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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Newsletter 329                                20 August 2019 

President’s Report:  With our outings organiser Evelyn away touring the world and no takers for the proposed whale watching this month, Clive has suggested that we take a trip to Auburn Botanic Gardens.  As I shall also be away with my family attending a country wedding in England, I will not be able to accompany you all.  So, a couple of weeks ago I took the opportunity to pay an advance visit to this hidden gem.  It was a glorious sunny day and I thoroughly enjoyed a couple of hours wandering around this peaceful retreat. 
In 1968 Auburn council’s far-sighted chief engineer, Eric Black, proposed returning the land along the much-abused Duck river to public use.  His revitalisation plan was for a mixture of sporting grounds and gardens from around the world.  His grand vision was reduced somewhat by the time the gardens were opened by Sir Roden Cutler in 1977, but his Japanese garden is a magnificent creation considering Black had never been to Japan!
The gardens also include a sunken rose garden, Australian Native and Rainforest areas plus a small Fauna Reserve with wallabies, kangaroos and emus.  One of my favourite features was the tranquil tree-lined reflection pool with, at one end, a progeny of the original Lone Pine found in Gallipoli in 1915.  On the day I visited it formed a perfect reflection in the water.  Why not join Clive next week for this outing—I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
I shall miss next month’s meeting so will entrust the microphone, bell and chain of office to our capable Vice President Robin S

Membership Report:  Our membership stands at 55 (35 women and 20 men).

Many Happy Returns of the Day for your August Birthday:   Jeannette G 07, Ian S 10, Maurice O 12, Valerie W 13, Annika T
Guest Speaker:  Today we welcome Leigh Hatcher, who will talk to us on the topic of “The Other Side of Journalism”.

Special Event:  Clive Williams is organising a group to go to the Sydney Gilbert and Sullivan production of The Mikado, on Sunday 13 October at 2 pm at the Smith Auditorium.  The cost is $35.  Early bird bookings close on 31 August, so if you are interested in attending please contact Clive on 9929-0436 by 30 August.
Note:  All our Probus meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of every month at 10:15am. The next meeting will be held on 17th September.  The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club at 9:15am on the same day as the meeting.  Members are welcome to attend. 

Probus Walkers:  Tuesday 10th September. Cabarita Wharf to Parramatta Road.
This walk is a very pleasant, easy walk through Prince Edward Park, Bayview Park and passing along Massey Park Golf course whilst walking around Hen and Chicken Bay.  Very scenic and tranquil along the water’s edge.  We will end in Cintra Park and continue through to Parramatta
Road to catch a bus to Lane Cove for lunch at the Longueville Hotel.  There are no coffee shops en route so those who wish to have coffee meet at the café under the AMP building at Circular Quay at 9:00am before catching the 9:37am ferry to Cabarita.
MEET:  Circular Quay, Wharf 5 9:30am to catch 9:37am ferry to Cabarita Wharf.

Probus Outings:
 Tuesday 27th August:  Auburn Botanic Gardens.  The annual  Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival will just have finished but the beautiful Japanese garden is sure to be still at its best.  Meet Clive at North Sydney station to catch the 9:51am train to Auburn, where it arrives at 10:35am.  From there we can catch a shuttle bus at 10:50am for the 10 minute trip to the gardens.  We’ll spend a couple of hours exploring the gardens then take a 909 bus back to the station.  There are plenty of options for an enjoyable lunch in Auburn Town Centre.  Meet at North Sydney station at 9:45am to board the second front carriage to Auburn.

Tuesday 24th September:  Fairground Follies, Bowral.  Fairground Follies  offers a fascinating space, filled with an Antique Mechanical Music Museum.  This warehouse space acts as a replica of a traditional fairground.  It houses some pieces which are now unique.  We should be able to take in a park display of tulips.  Bowral is a long trip so departure is at 8am by bus.  Costs: Bus $30, Entry $33.  Morning tea on arrival, tour commences at 10:l5am.  Lunch TBA.

