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A Brief History of Probus


The Probus Club movement was formed in the United Kingdom in 1965. Probus had its beginnings in two clubs, both created by members of Rotary. The Campus Club in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire and The Probus Club of Caterham, Surrey were the beginning of an organisation that now has an informal network of over 2,000 Clubs in the UK and  many more around the world. The Probus Club of Poole was formed by the Rotary Club of Poole in 1980. 

The name is an amalgam of the abbreviation of the words professional and business. Probus is also a Latin word meaning honest or virtuous, from which the English word “probity” is derived.

Each Probus club is autonomous. There is no central organisation and each club sets its own rules. Probus magazine, published quarterly, is the only national publication enabling clubs to communicate, share experiences and ask for or impart advice.

Learn more about UK Clubs at Probus Online                    For International Clubs  see

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