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Our members are retired business and professional persons residing in Durham Region, including Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Brooklin, Oshawa and other areas.  Our monthly meetings feature informative and entertaining speakers.  Along with monthly social events and 22 activity groups who meet regularly, its a great way to meet new people, make new friends and discover new interests.  Read More:

About Us

Next General Meeting

October 12th, 2023, HMS Ajax Room

South Entrance Ajax Community Centre,
75 Centennial Road, Ajax, ON L1S 4S4

Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.

October Speaker

Ted Barris -  Rush to Danger:  Medics in the Line of Fire

Lost in the WWII story of the Battle of the Bulge lay an account of sacrifice and survival that took historian Ted Barris nearly a lifetime to discover the story of his own father.

Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster. His writing has regularly appeared in the national press, as well as magazines as diverse as Air Force, esprit de corps and Zoomer. He has also worked as a host/contributor for most CBC Radio network programs, PBS in the U.S. and on TV Ontario. After 18 years of teaching, he recently retired as a full-time professor of journalism at Toronto's Centennial College. Barris is the author of 20 bestselling, non-fiction books, including a series on wartime Canada

Click here for more information on Ted and our past speakers.

Social Events

REMINDERS: There are NO REFUNDS if you sign-up for an event and are unable to attend. You may have someone go in your place by getting payment from them and notifying the Convenor of the event of the change, along with the name and phone number of the person replacing you.

Past Events (for the current year)

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Upcoming Events

2023 NINE AND DINE (Registration is Closed)

Hey there all you golfers!

Come and join us at a Nine and Dine event on
September 26. 

Nine holes of golf will be played at Hawthorne Golf Course, 3470 Salem Road, Pickering.  This will be followed by dinner at the Pickle Barrel in Pickering.

There is a maximum registration limit of 28 participants for golf.

All are welcome to join us for dinner only, if you choose.

Date:               Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Time:               2:00 p.m. (Registration)
                          Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m.

1st Tee Off:    2:30 p.m.

Cost:                $30.00

When registering please indicate:

  • Golf only - $30.00
  • Golf and dinner - $30 (dinner your cost)
  • Dinner only -  your cost

Please be sure to click on the appropriate box when registering as we need to let the restaurant know the numbers for dinner. Also, if you have guests please fill in the box for “Number of Additional Guests” at the bottom of the registration page.  

This is a self-drive/carpool event.

LET’S GO BLUE JAYS! - Registration is currently at capacity but please join the waitlist.

The last exciting game of the season is taking place at the Rogers Centre on Sunday, October 1st and our club has secured 50 seats!

Date:          Sunday, October 1, 2023

Time:          3:07 p.m.

Cost:           $59.95

Location:   Rogers Centre

To Join the Waitlist Go to the Event


The celebrations will begin at 11:30 a.m.

11:30 to 12:30 p.m. - Social Hour

12:30 to 2:00 p.m. - Lunch

You will have a choice of two entrees for lunch.

Cost:  Members and Member Guests $60 each

           Non-Member Guests - $65 each

A PREMIUM CASH BAR will be available as well as non-alcoholic cold beverages including assorted pop, assorted juices, and non-alcoholic beer.

There will be raffle prizes and Deidrey Francoise, a well-known entertainer, will lead us in a sing-along.

For complete information and to register
Go to the Event


For any of the following excursions please contact Shirlie Van Putten at or call 905-619-8583.

Day Trips

Thursday, September 29 – Georgian Spirit Boat Cruise

This is a dinner cruise with music and dancing.

Georgian Spirit boat cruises offer more than 30,000 islands and beautiful sites in Georgian Bay. Enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner on the cruise from Beausoleil Island to Honey Harbour. Georgian Bay is full of history and spectacular sights.

For more details Go to the Event

Tuesday, October 3 – Picton Wine Tour 

Welcome to Prince Edward County, a Designated Viticultural Area in Ontario with close to 40 wineries and new ones popping up every year. 

For more details Go to the Event

Thursday, November 9 – St. Jacob’s Sparkles

Kick off your holiday shopping season with a visit to St. Jacob’s Farmers Market. Explore 250+ vendors - fresh produce, international cuisine, artisans & more! Visit the Farmers Market, Picard’s Peanuts and the Village of St. Jacob’s.

For more details Go to the Event

Wednesday, December 13 – A Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge is back! Nestled in the heart of the ultimate Christmas village, the charming holiday favourite A Christmas Carol returns to the Shaw Festival’s Royal George Theatre. It’s the perfect annual reminder of what Christmas is all about. Arrive feeling “Bah, humbug!” and leave full of warm, fuzzy Christmas spirit.

For more details Go to the Event

Multi-Day Trips

Thursday, November 16-23 – King Meets Country – Memphis & Nashville 

Your trip includes:

  •    Round trip direct airfare from Toronto       to Nashville;
  •    Three nights in Memphis – downtown          hotel including breakfast;
  •     Four nights in Nashville – downtown          hotel including breakfast - also
        includes  evening “Happy Hour” -
        snacks & drinks;
  •     City tours of Memphis and Nashville;
  •     Graceland - the “Elvis Experience” and
        Sun Studio;
  •     Country Music Hall of Fame + RCA
        Studio B;
  •     Grand Ole Opry and The Ryman
  •     Performance at the Grand Old Opry -
        the highlight of the tour!!! 

For more details Go to the Event.

Saturday, January 6 to 14, 2024 Sun and Fun Dominican Republic

The Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa Hotel in the Dominican Republic is in an ideal setting directly on beautiful Bavaro Beach, approximately 22 km from the Punta Cana airport. This 4 ½ star all-inclusive hotel has six amazing pools with all services, where guests can experience something truly unique. The Hotel has 13 restaurants; 23 bars; WiFi; a fitness center; 24-hour drinks/snacks; an in-room safe; and a waterpark.

For more details Go to the Event

Monday, February 26 to March 20, 2024 – Portugal

Portugal’s Algarve Province, with its magnetic Moorish appeal, has become a Mecca for snowbirds trying to escape the harsh reality of winter. It’s also one of Europe’s most picturesque and friendly holiday destinations.

For more details Go to the Event

Activity Groups

If you are interested in joining a group, we look forward to hearing from you! Please reach out to Bev Waite at

Click on Individual Clubs below.  Clubs with updates for this month are identified with  (**)

Food & Drink

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The Breakfast Club 

Dinner is Served 

Let's Eat **

Nibbles at Night **

Table Talk  **

Fitness & Fun

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Indoor Golf 

Nordic Pole Walking **

Outdoor Golf 

 Wednesday Walking **

Member's Corner


  • Group Leaders - Assistance for virtual Group Meetings
  • Seniors Safety - Time to get rid of rugs and flip-flops
  • Age-Friendly Walking Study

      • Library Bridge (Schedule
      • Ajax Seniors Club
      • Insurance Discounts through PROBUS Canada

      Sharing Our Recipes


      I’m sure many of you have boxes of tomatoes ripening in your kitchens. While browsing the internet, I found this great recipe for Tomato Soup and I have adjusted the recipe for our tastes.  

      “The Big Guy” has helped me make this soup for lunches and he is a roaring fan of both the fresh version and the frozen version. In some batches, we have added sugar and in some, we have not. You can also make it fully vegetarian by substituting vegetable broth.

      “The Big Guy” recommends a large glass of icy cold milk with this lunch menu!

      Go to Recipes

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