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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Newsletter 333                                21 January 2020

President’s Report:  Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to our monthly Probus meetings!  I trust everyone has enjoyed their break despite the shocking bushfires that have raged up and down the coast.  I have just returned from a week of playing golf in New Zealand where I managed to escape the awful smoke that has engulfed Sydney this past couple of months.  The North Island was relatively clear although the locals were still complaining that Aussie smoke had even reached the Land of the Long White Cloud.  All of us can remember the very successful Christmas lunch were we could barely see Middle Harbour from the golf club.  Well, Auckland was nothing remotely like that!

We’ve begun the New Year with the sad news that Jo Tuor, one of our longestserving members passed away on New Year’s Day.  Four of us, representing Probus, went along to her funeral which was held at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium.  In what was a lovely celebration of her life, we were treated to a video of Jo’s speech she gave to family and friends at her 90th birthday last year and heard some interesting and amusing stories from her past.  Born in Dagenham in Essex, Jo came to Australia in the early 1950s and settled in Sydney where she worked as a manager with FAI, the insurance company.  After retiring, Jo joined North Sydney Probus where she has been a member for over 20 years.
Jo enjoyed listening to ABC radio so Daniel, one of her young grandsons, dressed as a very junior Freddie Mercury, got up to perform Queen’s song Radio Ga Ga.  It was most touching, although I think Jo was far from ‘Ga Ga’!  She will be sadly missed.

Membership Report:  Our membership is now 56 (36 women and 20 men). 

Many Happy Returns of the Day for Your January  Birthday:   Shelagh K 05, Barrie G 11, Judy McD12, and Judy I 21. 

Guest Speaker:  Today we welcome Rafaele Joudry who will talk to us about Sound Therapy. 

Probus Walkers:  Tuesday 11th February 2020.  Lunch at The Little Snail, 90 Murray Street, Pyrmont. 
There will be a luncheon on our normal walking day.  Walkers and non-walkers are welcome. 
TRANSPORT:  Park Street bus stop (between Pitt and George Sts., near Woolworths) bus 389 to Maritime Museum (runs every 10 minutes).  Alight from bus at last bus stop (Maritime Museum) and walk up to Murray Street and then LEFT over the pedestrian crossing to The Little Snail. 
TIME:  12 Noon.  CUISINE:  French, three courses, 5/6 choices each course.  COST: $43.00 (includes $1.00 tip). 
Steak $3 extra.  Alcohol and any additional side dishes are extra.  If you would like to attend, please list your name today or advise Oriel (9438 3893) by Wednesday 5th February. 

Probus Outings: 
Tuesday 28th January 2020.  To Thirroul Beach front.  Morning tea at Mt. Keira.  Lunch at “The Pavilion”.  Hopefully we will have a little time to explore or indeed have a dip!  There is a saltwater pool for toes, or more!  Costs:  Bus $25, morning tea and lunch at own expense.  Bus leaves at 9:00am. 
Tuesday 25th February 2020.  Gosford with “Baby Alligator” experience!  Lunch venue TBA.  Costs:  Bus $25, Entry $25.  Bus leaves at 9:00am. 
If you will require change, please bring a $5 note!  

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 the 18th of February 2020. The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club at 9:15am on the same day.  Members are welcome to attend. 

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Newsletter 332                    19 November 2019 

President’s Report:  First of all I would like to welcome home our band of happy travellers from their successful week on Norfolk Island.  From all accounts the trip was a great success and accommodation and hospitality far more enjoyable than that endured by the original guests over 200 years ago!  Clive will give us a full report at today’s meeting and for that I thank him.
 I must also thank Paul B most sincerely for stepping in as our speaker last month when the lady who was expected to give a talk on Norfolk Island failed to arrive.  Paul’s presentation on the flat earth believers was most informative and highly amusing.

The Christmas lunch on December 10 will soon be upon us.  Those of you who missed registering last month can record your names at the table where you can check the list of people who will be coming.  Our Treasurer Paul Odgers is happy to receive your $45 if you have not already paid.  The lunch will be a buffet like last year and entertainment will be provided by Robyn Brookfield and Julie Batty, two very talented musicians who used to play in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

At last month’s committee meeting it was noted that many of our more recent inductees have not received a membership card from Probus South Pacific Limited.  I have chased this up and now have in my possession 16 cards which I will endeavour to hand out today. 

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

Many Happy Returns of the Day for your November Birthday:  Clive W 09, Robin S 14, Marie A 15, Mary Ann I 21, and Evelyn K 26. 

Guest Speaker:  Today we welcome Colin Piper, who will tell us about his time as a percussionist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. 
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 21st January 2020.  The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club at 9:15am on the same day.  Members are welcome to attend. 

Program of Activities:

Probus Walkers: Tuesday 3rd December 2019.  Cremorne to Mosman Bay. 
Our traditional “Kent Memorial Walk” will commence by ferry from Circular Quay to Cremorne, where a coffee can be enjoyed at the wharf before proceeding to Cremorne 
Point to see the views.  We continue along the scenic harbourside path enjoying the gardens and glimpses of the harbour to Mosman Bay.  At Mosman we catch a bus to Spit Junction for lunch at The Mosman Hotel.  Non-walkers are welcome to join us at the hotel around 12 noon. 

