PROBUS Club of Durham West

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The next Zoom meeting of the club will be on Thursday, August 12th 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 Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland - Submitted by Bonnie Cutten

Due to the Corona Virus, ALL Club Social activities are currently suspended until further notice<<<<<   See the Infotainment Section for some big news   >>>>>

Dr. Tommie Sue Montgomery


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:

Dr. Montgomery started out in international relations, moved to political theory, and ended up in Latin America where she did research and occasionally lived for 30 years. Her peripatetic career has included faculty or research positions in Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and Ontario. She has lived in Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Belize, and Argentina, and has traveled to 16 other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.  

Tommie Sue is the author of three books on El Salvador, editor of books on Mexico and on peacekeeping in Latin America, and has written widely for academic and popular publications. She has received three Fulbrights, to Argentina, Belize, and El Salvador. She has lectured at more than 60 colleges and universities in the Western Hemisphere.

Since 2005 she has been an enrichment lecturer on fifteen Holland-America cruises in Latin America, including Mexican ports from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Chiapas, Central America, including both coasts of Costa Rica, five crossings of the Panama Canal, and a complete circumnavigation of South America, both in segments and in 2014 its entirety. 

President’s Message

So, the case counts are down and after months of lockdown we’re finally “opening up”. Each day there seems to be more and more reports of good news, from the Blue Jays returning to Toronto (and having a great season) to the relaxation of our closed border with the United States. This is all the result of all our efforts to limit the spread and where possible, getting vaccinated. On a personal level after close to a year and a half without, I have been able to hug our grandchildren and how wonderful is that?

At the same time the Olympics are underway with no fans in the stands though, perhaps a reminder of how uncertain our situation is.

The club management team is considering how and when to restart in person meetings. There are still many uncertainties though and until we can get some definite direction on factors like numbers of people allowed indoors, whether they should be following the 6-foot distancing rule and whether they should be masked, we are going to follow a very cautious approach to restarting. If you have thoughts or concerns about this, please feel free to send them to me at

We will continue our general meetings on zoom on a month to month, basis. I’m sure that members who were able to attend our meeting on July 9 and the presentation by Dr. Ken Shonk on the medicinal value of humour were impressed. (Contact for a book)

The club will also be hosting two opportunities for social outings in September. They will be a bring your own picnic lunch on September 1 and a Mini Putt fun on September 16. There is more information on these events in the “Social” section of this newsletter and next month’s newsletter as well.

In the meantime, have a Happy Civic Holiday weekend, and continue to enjoy this glorious summer,

Byron Simmons

The speaker for August will be Dr. Tommie Sue Montgomery and her topic will be: Pre Inca Civilizations

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