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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.

If you are a Pickering resident, please JOIN US!

* All new members require proof of vaccination.


Scenes of Pickering


President’s Message February 2023


Hello PROBUS members:

As the month of March begins many are thankful for the mild winter this year.

The month of March signifies turning a winter corner and anticipating the arrival of spring in a few weeks. March 15 brings St. Patrick’s Day and the opportunity to celebrate good times together. Fortunately, for PROBUS members, celebration occurs year round as we attend meetings, listen to great speakers and participate in the many group activities offered by our club. We have our own four leaf clover: fun, friendship, fabulous functions- all happening within our PROBUS family. There is truly something for everyone.

To stay current please check the website, Facebook and the monthly newsletter.

We enjoy a healthy membership and are fortunate to be adding new members each month. If you are a new member please don’t sit alone at the General Meetings! Look for a “New Member” sign on the tables and choose your spot. Our seasoned PROBUS members will welcome you and answer any questions you may have. The Executive is also more than happy to make your experience a great one.

Our Birthday Box is new! Our “twin” club in Raumati, New Zealand, recognizes one member birthday a month by having a draw for a bottle of wine. We decided to follow their lead. Check out the Birthday Box at the Wishing Well table. If your birthday falls in the current month, print your name on a ticket and place it in the box. At the close of the General Meeting one name will be drawn. You have a choice of either white or red wine with which to celebrate.

“LIFE is meant to be a celebration. This is how you write on the wall of life.” ~ Topaz

Looking forward to seeing you at the next General Meeting on Wednesday, March 27th 10:00 a.m.at the Chestnut Hill Recreation Centre.


Rod Lawrence

President

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

February Speakers: Jeremy Bertrand and Nina Cabral-Bouchard

Discover Ontario’s Medical Expense and Seniors Care at  Home Tax Credits 

Jeremy Bertrand is a Senior Program Advisory Specialist in the Ontario Ministry of  Finance. Jeremy has been helping Ontarians boost their tax literacy for nearly 25  years. He has a passion for public education and has delivered hundreds of ministry  seminars, always with his trademark humour and enthusiasm.

Nina Cabral-Bouchard is a Program Advisory Specialist for the Ontario Ministry of  Finance and has worked for the provincial government since 1999. Specializing in  outreach and education, Nina brings energy and awareness to every topic that she  delivers from tax credits and benefits to tax liability.

Think these credits don't apply to you? Think again! Many miss out on these credits  due to misconceptions or simply being unaware of the eligibility criteria. This session will debunk myths and provide clarity, empowering you to determine if you qualify  for these valuable tax credits.

What you will learn:

Who can claim each credit

How to calculate each credit

Examples of expenses that can or cannot be claimed

Additional resources that can increase your knowledge on this topic

BREAKING NEWS

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: 

·       MEDOC® 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 will be registered for the event and you will be invoiced. The registration button (link) is active for many days.
  • How to cancel your event registration online
  • Training video (Website fuctionality)


Newsletters

Your February Newsletter is now available!

The December edition from our twin club, Raumati NZ is now available.

PROBUS Canada's latest newsletter edition is also available. 

Too many Emails?

Let us know at pprobuswebmaster@gmail.com 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

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.

Excursions

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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