Mem­bers ex­cited for group ac­tiv­i­ties

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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.

PHOTO: Mel Guy

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.

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