When an individual joins the Club, there is an initiation fee of $10.00 and an annual membership fee. The annual membership fee is set by the Management Committee at the beginning of each fiscal year, with any changes to the fee being voted on by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Currently the annual membership fee is set at $25. Depending on when a member joins, the membership fee shall be prorated as follows: September 1 to January 31 - full fee: February 1 to March 31 - half fee. After April 1 - full fiscal year's fees shall be due for the following year's fees from September 1 to August 31.
If you are new to the community and/ or recently retired, Probus Perth may well be of interest to you. Please feel free to contact the club about membership or about coming out to one of their meetings to see if Probus is for you.
Membership Renewal Form (fillable) ~ Existing members
Media Release ~ September 30, 2014
Submitted by Colin Stephenson
The Probus Club of Perth is back in operation after a summer break and is now welcoming new members. Membership in the club is capped at 150 members, but currently there is space available for people who are interested in joining. Some have described the Probus Club of Perth as one of the best kept secrets of the community, so this article is designed to share some of the secrets.
Probus clubs are organizations for men and women who have retired from their profession or business and who want to maintain a social network with others who have similar interests. Each Probus club is sponsored by a Rotary club and usually meets once a month for fellowship and to hear guest speakers. Probus Clubs are not service organizations and are non-sectarian and non-political, although members are often active volunteers in many community organizations. Today, there are over 300,000 members in approximately 4,000 Probus clubs worldwide. In Canada alone there are 170 clubs from St. John's Newfoundland to Victoria British Columbia, with a membership of over 22,000.
Probus Perth is a particularly active club. It meets at 10am on the first Wednesday of each month, September through June, at the Perth Legion, 26 Beckwith Street East. The highlights of the meeting are usually provided by the guest speakers who present on an eclectic range of very interesting subjects. But in addition, it turns out that many members of Probus Perth have done the most amazing things during their lives and they share their experiences with the others in an optional short “self-introduction” during each meeting. There are also a number of special activities spread throughout the year for the enjoyment of club members and their guests. So, interesting events, fascinating talks and fellowship, without participatory commitments, are what Probus Perth is all about.
The diversity of the guest speakers over the last 12 months has been particularly impressive. The club’s Speaker Team has been very creative in bringing in speakers who have informed, entertained and challenged members to think about various world issues. A very good example of the latter was the presentation given a few weeks ago by former Canadian Ambassador, James Bissett who spoke authoritatively on lessons learned from the Balkans and on the present situation in the Ukraine. A similarly challenging topic was presented earlier by respected Toronto lawyer, George Addy, on patent law and the digital economy. Members were thoroughly entertained by Alex Troubetskoy’s “Artic Obsession”, writer George Laidlaw’s “For the Love of History” and the wonderful, eclectic photography of Ted Dyke. They were informed by the trio of Geoff Hart, Al McGregor and Lisa Saunders who talked about the prevalence of ticks and Lyme disease in this area.
Not to be outdone by external presenters, the club is blessed to have a number of members who are excellent presenters and who have had seminal experiences which are begging to be shared. Over the past year, these have included Gail Read and Ian McDonald on their exploration of southern South America and Antarctica, Derek Cooke on his eleven years working in Saudi Arabia, Craig Greenwood speaking about the “Fantastic White Bears of the Ice” and Jim Sands, who told the fascinating story of how radar helped to win the Battle of Britain.
Optional activities over the past year, orchestrated by special events director par excellence Mary Kilgour, have included our annual trip to the Thousand Islands Playhouse to see “Driving Miss Daisy”, combined with a Thousand Islands cruise and a dock talk, a local Dinner-Theatre event at the Stone Cellar restaurant, followed by the Studio Theatre production “Leaving Home”, an Ottawa Senators hockey game and our annual Christmas Party at the Lion’s Hall, among other events. There is always a good contingent of members who go off to lunch together in a local restaurant after the meeting.
If you are new to the community, recently retired, or have just learned about this “best-kept secret”, Probus Perth may well be of interest to you. Please feel free to contact the club about membership or about coming out to one of their meetings to see if Probus is for you.
For further information on Probus Perth, please visit their website at www.probusperth.ca or come out to a meeting to try it out. Please come for coffee and conversation at 9:30, followed by the meeting at10am on the first Wednesday of the month at the Perth Legion.