Thirty years as a service group is no mean feat, but that was the milestone Cobram-Barooga Probus Club celebrated recently.
Cobram-Barooga Probus Club held its first meeting in November 1988 at the Cobram Hotel tavern room.
Probus Australia was formed in 1965 as an extension of Rotary and its aim was to provide a regular place of gathering for retired or semi-retired businessmen (and, more recently, women).
At the event last Monday at Cobram Barooga Golf Club, past and current members were joined by invited guests from other Probus clubs in the surrounding area.
Guests included Terry Smith and Barry Laws from Shepparton District Probus, Lyn and Ken Jones from Shepparton Probus, Maree and Alan Mathieson from Finley Probus, Carmel Shields and Barbara Davis from Tocumwal Probus, as well as Kevin Bourke from Cobram Barooga Rotary Club.
The lunch was extra special with three members — Jim Horne, Bruce McKenzie and Eric Hardin — awarded life membership.
Mr Horne joined Cobram Barooga Probus in 1991 and is the longest serving member of the club (27 years). He served as treasurer from 2003 to 2005.
Mr McKenzie joined the club in 1995 and has served 23 years. He was president in 2003 and again in 2008, activities organiser between 2004 and 2005 and acted as the publicity officer from 2010 to 2011.
Mr Harding joined Probus in 1993. He assumed a position on the committee in 1994 and became president in 1996.
He was a regular attendee until having to move away because of ill health. He still wanted to be a member and paid his membership so he could get the bulletin.
In June, the committee decided to award his life membership and posted it to his daughter to deliver.
Following the formal presentations, a gigantic yellow and blue cake (Probus colours) — fitting of a grand celebration — was enjoyed by all.
Luncheon: Guests enjoyed listening to the introduction of three Probus Club life members, as well as the cake.
Catch up: Former Cobram-Barooga Probus Club presidents and life members Jim Horne, Ken Clancey, Ian Dahlenburg, Heather du Vallan, Rolf Bischoff (current president) and Bruce McKenzie.
Looking back: Beryl Skinner, Pat Kelly, Kim Hobbins and Kath Gregory with Probus president Rolf Bischoff at the 30-year celebration.
Celebrations: The club’s 30-year history was proudly on display in a range of scrap books on display at the front entrance.
Relaxed day out: CobramBarooga Golf Club provided a beautiful back drop at the Probus Club celebration.