July August Active Retirees Digital Magazine

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Welcome / Chairman’s Message

“Change is inevitable” Change can be seen as a threat or an opportunity and Probians have taken it as an opportunity...


hange is inevitable. Apart from death and taxes, the only constant in life is change, and over the past few months we have had to accept massive changes to our lifestyle. When Probus members retire they embrace a new freedom - to go out as and when they please, to wherever they please whether it be home or overseas. In fact many Probians have worked hard and saved hard to follow their dreams and tick off items on their bucket list, whether it be a trip on The Ghan, a European River cruise, an African safari park tour or a trip to the Antarctic, Probians are curious adventurous people who value their freedom. Then with hardly any warning their freedom was taken from them and they were asked to stay home, stay safe and wash their hands! And of course they did as they were asked. For the first week they cleaned their windows, washed the car, lived out of the pantry and freezer, the “Match of the Day” morphed into “Daily Pandemic Report”. Then in the second week they cleaned out the garage and sorted all the old photos, and stayed home. In the third week the husband made the soup and even baked a cake. And the weeks passed. Change can be seen as a threat or an opportunity

and Probians have taken it as an opportunity and have found ways of maintaining the fun, friendship and fellowship ideals of Probus. I have seen many reports of clubs issuing e-newsletters reporting on activities of members, encouraging ringing lists to ensure members keep in touch, and often including a clever joke! New words have entered our vocabulary – apps, downloads, podcasts etc and Zoom has a new meaning that probably is not even in the dictionary yet. Probians have embraced technology in a way which probably surprises them. Grandchildren are proud that Nana and Poppa can text, Zoom, Skype and during lockdown this technology has been invaluable in keeping in touch with family all over the world, and reassuring to all members that despite being classed as being in the “vulnerable demographic” we were in fact healthy and still active. We can wish for things to stay the same, it takes courage to make changes but to survive we must make changes. The pandemic has been a huge wake up call for our economy and revealed how much we rely on the global community in relation to tourism, education and industry, it is going to take years to recover but to ensure that recovery happens as quickly as possible we must be



prepared to make changes. Probus will play a part in bringing opportunities which will influence the longevity of clubs and hopefully members will keep open minds to change. It won’t be easy but the challenge is there, we have an organisation that has respect in the community, looks after the wellbeing of it’s members and provides fun and friendship to our retirees. We are known for doing things for the collective good of our retiree community, lets continue to do so and lets encourage more retirees to join Probus and enjoy the positive aspects of life in our later years. Because of the uncertainty of when regular club meetings will resume (which would allow distribution of hard copy Active Retiree magazines) this digital copy has been produced. We hope you enjoy it and circulate it to your members, and potential new members. Kind Regards,


Chairman | Probus South Pacific Ltd



/ CEO Message

elcome to the July/August edition of the national publication for Probus in Australia, Active Retirees.

Due to the challenges in distributing the magazine, we have suspended production of the printed version. We will continue to provide a digital version of the magazine to all members electronically at no additional cost.

The digital magazine may look a little different and reading it on a screen may take some getting used to however I encourage all readers to take the time to review the magazine and read first hand how much fun Probians have when they come together in friendship. With so many Clubs across Australia, we have not always been able to include all the content we receive so in this edition we are showcasing a range of Club outings and activities over the past 12 months. This is a great way to celebrate how much Probus Fun, Friendship and Fellowship is enjoyed across the country, all year round.

During these challenging times we have come to appreciate the company of friends, family and our freedom to travel, either domestically or overseas. While the restrictions on international travel may stop us from that dream trip overseas, it does create an opportunity to appreciate our amazing country. There are so many wonderful places in Australia to explore and when you are ready to travel, we encourage you to show your support for the many advertisers that continue to support the production of the Active Retirees magazine. The travel section in this edition includes a wide range of advertisers that a ready to help you get to know Australia either all at once, or a little at a time. We also encourage you to share your stories about exploring this great nation, help us spread the word about the places you have visited in Australia and why your fellow Probians should go there too.

As usual, the magazine contains some great articles of interest for all our readers and we hope that you enjoy reading it. As this is a digital magazine, sharing it with your friends is even easier, simply forward the link so they too can read about all about Probus.

“This is a great way to celebrate how much Probus Fun, Friendship and Fellowship is enjoyed across the country, all year round.�

To the thousands of members across our Probus Community, I would like to thank you for your support over the last few months, in particular to all those that have taken on leadership responsibilities either as Club Management Committee members, Association Committee Members, or Local Membership representatives. Your commitment to Probus is invaluable and represents the strength of our growing community.


Chief Executive Officer | Probus South Pacific Ltd JULY-AUGUST 2020 ACTIVE RETIREES |




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Discover the heart of outback Queensland.

Chairman Margaret Drake


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Make it an outback pioneering experience in 2021

COVID-19 has changed the way we travel in 2020. After lock-down and restrictions, everyone is going to be eager to get away and do something different next year.


hile many overseas destinations may still be off limits, we can be confident of travelling safely in Australia and experiencing the wonders of our own back-yard. Trade Travel and awardwinning tourism operator Outback Pioneers have put together their special 6-day itinerary for Probus groups. It promises to give you a truly inspiring adventure that will take you to another world without leaving the country.

Get ready to tick the bucket-list There are few places that capture the Australian spirit like outback Queensland. You can’t really say you’ve experienced this country until you’ve tasted the dust as you ride a Cobb & Co stagecoach on the old mail route through the bush. Or sailed the Thomson River at sunset. Or eaten stockman’s stew by a campfire under the stars. Or met some merinos in a historic woolshed. Or travelled across the sunlit



plains by open-top doubledecker to get up close to animals that make the outback home – from kangaroos and emus to camels and cattle.

And they’re just a few of the outback experiences you’ll enjoy during your 5-night stay. You’ll also visit Winton to explore the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum and Waltzing Matilda Centre – with lunch at the famous North Gregory Hotel where Waltzing Matilda was first



And no trip to Longreach would be complete without a visit to the iconic Qantas Founders Museum, Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and School of the Air.

