September October 2020 Active Retirees Digital Magazine

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Discover what The Murray Princess has to offer through SeaLink.


Find out how to connect online and learn new skills.


Embrace change with the use of online banking apps and contactless payments.

Welcome / Chairman’s Message


I have been heartened by the number of Clubs who have found a way to remain connected and continue the Fun, Friendship and Fellowship values of Probus.

here is no doubt that COVID-19 has made the future quite challenging, it is a very fluid environment we live in, one we have never experienced before in our lifetime and one which has impacted on all aspects of life.

I commented in a previous column that Probus members would have to accept change to survive. One of the most demonstrable examples of change is the publication and circulation of Active Retirees magazine. This now is circulated digitally and every member can subscribe and receive it at no cost. The staff at PSPL have worked hard and published a very creditable magazine full of interesting articles and items submitted from many Clubs. They are also producing the “Staying Connected with Probus” communication, a weekly publication also available online and all members are encouraged to subscribe. I hope you and your Club are supporting the initiative encouraged by PSPL to recognise 1 October as Probus Day. It is the International Day for Older Persons and is an ideal time for promoting Probus in our communities. Because Probus does not often attract media attention we all need on this day

to raise the profile in whatever way we can, whether it be as an individual Club activity or an activity combining several Clubs in a cluster.

COVID-19 has of course impacted PSPL quite seriously, this was not anticipated and the ramifications will be felt for some time. The majority of our members are in the “vulnerable” category and I have been heartened by the number of Clubs who have found a way to remain connected and continue the Fun, Friendship and Fellowship values of Probus. I was particularly impressed with the news that a new Club had been chartered in Queensland in July, just as many of our Clubs were meeting for the first time since lockdown was imposed.

My year as Chairman is coming to an end as is my term as New Zealand Representative Member/ Director. The experience has been a privilege, interesting, challenging and worthwhile. I have met many great Probus members, have celebrated several milestones with Clubs and taken part in various discussions. I have visited numerous Clubs, not as many as I had intended because COVID-19 put a stop to travel both in New Zealand and Australia, and I have learnt so much about Probus South Pacific.



I acknowledge and am grateful for the support I have received from members of the Board, all hardworking volunteers who only want the best for our community. I thank them all sincerely for the time they have given to Probus, I know it has impacted on their lives in retirement and I am grateful for their contribution. I have been most impressed with the knowledge and passion of our CEO Silvana Martignago and her team, their consistent loyalty and commitment to Probus is undeniable. I have appreciated their support and guidance through many challenging aspects of governance and regulatory requirements. Thank you all for the opportunity to enjoy the Fun, Friendship and Fellowship that Probus provides to our retiree community.


Chairman | Probus South Pacific Ltd | WWW.PROBUSSOUTHPACIFIC.ORG

/ CEO Message

For the inaugural Probus Day, the theme is Staying Connected and Active with Probus – the key to happy retirement.


Due to the varying restrictions, some celebrations and events may be lowkey or may even be conducted in a virtual format. The objective is to celebrate Probus, in any way that a Club or member chooses.

I encourage everyone to get involved in celebrating Probus throughout the month of October and extend the hand of Probus friendship to fellow retirees in your community. Part of celebrating Probus Day is sharing your Probus story, recently we asked members to share their Probus story and have already received so many great submissions and would like to read many more. Please share your Probus story with us but more importantly share it with your friends and let them know what Probus means to you.

elcome to the September - October issue of Active Retirees, the national publication for Probus in Australia.

In this edition we share with you how members have been staying connected in recent times. We also announce the winners of our #ProbusWinterChallenge and showcase some great writing talent in our new Creative Writing section.

Once again, I would like to thank the advertisers who have continued to support our Active Retirees publications during these difficult times. Although some of us are currently restricted with our travel choices, please consider an intra-state trip with one of our advertisers. On behalf of the PSPL Team, I would like to extend our best wishes to members. I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Active Retirees.

While many individuals, communities and businesses adjust to a new reality, it is the strong connections formed through Probus that help so many of our members adapt in these challenging times. Our members have remained connected through virtual meetings, phone trees and Club newsletters. Depending upon the location, many Clubs have also been able to conduct a range of activities as well as meetings. I take this opportunity to thank the many Club Management Committees for their dedication and leadership. Recently we announced our inaugural Probus Day. A day where we will all celebrate what is great about Probus and actively promote it in our region of the world.

This annual celebration will be held on 1 October 2020 – this date is known as the United Nations Day of Older Persons across the world. International days like this are used to raise awareness and for our Community in Australia and New Zealand, it will be known as Probus Day.


Yours in Probus Friendship



Chief Executive Officer | Probus South Pacific Ltd



MIGHTY MURRAY We are excited to announce that the PS Murray Princess is back cruising, and our crew are looking forward to welcoming you onboard. Cruises depart Mannum in South Australia. Complimentary coach transfers are included from Adelaide, or secure car parking is available in Mannum (bookings essential). Please rest assured that when cruising with us, we will be following strict COVIDsafe guidelines along with our Cruise Safe, Cruise Well protocols. Save up to 20%* with Early Booking Saver Fares, or use your Probian member 10% discount on standard cruise prices.


What better way to bring in the new year than aboard the PS Murray Princess! Departs Wednesday 30 December 2020.


Join this fabulous biennial cruise, departing Loxton Friday 27 November 2020, or departing Mannum Friday 20 November 2020.


We all can’t wait for Christmas after the year we’ve had! Join us for this very special festive cruise departing Wednesday 23 December 2020.




Head upriver to Morgan on this comprehensive cruise with a side trip to the wonderful Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre.















For more information on our cruises visit or call us on 1300 729 938 *Terms and conditions apply. Fares listed are based on twin share, inside cabin under Early Booking Saver (EBS) terms and conditions. If you do not meet the EBS requirements, you will still be able to obtain a 10% Probian discount on any cruise based on the standard fare. Please use the Promotional Code of PROBIAN10 when booking online or when you call us to make your booking.

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Travel / Domestic Onboard

The P.S. Murray Princess

On the banks of The Mighty Murray River, among gnarled old tree branches and reeds swaying in the breeze, is a magnificent gum. Standing for more than 400 years, its trunk is bare and so white it stands out like a beacon. Pelicans sleep, perched on thick boughs, their heads resting on wings. In the distance are flood plains with still waters reflecting the bright yellow feet and beaks of darters (snake birds) balanced on remnants of once-glorious trees.

