Activities (#229)

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. 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) – During our April, 2022 PROBUS meeting, there appeared to be good support for us to re-establish Fun with Food.  If you are interested in participating, please let Ghislaine Côté know vie email .  Both couples and singles are welcome to join.

How it works:  Each month, participants are separated into groups of between six to 10, who then get together to enjoy a meal.  A host is named for each group, who is responsible for the main course.  The others contribute the side dishes, desert, appetizers, etc.  Most get-togethers are on weekends, but there is nothing preventing them from taking place on weekdays.  Also, most gatherings are for dinner, but brunches have also taken place.  It is up to the host, in consultation with the guests.  Depending on the number of participants, one gets to host once or twice a year.

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 convener is Barb Roberts (via email or 705-474-2714). Get in touch with Barb 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.

PROBUS Technology Club – This group isn’t having scheduled meetings right now, but we’re here to help you with any technology issues you are having. Get in touch with John (via email or 705-724-9829), Dave (via email or 705-497-9650), or Stuart (via email or 705-493-9800) for help. 

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 (via email or 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.