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Feb '09

Who am I?


Ron Gage

Ron was born in London ON in 1943, the youngest in the family with an elder brother and sister. He attended elementary and  secondary schools there and later acquired a BA from WLU and a M.Ed from the University of Toronto.

He was active in the Wolf Cubs, played minor baseball and hockey, participated in school sports, then took up golf at age twelve. His part-time employment involved a paper route and working at the A&P store.

Ron spent three years working at  the London Life Insurance Company before initiating a career change by attending the London Teachers College.

This led to a thirty-three year career in the KW area. Seven years as a class room teacher, then twenty-six years in administration.

He began teaching at Forest Hill Public School in 1965, then moved to Laurentian Public School in 1969.

In 1972 Ron became vice-principal at Courtland Senior School, then in 1975 he was appointed principal of Pine Grove School, a smaller grade 1 to 6 school.

Next he was involved in the development of a new school, Pioneer Park Public School, a larger Kindergarten-Grade 6 operation in a rapidly growing community, which opened with Ron as principal in November 1977.

His next step was Forest Glen Public School in New Hamburg which covered Kindergarten to Grade 8, where Ron served for four years. During that period he sat on the executive of the Waterloo County Principals’ Association, including one year as president.

Following New Hamburg, Ron found himself recycled back to Courtland Senior Public School, but this time as principal. He discovered that it had evolved into a core area, multi-cultural school full of young teens during his eleven year absence.

In 1992, Ron returned to Laurentian School as principal where he had taught twenty years earlier. Recycled again!

Ron’s last posting was at Mackenzie King Public School, where he was happily re-united with Kindergarten to Grade 6 students.

Ron, and his high school sweetheart Marg, have a son Terry teaching gifted adolescents in Kitchener, and a daughter Heather an account director at a marketing firm in Toronto. They have five grandchildren, including twin nine year old girls.

Ron’s present affiliations include, 
 • Highland Baptist Church

• The Food Bank
• A.R. Kaufman Family Y
• K-W Oldtimers’ Hockey league
• Rebel Creek Golf Club

A serious runner for twenty-five years, Ron now keeps fit by playing hockey and golf. He achieved his first hole-in-one in 1980, another in 1997, and two more in 1999.

Ron has been well satisfied by his career in education, and now enjoys retirement by pursuing his interests in reading and travelling extensively.✥

Club News

Editor’s Notes
Vern Hall captured, organized, and wrote up our speaker’s address, while Dolf Bogad contributed the excellent pictures taken at our January meeting.

Bell Ringers
• Lynn Matthews for starting our popular book club.
• Jim Cavill welcoming son Sam’s return, after 9 months in Afghanistan as a Green Beret warrant officer with 7th Group of US Army’s Special Forces.

Book Club

The Book Club will meet on Wednesday, 11th of March at 2pm. at Art Hodgin’s house. Any Probus member who would like to join, please contact Lynn Matthews ( 519 579 4035 )

Duty Roster, February meeting
Introduction: Ed Piwowarek
Thanker: Paul Van de Kamer

Wellness Report
Ron Hustwitt  reports...
• Don Spencer recently returned to the Court at Laurelwood after 2             weeks   hospitalized with pneumonia. He is recovering and would enjoy    callers or visitors at  605 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo, Room 312.            Please call ahead if you are visiting (519-742-6246).                                                                                                                                            
• Norman Watson has recently been diagnosed with congestive heart          disease, and is now resting at home. He would appreciate calls and            get-well cards from Probians, but requested no vistors at this time.             (519-884-2444)

We have arranged for a tour of the Toyota plant in Cambridge for our Probus club members only on Thursday March 12 at 1:45 pm.  You will have a chance to sign up for this event at the next meeting on February 24.  We are also looking at arranging for a location close to the Toyota plant where some of those taking the tour could meet for lunch.  The tour will last about an hour.  We encourage you to carpool.

The Special Events Committee has arranged for a trip to the Blyth Festival in September to see the play titled “Loss of Innocence”, a story about Steven Truscott.  You can see more details about the play at the Blyth website at:

This excursion will involve travelling by coach with a lunch stop before arriving in Blyth for a 2 pm matinee.  The cost per person will be in the $80 range.  The date cannot yet be confirmed but our first three choices (in order) are Tuesday September 15, Thursday September 17 and Thursday September 10.  More information will follow.

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