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New member: Susan Beanland

We welcomed our new inductee Susan Beanland.

Our President Pete presented Susan with the Somers Combined Probus Club welcome packs


July Speaker: Bob Chynoweth

“Politicians I have loved” was the topic Bart had asked local retired federal politician Bob Chynoweth to address. Bob then declared that whilst there had been a number of politicians he had admired, there were none he had loved. However, on reflection, he decided that there had been one – himself – so he gave us a fascinating insight into the life of a politician in hothouse Canberra.

He had grown up with little interest in politics, and decided he wanted to be an aircraft mechanic in the RAAF. This didn’t eventuate, so he trained as a fitter and turner then spent some years working his way around Australia. One job was at a highly secure huge listening station outside Darwin. This was to alert us to any external threats, but he was somewhat bemused to find it shut during weekends! Another unusual employer was a leprosarium. 

He finally returned to Melbourne and a change in occupation. He became involved in the manufacture and sale of office and later computer equipment. At this time he was associated with Lysaghts and observed a six-week strike where workers demanded safety equipment which was denied. This prompted his interest in politics, and he became active in the ALP, joining the Frankston Branch, where he became chairman in 1982. He was later asked to stand for election in what was regarded as a safe Liberal seat. His business at that time was going very well, and he only agreed when assured he wouldn’t win.

However, after numerous intrigues he was finally elected to Federal Parliament. Some early reminiscences included meeting at the ALP headquarters in Sydney which happened to be in a well-known Chinese restaurant, and an incident when a car jack was thrown through the window of an ALP member’s office, and later the thrower returned to reclaim his jack! 

He started as an MP in Old Parliament House where everything was friendly and open, and there was excellent connectedness between members of all parties. Whilst there was a certain amount of aggression in the House, when not sitting members often worked together. The new parliament house, on the other hand, was a cold place with everything kept separate, which has led, he believes, to the current lack of cooperation and the huge growth in nastiness.

In his ten years in parliament (ending in 1990), amongst his many accomplishments, was an active interest in protecting the environment, where he had a number of successes in Australia and internationally. In retirement he is still involved in this field.


 Many thanks to Jeremy Grant for these notes.





May's Speaker: Peter Dodds

By a delightful coincidence, our speaker this month, Peter Dodds, amongst many other things presents a regular classic music programme on station 3MBS, and in the audience was guest Peter Mahler who is Vice Chairman of the MBS board. The two met for the first time!

At a relatively young age Peter developed a strong interest in the arts in general, and in particular the theatre. Indeed, at one stage he had acting ambitions, but this soon developed into activities behind the scenes. He joined the Melbourne Youth Theatre both front and back-stage, and interest really fired up, completed a degree at Swinburne Film & TV School. He then joined the ABC in the Production Department and participated in an excellent training course developed by the BBC, now sadly discontinued.

He then started producing series for TV including GP, House Rules, Fast Lane, and as a freelancer, Home and Away, Country Practice and most famously Neighbours. For Country Practice for Chanel 7, he and his family moved to Sydney for five years. This was perhaps his most satisfying period as at that time considerable resources were available to ensure all details in programmes were true to life, with, for example, medical experts permanently on hand. 

He then returned to Melbourne and spent 13 years producing 240 episodes per year of Neighbours. The huge success of this series is well known, and it was sold to over 40 other countries – there were more viewers in the UK than in Australia. However, not all overseas sales were quite as successful. Probably just to add to the number of overseas buyers, the agents sold one year’s series to Burkina Fasso at a “bargain price”. Later when there seemed to have been no broadcast of the series there, it was established the broadcaster had deleted all the material and used the tapes as a cheap source for their own recording!

Apart from the activities in Melbourne, at the request of World Vision, the latter’s activities in Kenya were incorporated into the ongoing story, and two weeks of production was undertaken there. The world-wide success of Neighbours is well known, and on one occasion a senior executive of the organisation was talking to the Queen who asked her what she did. She mentioned her connection with an Australian TV show Neighbours and H M started to sing the Neighbours theme song! Such is fame.

After many years as a “doer” Peter turned to teaching to pass on his myriad skills to the next generation, and in retirement he has turned to his other passion – classical music – as mentioned above. The session was enlivened by a series of interesting questions from members. Unfortunately, I was too busy taking notes to ask him where I could access Neighbours episodes.

Many thanks to Jeremy Grant for these notes.


