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Friday, 18 November 2022

 Newsletter 363                                                    15 November 2022 

President’s report:  A very warm welcome to all members and guests to the Probus Club of North Sydney. 

Our October meeting was well attended to hear Karen Briggs talk about Anglicare’s Dementia Support program.  Douglas attended the workshop “We Matter” that Anglicare held on Monday 7th November.  He reports that it was excellent and we should all keep an eye out for it next year.  Let him know if you would like more information.  He will have the PowerPoint presentations available. 

Our trip to Kiama was popular, with the blowholes blowing nicely for us and the restaurant providing a wonderful lunch in a very pleasant setting. 

The annual walk following the path of Sculptures by the Sea was popular with 16 members walking and a further 2 joining us for lunch. 

Probus Gamers and Chatters once again met on the 2nd Tuesday.  This is an informal meeting that all are invited to if you are not walking with Oriel.  Margaret R has agreed to coordinate these mornings.  Because the Christmas lunch is held on the 2nd Tuesday of December, the walk and the Gamers and Chatters will be held on the first Tuesday, 6th December 2022, 

Three of our members accepted the invitation to attend the afternoon at Baytree by Ardency to listen to Dr. Norman Swan talk about staying healthy as we age.  There were members from other local Probus clubs there as well and it was good to discuss our various programs over a glass of wine and canapes. 

Christmas Lunch.  Our plans are well underway for Tuesday 13th December.  We would like to meet at noon for a 12:30pm start.  As Robin mentioned at the last meeting the cost will remain at $45 for members and $55 for guests, which is the same as  for the last couple of years.  At this price, the club will be subsidising the event to encourage as many members and guests to come along for what promises to be a great occasion.  Bookings can be made online by payment to our bank account:  The Probus Club of North Sydney, BSB Act (please add Christmas lunch in the description).  Then inform Maureen T at maureen.tully@outlook.com when you have made this payment to confirm your booking.  Those wishing to pay by cash can do so at our November meeting by placing the correct amount in a sealed envelope with your name, number of people and “Christmas Lunch” on the front of the envelope and giving this to Maureen.  We are still hoping some of you may have photos of yourselves with Santa as children.  If so, please bring them to the November meeting with your name for return.  We look forward to our Christmas Lunch being a happy one following the years of the pandemic and frightful weather—so come and enjoy the fun, fellowship and friendship that Probus offers. 

The 40th Annivesary celebration plans are evolving.  We will be holding a special luncheon at the View Hotel in North Sydney on 18th April 2023, which will be a normal meeting day.  Please mark the date in your calendar.  We would like to have more than 50 members and guests attending.  The contract has been signed and the deposit paid.  Consider asking friends and relatives to help us celebrate this milestone.  This luncheon will be subsidised by the club.  The colour ruby is for the 40th anniversary, so look out for all things ruby for the day.  The anniversary booklet is having a make-over.    

Membership report:  Our membership stands at 54 (35 women and 19 men). 

Many happy returns for your November birthday:  Kenn C 17, Robin S 14, Marie A 15, Mary Ann I 21, and Evelyn K 26. 

Guest Speakers:  Today we welcome doctor/writer Richard Harris, whose topic is “Imagine”.  At our January meeting, Noel Phelan will talk to us about “The Sinking of the Costa Concordia”. 

Probus Walkers:  Tuesday 6th December 2022,  Cremorne to Mosman Bay. 
Our traditional “Kent Memorial Walk” will commence 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 take 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:  Circular Quay, Wharf 4, at 10:20am to catch the 10:30am ferry. 

                                                        November Walk - Bronte to Bondi          


Events:  Movie 5th Tuesday the 29th November:   Please put in your diary now that we are going to the Orpheum Theatre in Cremorne to see a special screening of “The Glass Onion”, a comedy, murder mystery set in Greece and supposed to be very funny.  Daniel Craig heads the cast.  The movie starts at 12:40pm.  Those who want to can meet at the Siborg Café located behind the theatre and opposite the council carpark at approximately 11:30am; for a coffee and light lunch.  For those not wanting lunch, we will all meet in the theatre foyer at 12:30pm. 

