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Probus began in the UK in 1967 and spread to New Zealand in 1973 after Gordon Roatz visited a club in Scotland. On his return home he initiated a club in Paraparaumu. Known as the Probus Club of Kapiti Coast, its inaugural meeting on 5th November 1974 made it the first Probus Club in the Southern Hemisphere. The Probus movement expanded rapidly from there and more clubs were formed through the region.

The Combined Probus Club of Paraparaumu  traces its beginings to a 2003 initiative by the then President and Vice President of Rotary Paraparaumu who, in their infinite wisdom thought that there should more Probus Clubs in the Kapiti area. An advertisement was placed in a local paper requesting expressions of interest.  The response was excellent, Mary Beggs collated and recorded all the applications, and because of the numbers interested, two new Probus Clubs were formed: the Combined Probus Club of Paraparaumu and the Combined Probus Club of Paraparaumu Beach (The latter left the Probus fold in 2015 to become a Rebus Club) 
A committee was elected, a constitution agreed and thus the Combined Probus Club of Paraparaumu (Inc). was formed with Paul Pound as the first President, a committee of 12 and an initial membership of 80. 

The inaugural meeting was held on 18 November 2003.  Members were greeted at the door by Murray Jensen, President of the Raumati Probus Club, with three members of the Paraparaumu Rotary Club on hand.  Rotary Convenor, Don Beggs opened the meeting, suggesting that the constitution was read, with the view of making any amendments where necessary. After morning tea was served by the ladies of the Paraparaumu Rotary Inner Wheel, Bryan Barlow, President of the Paraparaumu Rotary Club re-convened the meeting, thanking various people for their help in setting up the new club.  Don Beggs also spoke about the history and achievements of the Paraparaumu Rotary Club.

The Combined Probus Club of Paraparaumu was registered as an incorporated Society on  29 September 2005. It has continued to grow and currently has around 118 members meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:00am at the Ocean Road Community Centre with an in-house speaker followed by morning tea and a guest speaker.   With 13 interest groups including dining out, coffee, cards, Mah Jong, Rummikub, cinema, walking, gardening, books, and wine, plus varied trips and outings, the Club continues the ethos of fun, friendship, and fellowship.

Any inquiries may be made to The President. email [email protected]