A RETIRED professional businessmen’s group has said ‘hello’ to a new president and ‘goodbye’ to his predecessor.
Swadlincote and District Probus Club welcomed Bob Sexton while bidding farewell to former accountant Syd Price at the organisation’s annual meeting.
Before handing over the chains of office, Mr Price, reported to have had ‘a most successful term of office’, paid tribute to Joe Bradley, who retired as club secretary after holding the office for more than 20 years.
A club spokesman said: “The meeting welcomed the incoming president who, in his opening remarks, outlined the busy year ahead, making a special plea for new members.”
The Swadlincote and District group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at Emmanuel Church Hall, in Midway Road, Swadlincote.
Members are addressed by speakers on numerous subjects before enjoying lunch.
Probus clubs are designed to give like-minded people an opportunity to socialise with each other.
Formed in the UK in 1965, the Probus movement took its name from the first three letters of the words ‘professional’ and ‘business’.
Probus clubs have their highest concentrations of members in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
However, clubs now exist throughout the world, including in the US, Belgium, India and South Africa.
By 2002, there were approximately 300,000 Probus members in approximately 4,000 clubs worldwide.
Any retired businessman interested in joining the Swadlincote club is asked to call secretary Ivan Poole on 01283 215621.