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Past Events - 2024

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Metrolinx Tour

On May 16, ten lucky people participated in a fascinating, behind the scenes look, at the maintenance operation of our GO Trains.  It's an impressive, expansive facility.

For those who were waitlisted for this event, and others who might be interested in the future, the convenors will be talking with Metrolinx to see if we can book another tour this fall.  Metrolinx restricts these trips to 10 people at a time, so, hopefully, they will provide more opportunities for us to participate.

Games Afternoon

On Wednesday April 17, eighteen PROBUS members came together at the Pickering Chartwell residence for an afternoon of games, fellowship and laughter. 

Several members taught fellow members how to play games, many learned new games (and are ready to buy them for home). The energy in the room was palpable, and the general consensus was “we need to do this again, it was so much fun!"

Chartwell was very generous with a gift basket won by Roy Boon, and we all went home with a small token of appreciation from Chartwell.  Thank you Chartwell!

Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias was a big hit! We had 67 people attending. The only glitch was a lack of parking due to an unexpected hockey tournament. But the show was great and they delayed the start till people were there.

Due to the success of this outing to Scarborough Village Theatre, we have booked for a comedy called You Can't Take it With You for next April (after hockey season is over!) Thanks to those who attended and to those who brought along friends to share this outing! Plan to attend next year. We have booked the 60 best seats in the theatre for that show so we should have a great time!

Court Whist

Court Whist was played at the Ajax Public Library on Wednesday March 6th. The event was attended by 27 members. Started off with some confusion of the rules but followed by lots of laughter. A fun time was had by all. First place winners were Silvi Karhunen and Bernard Twyman, second place winners were Geoff Cutten and June Booth. The lucky winners of a draw were Barbara Stevens and Liz Ryan. Thanks to organizers Bernice Pyke and Lorna Smith.

15th Anniversary – Potluck Lunch

The PROBUS Club of Durham West celebrated their 15th anniversary by having a potluck luncheon following the speaker. It was well attended by approximately 75 members. The variety of food was excellent and everyone had a great time reminiscing with friends and watching a slideshow of past events and activities. Thanks to all who attended and the delicious food provided.

If you forgot to pick up your serving utensils after the event please see Bernice or Lorna as they may have them.

Glow-in-the Dark Mini Putt– January 24, 2024

Glow in the Dark Mini Putt was a big success once again this year. The weather was kind to us and the roads were passable this year. (Remember that last year's event was on the day that the 401 was shut down.)

We had 23 people spend an enjoyable couple of hours getting their exercise swinging their clubs over and over again (The place has a reason for having a six-stroke maximum per hole), doing deep bends to pick up the balls from the cavernlike holes (At least that is what it felt like when bending over six inches lower than my feet), patting themselves on the back if they got a good shot (at least I saw others doing that although I didn't feel the need myself) and banging their heads with their hands when they had another bad play (you should see my head bruises). Who says games are not Real Exercise? I heard lots of cheers, groans and everything in between during the event. Some groups kept score and others decided that lying was not what they wanted to do that day, so they skipped and insisted they were playing just for the fun of it. But whatever they chose, all had fun.

All and all it was a lot of fun. Hope to see you there next time.

Thanks to Bernice Pyke for organizing and Lorna apologizes for the not-so-great photos.

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