March 2021 Active Retirees Digital Magazine

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For more than four decades Probus Clubs have fostered new interests with new friends!




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Welcome / Chairman’s Message

Maintaining relationships and spending time with others is essential...


s we head into March, many new Club leaders will be taking up their positions on the Management Committee. I would like to emphasize the importance of Club leadership and how lucky we are to have so many leaders with excellent skills gained in their former professions.

I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage members to consider putting their hand up to serve their Club. A Management Committee is a team working hand in hand for the success of their Club and is a rewarding way to get more involved. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us the importance of social engagement.

SO DO A FRIEND A FAVOUR –we have all come to appreciate each other’s company perhaps more than ever since the introduction of the COVID-19 restrictions.

faces, said hello to our coworkers and had lunch with at least one or two regulars. We talked about the news, movies, new places to visit or shared aspects of our lives.

When retirement arrived, we no longer have that familiar routine.

We are free to do whatever we want, and yet for some of us, with that freedom can come loneliness. This pandemic has shown it’s easy for us to stay at home and spend more time alone, especially if our mobility decreases.

Maintaining relationships and spending time with others is essential to our emotional and mental well-being. It can help prevent depression. In fact, some studies indicate 20 percent of the population over 70 years of age may suffer some form of depression. There are many causes, but it’s often made worse by the fact that people who were once active now spend much of their time alone.

I believe that this is the result of the hard work and commitment of Probus Club leaders, local membership teams and Association leaders who continue to share the word of Probus in their local community. I also express my appreciation to the team at Probus South Pacific who are there to support the Probus Community.

Finally, I would like to share that I am continually amazed at how some Clubs have overcome meeting restrictions and developed new ways of meeting. Recently I heard of one Club who are meeting in the open air with members bringing a chair and then having a sausage sizzle after the meeting. If your Club has experienced some challenges in returning to meetings, I ask that you keep thinking of new ways of gathering together, inside, outside, face-to-face or virtual – engagement is the key.

You can do something positive for a friend, neighbor Do you have a friend you or former work colleague – haven’t seen in ages or a introduce them to Probus, former work colleague or a either for your own Club or one neighbor you would like to nearby to where they live. It’s get to know better? all about sharing and caring! Why not invite them to a Probus meeting or Club outing (if restrictions allow) – you may be doing them a big favor by widening their circle of friends and interests. In our work lives, we regularly saw familiar

Spread the word about Probus - if only one in ten members brought a friend along to our Clubs, many more would be thriving.

Did you know that members of Clubs in Australia and New Zealand make up nearly 50% of Probus members worldwide?



David Simpson

Chairman | Probus South Pacific Ltd


CEO Message /


We highlight a major milestone for Probus as the very first Probus Club in Australia celebrates their 45th birthday.


elcome to the March edition of Active Retirees.

In this edition we highlight a major milestone for Probus in Australia. On 3rd February 2021, the very first Probus Club in Australia celebrated their 45th birthday.

The Probus Club of Hunters Hill was formed on 3rd February 1976 - since its formation, it has helped hundreds of members enjoy Probus Fun, Friendship and Fellowship. With more than 90 members, the Club is just as strong today as it was all those years ago.

Volunteering builds community and self-esteem but more importantly, will help your Club reach many more milestones. As restrictions continue to ease across the country, so many Clubs are planning meetings and activities and the future is very bright indeed. Until next time

Successful Clubs are led by volunteers that provide their members with a variety of activities to suit their members’ lifestyles. It is such an amazing achievement for Hunters Hill Probus Club to have delivered this to so many members for over 45 years. It is a testament to their past and current Club Leaders. Many more Clubs will celebrate similar milestones in the coming weeks, months and years and I invite you all to share your celebrations with us so we can share them with your fellow Probians across Australia and New Zealand.










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I also invite all members to consider volunteering to lead your Club. As a Club Leader, you will be helping current and future members stay socially engaged which is critically important for our overall health.



As we move into the new Probus year which starts on 1 April, I would like to thank the thousands of volunteers that have led their Probus Clubs and Associations through some very challenging times.




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10 Better With Age A healthy lifestyle is the key to staying fit, active and vital.

12 Walking and Cycling Safety

Keep yourself and others safe on shared pathways.

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20 Van Gogh Comes To Canberra

Don’t miss out on the chance to visit this art exhibition.

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Health / Better With Age

Better With Age A healthy lifestyle is the key to staying fit, active and vital, so you can make the most of retired life.


hether you’re two years old or 92, we’re all ageing at the same chronological rate.