New members

We welcomed our new inductees Dennis and Veronica Paskins.

Our President Pete presented their Somers Combined Probus Club welcome packs.


Cyclists say Thank You

On Tuesday 27th April the bike group held a ‘thank you’ get together for Lottie and Dennis Aylward.

Dennis has been leading cycling activities for Somers Probus for many years with Lottie bringing up the rear as trusted whip.

Most of the regular cyclists were able to attend and enjoyed being together and reminiscing about some of the great rides. Just to mention a few there was South Australia in 2013 cycling the Barossa, The river Torrens into Adelaide and Victor Harbour.

Some other rides that came to mind were the City Circle; Woori Yallock /Warburton; Frankston/Baxter rail trail; Williamstown/Altona; Kilkunda/Wonthaggi; Redhill rail trail; Patterson River/Jells Park; Phillip Island and Port Phillip Bay.

Thank you, Lottie and Dennis for dedicated service, hard work and ever-present humour.



April’s Speaker: Jackie Hartnell

“Life, Love, Legacies” is the title of a book written by Jackie Hartnell and was basically the theme of her talk to us today. She believes everyone has a life story, and this should be recorded for the benefit of our descendants but should have a theme. Also, as one writes, often long forgotten memories surface. Apart from general historical interest, this information can often provide a valuable insight into inherited characteristics.

She was the youngest of four daughters of a philandering and wastrel father and a mother who was left to provide for the family. Her mother was continuously stressed, lacked natural warmth and made

Jackie felt that she was not loved. It was only when her daughter died in horrific circumstances in a bushfire that she was able to gain an understanding of her own mother’s feelings towards her.

Life must never have been boring. She left school and became an electrical engineering apprentice (perhaps the attraction of this career choice was the 300 male apprentices for the 7 females!) Early relationships seem to have been influenced by her need for love, and an early engagement was broken off when her expensive engagement ring was crushed in an accident – she felt this was a “sign”. Later she worked as an au-pair in Paris and formed a lifelong love affair with Paris (& France) – her mother came originally from France.

Whilst she grew up in England, with time in France, she fell in love with Australia on a visit and has been here ever since. Then in her not always wise search for love, she married and had two wonderful children, but her husband left the family, and subsequently changed sex. Finally in 1969 she met and married Ian, who at last proved to be the love of her life and the ideal husband. However, he was 17 years older and sadly died after 28 years of wonderful marriage, leaving Jackie to undertake many adventures and produce several books recording her activities.

Many thanks to Jeremy Grant for these notes.


New Members

Our president welcomed our newest members David Andrewes and Jo Roberts in our April meeting. 

Welcome to Somers Combined Probus Club David and Jo.



Bright at Last

From Pat Pringle

We were all looking forward to getting out there and visiting regional Victoria after our postponed trip from March 2020.  

Barry (with help from Di I’m sure) and Bright delivered - accommodation, weather, meals and activities. 

 We set off in drizzle but this didn’t dampen our enthusiasm and at our coffee break in Yea we bumped into many fellow Somers travellers.  Fed and watered (but unfortunately chipless Clare B) we set off and passed lines of vehicles who were returning back after their long weekend away - so lucky to be retirees and able to holiday midweek.

There are so many lovely walks around Bright and the Ovens River, coffee and lunch spots, retail therapy of course (a few ladies sporting newly purchased outfits as you do when on holiday especially), cycling along rail trails, golf and all these activities were suggested on our itinerary.

We dined as a group at the Bright Brewery and the Wandi Pub - two great venues.  A visit to a fascinating Moroccan flavoured cafe in Myrtleford was also a highlight.

We visited as a group the Red Stag deer farm where we had the biggest yummy scones you can imagine and the owner gave a potted and humorous history including the healing qualities of emu oil and deer horn.  We await some of our groups results with interest!  The stags, goats, emus, ostrich put on a good show especially when offered grain from a bucket.  We were warned not to bend down as that is a sign to the stag that we were challenging them.  No one tried to disprove that advice!

Barry twisted the owner’s arm at Nightingales cidery into giving a tasting (promised pre-COVID but halted because of physical distancing etc) but I’m sure it increased their sales immensely!  There were many other wares and produce on offer and a wide range of apples.  

A trip to Mt Buffalo (not a group activity) was fantastic!  Amazing views, challenges on the glass floor lookout, and a look at the Chalet currently being renovated.  Attached photos will attest.