Take a moment to soak in the serenity.

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hat’s the view from the Sun Deck on the PS Murray Princess - a Mississippistyle sternwheeler with four decks of cabins, suites, entertaining areas and a mesmerising paddle wheel that churns the water, pushing her upstream in a graceful glide. Then there are the cliffs. Rich ochre rock walls – some 60m tall - of craggy sandstone and limestone. They line the path of the river, home to thousands of birds like fairy martens, corellas and sulphurcrested cockatoos. Now take another moment and watch the sun drop over the horizon shining a bright orange spotlight on those cliffs. The Murray Princess offers the chance to unwind in style with cruises out of Mannum in South Australia’s Murrayland. Our time is spent enjoying the simple but elegant surrounds, a moving feast of local produce and a series of shore excursions designed to entertain and educate. Shore excursions vary from short bush walks with the Captain, to a night at Sunnydale Station’s Woolshed for a shearing demonstration and sheep race, an on-shore barbecue dinner, wildlifespotting on a Nocturnal Tour and a star-spotting Dark Sky Night Tour.


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A cruise in Dragonfly, a small flat-bottomed boat, gets us even closer to nature and those giant cliffs.

A highlight is an indigenous experience at Ngaut Ngaut Conservation Park. “If you want information, you read the cliff,” says Sam


carvings and remnants of early habitation.

We get within metres of fairy marten bird nests that look like European wasp nests. These tiny birds build their nests one small beak-full of mud at a time. Golden orb spider webs coat the underside of overhanging cliffs and peppercorn trees grow out of tiny fissures in the cliff, hanging on for dear


Stewart, our guide. “These cliffs are indigenous history books – a diary and map of what happened and when. “Everything tells a story. For example, these pictures of turtles and fish are a menu.” That’s just one of the lessons to be learnt from the local Nganguraku people at this ancient site full of rock


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Back on board and Ali, the First Officer, brings the history of the River Murray to life. Fast facts flow, like the Murray is the third longest navigable river in the world next to the Amazon and the Nile, and it was discovered by Charles Sturt in 1830 after he tracked the flow of the Darling and Murrumbidgee rivers. A race between Captains William Randell and Charles Cadell, opened the waterways to the east and led to a thriving river shipping industry. Settlers moved inland, surviving only thanks to paddle steamers that brought food, clothes, supplies, building materials and news – one of the most important currencies to be had. Living aboard the Princess for a few days makes it easy to picture that time when the river was the highway. The Murray Princess pays tribute to that history. Her decks are named after Randell, Cadell, Sturt and the Chaffey Brothers who brought large-scale irrigation to the river. The Princess is a grand lady and a lovely, nostalgic nod to the past.



Sailing past the majestic Big Bend Cliffs.


Travel / Domestic

Comfortable and spacious Staterooms.

Cabins on board are basic but quite spacious with two single beds, a dressing table, wardrobe and tiny ensuite plus two windows to the stunning views outside. Waking up to the sound of correllas screeching can be a shock but it’s a welcome one because it means you won’t miss the soft sunrises, the mist hanging over the water and those tranquil scenes.

Night-time views are equally delightful. Spotlights are left on, lighting up the water and our evening pelican performance. It’s an elegant, silent ballet as they glide back and forth waiting for their next feed of fish. It doesn’t matter what time you wake up during the night, you’ll see the dance of the pelicans.

The PS Murray Princess on the Might Murray River.

For more information on PS Murray Princess cruises or to order a brochure to be mailed to you, visit or call 1300 729 938. Probian members receive a 10% discount on all standard cruise prices.




Going Cashless /


Making Changes

Going Cashless

More and more people are embracing change with greater use of online banking apps and contactless payments in Australia.


he Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) 2019 Consumer Payments Survey accentuated that consumers are becoming more open to using electronic payment methods with some preferring cashless options. Among all survey respondents, those aged 65 and over still made more than half of their payments in cash however, this number had decreased since 2007. Since the survey was conducted, institutions are now expecting an increase in cashless activity, predominantly from the impact of the pandemic. Dr David Glance, Director of the UWA Centre for Software Practice, says “We are certainly moving towards a cashless economy. Australia is pretty advanced in terms of having shops accepting electronic payments.”

So what does this mean for you?

With all major banks providing an online banking option and services to help people set up an account at home or their branch, there are certain benefits for Older Australians. Since the launch of the New Payments Platform (NPP) in February 2018, we are now able to make near realtime and simply addressed payments.

This means obligations such as paying your monthly phone bill can be organised as a reoccurrent debit or bank transfer. Debit cards and credit cards can also be linked to your online banking app so in situations where you may need a refund or are required to pay an invoice can be done electronically. The other benefit is no longer needing to wait in queues at the bank or over the phone to check your balance or visiting the ATM frequently to withdraw money. During the pandemic, not needing to disinfect cash constantly is also a good benefit since all expenditure can be handled electronically.


So what are the common cashless platforms at a glance? Online Banking • • • • •

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Contactless Cards

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Technology / Be Connected

Find out how to connect online and learn new skills Learning to use technology is one of the best ways older Australians can deal with these challenging times.


“We have seen the many innovative ways Probians have stayed connected through virtual meetings such as hosting Club meetings, playing games online and even enjoying each other’s company from the comfort of their homes.” The Be Connected program is a great resource for older Australians to find the skills they need online. The Be Connected website, managed by the eSafety Commissioner, provides free information, learning modules and webinars designed to empower them to safely use the internet and digital technology.

e Connected is an Australian Government initiative aimed at increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians. It delivers a range of resources specifically designed to support using digital technology. During COVID, more of us have found ourselves doing things online that we didn’t expect, from using Zoom to meet with other Probus members to setting up a Facebook page for our local group.

Margaret has been a Probus member for 26 years. She says in her role as a local representative these days she often sits in on meetings for other Probus groups and assists members with a variety of matters, including advice about online subjects.

There are simple ways you can make use of the program to help you do more on the web: • Visit the website: https://beconnected.

“My role is to provide different clubs with support in any way I can, especially in how they connect with each other and PSPL,” she says.

• Register for the engaging and informative Be Connected online presentations bookings.

PSPL CEO Silvana Martignago says “It is so gratifying and inspiring to witness people from our communities and Clubs coming together and supporting each other at a time we need it most.”

• Sign up to the Be Connected newsletter login/signup.php?.

