What is a PROBUS Club?
Probus is an abbreviation for Professional Business. A Probus Club is primarily open to semi-retired & retired professional and business people but membership is not restricted to these groups. People with similar interests who wish to meet with like-minded individuals in their retirement years are welcome to the club. A sponsor is required when joining a Probus Club. Someone who is already a member of a Probus Club can sponsor you. However, when a new club is being formed, a sponsorship can be waived if the individual does not know another Probus member. After the founding meeting, sponsorship is required for any additional members.
The club is non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit and non-fundraising.
A more detailed description of history, organization and objectives can be found by accessing PROBUS Canada Website http://www.probus.org/canada.htm
What Happens in a PROBUS Club? How does it Operate?
A Probus Club follows the Constitution and By-Laws of PROBUS Canada (These may be viewed in the Management Tab on this Website)). .
Regular monthly meetings aim to provide informative and stimulating speakers, a social time with refreshments, club activity and club business updates. Attendance is not compulsory, therefore, people who travel or go away for summer or winter months are not excluded. The business portion of the monthly meeting is usually very brief. Information about upcoming activities is reported to the membership so that members can sign up during the break time. The only business in which the entire membership is involved are items in the Bylaws that require local club amendments and importantly the annual nomination and approval of the Management Team. Business with regards to the operational running of the club is performed by the management team at their regular monthly management meetings. Management continually seeks to solicit input from members on how well the club is running. Improvement suggestions and ideas are welcomed along with any concerns that need addressing. Members should inform the management team at either monthly meetings, via Website input features or by direct email to the President or other Management Team members.
Our Management Team and responsibilities can be viewed under the Management Tab on this Website.
How Do the Social Events & Activities Operate?
Social Activities between meetings can range from sporting events, live theatre, travel, visits to places of interest, to any other activity that the Social Committee wishes to organize. These are usually one time events, one per month generally. Examples might include Group tickets to Live Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Car Rally, Pot Luck Dinner, Trivia Night, Bowling, Curling, Lawn Bowling, Bus Tours, Cruises, Christmas Dinner & Dance, etc. Members may sign up for events at the monthly meetings. Information about upcoming events and regular activities is provided at each monthly meeting, in the monthly newsletter and Website. These are usually pay as you go events and available to members, their spouses and guests. The fees cover the cost of the event, many are one time; some events are repeated each year.
A Social event chairperson is the role of one of the Management Team members. He or she will normally form a Social Committee made up of a cross section of the general membership who will meet regularly to plan club social events throughout the year.
What are Interest Groups?
Interest groups consist of activities usually for members only. (A club within the club). Anyone with a particular Hobby or Interest can start an Interest Group. These groups vary in size depending on the activity and venue.
An Interest Group Chair is another one of the roles of a management team member who assists with the start up of an activity. Once formed the Interest Groups run autonomously and the Group Activity coordinator is responsible for arranging meeting schedules, attendees, venues etc.
Attendance is not compulsory but it varies according to the activity. Some of activities are held in members’ homes therefore the number of members is limited by the size of the hosts home. Members are encouraged to start up more than one group of any particular interest should there be more participants than a host/venue can accommodate. If the activity takes place in a home then members usually take turns hosting an during the year. Activities such as lunch groups meet at a different location each month to sample local restaurant offerings and the number of participants may vary each month. Members of this or similar groups (e.g. Walking Tours) inform the leader so that reservations can be made accordingly. Other examples of Interest Groups are hiking, golf, canoeing, euchre, movies, theatre, opera, bridge, computers, art, music, photography, antique cars, pool, poker, cycling etc.
Any Interest Group can be suggested and it only takes someone to lead the group with a sufficient number of members to get it started. Members generally sign up for these ongoing monthly groups during the first months of the club year which begins in September, however new group activities are often formed throughout the year.
Key factors that determine a PROBUS clubs success are:
- Volunteers to manage the operation of the club
- Volunteer Interest Group Activity and Social Event coordinator's
- Monthly Meetings and Speakers
- Membership participation