PROBUS HISTORY 

PROBUS  

John Reynolds Morris was the founder of PROBUS in Canada.  He scheduled several speaking engagements to Rotary Clubs. This was the impetus needed to organize the formation of PROBUS Clubs locally and eventually across Canada. During this period, he visited forty-three Rotary Clubs requesting their assistance in the formation of PROBUS with five visits to the west coast and four to the east coast. They adopted the name of PROBUS, taking the first three letters of PROfessional and BUSiness.
In 1988, John recognized there was a need of protecting the PROBUS logo and after making an application, was successful in acquiring a trademark. 
As of October 31st, 2016 there were 237 active PROBUS Clubs in Canada with 33,883 members.

Club History

Early in the year 2000, the late Educator and senior Rotarian, John Graham, organized with some more local Rotarians and other interested persons the start of a new PROBUS Club in the north Oakville area.  With $600 of seed money given to us by the Rotary Club of Oakville, to cover start-up expenses the Combined PROBUS Club of North Oakville was born.  Fred Giroux volunteered as first President, the dynamic Phyllis Inward as Vice President and Joe Cook as Secretary, who made sure that the new group followed PROBUS Bylaws and Guidelines.  Quickly after the conception other men & women joined and filled in as leaders for various planned activities.
And so we grew and prospered, determined to keep as a group socially and even physically active.

Last update 14th Nov. 2019