Note regarding the Christmas Lunch:  Susan M is hoping to have a video with music for our Christmas Lunch.  It would be helpful if you could send her any photos or videos you would like to include.  Electronic format would be perfect, but ordinary photos are OK too.  Please let her know of any particular music you would like to hear.  (Susan M 0406 939 170; smyers@myersoperandi.com.au)   

We always need new members to maintain the vitality of our club.  So please invite those of your friends and acquaintances who may be interested in joining to come along to a meeting.  Guests are also very welcome to attend any of our activities. 

Note:   Our Probus meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of every month at 10:15am.  The next meeting will be held on 17th January 2023.  The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club at 9:15am on the same day.  Members are welcome to attend. 

Probus Outing:  Tuesday 22nd November to Old Government House, Parramatta. 

Our first stop for morning tea will be in the extensive Parramatta Park at the beautiful Rumsey Rose Garden.  We will see the central lawn with a display of Heritage Roses and garden beds.  
Nearby is Old Government House, a UNESCO site which is one of 11 places that make up the Australian Convict Site Series.
One floor is devoted to Furniture from the era of 1820 another to 'Making Good: Artisans in Exile'. 
We will make our way by bus to the Parramatta Leagues club for our usual discussions and lunch We will leave the GOLF CLUB at 8:30am and arrive back at about 2:00pm The costs are: 
Bus           $25 
Arrangements for payment of $25 for bus. 
Cash at the meeting on Tuesday 15thNovember in an envelope with your name, or  
Direct Debit: Probus Bank account BSB  account number . Please type Gov House as description.  
Entrance and guide: $10 cash on arrival  (or FREE for National Trust Members, with membership details) 
Lunch      $20 approx. for a main course, paid direct to club on the day.  
 






Tuesday, 18 October 2022

 Newsletter 362                                                                  18 October 2022 

President’s report:  Happy Probus October and a very warm welcome to all members and guests to the Probus Club of North Sydney.  You may have noticed the Probus colours of blue and yellow have been projected on to various public buildings this month to celebrate Probus. 

This has been a particularly busy month for our club.  It seems that we are almost back to pre-COVID attendance at meetings, with a good turnout to hear Bob Berry talk about croquet and the activities of the Chatswood Croquet Club. 

Our tour of the Sydney Opera House was popular, with snippets of history and a good look at the upgraded Concert Hall.  Thank you to Noreen and Peter for your planning and to Louise for managing the outing. 

The Movie Group saw two movies during the month.  The Quiet Girl is one of a very few feature films in Gaelic with English subtitles, a true gem of a movie.  See How They Run was the second movie, at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday the 14th October. 

The trip to Floriade in Canberra was thoroughly enjoyed by 6 or our members.  Unfortunately 6 other members had to withdraw, mainly because of health issues.  There were members from 2 other Probus clubs in the group, so we were able to swap notes and ideas for activities.  We visited Corbett Gardens in Bowral, and Floriade and Tulip Top Gardens in Canberra.  The consensus was that Tulip Top Gardens won the prize for the most stunning display. 

The weather turned warm and sunny for our “Try Croquet” morning with the Chatswood Croquet Club.  The perfect number of members turned up so that we could play three games with two pairs.  The twelve of us had a thoroughly enjoyable time. 

Several members braved the weather to attend the Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of the “Pirates of Penzance”. 

Instead of our monthly walk and Probus Gamers and Chatters, we met for a Probus Day picnic at Tunks Park.  We were all watching the weather forecast anxiously, but the day turned out to be one of those rare gems without a drop of rain.  With at least 31 members and 3 visitors, games to play, an overabundance of food to eat and lots to chat about, I think we can call our first Probus Day picnic a success. 

Our 40th Anniversary celebration plans are evolving.  We will be holding a special luncheon at the View Hotel in North Sydney on 18th April 2023.  Please mark the date in your calendar.  We would like to have more than 50 members and guests attending.  Consider asking friends and relatives to help us celebrate this milestone.  The anniversary booklet is having a make-over as well.  

