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Coffee/Tea Mornings:-

The next informal gathering for fellowship is again at the St Clair Golf Club on Tuesday 9 July with a 10.15am to 10.30am gathering to enjoy coffee and a cheese scone or whatever! Come along and join us for this relaxed hour or so and chat informally with fellow Probians – bring along a someone whom you think might like to join our Club.

Subs

Subs are now due for 2019, please pay your $25 to our Treasurer at the next meeting.

Indoor Bowls (notes by Paul Turnbull)

Each year we play a home and an away game of indoor bowls against Probus Dunedin North. 

This has me thinking, and wondering if any of those who have been involved in these games, or indeed any Probus Dunedin South member, would be interested in joining an Indoor Bowling Club and playing during the winter months (from late March through September usually 7.30 – 9.30pm) on a social basis once a week, or if a more competitive type maybe become involved in competitions on Wednesday and Thursday nights as well?

Three Clubs operate at the Otago Indoor Bowls Association Stadium, situated above the Ice Stadium, 105 Victoria Road whilst other Clubs use locales in their own suburb. New members are always welcome. No prior experience necessary as Clubs offer coaching to new players.

A list of all Clubs plus contact names and phone numbers/emails is available on the website www.otagoindoorbowls.co.nz

For Clubs using the Stadium at 105 Victoria Road you could contact one of these Probus members who play for one of those Clubs (as other Probus members do too):

Kevin Brosnan [email protected] Burnside

Rex Moss [email protected] Hillhead

Paul Turnbull [email protected] Kew

Burnside and Hillhead play on a Monday night; Kew on a Tuesday night.

Even if you went along to try the game there would be no pressure on you to join! It is not an impact, highly physical, high tempo game and caters for all ages and abilities! Can be a frustrating game at times though!!!

You would be welcomed enthusiastically by any Indoor Bowling Club so give it some thought – gets one away from TV for a couple of hours??

Christmas Function Monday 10 December ~ Reminder

Otago Golf Club, 125 Balmacewan Road, Dunedin. Cost $35 per person. Gathering at 12noon for a 12.30pm meal.

A cash bar will be operating. Plenty of parking within the Golf Club grounds.

Remember there are three ways you can pay:

a. At the venue on the 10th. Please make sure you have the exact amount.

b. Cheque made out to “Probus Club of Dunedin South” and posted as soon as possible to:- Treasurer Ross Cameron, Probus Dunedin South,

12 Sutcliffe Street, Dunedin 9012 to reach him before Friday 30 November

c. Internet Banking to “Probus Club of Dunedin South”, Westpac South Dunedin. Account number = 03-1729-0021943-00. Please ensure you

include your name and the word “Xmas” in the particulars section.

RSVP’s were due by November 16th (check the invite) but we will now accept participants until Sunday 2nd December – caterers need final numbers on the 3rd. After Friday 16th November any additional attendees will need to let our IPP Ian Lambie know – 487 7899


Christmas Function Monday 10 December

Otago Golf Club, 125 Balmacewan Road, Dunedin

12 noon for 12.30 pm luncheon

$35 per person (payment details in the Newsletter)

RSVP to [email protected] or phone 487 7293 with your intention to attend

before November 16, 2018 - with any special special dietary requirements.

We encourage and welcome you to come along to this special end of year function.

Christmas Buffet Luncheon Menu

Whole Glazed Ham on the Bone

Tuscan Roast Chicken

Minted Potatoes

A selection of salads and vegetables

Pavlova with chocolate and fruit salad

Christmas Log and Brandy Anglaise

Chantilly Cream

Freshly brewed coffee and teas

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The bar will be open for drinks at your own cost

 Indoor Bowls ~ Results

The return match against the Probus Club of Dunedin North took place at the Wakari Bowling Club on Thursday August 16 at 9am.

Ray Turnbull had organised teams for this challenge and although Dunedin North had overall victory on the morning the combined Home and Away totals had Dunedin South retaining the Bowls Shield by 205 points to 163 points. Well done all who participated.

The shield was first played for in 1993 and since then Dunedin South have won it 23 times to Dunedin North’s 3. We look forward to next year’s challenges.

 

Indoor Bowls

The return match against the Probus Club of Dunedin North takes place at the Wakari Bowling Club on Thursday August 16 at 9am.