Happy Hours lived up to the name in the communal Skydeck at Big4 and then we were entertained on the games night.  An hilarious and very cleverly devised trivia + noughts and crosses, frisby and bowling event.  Peter and Darryl as leaders revved their teams up and everyone had a good laugh.

We will all have our own experiences of impromptu gatherings after dinner at a rotunda or other’s units but we were all aware of curfew hours even though noise levels may have exceeded limits - especially on the games night!  Cyclists and golfers will have their own stories although they might not share - what happened in Bright stays in Bright as they say!

Thank you again Barry (and Di!)

Looking forward to a repeat at Metung! 

The Bright Photo Gallery

The above photos are from Clare Baldwin

The ones below are from Steph Schwarz

From left to right,

Row 1. Mt Buffalo Chalet: Specctacular scenery, Mt Buffalo: A "deer" fellow

Row 2. Split Rock, Mt Buffalo: Friends at the deer farm: Majestic views  

Row 3 Seen by friends in Traralgon driving home

And finally, these photos from Sue Mansie  Bright_photo_1.pdf


Great reminders of a fabulous trip!


April - the coronavirus era.

Dear friends,

We are currently living in extremely difficult times, not experienced since the Great Depression and World War Two which many of our parents had to endure.

With "social distancing", for those of us who are living alone it is a particularly tough time. But we Somers Probians are a caring community and you are NOT alone.
Your committee members are only a phone call or email away so if you are unable or do not wish to leave your home and require shopping, medicine or other items please call me or any other committee member and we will cater for your needs.

Red Hill Probus have kindly allowed us to use some ideas and suggested activities from their latest newsletter which may help us to stay connected and amused.

If any of you have suggestions or ideas to improve this then please inform me or your Management Committee.
Please remember we are all in this together and by keeping in touch you are not alone.

Keep well, keep safe. We look forward to our next General meeting and other activities ....... eventually!

Warmest regards to all
President Peter Witnish

March AGM

The outgoing President Di Price thanked several members, including retiring secretary Marg Tilleard and the wonderful morning tea organisers for their service to the committeee.

Stephen Tey thanked Di for her work this year


The incoming President, Peter Witnish


The new committee


And so to lunch at the Heritage - thanks to Chris Thomson for her organisation!

March outing to the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne

On a beautiful sunny autumn day a group of 8 members enjoyed the wonderful gardens hosted by two excellent guides as the group was split into two, making it an informative 90 minute tour. Thanks to Marg Harwood for her organisation.

       Pat, Jenny, Marg & Sue with their guide Jill.                   One group with their guide. 


   Clare, Clare, Peter & Chris in the Fern Gully Walk


        Jenny, Sue, Clare, Chris, Peter, Pat, Marg                                              Lotus Flower



February Speaker 

 Lisa Tuck - The Australian Garden History Society

Our culture came this month with a “horti” in front of it – our speaker was Lisa Tuck, National Executive Officer of The Australian Garden History Society. The Society was founded 40 years ago (birthday celebrations are currently being planned) with the aim of promoting awareness and conservation of significant gardens and cultural landscapes through engagement, research, advocacy and activities. Whilst Lisa is now a resident of Somers (with connection going way back), she lived for many years in Ballarat in an 1850s vintage house on a double block with a heritage garden. This generated her interest in classic gardens, membership of the AGH Society, active participation in its activities, and two years ago she became the sole permanent employee of the Society. Her role is management of a wide variety of activities carried out by member volunteers or paid contractors. There are approximately 1,500 members spread through 8 regional branches, with Head Office in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens. They work closely with The National Trust, and seek to preserve and publicise historic gardens through advocacy, grants and working bees. Funding is by membership subscriptions and donations, and grants. Members receive a very professional journal quarterly, enjoy meetings with specialist speakers and guided tours. Just one example of their advocacy activities involved the avenues of honour at Pt. Lonsdale.   It was planned to replace the ageing cyprus trees making up this historic avenue with gum trees. Whilst the aim was to favour native trees, the avenue had historic significance and the authorities were persuaded to replant more cypruses. Lisa showed photos of fascinating gardens, often surrounding wonderful National Trust houses, some of which we’d heard of, but many a tantalising unknown.

