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Our Strength is Fellowship; Our Success is Participation.

Welcome to the
men’s Probus Club of Collingwood!

The Probus Club of Collingwood, which celebrated it’s 31st anniversary in October, 2017, is the original men’s Probus Club of the Georgian Triangle, and one of the first in Ontario. Informative speakers each month combined with a membership of over 160 retired and semi-retired active men, enable us to create a place of enjoyment and fellowship in the community, emphasizing the Probus motto. We enjoy numerous trips and social events throughout the year, including golf, biking, theatre, excursions, and tours of businesses throughout Ontario.



All meetings are cancelled until further notice.

November 11, Zoom Virtual Meeting
Zoom Virtual Meeting: November 11, 2020 at 10.30 am.
(Yes, we realize that this is Remembrance Day, and our meeting agenda will include a suitable recognition.)


10:00 Open meeting room
10:30 Start meeting
· O' Canada - Internet Choir
· Welcome and Words from President - Mike Martynuik
· Remembrance Day Video - Intro by Wayne Caswill
11:00 1 Minute silence
11:01 Dr. Galway presentation + Q and A
12 noon Meeting adjourns
Speaker: Dr Robert Galway. Topic: " Comparing the 2020 COVID19 pandemic to the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918."As you will know from Dr. Galway's earlier talks, this will be thoroughly researched, and will be presented in a very accessible, educational and entertaining manner.
Members will receive an emailed invitation to join the meeting from our Zoom host Ruben Rosen a day or so ahead. The invitation will look like this:
Meeting Room will open at 1:00 pm

To Join Zoom Meeting, click on link below


Meeting ID: 850 8703 7078
Passcode: 163666
If you have used Zoom before, you simply click on the link provided in the emailed invitation a few minutes before scheduled meeting start time (Ruben will open the room at 10.00am.) That will allow you to start the Zoom app. You will need to enter the passcode number provided. Then Ruben -- our meeting host -- will add you into the meeting.
If you haven't used Zoom before, I strongly recommend that you download the Zoom app to your device at least a day or two before, so that you're not fussing with that just before meeting time. If you're concerned about your ability to get onto Zoom, Ruben and I are available to provide a tutorial. Ruben's contact: rubenrosen@rogers.com 705-444-4545. And I'm at megarryj@gmail.com 705-445-1262. Either one of us will be happy to try to support you.
Looking forward to seeing a good virtual turnout on November 11th!
John Megarry
per Probus Club of Collingwood.

The Legion now. Considering the 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen's vintage, perhaps this might be a more suitable setup for our meetings!

Your President Mike Martynuik runs periodic Zoom meetings of your executive to keep everyone on their toes and updated on our Club status. Treasurer Gerry McGhee reports that financially we are in good shape – in short, no meetings, no rent! So while dues renewals would usually come along about now, we have decided that there is no reason to start the membership renewal process until we are able to restart meetings – and there is no news yet on that score!

We’d like to have your feedback and thoughts on the way forward. For example, would you participate in indoor meetings if there was an available and suitable venue? Would you participate in Zoom based meetings? Do you have suggestions on possible speakers who might be of interest to our membership, and on topics that might work in that format? Just reply to this email with your thoughts.

Also please keep us advised if you are aware of any members not doing well, either for health reasons or otherwise.

In the words of the late Dame Vera Lynn, “we’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when……”

 Please continue to follow sensible COVID precautions: wash hands frequently; social distance at all times and wear a mask indoors in public places – it’s the law in Simcoe County now!


Medical experts were asked if it is time to ease the lockdown.

Allergists were in favour of scratching it, but Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but neurologists thought the government had a lot of nerve.

Obstetricians felt certain everyone was labouring under a misconception, while Ophthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted.

Many Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while Pediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!"

Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while Radiologists could see right through it.

Surgeons decided to wash their hands off the whole thing and pharmacists claimed it would be a bitter pill to swallow.

Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would "put a whole new face on the matter."

Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.

Anaesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes.


Who’s Involved?

To paraphrase a line from the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, “who are those guys?” What backgrounds are represented by the members of the Club? There are many individuals with many diverse backgrounds.


  • Corporate: CEOs, Managers, Presidents
  • Education: School Principals, Teachers, School Board Reps.
  • Engineering: Engineers, Geophysicist, Trades
  • Financial: Accountants, Bankers, Planners, Advisors, Managers, Human Resources
  • Legal: Lawyers
  • Medical: Dentists, Physicians, Surgeons
  • Media: Broadcasting, Newsprint
  • Military: Veterans, and ex servicemen, Pilots
  • Sales and Marketing: Real Estate, Pharmaceuticals, Insurance, etc.

The members of the Probus Club warmly welcome guests,
visitors and walk-ins!

Photo courtesy of: Erika Engel, Collingwood Today
Bob MacNair, Vice-President, Probus, Canada, Director Ontario District  7.

Experience a Probus Club near you. “Be a friend. Bring a friend”!

To read Probus Canada’s Newsletter, or anything else of interest to you, click on the link below.


Meetings are the first Thursday of every month, starting at 0945 am. They are held at The Royal Canadian Legion, 490 Ontario Street, Collingwood. Phone: 705-445-3780

Contact Us

Probus Club of Collingwood
Membership: John Megarry, 705-445-1261
Email: collingwoodprobus@gmail.com