And while we can’t stop the clock, there’s plenty we can do to ensure we are healthy and vital, at any age. Heres your guide to ageing positively:


Staying In Shape

It’s often assumed that getting older means saying goodbye to the trimmer shape of your youth – but weight gain isn’t inevitable. “It’s true that your metabolism slows down a bit, but you can counteract it with lifestyle changes, and by perhaps eating a little less and exercising a little more.” Nutrition-wise, eating whole, unprocessed foods at every meal will automatically ‘crowd out’ less healthy foods from your diet. In terms of exercise, the national guidelines recommend people over 65 get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity (such as brisk walking, swimming, dancing or tennis) most days of the week.



Our bone density gradually declines from around age 45 onwards, so maintaining our ‘bone bank’ reserves is vital to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, which is estimated to affect 23 per cent of women and six per cent of men over 50. Our calcium needs increase from 1000mg a day to 1300mg for women over 50 and for men over 70, so make sure your diet includes plenty of calciumrich foods (think dairy, canned salmon and sardines, almonds, tofu and dried figs). Getting regular bursts of sunshine is also important, as vitamin D (the ‘sunshine vitamin’) helps our body absorb calcium.

Protecting Your Brain

As we age, certain cognitive functions naturally decline, but on the flipside, some increase. “Speed or reaction time is one that declines, partly because we’ve got so much more in our heads, but our vocabulary and knowledge improves,” says Dr Nicola Gates, psychologist and author of A Brain For Life. As well as not smoking and moving more, giving your brain a workout is important. “The key thing is novelty or challenge,” advises Gates. For instance, you could pick a topic to research on the internet and become an expert on it, sign up for a community college course, or go for a weekly drive to explore a different suburb. MARCH 2021 ACTIVE RETIREES |

Maintaining Strong Bones

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Staging A Disease Detour

Chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and dementia become more common with age, but while we can’t change our genetics, we do have control over our lifestyle. “Even if you’re not able to avoid a chronic condition entirely due to genetic factors, you can minimise the impact or delay the onset with a healthy lifestyle,” adds Cyarto. She suggests taking the NARI Healthy Ageing Quiz, which can be found online, which reveals whether your current lifestyle is helping you age well. “It covers nutrition, activity, weight management, optimism and social connection, with tips on how to improve,” she says.


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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 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 them just inform the captain. He will ring the club prior to your arrival and arrange for the courtesy bus to pick you up at Central Wharf. The bus will then depart the club at 1.15pm and 2.15pm for your return journey. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Broadwater Restaurant in Davistown RSL Club. Offering an extensive menu including a Seniors Lunch Menu ( M-F only) and daily specials, there’s sure to be something to tempt you. The all day coffee shop also offers light snacks, coffees and cakes. You can choose to sit inside along the windows, or outside on the deck where the views are stunning.

Group bookings are essential

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Health / Walking and Cycling Safety

Walking and cycling safely on shared pathways


shared path is an off-road area that is open to the public for use by both pedestrians and bicycle riders. Shared pathways can be identified by signs and/or pavement markings showing a pedestrian and a bicycle.

Walking and cycling on shared pathways are great ways to exercise but it’s important we keep ourselves and others as safe as possible. Kate Keogh, Road Safety Education Officer at Central Coast Council, interviewed Bard Haerland about his experiences using shared pathways.

Bard is a Central Coast resident who regularly uses shared pathways in his local area. There are 200 kilometres of shared pathways on the NSW Central Coast. Bard is the current President of Forresters Beach Probus Inc. and will hold this position until the second week of March 2021. He has been a member of the club since its inception in 2005. The Club currently has 195 members.

Where do you walk? Our walking coordinator arranges different locations – we try to go to new places around the Central Coast and even beyond our area. We’ve recently done the Kincumber to Davistown walk, which was lovely. What do you do to keep yourself safe when you’re using the shared pathways?

How long have you been regularly walking on local shared pathways? I have been a walking as a part of our Probus Club group for around 15 years. Who do you walk with? With other members of our Probus Club. We go for a walk around once per month most of the year, except in the hot Summer months. There are usually around 12 to 35 of us but, sometimes, it can be just three or four people. It all depends on what’s happening in people’s lives at the time.

We don’t go out if it’s raining or too hot. Our walkers are pretty good at wearing appropriate clothing and shoes. When a new member starts walking with us, we let them know if there’s any particular safety issues on a specific walk. Our members are aware of keeping to the left of the paths to allow others to pass by. During COVID, we’ve been conscious of social distancing and maintain our distance from one another. We use facemasks when we stop somewhere for a break and a chat. Would you encourage others to use them? Absolutely, I think they’re great!

What do you enjoy about it?

Did you notice any changes during 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic?