MEET:  At Circular Quay 9:20am Wharf 4, to catch the 9:30am ferry. 

Probus Outings:  Tuesday 26th November.  We are off to Blackheath to see the Rhododendrons.  Bus will depart at 9:00am.  Cost: $25.  Please bring a $5 note if requiring change.  Also bring a bottle of water to ensure you remain hydrated while walking around.  No outing in December due to Christmas lunch on December 10th. 

Tuesday 28th January is our next outing.  Due to increasing heat of the season and our aging population (you may take me as an example) and against tradition, I am not planning a train journey!  Details to be confirmed, but we will bus to a waterside location. 

I wish everyone an enjoyable Christmas and a wonderful 2020.  Hope to see you all at the Christmas dinner—it is looking like a good entertainment package.  

Tuesday 10th December:  Christmas Lunch at the Northbridge Golf Club, l2 noon. 

Photos of recent outings:
Maritime Museum October 2019 and Norfolk Island Trip

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Newsletter 331                                15 October 2019

President’s Report: 
It’s good to be back with you all after my month’s holiday in England.  First of all a huge thank you to Robin Solomon, our Vice President, who stepped in to chair last month’s meeting.  Not only did she do a wonderful job but she also managed to secure two talented musicians for the entertainment at this year’s Christmas lunch.

Which brings me very neatly to December 10th, the date of our exciting Christmas celebration.  We need to finalise numbers soon, so could you please put your name down on the sheet on the table, plus any guest you plan to bring.  The lunch  will be in the form of a buffet here at the club like last year, which proved very popular.  I will let you know the cost once it has been finalised.

While I was in England I was lucky enough to be in Cambridge when the university town staged their ‘Open Cambridge’ weekend.  I secured tickets to a private viewing of the treasures held in Queens College library, had a guided tour of landmarks connected with the Spies of Cambridge, and attended a presentation at Fenners Cricket Ground detailing all the contributions Cambridge has made to the world of sport.  While we were waiting, who should arrive but our Probus friends, Douglas and Mary Ann .  A happy coincidence indeed!

Today we welcome Sue Brian as our speaker.  Sue will speak about Norfolk Island which will be of particular interest to members about to take off for a week’s holiday on the island.  Norfolk has a rich history so even for those of us not going, it is sure to be a fascinating talk.

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

Many Happy Returns of the Day for Your October Birthday:  Terry N 06, George B 10, Eleanor Sh26, and Joan B 29.

Guest Speakers:  As noted in the President’s report, above, Sue Brian will talk to us today about Norfolk Island.  Next month, Kevin Fitzpatrick joins us and his subject is Antarctica.

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 November.  The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club at 9:15am on the same day.  Members are welcome to attend.

Probus Walkers:
 Tuesday 12th November.    Bronte to Bondi Beach.
This walk is an annual event for our walkers which is very enjoyable.  Although the Sculptures-by-the-Sea exhibits will be over, the upside is there will be fewer people along the pathway.  The path
has a gradient classed as medium with many steps.  Lunch/refreshments will be at The Icebergs Club (photo ID required).
MEET:  At the Liverpool Street bus stop (just around the corner from the Museum Station, Elizabeth St.,) at 9:30am to catch the next 333 bus to Bondi Junction Interchange Stand E where we take the 379 bus to Bronte.

Probus Outings:
 Tuesday 22nd October.  Maritime Museum.  The Australian National
Museum is a federally operated maritime museum at 2 Murray St., Darling Harbour, Sydney.  Meet at the Museum at 10:15am.  We will have a tour conducted by volunteers, and the cost is $16 (a 20% discount).  A list of transport options is available on the Museum website, and will also be available at today’s meeting.  The tour starts at 10:30am.  We will have lunch at the café on site as there is much to explore.

Tuesday 26th November.  Rhododendron Garden, Blackheath.  We will travel by bus.  The rhododendrons should be in glorious full bloom!  Bus departs at 9:00am.  Lunch TBA.  This is our last outing of 2019.

Recommended Books (suggestions from Clive W)

The Almost Nearly Perfect People, by Michael Booth.  The author, an English writer married to a Dane and now living in Denmark, examines the foibles of the Nordic countries, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.  He uses his own observations as well as interviews with local journalists, academics and even politicians.  It is both an analytical and sometimes humorous overview of similarities and differences.  It appears they all have the capacity for a copious alcohol consumption.

