Probus sites, de wereld rond

In ons land werd de eerste Probusclub opgericht op 26 januari 1984 door George Dick, lid van Rotaryclub Antwerpen-Ring. George was ook als nationaal coördinator 16 jaar lang de bezieler van de Belgische Probusclubs. Hij overleed op 15 april 2017.

Stany Verougstraete, lid van Probusclub Dendermonde en oprichter van het C.I.C. in 2001, volgde hem in deze functie op van 2000 tot 2005.

Wereldwijd overschrijdt PROBUS 5000 clubs en telt op heden meer dan 425.000 leden. In België zijn er op dit ogenblik 109 clubs met meer dan 3800 leden.

Probus clubs were first formed, as an acronym for Pro(fessional) and Bus(iness), in the early 1920's in Saskatchewan, CANADA, and in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A., the latter devoted to helping people with mental retardation, physical disabilities, and autism. Because they were not restricted to retired Professional and Business leaders, and had a different objective, they are (were) not associated with our present mainstream of Probus clubs worldwide.

The name was fused into a different type of club in England, and the first non-sectarian Probus club specifically for active retirees was formed in 1966 by the Rotary Club of Caterham, England to allow retired professionals to continue to meet together for fellowship. The previous year, the Rotary Club of Welwyn Garden City, England, formed the "Campus Club" that had the same purpose. The two soon merged and flourished under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Bromsgrove, Birmingham, England.

The Probus Secundus Club is for professional and business men and women who, on retirement, may wish to get to know more people in Harpenden. The purpose is social and members meet regularly for lunch and a short talk on a variety of subjects. The Men's Club was formed in 1981. The ladies club is called The Ladies' Probus Luncheon Club. Both clubs meet for organised trips and social activities from time to time and there are joint lunches three times a year, all of which are open to members' of either club and their partners. The Club also has two special interest groups: the Walking Group and Discussion Group.

George Dick, de oprichter van Probus België, vroeg einde 1985 aan Rotary Antwerpen-Noord de mogelijkheid te onderzoeken om onder haar peterschap een zesde Probusclub op te richten in het Antwerpse. Hierop kreeg Léon Van De Moer van zijn Rotaryclub de opdracht een nieuwe Probusclub te starten. Na een aftastende start werd op 29 oktober 1986 Probusclub Antwerpen-Noord officieel boven de doopvont gehouden in aanwezigheid van Jean de Cock, John Matthysen, J. Van Looy en M. Wils.