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Combined Probus Club of Lara Inc. (A0041548N) PO Box 301, LARA, Victoria 3212 Australia

Probus Newsletter

December 2012

Christmas CHRISTMAS (Old English: CrÄŤstesmĂŚsse, literally 'Christ's Mass') is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ celebrated generally on 25 December as a religious and cultural holiday by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.

Editor: Jeff Cahn 84 Smeaton Close LARA 3212 0419 822-110 Club No: 57873

Diary at a Glance Wed 5 December Committee Meeting 09:30 Fri 7 December Geelong Historical Walk Wed 12 December General Meeting Noon to 15:00

The precise date of Jesus' birth, which some historians place between 7 and 2 BC, is unknown. By the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on 25 December, a date later adopted in the East. The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after early Christians believed Jesus to have been conceived, as well as the date of the southern solstice (i.e., the Roman winter solstice), with a sun connection being possible because Christians consider Jesus to be the 'Sun of righteousness' prophesied in Malachi 4:2.

Christmas Lunch at Capri

The original date of the celebration in Eastern Christianity was 6 January, in connection with Epiphany, and that is still the date of the celebration for the Armenian Apostolic Church and in Armenia, where it is a public holiday. As of 2012, there is a difference of 13 days between the modern Gregorian calendar and the older Julian calendar. Those who continue to use the Julian calendar or its equivalents thus celebrate 25 December and 6 January on what for the majority of the world is 7 January and 19 January. For this reason, Ethiopia, Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, the Republic of Macedonia, and the Republic of Moldova celebrate Christmas on what in the Gregorian calendar is 7 January; all the Greek Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on 25 December.

Committee Meeting 09:30

The popular celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, Christmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and nonChristians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.

Fri 14 December Revisit to Bisinella Gardens Wed 16 January Breakfast at Sheraton Thu 7 February UT LD O O S Celtic Thunder Wed 13 February Wed 20 February General Meeting 10:00 to Noon Wed 27 February Maribyrnong River Cruise Tue 26 MarchT D OU SOL Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Thu 4 April Lunch at Man Bo Tower Fri 12 April Point Nepean National Park

Editorial Note Thanks from the Editor I wish all Probians a happy Christmas with family & friends, also a safe, prosperous and healthy 2013.

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Almoner Notice!

MARGARET Allen can be contacted on 5275-2345, if you know of a member who requires a caring call.

Dec Birthdays 01 04 06 07 11 19 22 23 28 29 30

Mary Grant Max Neagle Alan Smedley Margaret Britton Ken Taylor Jack Darcy Jill Arney Murray Devlin John Frequin Thelma Tucker Frank Schumacher

Jan Birthdays 02 04 14 14 17 18 23 24 24 29

Tom Christou Rennie Cullen Wilma Pettitt Lesley Wallis Christine Billingham Gwyneth Wilson Rick van Gemert Anita Young Lynn Waters Helen Glare

Lara Combined Probus

December 12 Newsletter

From the President’s Desk! Dear Probians At our last meeting, we were required to vote on the proposed Amendments to the Standard Probus Club Constitution dated February 2008. The result of our voting will be forwarded to Probus South Pacific Ltd and we will then await their advice as to what changes will take place. As our calendar year end is fast approaching, we still have a couple of activities to take place including our Christmas Lunch and General Meeting which will be held at Capri Receptions on 12 December commencing at 12 noon until 3pm. Nibbles will be served prior to a 2 course lunch with drinks at bar prices. Please wear your dancing shoes as we would like all our guests, where possible, to join us on the dance floor. If you have any special dietary requirements please phone Lesley Wallis on 5282 8417. Our next “Out & About” will take place on Friday 7 December. Geelong’s history will be detailed during our walk. We will conclude with a ride on the Carousel then morning tea at Four Points. 18 people will be taking part in this walk. The cost is $12 per person. See you at the Wool Museum at 9.30am. Our last event for the year will be a revisit to the Bisinella gardens which should be in full bloom. Please meet at 10am at the front gate with your morning tea and we will walk in and meet Marina Bisinella for our tour. 20+ people indicated they would be participating so hopefully we will have fine weather. We are still in need of nominations for several committee positions; Vice-President, Assistant Secretary, Trips & Tours, Speaker and Lunches so please consider if you are able to assist. We need to have completed nomination forms lodged with The Secretary by 5.00pm on Tuesday 19 February 2013 prior to our February meeting. Each member needs to take responsibility to actively participate in the running of our club. We have several activities already planned for next year and with our support, you can ease into your role. In closing, may I take this opportunity to wish each and every member of our Combined Probus Club of Lara and our regular guests a very happy and healthy Festive Season. I trust you will all have a most pleasant time with family and friends. To those who are travelling to family reunions, I wish you a safe journey. I look forward to seeing you at our Christmas Celebration at Capri Receptions on 12 December where we will have some enjoyable time together. President Val