Our Christmas lunch plans are also well under way.  It will be held on the second Tuesday in December, i.e. 13th.  More details will be forthcoming soon. 

We always need new members to maintain the vitality of our club.  So please invite those of your friends and acquaintances who may be interested in joining to come along to a meeting.  Guests are also welcome at any of our activities. 

Membership report:  Our membership stands at 53 (34 women and 19 men). 

Many happy returns of the day for your October birthday:  Jeanette F 10, Eleanor S 26, and Joan B 29. 

Guest Speakers:  Today welcome Katherine Medic of Anglicare Dementia Support.  Next month Richard Harris, doctor/writer, will join us.  

Probus walkers:  Tuesday 8th November 2022.  Bronte to Bondi Beach. 
This walk is an annual event for the walkers which is very enjoyable.  Although the Sculptures-by-the-Sea exhibits will be over the upside is there will be less 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 Circular Quay at 9:45am to catch Bus 333 to Bondi Junction Interchange then Bus 379, Stand E, to Bronte. 

Events:  Movie 5th Tuesday the 29th November.  Please put in your diary now that we are going to the Orpheum Theatre in Cremorne to see a special screening of “The Glass Onion”, a comedy, murder mystery set in Greece and supposed to be very funny.  Daniel Craig heads the cast.  Session time is already out: the movie starts at 12:40pm.  Those who want to can meet at the Siborg Café located behind the theatre and opposite the council carpark at approximately 11:30am for a coffee and light lunch.  For those not wanting lunch, we will all meet in the theatre foyer at 12:30pm. 

Probus Outing:  Kiama, Tuesday 25th October 2022.  We will travel by train on the scenic rail journey to Kiama and catch the 9:27am train from Central.  We can use our Opal card which gets us there and back for $2.50.  This train usually leaves platform 25 but please check on the day. 
On the trip we see spectacular coastal views and pass through the rich countryside, largely occupied by the dairy industry as well as beef and various forms of horticulture.  The combination of volcanic soils and high rainfall has helped produce this bountiful environment. 
From Kiama station a short 10 minute walk (or 2 min. cab ride) gets us to the famous Blowhole.  Lunch will be at Diggies Restaurant, your meal choice being $15 to $30.  Please contact Noreen at the meeting or phone her on 0412 957 857. 




Note:  Our Probus meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of every month at 10:15am.  The next meeting will be held on 15th November 2022.  The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club at 9:00am on the same day. Members are welcome to attend. 


Club Activities in September and October, 2022 

Picnic Day at Tunks Park

Picnic Day At Tunks Park


Floriade



Chatswood Croquet Clun

    
                                                              Opera House Tour




Monday, 26 September 2022

 

Newsletter   361                                                                                                    20 September 2022

President’s report:  A very warm welcome to all members and guests to the Probus Club of North Sydney.

COVID hospitalisations and deaths are on the decrease in New South Wales, but we still ask that if you have any symptoms, even a mild cold, please do not attend any of our activities.  I also encourage all members to wear masks.

Many club members were saddened by the death of Queen Elizabeth.  Many of us remember her from visits to Australia and as a wonderful example of grace and attention to duty.  May King Charles follow her example.

Almost 75% of our members and 3 visitors met at the Golf Club last month to hear Ian Bryce’s talk on Skeptical Investigations.

Our tour of the Sydney Cricket Ground was popular, with fascinating insights into the history, the players’ rooms, the extensive media rooms and even a discussion on the different grasses used on the pitch and field.  Thank you to Noreen and Peter for your planning and execution of the outing.

Oriel led a group of 10 walkers on a very scenic ferry ride to Rydalmere then an easy and pleasant walk along the Parramatta River to Meadowbank Wharf.  This was followed by a very pleasant lunch at the Abbotsford Rowing Club.

A group of 5 Probus Gamer and Chatters met at the golf club while others walked.  I have heard it was most enjoyable and that Bob was able to teach a new game called Upwords, which is similar to Scrabble with a devious twist.