Meet a Member—Douglas I.  I was raised on a sugar cane farm near Cairns.  One of the downsides of living in a Tropical Paradise is having to go 1800km to the closest university.  There I started skydiving that became a major interest in my life even though I was hopeless at it.  I then worked for a bank for a few years.  The most interesting part was in the computer centre working on an early IBM mainframe.  It is hard to believe how puny the computer was in those early days.
Back to farming for many years with some travel thrown in.  A highlight was visiting peaceful Cambodia in 1969 before the horrors of the Pol Pot regime devastated the country.  That was one of the tragedies of the 20th Century.
I also went from the most open-air sport of skydiving to an indoor activity of caving which is a current passion.  My life took a turn for the better when I was introduced to Mary Ann who was from another cane farming family down the road in Innisfail.  We married in 1983 and have two wonderful daughters.
The North got too hot for us so we moved to Sydney in 2012, a big move that we haven’t regretted.  So life is good here in a wonderful community with Probus, bridge, Bush Care and more travel.

Photos from August walk at LaPerouse

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Newsletter 328                                       16 July 2019 

President’s Report:  As some of you may know, I’m a very keen cricket follower so the promise of upcoming Ashes series between England and Australia for both men and our girls fills me with huge excitement.  But for those of you who may not appreciate the noble game I would like to explain the rules.
“You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.  Each man that’s in the side that is in goes out and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out.   When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out.  Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
“When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out.  There are two men called umpires who stay out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out.  When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice including those who are not out, that’s the end of the game”.
Now that you’re all clear on that, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the games as much as I do!

Membership Report:  Our membership stands at 55 (35 women and 20 men).

Many Happy Returns of the Day for Your July  Birthday:  Wilma J 01, Oriel T, 12, George T 13, Peter B 20, and Ann G 26.

Guest Speaker:  Today we welcome Senior Constable Jenni Brown, who is a Crime Prevention Officer.

Fifth Tuesday Luncheon:   On Tuesday 30th July we will be meeting for lunch at 12 midday at the Oaks Hotel, 118 Military Road, Neutral Bay.  The hotel is in relative proximity to the Orpheum Cinema should people wish to also see a movie.  Parking is available in the Coles shopping centre.  Please fill in the form at the back table today in order that a booking can be made.

Note:  All our Probus meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of every month at 10:15am.  The next meeting will be held on 20th August 2019.  The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club at 9:15am on the same day as the meeting.  Members are welcome to attend.
Probus Walkers:  Tuesday 13th August 2019

 Probus Walkers:   Tuesday,  13th August  Henry Head La Perouse 
This walk is classed as easy/medium as we walk through the bush to the beacon at Henry Head.  We encounter a couple of steep slopes and wooden planked steps on the way.  Great views of Botany Bay at the lookout and many wrens can be seen on the way.  We return via Congwong Beach.  We begin with coffee on arrival at La Perouse and later lunch/refreshment at the Boatshed.  Approx. 5 klms. 
MEET:  Circular Quay, Stand E, at 9:20am to catch the next L94 La Perouse bus

Probus Outings:
  Tuesday 23rd July 2019.  Sydney University’s SPASM Museum.  We are travelling by bus to the Gladesville Hospital site to inspect this museum of artefacts of Surgery and Medicine of portable heritage items and memorabilia related to nursing and medicine.  This is the major storage for these implements.  All kinds of items used by surgeons, anaesthetists, general practitioner, pharmacists, pathologists and nurses have been added to the collection.  They also supply historical items for filming in Sydney.  The museum does not normally open on Tuesdays, thus a volunteer is coming in on this day just for us.  I would like to reward them with a good showing of our members.  Lunch at Nth Ryde RSL.  Bus departs at 9:00am.  Costs:  $30 for the bus and $10 entry fee. 

As has been notified by email, the planned outing for 27th August has been cancelled.  I am suggesting whale watching as I think the $39 cost including lunch is reasonable.  I can organise this if I have the $39 to hand today, and someone will undertake to hold the tickets, because I will be away from 27th August. 

