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

Probus Newsletter Happy New Year!

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

February 2013

Diary at a Glance Thu 7 February OUT SOLD Celtic Thunder Wed 6 February Committee Meeting 09:30 Wed 20 February General Meeting 10:00 to Noon Wed 27 February Maribyrnong River Cruise

NEW Year is the time at which a new calendar year begins and the calendar's year count is incremented. In many cultures, the event is celebrated in some manner. The New Year of the Gregorian calendar, today in worldwide use, falls on 1 January, as was the case with the Roman calendar. There are numerous calendars that remain in regional use that calculate the New Year differently. The order of months in the Roman calendar was January to December since King Numa Pompilius in about 700 BC, according to Plutarch and Macrobius. It was only relatively recently that 1 January again became the first day of the year in Western culture. Until 1751 in England and Wales (and all British dominions) the new year started on 25 March – Lady Day, one of the four quarter days (the change to 1 January took place in 1600 in Scotland). Since then, 1 January has been the first day of the year. During the Middle Ages several other days were variously taken as the beginning of the calendar year (1 March, 25

March, Easter, 1 September, 25 December). In many countries, such as the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain and the UK, 1 January is a national holiday. With the expansion of Western culture to many other places in the world during recent centuries, the Gregorian calendar has been adopted by many other countries as the official calendar, and the 1 January date of New Year has become global, even in countries with their own New Year celebrations on other days (such as Israel, China and India). In the culture of Latin America there are a variety of traditions and superstitions surrounding these dates as omens for the coming year.

Sheraton Report

Wed 13 March Committee Meeting 09:30 Wed 20 March General Meeting 10:00 to Noon Tue 26 March

T OU D L Chitty Chitty Bang Bang O S

Thu 4 April Dinner at Man Bo Restaurant Wed 10 April Committee Meeting Fri 12 April Point Nepean National Park Wed 17 April General Meeting 10:00 to Noon Wed 8 May Committee Meeting Thu 9 May

33 members enjoyed breakfast on 16 January to start our 2013 year.

The King and I

It was a very enjoyable morning for all.

Happy New Year to all our readers!

Wed 15 May General Meeting 10:00 to Noon

Editorial Note

PROBUS - Tomorrow's Vision for Active Retirees

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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.

Morning Tea Roster

Roster for February Meeting: Pauline Baker Aileen Clarke

Feb Birthdays

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From the President’s Desk! Dear Probians OUR Christmas lunch at Capri proved most interesting on an extremely warm day, especially when the power was cut off by contractors next door which took out the air-conditioning system. We were all very relieved when power was restored and we were able to have a lovely afternoon of dancing and entertainment. Thank you again to Rosie, Cathy and Lesley for assisting me with this function. Our 2013 activities have commenced with a Breakfast at Four Points where 33 members got together for a good catch-up. Everyone appeared to have survived Christmas and the New Year and look forward to another exciting year ahead. We still have several committee positions to be filled; VicePresident, Assistant Secretary, Trips & Tours, Show & Tell and Lunches so for those members who have joined us in the last 3 – 5 years or more, please consider where you can assist YOUR Club. It is part of your membership that you take an active role on committee, not just leave it to others. Please remember there are committee members there to assist you in your role. It is not a difficult task that is asked of you. We need to have completed nomination forms lodged with The Secretary by 5.00pm on Tuesday 19 February 2013 prior to our February meeting. Please contact me on 5282-3663 or Brian Harris 5282-2425 to discuss further. In this Newsletter, you will find a copy of our 2012 Annual General Meeting for your perusal. As mentioned in a previous Newsletter, we were to induct 3 new members at our February meeting but unfortunately they will not be available at this time so we will postpone them until March. I look forward to seeing you at our February meeting where we will have as our Guest Speaker, Carolyn Creed from Fresh Food Markets with heaps of food for us to sample. I hope we will all have a very active 2013 filled with plenty of “Fun, Friendship and Fellowship” as we enjoy a variety of activities within our club. President Val

Committee Contacts!

Barbara Ingwersen Denise Sparks Nancy Neagle Pauline Baker Brenda Darcy

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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Maribyrnong River Cruise


Wed 27 February, 11:00

Tue 26 March 1:00pm Matinee Her Majesty’s Theatre

VESSEL chartered for 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.

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.

Transport is by members’ vehicles departing Lara Pool at 10:00. STOP PRESS THIS trip has been extended by one hour (3 hours) to include the port of Melbourne!!!


Trips & Tours


Point Nepean National Park: Fri 12 April

Thu 9 May 7:30pm Start, GPAC

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.


Thu 9 May 7:30pm Start THE King and I is a stage musical, the fifth by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The work is based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon and derives from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, who became governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. The story deals with the experiences of the British schoolteacher, who is hired as part of the King's drive to modernize his country. The relationship between the King and Anna is marked by conflict through much of the play, as well as by a love that neither is able to express. The musical premiered on 29 March 1951 at Broadway's St. James Theatre, closed on 20 March 1954 and has received tours and revivals.

Man Bo Chinese Restaurant: Thu 4 April, 18:30 361-363 Moorabool Street, Geelong

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

MAN Bo in Chinese means ‘billions of lost treasures’. Come and find your lost treasure by booking with Barbara.

Your Committee at Work

Guest Speaker

With Thanks

Host: Margaret Allen MARGARET will be introducing Carolyn Creed from the Fresh Food Market at the general meeting.

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.

Departing from Lara Pool at 07:30 to catch the 09:00 ferry from Queenscliff. After morning tea at the Park entrance, we take the 10:30 or 11:30 shuttle bus to Point Nepean ($7:50 for seniors) and/or explore the Quarantine Station. We will leave the Park approximately 12:30 for lunch at own cost at the Rye RSL and then return 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.

ADMINISTRATION saves the nation, red tape is fun!! Well, your committee haven’t been idle, they have been having great fun creating new forms for membership, leave of absence and annual registration. Ask the Secretary when you need one.

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