Future Speakers

** Upcoming Speakers Canceled until Further Notice **


March 26th, 2020



April 23rd, 2020

A Conversation with Marvin Junkin, Mayor of Pelham


May 28th, 2020

Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games – Presentation


June 25th, 2020

William Thomas –

is an author, a scriptwriter and a nationally syndicated humour columnist.  In addition to the 50 newspapers that carry his weekly column, William is also the senior writer for Canada’s Forever Young

July 23rd, 2020



August 27th, 2020

Deanna Allen, Climate Change Coordinator for Pelham


Management Committee Static

Position Name
Past President Lynne Mitchell *
President Rick Gilbert *
Vice President Marian McDonald *
Secretary Maureen Kudelka *
Deputy Secretary Jorie Tuck
Treasurer Jim Westell *
Deputy Treasurer  Doug Symington *
Programme Chair  Judy Westell *
Programme Committee  Wendy Holland
Louise Gabrielli
Membership Chair  Pat Tennent *
Membership Committee Glenn Steel
Ralph Winslade
Web Editor

Deputy Web Editor


John Abbott *

Doris Steel

* Denotes member of Management Committee

Club Bylaws Static

PROBUS Club of Pelham Bylaws adopted- April 2014

Bylaw No.1.Title

The Club shall be called the “PROBUS Club of Pelham”, hereinafter referred to as the” Club.”

Bylaw No.2.Territorial Limits

Membership shall be primarily, but not exclusively, for residents of Pelham, Ontario.

Bylaw No.3.Aims and Objectives

To provide regular meetings for retired and semi-retired professional and business persons, and others with like backgrounds and interests, who appreciate and value increased opportunities for social contact, addresses on and discussion of topical subjects, and participation in activities at minimum cost to members,.

Bylaw No.4. Non-Profitability

a) Club activities are to be budgeted to break even.

b) The Club may advance funds, with approval of the Management Committee, when prepayment of event costs is required prior to collection of funds from Members. Such advances shall be repaid to the Club.

c) An individual member of the Club must not gain from a discount, commission, gratuity or other benefit arising from a Club activity.

Bylaw No.5.Membership

a) An applicant shall be admitted to membership upon approval of his/her application by the Management Committee. Such approval shall be considered based on the recommendation of the Membership Committee. The Chairperson of the Membership Committee shall inform the new member of his/her admission.

b) New members will be welcomed into the club and introduced at a regular general meeting. They will be presented their lapel pin and name tag as soon as they are available. Each new member will be directed to the Club website for information regarding the PROBUS constitution and bylaws.

c) The Membership Committee shall maintain a list of members which shall be made available to the members one or more times per year as determined by the Management Committee, but the first list no later than January 30th. Such lists showing names, email addresses, telephone numbers and street addresses only, shall be clearly marked “Not for use for commercial or political purposes”. In the event that an individual member does not want his or her email address, telephone number or street address published, then that member shall so advise the Membership Committee and the list will be modified so that that member’s email address, telephone number or street address is not shown on the distributed list.

d) Upon the recommendation of the Management Committee and approval by the membership at a General Meeting, Life Membership may be conferred upon an existing or former member who has rendered outstanding service to the Club. Life Members shall not be required to pay membership fees but may enjoy all other privileges of membership. No more than two percent of the Membership may be Life Members at any one time.

e) Upon the recommendation of the Management Committee, a long-time member who, for reasons of advancing age or health, has been unable for an extended period to attend meetings of the Club or participate in outside activities, may be designated as an Inactive Member. An Inactive Member shall receive all Club mailings but shall pay no annual dues. If an Inactive Member wishes to and is once again capable of participating in Club activities, he may do so by relinquishing his/her Inactive Member status upon payment of his/her pro-rata annual dues. Mere absence from the Niagara Region for an extended period shall not qualify a member for Inactive Member status. The Management Committee shall review such inactive status, so granted, annually at each year end.

f) If in the opinion of, and after due consideration by, the Management Committee a member conducts himself/herself in such a manner as to bring discredit on the organization or he/she causes discord within the membership, he/she may be asked to resign. The resignation request should be made if, after discussion between the member and the Management Committee, the conflict is not resolved.

