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VOL 10 ISSUE 1 | APR-MAY 2020

QUIET PLEASURES

Discover an unspoilt mountain paradise in Bhutan

IS SHARING TIME OVER? Why timeshare holiday schemes are under scrutiny

Fun, Friendship and Fellowship in Retirement

And the winner is...

$5.50 PER ISSUE

Celebrate our 2019-20 National Photographic Competition finalists

SECURE YOUR HOME

Everything you need to know about smart home security

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Tasmania’s Three Capes; long-term storage; dental health tips; and meet the members


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Contents/ facebook.com/probussouthpacific COVER STORY 16 Everyone’s a winner We unveil the final results of the 2019-20 Probus National Photographic Competition

Fun, Friendship and Fellowship in Retirement

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Contents/ facebook.com/probussouthpacific FEATURES

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28 Quiet pleasures in Bhutan Rediscover a life lived at a slower pace in this Himalayan Kingdom 32 The Three Capes of Tassie Unlock the Capes Raoul, Pillar and Hauy on the Tasman Peninsula

Finance 36 Is the time for sharing over? Why timeshare holidays are coming under increased scrutiny 38 Lock and leave What to do with your stuff before you take off on a big adventure

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Technology 42 Get smart on home security Explore the benefits and drawbacks of “smart” security 44 Remembering the film camera The first of a new series recalling tech that fell by the wayside

Health 46 Don’t ignore dental care Good oral health lifts quality of life, so follow these top dental tips 51 Social life matters How being active and engaged in a community leads to wellness

Extras 54 Recipes Mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes from Mary Valle 60 Meet the members In this issue, meet Probians from the Clubs of Port Macquarie, Hallidays Point and Vasse

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Regulars 8 Chairman’s message The word from PSPL Chairman Margaret Drake 10 News Future-proofing homes; The three-quarter-life crisis; Canine camping; and more 56 Photo competition We launch the 2020-21 Probus National Photo Comp 58 Puzzle page 63 Club news News and photos from around the states 82 Your stories Probus members’ tales APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

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Explore Australia in 2020 by cruise, rail & tour

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East Coast & Top End Explorer with Sea Princess® & The Ghan Expedition

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16 nights | 27 August 2020

➤ 2 nights aboard The Ghan travelling from Adelaide to Darwin in Gold or Platinum Service. Includes all meals, drinks & Off Train Experiences. ➤ 1 night stay in Darwin including breakfast, transfers & a 2-course dinner. ➤ 10 nights aboard Sun Princess® cruising from Darwin to Sydney with port calls in Alotau (Milne Bay) & Brisbane.

➤ 7 nights aboard Sun Princess cruising from Perth (Fremantle) to Darwin with scenic cruising along the Kimberley Coast & a port call in Broome. ➤ Darwin City Sights tour with lunch. ➤ 6 night stay in Darwin including breakfast & transfers. ➤ Overnight Kakadu & East Alligator River tour. ➤ Full day Litchfield National Park Waterfalls tour including lunch. ➤ Lunch or dinner at Hotel Darwin. ➤ Charles Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise including transfers. ➤ 2 nights aboard The Ghan travelling from Darwin to Adelaide in Gold or Platinum Service. Includes all meals, drinks & Off Train Experiences.

➤ Tour Host.* ➤ 10 nights aboard Sea Princess® cruising from Sydney to Darwin with port calls in Brisbane, Cairns & Alotau (Milne Bay). ➤ Darwin City Sights tour with lunch. ➤ 3 night stay in Darwin including breakfast & transfers. ➤ Lunch or dinner at Hotel Darwin. ➤ Full day Litchfield National Park Waterfalls tour including lunch. ➤ 3 nights aboard The Ghan Expedition travelling from Darwin to Adelaide in Gold or Platinum Service. Includes all meals, drinks & Off Train Experiences.

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Welcome/ Chairman’s message

“Passion and enthusiasm” A big welcome to two new Board members, Graeme Brown and Bill Killinger. MARGARET DRAKE Chairman Probus South Pacific Ltd

In my role as Chairman of the Probus South Pacific Board I have the opportunity to meet many Probians from both Australia and New Zealand. During these past few weeks I have been involved in interviewing prospective candidates for representatives on the Board for New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia. I was encouraged by the passion and enthusiasm each candidate exhibited and the members of the Nominating Selection Committee deliberated long and carefully to ensure we selected the best person to represent each of those areas. I am delighted to announce that Graeme Brown from the Probus Club of Leeming has been selected to represent Western Australia, and

Bill Killinger from the Probus Club of Warrawee has been selected to represent New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory. Both these Probians are aware that growth in Probus is our first focus and I am certain these Probians will carry out their roles responsibly following our AGM in August. This is the time of year when Clubs are preparing for a new year under a new committee. It is a wellknown fact that leadership of a Club is a major factor in the success of a Club; leadership and activities are hallmarks of successful Clubs and in my recent travels I have heard of many Clubs who have several different types of activities for their members. Have you planned any new activities for 2020? Will you

participate in a cluster meeting where you can share ideas with nearby Clubs? It is obvious from the reports in the Active Retirees magazines that Clubs have many and varied outings and find all sorts of different ways to celebrate special occasions. Has your Club contributed a photo or story recently? Does your Club have a Publicity Officer? Are you interacting with the Probus South Pacific Facebook page? It is a well-researched fact that if our older people are kept both mentally and physically active, their lives are enhanced and their health is better. Sometimes it is as simple as asking another retiree to attend a Club meeting. If they are afraid or nervous to visit on their own, taking them can provide comfort and encouragement. Of course, once at a Probus meeting they will certainly find new friends and activities to keep them engaged. Thank you to the members who have volunteered their time to participate in the management of their Clubs. Your involvement will ensure your Club grows and becomes the social Club of choice for retirees in your area, and will help them enjoy a Better Later Life. Yours in Probus friendship,

MARGARET DRAKE Chairman Probus South Pacific Ltd APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

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CAPE YORK & GULF SAVANNAH TOURS Travel in small groups of up to 25 passengers aboard a 4WD coach with reclining seats, panoramic windows, road cam,TV and on-board toilet.

7 DAY CAPE YORK FLY / DRIVE FULLY ACCOMMODATED TOUR

$ 3,995 per person twin share Our most popular tour to Cape York is the 7 day Cape York Fly / Drive Fully Accommodated Tour with ensuite rooms every night. The tour departs from Cairns with a flight to Thursday Island, where you enjoy a guided bus tour. Travel by ferry through the Torres Straits to Seisia, our accommodation for the next 2 nights. Stand on the Top of Australia, swim in Fruit Bat Falls, spend the night at a ‘true blue’ Aussie cattle station, view the sunset at Weipa. Visit the historic town of Coen and stay at the Old Musgrave Telegraph Station. Travel through Lakefield National Park, visit Split Rock, Aboriginal Rock Art. Stay at historic Cooktown and travel on the Bloomfield Track via Cape Tribulation back to Cairns. All breakfasts and dinners are served at the restaurants of the accommodation venues.

Budget accommodation option available, $ 3,700 per person twin share CAPE YORK AND GULF SAVANNAH TOUR COMBINATIONS 16 DAY CAPE YORK & GULF SAVANNAH TOUR $ 7,999 per person twin share

17 DAY CAPE YORK & GULF SAVANNAH TOUR $ 8,060 per person twin share

For available departure dates call 1800 77 55 33 or visit www.heritagetours.com.au

9 DAY GULF SAVANNAH ACCOMMODATED TOUR

$ 3,950 per person twin share 9 Day Fully Caterered Accommodated Tour from Cairns. On our first day we step back in time at the Historic Village of Herberton. After a night in Malanda we travel on board the Savannahlander train from Mt. Surprise to Forsayth. Next enjoy a sunset cruise at Karumba, visit Burketown, Burke & Wills Camp #119, explore Lawn Hill National Park, cruise Lawn Hill Gorge and visit the Riversleigh Fossil Fields. Overnight in Normanton, before a journey on the legendary Gulflander train. Cruise the majestic Cobbold Gorge and explore the World’s longest Lava Tubes at Undara. You will enjoy 8 nights accommodation with an ensuite bathroom and all linen is supplied. All breakfasts and dinners are served at the restaurants of the accommodation venues. Tour departs Cairns every Wednesday from 20 May until 30 September 2020. Available for group bookings & charters

CALL HERITAGE TOURS ON 1800 77 55 33

FOR A FREE COLOUR BROCHURE OR AVAILABILITY OF TOURS Email: info@heritagetours.com.au Web: www.heritagetours.com.au PO BOX 3059 CAIRNS QLD 4870. ABN: 160 65 788 070

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News/ Keep up to date

Future proofing your home A new report finds retirees often underestimate the preparation needed to stay at home well into retirement. New nationwide research has found older Australians’ desire to remain living at home increases with age, however the majority have not done enough to modify their properties, creating the risk they will eventually be forced to make unwanted accommodation decisions under duress. Research by the Global Centre for Modern Ageing (GCMA) and released in the report Ageing in the Right Place, An Australian Perspective found that despite wanting to stay at home, only 17 per cent of the older

Australians surveyed thought their home would require repairs or modifications to enable them to do so. Even among those who were experiencing difficulties at home, only 40 per cent acknowledged the need for home modifications. GCMA CEO, Julianne Parkinson, said the GCMA’s national research identified an opportunity for the industry to provide greater public education around home modifications to help people understand their needs, the options available to them and the processes involved before decisions are rushed or forced. “For people who have identified the need to make changes around their home, our research identified key barriers to home modifications, including affordability and being able to find trusted builders and tradespeople,” Ms Parkinson said.

“The right industry partners could encourage earlier and more prudent conversations about home modification before an emergency arises.” The GCMA’s research director, Stuart Smith, said older people increasingly want to remain living in their own home. The GCMA’s research revealed almost two-thirds of those aged 75 plus think they will stay in their home, which is double that of the youngest cohort surveyed (55-64 years),” Dr Smith said. “Helping people to remain independently in their homes is increasingly important. However, we know that this may not always be possible, so it is also critical to understand how ‘home’ can be created in any place of residence.” For more information, visit gcma.net.au

Sri Lanka

Island Paradise. The wonder of Asia. Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Located in the Indian Ocean, this roughly 25,000-square-mile island tempts travellers with a diversity like no other. Known the world over for its golden beaches is not all that Sri Lanka has to offer. Inland tea plantations await exploration as do wildlife parks that teem with animals including elephants, monkeys, sloth bears and one of the world’s largest population of leopards not to mention blue whales and sperm whales off the South and West Coasts. The journey to the hill country has been named one of the most picturesque journeys in the world. The cultural triangle in the north central plains known as ‘Rajarata’ – Land of the Kings is a time portal into ancient kingdoms. The marine national parks make it a surfer’s, snorkelers and diver’s dream. No wonder it is called The Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka is truly a colourful and exotic destination that’s full of surprises. Why not join a “fully escorted” Trade Travel departure or form your own club/group departure?