Guest Speaker : Matthew Shanks HOST Peter Wallis introduced Matthew Shanks, from Life Diabetes who spoke about the Life Diabetes Prevention Programme. Forms were distributed to members for completion to hold a programme for the Club in the New Year.

Committee Contacts! 5282-3663 5282-2425 5282-3936 5282-3574 5282-3278 5275-2345 5282-1741 5282-8140 5282-1245 5282-2110 5282-8417 5282-1651 5282-2052

Val Tonkin Brian Harris Marilyn Joyce Doug Arney Pam Christou Margaret Allen Brenda Hearn Theresia Klaassens Barbara Ingwersen Jeff Cahn Peter Wallis Alan Smedley John Coggle

President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Activities Almoner Assistant Secretary Membership Dine-Out Newsletter Guest Speakers Trips & Tours Immediate Past President

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Christmas Lunch

Thu 7 February 7:30pm Start

Capri Receptions: Wed 12 December Noon to 15:00 OUR Christmas Lunch will commence at noon. A two course lunch will be provided along with other entertainment. Bring your dancing shoes. All OK to park in front of Capri; Babytime has gone!

New Year Breakfast Four Points Sheraton: Wed 16 January 08:15 to 10:00 PLEASE notify Barbara on 0438 821-245 to book. Cost: $22:00 per person



MEMBERS to make their own way to The Arena for a 7:30pm start. ________________________________________________________________________

Tue 26 March 1:00pm Matinee

Man Bo Tower Chinese Restaurant: Thu 4 April Lunch DETAILS later.


Out & About Geelong Historical Walk: Fri 7 December, 09:30 MEET at Wool Museum prior to visiting Deakin, Johnstone Park, Art Gallery, War Memorial, etc. We will have a ride on the Carousel prior to morning tea at Four Points Sheraton.

Maribyrnong River Cruise

BOARD the 10:43 V/Line train at Lara Railway Station to Southern Cross Station. Enjoy a light lunch in Melbourne and the show at 1:00pm.

Wed 27 February, 11:00

Thu 9 May 7:30pm Start

Revisit to Bisinella Gardens: Fri 14 December, 10:00 MEET at front entrance at 10:00. BYO morning tea.


VESSEL chartered for a 2 hour cruise on the Maribyrnong River. Depart Footscray 11:00 and partake of a BYO picnic lunch on board. There is a limit of 30, so get your name registered soon. Cost is $20:00 and transport to and from Footscray is by members’ vehicles. Money to Alan at February meeting.

Trips & Tours Point Nepean National Park: Fri 12 April THIS round the bay trip will comprise a ferry cruise from Queenscliff to Sorrento, shuttle bus transport inside the National Park including visiting the old quarantine station, lunch at the Rye RSL and home via Melbourne. Cost: Will depend on numbers as the bus is taxed per metre length on the ferry. Quoted price for 28-32 starters is $25:00 excluding lunch.

MEMBERS to make their own way to GPAC for a 7:30pm start. Tickets: $33:00 per person.

With Thanks THANK you to the Hon John Eren MLA and staff for permitting us to utilise his office for the printing of this newsletter on a monthly basis.

December 2012 Newsletter  
December 2012 Newsletter