The island branch of Probus, an organisation for retired people, has appointed a new president and vice-president.
Probus clubs are organisations for men and women who have retired from their profession or business and want to stay in touch with others who have similar interests.
There are over 300,000 members of Probus clubs worldwide.
In the Isle of Man there are five Probus clubs. These are: the All-Island Probus; Ramsey and District Probus; the Probus Club of Rushen; The Probus Club of Douglas; and the Probus Club of Western Mann.
The Douglas club was established in 1984 and there have been 34 presidents who serve for one year only. The groups meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Palace Hotel. Former Douglas president Charles Craine handed over the presidency to Howard Kelly and his vice president lan Tomlinson was also appointed at the club’s recent annual general meeting.
Long-standing member George Hotchkiss also received the honour of life membership at the AGM in appreciation of his outstanding service.
Probus clubs were first formed in the early 1920s in Saskatchewan, Canada. Probus is an acronym for Pro(fessional) and Bus(iness).