PROBUS Club of Durham West

Byron Simmons

Presidents Message

Well, as we pass our seventh month of the pandemic, we are being told to restrict large scale gatherings due to the rising number of cases. The effect will be especially apparent during this year’s Remembrance Day ceremonies. Even the Royal Canadian legion is advising Canadians to stay home for Remembrance Day this year. Instead they suggest participating by watching the national service from Ottawa either on television or on-line, wearing poppies and recognizing two minutes of silence at 11:00 a.m. on November 11 no matter where they are.

 As I heard this it made me remember Remembrance Day in 2018 when my wife Janet and I were in Churchill, Manitoba. We were scheduled to be out on the tundra for the day in a tundra buggy. It certainly had me wondering how the moment of remembrance would be marked, if at all. As we loaded onto the vehicle, we met our driver for the day Kevin Burke, a decorated Canadian Ranger who was in uniform. Kevin advised us that we would be having a brief moment at 11:00 and on the dot of 11:00 he stopped the buggy and asked that we all stand, explained why and then after calling us to attention, asked us to bow our heads for two minutes, no music, no prayers. Our vehicle was connected to every other buggy out on the tundra that day by radio and they all did the same. There we were, fifty of us in our buggy, mostly Canadians but also people from Australia, France, Britain, and the United States all standing with our heads bowed. Outside in the light from a low sun, the wind was blowing the snow and causing a minus forty-two degree Fahrenheit wind chill and “we did not forget.”

That evening at dinner I happened to mention how moved I had been, everyone agreed and an Australian woman we had met went on to say how “It had made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up”.

Canada’s war dead number 118,000.

We all had regular schedules and traditions that we used to follow in our previous " normal " lives, but this pandemic is putting roadblocks in the path of every one of them. Our challenge is to find ways around those roadblocks and continue on the best we can. Stay safe, stay well. 

Important Message Regarding Membership Renewal Fees

Dear Members of the PROBUS Club of Durham West,

Even though we have not had any in-person monthly meetings since last March there are still costs to incur in operating a social club. Your membership fees cover membership payments to PROBUS Canada, liability insurance premiums, our website, Zoom and speaker fees, administrative costs associated with the newsletter and treasurer reports and contracted meeting room rentals.  

Your management committee has decided to take a conservative approach due to the many uncertainties that we face. Though membership fees have already been extended from an August renewal to the new January renewal, at no 
additional cost to our members, our club still has expenses.

The membership renewal fee for the year 2021 is $30 per person and is due on January 1, 2021.

Please make your cheque payable to: The PROBUS Club of Durham West

Date your cheque: January 1, 2021 

Cheques must be received no later than February 28, 2021 or you risk losing your membership and being placed on a waiting list in order to rejoin. 

Mail or hand-deliver (leave in our mailbox) your cheque with a note indicating the full name and address of each person paying a membership fee to:

Mr. and Mrs. G. Cutten (Membership Chairs)
1532 Huntsmill Drive
Pickering, ONT L1V 5J5

If you do not wish to renew your membership please let us know.

If you have any questions please contact us at:  or  905-831-7489.

All being well we will meet in person very soon.

Stay Safe & Healthy,

Geoff & Bonnie Cutten

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 role effective September 2020.
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

The next Zoom meeting of the club will be on Thursday, November 12th 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 author and artist Lianne Harris who will give a presentation entitled " The Roaring 20's "

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

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: 

Rouge River Urban Park, Pickering - October 24th 2020 

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