History of the Probus movement
Probus is an acronym for Pro(fessional) and Bus(iness).
The first clubs were formed in the early 1920’s in Saskatchewan, CANADA, and in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.
The name was fused into a different type of club in England, and the first non-sectarian Probus club specifically for active retirees was formed in 1966 by the Rotary Club of Caterham, England to allow retired professionals to continue to meet together for fellowship.
The previous year, the Rotary Club of Welwyn Garden City, England, formed the “Campus Club” that had the same purpose.
The two soon merged and flourished under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Bromsgrove, Birmingham, England.
In 1974, Probus expanded into New Zealand and by 1976 the idea had spread to Australia. The first Probus club for seniors in North America was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Galt 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.
History of Goring Probus Club
In the spring of 1985 it became apparent that the membership waiting lists of the Probus Clubs in the area – Worthing Ferring and West Worthing – had become excessive and it was decided to create a new club centred on Goring by Sea.
Bernard Lovett, a member of Worthing Probus, was invited to oversee the creation of the new club. The inaugural meeting was held on Wednesday 10 July 1985 in in the Bull Inn,Goring and 20 prospective members attended. Subsequently 19 were enrolled with Bernard Lovett as President and Ted Povey as Vice President.
In Augusr 1985 the first social event, a Ladies’ lunch, was held at the Old Cottage Inn in Tangmere. A varied social programme followed and by 1988 18 events were held, in addition to the monthly lunch and Ladies’ coffee mornings. There soon followed the first European holiday to Amsterdam.