I enjoy a lot about it. Firstly, getting exercise – it’s a healthy activity. It’s also a social experience with our group and it’s nice to say “hello” to others as we pass each other. I love the views too - there are some lovely walks in our area.

Everything has changed! The shared pathways are much busier than they used to be. There are lots more families – more than I used to see. There are many more young children riding bicycles. I see them having a great time. It’s wonderful! Everyone now has to make sure there’s space between each other and most people take this seriously.




Walking and Cycling Safety /


Keep yourself and others safe on shared pathway Safety tips before you leave home

When walking on a shared pathway

When cycling on shared pathways

• Take your time and plan your outing – you’re more likely to slip or trip if you’re rushed

• Keep to the left to allow room for cyclists to pass

• Keep to the left

• Wear safe shoes with slip resistant soles

• Wear bright colours to increase your visibility, especially at dawn or dusk • If you use glasses or a hearing aid, wear them

• Your bike must have a working brake, bell or horn and a rear reflector • Check your bike every ride: (A) Air in tyres (B) Brakes are working (C) Chain intact

• Listen out for cyclists’ warning bells

• If you stop to talk, move off the pathway, or to the far left of the path • If you’re a bit unsteady, use handrails on stairs or ramps

• Keep dogs on short leads and under control at all times

• Ride in a predictable manner and always be in control of your bike • When passing:

- sound your bell

- pass on the right

- keep a one metre gap if possible

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Losing Money, A Good Thing? /


How Can Losing Money Be

A Good Thing?


Negative gearing is one of those financial buzzwords that we’ve all heard before, but might not understand. So what does it mean and how might it affect whether or not you should invest in property?

earing is when you borrow money to make an investment. If you are paying more in repayments than you are earning from the investment, then the investment is negatively geared. When it comes to properties, this means that if your monthly loan repayments are more than the rental income the property generates then it’s negatively geared. It’s often heralded as a fullproof income solution for property investors. Negatively gear your property and claim the financial loss associated with the property as expenses to offset your taxable income, all while your property’s value grows. But is there much substance to the claims, or is it modern day snake oil?

How to use it to your advantage

Negative gearing is essentially losing money, so how can people use it to their advantage? Bianca Patterson, Director at Calculated Lending Perth, says that it comes down to the tax deduction that can be gained. “People generally use negative gearing as an advantage because the tax deduction that they get from the property makes it easier to pay for and hold on to the property,” she said. But Patterson doesn’t see it as a reason to buy a house. “It’s not a reason to buy a property,” she added. “I wouldn’t suggest it as a strategy just for the tax deductions. I would say you would go down that path because there was a really good quality property that you wanted to buy, but just at this point in time it is costing you money to hold onto.” But if you find a good property and you have the income to support the purchase, negatively gearing can be a good solution for reducing the overall spend.

How can negative gearing impact your plans for retirement? Like any form of investment, there are risks involved in negative gearing. Negative gearing is great for people with a high income, but if you’re retired, then it can be a fairly risky option. If you don’t want to keep working, you probably won’t have the income required to make the tax benefits gained from negative gearing worth it. If you don’t have the income to sustain the repayments, you may find that you are losing more money than you can afford. Negative gearing relies heavily on the property’s value increasing over time. If this doesn’t happen, things can get very messy. Don’t stretch yourself too thin.




Finance / Losing Money, A Good Thing? Get a strategy

What are the alternatives?

Having a strategy in place is key to the purchase of a property. Before you buy it, you should know what you want to do with it, said Patterson. “You need to have an end game in mind – you really need to know how long you’re going to be holding on to the property for and what the purpose of the property is.” You need to consider what you want to do with your property. You might want to renovate it and increase its value that way, or maybe you’re considering redeveloping on the land. Whatever the case, it’s necessary to have this in mind when buying the property and match it to your longterm life and financial goals. “As you progress on in age, you need to be sure that the decisions you are making are in line with what you want to achieve and when you want to retire,” said Patterson. “Is that property right for your stage of life and the types of income that you’re trying to achieve?” If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

If you’re in or considering heading into retirement, negative gearing may not be the best option for you. But what are the other places to look for generating a source of income? “There’s lots of potential to buy property at below market value and add value to them by renovating or developing,” said Patterson. Finding a good property that has a high chance of capital growth is a great option for retirees, especially if you’re considering renovating to grow the value of the property. Positively gearing is when the property generates greater rental income than the value of the repayments. Getting a property like that can be a great solution. “In the long-term they could get a positively geared property that maintains itself. There are properties that provide a strong rental return, so you could positively gear them,” said Patterson. She also suggests talking to your accountant about increasing your upfront payment for the home, so that your repayments are smaller, enabling you to positively gear. The big lesson to learn is to know what you want and speak to the right people to help you get there. Negative gearing might be right for you, but it isn’t right for everyone, so don’t just get caught up in by the buzz.