Our Movie Group saw the 50th anniversary showing of Cabaret with Liza Minnelli.  It was still an amazing experience, a world fiddling while Rome prepared to burn:  gloomily sexy, elegant, with an overwhelming sense of evil.  This was thoroughly enjoyable and Liza Minnelli a real treat to watch again.  If you would like to be on the email list for this group, please let Peggy know.  Peggy is also organising a group to see The Quiet Girl at Cremorne Orpheum.  The group will meet on Wednesday the 21st September at the theatre for the movie that should start at 1:10pm.  If you would like to attend please contact Peggy.

The 5th Tuesday movie also included singing, albeit opera, in “Falling for Figaro”.  It included spectacular Scottish scenery, some wonderful music and great performances by Joanna Lumley and Danielle Macdonald—the Los Angeles-based, Australian-born star, in particular.

Our 40th Anniversary celebration plans are evolving.  We will be holding a special luncheon at the View Hotel in North Sydney on 18th April 2023.  Several members will recall that the 30th anniversary lunch was held there.  The anniversary booklet is having a make-over.  Thank you to those members who nominated 3 things that you have found really enjoyable, enriching, fun or thought-provoking in the time that you have been a member.  There is still time to contribute your thoughts.

Our Christmas lunch plans are also well under way.  It will be held on the second Tuesday in December, ie. 13th.  More details will be forthcoming.We always need new members to maintain the vitality of our club.  So please invite those of your friends and acquaintances who may be interested in joining to come along to a meeting.  Guests are also welcome at any of our activities.

Membership report:  Our membership stands at 53 (34 women and 19 men).

Many happy returns of the day for your September birthday:  Paul O 01, Douglas I 17, Margaret R 20, Patrick W 20, Peggy B 28, and Polly G 29.

Guest speakers:  Today we welcome Bob Berry, of the Chatswood Croquet Club.  Next month Katherine Medic, of Anglicare Dementia Support, will join us.

The club will celebrate Probus Day on Tuesday 11th September in lieu of walking and gaming/chatting.  Please come along to a barbeque/picnic at Tunks Park.  We will meet there at 11am.  The club will supply sausages, and members are asked to bring a salad or something to share afterwards and own drinks, chairs, cutlery, plate and cups, etc.  Could we all try to wear Probus colours of yellow and blue, and name badges.  Please let Robin know if you will be attending, and what food you will bring to share.  If you would like a lift to Tunks Park, please let Robin know and we may be able to ride-share.

Events:  Saturday 8th October “The Pirates of Penzance”.  Tickets will be available for collection at our meeting on 20th September.  As was stated in the last newsletter we had to move quickly to get our early bird booking, and once it was made and the ticket money paid in,  it is too difficult to make individual changes.  I am sorry that I could not accommodate some people’s late requests.  If people who do have booked tickets and then cannot attend for any reason, their ticket can become available and sold on.

Note:  All of our Probus meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:15am.  The next meeting will be held on 16th October 2022.  The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club from 9:00am on the same day.  Members are welcome to attend. 


Probus Outing:  Tuesday 27th September at 11:45 for lunch and at 12:45 for the tour of the Opera House.

We are meeting at the tables in front of Opera Kitchen, Lower Concourse of the Sydney Opera House at 11:45am.  This is before you enter the escalator to go up to the forecourt of the Opera House itself.  It is under cover and just before the Little Opera Shop and the Meeting Point for the Tour.  Louise Larouche (0412 004 563), together with several of our friends will be there to greet you as Peter and I are having a short break in the Whitsundays.

The actual Tour starts at 12:45pm so being early will give everyone time to order lunch, bring your own, or have a coffee at Opera Kitchen before you start the tour. Those who have time afterwards could gather to have coffee and cake to discuss the tour. Masks are strongly recommended at the Opera House and please bring your own.

Try link Opera House map https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/content/dam/pdfs/soh-map-2021-02.pdf.

