We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, except July and August, at 10:00 am in the Milton Sports Centre. The December meeting is our traditional Christmas lunch and party held at a Milton local golf club.
The club is managed by a Management Committee elected by our members. Management terms are normally 2 years, except the President and Vice President who serve for one year each.
The monthly Newsletter reports on all Club activities - reports from Special Interest Groups; current and future Special Events and Travel; general meetings and speakers; reports from the Management Committee, etc.
Welcome to the website of Milton Probus Club. If you landed here after Google-ing "What is Probus Milton", you might be just like I was a few short years ago - newly retired with a desire to keep active and connected to our community of Milton. Like me, you might be wondering what exactly is a "Probus"?
Let's start with what we are not. We are not a service club, we are non-political and we are non-sectarian. What is left? Social events, monthly meetings with engaging speakers, special interest groups for hobbies, games, wine tasting, hiking, and other activities, all in a welcoming, low cost environment. In short, Milton Probus Club is a key element of a well-rounded retirement for its members, women and men, old and new.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented big challenges for a group that is centred on personal gatherings and indoor meetings. As a club, we have continued to offer our programs and activities using Zoom based video conferences and other technologies. We have enjoyed monthly presentations of a high calibre on a wide range of topics. Our special interest groups continue to play games, taste wine and beer, and read and discuss great books, aided by technology. Staying active, social and connected continues as the essence of our club, adjusted as needed to be part of our "new normal".
The boundless font of knowledge that is the Internet, tells me that in Latin, "probus" means "good", "honest" "excellent". At Milton Probus Club we aim for a retirement that is "probus".
David Wentzell, President
President David Wentzell
Vice President Shirley Mathews
Past President Ray Mathews
Secretary Walter Eadie
Treasurer Alice Carey
Membership Director Anne Eadie
Program Directors Clare Ganson-Bell & Diane Miller
Fellowship Directors Marlene Murphy & Jim Miller
Media Directors Brian Murphy & David Hunt
Special Events Directors Susan Popp & Henry Popp
Property Director Robert Streeter
ROLE OF MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Administer Club Affairs on behalf of members
Meeting at the home of management member Bonnie Chapman standing next to our now new president David Wentzell;
missing from picture Marlene Murphy who somehow slipped out of the picture and absent Werner Krebs
(picture courtesy of Walter Eadie who did make it into picture shown 4th from left)
Left to right: David Wentzell, Murray Switzer, Rose Ryan, Bonnie Chapman, Clare Ganson-Bell, Robert Streeter, Pat McIntyre, Susan Popp, Walter Eadie, Marlene Murphy, Ray Mathews, Werner Krebs and Joe Bernardino, missing Bill Scarrow and Brian Murphy appointed May 2019
The first thought of a Probus Club in Milton took place on a warm 2005 summer's day in the parking lot of Food Port, a local grocery store on the Northeast corner of Derry Road and Ontario Street.
Rotary was having one of their fund raisers (selling hot dogs and pop) when Myra Faichnie, a current member and her late husband Bill were about to go shopping. The Faichnies had first joined Probus in Brampton and Bill made inquiries at the Rotary fund raising booth.
Keith and Norma Copeland (current members) appeared and Bill Faichnie shanghaied them to talk with Tom Dusmet the then Rotary President. Next, Rotary agreed to sponsor the first Probus Club in Milton and assist in finding a meeting venue at St. Paul's United Church.
The above organizers together with Dan and Linda Reid, Gus and Heather McCorquodale, John and Diane Mitchell (the latter persons current members save the late John) canvassed the town for interest and draft a Constitution and Bylaws, Guidelines and plan for an information meeting.
(picture above left-organizers who are current club members left to right, Dan & Linda Reid, Keith and Norma Copeland, Myra Faichnie, Heather & Gus McCorquodale, and Diane Mitchell ,taken at December 2019 Christmas luncheon, courtesy of member George Morita)
The committee hoped for a turnout of 40-50 persons at the information meeting but 80 members signed up at this first meeting..
The Charter Meeting was held on Wednesday December 7, 2005. At the first General meeting January 4, 2006, the turnout was 113 registered members.