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Travel / Davistown RSL Club

Davistown RSL Club


The best kept secret on the NSW Central Coast!

ffectionately called “the Davo” by locals,

the club is nestled on the shores of Brisbane waterway and located in the sleepy village of Davistown. The club is accessible by road or Ferry.

The Davo boasts an enviable reputation for producing great food. With a contemporary, fresh and modern menu, there is sure to be something for everyone. From a light snack to a substantial main meal the delicious food includes local fresh seafood, succulent steak and the old favourite daily roast. There is a new Seniors Menu (weekdays only) and Ferry Cruise Menu for group bookings. Meals and drinks can be enjoyed alfresco style on the deck or in airconditioned comfort, inside along the windows to take advantage of the water views and stunning sunsets.

19 Murna Road Davistown NSW 2251 t: 02 4363 0199








On the ferry ‘Sorrento’, a large TV monitor has been installed and on this will be displayed specially prepared graphics, photographs, video of working models and animations. These will be displayed for the majority of the tour along with recorded and live commentary and include the subjects below. > The wreck of the WWI warship HMAS Swan > The buildings and WWII defences at Juno Point > The south shore defence site for the WWII river mine field

> The rendezvous point and history of the IJN submarines involved in the 1942 Sydney attack > The two Hawkesbury River Rail Bridges – Why did the first one fail? How were they built?

> History of HMAS Hawkesbury

> The history of Australia’s first naval fleet, HMAS Parramatta and Swan

> The West Head WWII defences including the inclined railway

> The wreck of the WWI warship HMAS Parramatta > Other subjects and points of interest will be presented live en-route

> The WWII Woy Woy airfield

Adult $35 $45 •• Concession $40•• Children/School Children/School Students Adult Concession $30 Students $20$25 The ferry departs Brooklyn Wharf at 9:35am and returns at around 12.30-12.45pm Departure dates vary, please call for further information Morning tea is included and will be served on board. Bottled water will be available on board for purchase. Lunch can be purchased at a number of venues at Brooklyn Village or alternatively you can bring your lunch with you on the tour.

Bookings are essential, please phone 0418 631 313 For more information




Travel / Van Gogh Comes To Canberra

Van Gogh T Comes To



Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London is an unprecedented exhibition which includes 500 years of art in 60 paintings and comprises the largest group of works ever to travel outside of Britain in the National Gallery’s 192 year history.

Botticelli to Van Gogh features 55 of the world’s most famous and admired artists from the fifteenth to the turn of the twentieth century, including Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt, Vermeer, El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Turner, Constable, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

Vincent van Gogh. Sunflowers. 1888. © National Gallery, London

Vincent van Gogh. Sunflowers. 1888. © National Gallery, London

his March Canberra is pumping life back into the art exhibition scene by playing host to one of the greatest collections of European paintings in the world.

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Technology / Handle With Care

Handle With Care Unsure about what to do with your old technology products? There are a number of ways those gadgets can be put to good use, or at the very least recycled correctly to keep our environment safe.


e all have one of those cupboards at home – the one crammed full with out-of-date or broken electronic devices. Perhaps you’ve even made it one of your “New Year’s resolutions” to give it a good clear out once and for all. But what exactly should you do with old technology products? Here are a few ideas to help get you started.


Re-use Or Upcycle

Electronics make for particularly bad waste. Their toxic substances have the potential to poison both our soil and our drinking water, however, they can also contain rare and precious materials. With this in mind, it’s important you handle them correctly and sending them to a landfill is probably the worst choice you could make. You’d be surprised how you can re-use or repurpose old devices and their parts. Your old computer could be turned into a web server, or you could donate the computing power of your out-dated laptop to science. Old android devices make great audio players or gaming devices for the grandkids, or you could simply turn your old smartphone into an alarm clock or Skype phone. Old iPads (or any tablets) are ideal for digital photo frames too.


Pay It Forward

Why not gift your outdated devices to family, friends or strangers? Maybe there’s a community centre or local school that would be appreciative of a computer, laptop or tablet? There are a number of charities that will take old or broken computers and repair them to working order for classrooms or libraries. Otherwise you could offer your collection for free on websites such as Gumtree ( au) or Sell Buy Swap Free (



– undoubtedly someone will snap up your unwanted treasure and put it to good use.


Sell, Sell, Sell!