• For assistance getting online, call the Be Connected Helpline 1300 795 897.

During these times, it is important to stay active and connected and we encourage members to visit the Be Connected website to learn more about being online.




Probus Travel Insurance /


Important changes have been made to the Probus South Pacific Limited Group Policy (Probus Travel Insurance Policy) underwritten by Chubb Insurance Australia Limited(Chubb). These changes have become necessary due to the recent travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19. International Travel Insurance – New Policies

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For Members that already have coverage under the current Probus Travel Insurance Policy, Chubb will continue to provide coverage under that policy. Chubb will allow changes to the travel dates so long as the return date of the trip is before 30 May 2021. Any enquiries relating to an existing Probus Travel Insurance Policy should be directed to Chubb using the following contact methods: Email: Phone: Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm AEST Australian members phone: 1800 803 548 New Zealand members phone: +61 2 9335 3349 Beyond 30 November 2020, Probus will no longer be offering travel insurance through Chubb. However, PSPL is committed to supporting Probus Club members when travelling and hope to make an announcement on an alternative insurer before 30 November 2020.

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Set your mind at ease as you cruise the beautiful Brisbane Water Catch the ferry from Woy Woy public wharf, a short stroll from Woy Woy station with round trips back to Woy Woy for a classic pub feed at The Bayview, Greek at Ela Mesa or grab some fish and chips at Fisherman’s Wharf. If walking is your thing, disembark at Lintern Street, Davistown for the picturesque Illura Reserve Walk around the waterfront towards local café’s and restaurants. Another great spot is Davistown Central, where the restaurant Ferryman awaits right next to Central Wharf, and a short stroll to Little Teapot or Dart n Feather or head to the award winning Davistown RSL. Another Umina Beach hidden gem if you just want a delicious cup of coffee and a treat is Empire’s D’lite at Empire Bay. With ferries running all day you can plan your trip. History cruises to start up again later in 2020.

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you don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener, which we know Probians are renowned for.

R U OK? CEO Katherine Newton says even

‘There’s more to say after R U OK?’, is the message for R U OK?Day 2020 (on Thursday 10 September) and will focus on building confidence and increased skills for people so they know how to navigate a conversation with someone in their life who might be struggling.

if we’re still being asked to physically distance ourselves from one another, there is something we all can do, and that is to look out for each other. “We’re all going through a difficult time because of COVID-19. The situation is continuing to change every day and for some people it can be pretty scary. You might be feeling disconnected, be physically unwell, or experiencing heightened levels of anxiety,” said Ms Newton.

This year R U OK?Day coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day which will further raise awareness of the scale of suicide globally and the role that each of us can play in prevention efforts.

R U OK? want Australians to be confident in having a meaningful conversation and if someone says they’re not OK, make time to listen with an open mind, encourage action and regularly check in.

“Life might not be the same as it was before and we might need to live with some ongoing restrictions and physically distancing. “But there is always something we can do and that is look out for each other.”

‘There’s more to say after R U OK?’

R U OK? is encouraging the extensive network of Probians around the South Pacific to draw on your individual and collective valuable life experiences to further promote a sense of community, reach out and ask friends, family and neighbours ‘Are you OK?’.

Learn what to say next at

R U OK? is an Australian suicide prevention charity. Its mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and to support those struggling with life. Find out more: Need help? Find help now.

Be aware of any changes in behaviour or the way people communicate. Trust your instincts and look out for the signs - consider the tone and language they’re using; are they answering your calls; are they communicating as you would expect? Whether you’re struggling yourself or worried about someone else we urge you to trust your instincts and stay connected. To Stay Connected: • • •

Create a list: Think about who in your world, personal or professional, near or far who might be struggling. Dedicate the time: Make ‘time to ask’ as part of your daily routine. Choose your channel: Communicate in way that works for you both: make a phone call, send an SMS, video call, email or, if you can meet in person you might want to chat over the fence, go for a walk together or catch up for a cuppa.

Each day think about who in your world might be struggling and make a plan to reach out to them and ask ‘Are you okay?’. That simple question and a conversation has the power to change someone’s life for the better.




Club news

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The following section of Club News features Club activities, Members creative writing pieces and #ProbusWinterChallenge submissions. Even during challenging times, Probians continue to embrace the true spirit of Fun, Friendship and Fellowship.

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(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 / NT & ACT

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Cooking Up A Storm

The Probus Club of Darwin has been promoting a

cooking challenge, and Probus Member Fred stepped up to the “plate”.

Fred baked a Victoria Sponge for Lyn which was

consumed for afternoon tea using the best chai, of course.

Happy Birthday Charles Darwin The Probus Club of Charles Darwin celebrated their 5th Club Anniversary with a delicious celebratory cake.

Greenway Knitwits Members of the Greenway Probus Club

knitting group known as the "Knitwits” received a Certificate of Appreciation from the St Vinnies Night Patrol.

In these dicey times, it’s good to

keep in touch with the most needy in

our society, which is exactly what the Knitwits are doing.

Charnwood-Dunlop Second Meeting The relatively new Charnwood-Dunlop Probus Club held their second meeting and had Bill Donovan,

President of Probus Association of Canberra & District attend as a guest.

The Club was also presented with a defibrillator they

had received from a Government grant.




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Club News / South Australia

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

35 th Birthday

On Monday 10th February 2020, 36 members and 7 guests from

Modbury Ladies Probus Club came together to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Club.

Guests included 2 members each from Collinswood, Golden

Grove and Wynn Vale clubs along with their Patron and

independent Member of Parliament Frances Bedford. Frances

presented President Cilla Harvey with a gold certificate for the Club on behalf of PSPL.

The tables were adorned with floral posies made by

Committee Member Sharyn Perrin. Door prizes were drawn much to the delight of those who won.

Elsie Kuchel, a member for 33 years cut the cake.

A beautiful spread of sandwiches and quiches, were served

followed by a birthday cake with tea and coffee.

Members were entertained by Soprano Marianne Riccio

who sang a large repertoire of songs. There was lots of singing, clapping and toe tapping as everyone joined in.

She finished up with a request to do Madam Butterfly, and

followed with Marilyn Munro’s rendition of Happy Birthday. A great morning was had by all.

