The Torrington Probus Club
The Torrington Probus Club was founded in 1953 by a group of local merchants. Our membership has remained between 10 and 20 since our founding. Presently we have 13 active members. Over the years we have been a major benefactor of the Litchfield Association for Retarded Citizens. In addition, we have contributed over a quarter of a million dollars to everything from high school scholarships to soup kitchens. For decades we have honored local Teacher's of the Year with gifts and recognition.
Our one funding source is an annual auction held in the fall. Our members solicit local businesses who have been extremely generous. Plans are already underway for our 41st auction this October. If your organization has a need that we might be able to help fund or if you would like more information please contact one of the officers listed on the Officers Tab.
Introducing the Probus Clubs
The Probus Clubs are a voluntary organization of PROfessional and BUSiness people dedicated to helping people who are intellectually and physically challenged.
The first Probus Club was formed in 1921 in New Haven. There are presently six chapters located in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
We're Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Engineers, and Professionals from all walks of life
Probus Club's membership is comprised of some of the busiest men and women in their communities. But no matter how busy their practices, businesses and personal lives are, they find time to help people with disabilities through participatory events and fund raising functions.
Lifetime friendships and associations begin through working together as volunteers and socializing at membership events.
We're putting smiles on people's faces
Our purpose is to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. We offer financial aid as well as activities that provide opportunities to interact in general society. Probus Clubs conduct a number of programs that assist in the normalization of the lives of these citizens. These projects include Special Olympics, outings to athletic and cultural events, picnics, and holiday celebrations.
All proceeds from fund raising activities are allocated to servicing our client projects, which include contributions to the Special Olympics, Special Education scholarships, camperships, and other services and equipment for people with disabilities in our communities. Funds have been raised through balloon sales, tag sales, candy sales, raffles, auctions, educator recognition events and more.
Nothing helps like your help
Join a Probus Club and begin a relationship with a dynamic group of professional and business people who enjoy a special camaraderie.
Whether you're interested in working with people with disabilities, raising funds or simply wish to support these efforts in spirit, your membership is needed now.