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Kenmore Village Probus Club Updates

Gearing up for our Annual General Meeting, President Jessica Harrington and her membership committee have been doing a lot of ‘targeting’ to encourage members to come forward and take on roles.  Some will be ‘repeat’ office bearers with the introduction of newer members in the handover.  As part of this change-over, outgoing Outings Chair Jack Greenwood and Guest Speaker Coordinator Coral McKillop have already forecasted activities and topics into this year.  What a great help to incoming officers? 

Traditional starts to the year encountered both the twilight soiree with some bocce and the Trivia/Knowledge quiz at our first meeting.  Barbara Marshall and Lidia Socal keep us rotating through great parks for the monthly BYO BBQ/Picnics and as the weather cools, these outings will revert to morning tea/lunchtime events with a bit of home-cooking shared.  Coral and Jim McKillop in the past couple of years have taken over from the inceptor of the annual quiz (Kevin Brown RIP) and spend a lot of time designing questions just to ‘trip up’ our teams.  Our winning team this year included a guide dog, accompanying his master!  For those teams quick off the mark, or have trouble finding answers, there is an alternative time-filler of cinema, music and literature tests of know-how too.

Our first major educational outing is cruising the Southern Pumicestone Passage with The Ferryman and visiting the surfside Bribie Island Research Centre.  Not only will we experience the trails of Matthew Flinders and natural environment awareness with sightings of wildlife, but also the DAF/CSIRO current research into the significance and sustainability of aquaculture.  Next will be the exotically named “History, Mystery and Pastry” tour into the Beenleigh, Bethania, Buccan, Logan, Yarrabilba, Tamborine Village and Cedar Creek areas.

Our Theatre Group Liaison Officer, Barbara Odgers, is working with Chelmer Probus Theatre Group to promote attendance at opera, ballet and musicals, viz. “The Pearl Fishers”, “The Winter’s Tale” and “The Bodyguard”.

“Travel incorporating Hobbies” was our opening 2017 guest speaker presentation, by Phil & Kazuko Ingram who established ShumiStayJapan to guide the travel planning for small groups.  There is not a specific word for “hobby” in Japanese, but “shumi” refers to the new or exotic and was chosen for special interest pursuits.  Hobbies indulged in thus far have included traditional Japanese arts and crafts (such as papermaking) to other cultural and outdoor activities (such a music/instrument making, bird watching to hiking).  Speakers from Beyond Blue and My Aged Care have also been approached for informative sessions at our meetings, but next in order are talks on “Hope, Health & Human Progress” by Dr David Schlect, followed by Rob Wintor reviewing “Changes to the Age Pension”.

Pictured: Three “wise kings” at the Christmas lunch

Pictured: Morning tea at meetings – always a great time to socialise

Pictured: Barbara Cobbold and Bob Hornby – front desk welcome