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THE CLUB’S BEGINNINGS & HONOUR ROLL

The Hallidays Point Probus Club was formed in March 2003 under the sponsorship of the Taree-on-Manning Rotary Club and was chartered by Probus South Pacific in May 2003 with 72 Foundation Members.

The following is adapted from an address given by Foundation Member Walter Bolin to club members on 5th February 2019 and published in Hallidays Point local newsletter, News of Our World, in March 2019.

Walter Bolin, who moved to Diamond Beach in 2000, was a Foundation Member of our club. Walter’s late wife, Meryl, who was also a Foundation Member, went on to become the club’s 8th president in 2010-11. Walter spoke eloquently about the early days of the club, in particular, the events that resulted in the club’s formation.

Walter had knowledge of the Probus movement, having previously been a member of the Narrabeen Lakes and Avalon Beach clubs. He befriended another local resident in Bill Crockett, who was a member of the Taree West Probus Club, and Walter was soon travelling with Bill to meetings at Taree. On one such trip, Bill proposed that we should have a club of our own. On the next trip, Bill produced a list of 35 prospective members and it was not long before a steering group was meeting at Bill’s place. Under the sponsorship of the Taree-on-Manning Rotary Club, the club came into being in March 2003, with local resident Eileen McMullen elected its first president.

The first venue for meetings was the old Blackhead Bowling Club, the monthly preparations for which were facilitated by Allan Buckingham. This venue was available on a Tuesday and meetings have continued to he held on Tuesdays ever since. The size of the clubhouse meant that maximum membership had to be set at 80. Whilst the venue was not entirely suitable it was the club’s home for the next five years until 2008, when meetings were moved to the newly renovated surf club premises.

We’re here primarily as a result of the vision of one Bill Crockett, undoubtedly supported by Walter and those other early members of the club. (Whilst Bill has passed, his wife Evelyn, also a Foundation Member and now in her 90s, lives in nursing care in Taree).

 

CLUB HONOUR ROLL

Following are lists of Presidents, Foundation Members and Life Members of the club.

PRESIDENTS

Following is a list of the club’s presidents since its inception

 

FOUNDATION MEMBERS

The following Foundation Members remain current members of the club

 

LIFE MEMBERS

The following members have been awarded Life Memberships

2003 – 04

Eileen McMullen (dec’d)

 

Marion Blackley

 

William Crockett (dec'd)

2004 – 05

Anne-Marie Barnett

 

Walter Bolin

 

Evelyn Crockett

2005 – 06

Phil Lacaze

 

Allan Buckingham

 

Eileen McMullen (dec'd)

2006 – 07

Ray Bell

 

Bev Crisp

 

Allan Buckingham

2007 – 08

Allan Buckingham

 

Evelyn Crockett

 

Bev Crisp

2008 – 09

Mary Marshall

 

Doreen Heaps

 

Anna Hamers (dec’d)

2009 – 10

John Coster

 

Beryl Johnson

 

 

2010 – 11

Meryl Bolin (dec’d)

 

Judy Johnstone

 

 

2011 – 12

Isobel Prindable

 

Mary Marshall

 

 

2012 – 13

Bryan Paech

 

Maureen Meath

 

 

2013 – 14

John Blacklock

 

Neil Meath

 

 

2014 – 15

David Gibson

 

Beryl Wardlaw

 

 

2015 – 16

Alan Bates

 

Lois Wilson

 

 

2016 – 17

Anna Hamers (dec’d)

 

 

 

 

2017 – 18

Tony Knight

 

 

 

 

2018 – 19

Peter Hester

 

 

 

 

2019 – 20

Ian Campbell

 

 

 

 

2020 – 21

Pat Marshall

 

 

 

 

2021 – 22

Jack McDonald/Lynette Hester