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 municipality 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.
We have typically held PROBUS month in March and or April. We are now switching the date to October to coincide with the National Seniors Day and the United Nations Senior Day. National PROBUS Day is an opportunity to recognize the importance of seniors in our communities.