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   club no. 101 chartered with probus canada

   Probus Club of Ottawa Alta Vista

   sponsored by the rotary club of ottawa


January 24 - Paul Marland
Richard III “The Bunchback King”

Richard III, the last Plantagenet, was killed in the battle of Bosworth Field, the last battle of the War of the Roses, making him the last King of England to be killed in battle. Paul Marland will trace his conniving, murderous path to Bosworth and his subsequent path to Leicester Cathedral via a parking lot.

Paul Marland taught English Literature for 36 years. He believes that the finest opening to any novel is that of The Gobetween, by LP Hartley: "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."


February 28th - Dorothy Phillips
Writing Non-fiction

Dorothy Phillips holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in Experimental Social Psychology. Inter alia, she worked with the federal Department of Communications where she established a Behavioural Research Group to study the design of new computer communications technologies.

Her talk will use examples from her book: Victor and Evie: British Aristocrats in Wartime Rideau Hall, and will refer to other books of non-fiction.  Dorothy will focus on how non-fiction writing differs from fiction, and what is meant by creative non-fiction. Then the talk will turn to the research required, methods of research and ways of keeping everything straight.

Victor is Sir Victor Christian William Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire, Governor General: 1916 - 1921

Guests and Visitors from other Clubs are welcome.

We are a 'Combined' Club. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month (except December - 2nd Wednesday). Meetings begin at 10:00 with a few minutes of announcements and then a speaker. Members start to arrive about 9:30 for coffee, cookies and chat (tea, Tim-bits and talk).

Meetings are at:

Gloucester Presbyterian Church
91 Pike Street

Pike Street runs north from Hunt Club just west of Conroy. The church is at the corner of Lorry Greenberg and Pike. Parking lot entrances are off Pike.

 PROBUS' Vital Purpose …

... to stimulate thought, interest and participation in activities at a time in life when it is easy to become complacent and self-centred.

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