Coffee mornings have taken on a ‘more civilised’ yet still informal character at Verulam Golf Club usually on the second Thursday of each month starting at 10.30am. We do, however, pay for the coffee and biscuits (currently £1.50) on an individual basis. Michael Wellings would consider any request for an occasional speaker on any subject for about 15 minutes.
Lunch Meetings are held on the final Thursday of each month meeting at 11.45am for 12.45pm at Verulam Golf Club. Members are reminded to notify the Catering Officer or Secretary if they will not be attending lunch.
Club Members as Speakers
We welcome club members as our lunchtime speakers, not only because of their interesting experiences and knowledge, but also because we get to know each other better this way.
The Probus Club of St Albans is now over 30 years old. Founded in January 1984 with just 13 gentlemen attending the first lunch, the club has grown steadily ever since. Average membership is now just under 70, with a turnover of nearly 200 members over the period.
The Probus ideals were launched by Rotary Club members who were seeking the opportunity to meet in less formal surroundings. At first coffee mornings were the answer and this was soon followed with the addition of a monthly lunch gathering. A member of the Caterham club suggested the name "PROBUS" taking PRO from professional and combining it with BUS from business. These two words give a reasonable description of retired gentlemen who are likely to seek membership.
The club now offers retired gentlemen the opportunity to find friendship and comradeship with like-minded companions, with a monthly lunch as its cornerstone. Here members meet regularly, to hear details of forthcoming events and, invariably, to be entertained by speakers on subjects of their own choosing excluding politics and religion.
Over the years many sociable occasions have been added to the club's activities. Outings to theatres and visits to stately homes have been greatly enjoyed. An annual 6 day holiday is firmly part of the club's calendar. A thriving Ladies section was formed early on and continues to provide opportunities for associated ladies to meet regularly.
Each club is run independently. St Albans has been fortunate to have a steady stream of dedicated members on the committee who have, over the years, contributed to the welfare and growth of the club. It is to be hoped that this ideal will continue far into the future.
To mark the Club's thirtieth year two club members collaborated and produced a detailed history of the club. This was printed and copies given to all members.