The high point of each monthly meeting is listening to a guest speaker.

All members are encouraged to suggest speakers whom they believe their fellow members would enjoy. Typical topics might include:

  • Salt Spring issues
  • Environmental concerns
  • Writers and books
  • Contemporary Canadian or global issues
  •  Activists

2020 Winter/Spring LINEUP:

April 14, 2020

Members of the electric car group on EVs – CANCELLED due to Covid-19

May 12, 2020  

Gerald Walker

During the sixties as the cold war was heating up, Canada agreed to take part in the NATO effort to show the Soviet Union that the west was prepared to stand up to the Soviets and engage in nuclear war if necessary. As a major part of that commitment Canada bought the CF104 and stationed them in Europe while simultaneously recruiting and training around 200 pilots. This is one story of the recruiting and training of a military pilot in the mid 60’s.

Gerald Walker is a retired businessman and a member of the Probus Club of Duncan. He joined the RCAF in 1963 and served for 11 years. He flew the CF104 Starfighter while serving as a squadron pilot in Zweibruchen Germany, accumulating almost 1200 hours on that fighter.

June 9, 2020  TBD

July 14, 2020

August – No Speaker

Sept. 18, 2020 TBD

Maxine Leichter on water preservation

Maxine Leichter, President of the SSI Water Preservation Society will give a talk describing the various sources of drinking water on Salt Spring, concerns facing SSI regarding our drinking water supply now and in the future and what is being done to address those concerns.

October 13, 2020

November 3, 2020

2020 Speakers

February 11, 2020

Susan Benson on her artistic work
The talk will be based on Patricia Flood’s book about Susan’s work with additional production photos and photographs of the production process which is often a mystery to the public for productions built on a large scale for companies such as the Stratford Festival, Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera Company, and the many major theatre, opera and ballet companies which she has designed for in Canada, the US, the UK and Australia.

March 10, 2020
It is with great pleasure that we welcome back Matt Miller from University of Victoria. Matt’s talk is on:
“Pterrific Pteropods and the Terrible Tale of Ocean Acidification”
Pteropods are the most beautiful and fascinating snails you’ve never heard of! Commonly called “sea butterflies”, these tiny planktonic marine snails spend their entire life in the water column swimming using two “wings”. Pteropods are important for two main reasons: they are a major food source for other marine organisms, and they contribute significantly to the biological carbon pump that helps regulate our climate. Studies have indicated that pteropods may be negatively impacted by ocean acidification dissolving their shells. If pteropods disappeared, the effects would be seen both throughout the food web and the biogeochemical cycles of the ocean. This talk will highlight the bizarre and wonderful biology of the pteropod Limacina helicina, and explain how ocean acidification may be threatening them along with many other marine species.