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Your hosts with outback heart What really puts the heart into your holiday is the hospitality and outback humour of Outback Pioneers. The Kinnon family are a genuine outback family who lived quietly on their sheep and cattle station until drought pushed them to diversify. Their outback ingenuity shines through every Outback Pioneers experience. They still love meeting guests and sharing their life and passion on the Nogo Station Experience. “We have welcomed Trade Travel’s Probus groups for many years now and we’re really looking forward to welcoming you back and sharing some of our incredible outback in 2021,” founder, Richard Kinnon, said.

Sleep with outback dreams

Outback Pioneers have recently merged with Longreach Tourist Park and are currently refurbishing and re-theming the park’s villa accommodation to give an experience that will immerse you in the outback pioneering world from the moment you arrive. The onsite restaurant is being transformed as Ringers Restaurant and will be the venue for your Stonegrill Dining Experience. The holiday is fully escorted. With most meals included and a comfortable place to hang your hat, you can embrace the pioneering spirit with everything taken care of. It’s not just the outback dust that finds a way into everything. When you leave, you’ll realise that the pioneering spirit, big skies and genuine people of this region have found a lasting place in your heart too. Contact Trade Travel for the full itinerary and group prices to make 2021 the year you unleash your pioneering spirit. T: Australia Toll Free 1800 034 439 E: groups@tradetravel.com Visit page 48 to find out how you can win a trip for two to Longreach.


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Health / Winter

6 Ways to Stay Active During Winter Winter is traditionally the time of year we put on our winter coats, cosy up to the heater and eat hearty meals. But how can we stay fit when the colder weather strikes? We have a few suggestions to keep you healthy during the cooler months.


Embrace The Cold Depending on your level of fitness, simple outdoor activities such as walking, jogging and skipping or more challenging activities like hiking can get the heart racing. If you are concerned about being cold perhaps rugging up in a beanie and scarf can help keep you warm.


The Great Indoors When the cold really bites, you might find it better to put a roof over your head as you exercise. You can choose to take online exercise classes or DIY. Perhaps now is the time to invest in some simple small weights or a cycle to create your own mini gym.




Warm Up Properly It is important to stretch and warm up your muscles so they are less prone to injury. Before commencing your exercise routine, simple warm ups including stretching your legs, ankle circling or star jumps can really help unstiffen your muscles and ligaments.


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Get Some Vitamin D Some of us tend to lose a bit of vitamin D during winter as we are rugged up inside. Given the daylight is an important source of vitamin D strengthening our immune system, it is recommended to at least get 10-30 minutes of sunshine per day. Of course, your skin type determines the length of time required hence we suggest seeking further professional advice.


Watch the Comfort Food We all like a bit of creamy soup or stodgy dessert when the temperature drops, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Consider keeping a food diary so you can keep track of just how much comfort you are getting in the form of calories and head out in the cool air to walk off some of the sweet treats.


Involve Others We can all get a bit slack over winter however, we may be able to stay motivated through the support of friends. Perhaps starting an exercise group in your Probus Club for walking activities or virtual classes can make the experience more fun. So leave the hibernating for the grizzly bears – there is plenty to get you going during winter. You just have to turn up the heat on your fitness regime.

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Technology / Sleep

Technology To Help You Sleep Technology often gets a bad rap when it comes to night-time habits. Experts say your bedroom should be technology free. But there are some types of technology that can actually help you get a good night’s rest.

Put simply, often technology can actually keep you awake. The light emitting from screens and devices tends to inhibit the body’s ability to switch off, by preventing the production of natural melatonin. But there are actually ‘good’ technologies that can assist with sending you into a lovely slumber.


Wake-Up Gadgets If you don’t need to rely on an alarm clock to wakeup, wearable devices are a great way to wake up naturally. Devices such as a FitBit will measure your sleep quality and wake you with vibrations when your body is ready to wake. Alternatively, consider investing in a wake-up light. Before electricity, people would sleep and wake according to the sun. Why change that now? A wake-up light sits on your bedside table and wakes you naturally by brightening the room slowly, so it feels like you are waking up to natural sunlight.




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The following is a selection of some of the outings, milestones and gettogethers Probians have enjoyed over the last 12 months from Probus Clubs around the country. To have your Club’s event, trip or news item potentially featured in Active Retirees magazine, please send the following to marketing@probussouthpacific.org 1. A short description of 50 to 150 words 2. A photo as a separate attachment (photos embedded in Word documents or PDFs are often compressed and too low-resolution for print) 3. Try to send the original, full-sized photo if possible (these are generally higher resolution than those pulled from Facebook, for example) We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Club News / ACT

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The Greenway Hangout In June 2019, The Probus Club of Greenway enjoyed a luncheon at the Kingston Hotel. The hang-out was well received by the members who attended.

Canberra City Ladies Turns 30 The Canberra City Ladies Probus Club celebrated their 30th birthday at its meeting on Tuesday 8th

October at the Yowani Country Club in Canberra.

The ladies are all long-term members including Jean Trinick, Trish Jones (the only inaugural member), Anne Gordon and Enid Vance.�

Majura Ladies Walking Group The Majura Ladies Probus Club commenced a new walking activity for

members in September 2019. Organised by

Committee Member Liz McIntyre, these walks

will cross paths with the National Arboretum and

have proven to be popular.




Club News / ACT

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Par-3 Golf at Narrabundah Up to 14 members

from the Probus Club of Gungahlin play

regular Par 3 golf at the Narrabundah course. Pictured are several members proudly

displaying their Hole-

In-One trophies which

are made by one of the group. This photo was taken in September 2019.

Life Membership Foundation Secretary of Conder Lanyon Probus Club, Joan Harrison

was presented with

her Certificate of Life Membership by the

Secretary Jean Smyth in 2019.

Congratulations to Joan

on this prestigious award, one well-earned for the

dedicated manner in which she carried out her duties in this very important office.

A big thank you from all

the Conder Lanyon Probus members.