Ramblers’ Day Out

Sailors Ahoy

‘The Ramblers’ is one of eight interest groups from the Victor

28 members from the Unley Probus Club

Harbor/ Granite Island Probus Club. From April this year the convenor of the group is Graham Burton. When the walks recommenced in June and the second in July, there were

upwards of 20 members ready to set off on the trails. In June, they headed along the Heysen Trail to Halls Creek (tributary of the Inman River), and in July the ramble took in the

recently-opened scenic Myponga Reservoir walking trail.

During the walks, the group stops and enjoys their packed

lunch, or they call in at a local bakery, and then resume their trek to the destination … all keeping a safe distance from each other during

these times. Enjoying the fellowship while

celebrated Pancake Day in Australia on February 25th.

Pancake Day, comes from the old English

custom of using up all the fattening ingredients in the house before Lent, so that people were

ready to fast during Lent. A delicious breakfast of pancakes was enjoyed at Port Adelaide.

Invigorated by the pancakes, members then

embarked on a walking tour around historical

Port Adelaide, admiring “Wonderwalls” created by different artists.

observing nature

along the way make

for a very enjoyable

day out – while being active.




Club News / South Australia

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What A Wonderful Trip

Glenelg Bay Probus Club Members enjoyed a three-night trip to Langhorne Creek from June 23-26, 2020.

On the Tuesday, it was a bleak and rainy outlook when

members left Adelaide for a trip to Langhorne Creek, but

by the time they reached Lake Breeze Winery the sun was shining.

14 members enjoyed wine tasting and an excellent

lunch at Lake Breeze before going to Marandoo

Coffee And Chat

Homestead. The Guest Wing and Vineyard House, gave

members most comfortable living quarters. Dinner that

The Ladies Probus Club of Colonel Light Gardens

night was catered for by Rosemary – excellent curries

met at the Soldiers Memorial Gardens, Mitcham on a

and desserts followed.

lovely sunny afternoon for a coffee and chat.

On the Wednesday, some members set off early

With restrictions allowing groups of up to 10 in

to hunt for the wetlands Bird Sanctuary before the

SA, it gave members the opportunity to see their

next stage of driving to Newman’s Horseradish Farm

Probus friends again.

where they learned how horseradish was grown and

Members sat in distance to each other and

produced with taste testing. Lunch was at Angas Plains

Winery, fronting a big log fire looking over the beautiful

vineyards. Dinner however, left members salivating with the Rosemary’s slow cooker lamb shanks at Marandoo.

On the Thursday, the guys had opted to be breakfast

makers, organising a delicious brekkie menu, a glass of

bubbly was also announced for Annette’s birthday. More delightful sceneries were explored at Oasis Gardens and Kimbolton winery.

The last day was all about the last breakfast before the

big pack-up!

conversed about all the skills they have learnt during lockdown.

Payneham ‘Brightons’ Its Day

On Tuesday, March 17, before isolation began,

Payneham Probus Club visited Dunluce Castle in Brighton, South Australia.

The castle was built in 1912 and is based on a

wing of the historic castle in Northern Ireland.

Members enjoyed a delicious Devonshire tea,

a very interesting video of its history and a tour exploring the Castle.




Club News / Tasmania

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Walking And Talking Again

Wonderful White Beach

With the easing of lockdown restrictions in Tasmania,

Before lockdown, there was a record-breaking crowd

Hobart Macquarie Probus Club took the initiative and

recommenced the monthly special activity Walkie/Talkie at Sandy Bay.

Naturally, social distancing was paramount during

this activity. The photo below shows members practising their social distancing before setting off on the walk.

at White Beach this year for Hobart Men’s Probus Club’s annual week of fun, fitness and frivolity.

The stayers numbered 12 and the others came and

went as they wished with the overall count of 38.

The beach walkers headed off each morning at

9:30am, conquering the mist, leeches and bull ants. Other activities enjoyed included Chef Grant’s

food, Happy

Hour, intrepid kayakers

who paddled around the

islands and Finska.

Deloraine Ladies President Awarded OAM Deloraine Ladies Probus Club President Mrs Lexie

Young was honoured with an OAM in the 2020 Australia Day Awards. Lexie’s award recognised and paid tribute

to her many years of service to the Deloraine & District community.

At the wonderful age of 81, Lexie has continued to

stay actively involved within the community.

Some of the organisations she has contributed

towards include Beanies for Cambodia, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Cancer Council, Child Health

Association, Country’s Women’s Association, Deloraine Community Car and Singlets for Africa.

She has an extensive calibre of achievements

throughout her life including Australian Knitting

Champion, Meander Valley Citizen of the Year, Meander

Valley Council Volunteer Award, Deloraine A & P Society, Life Membership; Olympic Torch Bearer 2000 Relay and Author, The Story of the Deloraine School and Blooming Threads.

Congratulations Lexie, a very full life well lived. Many

people have benefited from your extensive voluntary service.




Club News / New South Wales

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Mandala Beach House Visit Even though group travel is particularly

challenging right now, Probians are still finding safe ways to get out and about.

In early June, Lesley and Roger Berry from

Gerroa Combined Probus Club visited the Mandala Beach House, Jervis Bay.

Lesley and Roger had a great time while

enjoying the admirable views.

The Fresh Air Port Stephens Probus Club members brushed off the

lockdown cobwebs and turned out in force to continue

their enthusiasm for fresh air and the natural and abundant beauty that surrounds them in Fingal Bay – appropriately called paradise.

After the stimulation of walking and energetic

conversation, coffee was most welcome from the

overworked takeaway window at the Longboat coffee

Sea Cliff Bridge Walk


20 members from the Combined Probus Club of Helensburgh & District gathered together and enjoyed a walk across the Sea Cliff Bridge, south of Sydney.

Their first stop was at the Scarborough Hotel for a coffee break where members were happy to see dolphins and

a whale frolicking in the water from the hotel’s balcony.

The walk then continued to the Scarborough-Wombarra Bowling Club where members had a nice lunch. Publicity Officer Helen Durham says “our outing was well enjoyed”.




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Club News / New South Wales Staying Sane During COVID-19 Meadowbank Combined Probus Club successfully held its AGM in March and was anticipating the

year ahead blissfully unaware of what was to come. Less than two weeks later, the Club was

cancelling its proposed trip to Armidale, coffee

club mornings, cards, all planned outings and all non-essential face-to-face contact.

The most adventurous activity was to go to the

supermarket, which now involved wearing masks, avoiding other people in the aisles, and spraying hand sanitizer liberally.

For the over 65s, all activities seemed to cease.

