Potpourri: Spring Speaker Series

Mondays in April 2019

1.  What’s Coming to Grand Bend?

April 8 at 2 p.m. at Huron Shores United Church.

Doug Miller will come to explain the Health Care expansion and the creation of a community hub.  Mayor Bill Weber will speak to upcoming Lambton Shores plans for the improvement of services and infrastructure in our town. Is there a traffic plan, too?

2.  Paint Ontario with Josy Britton

April 15 at 2 p.m. at Lambton Shores Museum

Grand Bend’s preeminent art stars are its magnificent spring art show at the Lambton Shores Museum and its much-honoured local artist, Josy Britton.  Partners is bringing them together for a tour around the exhibit and a presentation by Josy about how she has put this community firmly on the cultural map by bringing her stunning sensibilities to our own lovely surroundings.

3.  Genetics and Medication

April 29, at 2 p.m., at Huron Shores United Church

Dr. James Kennedy of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, speaks to his research on how the DNA blueprint of each person’s genes is now able to help doctors personalize  prescriptions  to minimize side effects. A good look at what is new and exciting in medical research.

Mondays in May 2019

4.   Petrolia Discovery

May 6,  9:30 a.m. at Pet Valu parking lot.

Our first field trip will follow the amazing story of the Lambton pioneer oil men, who traveled the world to discover most of its major oil fields. We will visit the  Petrolia Discovery Museum, and stop for lunch (optional) at a local eatery. Drivers and advance registration required. $5 donation for the tour …

5.   Lambton Shores Nature Trails

May 13, 10 a.m. at Port Franks Community Center

Join Klauss Keunecke and Marilyn-Keunecke Smith for a history and future of Lambton Shores trails. At 10:30 until noon, we will follow a guided trail walk on the White Trail (4.5 km). At 12:15 we will meet at the Ipperwash Beach Club for lunch.

Participants should wear good hiking footwear and bring water and snacks.  Preregistration is mandatory if you plan on staying for lunch.


Watch the sunset with Molly at Maplewood on June 21. Bring a chair, and some munchies, and see the summer in.

Socrates Café for 2018-19

Moderator: Molly Russell
Fee: $5 at the door – per session
Time: The 4th Tuesday in the month at 2:00 PM
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: No preparation required, but think about a discussion topic.


On the fourth Tuesday of the month, we gather for informal discussion and debate about the latest and most engaging news of the time. We choose, by vote, a pair of topics and each member offers an opinion on the first. The battle is joined. The sessions usually run from September through March and perhaps April depending in the timing of Easter.  Special Socrates / Social events usually occur in July and August at local residences.

 

Unpacking Learning, Jan. 14 to Feb. 11

Moderator: Richard Sewell
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 4 + 1 weeks from 12 noon to 1:15 pm starting Jan. 14
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: This course is a follow up to “Introducing PIL Cooperative Forum” in the fall.  The fall course is not a prerequisite.
This series emerged from a need to develop a new approach to researching and presenting material at PIL. With Richard Sewell as our guide, a group of enthusiasts worked together to identify issues, brain storm solutions, and experiment.
  1. Jan. 14 – Diverse Learning Spaces (Fredi, Jean, Sybil)
  2. Jan. 21 – Finding Your Own Learning Style (Mike, Jackie)
  3. Jan. 28 – Traveling Schools (Elaine, Karen)
  4. Feb. 4 – Wrap Up – discussion of our process and the pros and cons of working collaboratively vs alone and share some of the sometimes surprising outcomes of our experience.

PIL was started about 13 years ago by some transplants – Bill Metcalfe and John Merkies – from the London Society for Learning in Retirement (SLR). On the theme of “Unpacking Learning”, join Jeff Keenor and Susan Booth from SLR in our 5th session on February 11 as they share their experiences in successfully engaging retirees in the process of life-long learning.

Realizing Reconciliation, Jan. 14 to Feb. 11

Moderator: Bob Kennedy
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm starting Jan. 14
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: This is a course that no one will want to miss!  This a special course offering from Partners.  No preparation required.

