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History -

Bentleigh  Probus  Club.

Probus  was formed in England in 1965 to help provide retired and semi-retired business and professional men with the social contact to which they had been accustomed during their working lives but had inevitably declined in their retirement. The fellowship and stimulation provided by a gathering of men who had occupied responsible positions in business and professions was to be achieved not only through regular meetings where they could hear speakers on various subjects but also through other activities such as luncheons, tours and visits to organisations and places of special interest. Whilst the first Probus Clubs formed were for retired men there are a number of clubs amongst the several hundred clubs in existence throughout the world which provide for the interest of retired business and professional women.

Bentleigh Probus Club was formed under the auspices of the Rotary Club of Bentleigh on eighth of October 1987 at a meeting of interested retired men at the RSL Bentleigh, the meeting was chaired by Ken Oakes, Past president of the Rotary Club of Bentleigh, and information about Probus provided for those present by Rick Deakin (president of Rotary Club of Bentleigh). Probus information was also presented by Bill Maunder (Probus Centre), Tom Sides (district Probus representative) and Jim Waters (Past President Moorabbin Probus Club). Seventy four prospective members were in attendance of whom sixty nine became foundation members while a further ten expressed interest in the formation of the club but could not attend meetings.

It was agreed that a limit of eighty be placed on the membership and that the initial subscription be $15.00 .

Meetings would usually be held on the second Thursday of each month from 10am to 12noon at the RSL Bentleigh while excursions and other social gatherings would be held as required.

A committee of ten members was elected with Ralph Phillips as President and was to be responsible for arranging guest speakers at meetings as well as organising social gatherings and visits to interesting places and where appropriate making provision for the inclusion of members' partners in Clubs activities. The committee would be responsible to keep financial and attendance records as well as records of all meetings and produce a club newsletter, further the club would be expected to encourage inter-club visits and join activities and to assist Rotary with establishment of other Probus Clubs when the need arose.