The Club began to think of ways to keep members connected. The Committee decided to distribute fortnightly newsletters instead of monthly,

including members ideas about interesting

websites (virtual tours of museums, free concerts and travel sites).

The Club also launched their own “Staying

Sane” photo competition encouraging members to post their photos during lockdown.

Members posted their photos of amongst other

things, camping in the backyard (as pictured

below), empty roads, jigsaw puzzles, matchbox collections and putting out the garbage bins.

Senior Citizen Of The Year Award Recipient Paul Fisher from the Probus Club of Blacktown City

was named as Blacktown’s Senior Citizen of the Year in February 2020.

Councillors Susai Benjamin and Kathie Collins presented

Mr Fisher with a certificate and Mayor Tony Bleasdale congratulated Mr Fisher for his achievements. Paul is a dedicated and

public-spirited member of

the community. Most of his 87 years has been lived in the service of individuals and the community

both personally and professionally.

Volunteering for a range

of causes throughout his

life, Paul’s contributions are greatly appreciated by all.

Tea In The Park Padstow Heights Probus Club enjoyed a warm sunny

morning tea in the park at Panania, close to a small coffee shop.

18 members attended the gathering and all enjoyed

meeting up and having a good old chat whilst keeping to the required social distancing.

Members are all looking forward to more morning teas

in a different park in the very near future.




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

Distancing – Together

Warners Bay Knitting

Back in March, during the very early days of social

distancing being encouraged, but before gatherings

The Warners Bay Ladies

had become restricted, Tenambit-Morpeth Probus

Probus Club has been

Club held its Committee Meeting.

busy during lockdown

The meeting was at a sports oval in East

supporting Aussie farmers

Maitland to discuss further plans.

with knitting baby lamb

As evident, social distancing measures were


heartily embraced!

To date the Club has

forwarded 11 parcels of around 260 jumpers to

farmers in NSW, VIC and WA.

The members supply the wool at their own cost and

the Club/few generous members have covered the costs of postage parcel fees.

The knitting has helped members keep engaged and busy

Coffee And Catch Ups

at home.

The Probus Club of New Lambton Honeysuckle had their first Club outing on 19th June after their last meeting in early March.

Some members gathered together at Blackbutt Nature Reserve in Newcastle to enjoy a coffee and chat in the

great weather.

Secretary Andrew Wilson says “It was quite noticeable the enjoyment our members got out of being able to see

each other again after 3 + months of isolation.”




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Club News / Queensland

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Historical Tour Of Maryborough Some members from Fraser Coast-Hervey Bay Combined Probus Club availed themselves of a trip to Maryborough in a cavalcade of private cars. Organized by ex-President, Brian Frederiksen, who spent most of his life in Maryborough, the trip was an eye-opener for many of the Club members.

Maryborough was one of the early ports, even before Queensland became a State. After gold was discovered in

Gympie, the Port of Maryborough exploded with activity. Rural lots were created and immigration was encouraged. With the promise of land, Europeans flocked to Maryborough.

Merchants set up business, banks were established and churches built. The Walker Brothers from Victoria set

up their Factory and Foundry, manufacturing locomotives, trains, ships and later War Ships. This company still

provides employment for many, trading non-stop for the last 153 years. Sugar growing and timber are still major employers.

The beautiful old colonial type homes abound in every street. Many residents take pride in their homes, and

they are beautifully maintained even today.

To finish the tour, members had a picnic lunch at the Ululah Lagoons.

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March AGM Meeting

In late July, on a nice day in Queensland, 22 retirees

Out with the old, in with the new! Members from

became foundation members of the newly formed Pimpama Probus Club.

The formation was sponsored by the Rotary

Club of Ormeau Pimpama and the Probus national sponsorship partner Trade Travel was present as guest speaker.


the Probus Club of Indooroopilly’s new Management Committee were welcomed at the March AGM.

The Committee is committed to keeping the Club

strong, no matter what is thrown at them.

Pictured above is outgoing President Neville handing

over to incoming President Iris.



Club News / Queensland

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Zoom Get-Together

Burpengary Probus Club held its first attempt at an online social get-together using Zoom technology. There were a few hiccups at the start, but they

managed to start at 10am and kept talking until 11:25am. Fifteen happy people and two dogs made a good

group. It was great to catch up on how everyone is coping during the restrictions.

BBQ & Walks The Paddington Probus Club has continued to stay connected with different activities. Some recent activities include:

Members enjoyed a nice BBQ on the banks of

Samsonvale Lake on a wintery Saturday lunch.

Their walkers group with 12 members met at

Jolly’s Lookout and walked 5.5kms to a cafe in Mt Nebo. Another walk involved venturing to Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens.

5 members from their Book group reviewed The

Beekeeper of Aleppo outside Ashgrove Library.

Committee Meeting Rose City Warwick Probus Club has organised several

upcoming activities along with re-commencing meetings. The Committee has continued to provide monthly

newsletters to members with stimulating content and community updates.

In addition, members have embraced and shared

creative projects at home including woodwork, gardening, crafting and more!

40 th Birthday Celebration The Redlands Probus Club 40 th celebration happened on the 15th July despite the RSL venue still being closed.

Members were able to meet at the Sails


Pictured is special Life Membership being



awarded to Denis Pickwell.


Club News / Victoria

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Keeping Connected Glen Waverley Combined Probus Club is staying connected – remotely – with the help of Zoom meetings.

In April, 6 new members

were inducted during a virtual meeting with Committee

Members using Zoom, including a presentation of induction certificates.

Members also participated

in Zoom “happy hours” – many members learning new skills

while finding new ways to keep in touch.

Morning Tea Just before the second lockdown, 20 members from the Castle Donnington (Swan Hill) Probus Club had their

morning tea at Murray Downs Club. Members were able to have a catch up and chat about what they’ve been up to at home.




Club News / Victoria

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As Active As Can Be

Leongatha Probus Club has been taking many active measures to keep members connected over the last few difficult months.

The Club’s Executive Committee has had two virtual meetings via Facebook Messaging to attend to the financial

matters of the Club. In June, all Committee members met, with all social distancing rules followed. While being very different, it was wonderful for members to see each other in person again.

The Club has also established a phone tree, closed Facebook group, Boredom Buster Booth (for exchanging

DVDs, magazines, jigsaw puzzles and books), racing tip competition, newsletters and much more!

While members are keen to get back together, they are following all government rules and realise that, for

members’ safety, they just have to wait. But they continue to keep connected as best as they can.

