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Probus celebrates in March
by Sandy Lindsay

March 7, 2016
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Probus Clubs are celebrating ... March is national Probus month.

Today, there are some 4,000 Probus clubs throughout the world with over 300,000 members.

First formed in the 1920s in Saskatchewan and Hartford, Connecticut, Pro(fessional) and Bus(iness) clubs are for those who, although primarily retired, still want to remain active and involved in a social network with others who have similar interests.

In North America, the first Probus club was sponsored by Rotary in Galt, Cambridge Ontario in 1987.  Today, in Canada, there are approximately 170 clubs with some 22,000 members.

A Club can be supported by Rotary or another Probus club, although membership in either is not a requirement to become a member.

Although many Probus club members are active volunteers in their communities, the club itself is not service oriented, is non-sectarian and non-political.  It is a forum to provide social events and host guest speakers to keep members current with community issues and happenings.

 

 

 

 

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In Saugeen Shores, there are two Probus Clubs ... Men's Probus that meets in Port Elgin and the Women's Probus that meets in Southampton. 

The Women's Probus was a new initiative that held its inaugural meeting in May, 2009 while the Men's Probus is celebrating almost 30 years in Port Elgin.  The Men's Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Port Elgin Legion and the Women's meets the fourth Tuesday at the Bruce County Museum.

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