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40 of the best

The Probus Club of Kingston celebrated its 40th anniversary in June 2023 with a lunch at Oyster Cove Inn where 43 members and partners enjoyed very tasty meals.

President Len Lambeth gave a brief outline of the Club’s history.

At the Club’s general meeting on 20 June, a PowerPoint presentation covering the Club’s history over the past 40 years was enjoyed by all present. Senator Catryna Bilyk made a speech and presented a framed 40-year anniversary certificate to President Len and wished the Club plenty of ensuing years of Fun, Fellowship and Friendship. Senator Bilyk then asked longest-serving member of 36 years, Ross, to cut the anniversary cake.

Forty years ago, in June 1983, an “Interest” meeting was convened by Rotary at the Kingston Beach Golf Club which resulted in the formation of the Probus Club of Kingston. Twenty-five people joined the Club. The first “Official” meeting of the Club was at Kingborough Senior Citizens Club on Monday 1 August 1983.

By March 1986 the numbers reached 50 and in later years have hovered between 45 and 60. The Club’s meeting places have changed over the years but it has settled into the Senior Citizens Hall since the early 2000s, where members meet on the last Monday of each month.

Since the Club’s inception, it has engaged in many and varied activities, known as Special Interest Groups and which include walks, outings, coffee mornings, wine tasting, photography and lunches, to name but a few.

At each of the general meetings they always have a guest speaker covering a variety of interesting subject matters, which last for one hour. Over the past four years they have run a very successful and popular Cryptic Car Trial and participated in annual Quiz Nights, shared with the Ladies’ and Combined Probus Clubs.

They are always happy to have new members join and guests are most welcome to attend meetings to see if they would like to join the Club.