Saugeen Shores Men’s Probus Club has elected its new 2019 Executive.
President Jamie Stiles handed over the gavel to new President Bruce Waechter at the Club’s recent meeting on September 3rd.
Probus is an international organization founded in England in 1965 and was initially sponsored by local Rotary Clubs. Members of Probus clubs are typically retired people with enquiring minds who seek an active life in the community after retirement. It is a non-profit and non-sectarian organization whose only mission is to enrich the lives of its members. Internationally, there is a world-wide membership of over 400,000, with a Canadian membership of 32,000.
Its primary purpose is to provide regular gatherings of people who, in retirement, appreciate and value opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances. In addition, Probus members take part in activities not already catered-for in the community. A third important activity is the organization of external events which are outside the mainstream and are typically things that members might not do outside of the Probus environment.
Local meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at the Royal Canadian Legion, in Port Elgin beginning at 9:30 am. The first half hour deals with club affairs and upcoming events, followed by a coffee break and then a guest speaker.
“We do our best to attract quality speakers on a wide variety of subjects and it is the highlight of our meetings,” says past-President John Kyles. The meetings end around 11:30 and many members continue on to a local restaurant for lunch. Initiation fee is $20 and the annual membership fee is $40 while guests attend for free.
Arising out of membership and participation comes a spirit of self-generated good-will. Probus clubs create a real sense of belonging to something worthwhile in the retirement community which is especially valuable for recent retirees looking to restructure their lives in retirement and for retirees new to the community seeking to become part of a new society.