If you’d like a bit of extra pocket money in return for your old devices, MacBooks or iPhones would be relatively easy to sell online. Try sites like eBay (, or visit your local technology stores to see if they’d be happy to re-sell your device as a refurbished model.


Recycle Right

Finally, if all other options have been exhausted, make sure your old gadget gets recycled properly. Most councils offer recycling stations that will be sure to help out. Recycling Near You ( au/computers) invites you to type in your state, suburb, post code and local council before redirecting you to your nearest recycling station. TechCollect (techcollect. is another free, not-for-profit national recycling service for computers, accessories and TVs. Their website will also help you track down the best place to recycle all sorts of electronic waste.



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Technology / How To Choose A Smartphone

How To Choose A Smartphone


hether it’s your first purchase or an upgrade, there is a lot to consider when choosing a smartphone.

But first, what is a smartphone? It’s a cell phone with advanced features that allow you to do more than just make phone calls and send text messages. And with an array of capabilities on offer, they can be personalised to suit any user.

Why do you want a smartphone?

The first step is to ask yourself why you want a smartphone. Are you after a more sophisticated device to keep in contact with family and friends? Perhaps you want something to make your everyday errands easier? This will determine what features to look out for.


The smartphone market boasts plenty of styles and models, each with different capabilities. Here are some things you might want to consider:

• Screen Size: the largest screen on the market right now is 5.5 inches. These screens make for easier internet browsing, video calls and general everyday tasks such as texting.

• Camera: the camera quality of most smartphones is high enough that you might want to consider replacing your pointand-shoot. Look out for features such as dual and wide-angle lenses. • Voice Control: most smartphones come with voice command options that will allow you to dictate text messages and emails, and give you a break from relying on a touch screen.

Apps What distinguishes a smartphone from a cell phone is that you can download any number of software applications, also known as “apps”. Some of the more useful apps offer you maps, GPS, public transport timetables and health trackers. But really, the list is endless. There are even a number of apps that work with hearing aids to make the volume of sounds and voices coming from the phone louder with minimal microphone interference.


• Battery Life: ask the salesperson about battery life. You don’t want a smartphone that needs to be plugged in all the time.

• Anti-glare screen protectors help prevent eye strain and improve visibility for the visually impaired.

• Operating System: the two main operating systems on the market are Android and Apple. Android is available on more devices, which means it is often the cheaper option. Apple is usually the first to receive the latest apps.

• If you think you’ll find the process daunting, ask a family member or friend to go shopping with you.

• Durability: smartphones can be more delicate than their older counterparts. Ask the salesperson about wear and tear, and shop around for a good quality case and screen protector.



• The latest models aren’t always the best, but they are the most expensive. Don’t base your decision on what’s new: let the features and capabilities determine what you go with.


R U OK? /


Why your natter matters... and how asking R U OK? could change a life Give The Gift Of Conversation

3. Encourage Action

Ageing is not without challenges – health, relocation, loss, isolation, or difficulties completing tasks that were once simple – any of these can lead to us or our older friends, family members, or neighbours becoming disconnected from community and support networks. A simple chat can mean everything to a friend or loved one who might be struggling. Even if they seem fine, it doesn’t mean they are. Those in need of support might not always ask for it. That’s why you need to trust your instincts and if you’re worried about someone in your world, reach out and ask, “Are you OK?” Comment on the changes you’ve noticed and help them access support to stop small problems from becoming bigger issues. We all sometimes struggle with life’s ups and downs but by making time to support someone who is doing it tough you could change, or even save, their life. The health-promotion charity R U OK? has released resources to help senior Australians give the ‘Gift of Conversation’. We’ve extracted a few tips from the campaign resources to help you lend support to the people in your world who might be struggling.

Try and encourage them to think of at least one step they could take to help them lighten the load. You won’t always have the answers or be able to provide advice to the person. In fact, sometimes it’s better not to give advice. Some problems are too big for a friend and family member to solve and professional help might be needed.

The four steps to a meaningful conversation

4. Check-In

Try and get their agreement to check in again with them soon: “Do you mind if I drop by again soon to see how you’re travelling?” It’s helpful to follow up in a few days to see how they’re doing. This reinforces that you genuinely care and want to help. You can find more conversation tips and resources on the R U OK? website at

If you or someone you know needs immediate support, contact Lifeline, available 24/7, on 13 11 14 for free and confidential emotional and crisis support. You can find a directory of Australian services and supports at

1. Ask R U OK? You want your conversation to feel as comfortable and normal as possible. Pick a place (in person, on the phone, or online) where you’ll both feel comfortable. When starting the conversation, be relaxed and friendly in your approach. Let them know you’ve noticed a change and ask an open-ended question like, “You’ve seemed a bit out of sorts recently. How’s everything going?”