Ray Turnbull is organising teams for this challenge and will have contacted you regarding your participation. However, if you have not been contacted and have a desire to play then let Ray know. You may not wish to play but feel free to come along and support our teams.

There is always a great morning tea provided by the Dunedin North members

Past Presidents’ Board

At our June meeting Gavin Middlemass, our oldest surviving Past President, spoke to us about the beginnings of Probus Dunedin South back in 1983 prior to “unveiling” our Past Presidents’ Board which contains the names of all those Presidents since the inception of our Club. There is room for a number of years and names yet. Thanks go to Gavin; and also to Ross Cameron who fashioned the board and it’s container by using the ex Probus Dunedin Central board as a guide. Both of these Boards will be displayed at each Club meeting.

Indoor Bowls ~  17 May

With four teams of four, organised by Ray Turnbull, we played the first leg of our annual challenge with Probus Dunedin North in the Otago Indoor Bowls Association premises beginning at 9.00am. Three games of eight ends each with a morning tea break after game one were played with our visitors playing on the same mat each game and DS moving. At the conclusion of play total points gained gave Dunedin South a substantial lead. The second leg will be hosted by Dunedin North sometime in August at a yet to be decided venue.

Thanks to all those who participated; to our “morning tea lady” Bruce Hendry; and organiser Ray Turnbull for jobs well done.

Morning Tea Duty

We are going to trial having a roster for the full year with names of those available to do this duty. With only two persons plus the Convenor required we would need only twenty persons per year. The intention is that if you could not do your duty on the month assigned it would be your responsibility to find someone from below you on the roster to swap months!

Would you please indicate either by phone to 4877899 or email to [email protected] by Good Friday (April 29th) 2018 your willingness to do tea duty and from there we will draw up and circulate a roster. Thanks in anticipation of many helpers. Don’t panic if you miss out this year, 2019 will be upon us sooner than we realise and a new roster drawn up. Morning Tea cost remains 50c per person.

Change of email address

If you change your email address to another provider would you please let me know at [email protected] or phone487-7293 so I can update my emailing list for newsletter distribution, etc.; and I will notify our secretary and our treasurer of your change too. Thanks. Paul Turnbull (Newswletter Editor)

Subscriptions 2018

Your annual Probus subscription of $25 is now due and treasurer Ross Cameron will gratefully accept same. He is hoping for early payments of all subs this year.

You may pay in one of three easy ways:

1. Cash

2. Cheque made payable to: “Probus Club of Dunedin South”

3. Internet banking to: “Probus Club of Dunedin South”, Westpac, South Dunedin, Account # 03-1729-0021943-00

Please ensure you include your name and the code “Sub18” in the particulars section.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018

 The Annual General Meeting of the Probus Club of Dunedin South will be held on Tuesday 6th March 2018, at 10-30am prior to the guest speaker.

 AGENDA

 1 Apologies.

2 President’s Report

3 Treasurer’s Report and Balance sheet

4 Election of Officers and Committee

The following nominations have been received:

President Paul Turnbull

Vice President

Past President Ian Lambie

Secretary Jack Holt

Treasurer Ross Cameron

Committee

(Forms for further nominations are available from the secretary)

5 Notice of Motion: Moved by Ross Cameron (2 ) “That

following the recommendation of the committee, club fees for the

coming year remain the same at $25 per person”.

6 Appointment of Financial Reviewer

7 Any General Business

8 Handing over of Chain of Office and welcome to new president

February 2018

David Jaquiery Awarded Life Membership

Life Membership was awarded to David after the committee, in July last unanimously agreed to such; and at the following Club meeting members presented also voted unanimously to accord him Life Membership.

David had been secretary for ten years and had contributed significantly in: preparation and distribution of our top ranked newsletter, programming and assisting with arrangement of monthly speakers, outings and trips; organisation of annual Christmas and Past President dinners; the preparation and distribution of the Regional Probus Clubs Directory; and a host of other secretarial duties.

David set the standard, loved the job and carried it out with a dedicated passion. The continued success of this club can be directly attributed to the meticulous work of David both as a member and secretary.

Because of ill health the Club was unable to present his Certificate and Plaque until now.

The inscription on his plaque reads: ”Awarded to David Jaquiery, Probus Club of Dunedin South, in recognition of your long standing and exceptional service as club secretary.”