Words are not enough …

There is a deep hope for Canada that there can be reconciliation. We would like to believe that every Canadian could imagine a Canada in which every person will live with dignity, value, and a shared purpose. But to do that, there must be a reflection of our shared history and the harmful events that continue to haunt us.

Come and explore the progress, or lack of progress that we are making in our current undertakings with this important issue.

  1. Jan. 14 – The program will lead off with some words from Chief Jayson Henry, of the Kettle & Stony Point First Nation, followed by Elizabeth Stevens who will talk about preserving indigenous languages.
  2. Jan. 21 – Bill Henderson and Bonnie Reynolds will discuss native spirituality.  Bill is an artist and has studied Native cultural and spiritual traditions for the past 40 years.  Bonnie is engaged in spiritual healing workshops for women and youth.
  3. Jan. 28 – Tom Patterson is a Deacon of St. James Anglican Church in Stratford and will describe his commitment to helping non-Indigenous people seek truth and reconciliation, and why it is important to build new relationships between our communities.
  4. Feb. 4 – Jeffrey George (a.k.a. Red Dog) a well known local artist will talk about his personal journey: Living through abuse and restoring ones self-worth as a native person, overcoming challenges, facing fears and following a dream with the wisdom of his elders.
  5. Feb. 11 – Jorden George is a Research Consultant, and a Member of the Kettle and Stony Point Community. He will speak about First Nations Treaties and Reconciliations, as well as Restorative Justice. He will also address the history of his People.

“Vintage” Partners Present … Feb. 25 to Mar. 25

Moderator: Each presenter for their own session
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks from 12 noon to 1:15 pm starting Feb. 25
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: A mixed bag of topics that we can discuss in our usual open and congenial manner.

Join 5 different moderators with 5 totally different topics that will generate lots of discussion. Over the years many in our group have been very involved in Partners and acquired skills with moderating and presenting. Let Bob, Jim, Nancy, Mike and Molly pique your interest, give you something to think about and dispel those March blahs!

1. Feb. 25, Life Choices – Molly Russell

The various restrictions associated with Assisted Dying will be explored as well as the subject itself.

2. Mar. 4, My Ghost Town – Mike Ash

Early settlers created literally hundreds of small communities that did not survive. Let’s examine the process with a local example – Kastnerville.

3. Mar. 11, A Second Look at Bridges – Jim Southcott

Every bridge has a story. Let’s examine historical and contemporary examples in this follow up to Jim’s popular course from 2011.

4. Mar. 18, The Shakespeare Mystery Redux – Nancy Winters.

The authorship debate does not abate. And Nancy has a theory that she just can’t shake.

5. Mar. 25, Factfulness – Arthur Lake

Our world, for all its imperfections, may be in a better state than we think. If we worry about imaginary ideas, we lose focus on things that really do threaten us. This presentation will concentrate on embracing fact and losing our irrational fears.

Finding Balance, Feb. 25 to Mar. 25

Moderator: Karen Bowes-Sewell
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm starting Feb. 25
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: A topic of interest to all us retired folks, presented by an expert.

Balance problems are the strongest predictor of falls, and one in three adults over the age of 65 will fall each year. Because balance is a process, not a destination, we constantly adjust to the pull of gravity to stay upright. We use input from our eyes, sensations, and inner ear, and when balance is good, we ignore it, but when it’s off, we are in trouble. We love our exercise, but we can also slow down and examine how we move. This course is about each person’s experience, not about doing well. Using safe, relaxing movement, you will monitor yourself better, improve comfort, move more freely, and prevent falls. Welcome!

Please wear warm, loose clothing.


Karen is a movement specialist and a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method® of intelligent movement. She performed with the National Ballet of Canada and is a Senior Scholar (Dance) at York University. Karen assists those with movement difficulties arising from neurological conditions, chronic pain, injury, surgery, and theatre performance.

