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Our History

Though the name comes from the combination of PROfessional and BUSiness the club is open to "persons of good character and who have some measure of responsibility or achievement in any field of worthy endeavour".  The intention is to provide retired and semi retired people with an opportunity to increase their interests, to keep mentally active and to have social opportunities.  These are provided by monthly meetings with speakers, outings of various kinds and the possibility of special interest groups.

Probus was originally started in the UK in 1996, and has spread to many countries around the world.

The inaugural meeting of The Mens Probus Club of Warners Bay was held on 01/05/1984 under the sponsorship of the Warners Bay Rotary Club.


First Bulletin issued 


5th June 1984


MEETS FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT Lions Club Cnr King St & Sweet St. Warners bay @ 10.00a.m.

F o r  F R I E N D S H I P  a n d  F E L L O W S H I P



Some important features:

The Clubs are non-political and non-sectarian.

They are non profit making and non fund raising.

All Clubs are sponsored by Rotary but, on formation, are autonomous, independent of Rotary or any other organisation and independent of each other. There is no central governing body but Rotary maintains contact and an understandable continuing interest in their progress. Past membership of Rotary is not a requirement for potential members of Probus. Some Rotarians and past Rotarians are members of Probus There is no restriction on the number of members from any one vocation.  There is no compulsion to attend any number of meetings.

• Probus members may be active members of any other club or organisation and most are.

• Membership fees are unlikely to exceed $35 per year, with a charge for coffee at meetings. 'P' lapel badges and name badges for meetings and functions are supplied by the Club.

• Member’s ladies and guests are invited to participate in most visits and in special functions.

• Meeting venues are generally free of cost to Probus. The basic purpose of a Probus Club is to provide regular gatherings of men who, in retirement, appreciate and value opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances and of a similar level of interest. The emphasis is on the Clubs being:

• Simple in structure.

• Free from the constraints and obligations of service clubs.

• Involve members in minimum cost.

• Be directed, primarily, to providing fellowship and the opportunity for development of acquaintances.

• Seeking members who are compatible with one another.

Their activities, normally, fall into two parts:

1.  A Meeting, on a set day each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon comprising about 30 minutes business, 30 minutes coffee break and 60 minutes to hear a guest speaker and for discussion.

2  Visits (between meetings) to places and organisations of particular interest to members and occasional social and sports activities.




PRESIDENT Perce Fry  Ph-489980 

Secretary Bill Jackson  Ph-584000



LAST (and first) MEETING was held 1st May 1984

This was an Interest Meeting convened by Rotary Club of Warners Bay and was chaired by that club's President Frank Marples.

Kevin Leary of Toronto Probus Club gave the meeting an introduction to Probus.

Harry Le Marchant and Perce Clements (Newcastle Probus) and Tony Herzogg, David Martin and David Howard (Toronto Probus) gave accounts of the functioning of their Clubs.

Fifteen members at the meeting determined the Probus Club of Warners Bay be formed.

A draft constitution was adopted, fees were set for joining and for annual subscription and a Committeewas elected. INTER ALIA.

CLUB COMMITTEE –President Perce Fry 489980, Vice President Peter Mead 487106, Secretary Bill Jackson 584000, Treasurer John Rogers 485469, Directors Cec Graham 453510, Wilson Cree 532787, Ivan Irwin 459992

FOUNDATION MEMBERS - The Committee has decided to hold open the list of foundation members until our meeting on 3rd July 1984.

FORMS FOR NOMINATING MEMBERS - are available from the Secretary.  Note if submitted by 3rd July nominations are for foundation members and need not be proposed or seconded - after that date nominations should be fully completed.

THE BARBECUE - FRIDAY 15th JUNE - To be held at Mount Sugarloaf.  Wives are expected and friends welcomed. Wood cooking will be available. B.Y.O everything else. Rendezvous 11 a.m. at barbecuesite.  In the event of inclement weather we shall meet at the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club, Belmont for the barbecue - at LMYC bar will be available but bring food. Organising Director is Wilson Cree (532787).

CENTRAL COAST VISIT - THURSDAY 12th JULY - We have a booked a 48 seater Fellowes bus. Bus will pick up from Speers Point RSL and Belmont 16ft Sailing Club at 9.15 a.m. On booking advise at which of these two points you will join bus. Morning tea will be provided on our way to Central Coast Winery to sample various fruit wines produced there. A Bistro luncheon Gosford Aquatic Club. A tour of inspection and after at Sara Lee with the opportunity of purchasing there to take home. Price perhead is $8 which covers bus and afternoon teas. Wives expected and friends welcome.

Bookings (with cash PLEASE) at our June or July Meetings or to pay directly to Organising Director Cec Graham.

GUEST SPEAKERS - to-day’s meeting - Rex Bower - N.R.M.A.

July's Meeting - Rio Blair Rotary International Scholar from Palmyra

VOCATION TALKS - To-days meeting - Peter Mead       July's meeting - Ivan Irwin

NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING - 10a.m. Monday 18th June, Chez Jackson, 14 Farm St, Speers Pt, (off Thompson St).