 

January, 2018

Christmas Luncheon:

Many members and their partners, widows, and members from the Dunedin Central Probus Club enjoyed a very convivial afternoon and excellent meal at the Otago Golf Club on Monday December 4, 2017. It was a pleasant way to finish our year’s activities.

Register of Attendance:

Your Committee, at its last 2017 meeting, decided we would introduce an attendance register for our meetings,

commencing with our February 6 meeting 2018. A list of members will be displayed and as you collect your

name badge please mark your attendance in the appropriate column – this list will be circulated during the meeting should you forget on arrival !

Probus Travel Insurance: (as experienced by your VP)

If you take out travel insurance with PSPL and have to make a claim make sure that you have all the documentation associated with your travel – itinerary, flight boarding passes. proof of ownership for belongings, bank or ATM receipts, Police reports, etc. as all of these may be requested by the Insurer. Writing from personal experience my wife had her handbag stolen when we were in Havana last April and the negotiations and requests were spread over several months – my wife even having to prove she was a New Zealand citizen and not American! Fortunately we had all documentation and photographs proving ownership and had our claim settled in full just prior to Christmas last year – long and protracted but eventually successful Take photographs of belongings before you travel is one recommendation I would suggest; and keep everything once a claim is lodged.

Would we use PSPL Travel Insurance again after our experience? Yes, because the cover is excellent and the premiums reasonable.

From the President’s Desk:

Further to my article in last month’s newsletter regarding travel insurance benefits to members, this month I am pleased to advise of another Probus member benefit arranged by PSPL. As a Probus member you can receive up to 50% off accommodation at selected Mantra Group hotels and resorts. Mantra Group comprises of three brands – Peppers, Mantra and Breakfree throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Bookings can be made twelve months in advance. For further details regarding hotel bookings and specials you need to go to the following website:-

www.departurelounge.com.au with the access code:- PROBUS

Membership of P.S.P.L.

Our club, as I am sure members are aware, is accredited to Probus South Pacific Ltd. In additition to accreditation P.S.P.L offer the opportunity for clubs to become members of the organisation. Membership is virtually free and entirely voluntary. It has some small advantages, but would make no difference to the running of the club. To gain the full benefit of membership clubs need to be incorporated. A few New Zealand Probus Clubs are incorporated, but most are not. Incorporation would mean additional reporting annually and some constraints on the way we do things. Its advantage is that incorporation provides a level of protection in some, fairly unlikely, circumstances. It would possibly make it more difficult for the club to fill the positions of secretary and treasurer. Your committee is grateful to P.S.P.L for the opportunity for the club to become a member, but feels that there is no advantage to us in doing so at this time.

Annual Meeting Resolution

A full committee was elected at the club’s annual meeting held on 7th March. The President’s report and the Financial reports were adopted and the following resolution was passed. “That this meeting, being aware of an approach from the Probus Club of Dunedin Central cordially invites its members to join in our monthly meetings, trips and visits and all activities of the Probus Club of Dunedin South while remaining, nevertheless a separate club affiliated to Probus South Pacific Ltd. This meeting furthermore requests the committee of this club to liaise and make any necessary arrangements regarding finance, representation and participation as may arise.”

The Probus Club of Dunedin Central at present has 19 members. Their annual meeting was adjourned and will be held again later this month when our offer will be discussed.

Annual General Meeting

Members are advised that the Annual General Meeting of the Probus Club of Dunedin South will be held in St Peters Hall on Tuesday 7th of March at 10.30am, prior to the monthly speaker. The President’s report and the financial reports will be circulated with the next newsletter. Nomination forms are available and any agenda items should be advised to the secretary.

Nominations have been received for President and Vice-President, but further nominations are acceptable. Nominations are required for committee members. Your secretary, newsletter editor and several committee members have been in their positions for up to ten years or more. If they were foodstuffs you would say they are well past their “use by” dates! New nominations please!

Visit By Mrs Margaret Drake

Mrs Margaret Drake is a New Zealand Director on the PSPL Board. She represents our district, 9980 and districts 9940 and 9970. Two members of our club, together with representatives of other local clubs met with Margaret recently over coffee. She talked informally, but frankly about the work of the Board, the office in Sydney and the dedicated staff, laying to rest some of the uninformed and inaccurate statements that have circulated. Quite a number of clubs who had left PSPL are now reconsidering. Our accreditation fees will go up 25cents per member this year, but the Board is very conscious of the need to avoid increases. Her talk was encouraging

And Speaking of Astronomy…..

