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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.

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President’s Message - September 2023

Hello PROBUS members:

Welcome to the beginning of our PROBUS fall season! I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and is ready for more exciting connections with other PROBUS friends. Each of us can find something of personal interest to look forward to in PROBUS. “We have the old adage that one is never too old to learn, to have enjoyable pursuits, to be creative and to have friendships.” ( Mary Wilson, Editorial, PROBUS  Global, June 2023.)

Our PROBUS Club is grateful to the City of Pickering for the annual grant which covers accommodation costs for our Executive and General meetings during the year. We are privileged to have this coverage which allows budget room for excellent speakers and varied activities and events.

Fall brings the resumption of many activities which were “on hold” during the summer months. There are also some new activities to try! Check the web, Facebook and the Newsletter to stay current and not miss out. Please join us for the annual BBQ and baseball game planned for September 12th in Kinsmen Park. Be a player, or cheer from the comfort of your lawn chair.

The October 25th General Meeting sees the incoming of your new Executive for 2023-2024.  Much of our club’s success is due to the dedication, talent and vision of our Executive members. Our Executive roster is almost complete for next year. Currently, we are seeking someone for the Speaker Co-ordinator position.  Please let an Executive Member know if you wish to serve, or know of someone who may be interested.

October is also PROBUS month.  Plan to attend the meeting and celebrate with everyone. Cake or cupcakes will be provided instead of cookies! Please BYOM-Bring your own mug- and do your part to reduce the carbon footprint.

Next Meeting:   Wednesday, September 27th


Time:    10:00  a.m.

Marilyn Werry      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

September Speaker - Dr. Andrea Kirkwood

We are very fortunate to live in a community that has easy access to natural settings. In the past few years our natural settings have been damaged, destroyed or even disappeared. Dr. Andrea Kirkwood is a professor at the Ontario Technical University in Oshawa and her research focuses on aquatic ecology in a variety of systems including ponds, wetlands, rivers, lakes and wastewater systems. Dr. Kirkwood’s work includes research in Lake Scugog, and the impact of development on the headwaters of Duffins and Carruthers Creek. This research is important and you can get involved! Dr. Kirkwood encourages retirees to become “citizen scientists”! Please join us in September when she presents ‘Senior Citizens as citizen scientists: How participatory research can improve our understanding of lake health’.


Live Town Hall with Mayor Ashe

Join Mayor Ashe for a Facebook Live Town Hall, featuring special guests Chief Peter Moreira and Inspector Shaun Carter from Durham Regional Police Service | Thurs, Sept 28 | 7 pm to 8 pm

Click here for more details!

Senior Discovery Tours 

ZOOM in and learn more about your travel options. A Zoom meeting with Discovery Tours is scheduled for Oct. 3 at 10:30 am (see event). 

Pickering PROBUS has joined the Senior Discovery Tours Insider Club Benefits program. Click here for some exciting information!

Did You Know?

Website Hints -


Your September Newsletter is now available!

The September 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 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 restricted to members only. New members must be residents of Pickering.


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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