What is Probus ?
In 1965, a group of Rotarians, wishing to continue in fellowship after largely retiring from work, met in The Campus, Welwyn Garden City’s central square, and founded The Campus Club. The idea was taken up a year later in Caterham but a more generic name was used – Probus. This reflected the PROfessional and BUSiness men who comprised members, and the ‘probity’ which had been a hallmark of their working lives.
Today Probus is a local, national and international association of retired and semi-retired men and women who come together in non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit, autonomous clubs. These provide regular opportunities for members to meet others in similar circumstances, with similar levels of interest, make new friends and maintain and expand their quality of life.
There are now more than 2200 Probus Clubs in villages, towns, communities and cities throughout the UK, and increasingly abroad. Although often sponsored by Rotary Clubs, there is no central organisation and no hierarchy to which any club is accountable. Each Club makes its own arrangements to provide members with a friendly environment in which to meet, discuss events and listen to talks – usually before having the option of a lunch.
'The Harpenden Ladies luncheon Club 'was formed in 1983 for wives and partners of the Probus Secundus Club of Harpenden. Although membership of the ladies club is now no longer restricted to wives and partners, the link with the men's group remains.