Arrangements for payment of $35:  Cash at the meeting on Tuesday 20th September in an envelope with your name, or Direct Debit: Probus Bank account BSB 032099 account number 255375.  Please type “Opera” as description.

Please advise Noreen, noreenbyrne24@gmail.com if you have paid by direct debit, if your name is not obvious e.g. a company account.


 



                                             Opera House and Welcome Centre and Opera Kitchen behind

From the Opera House:

“The Sydney Opera House Mobility Access Tour has been re-imagined and we’re excited to take you on a journey to uncover untold stories, anecdotes, and history—it has a story to tell, and now’s your chance to uncover the magic beneath the sails.

For the first time ever, watch unforgettable moments from past Concert Hall performances, learning about the history and future of this world-famous hall in an immersive digital experience within a new purpose-built venue that boasts state-of-the-art technology. 


We Remember Clive Williams.

This has been a very sad month for our club with the death of Clive Williams, a most valued mentor, friend, companion and life member of the Club.  Clive joined the club in 2005.  He was Vice President and Secretary in 2007 and President in 2008.  He became Secretary again from 2014 through 2016.  He was awarded life membership in 2020.

Clive received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2015 for service to psychology, and to conservation and the environment.  This could have included his service to our club.  He was always very involved in every aspect of our club right up to our last club meeting.  If a sub-committee was formed to consider changes to the constitution or to organise a special event, Clive would be the first to be asked to join.  He went on just about every outing we had and all of our trips away.  Clive organised a trip to Longreach for us in 2018 which was enjoyed by all who attended.  He went on all of our monthly walks until this year when (in lieu of the walk) he was responsible for the instigation of, and happily participated in, our Gamers and Chatters.   

Clive was knowledgeable and well read and interested in everything.  He often won our monthly quiz and always asked pertinent questions of our guest speakers each month no matter the topic.  On special occasions he entertained us with bush poems, bush ballads and the occasional song.  He was always happy to contribute to our meetings and events.  Above all else, he was one of life’s gentlemen.  Clive will be remembered as a mentor “par excellence” by our Committee members and his friendship, knowledge and assistance will be sorely missed by all of our members.



Tuesday, 23 August 2022

 

Newsletter 360         16August 2022                                                                      

President’s report:  A very warm welcome to all members and guests to the Probus Club of North Sydney.  I trust everyone has been avoiding COVID and that you are all well and thriving.

We need to remember that COVID hospitalisations and deaths continue to be a worry in New South Wales with deaths now averaging around 20 each day.  We are told that this wave has now passed the peak, but we still ask that if you have any symptoms, even a mild cold, please do not attend any of our activities.  I encourage all members to wear masks and I long for the day when I can omit this reminder,

A good number of members and visitors met at the Golf Club last month to hear our member, Paul Treichel, talk about a truly incredible “Day in Ostrava”.  It surely is a tale worth telling!

During the month a group of us met at Tunks Park for a picnic, instead of taking the bus on an outing.  COVID has hit the bus drivers and so buses were not available.  Noreen and Peter did a wonderful job of looking after our every need, from the food, tables, seating, and even the gorgeous weather.

Oriel led a group of 10 from Fairlight to Manly on what turned out to be a (mostly) fine day with even some sun in patches.

The Games morning was again successful.  I’ve had only two suggestions for a suitable name for the morning: “Probus Gamers” and “Probus Gamers and Chatters”.

Our Movie Group saw the French comedy, “The Villa”, during the month.  This was thoroughly enjoyable and a real delight.  If you would like to be on the email list for this group, please let me know.

As you know, we will be celebrating 40 years in April 2023.  To help us with making the anniversary booklet more personal, we are asking you to nominate 3 things that you have found really enjoyable, enriching, fun or thought provoking in the time that you have been a member.  This could be a particular walk, talk or outing, a trip away, morning tea—anything.  If you add a few words stating why you enjoyed it, that will be a bonus for us.  It will also help with planning activities for the Club.  Cards will be available at the meeting for your comments.

We always need new members to maintain the vitality of our club.  So please invite those of your friends and acquaintances who may be interested in joining to come along to a meeting.  Guests are also welcome at any of our activities. 