Your tour highlights will include the Bathing Elephants at Pinnawala, Sigiriya Rock Fortress & Museum, Minneriya & Yala National Park’s Wildlife Safaris, the Tooth Relic Temple, Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens, Ramboda Falls, Terraced Gardens & Tea Plantations of Nuwara Eliya, Historic Galle Fort, Tsunami Museum, Turtle Hatchery & Cricket Club Café. All this plus more awaits as you travel in air-conditioned comfort and stay in luxury accommodation all the way.

For more information contact Trade Travel on 1800 034 439 or email groups@tradetravel.com to obtain your full itinerary.


Is the mid-life crisis on the way out?

A day trip to remember...

Study suggests the “three-quarter-life” crisis is increasingly relevant.

Enjoy a ferry ride & delicious lunch at Davistown RSL Club!

Only 2 minutes walk from Woy Woy station the M.V. Saratoga departs Fisherman’s wharf Monday to Friday at 10.45am and 12.30pm and on the weekends at 9.30am, 10.45am and 12.30pm for a relaxing ride on the beautiful Brisbane Water. If you would like to stop for a meal or light snack then just inform the captain. He will ring the club prior to your arrival and arrange the courtesy bus for your pick up at Central wharf. The bus will then depart the club at 1.15pm and 2.15pm for your return journey.

A recent report reveals more than half of Australians over 50 believe the mid-life crisis is a thing of the past and is increasingly being replaced by the threequarter-life crisis. The Australian Seniors Series: 100 Year Lifespan is based on data that Australians are living longer compared to previous generations and therefore retiring later, starting families later – even pursuing pastimes later in life. The report found that a third (31.9 per cent) of respondents admit to experiencing a three-quarter life crisis, and over two in five (45.9 per cent) have seen others go through one. Nick Haslam, Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne, has

studied the phenomenon. “The three-quarter life crisis isn’t usually a time of despair,” Haslam said. “It’s more a turning point when people in their late 60s or early 70s reassess their priorities for life with the wisdom and perspective that comes with maturity,” Haslam said. “People may be troubled or in a rut when they enter the crisis period, unsure of the value of their work or jaded with the routines in their life, but they generally come out of it with a refreshed sense of possibility. “They may embrace their work with a renewed sense of meaning, adopt new interests and hobbies, decide to spend more time with family and friends, or plan new travels or study.” APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

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Enjoy a delicious lunch accompanied by a glass of wine or cold beer at the Broadwater Restaurant in Davistown RSL Club. Offering an extensive menu and daily specials, there's sure to be something to tempt you. All day coffee shop menu also available for light snacks , coffees and cakes. You can choose to sit inside along the windows, or outside on the deck where the views are stunning.

Why not bring the whole family including the grandkids ? The large fully fenced backyard, shaded kids play area and free jumping castle (Sat & Sun) are always a hit with the kids. Or perhaps a game of bowls on one of the two grassed greens? What a great day out.

Group bookings are essential. Phone 0418 63 13 13 or 4363 1311 www.centralcoastferries.com.au Murna Road, Davistown ph 02 4363 0199


News/ Keep up to date

The perfect canine adventure Experts say a camping trip is the perfect getaway for dog owners this Easter.

In the lead-up to the Easter Long Weekend on April 10-13, PETstock is reminding dog owners that camping is the perfect holiday for your canine friend. Research shows the connection between dogs and humans offers incredible health and wellbeing benefits. According to the most recent report by

Camping and canines go very well together, research says

Animal Medicines Australia, more than a quarter of Aussie pet owners take their pets on holidays. PETstock VET Dr Hay Chung says the greatest gift you can give your dog is quality time with their pack (you!) while providing them with new stimuli. “Dogs explore their environment through smell, so taking them to a new destination is like Christmas for their senses,” Dr Chung said. “With so many great dogfriendly campsites around Australia that both you and your dog will love, it has never been easier to incorporate your pooch into Easter plans.” The health benefits we receive as a result of interaction with our pooches are not only physical, from increased outdoor

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The event has so far raised more than $37 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s research to improve the detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, and has set a target of $40 million by 2020. Since 1994, the five-year survival rate for people diagnosed with breast cancer has improved from 76 per cent to 91 per cent – statistical proof that investment in research is money well spent. There are Mother’s Day Classic events being held in all eight Australian states and territories, with dozens of regional events available. For more information or to register for your local event, visit mothersdayclassic.com.au

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Sand Sculpting Australia and Boneo Discovery Park presents Animalia in Sand – the world’s first sand sculpting exhibition with augmented reality technology. The event brings to life the muchloved classic children’s book by Graeme Base through 26 giant sand sculptures created by some of the world’s top sand sculptors.

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The Sydney Jazz Club Cooperative supports and promotes traditional jazz via monthly jazz gigs, special concerts and activities, and an annual Sydney Harbour Jazz Cruise.

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Cover story/ Photo competition winners

Everyone’s The six finalists of the 2019-20 Probus National Photographic Competition tell us how their Clubs have enriched their lives. PORTRAITS BY TRENT VAN DER JAGT n Friday, February 21, 2020, six creative Probians boarded a cruise on Sydney Harbour to celebrate the culmination of the 2019-20 Probus National Photographic Competition. Their shots, taken on Probus outings at various locations in Australia and around the world, had been whittled down from hundreds of entrants. Pictured below, the finalists included Roslyn Kaye, Margaret Boggie, Bronwen Mitchell, Patrick Ginman, Judy Frederick and Fred King. By the end of the day, each

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of these Probians would have walked away with one of six prizes from Trade Travel valued at over $23,000. As Trade Travel Director Mark O’Brien said before announcing the final standings: “Everyone here today is a winner.” The theme of the 2019-20 competition was “What does Probus mean to you?”, but Active Retirees wanted to drill down further and ask each of the finalists what their Club, in particular, means to them. So, without further ado, let’s hear from the finalists of the 2019-20 Probus National Photographic Competition, from first place through to sixth!

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1ST PLACE FRED KING, COONARACHERRYBROOK PROBUS CLUB “BIG WAVES AT BOMBO” Every year for the last six years, Fred’s wife Glenda has organised a luxury getaway walking group. This time around members stayed at Kiama and spent three days walking in the surrounding region. This particular day was a 10km walk from Gerringong to Kiama. The shot was taken 8km into the walk, and with “big waves” crashing in the background, Fred couldn’t help but ask the rest of the group to throw up some “big waves” of their own. “I’m lucky to belong to Probus Coonara-Cherrybrook, a fairly large and proactive Probus group that provides a very organised structure from which a strong community spirit is generated,” Fred says. “The heart of this community is the plethora of social activities that provide many opportunities to become involved in something of interest with like-minded people, many of whom have become close friends. Our Probus Club has also become the primary motivator and facilitator of much of our travel throughout NSW, Australia and overseas. My wife and I have enjoyed many trips within NSW, but have also travelled to Victoria, Norfolk Island, Japan and Mauritius, sharing some incredible experiences with fellow Probians. “To really take in and understand the benefits of Probus fully, you have

to commit to being an active, involved member. Over the years, my wife and I have always tried to participate in activities of common interest at the Club, and the satisfaction we have received has been significant. I’d also suggest that we’ve become a little fitter too, given that we’re both keen members of the very active walking and cycling groups. “Radio and television writer Andy Rooney once said, ‘You have to put off being young until you can retire.’ That sounds fairly sad, as it highlights how we all get so caught up with our careers and raising a family that we just don’t get time to pursue many of the activities that really interest and excite us. However, retirement can also leave a massive hole in our lives if we don’t get out and proactively fill the void with other interests. My wife and I found joining an active Probus group to be the antidote. “Our Club has more than 20 different activities including walking, cycling, golf, bowls, cards, theatre, solo group, dinners, and the list goes on. Many members get a great deal of satisfaction from becoming one of the group or event coordinators, or committee members, creating and

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(Top left) Fred accepts his first prize from Sri Lankan Airlines’ Peter McKeon and Trade Travel’s Serina Mace and Mark O’Brien Fred’s winning photo (below) was taken with a huge group of Coonara-Cherrybrook Probus Club members

organising the many activities on offer. As an example, my wife has often been keen to help organise events, and recently she also served on the committee for three years as the Club’s Membership Officer. “The beauty of Probus is that it’s your choice of what, if any, roles you take on. Either way, you’ll never get bored as you spend your time playing at ‘being young’.”

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Cover story/ Photo competition winners 2ND PLACE ROSLYN KAYE, BELLA VISTA PROBUS CLUB “OUR FUN-LOVING MUSICIANS” Roslyn’s photo was taken in Northern China on the Russian border on the way to Harbin. Some of the men in the group – who are never ones to let an opportunity slip by – spotted a piano and gave everyone a “rather bad” (Roslyn’s words!) rendition of “Great Balls of Fire”. Roslyn was on hand to capture the moment. Best of all, this photo was taken with a 2011 iPad 2, proving you don’t need the best gear on the market to take a winning snap. “When my husband and I retired we were concerned we may not have enough to do to keep ourselves occupied,” Roslyn says. “A friend told us about Probus and we went to a couple of meetings at Bella Vista Probus Club. At first we weren’t sure

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if Probus was for us, but after being given a warm welcome we became members in 2011. We then started attending various activities and got to meet other members with likeminded interests. Now we look forward to the monthly meetings, and the friendship and fun we have with fellow members. “Bella Vista Probus is a very friendly Club and we’ve made many new friends that I’m sure we will have for a lifetime. We’ve been on trips overseas and within Australia with the Club, and also on non-Probus trips with friends we have made. “I’ve been on the committee as Membership / Welfare Officer for the past three years and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the friendships I’ve made, and having the opportunity to contribute to how our Club is run. We now have no concerns about keeping ourselves occupied in retirement as my diary is full with Probus functions and other commitments outside of the Club. “For anyone thinking of joining Probus, I’d recommend looking on the PSPL website for a Club nearby, and also to talk to friends who may be in a Probus Club. Go along as a visitor to a couple of meetings and see what Probus is all about. As a member, I found attending various activities was the best way to get to know other members. Down the track consider going on the committee or running an activity – you’ll get so much more out of the Club by participating. “Probus makes retirement more fulfilling. Give it a go!”

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Cover story/ Photo competition winners

3RD PLACE PATRICK GINMAN, PROBUS CLUB OF ST GEORGE INC “BEING ’ROUND FRIENDLY PEOPLE” Patrick’s well-framed shot was taken on a trip to the Riverina in May of 2017. He and his fellow Probians visited the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens, and within those gardens is a beautiful Chinese pavilion that was presented by Wagga’s sister city as a bicentennial gift. When he spotted a path going through a circular hole in the wall, Patrick’s moment of photographic inspiration struck.

“For me, Probus means enjoying the company and friendship of like-minded people who are of a similar age, have all faced the same problems and hardships, and have enjoyed the same joy that life can bring,” Patrick says. “We’ve all brought up our families, so now we’re looking to savour some time doing what we want to do such as trips away, outings, walks, etc., with our fellow members. “Probus has improved our social life immensely. We have a whole new circle of friends and I find that the challenges of holding a position on the committee have helped keep my brain active. We have visited places we haven’t been to before and heard a huge variety of guest speakers at our meetings. “To anyone thinking about joining Probus, I would say: don’t think about it, just do it! I’d also tell them to check out a few Clubs before they decide on one, as some Clubs are more in tune with your thinking than others. I’d also tell them to think seriously about taking on a position on a committee once they have been in the Club for a while. Working in a committee position can be very rewarding and gives you input into how your Club is run.”