Beating The Virus Tony Thomas says “Imagine doing four months work preparing to start a new Melbourne Probus Club,

launching last February and getting hit by the lockdown right after your first meeting. That was the opening story of our Melbourne Bearbrass Probus - “Bearbrass” was an original suggested name for Melbourne.” 30 Members had attended the launch of the Club

at Dock Library with 18 sign-ons and now, the Club is steadily growing with a membership of 41.

The Club has also received a $1355 grant

from Melbourne City Council helping them with administrative purposes.

Melbourne Bearbrass is now evolving with a hybrid

of online and physical activities in accordance with Victoria’s health advice.




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Here’s To Jacqueline Kerang Probus Club held its AGM earlier in March, where Jacqueline Hibbert was awarded a Life Membership. Jacqueline is actively involved in many community organisations in Kerang.

In respect of Probus, Jacqueline held the position of Secretary for seven years; the position of President for

two years; and for the past three years she has taken on the role of Welfare Officer within her Club, ensuring those who are unwell receive cards and a friendly visit.

Jacqueline also acknowledges

significant birthdays along with

condolences from the Club when necessary.

On presentation of the

Award, Jacqueline was

extremely surprised and

humbled – as well as “lost for words,” which is unlike her!

She received the award from President Colin Hansen.




Club News / Victoria

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First Probus Zoom AGM

Paynesville Probus Club presented Willi and

The Probus Club of Beaumaris Inc. embraced technology by

Club over the 16 years that they have been

presented outgoing President Keith Ross with his Meritorious

Inge Mueller with a Certificate of Appreciation for their commitment and contribution to the members.

Willi and Inge joined the Club in 2004. Willi

took on the role of Club Vice President in 2009 and stepped in as the clubs 27th President from mid 2009 to 2011. In 2012, Willi was

hosting their first Probus Zoom AGM.

The meeting went well where New President Simon Appel

Service Aware.

Keith also awarded Life Membership to Geoff Bransbury

with a “coronavirus handshake”.

appointed Club Public Officer and served in that position until 2014. Willi was also the

Club Musical Entertainer and provided music

when required at General meetings plus great musical entertainment at their Christmas functions.

Inge was also a very active contributor to

the Club being the Club Newsletter Editor from 2006 until 2011 before taking the position of

Almoner (Welfare) Officer from 2012 to 2015. Willi and Inge recently celebrated their 60th

Wedding anniversary plus Inge’s 80th birthday. The Club thanks them for their valued

contribution during their time as members,

wishing them all the best for the coming years.

Along Gardiners Creek It wasn’t so warm, 12 degrees with a burst of sunshine every

half hour or so, but before second lockdown, 9 members from the Armadale Probus Club met at Vision Australia, Kooyong and set off along the Gardiners Creek trail for coffee at Docklands.

4 members had to

leave after a couple of

hours or so, so that left

the remaining members

plus photographer Bernie, to enjoy the whole ride.

Alan Hay says “It was

just sooo, sooo nice just to be doing something normal again with friends.”




Club News / Western Australia

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Morning Tea In The Park On Monday, June 15, Como Combined Probus Club enjoyed its first get-together since lockdown measures eased. The get-together was a morning tea at Neil McDougall park, and some of the photos from the day are shared


Dancing Doesn’t Stop Geoff and Ingrid Walker from the Albany Combined

Probus Club are passionate about dancing and have continued this passion through the pandemic.

The couple finds running a dance program and

helping others very rewarding.

Ingrid shares that “we did not realise how

passionate we were about dancing until the lock down happened. Most weeks we do dancing 4 times, which is 1 afternoon and 3 nights. It’s fulfilling and healthy for the brain.”




Club News / Western Australia

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Hour Of Entertainment The Whitfords Combined Probus Club were able to resume their regular meetings from 8th July 2020.

With the easing of restrictions

from the WA Government, 50

members were able to celebrate meeting again.

The meeting was followed by

an excellent hour of entertainment

by Perth Variety Performers before members enjoyed a catered 2 course lunch.


Probus Winter Challenge

The #ProbusWinterChallenge is all about getting active and overcoming the cooler months with gardening. We challenged Probus Club members to show off their gardening skills and share some tips and photos. We received a number of submissions and one thing we know for sure is that there are many Probians who are talented and passionate gardeners. We would like to congratulate the winner of the #ProbusWinterChallenge, who is Rob Watkins from Probus Club of Bendigo. Rob has won a $150 Bunnings voucher proudly sponsored by PSPL. We would also like to share a few highlights from other Probians across the country who have won a $30 Bunnings voucher. Thank you to all the members who submitted photos and gardening tips for the #ProbusWinterChallenge.


Rob Watkins


Probus Club of Bendigo

With retirement in mind, extensive lawns were replaced with paths, weed mat and pebbles. Propagating and cultivating succulents and arid loving plants proved much more enjoyable than endless noisy hours on a rider mower.





Probus Winter Challenge


Susan (Sue) Willett

Gaby Menschel

A gardening tip - For a lovely summer display, hard prune Fuchsias at the end of July-early August, unless you get a lot of frost, in which case leave it until around mid-late August. Trim about a third off plants during the first weekend of January to get a second flush of flowers during Autumn and Winter. Always tip prune to keep plants from becoming straggly.

1. Cuttings = Everything in this picture has been grown from cuttings, I love the challenge and the results. 2. Bird of Paradise = Strong colours, flowers beautifully in winter and makes great cut flowers.

Victor Harbor - Granite Island Probus Club

Probus Club of Engadine

Christine Burke

Jenny Reynolds

Quirky and Fun. I have been op shopping for mirrors, started off with one which we then glued half and old security gate onto. This made it look like a real gate note enclosed.

I am enjoying a real splash of colour this Winter and am particularly happy with my Stretlitzia producing 3 blooms at the one time, all 3 of African Violets flowering at the same time and my Bleeding Heart vine flowering in the Winter at all. I began to create this garden when I moved to Newcastle NSW about 5 years ago and have a very limited space so have had to be innovative in both vertical and horizontal plantings. I get an enormous amount of pleasure in gardening and it is my “go to” place and if I had any tips for a budding gardener is that you need to have a vision of what you want to create, be prepared to modify your plan to those “must have” plants you find at the nursery and most of all be prepared for some hard but rewarding sweat and toil.

Redlands Ladies Probus Club Inc.


