What is PROBUS?

Purpose of PROBUS

Our goal is to provide Fellowship, Friendship, and Fun for men and women in their retirement and semi-retirement years.

We are a volunteer-based, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian fellowship organization with over 4,000 clubs worldwide, some 250 being Canadian clubs made up of over 35,000 members. Our clubs are all about encouraging healthy minds and bodies and socializing with other retirees in the community.

In PROBUS you’ll find a wealth of new experiences and a much expanded social network. The opportunities abound in each club with awesome guest speakers, a broad range of interesting activities and social events, stimulating conversation and the chance to explore your community, Canada and the world with new friends.

Scroll through our Website menus to find out everything about PROBUS, including how to join a club, the benefits of membership, how a typical club is run and how to start a club in your community if there isn’t one nearby. Come join us and discover the remarkable world of PROBUS. Click here to find your nearest PROBUS club.

PROBUS has a vital role

To stimulate thought, interest and participation in activities at a time in life when it is easy to become complacent.

To provide regular gatherings to those who, in retirement, appreciate and value opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances and of a similar level of interest.

Existing PROBUS Clubs and Rotary Clubs can sponsor new PROBUS Clubs.

Each PROBUS Club is autonomous but is coordinated through PROBUS CANADA so that the clubs themselves, through regional representatives on a national board, agree to minimal measure of conformity through a standard Constitution and recommended by-laws, to preserve the integrity and reputation of these clubs. This has proved a successful basis for serving the needs of retirees in the many countries in which PROBUS Clubs are now flourishing.


The emphasis is that the club be simple in structure, be free of the constraints and obligations of service clubs, involve members in a minimal cost. The club is directed primarily to providing fellowship between members who are compatible with each other, and the opportunity for development of acquaintance. Clubs can be all men, all women, or combined men and women, decided usually at the first interest meeting by those attending. (The spouses of club members are often included in the club social activities).

Activities in clubs vary with each club:

  • Each club will hold regular meetings as established in its bylaws. Meetings will usually include a guest speaker, a short business meeting with reports and updates, and a coffee break that allows for social time.

  • EVENTS (between meetings) Club member visit organizations or places, sports and social activities of every conceivable nature ( examples of typical Social Events can be viewed under the A Day in the Life menu). Arising out of their membership activities there is a self-generating goodwill, a sense of belonging, a diverse background of interests, ensuring for PROBUS a highly successful future as a firmly established part of the community. Indeed the general public often recognize that although the club itself is not involved in service work or fundraising, the persons in the PROBUS clubs, are perceived to be collectively but separately involved in a wide range of volunteer pursuits, even greater than most service clubs

  • Club Interest Activities - Members within each club organize their own range of ongoing activities, examples being walking, hiking, bridge and euchre, books, theater, lunch & breakfast groups, wine tasting, art appreciation and many more. The members themselves decide on the activities they choose to hold and the activities they choose to participate in. A list of typical activities can be found under the A Day in the Life menu.

PROBUS Clubs are to:

  • Be non-political and non-sectarian

  • Be non-profit making and non-fundraising

  • Be initially sponsored by another PROBUS Club or a Rotary club, using a HOW TO manual

  • Be not only for retired service club members

  • Use a distinctive lapel pin, and name badges to assist in friendship

  • Keep membership fees low , covering just the costs for operating a club

PROBUS Clubs are not to:

  • Impose a restriction on the number of members from one former vocation

  • Require compulsory attendance at meetings

  • Place any restrictions on members belonging to other clubs or organizations