PROBUS Club of Durham West

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Dear Members,

A BIG thank you to everyone who submitted their membership dues. We have just completed our membership renewal process for the year 2021. We have 311 members as of March 1, 2021. We would like to welcome 14 new members. 

Even though we are not having in-person membership meetings, social outings and many activities were cancelled our club membership numbers are still strong! Remember to join our monthly virtual Zoom general meetings and consider joining in the activities that are still ongoing online and outdoors such as the Wednesday walking group. 

We have no waiting list for membership and have lots of room for new members should you know of anyone who might be interested in joining our club. We recently increased our membership cap to 360. 

If you are interested in joining the Management Committee as the Membership Chair, contact our past President, Jim Hinnecke, or our current Membership Chairs Bonnie & Geoff Cutten whose term is up later this year. 

Remember to send any changes to your email, mailing address or telephone number to the Membership Chair so that the membership list is kept up to date.

Stay healthy and safe!

Bonnie & Geoff Cutten

The next Zoom meeting of the club will be on Thursday, May 13th at 9:30 am. If you would like to join us, please check the Newsletter or email us at:

Holiday Photos: The Greek Island of Mykonos - Submitted by Ian Medford
Presidents Message

Call for New Board Members

This past year has been a very challenging one for our club.  Since our last physical meeting almost a year ago, we have had to meet by teleconference, and many club activities have been suspended until it is safe to meet in person again.  

The Board of Directors of your club has been responsible for ensuring our club’s continued operation throughout this pandemic, and are planning for the club’s future.     

As is the case every year, a number of your board members are coming to the end of their three year terms, and replacements must be identified.  This year the club needs to fill the following board openings, each of which would be for three years.

* Treasurer 

This role is perfect for a person who likes to work with figures.  You’d be responsible for the club finances, including budgeting, banking, bill payments and preparing financial statements.  

* Membership

This role is great for those that want to get to know all club members. You’d be responsible for signing up new members, renewals of current members, receiving membership fees, and keeping track of the membership list.

* Webmaster

This role is good fit for the ‘techie’.  As webmaster you’d be responsible for the club website and its social media accounts.

* House 

Another good opportunity for the “people person”.  This role is vital for the success of our physical meetings, and includes management of the welcome desk, 50/50 draw, meeting room logistics and providing refreshments. 

The club also seeks a new Vice President, an all important position that will in its second year evolve into the Club President role, leading the club for a year, and acting as ‘emcee’ at its monthly meetings.

Our club’s ongoing success is only possible through the continued existence of a strong and active board.  But board membership is also rewarding:  in addition to supporting the club, board members have opportunities to learn, interact with club members, meet with members of other clubs, and most importantly, have fun.  And note that a couple or two unrelated individuals can share a board role.

Please let me know if you would like to serve.  Full position descriptions are available on our website under the PROBUS button, and I and other board members would be happy to speak to you to give you more information.   As a director you can rely upon the support of other members of the board, as well as those who were directors in the past, including a period of time where you would work with the outgoing director to fully understand your new role. 

Jim Hinnecke, Past President 

Due to the Corona Virus, ALL Club Social activities are currently suspended until further notice

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A Message from your Webmaster

A website should be a place where members come to connect with other members of our community. A place where they can share their jokes, poetry, travel photos and common interests. A place where open discussions can begin.

A website is never finished. If you see opportunities to do things better or discover problems affecting your use of the site, please let me know. I need to hear from you to make it better. You can contact me at: 

Sue and David Williams

The speakers for this meeting are Sue and David Williams. While in their early 50s, Sue, without an adventure-seeking bone in her body, and her husband David, without any real blue water experience, cast off in their 37 foot sailboat from Hamilton and headed east to the North Atlantic Ocean. In the space of a year the couple completed two transatlantic crossings and spent 86 days on the high seas. Their adventure is chronicled in a memoir by Sue, "Ready to Come About". 

 May 9th, 2021 is Mothers Day. Celebrations date back as far as the ancient Greeks where the they would celebrate the day but very few people actually know its origin. The original meaning of Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day has been somewhat lost but it’s still a day to solely appreciate mum.

We appreciate being able to walk by the lake in the early morning.

We appreciate the health care workers, PSW’s, Doctors and Nurses. Please contribute to the Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation’s COVID-19 Emerging Needs fund. Monies given will be used to purchase gift cards for support staff while on shift, to provide items to patients and families that are needed during their stays and fund the purchase of much needed equipment for the hospital itself. Please use this link to contribute.

All donations are tax deductible. 

Stay safe and stay positive,

Byron Simmons

 

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