Tenambit – Morpeth Probus Club



Probus Winter Challenge


Iris Freeman

Sue Sturman

Since we have been home more, I’ve had time to rediscover the joy of gardening, and especially the joy of growing vegetables. I love watching young plants grow, observing the cycle of flowering and fruiting, the satisfaction of growing and picking your own food. I mustn’t have been the only one who recently started to garden again. For a while, seeds and seedlings were very hard to get. I do often get free plants from my compost. I wait to see what a small weed becomes before pulling it out, tomatoes, pumpkins and capsicums often emerge all on their own. But did you know you can plant some of your kitchen scraps directly into the garden for a further cycle? Spring onion roots, the base of a lettuce, leeks, shallots and even pineapple and carrot tops will shoot again. Pictured is the base of a lettuce, the roots of a spring onion and some carrot tops re-sprouting in the garden.

Sue’s Garden Art, 2020 What does one do in isolation? Hard rubbish happens, and somebody put out an old wheelbarrow. Why waste it? I repurposed it as a succulent garden, using cuttings that I had grown. I decorated a terracotta bird bath with mosaic, to the great delight of the many magpies who drink from it and bathe in it.

Probus Club of Indooroopilly

Mount Waverley Combined Probus Club

John Hayes

West Pennant Hills Probus Club

In my Imagination. I can hear my six year old grandson saying to my son Simon, “What did Poppy do during the Corona Virus Dad? With the structure of my wife Wendy and our life completely disrupted, our gyms closed, our aquatic centre closed, and our Saturday park run permanently cancelled until further notice I questioned what I could do to direct my mind and energy. With no real landscape plan, I commenced my project by digging out a ten metre bed of Agapanthus, if you’ve never taken on this gardening task, Agapanthus roots go down 100 metre into the sub-soil, in fact I noticed a certain warming in the soil. After two weeks of back breaking, digging and sieving of the soil, I then framed my canvas with brick edging. To represent the charred and fallen forests I painted bamboo stick tops and also planted 20 Bromeliads adjoining these features I formed a circle in sandstone rocks. The end result - the powerful traditional post and rail fence, the backdrop to this landscape project represents Australian response to natural disasters and their ability to overcome everything that nature throws at them. SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2020 ACTIVE RETIREES |



Creative Writing / Words Into Masterpieces

Words Into Masterpieces - Creative Writing by Probians

In Issue 13 of Staying Connected, we shared some tips on upskilling your creative writing. We received a number of creative writing pieces from Club members embracing different forms of literature including narratives, poetry, stories and drama scripts. We share a few of these excellent masterpieces with you.

The Secret of the Old Boathouse By Meader Tricia Curtin Northmead and District Probus Club

Growing up, I loved staying with my grandmother. She lived alone in an old house overlooking a lake. A creepy boathouse stood along the shoreline. We were warned to NEVER go near the boathouse - it was dangerous! Apparently! I would sit for hours listening to my grandmother’s stories about her young life - especially those surrounding the old boathouse. She would tell us about fairies - night fairies. The others would laugh and consider gran’s stories silly, but not I. I believed her. Returning to gran’s old home many years later, I could still feel her presence. Standing in her cosy front room, I turned and stared out the window, thinking of her and the sense of wonder she would open in me. I could see the sun setting gently over the lake; the boathouse a smoky outline on the horizon. And then I saw it… a soft light moving within the boathouse. Hoping it still worked, I picked up an old red torch and wandered down the path toward the boathouse. The path was overcrowded with weeds. I had to stop myself from bending down to pull them out; a habit that gran and I shared. The boathouse looked even older, more weathered, seemingly on its last legs. The old door was broken, hanging from a rusty hinge. I pushed it gently aside and carefully walked across the floorboards - creaky and cracked; several boards were missing. Turning the torch on, I stopped dead in my tracks. A fairy - a night fairy. As I moved toward her, the fairy ‘panicked’ and flew into an old fishing net, hoping to camouflage herself. And then a soft cry. She was caught - snagged in the net. Part of her wings were twisted through the netting. She needed help. What would grandma do? What had I learnt from that wonderful storyteller? Here I was - standing in the old boathouse that we, as children, were all so frightened to go near - with a gentle fairy who really needed help. Slowly - ever so slowly - the fairy relaxed enough to let me come nearer. An old fishing knife lay near the net. Picking it up, and moving slowly, I began cutting away the net. In time, the fairy - quivering and ever so delicate - fluttered her shimmering wings and began to float upward towards the rafters and the open door. She turned toward me and smiled. I was breathless - in awe. My grandmother believed in fairies. She knew they existed and despite my family’s laughter and teasing over the years, she knew. And yes, I believed then and I still do. Magic.




Words Into Masterpieces /

Creative Writing

Words Into Masterpieces - Creative Writing by Probians

Around the World in 80 Days: Movie Titles By Caitlin Larbalestier Kareela Combined Probus Club

