Ladysmith Probus Club will honour its founders June 6

Special luncheon being planned to honour founders in celebration of Probus Canada's 25th anniversary.

To help celebrate Probus Canada’s 25th anniversary, Probus Ladysmith is organizing a special luncheon to honour its founding members.

Probus Ladysmith was founded Oct. 25, 1995, under the auspices of the Rotary Club of Ladysmith.

Probus clubs provide retired and semi-retired professional and business people a venue to have regular meetings, discussions, visits and other activities of interest to members.

The Probus Club of Ladysmith was the second mid-Island club to be established following that of Parksville. In the 17 years since the club was founded, it has grown from the original 34 members to 85.

Of the 34 founding members of Probus Ladysmith, eight are still active in the club today — Gay Armstrong, Gus Armstrong, Bob Bafaro, Hilda Brown, Stan Popplestone, Ken Weeks, Ruth Weeks and Wilma Wickham.

Other founding members who have either moved away or passed away are David Atkinson, Carl Burton, John Churcher, Annalise Cooley, Doreen Doer, Audrey Epps, Al Gilroy, Doug Gresham, Doris Gullelson, Tom Hamilton, Margaret Jensen, Roy Lack, Marta Likova, Anna McMahon, Gerry Nep, Art Perry, Irene Robertson, Gloria Shupe, Emily Sunter, Steve Szentveri, James Twinn, John Vreeling, Charles Wickham, Tom Wickham, Jim Wilson and George Wrean.

The luncheon will be held June 6 at 11:30 a.m. at a location to be announced at the next meeting.

“We are hoping a large number of our current members will attend this special occasion in order to recognize the invaluable contribution made by our founding members,” said president Dr. Bala Naidoo.

If you are interested in finding out more about Probus Ladysmith or would like to join, contact Don Fisher at 245-5965 or Dr. Bala Naidoo at 245-5707.

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