Introducing PIL Cooperative Forum

Moderator: Richard Sewell
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks starting 12 noon on September 17th, 2018
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: A new format for PIL

We are past due for some new forms of presentation, especially as so many have declared themselves uncomfortable with the idea of being responsible for a full hour of solo presentation.

So we were thrilled when Richard Sewell offered to create a new approach for our first noon hour series.

Richard’s role will be to put together several groups of 3-4 members each, at our first Forum session on September 17, and to continue to work with them in a cooperative manner toward their presentations during the first sessions in January. The groups will continue to meet and work on their own out-side of the PIL fall schedule. Richard will meet once again with each group in November. An exciting new format in which all members are invited to participate .

The many faces of religion

Moderator: Don Santor
Registration Fee: $25
Time:  weekly for 5 weeks starting a 2:00 PM on September 17th, 2018
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes:  Traditional peer learning participation expected
Religion has been an important part of the human experience from time immemorial. Despite the criticism it receives, it just won’t go away. It’s here for the long haul. While it is often the cause of war, conflict and human suppression, it also offers solace and comfort to millions in their time of need. Also, many turn to religion to define their purpose and meaning in life. This course will examine the many expressions of religion that have served humanity over the millennia. The purpose of this course is not to proselytize, but to inform, and to engage in critical inquiry.

Possible Topics

What is religion?
Why religion?
Are we wired for religion?
The idea of God/gods
World religions
Native spirituality
Psychology and religion
Missions and missionaries
Mysticism
Creeds and doctrine
Religion and the afterlife
Religious Reformers

    • Buddha
    • Jesus
    • Luther
    • Calvin
    • Loyola
    • Mohammed

Religious revivals
The Vatican
Religious fundamentalism
Turning points in Christianity

Televangelists
Miracles
Religious wars
Prayer and meditation
Sacred scriptures
Faith-healing
Women and religion
Feminist theology
Creation myths
Creation and evolution
Religious scandals
Purpose and meaning in life
Religion and politics
Liberation theology
Philosophy and religion
Spirituality
Religion and ethics
Can we be good without God?
Religion and Hollywood
Atheism and agnosticism
Is humanism a religion?
The demise and evolution of religion?
The future of religion

Accomplished Canadian Women

Moderators: Jean Weigand and Sybil Tinker
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 weeks starting at 12 noon on October 29th, 2018
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: Presentation followed by discussion
Perhaps they are not so easy to find, but the search is a worthy activity and the results are illuminating. This is a good course for those who are a little shy about presenting at our learning table. Bring us a name and some facts and let’s talk about the woman you think has been either woefully overlooked or simply forgotten by history. Or, introduce us to a woman you have known who probably will never be recognized by the Governor General or presented a medal. But she may be a woman whose influence in the lives of even a few others others, is legendary.
Elsie MacGill

It was better when?

Moderator: Mike Ash
Registration Fee: $25
Time: 5 week starting at 2:00 PM on October 29th, 2018
Location: Huron Shores United Church, 25 Main St., Grand Bend
Notes: Traditional peer learning participation expected
How many times have you heard someone of our generation say “I’m so glad to have lived in the best of times, because the future doesn’t look so good.” We look back on our formative years with great nostalgia and fond memories, but was it better? I It must have been better, gas was only $0.37 cents a gallon! Let’s look objectively at aspects of life then, now and going for-ward, and try to get the real story. Perhaps the next generation will also see “the best of times”.

Possible Topics

The cost of things
Education
Standard of living
Personal safety and security
Job opportunities
The quality of work life
Personal growth and development
Health care
Communication
Transportation
Leisure and recreation
Work / life balance
Your personal experiences
The nature & relationships within families
Societal & political structures
Technology
Aspirational vision and goals
Spirituality
The advancement of the common good
The United Nations
International relations
Ethics and truth
The role of science
Human rights
Prejudice
Gender equality
Mental health & emotional well being
The nature of society
The urban / rural divide
The polarization of society
The changing goals of each generation