The first non-sectarian PROBUS Club was organized in 1966 by the Rotary Club of Caterham, England. The club's aim was to allow retired professional and business men to continue to meet for relaxed fellowship. Today there are PROBUS Clubs in most parts of the world.
The beginning of PROBUS in Canada started with a visit by Rotary Past District Governor John Morris of Alliston, Ontario to the Galt (Cambridge) Rotary Club in January 1987. Bert Grapes was at that meeting and had also learned a great deal about PROBUS during a recent trip to New Zealand.
At the next monthly meeting of the Cambridge Rotary Club a decision was made to initiate the formation of a Probus Club. A "Galt PROBUS Committee" was formed to canvass those citizens in Cambridge who might be interested in forming a club. The Committee consisted of Bert Boone, Bert Grapes, Hank Nykamp, Norm Steele, Martin Stinton, Peter Graham and Herb Ward.
An information letter was mailed February 23, 1987 to many local business and professional men along with an invitation to meet with the committee. On March 17, 1987 approximately 50 men met and enthusiastically organized a PROBUS Club Steering Committee. As a result 89 men then met on April 29, 1987 and were elected to the first PROBUS Club in North America, with Bert Klinkhammer as president.
Cambridge PROBUS Club marks 25 years as first in North America
Click here for an interesting article about our club history, as published on March 12, 2012 in 'The Record' newspaper.
Cambridge PROBUS Club "First in North America" A Brief History of PROBUS in North America
Click here for a recollection of how PROBUS came to Canada, beginning here in Cambridge annotated by our 1st Vice-President in March 2016 at our PROBUS Month Celebration.