2. Listen

Be prepared to listen and have an open mind. Ask questions to learn more about how they feel, when they feel this way and what might help to improve the way they feel. Don’t rush or interrupt. Let them speak in their own time.




Cover Story / Probus celebrates 45 years!

Hip Hip Hooray...

Probus celebrates 45 years in Australia!


ens of thousands of active retirees can confirm the secret to maintaining a fulfilling lifestyle in retirement is to stay connected with like-minded people. From exciting adventures to casual outings, for more than four decades Probus Clubs have been offering retirees the opportunity to discover new interests with new friends.

The first Probus Club formed in Australia was in Hunters Hill, New South Wales in 1976. To mark this milestone anniversary, 59 members of the Hunters Hill & District Probus Club attended their 45th Birthday celebrations at the Hunters Hill Club. Past President, Greg Griffiths, MC’d the event and introduced the Clubs current President, Jim Likidis, to open proceedings.

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Director Bill spoke of wonderful benefits of joining the Probus organisation and in particular, meeting it’s members. He said that’s what Probus is all about.

Local Mayor Ross said “Our community organisations contribute to the fabric and wellbeing of Hunters Hill” and praised Probus for its involvement. He added that Probus provides a good outlet to get together and has wonderful guest speakers at its events.

Between courses, Director Bill presented President Jim with a certificate commemorating the club’s 45th Birthday. A great time was enjoyed by all those in attendance. For 45 years, the members of Hunters Hill & District Probus have enjoyed a variety of activities, trips and outings and despite the pandemic, they have stayed socially connected either technologically or face-to-face in smaller groups.



Plans are already being discussed for the Club’s 50th Birthday in 2026.


Club news

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The following section of Club News features Club activities and members creative writing pieces. Even during challenging times, Probians continue to embrace the true spirit of Fun, Friendship and Fellowship. To have your Club’s event, trip or member submissions potentially featured in Active Retirees magazine, please send the following to 1. A short description of 50 to 150 words for Club News and up to 300 words for Creative Writing 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!




Club News / ACT

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

Gungahlin Christmas Lunch The Probus Club of Gungahlin held their Christmas lunch at The Royal Canberra Golf Club. Members of the Club

had a wonderful time meeting up again while enjoying the food and Christmas festivities.

Christmas Festivities with the Wanniassa Club Members of the Wanniassa Club had a pleasant time as they participated in Christmas trivia while also enjoying

their festive lunch. A big thank you to Julie and Rosemary for the entertainment and Christmas performance.




Club News / South Australia Touring around Sculpture by the Sea

Members of the Victor Harbor/Granite Island

Probus Club took a guided walk around Sculpture by the Sea in Granite Island. The group viewed many sculptures provided by local, interstate and international artists and learned about

the background and details in relevance to the artworks. The members had a wonderful time

exploring different sculptures while enjoying the lovely weather.

Excursion to Kangaroo Island 24 members of the Collinswood Combined

Probus Club visited the Kangaroo Island

experiencing the perfect weather, enjoying food at the Mercure Resort in American River and

while admiring the flora and fauna that inhabit the landscape.




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

Christmas Party at The Pink Pig Wine Bar Members of the Adelaide North Combined Probus Club held their Christmas Party at The Pink Pig Wine Bar.

Streaky Bay and District Club Christmas Celebration 40 members of the Streaky Bay & District Club held their Christmas celebration at the Streaky Bay Community

Hotel. There was entertainment that included hilarious skits and many Christmas performances made by the members.




Club News / Western Australia 12 Days of Christmas

Members Ros and Val from Denmark River

Probus Club, took a creative stance with their 12 Days of Christmas piece, which was later presented to the Club.

Geraldton Welcomes New Members At their December Meeting, Geraldton Probus Club

welcomed 4 new members and 1 returning member to their Club.

A morning tea was held with a delicious Christmas


Kingsley’s Jolly Christmas Another successful and most enjoyable Christmas Lunch was held by the Probus Club of Kingsley at the

Gleneagles Gables Function Centre.

After President Rod had welcomed everyone and following the birthday congratulations and enthusiastic

singing of happy birthday to Milton on his 91st birthday, many a “bang” was heard coming from the tables as everyone started pulling on the Christmas Bon-Bon’s.

With members wearing their paper hats and saying their typically corny jokes, resulted in much laughter. A nice traditional lunch was organised including ham, turkey, plus the usual trimmings.

Noise levels increased again as everyone on each table started to complete the Christmas quiz, Australiana at

Christmas Time questions and Word Find papers, much fun was had by all with prizes to those with all the correct answers and maximum words derived from the word “Silent Night”.

