WHAT IS NATIONAL PROBUS MONTH?
The question is occasionally asked, "what is PROBUS Month? PROBUS Month was initiated in 2013 by Steve Campbell of the PROBUS Club of Shediac Shores in New Brunswick. At the time Steve was a member of the Executive on the Board for PROBUS Canada. His slogan for the event was, and is, "Be A Friend --- Bring A Friend".
His comments, sent in a letter in July 2016, are as follows:
"The initial thinking behind National PROBUS Month (NPM) was to celebrate the PROBUS experience, to get to know PROBUS from within and to enhance its recognition and visibility throughout the country. More than an education program, its intent is to give us a chance to express ourselves, even reinvent ourselves. If ever there was a doubt that the PROBUS experience is something special, the enthusiastic response from the clubs all across the country through such a wide range of activities is exciting. The overall feeling is one of celebration and enthusiasm. National PROBUS Month has indeed caught on."
For their PROBUS Day, clubs have done numerous things; created new websites, created a club flag, had their flag or banner flown at their Town/city Hall, persuaded their mun--icipality to declare National PROBUS Month, arranged special reports on PROBUS in their local media, created a cookbook, hold special meetings with breakfast, lunch or dinner. Others recognize their founding members, past presidents or special members. One club even had a member write their own song. The ideas are endless.
To honour the first PROBUS Club in Canada, Cambridge, ON. March 1987, the first National PROBUS Month was designated for March. Clubs are celebrating PROBUS Month either in the months of March or April. This will enable the returning Snowbirds a chance to join in the celebrations. As well,it will help in case of weather cancellations in March.