Bylaw No. 6. Management

a) The Club shall be managed by a Management Committee consisting of a President, a Vice-President,
a Secretary, a Treasurer, the immediate Past President and such other persons as the Club deems necessary.

b) The President or his appointee shall preside at the general meetings of the Club and at the meetings of the Management Committee. The appointee will normally be the Vice-President or the Past President. If none is available, a member of the Management Committee will be appointed.

c) The Management Committee shall include all persons duly elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting, or at any General Meeting, including but not limited to the Program Chairperson, the Membership Chairperson, the Secretary, the Special Events Chairperson, the Website Editor and their respective Deputies. A member of the committee may hold more than one position on the committee, but shall have only one vote.

d) Upon the recommendation of the Management Committee, deputies may be elected for any or all of the Management Committee positions, except those of President, Vice-President and Past President. Deputies may attend Management Committee meetings upon invitation and, in the absence of a Management Committee member, his/her deputy may vote in his/her stead.

e) The Management Committee shall have the power to create new committees, of which the Chairpersons shall, upon election by the membership, become members of the Management Committee. The Management Committee also shall have the power to dissolve existing committees and subcommittees. Upon dissolution of a committee, the Chairperson shall cease to be a member of the Management Committee.

f) The monthly Management Committee meetings shall be held at a time and place designated by the President or his/her designate.

g) The Secretary shall record and maintain a copy of the minutes of the Management Committee meetings, which shall be made available to any member on request.

h) Under normal circumstances, the term of office for all Management Committee and deputy positions shall be at least two years and no longer than four years. Members of the Management Committee shall be elected on an annual basis at the AGM based on the recommendations of the Nominating Committee (see By-law #7(a)). If the Nominating Committee is unable to fill a particular position, the person occupying that position may retain his/her position on the Management Committee until a replacement can be found.

i) A Management Committee member deemed to be a detriment to the Committee may be asked to vacate their position on the Management Committee by a vote of the Committee. Vacancies on the Management Committee may be filled from the general membership by the Management Committee if they see fit. Otherwise, such vacancies shall be filled at the next Annual General Meeting.

Bylaw No.7. Election of Management Committee Members

(a) A Nominating Committee shall be struck to seek nominations for Management Committee positions and for any deputy positions for the upcoming year no later than May, and shall consist of the President (Chairperson), the immediate Past President, and two club members who are not a part of the current Management Committee. Such club members shall be appointed by the Management Committee. Further nominations  (with prior agreement to serve) may be made in writing to the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee. A nomination for a deputy position shall be acceptable to the corresponding Management Committee nominee. The nominations shall be posted on the PROBUS of Pelham website immediately preceding the Annual General Meeting. The Chairperson of the Nominating Committee shall present the nominations to the membership at the August general meeting and shall accept nominations from the floor. A nomination from the floor for a deputy position shall be acceptable to the corresponding Management Committee member/nominee.

(b) The election of Management Committee members shall take place at the Annual General Meeting in September.

(c) The Chairperson of a newly formed committee may be elected to the Management Committee at a General Meeting upon nomination by the Management Committee, proper notice having been given.

Bylaw No.8. Meetings

(a) The regular monthly General Meetings of the Club shall be held at a time and place to be proposed by the Management Committee and approved by the members at a General Meeting.

(b) The President shall call a Special General Meeting at the request in writing of not fewer than twenty-five members and shall give at least two weeks notice of such meeting with full particulars of the purpose for which it has been called.

(c) Voting at a General Meeting shall be by show of hands or, if requested, by ballot. A quorum shall be 25% of the total Club membership. A simple majority of the members voting shall be required to pass a motion. In case of a tie, the motion is defeated.

Bylaw No. 9. Record of Policy

The Secretary shall maintain a Record of Policy, containing a description of the duties of the members of the Management Committee, any deputies, and a yearly updated record of all policy decisions.

Bylaw No. 10. Notice of Motion

(a) All Notices of Motion shall be in the hands of the Secretary at least one month prior to the meeting at which the motion is to be presented.

(b) A Notice of Motion shall be submitted in writing by a member of the Club in good standing, outlining the reasons for the motion, and signed by the proposer and a seconder, who shall also be members in good standing.

Bylaw No. 11. Financial

(a) The Treasurer shall present a monthly financial statement to the Management Committee showing income and expenses for the month and year to date.

(b) The Treasurer shall maintain a record of income and expense for the 12 months ending on July 31 each year, and shall prepare a statement of income and expense and a budget for the incoming year for preliminary approval by the Management Committee at its August meeting.

(c) The Treasurer shall deposit all funds of the Club in a bank or trust company account named by the Management Committee. The signatories for this account shall be the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, and Secretary, with provisions for any two of them to sign.

(d) The annual Financial Statement to be presented to the Annual General Meeting in September
shall be audited by two members nominated, with their prior approval, by the Nominating Committee and appointed by the Management Committee.

(e) The contribution to the costs of PROBUS Centre – Canada for service to the Clubs and the premium for PROBUS Group Liability Insurance shall be paid by December 13.

(f) Special events and outside activities that are not part of a General Meeting of the Club shall be self-supporting.