Prize winners

thanks to Trade Travel

FIRST PRIZE, VALUED AT $10,000 An unforgettable journey through Sri Lanka for two, including airfares with SriLankan Airlines Winner: Fred King, Coonara-Cherrybrook Probus Club

SECOND PRIZE, VALUED AT $4,000 An Outback experience to Longreach Winner: Roslyn Kaye, Bella Vista Probus Club

THIRD PRIZE, VALUED AT $3,400 A four-night escape to Norfolk Island, including airfares Winner: Patrick Ginman, Probus Club of St George Inc

FOURTH PRIZE, VALUED AT $3,000 A five-night holiday at Netanya Noosa Resort Winner: Margaret Boggie, Blackheath Probus Club

FIFTH PRIZE, VALUED AT $2,500 A NSW Outback adventure to Broken Hill Winner: Judy Frederick, Ringwood Clocktower Probus Club

SIXTH PRIZE, VALUED AT $1,000 A NSW coastal escape to Angourie Resort, Yamba Winner: Bronwen Mitchell, Yeronga Probus Club

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Cover story/ Photo competition winners

4TH PLACE MARGARET BOGGIE, BLACKHEATH PROBUS CLUB “ALPINE HIKERS” Margaret had arranged for Blackheath Probus Club to go on a caravan and cabin trip to Jindabyne. The group went to the top of Thredbo, had a coffee at the top of the chairlift, and then made the very long and very steep walk down. Before they could call it a day, however, Margaret stopped everyone for a photo to mark the occasion, and this very active shot was the result. “When my husband and I joined Blackheath Probus Club in 2008, we had no idea how Probus would come to play such an important role in our lives,” Margaret says. “We were amazed at the many activities the Club had to offer – and not just from the monthly meetings, where we hear from exceptional guest speakers from all walks of life. Friends made over morning tea all make for so much enjoyment, and the activities seemed endless; they included monthly outings, the writers’ group, bushwalking, jazz club, classical music, dining group, holidays, library, and puzzles to keep the brain active. “Outdoor activities in particular play a large part in our lives as there are so many exciting and interesting places to visit. We do day trips from Blackheath to Sydney,

go on the harbour, and visit cultural and historical places. We also go out west to places like Bathurst, Mudgee and surrounds, visiting small country towns for the day. Holidays have included Snowy Mountains, Bright, several country towns in Victoria, Merimbula and Crescent Head, to name a few. The fun and laughter we have on these trips just makes you feel great. “Something very special to us is that the members care about each other; you never need to feel alone in time of need. The opportunity to get involved in either leading an APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

Margaret’s winning photo (below) was taken on an alpine hike at Thredbo

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5TH PLACE JUDY FREDERICK, RINGWOOD CLOCKTOWER PROBUS CLUB “ON TOP OF THE WORLD” Judy’s photo was taken on a Club trip through the outback from Adelaide to Broken Hill and then on the inland route through Cameron Corner, Innamincka, and then on to Birdsville. At Birdsville there are two sand dunes – one called Little Red, one called Big Red – which they just had to climb. When Judith

saw some of her fellow Probians above, she knew the moment was right for a photo because they appeared to be “on top of the world.” “My Club, Ringwood Clocktower, provides the structure and fabric of my life,” Judith says. “After a muchenjoyed working life, it fills what for some could be a lonely void. There’s the possibility of being involved in many activities, some on a regular basis and some a one-off, providing a framework around which to plan; flexibility if life is too pressured; and genuine reasons to

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(Below) From where Judy was standing, her fellow Probians visiting Birdsville did, indeed, appear to be on top of the world

say no to those who perceive the retired as having unending spare time. “Probus broadens horizons and contributes to the wellbeing of seniors. It has provided me with another circle of friends. Many new activities are provided, such as croquet, and I have been to places and shows that I probably would not have sought out myself. I’ve learned new skills and been encouraged to contribute. “This new and diverse demographic keeps me better in touch with the achievements and adversities of those in my area, and often provides additional perspective on local, Australian or overseas events. In times of trouble I see Probus members ‘there’ for each other and the wider community. “Participation is the key. For anyone looking to join Probus, I’d suggest you investigate your local Clubs by speaking with individuals, visiting Clubs and looking at websites to ascertain which Club will help foster your interests, and a Club with an atmosphere that will encourage use of your skills and participation. Get to know people on an individual basis – this not only develops more friendships, but also provides an avenue to discover how many things in the Club function and who has what knowledge. “The somewhat altered quote, ‘A sk what can I do for my Club, not what my Club can do for me,’ brings great rewards – in the end, more so for yourself than others.”

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6TH PLACE: BRONWEN MITCHELL YERONGA PROBUS CLUB “TIMES TO LAUGH AND SHARE SPECIAL MOMENTS TOGETHER” Bronwen and some of her fellow Club members took this photo on a trip south of the Queensland border to Yamba, during which time they visited Maclean, a town famous for its Scottish heritage. The town has about 200 tartanpattern power poles, and Bronwen couldn’t resist snapping a shot with five Probians next to five of these famous poles. “Probus, to me, means a local place to go each month to interact with great friends and get to know some new ones. You can leave your troubles at home and enjoy some jolly good company. Probus is a new lease of life for retirees,” Bronwen says.

“Has my life improved? If you’d call being very busy an improvement, then I believe so! After being a committee member of Yeronga Probus Club for a few years, I took on the role of President. Of course, this entailed much planning and preparation – and a little bit of diplomacy! However, besides being busy, I’ve got to better know and appreciate the contributions from members of the Club. Experiencing a friendly, funfilled Club is a definite bonus in life. “I’m sure we’ve all heard the expression ‘Healthy, Wealthy and Wise’. Well, I would tell any prospective Probus member that if he or she joins my Probus Club, they’ll be assured of achieving this

goal in life. Better health will come from an active mind – through discussions and shared experiences – and also from various activities, special-interest groups and regular outings and lunches. “The wealth will come because Probus Clubs are non-profit autonomous Clubs and the subscription fee is quite low compared to many other types of Clubs. But it’s not only money wealth, but also the wealth of fellowship in abundance. “And as for wise? You’ll be wise from listening to, and being educated by, diverse invited guest speakers throughout the year. But there’s also so much to learn merely by getting to know other Club members while sharing their own stories and experiences. Being wise is about showing good judgement, so with over 400,000 Probus members in over 4,000 Clubs around the world, why not join and make it 400,001? You’ll be so glad you did.” l APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

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Quiet pleasures in Bhutan Rediscover life lived at a slower pace on a trip to the lush mountain kingdom of Bhutan. BY ADAM SCROGGY

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t’s quiet. That’s the first thing you notice as you drive from Paro International Airport to Thimphu, the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The tranquility is especially striking since, to get here, you must fly from either Singapore, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Delhi or Mumbai – crowded, frenetic metropolises where life moves far too quickly. Bhutan is the opposite. It’s a land famous for embracing modern life at a slower rate than the rest of the world. It is, quite literally, a breath of fresh air. We roll through Thimphu’s peaceful town centre at a leisurely 15km/h, admiring the distinctive dzong architecture that dots the very lush, and very green, surrounding hills. Green is a theme in Bhutan – by Bhutanese law, a minimum of 60 per cent of the country must remain forested for future generations. The figure currently stands at over 70 per cent, so for the Bhutanese, it’s more than just an inconvenient requirement to be met. It’s central to their national identity. To preserve this pristine nature, Bhutan adheres to a “high value, low impact” model of tourism. This isn’t

a destination for budget travellers; a Bhutanese visa costs a minimum US$250 a day. However, it’s better value than it sounds – the fee is all-inclusive, so in addition to entry, it covers transport, an official guide and driver, three meals per day (usually buffets), and minimum three-star accommodation… though the hotels where we stayed would have easily passed for four stars back at home. Nor are you watched over like a hawk by your guide – once you return to your hotel of an afternoon, you’re free to wander the towns and villages at your leisure. APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

BHUTAN: KEY FACTS Capital: Thimphu Population: 771,600 Official language: Dzongkha Currency: Ngultrum Religion: 77.4% Vajrayana Buddhism; 22.6% Hinduism

In Thimphu, we visit temples. They’re far from the last we’ll see on our eight-day tour to this deeply Buddhist land. Traditions still reign here; our guide, Thinley, is dressed in a knee-length robe called a gho, which all men must wear at work, at school and on official occasions. Women wear a longer dress known as a kira. We move through the temple in a clockwise direction – a rule for any religious structure in Bhutan – spinning rows of prayers wheels as we go, again always clockwise. After Thimphu we take the winding, mountainous road to

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Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and home of the Punakha Dzong, arguably Bhutan’s most impressive building. But first, we stop to visit nearby Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery more commonly known as the “Temple of Fertility”. As you walk through the small village of Teoprongchu at the foot of the monastery, you can’t help but notice most of the buildings have large, phallic symbols painted by their doorways. While a Westerner’s

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HOW TO GET THERE All tourism in Bhutan is controlled by the Bhutanese government, so you’ll need to book with a government-registered tour company in order to obtain a visa. The visa costs US$250 per day in high season and includes entry, accommodation, transport, guide, driver, and three meals a day with non-alcoholic drinks. Flights are extra and will be booked by your tour company, and alcoholic drinks will need to be purchased.

