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The PROBUS Club of Pickering is a local community association of active retired and semi retired seniors who join together with others of similar interests. The purpose of PROBUS is to provide regular gatherings offering varied social and learning opportunities. Members participate, engage, develop friendships and have fun!

PROBUS encompasses a diverse background of interests, generates cordiality, friendship, goodwill, and a sense of community.

Monthly general meetings offered by the PROBUS Executive provide Club updates. Informative speakers provoke interest and discussion on a wide range of topics. Regular Activities are offered allowing PROBUS members to meet in smaller groups to pursue common interests.

If you are retired, searching for new experiences and enjoy meeting people, PROBUS meets your needs. To satisfy your interest in trips, excursions, or hearing exciting speakers, this club provides it. Whether making new friends, learning new skills, or developing new interests, the PROBUS Club of Pickering is an excellent fit for you.

We have reached a maximum member allowance and are currently unable to take new membership at this time.

Scenes of Pickering

President’s Message - May 2024

Greetings PROBUS members,

I hope this message finds you all in good health and high spirits as we move in to the warmer weather of May. 

Many of you have been anxiously awaiting the return of golf season.  Jim Hare will once again be running golf at Spring Creek Golf Club.  Come out and enjoy a game.

Last weekend, approximately 100 members attended our Spring Dance at the Legion in Pickering. The live band kept the dance floor rocking all night long.  The lead singer of the group commented numerous times throughout the night what a fun crowd we were to play for, and how easy it was to get everyone involved. Thanks as always to Shirlie Van Putten and her team for another great event.

Many of our members volunteer their time running excellent activities.  Please make sure you register, and if you are unable to attend please also remember to cancel.  There is so much planning that goes in to each event,  and if you don’t cancel either someone waiting for an activity loses out,  or in the case of a general meeting refreshments, tables, etc are based on numbers. Please be courteous to our volunteer members that give so much of their time to make this club such a success.

This month’s guest speaker is Dr. Moynes, who will speak on the 4 phases of retirement.  Our meeting will be followed by a wine and cheese.  Please plan to attend.

Yours for Probus,

Rod Lawrence

What's Coming Up You Ask?

Below are the next few events.  For a full listing, visit the Calendar section.  We frequently add new events, so make sure you check by here often.

You are reminded that we have protocols in place for all in-person events.  Click here to review them.

Upcoming Activities

  • For Members Only

June Speaker - Susan and Maui           

          Puppy Guide Dog Training

Susan Sheen lives in Bowmanville and is foster mom of a Lions Foundation Dog Guide puppy #12 Maui (a poodle puppy) her 12th. She is a former high school teacher and has been an Anglican priest for the last 35 years.  She is an avid canoeist and all her puppies learn how to canoe and camp!

Accompaning Susan will be 6-7 trainers and their puppies.


For any phobias or allergies there with be 7-8 dogs in the meeting.


Check out the great activities the City of Pickering has scheduled to celebrate Senior's Month of June! Click here for more information.

Enjoy our selection of photos from our Spring Dance!

Are YOU celebrating a BIRTHDAY this month?

If so, at the next General Meeting, go to the

Wishing Well table, print your name on a ticket

and place it in the Birthday Box. At the close of

the meeting your name may be chosen to win a

bottle of WINE!

Senior Discovery Tours 

Pickering PROBUS has joined the Senior Discovery Tours Insider Club Benefits program. Click here for some exciting information AND our virtual meeting is now available for your viewing!

Did You Know?

PROBUS CANADA INSURANCE - please note the link provided in the February Newsletter regarding insurance isn't working. Please find the updated information below:

PROBUS Canada has worked with Johnson Inc., a national benefits provider, to offer plans for our members. To learn more about these plans go to PROBUS Canada - Health/Travel

The plans include the following voluntary benefit options that can be purchased on a standalone basis to meet your insurance needs:

  • MEDOCĀ® Travel Insurance (includes Trip Cancellation). This plan can be purchased online. Enter PROBUS Canada as the group name. 
  • Extended Health Care (EHC) with "Prestige" Travel Insurance (includes Trip Cancellation)
  • Dental Care
  • Standalone Trip Cancellation & Interruption Travel Insurance
  • Guaranteed or Term Life Insurance

Website Hints -

  • IMPORTANT- Email registrations: Please do not forward event emails with a registration button to anyone! If this button is used by anyone else, they can log into your account, see your personal data, register for the event (you will be invoiced). The registration button (link) is active for many days. This issue has been escalated to the Wild Apricot developers for a resolution.
  • How to cancel your event registration online
  • Training video (Website fuctionality)


Your May Newsletter is now available!

See the latest news here from our twin club, Raumati NZ 

PROBUS Canada's latest newsletter edition is also available. 

Too many Emails?

Let us know at and we'll update your profile!

Bring Your Meeting Mug

In order to contribute to reducing our carbon footprint, members are encouraged to bring reusable mugs for coffee or tea at the General Meeting. Disposable cups will be available for those who require them.

Guest Opportunities

Where activities allow one guest, they must be an active PROBUS Club of Pickering Member. Non-member guests may be allowed depending on the activity. Please check with the activity coordinator.

Thank you for your understanding.

Protocols and guidelines for club meetings, events and activities


Pickering PROBUS provides many exciting Activities for its members. Activities are initiated by our member volunteers who tailor these to suit a wide variety of interests.   Activities range from Card/Table games such as Bridge, Cribbage, Euchre, Bid Euchre and Mah Jong to the Walking group and seasonal, bi-weekly Golf.  Readers can join one of three Book Clubs. For those who enjoy eating out choices include the Men’s Breakfast Club; R.O.D.E.O. (Retired Old Dames Eating Out); Tastes of the World and Happy Hour. Additional activity groups vary from General Knowledge, Genealogy, Bowling, Billiards and Pinball to Crafts, Knitting, and Improv and more.

Activities provide a regular scheduled opportunity to make new friends and socialize with fellow members. Come out to learn something new, practise a skill, or just have fun.

Activities are generally restricted to members only. Non-member guests may be allowed depending on the activity. Please check with the activity coordinator.


Pickering PROBUS is a social organization and members enjoy meeting together to share group experiences.  Outings to local events may include venues such as theatres, restaurants or nearby attractions. Learn about our province by taking a PROBUS bus trip to historic sites, museums, wineries, or areas of interest. Gathering together for Pickering PROBUS celebrations is always fun! As a member enjoy the annual wine & cheese, the barbecue and the Christmas luncheon.  Advance registration and payment is required.

Monthly Member Meetings

Our monthly member meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month and are a great opportunity to meet other members. Each month we provide a guest presenter, information about upcoming events and website support. Goodies included! We look forward to seeing you there.

City of Pickering Updates

The City of Pickering, from time to time, request that we share information with our membership about issues of interest to our seniors. 

Click on the links to the right to find out more.

Our sincere thanks to the City of Pickering for their ongoing support of our Club

The City of Pickering:

Here is where you can get the latest City health guidelines.  

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