PHOTOS FROM OUTINGS SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER 2020
Newsletter 342 November, 2020
President’s Report: I am delighted to announce the Club is to hold a general meeting on Tuesday, 17th November, commencing at 10:45am. Morning tea will not be served.
However, the Golf Club management have stressed very strict rules are in place and should these rules not be followed we will be unable to continue to have our meetings here. The rules are:
1. Do not attend if you are feeling unwell.
2. There will be a list of all our Club members with their phone numbers for people to have their names marked off, under supervision, as they enter the golf club.
3. Use the golf club sanitisers and feel free to wear a mask.
4. We will have our normal meeting room set up with round table. On arrival please go to a seat and keep that seat unless you need to use the bathroom.
5. We must avoid mingling at all times.
6. For those wanting to stay for lunch after the meeting there will be designated tables at which you are requested to sit for lunch. Table service lunches will be served at these tables only.
7. Following the meeting, members not wishing to stay for lunch are asked to leave immediately and not mingle.
Should people not obey the golf club rules, the club has the authority to ask people to leave the premises.
Ten members joined Janice for the 5th Tuesday luncheon at the Golf Club on 29th September, which I am told, was enjoyed by all.
I am delighted to see our Probus members enjoying our outings and walk/picnics. We were blessed with glorious weather for our visit to the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway and our walk/picnic in Davidson Park. I was particularly delighted to observe how our club members enjoy being together, with much laughter and chatter being shared by all.
Christmas celebration: It is still too early to make final plans for our Christmas celebration. We are negotiating with the Golf Club in the hope we are able to have our lunch there. Please put 8th December in your diary.
Guest speaker: Jennifer Newman, who spoke before about Captain Cook, will give a second talk entitled, “Uluru Statement from the Heart”.
Membership Report: Our membership stands at 53; 37 women, 16 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.
Probus Walk/Picnic Day: Tuesday, 10th November.
This month’s walk/picnic day will be at Reid Park, Mosman Wharf. Reid Park is a very pleasant small park at the end of Avenue Road. Active members can walk along the pretty harbour side path to Cremorne Point and back, and those members who prefer a small walk can traverse the park.
There are public toilets at the wharf and also a café for coffee/etc.
MEET: Reid Park, Mosman, at l0:30am. There is plenty of parking and also parking in Avenue Road. Bring your own chair, sandwich/picnic for a social chat with other members after the walk.
Probus Outings: Tuesday, 27th October. Fagan Park, 38-48 Arcadia Rd., Galston. An amazing expansive garden that covers over 55 hectares. It’s a wonderful place to explore as there is plenty to do and see. Meet at the car park at 10:30am at the Arcadia Road entrance; parking is $5 per car.
Tuesday, 24th November: Clark Point Reserve. Wonderful picnic spot on Woolwich Rd., Woolwich, Hunters Hill. Great views right on the water’s edge in North Sydney, this reserve has tables and bench seats and is easily accessible. Paid car parking is available. To get there, travel down Burns Bay Road toward Victoria Road. Take Church St. exit at Hunters Hill. Turn left off the exit ramp, then continue to Woolwich Road. Follow to the end. (Please don’t drive into the water!) Pubs and restaurants not far away, or bring a picnic. I can organise a place to eat. Call or see me on 27th October, or call me on 0411 331 023.
From Jokemaster Patrick W: Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term exam. The last question was, “Name seven advantages of mother’s milk”. The question was worth 70 points or none at all. One student was hard put to think of 7 advantages. He wrote:
1. It is a perfect formula for the child.
2. It provides immunity against several diseases.
3. It is always the right temperature.
4. It is inexpensive.
5. It bonds the child to the mother and vice versa.
6. It is always available as needed.
And then the student was stuck. Finally, in desperation, just before the bell rang to end the test, he wrote:
7. It comes in two attractive containers, and it is high enough off the ground that the cat can’t get to it.
He got an A grade!
Newsletter 340 September, 2020
President’s Report: As we welcome in the new Probus year, albeit an unusual one, I would like to thank Jeanette G, Paul O and Patrick W who have completed their three years and have been conscientious and excellent contributors to the committee. They will be sorely missed. I now welcome AnnikaT, Janice G and Mary Ann I and I look forward to working with them to ensure the ongoing spirit of Probus—friendship, fellowship and fun.
Whilst we are unable to meet at the Golf Club due to government regulations your committee is to meet monthly in an effort to plan future activities, which hopefully you will enjoy despite restraints placed on us at this time of Covid 19. We recognize it is everyone’s choice to protect themselves as they see fit.
We welcome any contributions from you who may have something interesting, musical, book recommendations etc., for general distribution to all. However in an effort to stop emails going to people who have left the club we are asking that you send your contribution to me or to Annika for mailing out. Our email addresses are:
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Last week fifteen of us gathered for a very enjoyable walk and self-isolating picnic at Tunks Park. Sadly Evelyn’s outing to the Kokoda Memorial Track had to be cancelled due to wet weather.
Lastly, I am very grateful to Polly for resuming her role as Newsletter editor. I am much relieved—a big thank you Polly.
Membership Report: We now have 49 financial members.
Many Happy Returns of the Day for August and September birthdays! August, Jeanette G07, Ian S 10, Maurice O 12, Valerie W 13, and Annika T 24.
September, Paul O 01, Gary P 13, Douglas I 17, Margaret Rr 20, Patrick W 20, Peggy B 28, and Polly G 29.
An email tip from Douglas : Use the “Bcc” function for all group emails. This will reduce spam, possible identity theft and good messages going to your bin. In your Contacts list create “groups” that you want to send emails to multiple people. To send an email, address it to yourself and Bcc to the group. You will receive a copy so you know it has been sent. If anyone wants help with this just contact me.
Probus Outing: Tuesday 25th August 2020. Watsons Bay for Fish and Chips at “Doyle’s at the Wharf”. Meet on the wharf at 10:30am, have lunch around 12:30pm. Ferries leave Circular Quay at 9:45 or 10:17.
Tuesday 22nd September: Kokoda Trail at Concord. Details in next newsletter.
Probus Walk/Get Together: Tuesday 8th September 2020.
Our social Get Together in September will be at Davidson Park, Roseville. (Garigal Nat. Park under the Roseville Bridge).
MEET: Davidson Park at 10:30am in the parking area at the very end of the road you drive down into the park. There are plenty of parking areas. This is a very pretty and popular picnic area. We can walk along the riverside and return to our cars for refreshments. There is lots of picnic seating provided within the park.
Bring your own chair, sandwich/picnic lunch for a social chat with other members after the walk. Unfortunately, there will be no Coffee Van but Douglas Irvin has kindly offered to bring a gas stove, water, billy, teabags, instant coffee and milk (you will need to bring your own cup).
Fifth Tuesday Luncheon: 29th September 2020. At the Oaks Hotel, Neutral Bay, 118 Military Road, 9953-5515. At 11:45 for 12 noon.
Membership news: A sympathy card on behalf of the Club was sent to Peter MacD’s son. Peter had been a very active member and served as President from 2001— 2002.
It is good to know Ches W is now on the mend following a couple of months of illness.
Shelagh K is fighting fit having installed a new garage and a new kitchen, whilst dealing with cracked ribs after a fall. She has also kept herself busy making wonderful marmalade, keeping in touch with fellow members and sending cryptic emails which some of us have trouble deciphering!
Maurice O is currently on his way to Sweden to join his wife Kristina, as she is unable to return to Australia. We wish them both well and look forward to their return.