After climbing 39 STEPS here I am HOME ALONE in my APARTMENT, FROZEN, listening to SOUND OF MUSIC watching the CITY LIGHTS and thinking I needed a SUMMER HOLIDAY. That’s when I heard on the radio about the murder on 29TH STREET down ON THE WATERFRONT. They said it was a TAXI DRIVER with a GOLDFINGER, but there were HOLES in the witness’s story. These certainly are MODERN TIMES we live in and WE’RE NO ANGELS however, there are too many of us wanting to live THE HIGH LIFE. I listened to THE LAST SONG before going to bed, I didn’t want a LATE NIGHT as I had to be at THE BREAKFAST CLUB early next morning. Then RIGHT ON TRACK my sister EMMA knocks on the door. As I open the door, she pulls a FUNNY FACE so I thought I would DO THE RIGHT THING and invite her in. Our relationship, IT’S COMPLICATED. She had come to tell me that A STAR IS BORN because ROSEMARY’S BABY, BORN ON 4TH JULY in the MOONLIGHT. My sister lives in LA LA LAND and I am sure she’s CLUELESS and BEWITCHED most times. An AMERICAN BEAUTY with AN EDUCATION who loves clothes, her favourite colour is AQUARAMINE and she has 27 DRESSES in all shades of the colour. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA I am sure is THE DRESSMAKER Emma goes to. I said to Emma, GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER, she said THE PINK PANTHER and I said no, THE GODFATHER. With that she went FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and warned me to be careful he did not KNOCK ON ANY DOOR or I might be sent UP THE RIVER. YOU WISH, was my reply. Then THAT DARN CAT was BLINDED BY THE LIGHT and jumped out the REAR WINDOW and ran off to A FAR-OFF PLACE, probably to meet up with the 101 DALMATIONS or THE LADY AND THE TRAMP. Then IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, I heard that sound that announces YOU’VE GOT MAIL. It was my friend Sally who said she was going to PARIS IN SPRING and maybe she would meet AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. I said there are still a FEW GOOD MEN around, and she said I’ll send you a postcard FROM PARIS WITH LOVE. With THE LUCK OF THE IRISH, she met Harry at the MOULIN ROUGE they watched THE LAST TANGO IN PARIS listened to MAD MAX play THE PIANO and that’s WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. They had AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS with WILD STRAWBERRIES delivered by PETER RABBIT all BEFORE SUNSET. At MIDNIGHT IN PARIS when they were SING’NG IN THE RAIN, Harry said let’s go on a ROMAN HOLIDAY where we can sit UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN have A PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK and try and crack the DA VINCI CODE. Sally replied YES MAN and a FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM they bought a ticket from the MERCHANT OF VENICE for the ORIENT EXPRESS, and with a BRAVEHEART they were GONE WITH THE WIND. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA was on board and he was taking THE ENGLISH PATIENT, who had just spent 55 DAYS IN PEKING while on the ROAD TO MANDALAY, home to CASABLANCA, where SOME LIKE IT HOT. AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL, there was a ROBBERY UNDER ARMS, by the someone said to be THE INVISIBLE MAN, so all were looking to CATCH A THIEF. TWELVE ANGRY MEN were chasing him down and they definitely were THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. It was THE GREAT ESCAPE and in the NAME OF JUSTICE they were UNSTOPPABLE thought Harry and Sally. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and with a BLANK CHECK they booked a suite on THE TITANIC. However, at the last minute they decided it wasn’t how they wanted to end their holiday, so JUMPING SHIP they caught the AFRICAN QUEEN to AUSTRALIA and visited a TOWN LIKE ALICE met THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER and his mate CROCODILE DUNDEE and thought THEY’RE A WEIRD MOB. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, but it’s time to go HOME AGAIN said Sally and MEET THE PARENTS. They wrote to say I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS and it would be ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS as they were bringing ELF with them. And I’m still waiting for THE POSTMAN to deliver my FRENCH POSTCARDS.




Creative Writing / Words Into Masterpieces

Words Into Masterpieces - Creative Writing by Probians

2020 has been for Me By Flinders Probus Reading, Writing and Talking Group Flinders Combined Probus Club

Janet...Children moving in, out, away. Online orders in iso, Masks and missing smiles. Days without dates. Time to reflect. When, what, how the future?

Chris…How swiftly our lives changed - How meekly we’ve adapted Regrets in small jolts - A deep freeze full of unoffered Easter meals – A darkened silent stage.

Wilma…A roller coaster ride. Wonderful dinners with family and friends. A sea voyage. Now, looking into the abyss of a Covid lockdown, New skills required.

Jenny…Dare not to think or ponder life, Or dream of far flung places Be here, NOW, That’s all there is!

David…11:00 am count. Up or down?

51 years of lockdown continues even greater harmony … mainly.

Pat…Very little left of the life once lived. More reading, more craft, no cupboard tidying. Alone-ness becoming loneliness.

Gretchen…Make a list, and then put off doing today what can be done tomorrow, or the next day, or next month - Or next year!

Brian…Wear a mask, as asked. Saw wood - feels good! Paint a lot - running hot! Days go, but only slow.

Bev…Is it Tuesday? Maybe Friday? It’s getting harder to tell. Alan…Missing trips, Lousy July weather, Asthma, Confined indoors, Reading, Zooming family and friends. Feeling sorry for people, Lost jobs, lack of money, Contending with kids and mortgages.

Marie…Zooming in on the world I cannot touch, recalling the tangible past And imagining a better future for so many who are hurt.

Sheila…Silent playground, No children. No sound The screams, the shouts have gone, Will it be long before they are back?

Susie…No sunbird frangipani green frog gecko, Warm crimson blush of dawn but Snowdrops spinebill blue tongue bushy tail, Red gum glow of dusk.

ISO 2020




The Vice President’s Beef Bourguignon /


The Vice President’s Beef Bourguignon

Probus Club Burwood East Inc. By Lance & Claudia Sterling

The French city of Lyon is famous for its bouchons, small family owned restaurants that boast nose to tail dining. Every part of the animal is used. They even claim to use the pig’s squeal. I have tweaked this recipe to be very close to what they serve in Lyon, and it’s packed with flavor.

Ingredients • • • • • • • • •

1 kg Beef Chuck or similar cut into a 2 cm dice 1 large brown onion diced 2 large carrots peeled and diced 2 garlic cloves finely chopped 1 bottle red wine from Aldi (if the A.C Byrne pink label Barossa shiraz at $10.00 is available grab it, outstanding value) 4 rashers of bacon diced 1/3 cup plain flour 400g button mushrooms (larger ones cut in half) Bouquet garni, just tie together 3 sprigs parsley, 2 sprigs thyme, and 1 bay leaf

Method 1. Place the beef and bouquet garni in a plastic bowl, ad a pinch of salt, pour in wine to just come to the top of the beef, seal the bowl and place in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Your patience will be rewarded with a real depth of flavor. 2. Strain the beef through a colander to remove as much of the wine as possible but reserving the marinade. 3. In a frying pan over medium heat ad a little oil and fry the bacon and onion until crisp, about 6 minutes. Place on a separate plate. Use a slurp of wine to deglaze the pan, scraping the residue onto the onion and bacon. 4. Season beef with a little salt and brown on all sides in a couple of batches, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour and cook stirring for another 3 minutes. Place beef into oven casserole dish. 5. Add the onion, bacon, carrots, the reserve marinade, plus any wine left over and cook until tender in oven 140 degrees for about 2 and a half hours. Ad the mushrooms and cook for about another 45 minutes. All ovens will vary so you may need to check the progress. I often ad 2 heaped desert spoons of corn flour mixed to a paste with a little cold water and stir in to thicken at this point (optional). 6. Remove bouquet garni and serve with mashed potato and greens. We often expand the quantities to make several more meals with the philosophy of work once but enjoy for months. It’s well worth the effort. Bon Appétit! Serving Suggestion



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