The PROBUS Club of North Bay & District runs a variety of activities aimed at helping our members get to know each other better.
We have regular Monthly Meetings which provide socialization and the opportunity to hear some great guest speakers. Our monthly meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month, from 10:00am to noon, at the North Bay Shrine Club. Check the Calendar to see who the guest speaker will be.
We often have Social Events, which include lunches and dinners at local restaurants and casual open-houses at members’ houses. We’re always working on future social events and will add them to the Calendar as we book them. This photo is from a potluck.
You might be interested in one or more of the following Special Interest Groups. Some of these groups are restricted to members of the #229 club, some are open to members of both #229 and #268 clubs, and some are truly combined groups. This is up to the discretion of each group’s convener(s) and often determined by their capacity to handle more people at their activities.
PROBUS Book Club (#229) – Our book club is convened by Helen Sweig. Their current schedule is to meet at 7:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. If you’re interested in joining them please get in touch with Helen by email.
PROBUS Choir – This is open to members of both clubs and those on our waiting list. It is our one true combined club group. Everyone is welcome to sing in our fledgling choir. Previous experience is not needed and you don’t have to read music because singing together creates its own kind of magic. Come join us – the philosophy is if you can breathe, you can sing, so let’s make music and spark joy together. Our director is Belle Kizell. If you’re interested send her an email.
PROBUS Fun With Food (#229) – Ghislaine Côté and Suzanne Brooks are our Fun With Food organizers. They pick suitable dates, organize the group into smaller gatherings based on the number of people our hostesses and hosts can accommodate, and suggest themes for the event. The group will be flexible – it’ll likely most often be dinners, but brunches would work too – most of the members will likely enjoy cooking, but you can buy good food too – a theme will be suggested, but if that doesn’t work for some reason then change it. The focus is on fun and getting to know each other. With some good food thrown in. If you are interested in Fun With Food, either full-time or as a spare, please get in touch with Ghislaine at 705-495-2432.
PROBUS Games Club (#229) – Enjoy an afternoon or evening of board games, 6 to 8 members per house, bring snacks to share and your own refreshments. The host will change the date to suit the group and choose the game. New members welcome. If you are interested get in touch with the convener, Marianne Persia, and she will adjust the schedule to include everyone. You can contact Marianne at (705) 492-5642 or by email.
PROBUS Garden Club (#229) – New and experienced gardeners will meet every 6 weeks at a luncheon venue, taking turns with a gardening topic of their choice. During the summer months we will visit local fabulous gardens. We all know someone with a show stopping garden. If you are interested get in touch with the convener, Marianne Persia, either by phone (705) 492-5642 or by email.
PROBUS Movie Club – The Movie Club is currently suspended. Hopefully on a temporary basis. They would meet at the Galaxy Cinemas in the North Bay Mall on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month for the matinee movie which starts @ 2:25 p.m. They didn’t necessarily sit together as a group but gathered after the movie at the coffee shop in the Mall for discussion. The movie club needs a convener.
PROBUS Outdoors Club – The Outdoors Club gives all of us an opportunity to participate in more seasonal outdoor activities including biking, hiking, paddling and snowshoeing. We’ll generally meet every 2nd Thursday at 10:00 AM. Our conveners are Barb Roberts (via email or 705-474-2714) and Don Bell (via email or 705-476-3794). Get in touch with Barb or Don to get on the mailing list so you’ll know what they have planned. The Outdoor Club is generally open to members of both clubs as well as those on our waiting list.
PROBUS Technology Club – This group meets most months after our monthly meeting and is aimed to be interesting and beneficial to everyone who attends. If you’re interested just come to a meeting, or talk to Dave (via email or 705-497-9650) or Stuart (via email or 705-493-9800). The meetings are mostly Q & A to help all us learn to better use our technology. You’ll likely want to bring your technology with you, although it’s not necessary.
PROBUS Walkers – This active group meets every Tuesday and Friday at 10:00am for a one hour walk, after which they have an hour of what they call their “reward” – coffee and socializing. They walk at a different place each time so you’ll have to get on their mailing list to find out where to meet them. If you have any questions, or want to be on their mailing list, please get in touch with Bob Barnett at 705-472-9967. Get off your couch and join them! This, and the Monday Walking Group hosted by #268, are open to members of both clubs.
Other Ideas? We are always looking for ideas for new Special Interest Groups. If you have an idea please get in touch with Marty Brown to discuss it with him. You can talk to Marty at a meeting, give him a call at 705-840-7080, or via email.