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The symbols themselves are said to ward off evil spirits and promote fertility. Indeed, newly married and childless couples from Bhutan and around the world make pilgrimages to the Fertility Temple to seek blessings from the resident monk, and the temple even has an album of family photos sent by couples who became pregnant after visiting. Many of these successful couples choose to name their child “Kinley”, an anglicised homage to Drukpa Kunley. If you ever meet someone named Kinley, ask them how they got their name – there’s a chance their parents once visited Bhutan! Our accommodation in Punakha is built high on a hill and boasts epic views of Punakha Dzong and the surrounding countryside. We enjoy a traditional Bhutanese butter tea and a buffet meal that includes ema datshi (chilli and cheese stew) and Bhutanese red rice before splashing out for a Druk lager, since alcohol is one of the few items not part of the all-inclusive visa. Druk is the name of the Thunder Dragon

1. Punakha Dzong is often considered the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan 2. Local boys wearing the traditional gho spin prayer wheels as they pass 3. Ema datshi with red rice, the national dish of Bhutan Previous page: The UNESCO listed Tiger’s Nest Monastery

that appears on the Bhutanese flag. The beer tastes good. The views are even better the next day when we visit the Phobjikha Valley, the winter home of the rare black-necked cranes, which arrive from October to February after spending the summer on the Tibetan Plateau. Upon arrival, it is said the black-necked cranes circle nearby Gangtey Monastery three times as if practising Kora, a type of Tibetan ritual. On November 11 each year, the Monastery hosts a festival where children wear crane costumes and perform choreographed dances to welcome their arrival. A great time to visit, for certain. For those with more time (and cash), there’s more to discover in Eastern Bhutan, but as we have only eight days we head back to Paro, our final stop and the home of Bhutan’s International Airport. Paro is also the base for Bhutan’s most iconic landmark, the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

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Spectacular is an understatement for this death-defying structure, which was built in 1692 on a cliff face some 900 metres above the Paro Valley. Getting there is no easy task – depending on your level of fitness, it’s a three- to six-hour return hike, and steep in parts. The hike is safe though, and we saw visitors of all physical abilities making their way at their own pace to experience a landmark truly unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s also a tremendous photo opportunity, though you’ll need to wait patiently for a spot to open up among your fellow hikers. Back in Paro for our final night, we settle into our hotel, watching planes take off before they make the 270-degree turn out of the valley and away behind the surrounding mountains. Tomorrow, we’ll be on the same flight path, making our way back to bustling Singapore and then home to Australia, leaving behind the quiet Himalayan Kingdom where life still moves at a slow pace. l

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The Three Capes of Tassie Unlock the raw beauty of the Tasman Peninsula on a Three Capes Pack Free Walk with Life’s An Adventure. BY ADAM SCROGGY

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un fact: when out bush, hand sanitizer isn’t just good for cleaning the dirt from your hands before eating a packed lunch. As we gather at the start of the hike to Waterfall Bluff on day two of our three-day tour, our guide and expert bushman, Jef, talks us

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1. Take a helicopter flight over Cape Pillar with Life’s An Adventure

The group turns to see Jerry, exuding calmness, and a small leech with a wonderful sense of timing sitting just above his ankle. We can’t help but chuckle – someone wonders aloud if Jef and Jerry planned this earlier. Alas, they did not, and sanitizer at the ready, Jef leaps into action. A drop or two later and the would-be

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invader falls to the ground. Life is, indeed, an Adventure.

DAY 1: CAPE RAOUL We’re on a three-day Pack Free Walk on the stunning Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania’s far south-east. It’s a region famous for its spectacular Three Capes – Cape Raoul, Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy – which surround the even-more-famous Port Arthur Historic Site. We’re picked up from our accommodation at Hobart’s waterfront Grand Chancellor Hotel and make the 1.5-hour drive to begin our hike to Cape Raoul. On the way, we cross the narrow Eaglehawk Neck isthmus, which connects the Tasman Peninsula to mainland Tassie. Along the way, our driver, Amy, regales us with the story of convict Billy Hunt, who once tried to hop past the Neck’s guards while wearing the hide of a kangaroo – a plan that was working brilliantly until the guards started using the roo for target practice. We also hear the more uplifting tale of the Tasmanian Devil, which in this area has recently overcome the scourge of Devil Facial Tumour Disease and is enjoying a population increase for the first time in years. Our 14km hike to Cape Raoul begins, and it’s not long before we reach the coastline and our first spectacular view of the towering cliffs that form Tasmania’s southeast coast. Our guide, Jef, is excited to spy the shapes of some surfers way down below – he explains that they’re taking on Shipstern Bluff, one of the world’s most challenging waves. It’s rare to see anyone out at the Bluff, meaning the conditions today must be just right. The group handles the mediumgrade walk to Cape Raoul well, and after a couple of hours we’re rewarded with views of the “organ pipe” rock formation for which the peninsula is renowned. These 180-million-yearold dolerite sea columns shoot out hundreds of metres above the water and are truly a sight to behold.

2. Echidnas are a common sight on the Tasman Peninsula 3. A sea-level view of Cape Raoul’s famous dolerite columns, sometimes referred to as “organ pipes”

At night, we return to our chalet accommodation at Stewarts Bay Lodge and enjoy a meal at 1830 Restaurant & Bar. I opt for a smoked trout entrée with scotch fillet main. It’s delicious, and the included bottles of wine wash it down very nicely indeed.

DAY 2: WATERFALL BAY TO FORTESCUE BAY After a hot breakfast at Gabriel’s on the Bay, our second day sees us take on a hike from Waterfall Bluff to Fortescue Bay. Neither are

considered part of the Three Capes, but they’re no less impressive. Day two is a true bushwalker’s delight: by the time we’ve reached the end of our undulating 18km trek, we’ve seen just one other soul on the trail, a runner who surprises us as he darts past late in the afternoon. Aside from Jerry’s well-timed moment in the morning, leech sightings are few and far between. Throughout the walk we pass through nine different types of forest, from dry sclerophyll to coastal heath and myrtle-sassafras,

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Travel/ Domestic all dotted with frequent coastal views of the peninsula’s dramatic cliff faces. It’s a long but rewarding walk, and when we arrive at the picturesque white sands of Fortescue Bay, a few group members take the opportunity to remove their shoes for a relaxing final walk along the shorelines to our waiting bus. Dinner that night is at Gabriel’s, and it’s well-earned after the long day of hiking. Battered Tasmanian scallops and an affogato dessert are just the tonic for my tired legs, as are the wines which are, once again, included as part of the tour package. I slept well the night before, but with

4. Port Arthur Historic Site is just a short walk away from Stewart Bay Lodge 5. Views out past Cape Hauy 6. Chalet at Stewarts Bay Lodge, our accommodation during our two-night stay on the Tasman Peninsula

almost twice the kilometres in my legs today, tonight’s slumber will be positively dreamlike.

DAY 3: CAPE PILLAR AND CAPE HAUY On our third and final day, the group splits into two after breakfast – half have opted for a three-hour wilderness cruise around Cape Pillar, while the other half (myself included) enjoy an hour or two exploring the Port Arthur Historic Site before heading on a helicopter flight for a bird’s-eye view of Cape Pillar. The flight affords magnificent vistas of Cape Pillar’s

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towering sea cliffs and out to remote Tasman Island with its dramatic exposed lighthouse. Our legs appreciate the morning off, but there’s still one more cape to conquer, and it offers arguably the most stunning views of all. After one last included meal at Port Arthur Lavender Farm – salt and pepper squid with Asian style crispy noodle, in case you were wondering! – we begin the 10km hike to Cape Hauy. Our end point from day two is our starting point here, and we take off south from Fortescue Bay along an undulating, step-filled track. After about an hour, we emerge from the forest to reveal stunning uninterrupted views to Cape Hauy. The trail winds through the coastal heath ahead of us, and we know our destination sits just on the other side. We take in brilliant views towards “The Thumbs” to the north, and Cape Pillar to the south. When we arrive at our end point, the Cape Hauy Lookout, we witness the spectacular off-shore dolerite sea stacks known as Totem Pole, the Candlestick and the Lanterns. We’ve officially seen all Three Capes, and all that’s left is to head back across the Neck towards Hobart. Unlike Billy Hunt, we reckon we’ll take the bus. l

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We did the Three Capes Pack Free Walk with Life’s An Adventure, a three-day guided walk for those looking to experience the Three Capes without the burden of carrying clothes, food and a heavy pack. The package included two nights in deluxe spa chalets at Stewart Bay Lodge, meal inclusions (three lunches, two breakfasts, and two dinners at 1830 Restaurant and Gabriel’s on the Bay respectively, with beautiful Tasmanian wine included), two guides, and the option to choose between a helicopter or wilderness cruise on Day Three. For more information, visit lifesanadventure.com.au

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Finance/ Timeshares

Is the time for sharing over? While timeshares are brilliant in theory, they’re coming under increasing financial scrutiny. Here’s what you need to know. BY CHRISTINE LONG

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nce upon a time taking a holiday at a timeshare resort may have seemed like an avenue to a no-fuss annual break. Perfect for people who wanted to holiday in the same area each year, they were marketed as a way to access a little piece of paradise without

having to fork out for an entire holiday house or apartment. Some timeshare schemes entitle members to a specific time period such as a stay of one week each year. Others are points-based schemes where you buy points or credits that you can redeem at specific resorts or holiday accommodation properties in Australia and sometimes internationally. But as the years march on many people aren’t feeling quite so relaxed about their timeshare memberships. They may have found they have to book up to a year in advance to secure a stay at their timeshare resort during peak holiday periods. The mounting costs, too, can be a cause for concern, particularly for someone who has retired and begun to live on a fixed income since signing up to a membership. A timeshare membership generally requires the payment of an upfront membership fee. There are also annual levies whether you book a timeshare holiday during that year or not. The annual fees are designed to cover things such as management fees, landscaping, cleaning, refurbishment and administration. They are usually set to increase by a certain percentage each year. There can be additional costs if timeshare members choose to book overseas locations within a timeshare club or if they took advantage of finance deals promoted by timeshare operators. In addition, the contracts associated with timeshare memberships are typically for lengthy terms, locking people in for 20 to 99 years. So while a member’s financial circumstances and lifestyle may change significantly during the term of the contract, the ongoing commitment does not. According to 2018-19 data from the Australian Timeshare Holiday Owners Council, consumers pay $23,000 on average for their APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

timeshare membership and about $800 in ongoing annual membership costs. The loan interest is 13.5 per cent on average and 48 per cent of consumers used a loan to buy or upgrade their membership. The regulator describes them as a “sticky” product: easy for consumers to get into and difficult to exit. According to the regulator and consumer organisations, complaints by timeshare members indicate that many feel they are not getting the expected value from their memberships. Some people have experienced financial stress because of unexpected increases in timeshare membership fees. Many people hadn’t considered what might happen if they could no longer afford their memberships or if the financial liability was to be transferred to a family member in the future. People who do not keep up their payments may have to forfeit their membership. Even if they decide to sell their membership they can find it difficult to find a buyer or they may have to be willing to sell their membership without making a profit. In the case of one timeshare club, levy defaults by members were growing, placing increasing pressure on remaining members. As there was virtually no ability for members to exit the club, the probability of levy defaults was expected to grow and the club couldn’t afford to pursue the levy defaulters. Holiday rents were also not covering the maintenance fees in many cases. As a result of these issues the regulator has announced it will issue a consultation paper in the first half of 2020, seeking feedback on proposals to address some of the risks of consumer harm occurring at different stages of timeshare membership. This will include considering exit arrangements for consumers. l

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Finance/ Storage

Lock and leave Hitting the road for an extended period inevitably means leaving a few things behind. Here are five questions to ask yourself about storage. BY CHRISTINE LONG

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etting ready to hit the road for a grand adventure means making plenty of practical decisions. Perhaps you’ve sold up and plan to fully convert to the van life, or a house-sitter is coming to keep the home fires burning while you’re circling Australia. Either way, you may still need a base for some of your treasured possessions. Fortunately, people wanting to lock up and leave their favourite pieces of furniture and personal items are now spoiled for choice. You can put items into a self-storage unit; leave them at home in a locked garage or room; rent someone else’s garage or spare room; or take advantage of a portable storage solution. So, what are the keys to ensuring whatever storage method you choose serves you well? Here are five things to think about to ensure any storage arrangement is stress-free.

