Our Strength is Fellowship; Our Success is Participation.
Probus Clubs are organizations for men and women who have retired from their profession or business, and want to remain active in a social network with others who have similar interests. Probus Clubs are not service clubs, they are non-sectarian and are not involved in fundraising. Each Probus Club is autonomous with it’s own uniqueness and brand. Many retirees are members of more than one club.
There are over 4000 Probus Clubs internationally.. Each is dedicated to helping folks remain active and engaged after retirement or semi-retirement from their businesses and professions.
About the Probus Club of Collingwood
Formed in 1987, we are the original mens’ Probus Club in the Georgian Triangle, and one of the first in Ontario. We have interesting and informative speakers at each meeting, which is one of the most enjoyed features by our members. At each monthly meeting, a member may present his profile and background, some very interesting people indeed! Occasionally, a short presentation on a community topic of interest to the membership may be substituted.
In addition, there numerous trips and social events throughout the year, including golf, biking, hiking, theatre, excursions, and tours of businesses and places of interest throughout the Georgian Triangle.
Whether you are able to attend every month, are a snowbird, or someone who likes to get away from it all at various times of the year, it does not matter. Our club is here for your enjoyment and participation year-round.
We invite you to visit as a guest to check us out. Feel free to drop in at one of our meetings for a look at any time! We would enjoy meeting you.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, 18 year old Bud Crookes enlisted in the RCAF and went off to war. Returning to Winnipeg, Bud married his wife June and are happily married to this day (for 65 years). This couple would go on to make a tremendous contribution to the creation and growth of the Probus Club in Canada.
The first PRO[fessional] BUS[iness] Club was established in England in 1965. During a visit to Australia and New Zealand in 1987, Bud became interested in Probus and was impressed with the concept. In 1987, he introduced the subject of a local Probus Club to the Rotary Club of Collingwood, and was successful in gaining acceptance for the idea. The Collingwood Club was the fourth in all of Canada after Cambridge, ON, White Rock B.C, and Burlington, ON. The mantra of “you don’t have to sell tickets” was the battle cry. Getting things started was no small feat. No members, no Club! One of the most respected individuals in the local banking business, James McClure, Manager of the TD Bank, came to the rescue. He was instrumental in recommending the names of prospective members. In November 1987, the first meeting of the Probus Club of Georgian Bay was called to order in the Collingwood Public Library with 38 of Collingwood’s finest in attendance. Shortly thereafter, the ranks would surge to 45, and the name would change to The Probus Club of Collingwood, and meetings would be held in the Leisure Time Centre.
There are now 10 Clubs in the Collingwood area, and a further 5 in Wasaga Beach. These Clubs can all trace their genealogy back to the original Collingwood Club founded by Captain Crookes and his Probus crew in 1987. Bud and his wife, June, have been pillars of the Probus Canada organization and we, as members, owe them a vote of thanks for helping to create what our membership enjoys so much today!
Meetings are the first Thursday of each month.
Location: The Royal Canadian Legion, 490 Ontario Street, Collingwood, Phone:705-445-3780
09:00 – 09:45 Coffee time
09:45 – 10:30 Reports, business, members stories and presentations of interest.
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:45 Guest Speaker
11:45 – 12:00 Q & A’s
Members are invited to join the President and Speaker for lunch following the meeting.
Meeting dates for 2019
- January 3
- February 7
- March 7
- April 4
- May 2
- June 6
- July 4
- August 1
- September 5
- October 3
- November 7
- December 5
May 27, @ 10:30 behind Tim’s on First Street.
Local tours will be conducted by George Christie.
Contact: Steve Hawker
Tuesday, June 11, 4-6 p.m.
At the home of Richard Orviss
Please BYOB and snacks.
Probus Golf 2019
Legacy Ridge Golf Club, Owen Sound
First of the year!
Thursday, May 16
A terrific event, professionally organized and great fun for all attendees!!
Do not miss the next one!
This year, the Probus Club of Collingwood is extending a warm welcome to the Mountain View Probus Club and Probus Lighthouse members to join in on the fun. This will form the basis of the local Probus Golf Society!
Golf Co-ordinator, Bob Philips
OUR JUNE FIXTURE AT THE SHELBURNE GOLF CLUB
TIME TO REGISTER YOUR SERIOUS INTEREST IN PLAYING AT THE SHELBURNE GOLF CLUB
THE DATE IS JUNE 12 WITH AN ARRIVAL TIME TO SIGN IN BETWEEN 0800-0815 AM.
THE COST THAT INCLUDES GOLF, BUGGY, WITH COFFEE AND MUFFIN ON ARRIVAL AND LUNCH TO FOLLOW WILL BE $70.00 INCLUDING HST. A SPECIAL CONCESSION FOR THE 9 HOLE GROUP IS AVAILABLE
THIS WILL BE A TEXAS SCRAMBLE FORMAT WITH ALL GOLFERS BEING ASSIGNED THEIR BUGGIES AT 0845
THE SHELBURNE GC IS A FIRM FAVOURITE WITH OUR MEMBERS AND I WOULD SUGGEST THAT AS THERE WILL BE A LIMIT SET IN NUMBERS TAKING PART IT WOULD BE WISE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY
THERE ARE ALREADY 15 MEMBERS WHO HAVE SIGNED UP FOR THIS FIXTURE!
N.B. I CAN INFORM YOU THAT IN ORDER TO PLAY IN THIS AND ANY FUTURE GOLF EVENT IT WILL BE STRICTLY NECESSARY TO MAKE A FIRM COMMITMENT AND TO SUBMIT A SIGNED CHEQUE FOR $25.00 WITH YOUR APPLICATION TO JOIN THE GROUP.
ON YOUR ARRIVAL AT THE CLUBS YOU WILL HAVE THE PERSONAL CHEQUE RETURNED UN CASHED HOWEVER NON-SHOW ON THE DAY OR CANCELLATION YOU WILL FORFEIT THE $25.00 WITH THE CHEQUE CASHED AND THE PROCEEDS PLACED IN A PRIZE FUND FOR FUTURE GOLF EVENTS.
FOR THIS FIXTURE AT SHELBURNE THE LAST DATE TO SIGN UP AND FORWARD YOUR CHEQUE WILL BE THE 6TH JUNE. SHOULD YOU ANTICIPATE NOT BEING AT THE MEETING ON THE 6TH BUT WISH TO TAKE PART YOU CAN SEND AN APPLICATION WITH YOUR CHEQUE FOR “ROBERT PHILLIPS” AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS: 124 CRESTVIEW COURT, BLUE MOUNTAIN, L9Y0Z4
IN THE EVENT OF AN EXTREME WEATHER FORECAST AND A DECISION MADE TO CANCEL, THE FIXTURE WILL BE RE SCHEDULED AND WITH ALL PARTICIPANTS BEING INFORMED ACCORDINGLY
AS A REMINDER THE OTHER MONTHLY FIXTURES FOR 2019 ARE:
JULY 16 BORDEN GOLF CLUB
AUG 14 BATTEAUX CREEK (INCLUDES BBQ)
SEPT 18 SHELBURNE OR ANO
MY BEST WISHES TO ALL
PROBUS GOLF SOCIETY
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
Probus Club of Collingwood
Membership: John Megarry, 705-445-1261