Celebrating 25 Years of the Probus Club of North Grenville

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Mayor Nancy Peckford presenting Certificate from the Municipality to Probus VP Anna Van Adrichem Rochon and President Paul Vavasour

by Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon

Much has been written about the importance of social interaction as we retire and age, emphasizing the need to stay active, have fun, and live a fulfilling and joyful life. Retired and semi-retired individuals play a vital role in our community, contributing to its vibrancy and continuity.

For 25 years, the Probus Club of North Grenville has been providing such opportunities for engagement within our community. On May 15, the club hosted a celebratory luncheon that brought together many current members, as well as some of the charter members who had the foresight to establish the club in North Grenville a quarter of a century ago. The idea for this club was initiated by members of the Rotary Club of Kemptville.

Probus was originally developed in the UK by retiring Rotarians who wanted to maintain the social aspects of their service club. Over the years, it has grown into a global network of clubs open to all retired and semi-retired individuals who seek fun, friendship, and fellowship. Probus is non-sectarian, non-political, and has no agenda other than social gathering. In Canada alone, there are currently about 245 Probus clubs with 33,000 members, and the numbers are growing. New friendships are being formed every day, and many members are reconnecting with old friends and acquaintances.

What exactly do Probus members do? A typical pattern includes a monthly general meeting that welcomes both members and guests. These meetings generally feature a social time and a guest speaker, covering a wide array of topics, from authors promoting their books to various musicians and storytellers. The sole purpose of Probus is to create enjoyable social experiences. The North Grenville Probus Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church at 9:30 AM. During July and August, the club organizes activities outside at various locations.

As the Probus Club of North Grenville celebrates its 25th anniversary, it continues to be a cornerstone of social life for many in our community, proving that retirement can be the beginning of new friendships and joyful experiences.

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