1. SECURITY According to the Self-Storage Association of Australasia, which represents 800 members in Australia and New Zealand, one of the key reasons for choosing a self-storage unit over someone’s garage or spare room is security. Good self-storage facilities will have a gated entry, CCTV

Storage facilities can be costly, but they have distinct advantages that are worth considering

surveillance, security fences, exterior lighting, PIN code access, padlocks on units, and round-the-clock security staff. Furthermore, these facilities are staking their business reputation on being able to offer clean, pest-free, dry units to their customers. These things may not always be on the radar of someone who lists their garage or spare room on a peer-to-peer website, for example, so choose carefully.

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2. EASE AND CONVENIENCE Ask yourself how important it is to have easy access to the storage solution. In the case of self-storage, are you prepared for loading and unloading possessions to a top-floor unit? Or would you prefer to pay a higher price for a ground floor unit? Would a portable storage box that you can pack at your leisure over a period of weeks serve your needs better? Are you prepared to be

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Finance/ Storage

“Ask yourself how your friendship or relationship may be affected if something goes wrong with your possessions when they are in someone else’s care”

agreement? Ask yourself how your friendship or relationship may be affected if something goes wrong with your possessions when they are in someone else’s care.

unable to access items once the box is stored by the provider?

5. SECURITY OF THE ARRANGEMENT

3. WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING TO STORE? Do your treasured possessions include valuables such as a wine or art collection? Or large items such as a car or boat? If this is the case, a specialist storage solution may be required.

4. COSTS AND INSURANCE There can be a big difference in what you will pay to store your possessions in a self-storage unit close to a city centre compared to a regional centre or on the outskirts of a city.

Likewise, opting to declutter before you store can help reduce the ongoing cost. Self-storage units and portable storage solutions offer a range of sizes. The smaller the better for your budget. If your planned itinerary is longer than a quick jaunt you may need to ask whether the provider is likely to increase storage fees after six or 12 months. You should also check whether your items will be insured wherever you decide to leave them. Additionally, a formal storage arrangement will involve signing a contract. Are you comfortable with an informal arrangement that may not even include a written

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While finding a place to store your possessions via Gumtree, or even with friends or family, may sound like an easy option, informal arrangements can also become unglued if plans change. What happens if the owner of a garage or spare room suddenly decides to move on? You could find yourself having to find a new home for your possessions. Or perhaps your travel plans may change – once out on the road, it’s easy for a six-month trip to morph into 12 months. Is your storage solution flexible enough to cope with changing plans? l

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Technology/ Home security

Get smart on home security

The home security, access and monitoring sector has come a long way in recent years, but are the latest technologies right for you? We unlock the benefits and drawbacks of various solutions. BY KALON HUETT

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oing back a few decades, the best way to protect your home was by deadlocking the front door. Then basic security cameras and motion-sensing lights and alarm systems entered the mix – largely to deter people from breaking and entering in the first place. Now we’ve entered an era of smart home security, access and monitoring based on advanced sensors and wireless technologies such as Bluetooth Low Energy and the Internet of Things (IoT).

So, is it time for you to get smart on home security? There are multiple factors and solutions to consider, and there’s no right or wrong answer. Ultimately, your choice of which smart home security set-up – or, indeed, whether to go with none at all – should come down to your type of property, your comfort and experience with technology, and how prepared you are to create a truly connected home and lifestyle for yourself and your family. Let’s take a closer look at some of the main options...

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Home security /

Technology

SMART HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS For ultimate peace of mind, you may want to arm your home with a complete security system that connects to your smartphone or tablet. You can include just about any combination of indoor/outdoor surveillance cameras, alarm systems, door locks and other handy devices. Unlike traditional home security equipment, these “smart” devices let you monitor what’s happening at home from anywhere. For example, if a built-in sensor detects a motion or sound at your property that triggers one of the alarms while you’re out shopping, playing golf or minding the grandkids, you’ll receive an alert via email or a push notification through the app on your phone. Within seconds you can then be checking the live footage from multiple security cameras back at your house.

DIY VS. PROFESSIONAL There are pros and cons to both do-it-yourself (DIY) and professional smart home security set-ups. DIY systems are cheaper to install and maintain, plus they offer greater flexibility when configuring the settings to suit your personal requirements. Professional systems can be considerably more expensive, but on the flip side they offer the added assurances of smooth installation, ongoing guidance and, in most cases, a 24/7 monitoring service. High-end systems generally come with a user-friendly wallmounted panel and touchscreen display for doing all the same things and more that you can do through the phone apps.

SMART DOOR LOCKS For a (hands-free) touch of extra convenience in your everyday life, it’s worth looking into the wide range of smart door locks now available. Once installed, these

These days, you can access many home security systems from your smartphone

“Whether you live in a house on a quiet street or an apartment in a busy building, it’s important to feel that your home is safe and secure” devices connect wirelessly to your smartphone, letting you automatically lock or unlock your front door when leaving or approaching the house. You can also grant temporary home access to a nominated person such as a cleaner, house guest or family member by sharing an access code with time restrictions, so no more misplacing your keys or hiding a spare key under a pot plant. Many smart door lock systems provide a remote monitoring feature too, meaning you’ll always know who’s coming and going. It should be said that some smart door locks have reportedly been “hacked” – either electronically compromised or physically disabled – by unscrupulous criminals. However, the technology in this area is always improving, and thanks to advanced encryption

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measures geared towards preventing would-be hackers from taking control of a system, the leading smart locks on the market have become much safer.

FINAL WORD Whether you live in a house on a quiet street or an apartment in a busy building, it’s important to feel that your home is safe and secure. The latest technologies can provide the comfort, confidence and convenience you care about in retirement. At the same time, old-school approaches to guarding property still work well for the bulk of the population. Our advice is to do some additional research and talk to a few “techxperts” before reaching a decision on smart home security. Until then, keep those doors deadlocked – and don’t forget your keys! l

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Technology/ Film camera “Go ahead, snap 1,000 photos – the law of averages says that one is bound to be a winner”

Remembering the...

Film camera In the first of a new series that looks at tech that fell by the wayside in the 21st century, we remember the good old film camera… BY ADAM SCROGGY

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e all recall the process. You take your camera – maybe a Kodak, maybe a Pentax, maybe another – and load it up carefully with a roll of 35mm film. You head out for the day’s activities, rationing your shots carefully because as soon as you hit 12, 24, 36 (however many

exposures your roll offered), that’s it. You might have more rolls stored away in your pack, but “finite” was the key word. A couple of days later it’s off to the photo lab to get the roll developed. You visit your local Kodak store, drop off the film, and come back an hour or two later (or the next day, if they’re busy) and see how your snaps turned out. A few are blurrier than you’d hoped, a couple a little overexposed, but there are a few absolute gems in there too. Grab those photo albums from the cupboard – time to add a few more memories to your cherished collection. Perhaps it was the chilling performance by the great Robin Williams in One Hour Photo – in which he played Sy Parrish, a disturbed photo technician who becomes obsessed with a family who frequent his store – that hastened the demise of companies like Kodak. More likely, it was the arrival of the digital camera; okay, it was definitely the arrival of the digital camera. Either way, for the average joe, the days of developing film have all but vanished. As we headed into the 21st century, photography became more accessible than ever. First came

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digital cameras, which allowed you a seemingly unlimited number of shots. Go ahead, snap 1,000 photos – the law of averages says that one is bound to be a winner. You could even view them on a screen as soon as you shot them (bye bye blurriness; adios overexposure!) and then load them up on your computer as soon as you got home. Instant gratification. Next came smartphones, those crazy new contraptions that acted as phones, internet browsers, calculators, alarm clocks, gaming devices and, of course, cameras, all rolled into one. Nowadays we don’t even need to get home before we share our pics; we can simply pluck them from our digital albums and share them with friends and loved ones via email, text or Facebook, perhaps while sitting on the train. So what’s next? Photography continues to evolve; stronger sensors, smaller cameras and new formats arrive yearly. Soon, we’ll be exploring scenes with virtual reality, bringing to life both the 3D sights and sounds of an image. One day, we may well be taking photos with our eyes. But all is not lost for the film camera – in fact, it has enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent years, particularly among hardcore photography enthusiasts. High-end fashion houses and publications like National Geographic still use film, though they’re working with some seriously high-end gear. If you’ve been to a wedding lately, you might have even noticed a Polaroid camera at your table, a recent trend that allows guests to snap old-school selfies for a fun guestbook. The film camera is down, but definitely not out. Sy Parrish would be relieved. l

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Health / Dental

Don’t ignore dental care Good oral health can help improve quality of life and combat various health conditions, so it’s important to take care of your teeth and gums as you age. We share some top tips for dental care. BY KALON HUETT

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xperts widely agree that a link exists between oral health and general health. As we get older, our oral health increasingly impacts our overall quality of life and ability to manage or prevent certain medical conditions. If poor dental hygiene is left unchecked, many health-related problems – ranging from inconvenient to serious and even life-threatening – might become harder to control. Oral issues like tooth loss, root decay, uneven jawbone, darkened teeth and dry mouth (often a side effect of taking medications) can create an array of challenges for older people including pain, infections, forced dietary changes, discomfort when eating and talking, reduced self-esteem and social isolation. At the more extreme end of the scale, poor oral health can make you more susceptible to conditions like diabetes and aspiration pneumonia, while research has established a connection between gum disease and heart disease. This might all sound like an unfortunate reality of ageing, but growing long in the tooth shouldn’t mean accepting dental incapacities or worse. A proactive approach to dental care later in life helps protect

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and wellbeing. But are you still as committed to dental care as you used to be? Seniors typically access the general health services they need on a regular basis. However, this diligence is known to drop when it comes to scheduling dentist visits. According to Australian Institute of

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Dental /

Health and Welfare (AIHW) analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers data, just over half (51 per cent) of people aged 65 and over had seen a dental professional in the previous 12 months. Worryingly, this figure dipped below 50 per cent among the population of 75- to 79-year-olds, and continued to decrease for each consecutive five-year age bracket between 65-69 and 85+. In between routine dental checks at least every six months, it’s crucial to keep practising good oral hygiene habits. Here are eight tips for maintaining and improving oral health no matter your age.

Even if you’re a diligent brusher and flosser, regular check-ups are imperative to ensure good dental health

clean between your teeth at least once per day with dental floss or another interdental cleaner.

2. RINSE AND REPEAT While not as essential as brushing and flossing, rinsing with an antiseptic fluoride mouthwash one or twice each day is another effective method for reducing decay.

3. DEAL WITH DENTURES

Health

5. SAY NO TO SUGAR Got a bit of a sweet tooth? It’s fine to enjoy the occasional piece of cake, but remember that a high intake of sugary foods and soft drinks is terrible for your teeth.

6. TAP INTO WATER There’s no substitute for drinking plenty of water. Tap water usually contains fluoride, which helps prevent decay in teeth of any age.

Just like real teeth, full and partial dentures deserve a hygiene plan. Every day, clean your dentures with soap and water and take them out for at least four hours. Remember to remove your dentures at night.

7. QUIT SMOKING

1. BRUSH AND FLOSS

4. EAT HEALTHY

8. SEE YOUR DENTIST

Since plaque can build up quite rapidly, it’s essential to brush at least twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush (preferably an electric toothbrush) and toothpaste containing fluoride. You should also

One simple way to indirectly care for your teeth and gums is through a healthy, well-balanced diet including plenty of dairy and high-fibre foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and legumes.