Meet a Member—Gary P.  I was born in Melbourne and grew up in the Yarra Valley.  Very much into sport in my teens and twenties, playing cricket, tennis and AFL football.  One AFL season with the Melbourne Demons (played on the MCG) in my late teens. 
Studied at RMIT University and the University of Melbourne while I worked as a local government manager.  I met my wife, Kathy, at Hayman Island and she moved from Sydney to Melbourne where we lived for about 10 years before we did our first sea change and moved to Port Stephens, where our daughter, Kate, was born.  I set up the Hunter Regional Association of Councils. 
Our second sea change was both to become teachers after our daughter Kate was born.  We moved to Sydney in time for her to start school, me to start teaching at TAFE (more study at UTS) and Kathy teaching in primary schools.  After 25 years in TAFE I retired, but Kathy still does some casual teaching. 
Our daughter Kate also retrained as a primary school teacher.  Kate married her husband in the Hunter Valley in 2017.  Our granddaughter, Alexia, was born last November and we are very proud grandparents. 
Other achievements include travel to many parts of Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Vietnam and New Zealand.  Our next trip to Europe and the UK is from August to September this year. 

Enjoying our July Walk:

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Newsletter 327                                      18 June 2019 

From the President:  Sadly, I have to report that we have lost one of our members.   Arthur Pike died of cancer of the bile duct last August at the age of 88, but we have only just learned of his passing.  Arthur worked as a stock and station agent out at Trundle in the Central West but owned a flat in Sydney. He joined our club in March 2013 with his friend Lin Bloomfield and was a popular member who came to meetings when in town.  I’m sure those who knew him will be sad to hear this news.

At last month’s committee meeting our vice-president Robin Solomon made a suggestion.  She enjoyed my recommendation of the Judith Brett book, From Secret Ballotl to Democracy Sausage and thought it a good idea for members to recommend a book they may have recently read.  To this end she would like to mention Red Notice by Bill Browder.  The author was raised in America in a Communist family but moved to Russia where he founded Hermitage Capital Management, the largest foreign investor in Russia.  His lawyer was brutally murdered in police custody after exposing State corruption and as a result the author has been leading a global campaign to expose human rights abuses endemic in Russia.  His actions have made him an enemy of Putin.

If anyone else would like to recommend a book, let me know and we’ll include it in the next newsletter.

Membership Report:  Our membership stands at 55 (35 women and 20 men). 

Many Happy Returns of the Day for Your June Birthday:  Judy C 06, Sally J 06, Ivan B 08, Judy M 10, Janice G 16, and Ches W 21. 

Guest Speaker:   Today we welcome Annette Janic, whose topic is “A Refugee Story”.

  Last month’s speaker, Dr. Frenn Aben, has requested feedback on his presentation about Home Care Services, and has provided the following link to a survey for members: ttps:// 

Also today, Douglas Irvin will give a brief talk about Internet Search Engines, which includes the following Search Engine web site: 

Note:  All our Probus meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of every month at 10:15am.  The next meeting will be held on 16th July 2019.  The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club at 9:15am on the same day as the meeting.  Members are welcome to attend. 

Programme of Activities:

Probus Walkers 
Tuesday 9th July 2019.  Bay Run—Birkenhead to Rozelle
This is an easy flat walk around the Bay stopping for coffee at a café about 30 minutes into our walk.  We continue along the path which follows Henry Marine Drive and will end our walk at Rozelle.  Easy flat walking approx. 6 klms.  Return to city for lunch/refreshments.  MEET: Druitt Street in the city at bus stop Stand L, situated between Kent and Sussex Sts. at 9:30am to catch the next bus passing to Birkenhead.