There was also a door prize raffle, presentation of the winner’s trophies from their Golf Day followed by jokes

from Graham and Ken.




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

A Festive Cheer Members from the East Fremantle Probus Club enjoyed a fantastic Christmas Dinner at the Fremantle

Yacht Club.

A beautiful sunset was admired by all and members agreed the picturesque view over the marina could

not be surpassed.

Their sit-down meal was

delicious and camaraderie and fun was the order of

the evening. It was a lovely wind-up for the Club’s second year.

Treasurer Barbara

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Club News / Tasmania

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

Annual Caravan Week

Members had a fun time at the dinner

during the Hobart Probus Men’s Annual

Caravan Week at White Beach Tourist Park on the Tasman Peninsula.

Christmas Luncheon at the Royal Yacht Club The Hobart Macquarie Club celebrated

Christmas by having a Christmas Luncheon at their meeting venue at the Royal Yacht

Club of Tasmania in Sandy Bay. While still

social distancing, members participated and enjoyed the festive occasion.

End-of-Year Meal The Kingston Probus Club held

their Christmas lunch at the Twin Ovals. 50 members and partners enjoyed the beautiful view of

Kingston and while watching the Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney

Sixers practising the Twenty20

game on the ovals while enjoying their meal.




Club News / NT

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

Marrara Club Outing

The members of Marrara Probus Club were keen to sample the new restaurants called Silks Darwin located in

Darwin Raceway. Silks Darwin is Darwin’s largest licensed club featuring restaurants, gaming lounge, an outdoor deck, sports bar and home to the Territory’s premier rooftop bar.

Charles Darwin Club’s Christmas Celebration Members of the Charles Darwin Probus Club had their Christmas celebration at the The Buff Club Pub.




Club News / New South Wales Happy 90 th Birthday!

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

Christmas Lunch 20 members and their guests from North Richmond

The Probus Club of Mt Druitt wishes member

Probus Club celebrated Christmas with a lovely lunch,

Laurel a happy 90th birthday. The Club wishes

dress ups and trivia.

Laurel and her daughter Leonie all the best.

There was also some very generous donations

for their Christmas raffle thanks to Baker’s Delight,

Richmond Marketplace, Dan Murphy’s Richmond, Bligh

Park Butchery, Tastify, Harmony at Home, Richmond Fruit Market, 4 Beans Café and Joan Fewings, Daphne Stone and Yvonne Webb.

Together Again After months of COVID-19 restrictions, Gregory Hills

Probus Club were excited to celebrate a happy occasion

when almost the entire Club membership gathered together for their Christmas party.

The party was celebrated at Menangle Country Club.




Club News / New South Wales

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

Christmas on the Harbour

Gorokan Combined Probus Club organised a

Christmas party upon Newcastle Harbour.

45 members boarded the boat and sailed

around the harbour for 3 hours. There was

plenty of food and drinks enjoyed alongside great entertainment.

The Club would like to thank Tour Leader

Anne for all her hard work in arranging a fantastic Christmas party.

Back into Social Gatherings Davidson-Belrose Probus Club held their

Christmas Luncheon on 7th December 2020 at the Terrey Hills Golf Club.

The guest speaker was a local member of the

community, Ms Lucinda Dunn O.A.M. Lucinda is the longest retired serving principal ballerina

with the Australian Ballet where she performed for 23 years. Ms Dunn grew up in the local

area and attended the local primary and high schools. She spoke about life as a ballerina

and the travels both internationally, and into

the regional areas of Australia which provided opportunities for local talent to experience ballet.


20 th Anniversary Tocumwal Combined Probus Club celebrated their 20th

Club anniversary.

Balloons, flowers, a decorated cake and certificate sent by

Probus South Pacific made this a very festive meeting.

The 20 year certificate was presented by Councillor Ross

to President Sheila.



Club News / Queensland

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

Christmas Luncheon with the Sherwood Combined Probus Club The members of the Sherwood Combined

Probus Club celebrated Christmas by having

luncheon party with many members winning the Christmas Hampers.

Member Induction Redlands Probus Club inducted two new members, Alan and

Gwenda at their November meeting.

The Club also listened to an interesting talk by Guest Speaker

Gavin Booker while welcoming fellow Toondah Probus Club.

Rumble in the Redlands

Wellington Point Probus Club had the clash of blue and red

corners as the ‘Rumble in the Redlands’ took place at the their local Sporting Club.

It was a fun filled and active morning with some humorous and good natured debate and banter.

After some warmup exercises and dance moves by the ringmaster for the day, the first debate was underway.

