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 the Probus Club of Milton. The site contains valuable information on our Club’s members, history and operations. Our Club purpose is to offer to our members, at a reasonable cost, a social environment that assists members experience a fulfilling social life in retirement and semi-retirement. The Milton Probus website has a great deal of relevant information which I urge you to read.
Our club is part of the Probus Club of Canada which has approximately 255 Canadian Probus Clubs. Probus is active outside Canada as well with approximately 4,000 Clubs worldwide. If you travel to another country, you may, as I and my wife Darlene have, meet a Probus member from that country.
Some Canadian Probus Clubs operate with only Male members and some with only Female members. Our Club welcomes members both Female and Male. Some of our members are Couples and some are Single.
Our Probus Club offers its members interesting speakers on various subjects at our general meetings, regular social activities including wine tasting, card games, walking groups and many others. Our Club also offers special events such as car rallies, group entertainment and group travel opportunities and publishes for members a monthly newsletter “Milton Probus Pulse” that keeps members up to date on Club activities and member news. In summary, our Milton Probus Club offers whatever activity our members, management and coordinators can dream up.
If you are retired or semi-retired and come from a professional or business background, you are welcome to become part of our Club. You will be able to offer your own ideas to foster an environment based on the objective of making our retirement and semi-retirement years exciting, interesting and fulfilling.
The cost of belonging is nominal and the Club Management, Special Interest Group Convenors and members are all unpaid volunteers.
As I write this welcome in March 2022, our Milton Probus Club is emerging from a forced Covid re-arrangement which caused our members to meet via Zoom in most cases. Our Special Interest groups have begun meeting in-person and we plan to meet in-person at general meetings this spring of 2022.
President Bill Scarrow
Vice President Henry Popp
Past President David Wentzell
Secretary Susan Popp
Treasurer Alice Carey
Membership Director Nancy Lynn
Program Directors Carol Streeter,
Carole & Brian Budworth
Fellowship Directors Pat McIntyre
Communications Directors David Hunt & Brian Murphy
Special Events Directors Darlene Scarrow & Heddy Wright
Property Director Robert Streeter
ROLE OF MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Administer Club Affairs on behalf of members
A 2020 Management Team shot to show the “new normal” in Zoom
Left to right and top to bottom: Marlene Murphy, Brian Murphy, Walter Eadie, Anne Eadie, Clare Ganson-Bell, Alice Carey, Robert Streeter, Jim Miller, Diane Miller, Shirley Mathews, Ray Mathews, David Wentzell, David Hunt, Susan Popp and Henry Popp.
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.