Jeremy Grant

Lisa Tuck


Barbeque lunch at Coolart


 The traditional sausage sizzle was again superbly organised by Chris and Peter Thomson


The cooks


The Lunchers

The Watcher


End of year Christmas lunch

The 2019 Christmas lunch was held this year at the Somers Yacht Club, organised by Chris Thompson and a large team of helpers.  And this year, the word "organised" took on a whole new meaning, with the original plans having to be changed due to illness, an alternative plan considered and finally a third option decided on requiring yet more organisation.  Chris stayed calm throughout (did she really, Peter???) and we all agreed that it was a fabulous function.   Many thanks to all the helpers, from the setting up team, the makers of the yummy cheese biscuits, helpers on the day, and of course, the clean up team.  And to all for the great Kris Kringle gifts!

Book group Christmas lunch

The Bookgroup Christmas lunch for 2019 was held at Leonie Holmgren's lovely home.  Fabulous hospitality, food and drink and a very exciting year coming up in 2020!  Although there is a slight possibility of bias, we all agreed that this is one of the best bookgoups ever!


Stephen Brown hosted the November wine Appreciation Group, with a tasting of wines from Merricks estate.  An educational (and merry) time was had by all!



 No, not the Flinders MP, whose job as Federal Minister for Health means he’s a bit busy for the job of Executive Officer of the Westernport Biosphere, but rather the Greg Hunt whom many in the region will know as the previous Executive Officer of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance was our speaker today. He spoke to us passionately about global warming, then the Westernport Biosphere project.

 In his previous role, working with the CSIRO he was looking at how climate change would impact the five council areas which formed the alliance – physical and social impact, but particularly economic impact (it’s going to cost us!). We have seen these things already happening –more intense and more bushfires, more heat waves affecting vulnerable infants and us (the elderly), substantially less rain feeding our reservoirs, but more intense rainfalls causing flooding, rising sea levels but also increasingly damaging storm surges. Climate change is an indisputable fact, but some insist in denying human contribution. However, whatever the cause, we must plan to deal with the social and economic costs. Insurance premiums will rise at an ever increasing rate; who pays when houses fall into the sea?; drought relief etc, etc! Unfortunately, the whole matter has become political, and we totally lack a bi-partisan approach to the problems, but we can all try to reduce our own impact on the environment.

 The Westernport region has world-wide environmental significance, and is a UN recognised Ramsar site. Greg’s team doesn’t lobby, but produces scientific assessments, which hopefully ensure that those who make the decisions base them on facts, not predjudices. It is a clearing house of information, a facilitator, regional collaborator and works with local communities. Is it too late?

Thanks to Jeremy Grant for these notes


2019 Beacom Cup

The major golfing event for the club, the competition for the Beacom Cup, was held this month. The competition is for teams of four played over nine holes. It was very well supported with eight teams competing. The winners were the team led by Barb  Plaisted with Denise Kempster, Dennis Aylward and Bill Murray. They had a great round in perfect weather and are now the worthy holders of the Beacom Cup.

The putting competition was a hard fought and exciting duel with Rob Bartholomew sinking a superb hole in one on practically the last shot of the contest to win the prestigious Golden Putter.

Our heartfelt thanks to Alan Harwood whose unique skill in setting handicaps, verifying scores and calculating final totals kept us all honest.

Peter Cole




Adelaide trip A glorious gaggle of members headed to Adelaide in October.  Below are some of the photographs that passed the censor.  Clearly, a great time was had by all!


New Members

Jadzia and Alan Rae were introduced by Steph Schwarz, and welcomed by Di Price at the October meeeting.


October speaker:  Theresa Gillespie, Peninsula Health Advanced Care Planning Service

 Recent sad experiences have prompted more and more of us to consider what may happen to us if we suffer some debilitating condition and are unable to communicate adequately. Theresa Gillespie, a nurse with Peninsula Health Advanced Care Planning Service provided us with excellent guidelines.

 Problems arise when we suffer some serious health challenge, and are unable to make sound decisions about treatment, or indeed are unable to communicate adequately to provide necessary information or ask relevant questions. We all should have prepared Enduring Medical Powers of Attorney, but whilst this gives the nominated person legal authority to act on our behalf, they may have insufficient information to act in our best interests. In fact, if we don’t have a Medical PA, and decisions have to be made on our behalf, someone who knows nothing about us may be appointed by the Office of the Public Advocate.