Even if you take great care of your teeth and gums, it’s imperative to schedule regular visits to your dentist or periodontist for full dental check-ups, professional cleaning and oral exams. l

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If you need any further incentive to quit smoking, consider the fact cigarettes can also contribute to problems with gum disease and tooth decay/loss.

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Social life /

Social life matters We know that staying physically active provides many health benefits as we get older, but staying socially active and engaged in your community is also a big contributor to overall wellness. BY KALON HUETT

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Health

rom early childhood to school age and throughout our adult lives, socialisation has a major bearing on how we develop, who we become and what motivates us to get out of bed in the morning. We grow by getting up and doing things. We learn from and get inspired by the people around us, whether they’re friends, family members, teachers, colleagues, neighbours, peers or even complete strangers. None of this should change in retirement. If anything, with full-time work commitments and dependent children in your rear-view mirror, this is the time to shift your social life up a gear.

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Health / Social life AVOIDING ISOLATION As we get older, changes in personal and living circumstances sometimes result in feelings of isolation and loneliness. Due to a health condition, relocation or decline in the number of close relationships, a previously active lifestyle might gradually slip away. The impact on an individual can be profound and harmful, potentially leading to problems like poor sleep, depression or cognitive deterioration. The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way. Being aware of the warning signs can help you avoid becoming socially isolated. Talking, laughing and simply being around people of all ages provides stimulation for your brain and keeps you on your toes. If you can’t always go to your friends and loved ones, encourage them to come to you.

HEALTHY OUTLOOK Having a healthy outlook on life can do wonders for the ageing process. There’s no doubt your physical fitness is extremely important, but so too is staying socially active. In fact, exercising and socialising work in tandem to enhance your overall wellness. You’re more likely to be active if you’re doing it with others, and you’re more likely to be positive if you’re fit and full of energy. Throw

Joining a walking group or a gardening club are just two of the many options available for remaining social

in some excitement for activities approaching on the calendar and Bob’s your wellness coach – you’re all set to keep looking and feeling your best. While low-impact sports like lawn bowls help to keep your body flexible and your mind sharp, the real benefits roll in when you participate with people. It’s partly bonding over a common interest. It’s partly engaging in spirited banter over a beer (not too many). But it’s mostly knowing you’re never over the hill when it comes to fun and games.

COMMUNITY MINDED Regardless of your age, it’s rewarding to be engaged in your local community. There are so many ways to get involved, and joining your Probus Club and connecting with like-minded retirees (or semiretirees) is a great start. If you’re on the lookout for worthwhile group activities to try with fellow Probians, some interesting options include joining a club for walking, gardening or reading books, or taking group classes for dance, yoga, art, APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

language, music or further education. Most activities happen firmly on the ground, but the sky’s still the limit. To get started, why not encourage your Club to join a Heart Foundation Walking group (walking.heartfoundation.org.au) and keep those legs pumping while enjoying a casual conversation, or find your green thumbs by starting a Club gardening group? Fancy using your spare time to lend a helping hand at a hospital, school, community centre or animal shelter? Volunteering is a wonderful way to contribute to the community and support those in need. Whether it’s working at a pet shelter or lending a hand at a food truck for the homeless, you’ll have a project to be proud of. By meeting new people, visiting new places and learning new skills – as well as doing what makes you happy with those you care about most – you’re actually looking after yourself more than you might realise. Chances are you’re also having a splendid time in the process. Isn’t that what retirement should be all about? l

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Simple and delicious Craving a little taste of the Mediterranean? Try these two recipes from Mary Valle’s Mediterranean Lifestyle Cooking!

EGGPLANT ROLLS WITH FETA, OLIVES AND SUNDRIED TOMATO Serves 4 to 6 l 60 ml olive oil l 2 large eggplant, trimmed and sliced into 11/2 cm thickness lengthways l 60 g feta cheese, crumbled l 60 g kalamata olives, pitted and diced l 12 sundried tomatoes, diced l small handful of basil leaves l 4 teaspoons parsley, fined chopped salt, to taste l freshly ground black pepper

1. In a bowl combine the feta, olives, sundried

STUFFED ZUCCHINI FLOWERS Serves 4 to 6 l 16–20 zucchini flowers l 1 onion, finely chopped l 200 g rice l 2 ripe tomatoes, grated parsley, finely chopped, to taste l dill, finely chopped, to taste l pinch of dried oregano l 60 ml olive oil salt, to taste l freshly ground pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

sauté the onion until soft. Add the rice and mix well coating the rice with the olive oil and about 120 ml of water. Add the tomatoes, herbs and season to taste. Simmer for 3–4 minutes and allow it to cool for a bit.

2. Place a spoonful of the mixture

carefully into each zucchini flower and fold tops over. Arrange in a baking dish. When all finished drizzle a little extra olive oil over and pour 120 ml of water into the baking dish.

tomatoes, parsley and mint. Prepare the eggplant and brush the slices with olive oil. Heat a frying pan with a little extra olive oil over a medium heat and fry the eggplant slices, about 2–3 minutes on each side or until cooked. You can also cook the eggplant over a grill or barbecue if you prefer. Allow it to sit on some absorbent paper while cooking the remainder of the eggplant. Season to taste.

2. Lay out each eggplant slice and place a

heaped spoonful of the feta mixture at the wider end and roll up tightly. Place onto a serving platter and drizzle a little more olive oil over, a grind of black pepper and some extra herbs.

3. Bake for about 20–30 minutes or

Prepare the zucchini flowers, rinsing and carefully removing the stamen. In a frying pan heat the olive oil and

until cooked. You may need to add more water to the baking dish if it is looking too dry.

4. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Meet the members C ongratulations must go to Geoff Bond, who was voted 2019 Senior Volunteer of the Year for his outstanding work helping farmers in need through the Frontier Services program called Outback Links. The award was presented in Port Macquarie on August 20. This is the second such award for Geoff, who in 2014 was named Mid North Coast Volunteer of the Year. Geoff and his wife Rosalind are members of the Port Macquarie Combined Probus Club. Geoff travels to outback parts of Australia, offering help with building, fencing and gardening to name a few. “I stay on a property and do whatever needs to be done.

Often, this can involve stock work or general handyman work,” Geoff says. “In times of drought the farmer is busy with stock problems and the small jobs around the house such as painting, gardening, fencing simply don’t get done.” Geoff travelled to three properties in 2019 alone, but has completed no less than 30 placements across the country since beginning his service with Outback Links. “I’ve got some skills and, while I’m fit enough, I’d like to keep going. “It’s more important than ever, and unfortunately because of the remoteness of the property nobody is prepared to even look at a job, much less do it. “I’d appeal to farmers who are struggling to not think that

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Geoff Bond they can’t ask for volunteers. I feel sure that there must be properties close to Port Macquarie that are in need of help. Don’t let pride prevent you from putting your hand up, because there are lots of volunteers ready to help.” l

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Fred and Verna Chapman

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here’d be many examples of husband-and-wife duos as long-serving members of the Probus movement in Australia and overseas. The Probus Club of Vasse in Western Australia is no exception and is fortunate to have several such members.

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Verna is the longest-serving member of the Probus Club of Vasse, having been a member of the Club for 27 years. She has carried the Membership Officer’s duties during those early years and has always contributed to the “Fun, Friendship and Fellowship” aspirations of her Club. Verna is one of two members who currently hold the classification of Honorary Member. Her husband, Fred Chapman, joined the Probus Club of Vasse in May 2005, some 13 years after Verna and after he had retired as a secondary school teacher. He taught at Busselton District High School in 1953-54, then Busselton High School as main Science Teacher until 1960 when he was transferred to Kent Street High in 1960. His other interests include bicycle riding, and he has a deep and current interest in the very popular “Busselton Brass”, which was founded in 1871. l

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n December, Hallidays Point Combined Probus Club President Ian Campbell presented a Probus Life Membership Award to longserving member Anna Hamers. Life Memberships are only awarded under exceptional circumstances and Anna’s situation certainly meets the requirement. Both Ian, who is now Immediate Past President, and Anna are pictured right. Anna joined the Hallidays Point Combined Probus Club in March 2006, just three years after its foundation. She assumed responsibility for the choir soon after joining the Club and became its leader for nearly 14 years, until its closing in July last year. Anna has exceptional musical skills and arranged all the music she put forward for the many choir performances. Not only did she arrange the music, but she also led the singers with her own effective conducting style and sung in many of the performances with her very fine-tuned vocal abilities, her preference being for the quartet combination. While still leading the choir, she volunteered for the position

of Catering Officer, responsible for providing quality morning teas for monthly meetings. “It’s such a rewarding and fun job,” Anna says. “I have always loved my six years as tea-lady and I took great pride in finding different treats each month.” Catering Officer is a committee position, so that meant attendance at monthly Management Committee meetings, which commenced in 2009. From here, she progressed to Vice-President in 2015-16 and then President in 2016-17. Since completing her presidential year, Anna has filled the roles of Immediate Past President, Publicity Officer and Meeter and Greeter at monthly General Meetings, and continues to serve on the Management Committee. Recently, Anna was presented with a Life Membership to Hallidays Point Combined Probus Club. Life Memberships are only awarded under exceptional circumstances, and Anna’s situation certainly meets that requirement. The wording on the plaque presented to Anna during the award ceremony read: “Presented to Anna Hamers, in appreciation of many years of outstanding service

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Club news

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The following is a selection of some of the outings, milestones and get-togethers from Probus Clubs around the country. To have your Club’s event, trip or news item potentially featured in Active Retirees magazine, please send the following to probus@citrusmedia.com.au 1. A short description of 50 to 150 words 2. A photo as a separate attachment (photos embedded in Word documents or PDFs are often compressed and too low-resolution for print) 3. Try to send the original, full-sized photo if possible (these are generally higher resolution than those pulled from Facebook, for example) We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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Club news/ Tasmania

To read more about other members’ activities, visit the Club News section of the Probus website. probussouthpacific.org

Three days of cheer On a cold, grey, summer morning in December, 20 members from the Hobart Men’s and Sandy Bay Ladies’ Probus Clubs and partners departed the Sandy Bay Bowls and Community Club for three days touring the north-east of Tasmania. Morning tea was at Raspins Beach, Orford, and then it was on to the Tasmanian Seafarers’ Memorial in Triabunna, followed by a sumptuous lunch at the Bark Mill at Swansea and a tour of their museum. The atmosphere was very dark due to smoke haze and sea fog as members travelled up the coast. Next, a “grog” stop at Devils Corner, where wines were tasted and purchased, then on to the overnight stop at Tidal Waters at St. Helens. Pyengana the next day featured cheese making, tasting and buying, and a cow and dairy inspection followed by morning tea in Derby, which is now home to extreme mountain biking. The Probians then detoured to Legerwood to see the carved macrocarpa memorials to local men who were casualties of World War I. This was followed by a tour of Bridestowe Lavender Estate Farm, lunch and more purchases, and a night spent at Tamar Valley Resort. Next morning the group toured the historic Woolmers Estate manor house and the extensive National Rose Garden. Finally, a light lunch at Ross and home in the late afternoon – exhausted and happy. Pictured below is the group with Zoe, a guide at Bridestowe Estate.

