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JUST A LITTLE ABOUT US

Our club held its inaugural meeting on the 3rd February 1988, attended by sponsors from Bennetts Green Rotary Club.

Although there were only 5 prospective members present, an election of officers took place. Our foundation President was installed and the first general meeting was held on the 10th February.  It was decided then that we would meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, and have outings on the 4th Wednesday. A short holiday would be planned once a year.

The first lady was inducted on the 18th January, 1989. The  club originally met at Redhead Bowling Club, then later moved to Central Charlestown Leagues Club where we have continued our association.

We have a Newsletter Officer who prepares a detailed monthly itinerary, our Social Director arranges a variety of Social gatherings, and our Program Officer arranges for interesting and age appropriate guest speakers.  We now have a membership of about 60, with a ceiling of 100.  We also have had a number of off-shoot interest groups i.e. computer, tenpin bowling, theatre, and walking groups which have been well attended.

We celebrated our 30th Anniversary with our longest-serving members sharing the honour of cutting the cake and are now making arrangements for our 35th Anniversary.  Long-term members will be recounting their Probus experiences over the years as things have changed.

As we are a combined club, each year we alternate between men and women as our Presidents, although 2020 and 2021 were badly affected by Covid restrictions, so the committee officers served in their respective positions for the two years.

Some general meetings had to be cancelled during those two years (sometimes at fairly short notice) but committee meetings continued via Zoom.  This meant that some members faced fairly steep learning curves but it meant that we could still plan for meetings and activities. Because we were not able to hold some of the general meetings, we began using our emailed Newsletter instead of the printed version.  We found that only a couple of members still required printed newsletters so have continued to become more reliant on the Internet for our communications.

Our planning for our 2020 trip had to be abandoned along with other excursions, but we are looking forward to resuming our various interest groups and arranging further excursions in  the upcoming months.