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The Grovedale Marshall Probus Club 

Guest Speakers 2024

   July 2024                

Mr. Tony Wright

Consultant and legal practitioner at Bare' Legal. Level 1/16 Malop Street, Geelong. 

Tony was admitted to practice in 1977 and his main areas of interest and practice are Wills and Estates, Commercial Law and Property Law.

Tony is passionate about passing on knowledge of Estate and Succession Planning, thus ensuring that a person's estate is passed onto their beneficiaries in the most efficient and tax effective way.


   June 2024                

Dr. Jack Ayerbe

Veterinarian and the esteemed founder of Newtown Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Jack was also a key figure in the development of the groundbreaking anti-cancer drug, Stelfonta. 

Dr. Ayerbe's presentation was filled with humour and compassion. He discussed his impressive veterinary career beginning in Ireland. His expertise and contributions to the field of veterinary medicine have earned him recognition as a published author and a well-known radio personality.


   May 2024                


John Wickham

Retired Carpenter and Joiner

Click here to see his work



John gave a thoroughly entertaining and informative presentation and brought along some of his incredible models made entirely of wood.  His amazing ability to miniaturize an array of tractors, trains and cars in wood was to be seen to be believed. His ability to overcome a disability at the same time was an inspiration. 


   April 2024                


Kristy Kayler-Thomson

Managing Director

Nurse Next Door Home Care Services.  


Kristy told us about her passion for delivering in home care differently in our local community and making it possible for older Australians and those living with a disability to remain in their own home. Keeping them connected with family, friends and community, for as long as they choose. 


   February 2024                


Carole O'Neill

Past President of Bellarine Birdlife

Carole O'Neill's presentation was richly illustrated with photographs of the birdlife of the Bellarine Peninsula and beyond. She introduced us to the richness of our local bird communities across the diverse ecosystems of our region with the aim of broadening our knowledge of Bellarine birds.


Guest Speakers 2023



   October 2023                


Lawrence Glynn

Vice President

Grovedale Marshall Probus Club

Lawrence discussed the most recent Victorian road rule changes (and many misunderstood rules) and concluded with a VicRoads knowledge quiz. The members had some fun answering the questions and only 2 questions were marked incorrect. 


   September 2023                


Michelle Winckle and Ron Rounds


Hayeswinckle Real Estate.

We were pleased to welcome guest speakers Michelle Winckle and Ron Rounds from Hayeswinckle Real Estate The subject of their presentation was downsizing/selling your property and included consideration of alternatives to downsizing such as converting to dual occupancy, reverse mortgages and subletting.



   August 2023                


     Francis Trainor

  Andrew Love Cancer                 Centre 


The Andrew Love Cancer Centre has (since 1992) provided state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and highly skilled health professionals who provide personalised treatment and care including Chemotherapy, haematology and radiotherapy services.




   July 2023                


     Gabby Porter-Ryan   and Barbara Richardson

Estia Health Grovedale

The ladies informed us about “What's involved with Aged Care and demystifying the process" plus what was available in the community for those requiring emergency care, short-term respite care, long-term care, dementia care and palliative care.




   June 2023                


      Merv Poyner  

  Grovedale Marshall         Probus Club Trip's   Organiser

Merv gave the members a very interesting presentation including a great collection of photos taken by Carmel Sanderson and Merv, showing the highlights of the recent tour of Tasmania undertaken by many of our members. 




   May 2023                


       Elaine Munro  

    Business owner of        Munro's on Garden

Elaine (with the help of her daughter-in-law Claire) shared her passion for providing vital retail services to the community and engagement with customers on a personal level with their “kindness cards” and Christmas newsletters. Their retail premises are at 78A Garden St, Geelong VIC 3220 



   April 2023                


  Libby Coker MP

 Member of the House of    Representatives since        2019, representing the      Victorian seat of              Corangamite.

Libby described her early days as a high school teacher, where she was awarded the Victorian Government media in education award. Her career then included Mayor of the Surf Coast Shire Council, Cadet journalist at the Geelong Advertiser, Communications consultant and Communications/PR Manager at the Department of Education (Vic.)



   February 2023


Raechell Gleeson

Representing Lifeline Geelong and Southwest Victoria

Raechel Gleeson, the Business Development & Events Lead for Lifeline gave the members a very interesting talk about the important role that Lifeline plays in providing support to those in crisis, plus counselling and education. We were made aware of the significant local presence Lifeline enjoys here in Geelong and Southwest Victoria. 

Guest Speakers 2022




   November 2022



Kristen Howard

Occupational Therapist


Kristen was extremely knowledgable about adaptive and assistive devices to help seniors to remain as self-reliant and independent as possible in their own homes.

This involved determining what daily living aids, gadgets, and durable medical equipment can help in the quest for succesful aging.



   October 2022


Genevieve Cooper

Convener at LG Pro

Social Infrastructure Planning Special Interest Group

Her expert knowledge and active involvement with the planning and construction of the Armstrong Creek Town Centre Library & Community Hub has ensured that this facility will be much appreciated, admired and used by the residents of the ever-growing Armstrong Creek growth area.



   September 2022


Libby Mears.   

CEO of Leisure Networks. Chairperson of the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority and formerly Mayor of the Surf Coast Shire.  


Libby discussed her remarkable career and involvement in helping a diversity of people (e.g. of different ages, cultural backgrounds, genders) feel valued and respected and have access to opportunities and resources.



   August 2022


Garth Wesson

 Representing the Country Fire Authority


For sharing his knowledge and advice on home safety, the main causes of fire in the home and what precautions can be taken to prevent these unfortunate incidents



   June 2022


Acting Sergeant               Isaac Cropley

    Waurn Ponds Police                  Station.


He shared his knowledge and advice of the many areas of concern to senior citizens regarding their safety. 



   May 2022



Dr. Katie Milbourne



Reaching our health goals involves management of our conditions both in the treatment room and in day-to-day life with exercise and advice.



   April 2022



Bernard Kelly



How to live a stimulating and rewarding retirement


Guest Speakers 2021




  August 2021



Lorraine Smith



Research into the origins of a sixteenth century manuscript found in her Warnambool bookshop.



  May 2021



Brigitta Hodgetts



The benefits of “Medi Alarms”.



  April 2021



Eric Faulkner



Stories of the Royal Mail Ship Titanic – The Sinking.


Guest Speakers from prior years



   November 2015


"Life Be In It" Director General Dr. Colin Benjamin

Ben Wright thanking Dr Colin Benjamin for his ‘Life. Be in it’ presentation

See Norm with Geelong Probus members Maureen Zampatti, Robert Palmer and Margaret Robinson. Please click here to read the story in the Geelong Independant