 So whilst we are still well and our health is stable we should record any health issues and carefully consider what treatment we would want or not want, to the ultimate if we didn’t want to be resuscitated to a semi-vegetative state. These are very complex questions, and Theresa’s (and many others throughout the country) Service assists people make proper plans. A comprehensive form can be downloaded, but preferably a free in-depth interview with Theresa or one of her cohorts will ensure the best outcome. Once an Advanced Care Directive is prepared, it must be reviewed by the patient’s doctor to validate it. It is advisable to lodge copies with family members, doctor and local hospitals. These should be regularly updated on the MyCare website. And specifically, as this has only been covered by legislation since early 2018, any similar directives before then are not legally binding or supported and should be prepared anew in accordance with legal requirements.    

 Thanks to Jeremy Grant for these notes



Silo Art Trail

Some members of the Somers Combined Probus Group joined the Balnarring Women's Probus Group for their Silo art trip.    This very regal photo was was taken in Boort  - Nero presiding, perhaps?



September Speakers: Lynne Emblin, President, and Leonie Marshall, Secretary respectively of the Mornington Peninsula Family History Society

Lynne and Leonie spoke to us about family history and how to discover it. (It should be mentioned that a select group of us are members of our Combined Probus Family History Group, and have had the pleasure of a visit to the Society’s office in Frankston.) The Society has been operating for 41 years, and has built up a comprehensive library of information. Apart from a huge collection of books, there is also a vast collection of other material in hard copy, but also they subscribe to a wide range of international web-sites such as

Lynne then gave us a fascinating insight into how she had researched some of her own family’s history, and some of the surprises (be warned!). One example was her husband’s great- great- grandfather’s will, in which a substantial portion of his estate had been left to his “faithful servant, Eliza.” Hmm. Another portion of the estate was left to one of his sons, but in the control of the son’s wife. Many more titbits showed that family history can be very enlightening andentertaining.

The podium was then taken by Leonie, who described how she had been shanghaied into working as a volunteer every Wednesday for twelve years at the Public Records Office. This was much more than sorting and filing dusty records, and they were deeply involved in assisting the public in their research – sometimes with amusing outcomes. Leonie had spent some time seeking to clarify a reference to a “covalist”. Extensive research revealed the existence in Eastern Europe of an ancient stringed instrument a Coval. However, further digging eventually revealed there had been a typographical error, and it was actually a “vocalist”!

Never a dull moment! 

 (Thanks to Jeremy Grant for these notes)


Welcome to our newest members Doug Laing and Helen May, introduced by Michael Pringle and JillAlbertini, introduced by Jenny Ferguson and inducted into the club by President Diane Priceat the August meeting.


SPEAKERS:  Mornington Peninsula Shire Council CEO John Baker and Jo Bradshaw, Aged & Disability Services Manager

On a totally miserable day with driving rain, winds to 45 knots and the wind chill temperature minus 4.4°, our main speaker, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council CEO John Baker, was delayed by the challenging conditions. So, until he arrived, Jo Bradshaw, Aged & Disability Services Manager, spoke about the many services we may need sooner or later. A committee of older people has been formed to advise the Council on matters affecting the aged, and the Council liaises with NGOs which provide complimentary services.

John then arrived and spoke on other Council issues. From the UK, his background was firstly as a social worker, then as a consultant on the structure of local councils. When interviewed for the CEO position, he was asked what would be his plans for the first 90 days, and very reassuringly his response was that he would take that time to listen and learn. Respect for people is very important, and he believes the current structure is Council focussed, rather than community focussed, and he is working to change this.

 He then spoke of the major challenges facing the Shire. The Shire’s obvious advantages unfortunately create major disadvantages. Last year there were 6.3 million visitors to the peninsula, putting great pressure on the infrastructure. Planning is another sensitive subject, particularly as the State Government categorises the Peninsula as part of metropolitan Melbourne, and he is working very hard but subtly to bring about change. In particular, he wants acknowledgement, that the “Green Wedge” is sacrosanct.

 Another problem being tackled is the lack of public transport on the Peninsula – we are the second worst municipality in Victoria. It has been estimated the introduction of an integrated bus service on the Peninsula would cost $20 million, but the Government has not been persuaded to fund this, but has spent an estimated $120 million on a road interchange!


Thanks to Jeremy Grant for these notes



New members inducted in July

Welcome to our newest members, Carlene (Nanks) and Peter Tovey

July speaker:  Author Phillip Gray

Most of us have heard of William Buckley. Today, author Phillip Gray enlightened us and filled in many of the gaps. He has written a book on the subject, “From Dreamtime to Armageddon”, and his talk was nicely timed for NAIDOC Week. Phillip has done a lot of research, and quotes extensively from Buckley’s own reminiscences.

Buckley was born in1780 in Macclesfield in the UK, and by the age of 19 was 6’4’’ (193cm), which probably later saved his life. He was wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, later with mates stole a bolt of cloth and was sentenced to seven years transportation. In 1802 he arrived in Sorrento at the newly established convict settlement, which was abandoned after several months because of lack of fresh water, and poor sandy soil.  Conditions were extremely harsh, and Buckley and five others decided to escape and make their way north-east to Sydney. They had no compass, but knew that the shore of Port Phillip at that point pointed roughly in that direction, so followed the shore. With typical Victorian weather, conditions were continually overcast with no sun sightings to guide them, so they just kept following the bay and ended up at Swan Bay in Queenscliff. By this stage three members had fallen by the wayside, then they were confronted by natives who appeared unfriendly. Shots were fired, the aboriginal leader was killed, the other two disappeared, but when Buckley later appeared, because of his stature, he was thought to be the reincarnation of their chief, and subsequently treated accordingly.

Unfortunately we learned little of his life with the aborigines, but 33 years later he came across John Batman as Melbourne was being founded, and returned to life with the white people, sometimes helping with negotiations with the aboriginal people.


Thanks to Jeremy Grant for these notes.


New members inducted in June 
Welcome to our newest members, Di Greaves(welcome back!), Joe Schemansky and Barbie Wilson

June Speaker: David Andrewes - Neuropsychologist

Professor David Andrewes of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre in the University of Melbourne spoke to us on “The Curious Brain Relationship between Intention and Aggressive Behaviour”. A fascinating topic, and rather different from what we are mostly accustomed to! 

There has been much study of brain function, but one particular aspect seems to have been prompted by an apparently unprovoked head-butt televised in an international soccer match. Extensive research has traced how the brain processes information it receives from external sources (e.g. sight, sound, touch or smell), which parts of the brain are involved, and how long it takes to generate a response. However, it seems the body is also programmed to shortcut this “route” in emergencies – probably developed from primitive times as a form of self-protection. In emergencies the adrenaline kicks in and the “Fight, Flight or Freeze” reactions start before the person is actually conscious of the threat.

Other aspects of brain activity influence emotional reaction, and this can vary considerably from person to person. Some are low in empathy and lack emotion, whilst others are emotionally over-reactive which can lead to a lack of control over their actions. These characteristics are inherent, but can be affected by brain trauma or drugs. People with a history of violent or impulsive crime have their brain inhibitors diminished or gone. Violence is closely linked to testosterone levels, which is why males are generally more violent than females. Some progress has been made in controlling testosterone levels, and hence behaviour.   

A most enlightening talk – I hope our brains were not too challenged!

Thanks to Jeremy Grant for these notes

May Speaker -  Steve Robinson RACV

Road Safety for Seniors – a very appropriate topic for our members! RACV presenter Steve Robinson gave a rather more serious talk today than we are perhaps used to, but one we cannot afford to ignore. A wide range of relevant topics were covered, and some disturbing statistics were revealed. Perhaps the most important consideration is our health – it’s no surprise that our fitness deteriorates as we age, but the fact that we are 5 times frailer at 80 as at 50 was a little disturbing. We must remain conscious that this affects our driving ability, but also means in the event of a road accident we are more likely to be injured, and more seriously injured. To maintain our health, most of us take medications, and it is vital that we discuss with our GP the likely effect on our driving ability of the collection, both prescription and otherwise, that our medications can have.

On road safety in general, Steve pointed out that built-in safety design in cars has improved significantly in recent years, and suggested we should aim for the latest! To ascertain the safety rating of different vehicles check on– 5 stars is the aim. With most cars there are blind spots missed by internal and external mirrors – we need to physically turn from the waist to check for obstacles when pulling out, overtaking or turning, though new technology can perhaps replace this.

For many our health may deteriorate and affect our driving ability. Steve spoke firstly of various modifications which can be made to vehicles to enable drivers with some physical problems to continue driving safely and legally. If we reach the stage when we can no longer drive, he listed alternatives including taxis, family and friends, car sharing, public transport and walking – contact the local council for information. However, if we walk we should be very careful – last year 37 pedestrians were killed and 670 injured, and half were over 60.

