Mar­vel­lous meet­ing

The Tatura Guardian - - News - — Edith Bradbury/ Barb Hal­li­well

Tatura Probus Club’s meet­ing held on Au­gust 24 was a par­tic­u­larly mar­vel­lous one.

The ‘Mem­ber be­hind the Badge’ was Wendy Wil­son who told the club her story, which was an in­ter­est­ing life in­deed.

The guest speaker was Peter Hy­den of Rochester.

Mr Hy­den ex­plained that the rea­son he was in a wheel­chair was be­cause of a road ac­ci­dent in 2011.

Out mo­tor­bike rid­ing with mates, he took a sharp turn at too great an an­gle and slipped fromhis bike.

Un­for­tu­nately a car drove over him and he suf­fered se­vere dam­ages to his up­per body.

He spent about three months in the Austin Hos­pi­tal in Mel­bourne and then went to re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, but only spent a lit­tle time there, de­cid­ing to go home as he felt he could man­age.

Peter’s wife Meran is a nurse, so that may have made his ad­just­ment to life in a wheel­chair eas­ier.

Peter had a won­der­ful way of speak­ing and the­mem­bers present were en­thralled by the way he had ac­cepted his changed life.

He has a mar­vel­lous at­ti­tude, pos­i­tive and ac­cept­ing but with a strong de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Af­ter the ac­ci­dent he sold his fer­tiliser busi­ness and the two trucks as­so­ci­ated with it.

He now drives a truck that has been mod­i­fied to suit him — talk about de­ter­mi­na­tion.

He re­cently pur­chased a nar- rower wheel­chair, mak­ing things eas­ier to ne­go­ti­ate in cer­tain ar­eas.

He also has a mod­i­fied van for fam­ily and gen­eral use.

Peter proved to be one of our most pop­u­lar speak­ers and there was plenty of in­ter­est from the mem­bers with many ques­tions.

David Wil­son thanked Peter on the club’s be­half.

Merle Krause has re-joined the club af­ter an ab­sence and we warmly wel­come her re­turn.

On Au­gust 31, 14 mem­bers went to lunch at The Last Straw in Shep­par­ton, which was some­where dif­fer­ent to visit.

Ev­ery­one en­joyed the out­ing and are look­ing for­ward to go­ing to Cac­tus Coun­try in Oc­to­ber.

This is a good month to visit as the cac­tuses will be flow­er­ing.

Please phone Pres­i­dent Bill Woods on 5824 1927 for any in­quiries.

All are wel­come to join our meet­ings, held at Lagozzi­nos Top Pub on the fourth Thurs­day of the month at 10 am.

Fun speech: Mem­ber Be­hind the Badge Wendy Wil­son.

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