(g) All Club related expenses should be discussed and approved by the Management Committee prior to being incurred and once approved will be paid by the Treasurer via a cheque drawn upon the Club’s bank account. If the expense cannot be paid from the Club’s bank account and is paid instead by a member of the Management Committee, said member will be reimbursed upon presentation of the receipt and an Expense Claim

Bylaw No. 12. Registration

The Secretary shall register the Club’s current meeting arrangements, membership strength, names, addresses and telephone numbers of the President and Secretary with PROBUS Centre-Canada by September 30 each year for inclusion in the Directory of PROBUS CLUBS.

Bylaw No. 13. Annual Dues and Initiation Fee
  1. The annual Membership Dues payable by members shall be recommended by the Management Committee and approved at the September Annual General Meeting.
  2. The Club’s Annual Budget will be presented and approved at the September Annual General Meeting.
  3. The annual Membership Dues will be due and payable on September 30 each year. Any member whose dues remain unpaid by November 30 shall be deemed to have resigned from the Club.
  4. Dues shall be prorated for the balance of the financial year for new members.
  5. New members shall, upon admission to the Club, pay an Initiation Fee recommended by the Management Committee and approved at the September Annual General Meeting.
  6. At the discretion of the Management Committee, a former PROBUS Club of Pelham member may be reinstated without payment of the Initiation Fee. Members from other PROBUS clubs will pay the Initiation Fee upon joining the PROBUS Club of Pelham.
Bylaw No.14. Visits by Members of Other PROBUS Clubs and Guests

Members of other PROBUS Clubs and guests of members shall be welcome to attend any General
Meeting of the Club and, if space permits, special events and outside activities.

Bylaw No.15.Amendment

These Bylaws may be amended at any General Meeting of the Club, by a two-thirds vote of all members present, provided that the Notice of Motion is given at least one month prior to the meeting at which the motion is to be put forward, as outlined in bylaw No. 10.

By-law Revisions:

Original document approved April 14, 2014.

First revision (#6 (h) and #7(a)) approved February 26, 2015

Second revision ( #5 (c)) approved February 25, 2016

Third revision (#13), approved September 28, 2017

Fourth revision (#5 b), #5 c), #6 b), #6 c), #7 a), #8 d), #9, #13.3, # 13.6, approved June 28, 2018

Club Constitution Static


PROBUS is a local, national, and international association of retired people who come together in non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit, autonomous clubs which provide regular opportunities for members to meet others in similar circumstances, with similar levels of interest, make new friends, and maintain and expand their interests.


The PROBUS name, trademarks, rights, and emblem(s) are registered with Industry Canada as the property of PROBUS Centre –
Canada, Inc. These shall not be used for commercial or political purposes without the written approval of PROBUS Centre Canada, Inc.
Accreditation of a PROBUS Club shall be effective upon acceptance and approval by PROBUS Centre Canada, Inc. of an application with the prescribed fee from a sponsoring Rotary Club or a recognized PROBUS Club. Rights to the use of the name and emblems, except on saleable articles, are automatically included with accreditation.


1. The purpose of the Club shall be: In keeping with the preamble, to provide regular meetings, guest speakers, programs and activities for retired and semi-retired persons with similar interests.
2. Because many of its members may already be active in service to the community, the activities of the Club shall be directed solely towards acquaintance, fellowship, and learning:
a. The Club shall not be competitive with any other organization.
b. The Club shall be non-political and non-sectarian.
c. The Club shall not be, nor appear to be, a fund raising or service club.


1. The Club shall be for men and/or women who have had some measure of responsibility or achievement in any field of worthy endeavour.
NOTE: The Club shall specify in its application for accreditation and enter into its Constitution whether it shall be open to men and/or women.
2. Application for membership, subject to approval by the Management Committee, shall be sponsored by at least one member.
Founding members do not require sponsorship.
3. Regular attendance is not mandatory.
4. Membership may be held in more than one PROBUS Club.


1. The Club shall be managed by a Management Committee consisting of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Treasurer,
the immediate Past President, and such other persons as the Club deems necessary.
2. All elected members of the Management Committee shall have equal voting privileges.
3. In its By-laws, the Club is strongly urged to determine what, if any, terms are to be established for the Officers
and other Members of the Management Committee.
4. The Management Committee shall meet monthly or as the need arises.
5. The quorum at a Management Committee meeting shall be 50% plus one of the Committee.
6. The Management Committee shall have authority to fill vacancies that may arise between elections.
7. The Management Committee shall have authority to appoint sub-committees.
8. The Membership Chairperson shall be responsible for the list of members’ names, addresses, phone numbers, and such other
information required by Club bylaw. This list must not be used for commercial purposes.
9. The Club shall co-operate with Rotary and other PROBUS Clubs in the formation of new PROBUS Clubs.