Probus Outings:  
Tuesday 25th June 2019:  Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River. On the T1 train leaving North Sydney Station at 08:40am, giving us 6 minutes at Hornsby to change for the train to Hawkesbury River Station.  The ferry to Dangar Island leaves Brooklyn at 10:15am, arriving Dangar at 10:55am.  Reverse trip leaves Dangar at 2:30pm, with the train leaving Hawkesbury River Station at 15:26pm.  An earlier ferry leaves at 1:15pm, departing train leaving at 14:27pm.  Opal fare is $2.50, the ferry is $7 each way. 
Tuesday 23rd July SPASM Museum at Gladesville Hospital.  The Society for Preservation of the Artefacts of Surgery & Medicine is the sole owner and governing body of the SPASM Museum.  The society consists of a group of volunteer members who have a keen interest in portable heritage items and memorabilia related to nursing and medicine.  (Further details of the collection in the July newsletter).  Lunch at Nth Ryde RSL, Bus fare $30; leave Northbridge at 9:00am. 
Meet a Member—Paul B.  
My parents and I arrived from Budapest in August 1939 after my father was offered a job to work with the agricultural implement company John Shearer.  I was 8 years old.  Much of my early boyhood was spent at Mannum on the Murray River—an idyllic existence for a young lad!  I completed my education in Adelaide, winning a scholarship to Adelaide University.  A year later we moved to Sydney, but the scholarship was not transferrable so I went to work in various capacities and later took over my father’s business.  I married and had a son who became a butterfly swimmer and the Australian champion in the under 15, 16 and 17 age groups, much to our delight and to that of his coach, Forbes Carlisle.  In addition to our son, we adopted a baby girl from Sri Lanka.  I travelled extensively with tour groups to Italy, France, many Eastern bloc countries as well as Greece and Turkey and later to South America.  Some of these educational tours were led by Margaret and Gough Whitlam, who regaled us with his encyclopaedic knowledge and wit. After retirement I joined Rostrum, Probus and U3A.  Like my father, I enjoyed public speaking and quite soon was asked to perform at a great many U3As, including in Adelaide and Melbourne.  Most of my talks centred around famous historical figures, but my most popular topic by far was “The History of Our Calendar” which I have delivered more than 100 times.  It was recorded on a CD and has been posted on U Tube.  It was during my “19th Century Opera” series that I met my new partner Annika in 2004.  These days I enjoy being a grandparent to my grandson, granddaughter and recently to a ‘brown’ baby girl.  I no longer deliver talks, but I like attending U3A presentations which provide a constant source of new and interesting knowledge. 
Here are photos from our June walk:

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Newsletter 326                               21 May 2019 

From the President:  It seems that the past few months our lives have been filled with nothing but elections and politicians.  Earlier this month I went along to the Sydney Writers Festival and was lucky enough to hear historian Judith Brett talk about her book From Secret Ballot to Democratic Sausage.  As many of you would be aware, we are the only English-speaking country with compulsory voting but beyond that, many worldwide voting practices originated in good old Australia.  We created the secret ballot, which other nations sometimes call “the Australian Ballot” and we were among the first in the world to ensure that elections are run by a non-partisan electoral commission.
Women’s suffrage, the polling station, the individual booth, Saturday voting, even the pencils we use and the little squares for the numbers—all had their origins in Australia.  Judith Brett’s book is a fascinating read and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in how Australia led the world in many electoral practices.

Membership Report:  Our membership stands at 56 (35 women and 21 men).

Many Happy Returns of the Day for Your May Birthday:  Maureen T 01, Jean S 10, and Kevin D 16.

Guest Speakers:  Today we welcome Dr. Frenn Aben, who is a Rehabilitation
Physician, addressing the topic of Home Care Services.
 Next month, Annette Janic will join us with a talk entitled, "A Refugee Story."

Program of Activities 

Probus Walkers Tuesday 11th June 2019:  Concord West to Rhodes (via Yaralla and Kokoda Track).
This is an easy and pleasant walk through the grounds of Yaralla and continuing along the Foreshore Trail to Rhodes. After leaving Concord West station we traverse a couple of streets before entering the gates of Yaralla which has a plaque detailing the history of the estate which was the Edith Walker Convalescent Hospital.  Lunch/ refreshments either at the Kokoda Café or the hotel at Concord West.  Approx. 6.5 klms.
Classed as Easy/long.  Meet:  Town Hall Station, Platform 2, at 9:15am to catch the next train to Concord West. 