East West Street by Philippe Sands.  The author is an English barrister and Professor of Law who has been involved in several high profile international cases.  This is a true story about two Polish lawyers from what is now Lviv, both taught by the same professor, and who both escaped Poland at the time of the Nazi invasion.  One fled to England and became a professor of law at Cambridge and the other fled to the USA becoming a law professor at Duke University.  Both contributed significantly to the Nuremberg trials, one being responsible for the introduction of crimes against humanity and the other crimes of genocide.  Neither was part of the legal lexicon until that time.  The author finds his own family heritage also has derivations in Lviv.  A fascinating read. 
 Photos from Ivan’s trip.  A larger, clearer and captioned version may be viewed at the table at the back of the meeting room.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Newsletter 330                            17 September 2019

President’s Report:   As I am away in the UK at present I thought this month I would give you a little background to the origins of the Probus movement.  When I began my research I was intrigued to learn that the first ‘Probus’ club was set up in 1965 by Rotary members in the Hertfordshire town of Welwyn Garden City.  It is a place very familiar to me as I grew up only six miles away and for some time worked as a reporter on the Welwyn Times.  I may well be visiting friends there while you read this newsletter.

The Club was called the Campus Club after the name of a park in the town centre, somewhere I spent many a lunchbreak!  I notice the club is still known as that although it operates under the Probus banner.  The idea was to provide a club for retired and semi-retired business and professional men—often ex-commuters to London—and even today it still operates as a ‘men only’ club!  A second similar club in Caterham, Surrey began in 1966, introducing the name ‘Probus’ for Professional Business.  This too is still a ‘men only’ club, meeting once a month for lunch followed by a speaker.
Probus arrived in the Southern Hemisphere after a New Zealand Rotarian, Gordon Roatz, visited his wife’s family in Scotland.  One of the cousins went to a Probus club and it transpired that Rotary had sponsored it.  Gordon felt the concept was worth introducing to the growing number of retired residents in his hometown not far north of Wellington.  The Probus Club of Kapiti Coast began in 1974 with 12 members and it is recorded at the first meeting that the ladies served morning tea!  The success soon spread to Australia when Hunters Hill opened a club in 1976.  Seven years later The Probus Club of North Sydney became the first mixed Probus club in Australia—quite a claim to fame!  Across the world Probus is now in 23 countries with over 4000 clubs and almost half a million members. 

Membership Report:  Our membership stands at 56 (36 women and 20 men).  News was received a few days ago that long term member Geoff C passed away recently.  Geoff had been inactive for quite some time, but his son Ross wrote that his father had very much enjoyed his time spent in our Club.

Many Happy Returns of the Day for your September Birthday:  Paul O 01, Gary P 13, Douglas I 17, Margaret R 20, Patrick W 20, Polly G 29.

Guest Speaker:  Today we welcome Robin Brookfield, who will discuss (and demonstrate!) the world of music.  Next month Sue Brian will talk to us about Norfolk Island.

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 15th October.  The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club at 9:15 on the same day.  Members are welcome to attend.

Probus Walkers Tuesday 8th October:  Stoney Range Botanic Reserve + Bada Muru Walk to Curl Curl Beach.
On this walk we will visit the Stoney Ridge Botanic Reserve where many of the species have their botanical identification tags.  From here we will continue along Harbor Road and take the Bada
Muru Walk following Greendale Creek to John Fisher Park and ending at Curl Curl Beach and a bus to Manly.
Refreshment/lunch at Manly or en route at Harbord Diggers Club.
MEET: 9:15am at Stand D in Carrington Street, Wynyard to catch the 180 bus at 9:34am to Dee Why.

Probus Outings: 
Tuesday 24th September:  Fairground Follies, Bowral.
Fairground Follies offers a fascinating space, filled with an Antique Mechanical Music Museum.  This warehouse space displays a replica of a traditional fairground.  It houses some pieces which are now unique.  Bowral is a long trip, so departure by bus is at 8 am.  Costs:  Bus $30, Entry $33.  Morning tea on arrival, and the tour commences at 10:15am.  Lunch TBA.

Tuesday 22nd October. Maritime Museum.  The Australian National Maritime Museum is a federally operated maritime museum at 2 Murray St. in Darling Harbour, Sydney.  Meet at the Museum at 10:30am.  We will have a tour conducted by volunteers.   Entry fee is $16 (a 20% discount), and a list of transport options is available on the Museum website, or from Evelyn.

Extra Tuesday Lunch 1st October:  A table has been booked at the Watergrill Restaurant in the Sydney Rowers Club, 613 Great North Road, Abbotsford for 12 midday.  The car park holds 101 spaces but it is highly recommended we take the ferry from Wharf 5 in Circular Quay at 11:07am to arrive at Abbotsford Wharf at 11:44am.  The wharf is only a 50 metre stroll to the club.  Note that identification is required at the club if you are not a member.

Recent Books of Interest 
Educated, by Tara Westover.  In this memoir, Westover details her childhood as the daughter of Mormon fundamentalists in rural Idaho.  She grew up without doctors or an awareness of world history or formal schooling.  But with the encouragement of one of her brothers, she got into University and now holds a doctorate from Cambridge.  Educated was No. 1 on the New York Times Bestsellers for several weeks.
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles.  This novel is a fun, clever and surprisingly upbeat look at Russian history through the eyes of one man.  At the beginning of the book, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is sentenced to spend his life under house arrest  in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel.  It’s 1922, and the Bolsheviks have just taken power of the newly formed Soviet Union.  The book follows the Count for the next thirty years as he makes the most of his life despite its limitations.

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: