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Payneham Probus Club: News


Announced at our November 2019 Meeting

Member Libby KOSMALA has been inducted into the South Australian Sport Hall of Fame. A Wikipedia link is here.

Probus Information Day 2018

President Rodney Harrison and Treasurer Graham Brown attended the Probus Information Day on 29th May, hosted by the Westlakes Combined Probus Club. Thanks are due to the Westlakes Club for the organisation and catering of the event.

Facilitated by PSPL CEO Silvana Martignago, discussion focussed on the structure and role pf PSPL with time also allocated to membership issues.

Of benefit was the opportunity to make personal contact with members of other clubs and to forge links which we hope will be useful to all parties including our own Club.

Donation from the Rotary Club of St Peters

The Payneham Probus Club acknowledges with thanks the Rotary Club of St Peters' generous donation of a new sound/PA system for our club's use. The new equipment was commissioned for our June meeting.

The system is a great enhancement for our meetings and members formally acknowledged the Rotary Club of St Peters gesture.


Probus Information Day 2017

Four members of the Payneham Combined Probus Club committee attended the Probus Information Day held at West Lakes on 22nd February. 

The programmme covered all aspects of running a Probus Club and also facilitated the exchange of ideas and experiences in "breakout sessions" for club officers. It was a great networking opportunity for all and much useful information was gained.

Thanks are due to the Westlakes Combined Probus Club for hosting the event and to PSPL and  RDPCs  Margaret Robinson, Barry Pryor and David Simpson for their contribution to the events of the day.

Thanks also to our Payneham Combined Probus Club for sponsoring the attendance of Graham and Pat Brown, and Rodney and Joyke Harrison to this event.


Don Looker Awarded Legion of Honour

On Friday 30 September, ten South Australian World War II veterans were bestowed with the insignia of the Légion d’honneur by His Excellency, Mr Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia, and Director of Veterans SA, Rob Manton, at a ceremony held in the Adelaide Town Hall.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Second World War, the French Republic has decided to honour veterans who fought for the liberation of France by awarding them to the rank of Chevalier in the Legion of Honour.

The French Legion of Honour is an order of distinction first established by Napoleon Bonaparte in May 1802. It is the highest decoration bestowed in France and recognises distinguished services for France.

The following veterans were honoured on 30 September 2016:

Mr. Ralph ASTON , Mr. Leonard, Pendrell BENCE, Mr. Clarence BRUHN,  Derek DAWSON, Mr. Clive HILL,

Mr. Lewis, David LEICESTER, Mr. Cecil, David MATTINGLEY, Mr. Ernest, John MILDE, Mr. Colin, Hugh WATT,

Mr. Donald, Sydney LOOKER
Date enlisted:  20.06.1942
Place enlisted:  Adelaide
Discharge date:  01.10.1945
Rank on discharge: Flying Officer
Role: Wireless operator in Lancaster bomber
Mr. Donald Looker joined the RAAF in 1942 and served in the 115 squadron. Mr Looker completed 38 missions over Europe.

The French Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Christophe Lecourtier Presents Don With His Award

The French Ambassador, His Excellency, Mr Christophe Lecourtier presents Don with his award 

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