Probus Outings: 
Tuesday 28th May 2019:  The Museum Discovery Centre (MDC) at Castle Hill.  This interesting tour, booked for 10:30am, is called the “Visible Storage” collection.  The tour lasts for one and a half hours and costs $8, morning tea is $5, and the bus will be $30.  The MDC is a collaboration between the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and the Australian Museum (AM) and Sydney Living Museums.  Inside the MDC you will find millions of treasures, with hundreds on display for you to explore. 

Tuesday 25th June was scheduled to be whale watching, but I no longer think that will suit us as on Tuesdays there are only afternoon tours, which return about 
4:15pm.  I think that is a bit late for many of us, at a time when the weather is turning cold.  Also, the price has jumped to $60-70 and does not include lunch.  Thus this day is now scheduled to be a mystery at the moment till something else is devised, which will happen! 

Meet a Member:

Paul O.  Born in London’s East End as WW2 ended, I can claim to be a ‘Cockney’ although I lack the accent!  My early years involved living in my grandparent’s house as accommodation was sparse after the blitz.  We moved to Ilford, an outer London suburb, just before I began primary school and went on to the local grammar school.  I became a huge fan of West Ham United Football Club in their heyday when the likes of Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst played, regularly standing on the terraces (seating was only for the rich!).  I was also much involved with the Boy Scouts and managed to achieve the Queen’s Scout award.  My education continued at Cambridge University (Economics degree) and the London School of Economics (Personnel Management Diploma). 
I began work with Esso Petroleum in Personnel (now known as HR!) at Southampton where I met Brenda who was teaching Domestic Science, thence began a very happy 48 years to date of marriage.  A career in HR management followed, initially in the oil industry but mainly in the health sector both in the Pharmaceutical industry and the UK National Health Service, culminating in Board appointments in NHS hospital trusts in Newcastle upon Tyne and in Essex.  Work has involved six house moves to different parts of England and projects in Continental Europe. 
Having encouraged our two children to travel and to have broad horizons, we didn’t expect that they would settle on the other side of the world—however, they both married Australians and have given us five grandchildren with Aussie accents!  In retirement, our children said that they couldn’t look after us in our old age if we stayed in England, maybe help with the growing grandchildren may also have been in mind!  After sharing out time between Australia and the UK for a number of years, we emigrated in 2016.  We have been made to feel very welcome in Sydney and see our emigration as the best decision we have ever made.  We have applied and hope soon to obtain Australian citizenship. 

Our very pleasant walk around Canada, Exile and France Bays on14th May.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Newsletter 325                                      16 April 2019 

From the President:  First of all may I thank Patrick for his successful year as President and the smooth running of the AGM last month.  It’s good to begin the year as your incoming President knowing we have an enthusiastic and experienced committee to keep the club running like a well-oiled machine. 
We have an exciting year ahead of us with a great selection of speakers, outings and walks, so let’s hope we have a good turnout to all these events.  One sad absence will be John Nixon who has decided to take a break from Probus and pursue other interests.  I’m sure everyone will agree that John has been a great asset to the club over the past 12 years.  This leaves a gap with the organising of the 5th Tuesday lunch, so hopefully someone will step up to fill John’s shoes and continue this popular gathering. 
Today we welcome Peter and Noreen Byrne into the club — we trust they enjoy the camaraderie for years to come. 

Membership Report:  Our membership is now 55 (34 women and 21 men).
Many Happy Returns of the Day for Your April Birthday:  Bob M 05, Gillian W 09, and Paul B 29.
Guest Speakers:  Today we welcome Dorothy Kamaker, who will tell us about a Patient Advocacy 
Program.  Next month, Dr Frenn Abern's topic is Home Care Services.


Probus Walkers:  Tuesday 14th May,2019 .  Burwood to Cabarita Wharf
This is an easy and pleasant walk around Canada, Exile and France Bays, passing a
Monument erected to the Canadian Exiles of 1840; the plaque was unveiled by Pierre Trudeau in 1970.  In keeping with the history of this area, many streets have French names.  We will have lunch at either the Coronation Club in Burwood or the Rowing Club at Abbotsford depending on time and transport options on arrival at Cabarita Wharf.  Approx. 5 klms. 
Meet:  North Sydney train station (at exit barriers) at 9:00am to catch the next train to Burwood.  At Burwood we catch the 466 bus (after coffee) to the start of our walk.  