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Club News / New South Wales

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Celebrating 3 F’s in NSW Getaway To Macksville 2019 On 24th March 2019, a group of 12 members from the Probus Club of New Lambton

Honeysuckle Inc travelled to Macksville for a

6-day getaway. The journey started with a pick up from Broadmeadow station to their motel accommodation in Macksville. During the

trip, members enjoyed scenic skywalks, a local day at Nambucca Heads, morning tea at Port

Macquarie, Douglas Vale winery tasting, Grafton Memorabilia, the surrounding townships, BBQ’s and much more! Despite a bus replacement

halfway through, the trip was enjoyed by all.

Copacabana’s 1st Birthday Copacabana Probus Club celebrated

their 1st Birthday in September 2019 at The Reef Restaurant overlooking Terrigal Beach NSW.

The Club has grown from 17 to 40

members in 12 months!

Probus Clubs Croquet Tournament On a very windy and early cold Monday in May

2019, the Probus Club of Nowra hosted a district Probus Clubs croquet tournament. Shoalhaven

Men’s, Shoalhaven Heads and St Georges Basin joined the friendly game followed by a later

midday BBQ luncheon at the Bomaderry Croquet Court site. In teams of four members each took

turns to hit each assigned coloured ball through the 9 hoops on the four half courts under the

very careful supervision. Tuition was received

from the Nowra Croquet Club mentors to ensure participants followed the rules. Members all enjoyed the fun, friendship and fellowship.





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Club News / New South Wales Alstonville’s August Activities

Dundas Sydney With Twin Dundas Canada

Alstonville Probus Club is blessed to have a

The Probus Club of Dundas in Sydney and Dundas Probus

Rescue Helicopter Centre, the Clothing

recognise their milestone achievements.

wonderful quartet organising their outings.

Club in Canada celebrated their Club anniversaries

In August 2019, the Club visited the Lismore

together in June 2019. Both Clubs exchanged gifts to

Recycling Centre at Goonellabah and managed to squeeze in a delicious lunch at The Terrace Bar in the Richmond Hotel.

The new premises housing the helicopter

were very impressive, as was the new helicopter - AW139. Members learnt that this machine

can fly for longer and faster periods, covering

greater distances. Their visit to the Recycling Centre was a real eye opener to the level of

discarded clothing. The clothing is sorted and graded, the best of the items being sold in

Vinnie’s Bargain Shops, followed by exportation to African countries. The next level is turned

into reusable rags and a small balance turned into land fill. Overall, it was an insightful and educational day for members .

Wedding Bliss The Probus Club of Port Stephens celebrated

members Leon and Cathy Lindsay’s 60th wedding

anniversary during their meeting in January 2020.

President David Wilson organised for an arrangement of flowers and

acknowledged Leon’s great


to the Club and community

over the past 30 years.

CPR Training Newport Probus Club held a very successful CPR Awareness session for its members in June 2019. Approximately 50 Members were led

through the basics of CPR Training and the use of a Defibrillator. The session was arranged as a result of a member suffering a cardiac arrest approximately 3 months prior.

The importance of CPR Awareness cannot be underestimated and

therefore, a CPR Awareness Session was organised for members.




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HARS (Historical Aircraft Restoration Society) The Probus Club of Pittwater and members partners

embarked on a trip to HARS at Albion Park and to the railway museum at Thirlmere.

The HARS workshops and display areas had a display

of civil and military aircraft, ranging in size from a

Qantas 747 Jumbo to a Tiger Moth, with everything

in between – Mustang, F111, Sabre, Helicopters and

DC3 etc. Their website gives a full listing. Some are

flying and some are under restoration by a seriously dedicated army of volunteers.

The Thirlmere Railway Museum is funded by the

Probus Clubs Join Forces To King Island

NSW State Government and houses over 100 exhibits

of railway rolling stock from engines to VIP carriages

and cattle trucks. The largest engine is a 6040 Garret,

A group of Probus members from Clubs in

the most powerful steam locomotive that ever worked

Queensland, NSW and Victoria spent three nights and

in Australia and the smallest a railway pay engine that

four days on King Island.

looks like a small bus but was built to run on the tracks.

From 6th to 9th May 2019, members of the

following Probus Clubs joined forces to embark on a fascinating trip to King Island. The Clubs were

Ballarat East Ladies, Ararat, Belmont Ladies and

Ringwood Clocktower from Victoria, Mount Gravatt and Currumbin from Queensland, and Bexley and Campsie-Kingsgrove from NSW. Matthew was

the young guide who was a fifth generation King

Islander. He told members lots of stories about the history and culture of the island with knowledge

and wit. Members also saw wallabies, penguins, wild turkeys, geese, swans, peacocks and an echidna.

It was a great time for members from different

Clubs to get to know each other while celebrating fun and friendship.

Getting Crafty At Gregory Hills A very popular interest group of Gregory Hills Probus (NSW) is Arts and Crafts which meets monthly at the

home of Suzan Batten. “It’s a social time, “ says Suzan,

“where members bring along their interest art, craft and not forgetting plenty of chatting over a cuppa. There’s

no special skills requirement and the results have been proudly displayed at each year-end’s General Meeting.”




Club News / New South Wales

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New Caledonian Cruise Eleven members from the Probus Club of

Toukley travelled on a cruise visiting the ports of Noumea, Lifou and Isles of Pines.

Members boarded with the Royal Caribbean

ship; Radiance of the Seas and enjoyed the fun time they had.

Treasurer Margaret said “Quite often we

were asked are you a Probus Group? to which we said proudly yes. One young man even

said that he had guessed as much as his father was in Probus also.” Members were driven to

Circular Quay and picked up on their return by a local Tour bus company named Skippy Down Under Tours. Overall the trip was greatly enjoyed.

20th Anniversary Celebrations The Probus Club of Prospect Inc.’s 20th Birthday and

Changeover celebration was held on 18th April in the Marana Room at Blacktown Workers’ Club.

Pictured above is Past President Mel Gray, President

Rhonda Bensley and District 9675 Probus Chairman Dick White cutting the birthday cake.

Moss Vale’s 2-day Drive

In September 2019, Moss Vale

Probus Club enjoyed a 2 day drive. Members stopped at Braidwood

Bakery for morning tea, then onto Mogo Zoo for lunch. Shortly after, visited The Rhino compound and Tigers.

Members stayed overnight at

Aruluan Motor Lodge, Batehaven. On the Thursday, they enjoyed a

cruise on The Clyde River with fish and chips followed by ice cream.




Club News / Queensland

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Innisfail Coach Trip 46 members from the Innisfail Probus Club travelled by coach to the Atherton Tablelands with the first stop being a welcoming morning tea by Hayley and staff at the Whistle Stop Café at Yungaburra.

Then onto Mareeba Heritage Museum where members were met by Velina with light refreshments and an

unbelievable visit down memory lane. The Museum has so much to see from history and should be on the “must do” list.

The final stop for lunch was at Mareeba Leagues Club where staff went out of their way to look after the

members. The Club specially thanks Judi and Richard Rees and Frances Lagana for a well organised fantastic day.

Carseldine Nonagerians At the Carseldine Probus Club October meeting, members celebrated the 90th

Birthday of Thelma Parish and sharing her birthday cake.

Pictured with Thelma, from left to right,

are the Club’s other nonagenarians: Les

Schilder, Dawn Boon, Ron Peters, Daphne Green, Stuart Arnold, Thelma Parish, Denbigh Morris and Joy Russell.

Easter Bonnet Creation 22 members from the Sorrento Combined Probus Club designed

and wore some marvellous Easter bonnets to a special morning tea. Eggs, chicks and rabbits were the ‘order of the day’!

Members were at Cafe 20 patrons in Ashmore City shopping

centre and enjoyed coffee with hot cross buns and Easter eggs with them.

Previous Treasurer Kay donated the prize to previous Secretary

Doreen, who won with her beautiful creation.




Club News / Queensland Flower Festivities

Members from the Probus Club of Buderim East attended a very lovely Flower Festival in October 2019. They enjoyed the bright sunny weather along with all the great flowers. Pictured are 27 very happy members!

The Wine And Chocolate Retreat Fraser Coast-Hervey Bay Combined held a

Winedown in May 2019. Hosted by Secretary Gina Taylor and President Malcolm Taylor.

Members were treated to the ultimate wine

and chocolate experience. Members learned

which chocolates were to be served with which

wines. The wines came from Victoria vineyards – Rutherglen, Yarra Valley and King Valley. Chocolates were by Lindt and Cadbury.

Glenda Jorgensen entertained members with

the history of chocolate, with the inevitable

Whitsunday Week

some note, entertained the members with one of

26th August when 30 members from Thuringowa

chocolate quiz and we also learned about the Victorian wines. Glenda who is also a poet of her more memorable poems. Following

the wine tasting, a luncheon

of Antipasto platters and

tiramisu were served.

Excitement was in the air on Monday morning, the

Combined Probus Club eagerly awaited the arrival of their coach and driver Kevin.

The happy band of travellers set off promptly at

9am to spend 5 days in the Wonderful Whitsundays.

During this trip, members explored the hidden gem

of Whitsundays coastline, enjoyed delicious meals, admired lovely scenery and monuments.

The trip was filled with lots of fun and adventure.




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Book Club Celebrates 10 Years The Combined Probus Club of Sherwood Inc. celebrated the 10th anniversary of their book group. This was in August 2019

and Publicity Officer Joan

Coghlan OAM says “A great

excuse for a party with much discussion, but this time not

20 Years At Kingaroy

Sausage Sizzle and Damper

years with 75 keen and enthusiastic members

of books. A lovely day with

The Kingaroy Probus Club celebrated their 20

lovely people.”

sharing a birthday cake, reminiscing with a

presentation of Club photos of functions and

The Probus Club of Currimundi Combined started their

trips across the year; and by inducting 3 new

2019 year off with Australia Day Celebrations consisting

members, Warren and Julie Lohman and John

of a Sausage Sizzle and Damper with Lamingtons and Watermelon (how Aussie is that)!

Activities for the day included thong throwing and egg

on the plate races. A lot of good fun was had by all.

Gossow. Foundation President, Ron Knopke, and current President, Col Keim, together with eight of the foundation members, including 100 year

old, Bess Thorp, cut the birthday cake to cheers from the group.

Pictured above from L-R is President Col

Keim, Val Garrett, Laurie Hayden, Bess Thorp,

Moya Hayden, Betty Birch, Jeanette Knopke, Merv Birch, Foundation President Ron Knopke.

Dress Ups The Fun Way The Probus Club of Capri Ladies had their 350th meeting in September 2019 where members dressed in weird and funny hats. A great way to have fun with fellow Probians.




Club News / Northern Territory

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A Trip to 104.1 FM Radio Station

The Marrara Probus Club, in conjunction with Territory 104.1 FM arranged a visit to the radio station followed by a tour of the Charles Darwin University, Indonesian and Chinese gardens.

The group learnt about the history of the radio station, which began back in the 1980’s, growing from

a small low powered community radio station to the professional radio station that we enjoy today, 104.1

general manager, Matt Bern provided an interesting and informative overview of the role of community radio, how programs are developed and put together, with a quick drop in, to see Steve Hooper produce his ‘Classic

Café’ show ready for the afternoon segment. A quick wave to Mel Little as she hosted the ‘Morning Show’ live in the studio and explanations of the workings of modern commercial and community radio that gave the group a quick insight into the technology that goes in to producing and hosting a show for radio. After the visit to 104.1 we had a short

walk to the Charles Darwin University

Facility Management Services where we met up with horticulturalist, Virendra

Patel who provided us a guided tour of the Indonesian and Chinese Gardens,

answered questions not just on the plants in the gardens but also general questions on plants that we grow in Darwin. The

Indonesian Garden was a surprise mainly due to the range of plants grown that

were familiar to Darwin residents and as explained, many of our plants have very

similar strains in Indonesia so we would be familiar with them.

25th Anniversary Celebrations The 25th Anniversary of the inauguration of the Probus Club of Stuart Alice Springs was held at the Gillen Club on November 13th 2019.

