Rotary clubs, focused on holding their own membership, don’t often set up new Probus clubs. Rotary started the Probus movement in 1976 for retirees who want to make friends and keep active rather than do charity work.
With the bulge of baby-boomer retirements, there’s now plenty of potential for new Probus clubs. In District 9800, there’s 89 Probus clubs with 7100 members, compared with 65 Rotary clubs and 2188 members. Rotary D9800 set up eight clubs from 2010-16, but none since