Note:  Our Probus meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of every month at 10:15am.  The next meeting will be held on 20th September 2022.  The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club at 9:15 on the same day.  Members are welcome to attend.  


Guest Speakers:  Today we welcome Ian Bryce, whose topic is “Skeptical Investigations”.  Next month, Bob Berry of the Chatswood Croquet Club, will join us.

Probus Walkers: Tuesday 13th September.  Rydalmere to Meadowbank.

This is an easy and pleasant walk along the Parramatta River.  Starting from Rydalmere Wharf and following a paved path to Meadowbank Wharf.  Public toilets and a café for coffee are available within ten minutes from the wharf,  Walk is approx. 6 klms.  Lunch at Abbotsford Rowing Club.

MEET:  Circular Quay Wharf 5 at 9:00am to catch the 9:07 ferry to Rydalmere.  Ferries only run hourly.

Events:  Saturday 20th August 6:30pm Orpheum Theatre.  The impromptu movie group are going to see the 50th Anniversary screening of “Cabaret”.  There will be a list for people wanting to come to this and anyone can add their name to it at morning tea  at today’s meeting.  Booked ticket cost for this is $20.50 (in a labelled envelope please).

30th August 5th Tuesday movie outing.  I am not sure which movies will definitely be on at that date, but I will send around a notice to everyone over the weekend of the 27th August.

Saturday 8th October 2:00pm Shore School, Blue Street, North Sydney:  Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance”.  To secure the “Early Bird Concession Tickets” costing $39, I will need your name at today’s meeting as definitely attending.  Please would you then soon after pay for your ticket into our Bank Account at Westpac:  The Probus Club of North Sydney, BSB 032099, Account number 255-375.  Do not forget to include your name, and that it is for a Theatre Outing. 

Club members Clive and Mary Ann have attended these performances before, and tell me the productions are wonderful, and how essential it is that we make our booking early in order to obtain a group booking.  Please consider carefully now if you wish to join in—such bookings cannot usually be changed.  This is your one chance to book and be part of our group attendance!

Probus Outing:  Tuesday 23rd August.  Visit to the Sydney Cricket Ground at Moore Park.

We will leave the Club at 9:00am.  The cost is $47 for the bus, morning tea and the cricket ground.  Lunch is at your own discretion.  Please remember your mask, especially for the bus.

At the SCG we will be entertained with a 90 minute guided tour behind the scenes and visit areas not normally open to the public.  While listening to stories of the players and interesting events, we can admire the world-famous grounds and the heritagelisted buildings.  Imagine yourself as a commentator with the late great Richie Benaud in the commentary boxes, and visit the SCG Museum as well as studying the sporting memorabilia.  There isn’t a great deal of walking involved and it won’t be difficult.

After the 90 minute tour we will continue on to Coogee beach where we will have lunch at The Legion Club overlooking the beach.  Unfortunately we don’t think there will be enough time for a swim.

Arrangements for payment:  Cash at the today’s meeting in an envelope with your name, or Direct Debit: Probus Bank account BSB 032-099, account number ,  Please type “SCG” as description.  Please advise Noreen,  if you have paid by direct debit if your name is not obvious, e.g. a company account. 


Membership report:  Our membership stands at 53 (34 women and 19 men).


Many happy returns of the day for your August birthday:  Jeanette G 07, Ian S 10, Maurice O  12, Valerie   W 13, Paul T 14, and Annika T 24.






Sunday, 24 July 2022

 July Walk - Burwoood to Cabarita



 Newsletter 359                                                                          19 July 2022 

President’s report:  A very warm welcome to all members and guests to the Probus Club of North Sydney.  I hope everyone has weathered the recent rain events well. 

We need to remember that COVID hospitalisations and deaths continue to be a worry in New South Wales.  Hence we still ask that if you have any symptoms, even a mild cold, please do not attend any of our activities.  Australia now has the most new cases of COVID per capita in the world.  So I encourage all members to wear masks.  I look forward to the day when I can omit this reminder. 

