PROBUS Club of Durham West

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

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Holiday Photos: The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland - Submitted by Elizabeth Long

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

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Sarah Vaisler


From the

    Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation

In early June the PROBUS Club of Durham West made a $500.00 donation to the hospital’s Covid-19 Fund in support of all they have done during the Pandemic.The PROBUS Club of Durham West’s recent donation of $500.00 absolutely highlighted the phrase we are using so much during the Covid-19 situation


Our community is being amazing and amazingly generous. Every dollar that is being raised, every sign that is hung in a window, every clap that is sounded are underlining’s for our frontline staff at Ajax Pickering Hospital that they are not alone.

We created a specific Covid-19 Fund that is helping fund resources to improve patient experience, medical equipment as well as care items for our hospital team members.As well as medical equipment (like ventilators), donors like you are helping us to still provide the personal touch that will get both our staff and their patients through this pandemic.

Thanks to donor dollars, we are able to provide items such as treats, lip balm, gum, mints, hand creams (for offsite use); it is incredible how much of a difference some chocolate can have on the staff!  We are also able to purchase iPad’s that patients in the hospital can use to connect with their families but also that internal clinicians can use to connect with their patients out in the community.

And as the Covid-19 situation still continues, with your donation, we will be able to continue to support our hospital, our frontline staff and our patients every way we can.

Thank you for supporting our hospital!

Tracy L. Paterson, CEO

                                                                      TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER!

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

To view a recording of this meeting:

Sarah will speak about the services and programs the Ajax Public Library currently offers including those which are specific for older adults. She will also brief us on the Library’s future plans to make the Ajax Library a community hub for information, education and social interaction. 

Sarah Vaisler joined the Ajax Public Library in March 2020. Prior to that she was working with Clarington Public Library as the Deputy Director. Sarah is committed to ensuring that public libraries remain relevant and welcoming destinations for all community members. By providing resources, technology tools and support, Sarah believes that libraries can help people reach their full potential. 

Sarah holds a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Business Management from Dalhousie University. 

In last month’s newsletter I had mentioned that the club’s management team was considering how and when to restart in-person meetings. We are continuing to do that and will continue with virtual, Zoom meetings monthly. The room that we normally use for our general meetings continues to be unavailable.


While the pandemic has caused a lot of changes in the way the club operates, we have continued to offer opportunities for socializing virtually. The weekly coffee and chat group will start up soon for instance. We are looking for someone to act as “host” for that group. This could be monthly. Then we are arranging a trivia game challenge for one evening a week for four consecutive weeks. We are looking for someone to “host” that as well. There are many other activities that could be considered. Why not come up with one of your own?


Byron Simmons, President

Presidents Message

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen. 'Careful,' he said, 'CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my gosh! You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my gosh! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They're going to STICK! Careful. CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you're cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don't forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!'

The wife stared at him. 'What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don't know how to fry a couple of eggs?' The husband calmly replied, 'I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I'm driving.'

The speaker for September will be Sarah Vaisler, Chief Librarian and Executive Officer of the Ajax Public Library.

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