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Probus Club of Gordon Park

History

 

The Foundation Meeting was held 2nd June 1997 at Lifeline Centre, Park Avenue, Gordon, with 58 prospective members becoming Foundation Members. The meeting set the name of the club as Probus Club of Gordon Park, determined the constitution, agreed to meet on the first Monday of the month, initially at the Lifeline Centre Gordon, set the annual subscription ($25) and limited the club size to 100, exclusive of honorary or life members.

The meeting elected the following Foundation Committee: 

            President                   Michael Byrnes

            Vice-President           Clarice Bradbury

            Secretary                  Graham Lewis

            Treasurer                  Barry Thompson

            Membership              Beryl Cox & Gladys Kidd

            Outings                    Barry Hocking

            Speakers                  Bill Woods

 

Subsequently Muriel Adam and Bill Shaw were added to the committee.

92 members joined the club in the Foundation year.

Interestingly, the club name was chosen because there was already a Gordon Probus Cllub, so we became Gordon Park after the original meeting venue in Park Avenue, Gordon.

In late 1997 the Club moved the meeting place from the Baptist Church Hall, in Park Avenue to the Gordon Library meeting room in what was the former Gordon School on the Pacific Highway. 

The Club moved to the War Memorial Hall at St John’s Anglican Church in February 2007 because by then numbers attending meetings had grown to the point that the Gordon Library meeting room accommodation was inadequate. 

In June 2007, the 10th Anniversary of the Probus Club of Gordon Park was celebrated. All the available past presidents cut together a beautifully decorated cake presented by Judy Lewis.

The Club's  20th Anniversary Luncheon  was celebrated at Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club on Monday 19th June 2017.

When the 21st President, Marcia Bruce, took over in March 2017 there was still a full membership of 100 and a waiting list. What is more, of those 100 members, 25 could claim to have become members during the foundation year. There have been some wonderful speakers at the meetings over the years. The topics were of such a varied nature and the speakers so talented in their presentations that members’ knowledge has been vastly improved. In the first twenty years the Club held 341 Outings of various types, an average of 17 or more than one a month.

Trips away within Australia included:-

  •  Yulefests most years, at various locations including Jambaroo, the Blue Mountains, the Southern Highlands, Scone,   and the Victorian High Country
  •  Kangaroo Island and Murray River Tour
  •  Exploring Northern Tasmania Tour
  •  Cruise to Melbourne to attend the Melbourne Cup.

Trips away Overseas included:-

  •   2013 New Zealand Scenic Cruising
  •   2014 Hawaiian Scenic Cruise
  •   2015 East African Safari, Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar
  •   2018 Mekong River Tour.