The Probus Organisation
The word Probus is an abbreviation of the words PROfessional and BUSiness, however, membership is not restricted to these two groups. It also embraces former executives of Government and other organisations, in fact, anyone who held a position of responsibility during their working life.
There is no central Probus head office, instead, each club follows a similar pattern of providing an opportunity for retired men to attend regular meetings with like-minded people who appreciate similar interests and social standing. Probus is an organisation for active retirees who enjoy the camaraderie that belonging to this organisation brings.
Probus provides a support network for managers when they retire. These clubs were initially started for men but over the years has seen steady growth in Ladies and Mixed clubs. Many clubs have extensive networking, social programmes, which include meetings with other Probus clubs, group trips, holidays and involvement in community projects etc.
The Probus Club of Basingstoke is a men-only club although there is a Ladies’ Probus club also in Basingstoke. We have a small Executive Committee to manage the affairs of the club – meetings, lunches, speakers, trips, finance and publicity.