The topic was ‘Which is better – City or Country’ and after six bruising rounds, the split points decision was

awarded by guest judges from Toastmasters to the ‘Country’ side. The second topic was ‘Which is better – Summer or Winter’ which resulted in

another split points decision.

In between the two debate

rounds, the crowd was

entertained by a few games

including ‘Pass the Message’ and ‘Take it from here’.

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Club News / Queensland

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

30 th Anniversary

To celebrate Cairns West Ladies Probus Club’s 30th

Anniversary, 22 members attended a High Tea at the Cairns Pullman International Hotel.

Past and present members attended ready to enjoy

catching up with friends and reminiscing about years

gone by. In the absence of President Lorraine who was recovering from shoulder surgery, Immediate Past President Mary stepped into the role of MC.

Mary also presented the 30 Year Certificates

from PSPL & PAQ to the Club which was accepted by Secretary Nola.

Every celebration must have a cake and a local

bakery provided a wonderful one iced in Probus colours and with the logo prominently displayed. Long-time

members Eileen and Dorothy had the honour of cutting the cake.

President Lorraine also donated a bouquet of flowers

for the Lucky Door prize won by member Robyn.

Scenic Rim Coach Tour

Rochedale Probus Club’s “escape” to South East Queensland’s Scenic Rim was a fantastic and fun trip!

Their Probus Outings for 2020 drought came to an end when in November a locally based tour company offered

Club members a free local five-hour coach tour around some of the sights of the Scenic Rim all while travelling in their modern Gold Class coaches.

Members ventured along the Mount Lindsay Highway, through Jimboomba and Beaudesert to the Wyaralong

Dam where they stopped for morning tea in the tranquil surroundings of the shore.

From Wyaralong Dam, it was a short drive through the refreshingly green surroundings of the Boonah

agricultural area, following the recent rains. They stopped in the centre of Boonah for a tourist meander down the main street, appreciating the ambience of the mid-20th century, or earlier, Queensland town architecture. Their return trip home was via the township of Peaks Crossing.




Club News / Victoria

Robinvale Club celebrates 30 Year Anniversary On December 1st, The Robinvale Ladies

Probus Club celebrated their 30 Year Anniversary.

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

Christmas Get-Together The Frankston Ladies Probus Club met for Christmas

together and also for the President, Susan, to present the Life Membership to Vera and Jeanne.

Dine and Discussion The Heathmont Ladies Club had their “Dine and Discussion” meeting and discussed about current events and

topic of interest chosen by the hostess for the month. Outings and lunches would be held building harmonious relationship through having conversations that would range from serious subjects to topics that were quite comedic.




Club News / Victoria

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

Paynesville Probus Club’s Annual Picnic Day 26 members of the Paynesville Probus Club recently held their annual picnic day at Nicholson Boat Ramp.

Latrobe Ladies Club ‘Show and Share’ The members of the Latrobe Ladies Club had their Show and Share together which included activities such as

knitting and embroidery. Lorri knitted and crocheted a beautiful chequered rug while Mariana created a stunning quilt as a gift to her granddaughter.




Words Into Masterpieces /

Creative Writing

Words Into Masterpieces - Creative Writing by Probians

Get Motivated, Ladies Poem by Helen Paatsch, President Lake Colac Ladies Probus Club (VIC)

It was time to have a meeting

Of the inner sanctum team To organise the year ahead – Did we need a cunning scheme? We were pleased to see each other And many of us prattled And once or twice I must confess The President was rattled. She attempted to keep order But we all know very well She couldn’t stop us talking We had a lot to tell. But we did get down to business And planned the coming year In accordance with requirements So all will be quite clear Now nothing rhymes with COVID safe But rest assured “twill be In accordance with the rules and regs So we’ll all stay virus free!




Creative Writing / Words Into Masterpieces

Words Into Masterpieces Wildfire of Plainsong: Ode to Elaine Poem by Rod Garrett Northmead Probus Club (NSW)

Dawn drew away the covers A faraway flue met a subdued symphony.

Her image appeared in a sleep-filled mind Silky notes wavering though a mist of colour. As the image sharpened, The symphony waned Pianissimo.

And dawn – its aurora – glimmered through her. Dancing, brightening. A blush of colour, Around her hair, her clothes, her walls – Her canvas ***

Dark clouds gathered above the sad house Kicking her pride aside.

She searched and found Her symphony – its colours bold and complex Moving to its crescendo – its stirring finale. Trumpets – Skyquakes in the coming sunset. Saxophones – Mellow rich, deep; hugging around her. She is there – always

A wildfire of plainsong Where the tears Of her loved ones Hide.






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