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Previous Guest Speakers

3rd April - Dr James Lergessner - Ageing Down Under: Is 70 the New 50?

Dr James G. Lergessner is one of Queensland’s most distinguished historians, biographers and memoir writers. Formerly a university professor of education and an academic consultant within Australia and Canada, James is also a passionate observer and recorder of life and events in Brisbane. He has published twenty-four books – fiction and non-fiction - related to early Queensland. He says his presentation to our Club will be humorous and appropriate to our membership, that we will all go away “pumped” for the interesting senior years ahead. He adds that there will be nothing negative like medical issues spoken about during his presentation.

5th February 2024: Shae Miller. Topic: MyCare, MyChoices


6th November, 2023: Kate Richards. Topic: A Female Construction Management Expert in a Man's World


4th October, 2023: Milly Blakely: Topic: Music in Silent Movies. Milly, who came to Australia in 1965, will be talking about her father’s life as a musician in the US.


Monday 4th September - Mark and Wilna from the Cross River Rail Project

Kaye introduced our guest speakers from The Experience Centre of Cross River Rail, Mark and Wilna. Mark gave a very informative overview of the Cross River Rail Project with visuals and answered questions which were many and varied. The project is expected to be finished in 2025 and operational in 2026. This lead in time will allow security and fire systems to be thoroughly checked before opening to the Public.

A Vote of thanks was given by Darryl Rossberg.

For additional information check out the Cross River Rail webste:

A great experience for the whole family (lots of activities for the young and the young of heart) is to visit the Cross River Rail Experience Centre. For details visit: 

Monday 7th August 2023 - Bec O’Connell, Manager BOQ Kenmore

Topic: Scam awareness.

BOQ Kenmore is headed up by Owner-Manager Bec O’Connell who has owned and operated the business for the past 5 years. Bec works alongside a dedicated, long-serving team that many of you may know Jenny, Katherine, Kym & Grant who between them have over 100 years of banking experience to support the banking needs of the Kenmore community. The team at BOQ Kenmore has grown welcoming Peta, Anita & Byron over the past 12 months. They are close knit team who genuinely care about creating long-term relationships with their customers. Not just passionate about banking, Bec and her team created the idea to share their knowledge around how to protect yourself as a direct impact of more and more of their clients being the victims of fraud. The opportunity to present their Scam Awareness Presentation to the members is a way to share their knowledge, inform and support more members of the community.

Monday 12th June - Brad McGregor

Clinical and Operations Manager, UQHealthy Living (for Seniors) - Topic: STRENGTH TRAINING AND THE OLDER ADULT: HOW TO IMPROVE FUNCTION & BUILD BONE MASS

8th May 2023 - Robyn Gattera

Regional Coordinator (South) and Team Leader (Corinda Library). Robyn has worked for Brisbane City Council libraries for over 30 years. She has worked in a variety of different role including Team Leader, First 5 Forever Outreach Officer and her most recent role as Regional Coordinator, South Region.

Topic: Brisbane Libraries – a place to discover new worlds, learn new skills and enjoy social connection.

6th February 2023 - Paul Hobbs

Paul Hobbs is Business Development and Operations Manager for Meals on Wheels North West. 

The objective of Paul’s presentation to the Probus Club of Kenmore Gardens was to focus on the critical role home delivered meal services plays in supporting older Australians to live independently.

  • Most older Australians aspire to lead independent lives in their own home
  • Home delivered meal services help older Australians achieve independent living
  • Understanding the options may be useful for Probus Club members in supporting friends or family who have such needs
  • Some Probus Club members may wish to consider volunteering

Paul provided us with sample muffins cooked by the Meals On Wheels Chef. These were well received and delicious.

Meals On Wheels North West website:

If you would like to volunteer, phone 3354 3919 or apply online:

7th November 2022 - Philip Castle

 Philip Castle, is an Historian and his topic is The Stinson.

Philip in the middle of his talk. Our own retired pilot, Bob, thanking Philip.

10th October 2022 - Greg McGahan

Greg has a Masters in Mental Health Nursing and qualifications in Health Management. He has worked extensively in mental health  for over 25 years. He has managed Adolescent Mental Health units in Queensland and has also had project and policy roles focusing on mental health. For the past 7 years he has been planning commissioning and managing Mater Young Adult Health Centre Brisbane which provides a range of health, mental health, restorative justice, alcohol and other drug services to young people aged 16-25. Greg also manages Maters mental health services and has been key in planning Maters newest service - Catherine’s House for Mothers, Babies and Families, due to open in early 2023.

Greg McGahan, Head of Adolescent Health at the Mater, spoke on Youth Health and Care

5th September 2022 - Rod Preston