ON JULY 20, 1969, AS COMMANDER OF THE APOLLO 11 LUNAR MODULE, NEIL ARMSTRONG WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SET FOOT ON THE MOON..

HIS FIRST WORDS AFTER STEPPING ON THE MOON, “THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND,” WERE TELEVISED TO EARTH AND HEARD BY MILLIONS.* BUT JUST BEFORE HE RE-ENTERED THE LANDER, HE MADE THE ENIGMATIC REMARK - “GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY.”

OVER THE YEARS, MANY PEOPLE QUESTIONED ARMSTRONG AS TO WHAT THE - ‘GOOD LUCK, MR. GORSKY’ STATEMENT MEANT, BUT ARMSTRONG ALWAYS JUST SMILED..

ON JULY 5, 1995, A REPORTER BROUGHT UP THE 26-YEAR-OLD QUESTION ABOUT MR GORSKY. THIS TIME ARMSTRONG FINALLY RESPONDED BECAUSE MR. GORSKY HAD DIED, SO NEIL FELT HE COULD AT LAST ANSWER THE QUESTION.

IN 1938, WHEN HE WAS A KID, NEIL WAS PLAYING BASEBALL WITH A FRIEND. HIS FRIEND HIT THE BALL, WHICH LANDED IN HIS NEIGHBOUR’S YARD BY THEIR BEDROOM WINDOW. HIS NEIGHBOURS WERE MR. AND MRS. GORSKY. AS HE LEANED DOWN TO PICK UP THE BALL, YOUNG ARMSTRONG HEARD MRS. GORSKY SHOUTING AT MR. GORSKY, “SEX! YOU WANT SEX?! YOU’LL GET SEX WHEN THE KID NEXT DOOR WALKS ON THE MOON!”

IT BROKE THE PLACE UP.

NEIL ARMSTRONG’S FAMILY CONFIRMED THIS IS A TRUE STORY.

Probus South Pacific Ltd PSPL seem to be much more involved and more communicative with clubs these days. Recent emails have advised of PSPL’s finances, AGM, and changes of directors. Information about a membership enquiry from someone in our area was passed on and we received insurance information and an insurance certificate for the PSPL policy that covers our club activities and money.

New Members: Welcome to John Lester whose membership was approved at the recent committee meeting. We look forward to his company at our meetings and visits.

Also to Geof. Smith who has been approved as a member. Welcome. We hope you will enjoy the fellowship and get real pleasure from the meetings and activities.

Bowls Triumph!

And yes we won the return match on August 18th, just……… 174 to 171. However a win is a win! More information about this next month.

The annual match, Dunedin South Probus versus Dunedin North Probus was played on Thursday 19th May at the Otago Bowls Stadium. This competition takes place every year and we always win ——— except,shock and horror, last year. I am pleased to report that the result this year was Dunedin South 96, Dunedin North 78, which gives us a nice buffer for the return match in August.

Subscriptions are due: Thank you to those club members who have already paid their $25 annual club fee to the treasurer. It is an enormous help to him to have these paid soon after the annual meeting rather than have them dribble in throughout the year. If you have not paid yet please bring your $25 to the next meeting or post a cheque to Ross Cameron, 12 Sutcliffe St, St Clair, Dunedin 9012.

Non Active members: Two of our long-standing members, Gavin Middlemass (joined 27.03.1984) and Ken McEachen (joined 07/05/1991) are no longer able to come to meetings or take part in our trips. They are still interested in Probus though and the committee has now classified them as non active members. It is always sad when circumstances mean that members who have been loyal and active in the club for a long period have to leave. Non active members pay a $10 a year fee, but pay no subscription to PSPL. They get newsletters and all club information and, of course, the way is always open for them to resume full membership if their circumstances change.

Resignation: We are sorry to record the resignation of John Padget who joined the club 16.03.1998. John served on the committee from 2004 to 2009 in various roles; Front of House, Visits, Kitchen, Newsletter Distributor. He also convened the Bowls Tournaments and acted as Selector. He was Club President in 2008. John and Evelyn have moved to Christchurch and go with the club’s very best wishes for the future.