Saugeen Shores Men’s Probus hosts guest speaker

Saugeen Shores Men’s Probus Club recently hosted guest speaker Ian Newbould whose career evolved from researching 19th century British history and meeting the Earl of Spencer (Princess Diana’s home), where many historic papers were stored, to becoming President of a number of
colleges and universities and sought after consultant.

Newbould told of being a professor and teaching without any training as
a teacher and moving to becoming the President of a University.

He learned of the issues facing facilities, which included faculty parking, budgets and other areas. The  financial methods were not creative or financially sound with Government funding providing only 20-22% of actual costs.

He also talked of his experiences with Mount Allison University in New Brunswick which had financial difficulties.  He said that the board at the time had issues in divulging how they actually operated and was opposed to changes that he proposed.  Budgeting, which was universal at the time for universities was not realistic.   After implementing a budget process that solved the debt problem over three years, the University became number one in Canada for nine years according to Maclean’s Magazine. 

Newbould left Mount Allison and went to Wesleyan College in North Carolina where he found that tuition fees are higher in the U.S. and he went on to explain the differences in attracting students to attend the American
system.

Historically, costs to students were lowered to make attendance more attractive it was found the cutting rates for tuition didn’t work as people felt it indicated lower quality.  Tuitions were then raised and rebates
were implemented.

Athletics in U.S. universities are extremely important with football being very
popular and a large attraction to students. This became a funding source and a profitable business. *Hockey in Canadian universities however, was not a good move financially.*

Newbould then went to Richmond University in England where he started athletic courses, including soccer which drew international students willing to pay a premium to attend.

The methods he initiated addressed the financial ills of these universities and put institutions on a profitable footing. The examples he cited were from three countries to show the similarities of financial and administrative problems and the solutions that had to be developed to address each one.

Ian also talked of gender and equality on campus. Women’s dorms were off limits to males on most campuses until the late 1960’s and early 70’s. Students were then treated as adults and left on their own. 

In the U.S. ‘Title 9’ allowed equal rights for players with both male and female team members having the same requirements. Scholarships had to be available to both. Sexual assault became very prevalent and lawsuits against the facilities became common.

Recent transgender laws have made a drastic change to how civil rights are now handled and these issues are universal at all universities and colleges.

He also outlined how some countries have addressed the monetary issues with post secondary teaching facilities, from being fully funded by government to cutting the graduation times from seven years to three or four.   Most countries have now adopted the same practice.

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About Probus:

Probus is an international organization founded in England in 1965 and initially sponsored by local Rotary Clubs.  Members of Probus clubs are typically retired people with enquiring minds who seek an active life in the community after retirement. We are non-profit and non-sectarian.  Our only mission is to enrich the lives of our members. International has a world-wide membership of over 400,000, with a Canadian membership of 32,000.

What do Probus Clubs do?

Our primary purpose is to provide regular gatherings of people who, in retirement, appreciate and value opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances.  In addition, Probus clubs facilitate the creation of similar-interest groups for activities not already catered-for in the community.  A third important activity is the organization of external events which are outside the mainstream and are typically things that members might not do outside of the Probus environment.

How does Probus operate?

We hold meetings on the first Tuesday of every month at The Royal Canadian Legion, 630 Green St. Port Elgin.  Our meetings start at 9:30 am. The first half hour deals with club affairs and upcoming events, followed by a coffee break.  We then have a guest speaker.  We do our best to attract quality speakers on a wide variety of subjects and it is the highlight of our meetings.  The meetings end around 11:30 am, and many of our members continue on to a local restaurant for lunch. Our initiation fee is $20 and the annual membership fee is $40.  Guests attend for free.

Arising out of membership and participation comes a spirit of self-generated good-will. Probus clubs create a real sense of belonging to something worthwhile in the retirement community which is especially valuable for recent retirees looking to restructure their lives in retirement and for retirees new to the community seeking to become part of a new society.

For more information, contact:

Memberships Chair:  Vic Armstrong  (519) 832 4030  lkv.arm@bmts.com

President:  Bruce Waechter  (519) 385 5009   brucewaechter1@gmail.com