Probus cel­e­bra­tions

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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