The local Probus Club enjoyed this year’s National Probus Month in a very special way. At their Spring Fling, held at the Municipal Centre last weekend, the Probus Club of North Grenville had reason for extra celebration. They were marking the twentieth anniversary of Probus in the municipality, and twelve of their founding members were on hand to join in the event.
Jamie Doolittle, District 1 Director and Vice-President of Probus Canada, travelled from Coburg to present special certificates to the twelve charter members of the Club who were on hand to reminisce about the original group of 68 who founded the Kemptville Probus Club back in 1999. Those remaining charter members are: Lois Armstrong, Larry Donoghue, Norma Fisher, Don Gilchrist, Elaine and John Groskopf, Jack Higgins, Mary McVey, Rachel Tennant, Helen & Norm Sinclair, and Bill Kilfoyle.
As they enjoyed a splendid meal, members saw these twelve receive their certificates from Jamie and North Grenville Probus President, David Collins, as each was called forward by Past-President, Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon. A special Certificate of Congratulations was presented by Jamie Dolittle to Club President, David Collins, signed by himself and Probus Canada President, Marlene Pearce, wishing the North Grenville Club “continued success in the provision of the opportunity for fellowship and learning”.
Following the official ceremonies, everyone repaired to the theatre, where they were entertained by Tony Davy, singing Songs of the Great Crooners. Probus Clubs from across the District sent representatives to congratulate North Grenville on their anniversary.
PROBUS is a local, national, and international association of retired people who come together in non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit, non-fund raising autonomous clubs which provide regular opportunities for members to meet others in similar circumstances and similar levels of interest, make new friends, and maintain and expand their interests. The local club has almost a 100 members who meet on a monthly basis at the St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am.