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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 - July 2024

Greetings PROBUS members,

Dear Fellow PROBUS members, I hope you are all enjoying your summer and enjoying some of the activities that continue over this time period. I have decided to combine our July and August newsletters, and will publish next month. On a sad note, our 2nd PROBUS Pickering President Chuck Simmons passed away in early July. He was President during the 2014-2015 term. The executive and members pass along our sincere condolences to Chuck’s family.  

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

July Speaker - Constable Darryl Rice          

    Scams and Frauds as they target the senior population!

Constable Darryl Rice has been a police officer for 26 years and has served with the Durham force since 2003. He has worked in various divisions such as the Community Response Team, Nuclear Tactical Response Team, the Divisional Traffic Safety Coordinator, Recruitment and  Crime Prevention Community Safety officer.  He is also assigned as the Police Liaison Officer to the Mississaugas of Scugog Islands First Nations Community.

Darryl hosts the Rogers Cable 10 TV program “Seniors Talk With DRPS” show and has been the coordinator for the DRPS food and toy drive for the past 8 years.  In addition to that he is serving on the Durham Regional Police Association a post he has held for18 years.

Throughout his career he has received many commodations and awards.  He has been awarded by command her Majesty the Queen the Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals as well as the  Governor General Police Exemplary Service award for 20 years of completed police service, just to mention a few.  He takes great pride in community service and is a strong supportive advocate for all of us.


In Memorium             

Chuck Simmons     Past President

Pickering PROBUS is mourning the loss on July 3, 2024, of Past President, Chuck Simmons.   Chuck followed our first President, Frank Green and served as the second President of Pickering PROBUS from 2014 to 2015.  During Chuck’s term as President, Pickering PROBUS was recognized at a special ceremony at City Hall for its contribution to the community. Chuck and his wife, Mary Lou, have remained active members in our club. Recently, Chuck served as a Greeter for the General Meetings.

 We will miss Chuck’s presence at our PROBUS gatherings and appreciate all he has given to our club. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife, Mary Lou, and to his family at this sad time.

Artists in the Raw! Check out the fun photos from our Paint Night Egret.

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 June 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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