Probus clubs are sponsored by the Rotary organisation, for active members of the community who are retired or no longer working full time.
Its basic purpose is to advance intellectual and cultural interests among adults, to provide regular opportunities to progress healthy minds and active bodies through social interaction and activities, expand interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends.
The Ashburton club is a combined club which meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 10am until approximately 12pm.
Our meetings are informal and very enjoyable, as the emphasis is on social interaction, friendship and fun.
Each meeting begins with reports and general business, followed by a break for morning tea and a social chat.
Visitors are very well looked after and made to feel comfortable, welcome and included in casual conversation. After morning tea we have the "Speaker" segment, where an interesting and informative topic is presented each month.
Apart from the monthly meetings, a variety of outings, trips and activities are available. These are popular and well attended and offer the opportunity to mingle with club members while enjoying these activities.
The Ashburton Bowls Club is conveniently situated in Samarinda Avenue, a few doors from High Street, Ashburton, and has ample off-street parking.
In August 1993 the Rotary Club of Ashburton, responding to expressions of interest from various quarters within the local community, decided to sponsor the formation of a club to be known as the Probus Club of Ashburton.
The Rotary Club placed advertisements and circulated a letter of intent, inviting interested persons to attend a meeting in the Copland Room at the Ashburton Library at 10:00am on Wednesday September 29, 1993. The Rotarians were of the opinion that it would be necessary to have at least 25 persons express interest for the project to become viable.
Ashburton took the final steps to becoming a formal Probus organisation on the morning of November 10, 1993.
With 56 prospective members in attendance the meeting was opened by Richard Yeoman, President of the Rotary Club of Ashburton, who presented the club with its Certificate of Accreditation, invested Warren Shardlow with his badge of office, and made a gift of a gavel to enable Warren to keep appropriate control over the meetings should any such authority become necessary. Name badges were issued to all Foundation Members.
Since 1993 the Club has grown and thrived, with a current membership of approximately 100, including several foundation members.