TRURO - Retired professionals and business people looking for some social interaction might be interested in starting a Probus club.
Three members of Probus (an abbreviation of professional and business) clubs throughout Nova Scotia are working together to help others establish clubs in other areas.
“There was a suggestion of starting one in the Bedford area, but we thought about getting out of the Halifax Regional Municipality,” said Terry Simms, who is interested in helping others start Probus clubs. “We looked at the demographics, and there are a lot of retired people living in Truro.”
Simms, along with Moira Ducharme and Clinton Edmonds, is a member of the Halifax club and part of the new club committee.
“The good thing about Probus is that there are no commitments. People can come together once a month to socialize and listen to speakers,” said Simms, adding speakers are ones that members of the club suggest as they have an interest in them.
Originating in England, Probus clubs are sponsored by Rotary Clubs and have grown to include 4,000 clubs worldwide. Of the 228 clubs in Canada, there are 11 in the Atlantic Provinces and only three in Nova Scotia.
“We’re hoping to get people interested in starting one here,” said Simms. “We’re hoping to find some names in Truro to make it a go.”
If anyone does come forth with an interest in starting a club in the area, Simms, Edmonds and Ducharme are there to help the club get started.
“We don’t do it for them, we’re there to assist them,” said Simms.
The purpose of the club is to bring together business associates that may lose touch come retirement.
“Within two years, your business contacts almost vanish into ether. This brings them together again,” said Simms.
While club members suggest speakers they’d like to see, the club doesn’t promote specific causes. Clubs can also organize social events, or even hobby groups.
For more information or to express an interest in starting a local Probus club, contact Terry Simms at email@example.com. More information on Probus clubs can also be found at www.probus.org/canada.htm.