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Promote for growth
For many Probus members, little has been
conveyed about Probus South Pacific (PSP)
and the Secretariat Office. Often it’s not
until a Probus member serves on their
management committee do they come into
contact with a PSP Director or staff member
of The Secretariat.
A thought which comes to mind is the
simple clock. The single outer casing
is an instrument for measuring and
indicating time by way of rotating hands.
Similarly, PSP is the single controlling
body for the Probus organisation with
the PSP Board setting all policies and
directives. The internals are the clock-
working mechanisms, maintaining perfect
regularity of time, just as The Secretariat is
the internal administrative working office
and the sole service centre, ensuring good
governance and management by PSP.
With respect, I recommend that all Probus
members acquaint themselves with the
foundation charter of your Probus club. Be
aware of the accreditation requirements
agreed to by your foundation members. PSP
and The Secretariat maintain the Probus
organisation to ensure its governance,
stability and future, leaving the fun,
friendship and fellowship to Probus clubs to
provide for their members to enjoy!
For this Probus year 2013-2014, PSP
focus must be directed at chartering new
clubs to grow our membership, recruiting
new members for existing clubs, and the
retention of existing members.
PSP is currently looking through the
Australian Bureau of Statistics census
records of the 55 years and over age bracket
to determine eligible retirees for Probus
membership. Additionally, we are seeking
the support and assistance of Rotary clubs
in identifying areas where communitities
will benefit from the establishment of
new Probus Clubs. It is essential that
we promote the Probus brand out in the
community. It is about obtaining exposure
in your local newspaper, at lifestyle and
retirement expos, and during seniors
week. After all the greatest gift we can give
a retired person is Probus Membership – it
facilitates Active Retirees and assists with
good health and happiness.
PSP and all Probus clubs have a vital role
to play in ensuring that Probus is attractive
and inviting. Our greatest challenge is brand
awareness. Probus needs to be seen as the
social club of choice for retirees.
Start planning for your incoming
management committee. Ensure your
club is meeting the needs of your existing
membership and that it is an attractive
proposition for new members. Does your
club provide enough activity and fun?
If I was able to ask Probus members
what the most significant reason for
joining is, I would hear a resounding,
‘to have fun in retirement, to meet new
friends, to seek new horizons and to
be involved in activities that provide
opportunities for fellowship’.
What a fantastic event — 70’s queen of
pop, Helen Reddy, (Active Retirees April-
May) entertained 150 Probus members
and friends at the Probus Retreat held on
Norfolk Island in July.
I encourage you to support the annual
Probus Rendezvous to be held in Albury
Wodonga – there is still time to register.
Turn to page 50 to read about two Probus
colleagues, one from Dromana on Victoria’s
Mornington Peninsula and the other from
Auckland, New Zealand who have attended
Probus Rendezvous each year. Neither has
missed an event, so who will be the first to
In the grand tradition, who are you
backing, the Aussie or the Kiwi?
Please continue to wear your Probus
badge with pride.
Yours in Probus friendship.
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