Probus Outings: 
 Tuesday 23rd April 2019.  To Ian Savins’ home to see his interesting collection of mechanical music instruments and sing-a-long to a roller pianola.  We will have morning tea on arrival.  Lunch will be at The Blue Gum Hotel in Waitara.  Ian states he has recovered from his injuries and is looking forward to this outing!!  Leave at 9:00am, cost will be $30 for the bus, plus lunch. 

Tuesday 28th May 2019:  Museum Discovery Centre Castle Hill.  Tour ‘Visible Storage’ 
90/60.  Morning tea at the site prior to the tour.  The Museums Discovery Centre 
(MDC) is a collaboration between the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), 
Australian Museum (AM) and Sydney Living Museums.  Inside the Museums Discovery Centre you will find millions of treasures, with hundreds on display for you to explore.  Cost: Tour is $8, Morning Tea is $5, plus $30 for the bus. 

Meet a Member—Evelyn K.  I feel as though I am an incredibly lucky person!  I arrived in Sydney in 1939, from Vienna in Austria, in utero, as a refugee from the exploding European conflagration (in which my grandparents perished).  My parents had received travel documents when the Australian and the Canadian governments each issued 50 travel documents to trades couples—we were incredibly lucky!! My father travelled alone to England and spent 3 months in the Kitchener Camp at Sandwich in Kent, a mostly male facility.  (From search engine on Kitchener Camp, “Viktor Sonnenfeld, born in Vienna, Austria, 14th April 1905.  Occupation in country of origin:  upholsterer.  Arrived in Britain as a refugee on 24th April 1939.”) After my mother joined him, they travelled to Australia on a refugee boat, my mother the only pregnant passenger.  Dad changed his name from Viktor Sonnenfeld to Victor Selby shortly after they arrived. 
Growing up in the ocean, off (and on) Coogee Beach, I commenced a life of swimming competitively at school, club and ocean level, till beaten by my familial osteoarthritis.  At age 17, I began general training toward becoming a Registered Nurse at the then Concord Rehabilitation Hospital.  I had 3 children, completing my General Certificate at Marrickville Hospital at age 30!  More nursing certificates and tertiary study followed, as well as a wide variety of professional experiences including management. 
As a younger woman, my children and I experienced life in outback towns and stations.  My youngest child was born in Bourke District Hospital almost 56 years ago.  When he was 2 years old I became a single mum, with, in due course, latch-key kids who I believe have become wonderful citizens, contributing well in their society! 
Now I enjoy morning coffee with my friends, Probus, singing in a choir and life in general! 
Note:  All our Probus meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of every month at 10:l5am.  The next meeting will be held on 21st May 2019.  The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club at 9:15am on the same day as the meetings.  Members are welcome to attend. 

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Newsletter 325                          19 March 2019 

From the President:  This month another AGM rolls around….isn’t it frightening how the passing of the years seems to accelerate.
Thank you again for allowing me the honour of the Presidency this past year.  I can but continue to marvel at how well each Committee Member does their job, which makes the President’s role very easy.  Thank you also to Kevin Duffy and Clive Williams for deputising, whilst Gillian and I enjoyed our usual annual migration to the northern hemisphere.  I have no doubt everything proceeded much more smoothly whilst I was away!
In closing, I express my deep appreciation  to the Committee for all their hard work, and to all Members for their support of our activities.

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Membership Report:  Our membership remains at 56, (34 women and 22 men).

Many Happy Returns of the Day for Your March Birthday:  Kristina T 01. Jeanette F 06, Don B 08, Lis T 18, Fran M 27, Elizabeth S 30.