A bloomin’ good time Under cloudy skies on Wednesday, October 16, Prospect Ladies’ Probus Club headed to the Table Cape Tulip Farm. They enjoyed a luscious morning tea at Parramatta Creek. This was followed by a lovely country drive to Wynyard, and lunch was an enjoyable meal at the RSL Club. Then, it was on to the Tulip Farm. David Roberts Thomas gave a brief introduction of the history, research and workings of the farm, and some members enjoyed a coffee and shop while the remainder took in the fresh air walking among the tulips. The vibrant colours against the rich volcanic soil was certainly a sight to behold. After taking in the magnificent views, they then headed for home. The rain started just as they boarded the bus. Lucky!

Dover and out Following an extremely interesting presentation by the previous proprietor of the Woodbridge Village store at the November meeting, 21 of the Woodbridge and Channel District Probus Club’s 27 members travelled by bus to Damien and Kellie’s new cafe at Dover for a December Christmas luncheon. An enjoyable meal and entertaining time was had by all. En route home, they called into the Tassal Salmon hatchery headquarters where members took advantage of “factory outlet” prices for their product. APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

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Club news/ South Australia

To read more about other members’ activities, visit the Club News section of the Probus website. probussouthpacific.org

Nick and Norm The Probus Club of Airport District attended a Christmas luncheon in late November. This photo is of Father Christmas with the Club’s oldest member, Norm Lewis, who turned 103 in December.

Quarter of a century In August, the Fleurieu Ladies’ Probus Club celebrated 25 years of Fun, Friendship and Fellowship. One of the guests was local Federal MP, Rebekha Sharkie. Rebekha’s assistant took some photos, including this photo of Marlene Gabrielson, Sandra McClung, President Helen Purdie and June Dunnicliff.

High tea on the river On Sunday afternoon of September 15, 2019, members of the Probus Club of St Agnes Inc attended a High Tea on the River Torrens in central Adelaide. The event was held on one the famous “Popeye” cruise boats that have been cruising on the river since the 1930s. A sumptuous menu of goodies was provided by the tour operator for the enjoyment of all who participated in the cruise. The cruise enabled Club members to view the many changes that have taken place around the Riverbank precinct in recent years, particularly the remodelled Adelaide Oval, Festival Centre and Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Attention was also drawn to several historic landmarks around the river dating back to the foundation of the City of Adelaide in the 1830s.

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The Hills are alive On Friday, January 3, 2020 with the temperature in Adelaide forecast at 42 degrees and in a day of catastrophic fire conditions, 19 members and visitors of the Probus Club of Tea Tree Gully embarked on a visit to Kenton Valley Cherry Cafe in the Adelaide Hills. It was great to see that, despite the recent bushfires in the area, the cafe and surrounding cherry trees had survived. This was due to a great fire plan and hard work from owners of the business and Volunteer Fire Crews. On arrival at 9am the temperature at the cafe was a pleasant 27, while the city of Tea Tree Gully was 32.6. Everyone moved out onto the deck where tables were set up under shade sails and protected by a large shady tree. A pleasant breeze wafted along the deck. After enjoying cherry-flavoured drinks, snacks and chatter, it was time to buy up cherries and other products from the gift store to take home. Then it was time to depart at 10:30am when the temperature at the cafe reached 31. Members were very thankful that the Adelaide temperature reached 39 that day instead of the forecast 42. Everyone agreed it was once again a great outing with lots of Fun, Friendship, and Fellowship (and delicious food). Thanks to Activity Officer Joan for once again organising a great outing.

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Club news/ Queensland Lunch spot The Probus Club of Hope Island recently reintroduced lunch visits to nearby taverns and restaurants after its monthly general meetings. This picture shows members and visitors enjoying pre-lunch drinks and company at the Hope Island Tavern. This was followed a very interesting talk at the general meeting from local councillor Cameron Caldwell, which put everybody in a good mood to enjoy their lunch!

Down to a tea The Probus Club of Kenmore Village enjoyed its visit to the Chung Tian Temple, a peaceful Buddhist retreat with buildings in the Chinese palace architectural style of red and gold protected by gargoyles and statues, each with its own life message. Pictured here is the special tea ceremony of black, healthy rolled tea with leaves from the pristine mountains of Taiwan.

The race that stops the Probians Eighteen Sorrento Probus Club members lunched “lavishly� at a local Southport, Gold Coast tavern called The Anglers for the 2019 Melbourne Cup. There was lots of Fun, Friendship and Fellowship. Great food, bets and champagne. Pictured here is Club member Anne Grafton celebrating the occasion. Sorrento is a lively, growing mixed Club that enjoys coffee mornings, lunches, trips and good speakers. The Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Southport Bowls Club, 10am.

At the Gardens The Probus Club of Taringa recently followed its monthly meeting with a picnic lunch in the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. The treetop lookout and pavilion provided a cool, scenic location with views across the parklands to the distant CBD. Members relaxed, mingled and shared their lunch treats. APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

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Vale Don Don McDermott, the Probus Club of Albany Creek’s long-serving Outings Coordinator and inaugural member, and President from 2001-02, passed away on November 11, 2019 aged 89 years. Don assisted in the formation of the Club on July 2, 1998 and served on its Management Committee as Outings Coordinator continuously until his passing – in itself a great achievement. He and his wife Clare have successfully organised over 260 outings, all fully costed and paid for by members. For his efforts and commitment to Probus and the Albany Creek Club in particular, Don received a Premier’s Senior Award in 2005, and a Volunteer Award from Tim Mander MP in 2017. The Club has been fortunate to have had such a committed and effective Outings Coordinator for over 21 years, an effort that Secretary Greg Early says, without hesitation, will never be surpassed.

Tremendous trio At the Probus Club of Nerang’s Christmas Lunch in December 2019, Mary Campbell, Phyllis McGleish and Noela Gilmont were presented with Certificates of Honorary Membership in recognition of their many years of membership and service to the Probus Club of Nerang. Well done ladies!

Australia Day good times Indooroopilly Probus Club recently conducted the Australia Day 2020 Citizenship Ceremony at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. MC for the event was Jill Hewitt, who is the Club’s Membership Officer. Many happy new Australians and their family and friends, as well as Probians, enjoyed the event. Pictured here is President of Indooroopilly Probus Club, Neville Smith, being “kissed” by a koala on the day.

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Club news/ Western Australia Coming up roses On a sunny morning, a group from the Combined Probus Club of Attadale headed out to the Perth Hills to visit Patsy Durack’s Rose Gardens. On arrival members were invited to sit on the verandah overlooking the delightful gardens, where they were served a delicious scone with morning tea. After listening to a most interesting talk from the owner on the history of the Bishop’s House and Gardens, the group was given a tour of the rose garden, which was abundant with spectacular blooms. Patsy Durack gave members many useful tips for growing roses. It was a most informative and enjoyable visit to this very special garden.

Ship shape Probus Club of Fremantle Outings Officers, Peter and Jenny Nailer, organised a sailing trip on the STS Leeuwin on Sunday, November 24, 2019, and the hardy sailors from the Club boarded the ship at Fremantle for a three-hour sail off Rottnest Island. The ship left Fremantle Harbour under power, and once it cleared North Mole, the crew began setting the sails in a stiff 20 knot southerly. The guests on board were encouraged to assist in hauling up the sails. Not all the sails were set, but soon the ship was bowling along at 5.4 knots. Some Club members were invited to try their hand at the ship’s wheel and committed themselves very well. The “secret” number was to keep the sheep pointed 60 degrees into the wind by deft application of the wheel. Some hardy souls even went up the rigging, well protected by safety harnesses, but no Club member was game enough to try this on. All in all, a wonderful day had by all – and no one was sea sick.

Flour power Members of the Port of Albany Ladies’ Club ventured to Katanning for their annual bus trip to have an extensive tour of the recently converted Flour Mill built in the late 1800s. Now called the Premier Mill Hotel, it was bought for a dollar and converted into luxury accommodation, restaurant and bars, keeping the historic features of the Mill in all the rooms and surrounds. Well worth the visit. The tour was followed by lunch at the restaurant, and they visited other places of interest both on the drive up to Katanning and back through Gnowangerup and the Stirling Ranges. APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

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Swanning around Ninety-five members and partners of the Men’s Probus Club of Booragoon enjoyed a Christmas Lunch on the first floor of the Swan Yacht Club. This Club has recently been completely refurbished to a high standard and, being situated on the banks of the beautiful Swan River, has outstanding views. The Club’s Christmas lunches are always held in December on the usual third Wednesday of the month. As always in December, the formal meeting was opened and closed in approximately one minute before the festivities commenced.

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Club news/ Northern Territory / ACT / Puzzle Solutions Deserved recognition The Rotary Club of Stuart Alice Springs recently honoured Judy Donnelly, a member of the Probus Club of Alice Springs (NT), with a Paul Harris Fellow. Judy, a long-serving Probus member who has been Secretary and Vice President, was honoured for her work within the community. She received her certificate from Peter Hoey.

A speaker well worth hearing The Probus Club of Marrara (NT) was pleased to welcome Jason Harpley, audiometrist from Audika, Fannie Bay, to speak on “Hearing Health for Seniors”. Jason provided an informal talk on the importance of monitoring hearing and seeking assistance when issues arise. Jason spoke on tinnitus and industrial hearing loss, which we may face over time as we work and play. He made a point of encouraging members’ children and grandchildren to ensure that they look after their hearing at work. The talk was enjoyed by those at the meeting and the President was pleased to present Jason with a Certificate of Appreciation from Club members.

ACT Probians Linga Longa in Yarrawonga Recently, a group of combined Greenway / Conder-Lanyon (ACT) Probians enjoyed a trip titled “Linga-longa in Yarrawonga”. This was an “all-in” seven-day trip with pick-up and return to Canberra. This included all meals, transport and entertainment. A wonderful time was had by all who attended. APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

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Club news/ New South Wales

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Drought awareness The Probus Club of Kurranulla recently decided to head bush to support towns and communities dealing with the current drought in NSW. The large group headed off to Young, stopping in Yass to enjoy a seafood buffet in the park, then on down through Murrumburrah then Harden, where they dropped into the local pub to meet and hear the local bard and sculptor identity, Carl Valerius. Arriving in Young and after a comfortable night, then breakfast, the mob visited one of Young’s cherry orchards, and was given a chance to pick their own cherries (a couple picked 2kg in a short time). Young is a vibrant town of around 11,000 people and is a centre for many small rural towns, with some of those towns showing the effects of the current drought. They also stopped in Cowra, where members viewed the beautifully kept Rose Garden and Japanese Garden, and heard a talk from the Vice President of the CWA about the plight of those in drought-stricken areas.

