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HOBSONVILLE PROBUS CLUB

ANNUAL REPORT 2021

If we thought that 2020 was unusual, whatever do we think of 2021? However, I am delighted to report that our club has weathered everything that has come along, and we are doing fine. Remember that when I first became President, I warned everyone that we would crawl before we walked? Now we are not only walking we are running (or maybe jogging). Strong membership – 100. New venue - where we can meet every month instead of having to find somewhere else in school holidays. This move has been well received by all. We have a wonderful relationship with Ryman and Waterford. Looking back, not being able to meet between August and Xmas made things almost impossible but with a great committee and our tireless newsman Graeme we kept everyone informed as we soldiered on. I thank you all. Our Xmas luncheon in November was well received as we defied some people who felt it would not happen. This was a wonderful event. Now we are in 2022 and we are meeting with some restrictions.  Waterford has told me we can hold our first quiz night when we leave the red area. Gene is waiting impatiently to get under way again. As I am standing down after two years, I can assure you all that our club is in good stead, and I thank you all for your support over my time and your support in changing the by-laws. You have a good mixture on your in-coming committee for the coming year. I will be there as Past President. I look forward to our Annual General Meeting and to our Irish celebration with more fun, fellowship, and friendship. I am sure you will not be disappointed. ­Lastly the amazing speakers who have made us sit up and think about other things. Whoever would have thought we would be enthralled by a brain on our table? Carolyn you are amazing. To all the group activity organizers you have excelled yourselves and it has been a pleasure to work with you in such trying times. Our club will keep growing. I am now signing off.    Take care.    

President John Jury

 

HOBSONVILLE PROBUS CLUB

ANNUAL REPORT 2020

This last year will go down in the history books as ‘the year of the Virus’ as well as the growth in our membership and many new friendships which have developed during these unusual times. We can look forward to further growth in this new Probus year as Hobsonville itself grows. Your committee has jelled well together. We have held monthly committee meetings even if some were by Zoom or telephone. We have had enjoyable times in setting up various subgroups – Cards, Mahjong, Crafts, Quiz, Genealogy Workshop, Outings, and keeping track of it all, our Photo Album. Unfortunately we were not able to form a Travel Group, but we will try in this new year. Lastly let us not forget all the amazing Speakers we have had. To all of those involved I thank you. Two major events have been our Mid-Winter Lunch and our first birthday which we combined with our Xmas Lunch. A great time was held by all. I look forward to the same or more of this in the coming year. Attached is a copy of our Treasurer’s Report. As you see we are in a good financial space, so we have been able to reduce our subscriptions for this coming year. This is due largely to the generous support of Ryman Healthcare, Milford Rotary and Waterford. To the incoming Committee I know you will handle any challenges which may arise. The Club is in good heart and this is due to all of you. You have made my job so much easier. In closing, don’t forget as I said at the beginning of the year ‘my door is always open’ and still is.

President John Jury