Judy Donnelly, Vice President, provided a moving tribute to the past Presidents and members of the Club. Peter Hoey represented the sponsoring Rotary Club of Stuart

Alice Springs and Probus South Pacific Limited. Peter presented a Certificate of Congratulations to the Probus Group and spoke about the history of establishing Probus in Alice Springs.

Mayor Damien Ryan presented pins to Foundation and Life

Members, Enid Harland and Josie Petrick, Alan Jackson, another recipitant of Foundation and Life Member pins was unable to attend.

June Noble received her 20 year pin. Ten year pins went to

Edna Saunders and Alan Saunders.

Certificate of Appreciation were presented to Ian McCormack,

General Manager of the Gillen Club and Kate Ryan from Phone A Flower for their support to the Probus Club.




Club News / Western Australia

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30th Anniversary Celebrations

In June 2019, Shoalwater Ladies Probus Club celebrated its 30th birthday at which the ladies were asked to wear their best pearl necklaces to remember the pearl anniversary.

Pictured below are some of the members with the birthday cake made by member Jenny.

Catalpa Memorial After an interesting presentation by author Joy Lefroy, who

had with her husband, write about the escape of six Fenion prisoners from Fremantle Prison on the American

whaling vessel ‘Catalpa”. The Rossmoyne Ladies Probus Club enjoyed

Augusta WA Family Memories

visiting the Catalpa

Memorial in Rockingham WA. The memorial was

The Probus Club of Vasse, WA, organised a

erected in 2012 and

full day’s outing for 23 members to the town

commemorates the six

of Augusta, Flinders Bay, and the very well-

Irish political prisoners

presented Augusta Historical Museum with

who made the daring

the aim, among other things, of freshening

escape which has been

up memories of those members who are

recorded as the most

long standing residents of the South West.

audacious prison break of

The displays at the Museum reminded the

1976. The details and story

members that the Swan River Settlement of

of each of the escapees are

1829 very quickly ran out of productive land

recorded around the base of the memorial.



around the settlement for the newly arrived wealthy settlers to make claims.


Club News / Western Australia

Whitford’s 30th Celebrations Whitfords Combined Probus Club Inc. (WA) celebrated their 35th anniversary on 11th September 2019.

Members had an enjoyable time at the meeting remembering the Club’s long history with a group photo

and special cake baked for the occasion.

35th Club Birthday The Albany Ladies Probus Club was the first ladies Club formed in WA. The club was chartered in February

1985 with 65 members. Until October last year, three

foundation members were still involved as able in the Club.

The birthday was a quiet but enjoyable celebration

following the AGM. Members were pleased to welcome Graeme Brown , Probus District chairman and WA representative to PSPL and his wife Olwyn to the meeting and celebration.

Better Late Than Never Two long term and valued members of the Men’s Booragoon Probus Club (WA) were recently promoted to Life Membership status.

These were Peter Hughes who was elected as such on 20th November 2019

and Denis Jarvis on 19th February 2020.

One other background item was the recent private presentation of

certificates by President Geoff Bergl to our latest life members.

Photos show Geoff making the presentations outdoors at the recipients’





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Willeton Rotary Fair The Willetton Ladies Probus Club joined in on the 2019 Willetton Rotary Fair on Sunday 7th April by having a Probus stand at the fair and it turned out to be a very successful day.

The team of ladies who took turns in manning the stand enjoyed meeting lots of people who stopped to

chat during the day. Many were not aware of Probus and interested to learn about the Club.

Some younger people took brochures to give to their parents or grandparents. Some ladies who are

still currently working but planning to retire in the near future, were interested to hear about Probus. Murray Young from PPSL and a member of Noranda Probus very kindly came along on the day and

brought along a couple of great Probus banners. They very helpful and informative on the day.

Annual Bus Trip Members of The Port of Albany Ladies Club ventured to Katanning for their annual bus

trip to have an extensive tour of the recently converted Flour Mill built in the late 1800’s. Now called the Premier Mill Hotel was

bought for a dollar and converted into luxury

accommodation, restaurant and bars, keeping

the historic features of the Mill in all the rooms and surrounds.

Well worth the visit.

The tour was followed by lunch at the

restaurant and they visited other places of

interest both on the drive up to Katanning and back through Gnowangerup and the Stirling Ranges.




Club News / South Australia

Mystery Tour On a bright sunny Wednesday morning

3rd April 2019, 38 members from Probus

Club of Tea Tree Gully boarded the bus at 8.30 a.m. to set off on their Mystery Tour. Members headed down North East Road, Grand Junction Road, Gallipoli Road,

Regency Road, Port River Expressway etc. with Peter as the bus driver and guide.

During this mystery tour they travelled

past Osborne Shipyards, Outer Harbour terminus where the cruise liners dock, North Haven, old Fort Largs, Military Road, Hart Road over the bridge and in to Port Adelaide.

Members boarded the Dolphin for a 2 hour luncheon cruise and were treated with 10 choices for mains and 4

for desserts. Tea and coffee were also provided.

They then went back on the bus and explored many other lovely regions with great history and enjoyed more

great meals.

Members had an excellent time and were settled down for the trip back to Tea Tree Gully.

All in all a great day which was only marred by Helen one of the members having a tumble in the Museum and

now sporting a pair of sore knees.

Barossa Valley Turned 30! The Ladies Probus Club of Barossa Valley celebrated their 30th Birthday in style. Rotary District Probus Chairman Peter Perkins and his wife Joanne

attended the special meeting and Peter presented a 30th birthday certificate

which was accepted on behalf of members by President Sandra Johnston. Other guests included John Semmler, representing the Rotary Club of Barossa Valley who sponsored the Club 30 years ago, Barb Hallion, Anne Woidt from the

Gawler Ladies Probus Club with her husband Cliff and Errol Kurtz from the Barossa District Ladies Probus Club.

87 year old member of the Ladies Probus Club of Barossa Valley, Thelma

Ziersch cut the birthday cake which was enjoyed by members and visitors over a cup of tea or coffee.

Local CFS Meeting The Probus Club of Noarlunga Combined went on a short drive to visit their local CFS in May 2019.

Members learnt more about these

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It was a very informative outing.


