Advice to Prospective Members
Probus derives its name from the PRO in 'Professional' and the BUS in 'Business', because Probus clubs were primarily intended for retirees (or semi-retirees) from professional or business backgrounds. Probus is also the Latin for 'good' and the root of the word 'probity' meaning integrity, decency.
The first club was founded by the Rotary club of Caterham in England in 1966. Since then it has spread around the world. The first club in Australia was started in Hunters Hill in 1976. The Belmont club was launched in 1984.
Probus clubs were formed to meet the need for companionship of their peers and mental stimulation for retired business and professional men and those who have had some measure of responsibility in any other field of endeavour.
Probus clubs are not service clubs. They are non-political, non-sectarian and non fund-raising. They exist simply to provide opportunities for retirees (and semi-retirees) to enjoy social outings together and be entertained and informed through a program of guest speakers at monthly meetings.
When you join you are encouraged to participate in the club's activities to the best of your ability. This applies to outings and social functions as much as to attendance at monthly meetings. The club's social program is designed to bring members together on a regular basis; its purpose is defeated if members attend only occasionally on a selective basis.
After you have settled in, be prepared to lend a hand in the administration of the club. The club functions best with regular turnover of executive and committee members which helps to maintain a freshness in outlook and commitment.
Bill Arkins, President 2007
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