PROBUS Club of Durham West
Byron Simmons
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Golf is currently being played on Tuesday mornings at the Hawthorn Valley Golf Course.

See the Activities page for further details 

The Wednesday Walkers are back in action

Keeping the club vital and enjoyable requires dedicated members who volunteer to be involved. This is your club, managed by volunteers like you who dedicate a small amount of their time for the benefit of our 340 members.
The club needs members who will take on the following roles effective September 2020.
a) speaker co-ordinator
b) House (coffee arrangement) 
For detailed job descriptions of these roles go to is plenty of support from members and previous job holders for people taking on these roles. Consider volunteering for one of these positions. The club cannot exist without members stepping up to assume these roles. 
Please get involved.

Jim Hinnecke: Past President

Fall Colours in Millers Creek Park, Ajax - September 30th 2020 

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

           However some of our Activity Groups such as Golf, Nibbles at Night, the Book Clubs and the                         Walking Groups have restarted.

Presidents Message

Well, time for my first message as club president and “guess what?” we are still in a pandemic. Not only that, but after months of declining COVID-19 case numbers we are now experiencing steady daily increases. Call it a “second wave”, a “resurgence” or anything you want, we all know what it means, remain vigilant and follow the protocols: wear a mask, practise physical distancing, wash your hands. 

The effect of all this on our club meetings continue of course. As of this writing the Town of Ajax does not know when the facilities will reopen. We do know that when they do reopen, they will follow the applicable provincial guidelines.

The club management group believe that we will not be able to have “face to face” general meetings for at least the rest of 2020. You have already been advised that the Christmas Luncheon has been cancelled.

The club has continued to meet, albeit virtually, using Zoom. If you have participated in any of these get-togethers you already know how good they have been. In addition to the quality presentations there are opportunities for social dialogue and for questions to the presenters. If you have not participated yet, you might want to try it. If you are unsure of how to join a Zoom meeting, then we can help you. You can either send an e-mail or call me personallyat 905-839-7556 and if I can’t help you, I will find someone who can.  (There is a separate 
document called “Zoom How to and Cheat Sheet.pdf”, courtesy of Mark deSousa of PROBUS Club of Whitby Brooklin, attached to the newsletter -Editor)

Finally, we are still looking for members who are interested in replacing Roy Boon, our speaker co-ordinator, whose term has ended, but who has graciously agreed to carry on.  Speakers have already been arranged until March of next year. We also need a replacement for Renzo and Sharon Castellarin who have been responsible for “House” but whose term has also ended. 
If you are interested at all you’re welcome to observe one of our one hour long monthly management meetings any time. Once again, let me know.

In the meantime, stay safe and stay well, and if there is anything I can do for you, you can email me:

Note the social distancing - very good guys😊

The next meeting of the club will be on Thursday, October 8th at 10:00 am. If you would like to join us, please see the October Newsletter for details, or email us at:


The speaker for this meeting will be our very own Karl Clarke who will give a presentation on his recent trip to the Galapagos Islands in the South Pacific ocean.

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