A good number of members and visitors met at the Golf Club last month to hear our excellent guest speaker, Ian Westmorland, who spoke on the organisation he founded, “Mentoring Men”.  This is a registered charity providing free one-to-one life mentoring programs for men Australia wide. 

For those less able to join in our monthly walk, our first social morning was held on the second Tuesday, 12th July.  It was advertised as a games morning or an opportunity to meet and chat over coffee.  By all accounts it was a very enjoyable morning and those present would like to see it continue.  Please consider joining this group if you are no longer able to join us on the second Tuesday walk. 

The walk from Burwood to Cabarita Wharf was wonderful!  The weather was perfect, with the sun shining at last.  We then lunched at the Abbotsford Rowing Club overlooking the Parramatta River. 

The outing to the alpaca farm was well attended and most enjoyable.  After meeting several alpacas and invited to feed them and feel their fleece, we were given an explanation of the qualities of alpacas at a barbeque lunch as one of the animals was paraded around us. 

The trip to Floriade in Canberra from 29th September to 1st October has been taken up by several members.  If you are interested please let me know and I will check to see if there are still seats available.  It promises to be an excellent trip with visits to many of Canberra’s sights including the Corbett Gardens, the Arboretum, the Tulip Farm plus a choice of two of the major attractions.  The tour includes all meals, morning teas and admissions and accommodation at the Alpha Hotel, Canberra.  The cost for the 3 days is $720 per person with a $165 single supplement. 

All activities are open to all members, and visitors and guests are very welcome to attend as well. 

Posters and leaflets advertising the club are still on notice boards across the North Sydney LGA.  I still have a couple of large posters and lots of leaflets available.  So if you know of a prominent notice board that may be able to display a large poster, please let me know. 

Plans for celebrating our 40th Anniversary in April  next year are underway.  Please mark the date of 18th April 2023 for a luncheon.  We are looking for ideas for the lunch.  So if you, or someone you know, would like to entertain in some way, please let somebody on the committee know.  If you are interested in helping with table decoration, cake making and decorating, or have any ideas, please also come forward.  We are again asking for photos of any activity, both for a slide presentation at the lunch and potentially for the booklet. 

Note:  All of our Probus meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of every month at 10:15am.  The next meeting will be held on 16th August 2022.  The committee meetings are conducted in the Northbridge Golf Club at 9:15am on the same day.  Members are welcome to attend. 

Membership report:   Our membership stands at 52 (34 women and 18 men). 

Many happy returns of the day for your July birthday:  Oriel T 12, and Peter B 27. 

Guest Speakers:  Today we welcome Paul Treichel, whose topic is “A Day in Ostrava”.  Next month Ian Bryce will join us, speaking on “Skeptical Investigations”. 

Probus Walkers:  Tuesday 9th August:  Fairlight to Manly 
This will be a pleasant easy walk to end our cold wet weather.  The walk is gently undulating, with great harbour views.  We will assemble on the Pacific Highway outside St. Leonards Station to catch the Manly bus.  Alighting at Fairlight, coffee will be available at one of the three nearby cafes.  We then proceed through a couple of streets to the start of the coastal walkway.  On reaching Manly we can extend the walk if desired to North Steyne or Shelley Beach or go directly to lunch at the Ivanhoe Hotel in the Corso.  Approx. 5 klms. 
Meet:  9:30am at bus stop Pacific Highway outside St. Leonards Station. 

Probus Outing:  Tuesday 26th July.  Picnic at Tunks Park 
Unfortunately Covid is upon us again.  It is so hard to plan ahead.  We have decided to have a picnic lunch at Tunks Park where we can keep in the fresh air and isolate enough from each other.  Such a disappointment needing to delay the other outings we have planned for the year.  We will meet at 11am with our lunch, thermos, and picnic chair and spend the day catching up with our friends and watching the activity on the water.  Those who wish could have a walk along Flat Rock Creek. 
Please let me know if you need transport to get to Tunks.   



                                            Long Bay                            Tunks Park                       

Wednesday, 6 July 2022