Probus is an organisation for retired people. The major organisation overseeing Probus in Australia and New Zealand is Probus Centre South Pacific (PCSP). PCSP describes Probus in the following way:
PROBUS is an association for active retirees who join together in clubs, the basic purpose of which is to provide regular opportunities for them to keep their minds active, expand their interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends.
Probus began in the UK in the mid 1960s and spread around the world, with the first club in Australia being established in 1976.
In 1987 the Probus club of Perth, WA, organised a highly successful Septemberfest, which attracted visiting Probians from all states of Australia and from New Zealand. In 1988, the Probus clubs of South East Queensland invited Probus members to participate in what they called Operation Handclasp in association with Expo 88. In April 1991, Probians from far and wide converged on the Barossa Valley in South Australia for a happening known as Rendezvous “91”.
The name Rendezvous stuck and these get togethers have been held every year from 1993. Rendezvous has been held in Port Macquarie, Christchurch (twice), Echuca/Moama, Perth (twice), Goulburn, Gold Coast (twice), Armidale, Canberra, Auckland, Cairns, Nelson Bay, Geelong and Launceston.
In 2010 Rendezvous will be held in Darwin.