1. General meetings of the Club shall be held monthly or as determined by the Club.
2. There shall be an Annual General Meeting held in accordance with Club bylaws. In advance of the meeting, members shall be provided with a financial statement for the twelve months prior to the Annual General Meeting.
3. At each Annual General Meeting the presiding officer shall present nominations from the Nominating Committee for positions on the Management Committee. Elections, when necessary, shall be by ballot.
4. Meetings shall be conducted according to commonly accepted rules of parliamentary procedure in keeping with Roberts Rules of Order. 5. A motion that receives an equal number of affirmative and negative votes shall be considered lost.


1. The financial year of the Club shall be established at a date which will appropriately coincide with the Annual General Meeting of
the Club.
2. By December 31st of each year, and in conjunction with an Application for Accreditation of a new Club, each Club shall submit to
PROBUS Centre-Canada, Inc. a completed Annual Returns Information Form and Directory Renewal Form as distributed by
PROBUS Centre-Canada, Inc. Information within these forms is for the sole use of PROBUS Centre-Canada, Inc.
3. The Treasurer shall remit to PROBUS Centre – Canada, Inc. the annual assessment levied by PROBUS Centre Canada, Inc. by
December 31st of each year.


1. Each member of the Club shall pay the annual membership fee as provided in Club bylaws.


1. The income and property of the Club shall be applied solely towards the objectives of PROBUS and no portion thereof transferred
directly or indirectly to the members. Nothing herein shall prevent the payment of approved remuneration for services actually
rendered to the Club.


1. In recognition of Rotary service and contribution towards the expansion of PROBUS, any funds remaining on dissolution of the Club shall be donated to The Rotary Foundation (Canada) or to another registered charitable organization as approved by a majority of the Club Members at a General Meeting.


1. Club By-laws and their amendments shall be consistent with this Constitution.

1. A proposed amendment to this Standard Constitution for Clubs may be moved by a Director of PROBUS Centre-Canada or by any member of a Club via their Management committee.
2. A proposed amendment to this Standard Constitution from a Club shall be forwarded to PROBUS Centre-Canada for consideration at a meeting of the Board of Directors, PROBUS Centre-Canada, Inc. by the President of the Club following approval by their Management Committee.
3. Proposed amendments may be considered at any meeting of the Board of Directors of PROBUS Centre-Canada.
4. Any amendments approved by the Board of Directors of PROBUS Centre-Canada shall be communicated to all Clubs and shall become an amendment to each Club’s Constitution.
5. The name or gender composition of the Club may be changed at any General Meeting of the Club, following an advance notice of the motion to change to all Members at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting, the quorum required by Club bylaw being present, and a two-thirds majority of the members present will be required to carry the vote. The amendment shall be effective when it has been communicated to PROBUS Centre – Canada, Inc.

Home Static



Dear Members of the Probus Club of Pelham,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow, the Management Team wishes to make sure that we take appropriate precautions to protect the health and safety of our valued members. Following the guidance of Public Health, Federal, Provincial, and local officials, the Team has made the difficult but responsible decision to suspend Club activities, including the March 26 General Meeting, Special Events and Special Interest Group activities.

At this time we cannot give a definitive date as to when our General Meetings and other Club activities will resume. Our timing will rely on direction from Public Health officials. We will keep you updated through email and we encourage you to access the website at any time for further information or if you wish to contact us.

On behalf of the Management Team, I extend to you our hope that you will continue in good health and be able to join us again as soon as these stressful days are behind us.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Marianna Kreppi






















is a local, national and international association of retired and semi-retired professional and business people who come together to enjoy a speaker series and optional interest groups, to meet others in similar circumstances with similar  interests, to make new friends and to expand their interests.  PROBUS clubs are non-profit and are not involved in fundraising.

For more information, contact us

Our Meetings

You are welcome to attend as a guest at any general meeting of the Club held on the 4th Thursday of each month from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. The coffee (or tea) will be ready at 9:30 am. Come and make new friends, join an Interest Group, and listen to an intriguing speaker.  The PROBUS Club of Pelham may be of interest to you. View information about our latest and past  speakers and take a look at News and Notices to get an idea of the current events underway.

Meeting Location:
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 613
141 HWY 20 EAST
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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1334,
Fonthill, ON
L0S 1E0

Our Interest Groups

Our member’s interests are diverse and we try to organise something of general interest for all our members. We have a broad range of Interest Group activities, as well as an active Special Events and Tours Group.