Shear joy Eighteen members of Corowa Wahgunyah Probus Club attended a walk around the Redlands Hill Reserve accompanied by Sally Hughes from Landcare, who pointed out the various vegetation and wildlife there. This was followed by a picnic lunch in the old shed, which was used in the re-enactment of the famous Tom Roberts painting “The Shearing of the Rams” in a parade in Corowa in 2001 celebrating 100 years since Federation. The Tom Roberts painting was done in a shearing shed opposite the reserve, but unfortunately it had been destroyed.

Christmas feast The Meadowbank Combined Probus Club enjoys a special Christmas Lunch together every year and this year 54 of them refused to let the haze and smoke from the bushfires around Sydney spoil the Fun and Friendship of a great Christmas get-together. Everybody had a three-course lunch with ham, pork, turkey, traditional vegetables and sauces, plum pudding and custard, and either Scottish shortbread or Swiss chocolates as a present to enjoy later. It was a wonderful afternoon.

Through the haze Smoke from the fires blanketed Sydney Harbour as 27 members of Como Jannali Probus Club enjoyed a great day out. Two trains and a ferry (only $2.50!) brought them to Luna Park, Milson Point, before the group meandered around the beautiful foreshore of Lavender Bay, exclaiming over the variety of plants and the fascinating little statuettes. Then to the delights of Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden where an abundance of walkways wander through an idyllic landscape. What an amazing and wonderful project. Another successful outing enjoyed by all – including the pair of 93-year-old members! APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

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Club news/ New South Wales Cherry on top Cherrybrook Combined Probus Club’s very active walking group recently arranged a weekend away to Kiama. After meeting at Vineyard, the group drove down to Kiama. Over two days a range of walks were undertaken, including scaling Mount Minnamurra and a brisk walk around the coastline. Lots of hilarity and wit, with a poet among the group writing a very good account of the trip filled with many memorable moments. Cherrybrook Combined Probus Club is now 20 years old and offers many different activity groups, sport and social occasions for members to participate in – keeping mentally and physically active and engaged in retirement.

Ron recognised Forest Belrose Probus Club President Terry Waterer recommended Ron Furness for Life Membership at the Management Committee and, after unanimous approval by the Committee, the decision was put to the November 2019 meeting – and the members applauded the decision. Ron was a Founding Member of the Forest Belrose Probus Club, and indeed was a member of the Rotary club that initiated this Probus Club. He has been on the Management Committee continuously in a variety of roles – currently as Membership Officer. He becomes the first ever Life Member of the Club. Secretary Deb Gowenlock presented Ron with his Life Member badge, and Vice President Peter O’Reilly presented Ron with his certificate.

Life Member John Mullard was made a Life Member of the Combined Probus Club of Cardiff Inc in December. An outstanding Club member who joined in 2006, John, since becoming Vice President in 2008, President in 2009 and Immediate Past President in 2010, has served continuously on the Management Committee and, as such, is in his 12th year on Committee. In 2016 he was the first recipient of the President’s Award for his service and dedication to the Club. John is a highly respected, thorough gentleman and a most worthy recipient.

Cruisin’ together Fun, Friendship and Fellowship are the themes of Probus and there were huge quantities of all three on the Probus Club of Toukley’s recent cruise to New Caledonia. Eleven members participated and had a great time, visiting the ports of Noumea, Lifou and Isle of Pines. They travelled aboard the Royal Caribbean ship Radiance of the Seas. The accommodation was very comfortable, the food magnificent and the staff very friendly and wonderful. The Club really could not say a bad thing about the whole experience. APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

To the Rescue The Ladies Probus Club of Charlestown attended a function at the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base at Broadmeadow in Newcastle, NSW. They were treated to a lunch and tour of the base. Following their visit, they gave another donation to help, in a small way, them continue their excellent service to the community.

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45 and counting The Probus Club movement (the social arm of Rotary) was established in the South Pacific region on November 5, 1974 in the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand and then in Hunters Hill, NSW, Australia in 1976. To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Probus in the South Pacific, the Probus Club of Coffs City Inc and the Coffs Harbour Combined Probus Club Inc arranged a celebratory get-together on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. A coach was arranged for 48 members of both Clubs who then travelled from Coffs Harbour to Yamba where they boarded the ferry MV Mirigini service to Iluka for lunch at the Iluka Bowls Club.

Happy 21st! Pictured are Norma and Barry cutting the 21st birthday cake of Morpeth on Hunter Probus Club. About 75 Club members celebrated this milestone occasion. The Club is going strong, with lots of new friendships formed.

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Deck the Halls On the first night of the Probus Club of Maroondah Inc’s 24th Cabins and Caravans trip to Halls Gap, members enjoyed a spit roast and were entertained by the ukulele duo of Harry Bell and John Carson, who encouraged all to sing along with them. The week went by so quickly – walks, bowls, bocce, golf, cycling and, of course, trips to nearby towns and the many wonderful sights in the Grampians. Each day was finished with a happy hour, and either dinner at some of the good restaurants in Halls Gap, or a barbecue at the Caravan Park. The Grampians are an amazingly beautiful area to visit and there is so much to do and see while there.

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Historic cottage visit On a lovely sunny day in November, the Probus Club of Donvale Hill Incorporated joined with members from the Kerrimuir Probus Club Incorporated on a visit to Schramm’s Cottage in East Doncaster. The cottage is a historical gem in the City of Manningham that was built by a German pioneer school teacher and orchardist in 1874. The visit included a guided tour of the cottage and surrounding grounds, outbuildings and small cemetery. Afterwards, members treated themselves to a lovely afternoon tea, enjoying cakes, coffee, and chatting with both old friends and new friends met on the day.

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At the Probus Club of North Ballarat’s General Meeting held at the Ballarat Golf Club on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, the Club celebrated member Dorothy Donaldson’s 100th birthday. Dorothy was born on November 8, 1919 and joined the Club on June 25, 2003. Dorothy cut a birthday cake made by fellow member Margaret Broadbent, who joined the Club on September 13, 2000 – the year the Club was formed. Members sang Happy Birthday to Dorothy and presented her with flowers and a card made specially by fellow member Irena Novak. A bottle of Andrew Peace wine labelled “Dorothy” was gifted to Dorothy by Vice President Leon Sherwood.

Two decades of Friendship On Thursday, October 31, 2019, Greenhills Mixed Probus Club celebrated the formation of the Club 20 years ago at a luncheon held at Bridges Restaurant in Hurstbridge. There was plenty of mirth from members watching the PowerPoint show of activities and antics of members over the 20-year period. Nearly 100 members attended, including several Foundation Members and 15 Past Presidents, headed by inaugural President Joyce Hart – now 101 years of age and still attending regular meetings. President Mary Roe reflected on the Club’s past and remarked on the firm friendships that had formed over the years. Mary then invited Joyce Hart to cut the cake.

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Good Mornington to all Members of the Inala Combined Club of Blackburn South enjoyed a day on the Mornington Peninsula with a visit to a rose garden, a ride in a gondola to the top of Arthurs Seat, and a barbecue lunch with spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay.

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Something fishy This 11-metre-long Murray cod near the Swan Hill train station lured in a Probus Club to capture this quick snap. What a catch this giant cod made! It had reeled in 27 members of the Dingley Central Probus Club while they were touring the Silo Art Trail. These Probians travelled through the Wimmera and Mallee districts of Victoria and visited small towns such as Rupanyup, Sheep Hills, Patchewollock, Sea Lake and Lascelles and admired the amazing large scale portraits painted on silos. When their coach driver arrived at Swan Hill, the giant Murray cod caught their attention for a photo opportunity. It was at that moment the Murray cod had them “hook, line and sinker”!

Traralgon Combined Probus Club recently celebrated its farewell to 2019 and welcome to 2020. The “Crazy Hat” theme was well received and provided much laughter and frivolity. Each guest told the story of their hat and how the idea materialised. It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves. A game of charades followed, as well as dancing and karaoke. (Don’t think any members will be joining a choir anytime soon.) A big thank you to all those who attended and for making the evening such a fun night.

35 great years for Mount Eliza The Probus Club of Mount Eliza Inc recently celebrated it 35th anniversary at its meeting in November. The meeting was well attended with a morning tea enjoyed by all.

Remembrance at the silo The Probus Club of St Leonards Caravan and Cabin Club recently completed a five-day trip based at Euroa, with a day devoted to the North East Victoria Silo Trail, visiting silos at Goorambat, Devenish, St James and Tungamah. The members also visited “Sophia” at Goorambat and the water tanks at the Winton Wetlands. The 28 members were fortunate to arrive at the Devenish Silo (pictured) at exactly 11am on November 11, to pay their respects to the men and women who served their country. APR- M AY 2 02 0 AC TIVE R E TI R E E S

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Your stories/ Tribute to Ric THE BRAVEST MAN I EVER MET

Glyn Williams of the Probus Club of Attadale pens a tribute to a fellow Club member, the late Richard Lawrence Hill.

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f I had not joined Probus I would not have become a friend of the bravest man I have ever met – and that includes one who was awarded the Victoria Cross. Richard Lawrence Hill was relatively young, blessed with a fine mind, and had great and special

skills that were still flowering at the time of his death. In the 13 years that he was with the Probus Club of Attadale he revealed his ability and his many gifts, like the skins of an onion, a man who would not be deterred or underestimated because he was in a wheelchair, and a paraplegic. Ric was diagnosed as a child with muscular spinal atrophy, a genetic motor neuron disease characterised by wasting of the skeletal muscles, which affects the voluntary muscles for activities such as crawling, walking, head and neck control and swallowing. At the basis of his being was his creativity that was reinforced by a mind trained in the growing world of hi-tech and an affinity with finance that launched his parents’ business into the computer world. He gave freely of his multiple talents to the Club electronically with photography and CDs and then taking on willingly and without hesitation the challenge of editor of the Club Bulletin. There were many in the Club who believed the task would be beyond him, given his lack of normal limb movements, but I believed differently and successfully convinced one Club President, Frank Cocks, that Ric would overcome the obvious problems: silently I pledged my own mobility in support whenever it was needed. Arguably in quality, in his record four years as editor, it became the best in the state, perhaps Australia. He polished his techniques to become a master in the art of page make-up. In committee, he was lively, proactive, insightful, and never shirked yet another imposition asked of him. Those who attended his talk at a general meeting could well agree that it was the most inspirational they had ever heard.

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“There was a brilliance to this man, who had so many friends, admirers and supporters in many walks of life; his funeral service was a packed tribute to a life well lived and indeed for the good of others” During that talk he said that one of his worst moments came when a grandmother, who had given him physical and morale help all her life, died just after she became a centenarian. In his later years he was supported by a much-loved wife, Heather. There was a brilliance to this man, who had so many friends, admirers and supporters in many walks of life. His funeral service was a packed tribute to a life well lived and indeed for the good of others. His reputation lives on, far beyond the annals of his historic Club. Outside Probus was another Ric, bursting with energy and enterprise, giving himself and his intellect to the organisation for people with disabilities, Melville Cares (two years as Chairman), as councillor for Melville City (the entire staff turned out in tribute when his cortége passed through the civic centre), with BaptistCare, and WANDA, the organisation he set up to campaign for disability rights. Like many others I still miss Ric, a quite extraordinary and positive man, with an unquenchable spirit, indeed the bravest man I have ever met. l

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