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Chartering of Glenelg Bay The Probus Club of Glenelg Bay © was chartered on

the 9th August 2019 under the leadership of President Rosemary Edgely.

Following the first official meeting in September,

the member stands at over 100.

Pictured is President Rosemary with her

enthusiastic committee members.

Museum Visit The Probus Club of Mount Gambier visited the Port MacDonnell Community Complex which houses a museum of the town’s history.

This section of South Australia’s Limestone Coast

has a great history of shipwrecks including that of the Admella.

It is an area rich in coastal scenery, great fishing

and Adam Lindsay Gordon Cottage - Dingley Dell. And

all of this just south of the famous Blue Lake and many other attractions.

Food Bank Visit Members of the

Westbourne Park Ladies’ Probus Club recently

visited Food Bank SA at Edwardstown.

Food Bank is a not

for profit organization

that sources surplus food from the food industry

for distribution to welfare agencies that in turn

provide food relief to people in need.

It was an interesting

and thought-provoking visit for members.




Club News / South Australia

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Royal Flying Doctor Service On the 11th April 2019 25 members from the Probus Club of Marion visited the Royal Flying Doctor Service for a tour of there facilities at West Beach South Australia.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in

the world, providing extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to people over an area of 7.69

million square kilometres. Delivered by a dedicated team of professionals, using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, and supported by a vast number of volunteers and supporters, the RFDS is vital for those that live, work and travel in rural and remote Australia.

Donations are welcome to keep this operation functioning.

A Blast From The Past On The Semaphore Carousel!

On Tuesday 25th February 30 members of the West Lakes Shore Probus Club visited the seaside and the Semaphore Carousel.

Built in 1928 it is Australia’s largest operating merry-go-round with 40 beautiful hand-crafted wooden horses.

The Carousel is managed by the Rotary Club of Henley Beach

to raise money for charity and is housed in a protective cover to protect it from the elements.

Members’ faces reflected thoughts of carnivals, amusement

rides and side shows at the seaside depicted their delight as

they took a “journey back in time”! Music, rides, chatter and a bbq lunch followed by more rides rounded off a fun day with our Probus mates.



An Arresting Outing In June 2019, 17 members from the Payneham Probus Club had a very arresting and

informative outing to the Police Museum!

The S.A. Police Force is the oldest one in

Australia, established in 1838.

President Ron Pullin managed to get a

photo in front of some original correctional equipment he may consider using to keep

the Committee in order. Pictured above is a

photo of the group in front of some original uniforms.


Club News / Victoria

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Walhalla on a Wintry Some Latrobe Ladies Probus,

Traralgon, members travelled to

Walhalla on a wintry but sunny day in late 2019. Members started the day at the Old Post Office where

they were told a little of the History of Walhalla by one of their fellow Club members, Lyn Hodson, who

volunteers there. They explored the town and had a great meal at the

Hotel or café. After checking out the recently wool bombed train, they

had a ride on the Goldfields Railway up to Thompson River and return. A very busy day was had. There is so

much to explore in Walhalla and they enjoyed what they were able to fit in.

Celebrating a Very Special Birthday Great celebrations took place at Essendon Buckley Park

Ladies Probus Club’ with their late 2019 function, celebrating member Tavy’s 100th birthday. Tavy’s daughter and son were able to attend along with Member of Parliament Ben Carroll. Tavy has been an active member of the Club since June

2007. Over 30 members attended and joined in with Tavy to

1st Birthday at Wantirna South

celebrate in her milestone.

Wantirna South Probus Group formed by PSPL early 2018, celebrated their first birthday

in June 2019, with a Puffing Billy Steam and

Cuisine Natter Platter ride in the iconic train with a great lunch served on the trip from Belgrave to Emerald Lake.

On a great Autumn day with the sun shining

members wandered around the Lakes gardens before re boarding the train for afternoon tea served on the return trip.




Club News / Victoria

Japan Tour On May 22nd 2019, 28 members from the

Berwick Central Combined Probus Club flew with Singapore Airlines to Tokyo to begin a 17 day bus tour of Southern Japan.

On arrival day, many members used the

time to visit Mejiro Garden, which is an

oasis in suburban Tokyo. Despite its large population Tokyo still has large areas of

greenery as members discovered next day in visiting Meiji shrine. It is set in a 170

acre forest. The afternoon was spent at the amazing communications tower structure

that is known as the Skytree. At 634 metres tall it was the worlds tallest structure until Dubai.Next day members travelled 150 km

Finance and Investment Group

north to Nikko and the Kegon Waterfall. Two elavators holding 30 people each,

Malvern Men’s Probus Club Finance and Investment

goes down from the heights to the viewing

Group discussions include share investment,

platform near the base of the falls 97 metres

superannuation, ASX and RBA reports, team

below. On day 4 & 5 members departed

competitions, company and broker speakers, individual

Tokyo driving via Yokohama along the coast

member contributions from career experiences, this

to Hakone before turning inland to Lake

being an exceptional way of learning for the retirement

Ashi and Mount Fuji. Clear skies and sunny

years. The members have a great and informative time

days enabled us to see the mountain at its

discussing all the different components to finance and

best, some snow still on the upper reaches.


They also visited the 5th station before

moving west to Matsumoto Castle and on to Nagano.On day 6 members visited the

Monkey Park hot springs at Jigokudani. The sign said there were no monkeys present

but Probians pressed on anyway, to then be delighted as monkeys appeared in number around the forest.

Other notable activities included going

through the mountains from Osaka to

Hiroshima, visiting Kenrokuen Garden,

admiring old Samurai houses, relaxing at

the Golden Pavillion and exploring Osaka and Himeji Castles.

Japan was a memorable trip for the Club



as they experienced a great time and came home with wonderful memories.


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

A Snakey Experience

Morning Tea

Greensborough Probus Club were visited

Rochester Probus Club visit the Historical Society for morning

by Mark Pelley, the Snake Handler on

August 5th 2019. Mark was also a very good snake charmer who came with

several boxes full with his collections of

Tea. Many members forum information about their families and friends in the Societies wonderful collection of memorabilia.

various types of snakes and was happy

to show them off. He put snakes around his neck like a scarf it being a Winters Day! Members had one lady flee from

her seat, when Mark brought the first snake out of the box! The rest of the

members probably couldn’t move fast enough!