Found on the Internet by Douglas I:  Members will recall the interesting interview that Clive W did with Olya Roohizadegan.  Her book about Iran is well and truly out of print.  My copy was obtained from  This is an excellent source of hard to find second hand books.  The search goes world wide and my copy came from England in about 10 days.  The postage was only about $10 as well.  An other local supplier is
 Also found on the Internet:  An excellent Falls Prevention booklet.  It can be downloaded from:

Guest Speaker:  Today we welcome Dr. Kristine Pezdirc, who will give us a very quick talk on a Monash University drug trial program.  Douglas I will also give a short talk on his recent work in Townsville as a Red Cross Emergency volunteer and in addition hold a brief discussion about the Norfolk Island trip.

Note:  All our Probus meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of every month at 10:15am.  The next meeting will be held on 16th April 2019.  The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club at 9:15am on the same day as the meeting.  Members are welcome to attend.

Program of Activities
Probus Walkers:  Tuesday 9th April 2019.  Wheeler Heights to Narrabeen via Lagoon Trail.
This walk is fairly flat all the way.  Starting at Wheeler Heights we walk through a couple of streets until we reach the entrance to the Lagoon Trail path.  The path takes us over bridges, past the Narrabeen Fitness Centre, runs adjacent to the Wakehurst Parkway and continues around the lake through Bilarong Sanctuary, the home of blue wrens, finishing in Pittwater Road.  From there we will catch the B1 bus to Spit Junction and go to the Mosman Hotel for lunch.  Walk classed as easy.  Approx. 5 klms. 
Meet:  Carrington Street, Wynyard Bus Stand 9:00am for next B1 bus.  

Probus Outings:  Tuesday 26th March 2019.  Camelia Gardens, 333 Taren Point Road, Caringbah. The Gardens began as a project under the 1970 Captain Cook Bicentenary program, and the first plantings were made in 1969.  They are named after the late Professor E.G Waterhouse, a leading world authority on camelias.  The garden has grown over the years into its present beauty.  Cost $30.  Bus departs 9:00am.  Lunch TBA. 

Tuesday 23 April:   Ian Savins.  Ian has a range of Interesting Mechanical Music Instruments.  Sing-a-long to roller pianola. Cost $30.  Bus departs at 9:00am.  Lunch Blue Gum Hotel.  

Meet a Member—Oriel T.  I was born in the UK during the war and my earliest memory is of my father, in army uniform, returning from service in North Africa.  We lived in a pretty market town in Somerset which had a population of approximately 5000 and was the main commercial centre for the surrounding villages. 
Whilst working in the local solicitor’s office I met someone that had lived in Australia and after seeing a TV program, a friend and I decided it would be a good idea to go there for a couple of years on a working holiday.  After 3 years I decided to return to the UK which took another six month. First visiting a friend in New Zealand then meeting up with a couple of friends in Acapulco and travelling up through Mexico into the USA and into Canada.  We travelled across Canada to New York, staying a while with cousins in Edmonton on the way, arriving in London after a few days in Bermuda. 
After a particularly cold, snowy UK winter and receiving a job offer from my previous employer in Sydney I returned.  I have accountancy qualifications and am also a Certified SAP Finance Consultant. 
In 1978 I went to China as an Agricultural Scientist to study farming practices.  It was the most fascinating trip I have ever done.  There were no privately owned cars, everyone lived in communes and wore the Mao pyjama outfit.  Mao was lying in State and we were invited to view his body which we declined as there was a queue of Chinese people over a mile long waiting to view him and our Chinese Hosts had permission to take us in straight away as we were ‘foreign friends’.  
Another interesting trip in 1988 was going to Zimbabwe and South Africa (apartheid was still relevant) and into Swaziland where we experienced a couple of incidents. 
Since retiring my time is filled with various activities, belonging to two walking groups, a weekly Tai Chi class, yearly theatre subscriptions, volunteering with 
PWFSG, Red Cross, U3A talks, SMSA talks, luncheons, etc. and, of course, Probus. 

