Members excited for group activities
WANGARATTA WEST COMBINED PROBUS CLUB
PRESIDENT Fred Baker welcomed all present to the June meeting and then reflected on the death of past president, foundation member and charter president Ken Walley.
Members held a minute’s silence to remember Ken and his contribution to the club.
Some eight members celebrated June birthdays, with one marking their 80th year.
Many members enjoyed a delicious casserole and soup luncheon which was held at Park Lane Bowling Club this month.
Thanks were extended to all the ladies who cooked.
Members are looking forward to Christmas in July at the Gateway Hotel.
There are a few vacancies left for the three night getaway to Melbourne in September – people can contact Helen Baker if they are interested.
The June guest speaker gave members plenty to think about when he put on a video and spoke about human trafficking in developing countries such as Asia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Australia is a lucky country, and members hope to keep it that way.
PROBUS CLUB OF WANGARATTA/APPIN PARK © INC
THE last few weeks have been busy for members.
Several men attended the gentlemen’s breakfast organised by Darryl Brumby at Koffee Bean Café on the last Friday of the month.
Lots of chat and a delicious breakfast ensured all who attended enjoyed themselves.
Elaine Broadway organised for the craft group to make topiary trees for table decorations for Christmas in July.
As the members attending brought their own decorative paper, the club has finished up with a variety of beautiful constructions. Members are looking forward to seeing them all on display in July.
The inaugural garden club met at the Park Lane Nursery on a very cold wet Friday morning.
They were taken around the nursery and discovered the enormous amount of work that is carried out at the nursery as they raise plants by the hundreds from seeds to potted plants of all sizes.
The tour guide showed members where the various activities are organised in the many hot houses around the site.
The club met at Wareena Park last month to travel on its mystery tour.
Members filed onto the bus and there was much speculation about the destination.
Organiser Alan Darwin had arranged a visit to Yarrawonga.
First stop was the Rich Glen Olive Farm where members enjoyed morning tea, a walk around the very interesting gardens and looking at some very interesting old photographs in the museum.
They then travelled back to Mulwala to the Ski Club for lunch.
After lunch many members enjoyed a walk along the lake foreshore.
PROBUS CLUB OF WANGARATTA
THE walking group visited the area on Thomas Street where the Chinese community thrived on the first Tuesday in June.
President George Lee was able to identify the location of the vegetable gardens by their raised beds.
The location of the Joss House and the homes were still fresh in George’s memory.
As he told tales of his early years, members were transported to a simpler time before television, mobile phones and supermarkets.
The Absolutely Marble Us visit made a lasting impression of this local enterprise leaving members in awe of the craftsmanship on display.
It is highly recommended for other Probus Clubs to add it their visit list.
Two visitors from NESAY spoke at the June meeting. They reminded the club of the need to look after local children and young people who are in need of housing, food, education and support. Charity really does begin at home.
The pub lunch trip took members via Winton drylands for coffee before dining at the Glenrowan Pub.
Their good food and friendly efficient service met with laughter and happy chatter. Too soon it was time to head homewards.
LADIES PROBUS CLUB OF WANGARATTA
CAROLANNE Whinray was inducted and welcomed by president Janet Picken at the June meeting.
The meeting took place in a nice warm room overlooking an icy bowling green.
There were five birthdays celebrated and then the business of the day.
As there is no defibrillator on the premises, there was a wide discussion about finance, weight of the machine and other details.
A committee was formed to investigate this and get back to the next meeting.
Club activities continue with an increase in members attending fun and fitness with a few extra meeting at the café after exercise.
Activities for June and July include a visit to the local painted silos, gardens near Benalla, Sunday fun day and the Seniors Race Day as well as Christmas in July.
Anita Smith came from Melbourne to speak about Council of the Ageing (COTA).
This is an overarching body for aspects of ageing supported by the Commonwealth and State Governments and many organisations.
Anita spoke of the need for information for remaining
WANGARATTA MERRIWA LADIES PROBUS CLUB
PRESIDENT Fay Hayes welcomed members to the meeting on a cold frosty morning.
It was good to see some of the sick members back but there were still two who have had operations but hopefully will return soon.
There was discussion on sharing the purchase of a defibrillator with the Wareena Bowls Club and the Ladies Probus Club.
Further investigation will be done - especially on the costs.
This month the tour leader has organised a trip to Benalla for lunch and then onto Devenish to visit the painted silos, which members are looking forward to seeing.
The garden club visited the Park Lane Nursery last month and then strolled across the road to treasurer Doreen Moncrieff’s home where they enjoyed a wonderful morning tea.
In lieu of a guest speaker, club member Joyce Barry spoke on her visit to Melbourne for the Anzac’s 100th anniversary luncheon.
She was very surprised to have received the invitation and she still doesn’t know why, however, it could have had had something to do with her service in the Royal Australian Air Force during WW11.
She gave a lovely story of the day and how she enjoyed the wonderful luncheon and the speech that was made by Premier Daniel Andrews.
WANGARATTA CENTRAL COMBINED PROBUS CLUB
THE club’s 17th birthday was celebrated in fine style with a delicious birthday cake, bush poetry, jokes and an Italian themed in-house lunch.
Club elder Frank Hall had the honour of cutting the cake this year.
Sandy Bishop’s story was the subject of this month’s ‘Who Am I?’, while John’s monthly newsletter featured information about the club’s history, Windsor Castle and royalty in general.
Acting upon an initiative by President Ralph, the club is saving up for its own defibrillator and is about half way there.
A number of members are on the sick list and in hospital, while others are having a rest in various nursing facilities.
Members wish them all a speedy recovery and return to club meetings.
The walkers have tramped along local routes and to Lake Sambell, while diners enjoyed their return to Gracebrook.
A trip is being organised through the club to Forrester’s Beach NSW from October 14, while the caravan travellers are preparing for a week’s holiday to Marysville in November.
An afternoon at the Proms, at the Albury Entertainment Centre, was again thoroughly enjoyed by members and friends who attended.
GET CRAFTY: Probus Club of Appin Park members (back, from left) Robyn Grealy, Gloria Clewer, Ann Foley; (front, from left) Adelina Tombolato, Ros Taylor and Elaine Broadway enjoyed an arts and crafts activity together. spouses or family after the death of a family member.
Faced with many difficulties at this time, Anita and Anne McBean produced a book called Death of a Partner, a practical guide for partners and family.
It was very helpful covering all areas faced by remaining people and covers topics such as a timeline of things to do immediately, finances, setting the estate, and accessing and closing digital accounts.
She also spoke on an abbreviated death certificate issued by the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Useful when all the details are not required. The book is available from COTA.
After she fielded questions from the audience, Anita was thanked and the meeting was closed.