Members were spell bound while

Mark talked about the snakes and what to do if you see a snake, including first aid treatment.

Noosa in a Nutshell In mid-2019, happy travellers from the Probus Club of Croydon Inc.

returned with spring in their step after a relaxing 6 days in the sun. The RACV Resort was very accommodating and looked after the

members everyway possible. Noosa is a very busy town so with the

sun and surf smiles were with happy Probians every day. Trips to the

Glass House Mountain lookout, Eumundi Market and The Australia Zoo were highlights. Free days in between, allowed for local sightseeing and pool time.

As the saying goes “What happens in Noosa stays in Noosa” so

members will endeavour to return next year and do it all over again.




Club News / Tasmania

“Seniors Moments” What Fun! Mersey Valley Ladies Probus Club

organised an adventure to see “Senior Moments” in Hobart. As well as members from the Club, Probus

members and friends from neighbouring Clubs joined the overnight coach trip. Firstly, it was a stop for morning

tea at the Cruzin’ 50’s Diner in

35th Birthday Celebrations The Probus Club of Central Coast, Tasmania celebrated their 35th

birthday in early 2019. Members had a great time acknowledging

this milestone anniversary their Club has achieved. Pictured are the President, Margie Young (centre) with Peter Nader, our Tours Coordinator and Jude Wharmby.

Deloraine. Many memories were shared as the group viewed a collection of

memorabilia from the 70’s & 80”s. Then onto Ross for lunch and finally our

destination in Hobart. After enjoying

a great dinner, off members went to see “Senior Moments”. They say “laughter is the best medicine” and the group

certainly can agree with that. After a

restful overnight stay in Hobart, it was off to the Salamanca Markets where a

few dollars were extracted from wallets. Lunch in Richmond and a safe trip

home concluded a great two days of fun, fellowship and food.

30th Anniversary Celebrations

Kings Meadows Ladies Probus Club celebrated

its 30th anniversary with a special luncheon with members and invited guests. In attendance was

Chairperson of Rotary District 9830 Probus South

Pacific Ltd, Elizabeth Anderson, who presented the 30th year certificate and read a letter from Silvana

Martignago, CEO of Probus South Pacific. Mr. Michael Morrison, a past President from Kings Meadows

Rotary, who was instrumental in getting the Club of

the ground in1989, proposed a toast to the Club. He

also acknowledged the Foundation and Life Members of the Club, some of whom are still very active within it today. Phyllis Von Stieglitz, a Foundation and Life Member, together with Pauline Scott, Life Member

and President of the Club, had the honour of cutting JULY-AUGUST 2020 ACTIVE RETIREES |


the cake.


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

Table Cape Tulip Farm

Prospect Probus Ladies

Club Tasmania headed off to the Table Cape Tulip Farm in Parramatta Creek. The

outing saw the Club enjoying the usual luscious morning

tea and then it was a lovely country drive to Wynyard.

Lunch was an enjoyable meal at the RSL Club then onto the

Royal Botanical Gardens Visit The Hobart Probus Club (M) visited the

stunning Royal Hobart Botanical Gardens for a tour and lunch. Tulip season was evident and

the gardens were at their glorious spring best in September 2019.

Tulip Farm.

David Roberts Thomas

gave members a brief

introduction to the history, research and workings of

the farm. Another successful day of companionship and sightseeing.

Club Visit To Liferafts Systems Australia In June 2019, Hobart Macquarie Probus Club visited the Hobart production Centre of Life Rafts Systems Australia

(LSA) located at the Derwent Park Industrial Centre, near Prince of Wales Bay, Hobart. At LSA, they were treated to

an interesting and informative session on the manufacture and use of Life Raft Escape Systems that are deployed to the maritime industry world-wide for both naval and civilian ships.

Pictured above are some members standing in front of a deployed/inflated 100 person life raft. JULY-AUGUST 2020 ACTIVE RETIREES |



Profile / Member

Chris Day

History at Probus: Retired 2005/6 moving to Phillip Island area and joined San Remo Probus Club in 2006.

Management Committee

positions included 2007-2010

Treasurer, 2013 Vice President, 2014 President and 2015 Past President.

Chris spent a number of years

representing his Probus Club at

PAV and South Gippsland Regional Meetings.

In 2017, Chris moved back

to Outer Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne.

He became the first President

for newly formed Wantirna South Probus in 2018.

Chris’ Story


he story of my Fathers War Medals on 29th February has

created an amazing amount of interest both in Knox area where we now live, and on Phillip Island/San Remo where we have

a house and lived there until last year, when I was diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer.

With the amazing medical support and advances for something that

meant death with no cure a few years ago to being cancer free after 4

months of 2 types of Chemo has been amazing by Epworth Hospital at Box Hill and by my specialist Dr Matthew Ku.

The thing I was amazed to find out is that this type of blood cancer

mainly is diagnosed in men aged mid 50’s to mid 60’s, but I wasn’t aware of this condition prior to my diagnosis.

In my case, I was over the age of 70 when Epworth Hospital made

the decision to treat me like I was in my 60’s. After a lot of very painful tests the hospital put me on their program as the 3rd patient ever over the 60’s to go on the program! So far all 3 of us are doing well and are now cancer free - We are one big successful experiment!

Now I’m placed on their 5-year program which will be quarterly


Chris’ Message to Probians JULY-AUGUST 2020 ACTIVE RETIREES |

“Like every Probus member across Australia and New Zealand, I am looking forward to the day where we can meet up again for fun and friendship. In the meantime, I would encourage Probians to stay digitally connected with their fellow friends.”



Photographic Competition / Give us your best shot

The 2020-21 Probus Photographic Competition is back and revised! In the April/May Issue of the Active Retirees we had launched the competition however, due to COVID-19 we have revised the terms and conditions to better suit the current situation. The new theme is “Creative Probians” and is all about getting the creative juices flowing.