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Newsletter 324                       19 February 2019 

From the President:  Probus North Sydney has started the year with a flourish and thanks to Evelyn for organising January’s Train Trip to the Hawkesbury River, to John for an enjoyable Fifth Tuesday lunch at The Oaks, and to Oriel for this month’s “walk” which consisted of a trip to the bathroom and back whilst enjoying lunch at The Little Snail restaurant….for some reason Oriel’s February walk always seems to be better supported than most months!  In fact there was a bit of role reversal, as the walk to the river and back during the Train Trip, was considerably further than to The Little Snail’s bathroom and back!
It was a pleasure to see all these Probus outings were well supported, which augers well for the rest of our activities during 2019.  For those who haven’t yet got into their stride for the New Year, I recommend taking advantage of all the interesting activities which the Committee organises each month, especially as we transition from the heat of summer into Sydney’s lovely autumn months.

Membership Report:  Our membership remains at 56, (34 women, 22 men). 

Many Happy Returns of the Day for Your February Birthday:  Joan H 04, Fran McL 04, Brenda O 26, John G 29. 
Guest Speakers:  Today we welcome Clinton Moore, whose talk is entitled, “Recording Family History.” 
Note:  All our Probus meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of every month at 10:15am.  The next meeting will be held on 19th March 2019.  The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club at 9:15am on the same day as the meeting.  Members are welcome to attend. 

Program of Activities 

Probus Walkers:  Tuesday 11th March 2019.  Manly Lagoon and Return. 

We will take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, walk through the Corso and continue along the esplanade.  We will then go down some steps and continue the path around the Manly lagoon, returning back along the sea front and through the Corso for lunch/refreshments. 
Easy walking.  Approx. 5 klms. 
Meet:  Wharf 5, Circular Quay at 9:15am to catch 9:30am ferry to Manly. 

Probus Outings:  

Tuesday 26th February 2019.  To the Ken Duncan photographic gallery in Erina.  Recognised internationally as a gifted and prolific landscape photographer, and has won numerous international awards.  $4 per entry for ‘package’: tour, talk, film and post card.  Bus departs 9:00am.  Lunch TBA. 

Tuesday 26th March:  Camelia Gardens in Caringbah.  The Gardens began as a project under the 1970 Captain Cook Bicentenary program, the first plantings were made in 1969.  They are named after the late Professor E.G. Waterhouse, a leading world authority on camelias.  The garden has grown over the years into its present beauty.  Bus departs 9:00am.  Lunch TBA.  

Meet a Member:  Kevin D.  After I completed the Leaving Certificate at Waverley College, I spent many years developing my hobby of stamp collecting into a significant stamp mail order and publishing business.  In 1981 the Readers Digest organisation purchased the company.  The Digest was developing its mail order division and had plans to apply its international “know how” in marketing to growing my business from its existing staff of over 70 people. 
Following the sale of the stamp business I moved into other commercial activities and in the 1990’s I became involved on a voluntary basis in one of the world’s oldest and large non-government organisation, PLAN International.  As chairman of the international Board of Directors I travelled to underdeveloped countries from Albania to Zimbabwe, which continually reminded me how true is the description of Australia as “the lucky country”. 
In 1950 I had the wonderful good fortune to meet Margaret.  In 1953 she said “yes” and in 1954 we married.  We struggled to obtain finance to purchase the cheapest house we could find, in Lane Cove.  Margaret introduced me to the pleasures of bushwalking which eventually developed into taking four of our children trekking in Nepal (my mother couldn’t believe it:  “You’re paying money to go to a place no-one has ever heard of (1982), you’ll be walking for 10 days, and you call it a holiday!  Why don’t you go somewhere interesting like Disneyland?”).  But our trekkers still remember the grandeur of the Himalayas, which called us back in 2008 when Margaret and I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in the Kingdom of Bhutan.  A backpacking holiday in some of the Greek islands gave our family another perspective on the beauty of nature and the hospitality of the Greek people. 
Margaret and I enjoyed traversing the Camino to celebrate our 70th birthdays, walking the King Ludwig trail through southern Germany, Austria and into Switzerland, and similar adventures, but I must admit that in recent years coach transport is our preferred means of land travel.  Nowadays our interests are very family-centred upon our six married children and seventeen grandchildren, and the pleasure of celebrating just a couple of weeks ago our 65th wedding anniversary.