various groups and organizations to deliver investor education and fraud prevention workshops.
Chris provided information about: Fraud prevention , Money tips and resources and
Working with a financial representative.
August Speaker: Deidrey Francois – Joyful Singing
Deidrey Francois is a passionate singer/songwriter and a soulful performer. She delighted us with blues, rhythmic rock to jazzy joy as well as entertaining story telling.
July Speaker: Laura Rae on Age-Friendly Ajax Community Plan
Laura Rae is the Policy & Community Support Coordinator for the Town of Ajax. She talked about the first Age-Friendly Ajax Community Plan and other initiatives.
June 2022 Speaker - Nicole Adams
A talk about new developments in consumer DNA testing as a way of digging for your family roots and what they can reveal about your family history
May 2022 Speaker - Barbara Dickson
A story of Canada’s biggest WWII munitions plant (“GECO”) employing over 21,000 citizens, predominantly women, who courageously worked with high explosives around the clock over its four-year history
April 2022 Speaker - Geoff Cutten
Geoff provided us with an April Fools talk based on a Zoological Hoax. He spoke about the "Snouters".This hoax was the whimsical creation of Gerolf Steiner, a zoology professor at the University of Heidelberg
March 2022 Speaker - Maggie MacKenzie
Maggie MacKenzie is the Heritage Services Coordinator with the City of Richmond Hill. The topic was the David Dunlap Observatory (DDO) - designated under the Ontario Heritage Act
February 2022 Speaker - Malcom Kelly - SPROGSPROG is a historical fiction which narrates the adventures of a group of young men who enlist in the Canadian Air Force during WWII
January 2022 Speaker – Lianne Harris on Royal ScandalsGossip, intrigue, love affairs, clandestine meetings, mystery children . . . secrets shared and confidences broken---it’s all in a day’s work for the royals!