The 2020/21 Probus Photographic Competition is proudly brought to you by Trade Travel, your senior group touring and travel specialists since 1990 and proud national Sponsor of Probus South Pacific Limited since 2005. The competition will now focus on local travel with regular prizes to be won. The next prize up for grabs is an outback experience to Longreach for two.

The prize is valued at $4,000; This trip includes five nights’ accommodation and a gourmet breakfast basket. It also includes the “Do it all Longreach Discovery” with Outback Pioneers. Your Package includes Nogo Station Experience, Cobb and Co Stagecoach Experience, Thompson River Cruise with Captain Starlight Sound and Light Show, the Winton Discovery Experience including the Age of Dinosaurs, Outback Hall of Fame and Dinner Show, the Qantas Founders Museum and more.

HOW TO ENTER Get snapping and email your photographs along with a caption, your name, address, telephone number, email address, Probus Club name and Probus Membership Number to Probus South Pacific Limited.

EMAIL: monikap@probussouthpacific.org with ‘Photographic Competition 2020-2021’ in the subject line. You can also post your entry to Probus South Pacific Limited, PO BOX 1294 Parramatta NSW 2124 Australia. For Terms and Conditions please click here.

*This competition is exclusive to Probus Club Members only.

We would love to see photos of you doing something creative with a DIY project, a meal your cooking, being artistic, you participating in the #ProbusWinterChallenge or maybe a hobby you have been enjoying. So get your camera out and take a shot at being in the running to win! Submissions close 31 August 2020.

You could be the next winner and all you have to do is take a shot at being creative!




eSafety / Be Connected

Making the most of technology to connect new friends, old friends – and the world around you


robus is all about socialising, staying active and having fun – and most of all connecting with people. That’s where eSafety’s Be Connected program is making a difference for Probus members. Be Connected is an Australian government initiative committed to improving the online confidence, skills and safety of older Australians. The Be Connected website, managed by eSafety, provides free information, learning modules and webinars designed to empower them to safely use the internet and digital technology.

Before the pandemic, Be Connected hosted face-to-face training for Probus members on online banking and shopping and avoiding online scams. Probus South Pacific Chairman Margaret Drake said there was a natural fit with the work of the two organisations.

“I know that the members who joined the face-to-face groups gained a lot and members can learn even more from the regular Be Connected online presentations,” she said. “Older Australians generally are certainly showing their interest – and their capacity – to really make the most of new technology.” The eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said being able to interact online really enhances people’s capacity to make new friendships, be more connected with family and explore interests.

“In the past few months, the number of older Australians doing online courses to learn how to make video calls increased by 8 fold,” she said. “People are looking for ways to connect, making the most of technology.” “Since October 2019, attendance at our online presentations (or webinars) has increased by almost 300%. In addition to content on video calling, topics included using social media and staying safe online.”

More than half of people aged 70 and over, and almost one quarter of people aged 50-69, have low to no digital literacy. However, 50% of older Australians surveyed mentioned they wanted to use the internet more and said they would be more likely to use the internet if certain barriers around access, knowledge about devices and learning how to do things were addressed. That’s where the Be Connected program can make a real difference. JULY-AUGUST 2020 ACTIVE RETIREES |

What is available on the Be Connected website? • The Be Connected topic library has learning modules including the Absolute Basics, How to use video calling and WhatsApp, Introduction to myGov, How to protect yourself online, How to shop online and How to use social media. Plus there’s information about online hobbies like researching your family history, exploring Google Earth, and writing your very first blogpost. • There are step-by-step videos and interactive guides on how to set up and customise your new or used Apple smart device, Android smart device, Apple computer, or Windows computer. • The ‘Quick reads’ help older Australians stay informed about current digital issues, including how to make video calls, how to spot a scam, how to get started with podcasts and common questions about the national broadband network (nbn). • The website also has a games section that helps build mouse and keyboard skills for laptops and computers and touchscreen skills for smart devices – it’s perfect for beginners. • Friends and family can learn to be Digital Mentors, so they can support people through using digital technology and getting online.

The best of face-to-face learning from the comfort of your own home Join our free online presentations (or webinars) where our instructor brings you a range of informative topics – live. Best of all, you can ask questions and get answers straight away. The webinars are for anyone who is keen to improve their computer skills and learn how to be safe online. Bookings are limited so don’t miss out! Our webinars over the coming weeks and months include: • Connecting to others • Can you spot a scam? • Staying safe on Facebook • All you need to know about data & public Wi-Fi • Safer online shopping and banking • Protect yourself against scams • Selling safely online Get a friend started online Are you confident with technology but would like ideas to encourage your friends to get online? eSafety has developed a fun app, called Get Started, to help you inspire them to access all the amazing resources of the web safely and with confidence. Download the app now at the App Store (for Apple devices) or Google Play Store (for Android devices). To find out more visit https://beconnected.esafety.gov.au/



Probus Winter Challenge


Winter doesn’t have to be dreary. The #ProbusWinterChallenge is all about getting active and overcoming the cooler months with gardening. Whether you are planting something new or maintaining an existing garden, we are looking for photos that showcase Probians gardening skills. You can take it one step further and garden with your fellow Probus friends too! We have some prizes to give away so don’t miss out and submit your gardening tips, photos and stories before 5pm August 31st 2020 by emailing marketing@probussouthpacific.org JULY-AUGUST 2020 ACTIVE RETIREES |





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What is PROBUS? Probus provides you with the opportunity to meet with fellow retirees on a regular basis, listen to interesting speakers and join together in activities, all in the company of new friends. There are over 1,700 Probus Clubs with more than 125,000 Probus Club members all over Australia and New Zealand. You can join a mixed Probus Club or Clubs for Ladies or Men – the choice is yours. Membership is open to any member of the community who is retired or semi-retired and is looking for fun, friendship and fellowship.

Great reasons to join PROBUS • • •

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Participate in a wide range of activities with fellow Club members

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How do I join PROBUS? Find your local Probus Club by visiting the Probus website at probussouthpacific.org and select a location that is suitable for you. Once you have selected the Club you are interested in, we will provide you with further information about how you can join that Club. Alternatively, you can contact one of our friendly team members who will find a Club that suits you.

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