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.
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.