PROBUS HISTORY
The first Probus club for seniors in North America was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gait in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada in 1987. Although Probus membership has its greatest concentrations in Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand, clubs today exist in all parts of the world, including the U.S., Belgium, India, South Africa and several other countries in Africa and Asia.

PROBUS ACTIVITIES
Probus Clubs worldwide are not service organizations and are nonsectarian and non-political, although members are largely active volunteers in many community organizations. Clubs are formed to provided social events and schedule speakers to keep members up to date with community issues and happenings. Many members have formed smaller interest groups for hobbies such as sports, entertainment, bridge playing, fishing, travel, computers, etc.
While numerous individual members regularly offer assistance with area community service projects (If one should check the individual service activities of members in any given club, the average member would probably carry out far more volunteer service than those in most service clubs).
Probus Clubs pride themselves on their independence and freedom from the responsibilities of a service club. The structure of the clubs is simple, and members are not required to attend a minimum number of meetings.
Probus clubs have no central governing body but Probus Centres have been established internationally by country to disseminate information and assist clubs. Offices are staffed largely by volunteers and operating costs are met by member contributions.Probus is a social club for retired or semi-retired professional, business or like-minded persons. It provides regular meetings and activities for retirees who appreciate and value opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances and of a similar level of energy. The club stimulates friendship at a time in life when it is easy to become complacent and self-centered. The Orangeville club currently has 155 members (male and female).

CHARTER MEMBERS:


Harry Baker
Melba R Baker
Bev Baxter
Peter Baxter
Prof Margaret Booth
John Bosma
Bill Bospoort
Jacques Brooksbank
Laurie Buchanan
Heidi Buchanan
Don Cameron
Eileen Cartwright
Les Cartwright
Suren Chaubal
Gary Corlett
Eleanor Corlett
Gord Courtney
Elsie Culliton
Gord Davenport
Wayne Donnelly
George Douglas
Evelyn Downing

Jack Downing
Jim Duncan
Lorn Ebel
Dori Ebel
Bob Fowler
Betty Friesen
Henry Friesen
Charles W Gabel
Phyllis Gillies
Marg Greene
Harry Greene
Dick Grindal
Norma Grindal
Irwin Henderson
Fred Hill
Ernie Homewood
Ken Howard
George Hunt
Bill James
Audrey Male
Art Male
Bernard Marcoux
Bruce Matheson
Harvey McClelland

Jack McFadden
Jack McKercher
David McLeary
Bob McLellan
Bob Miller
Pat Palangio
Ted Pope
Derek Pugsley
Anne Pugsley
Gerry Reid
Valerie P Rogers
Ken Ryan
David Scott
Mary Jean Smith
Bill Teeter
Jim Thompson
Luella Thompson
Pat Vipond
Gary Vipond
Bob Wager
Jim Wardlaw
Bob Wylie
Murray Young


CLUB PRESIDENTS:
1997-1999 Bill James
1999-2000 Bob Fowler
2001- 2001 Gary Vipond
2001-2002 John Wheelwright
2002.2003 Harry Greene


2003-2004 Isabelle Wardlaw
2004-2005 Gary Corlett
2005-2006 John Ito
2006-2007 Bob McLellan
2007-2008 Pat Vipond