A wide selection of brochures containing very useful information was available.

Thanks to Jeremy Grant for these notes


May Family History Group meeting

The Somers Probus Family History Group had a family history information morning at the Mornington Peninsula History Society, Frankston South Recreation Centre,. President of MPFHS  Lynne Emblin is with Michael Andrewartha, Robyne Campbell, Patsie Coates, Jenny Cole, Tony Duboudin, Vern Tansley, Jean & Jeremy Grant.

Anzac Day

President Di Price attended the Anzac Service in Balnarring and laid a wreath on behalf of our club. It was a lovely service with a wide diversity of speakers. The ceremony was opened by Matthew Keogh, Commander RAN. He introduced the Mayor of the Mornington Shire who informed us that the Park in Russell St. Balnarring has now been officially renamed Anzac Park. The song “I was Only 19” was sung and a variety of speakers followed. Mr Gordon Cameron spoke about Horn Island and the part it played in the defence of Australia in World War 2, he then introduced his father, Douglas, who is 97 and served there during the war. Two grade 6 students read out their essays about what Anzac Day means to them. They were articulate and their essays were inspiring. The Balnarring School Choir sang Advance Australia Fair. Those who served in wars were acknowledged and remembered. It was a moving service and it was great that our club could participate.


April Speaker : Brigette Sigley   Stop Worrying and Start Living!” (contributed by Pat Pringle) 

At 35 Brigette led a very busy life juggling running a home, a business, looking after three small children and their related activities.  She treated her constant tiredness and anxiousness with Berocca, coffee, Panadol and wine.  She believes her hectic lifestyle led to her battle with two chronic diseases at 35 and 40 both leading to surgery and extensive chemotherapy treatments.  She experienced what she called a “whoo, whoo” moment when doubt was created in her mind that she did not need to go through with part of her planned treatment (which was later proved to be true) and after an emotional visit from her young daughter who was very matter of fact about the extensive surgery Brigette had just undergone.   She made up her mind to start her journey to unlearn toxic lifestyle habits and learn to take charge of her health partly through learning about Epigenetics – “good thoughts and feelings turn on the genes”.  Meditation plays a very important role to relieve the stresses of everyday life together with a passion for daily activities, positive relationships and thoughts, and a sense of purpose.   Today Brigette is happy and healthy and passionate about her mission to inspire other women to say “I can take charge of my health” and put their wellbeing first.  This is but a precis of Brigette’s inspiring talk!  Contact: [email protected] 0407 655 654 or website:



The Art Group in Ros Tey's Studio

The AGM - farewelling our Past President, Stephen Tey and welcoming our new president Di Price and her committee. And the lunch after the AGM at the Heritage Hotel, thanks to Chris Thompson for another fabulously organised event!
February Speakers 
Simon and Maddie Boadle (contributed by Jeremy Grant)

Today Simon and Maddie returned to tell us about their third (and last!) major road trip. It had all started in 2010 when a group of MG car enthusiasts had decided to celebrate the 100thanniversary of MG cars by driving from the new manufacturing site in China to the original home in England. This experience was so wonderful, the group (slightly changed) decided to try again, and in 2012 they travelled from Cape Town to London. Having traversed Asia, Europe and Africa, it only remained to cross America from the southern tip to the top. This trip was undertaken in 2015, and on this occasion the Boadles shared their car with another couple. The six cars were shipped to Santiago, then the convoy travelled south on the west side of the Andes to Ushuaia, on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, returning to Santiago on the east side of the Andes. This section had spectacularly atrocious road conditions, of which we saw lots of gruesome photos, but fortunately these were taken by the other couple sharing the trip before handing over to the Boadles. From here to Cartagena in Colombia the scenery was often spectacular and very different. However, whilst we saw many wonderful photos, they also showed some illustrating the extensive poverty they saw. From here it was necessary to take a ferry to Panama, fortunately just before the service was terminated. Meanwhile Maddy had long wanted to hike Machu Pichu, and it had been arranged for her to do this, and a friend from Australia to join Simon. Unfortunately his friend cancelled at the last moment, and Simon completed much of this part of the trip alone, which was often somewhat nerve-wracking. Whilst the convoy directly encountered no violence, they saw some results and were also conscious of a heavy military and police presence. In total the group travelled through 14 countries. Through Central America, then Simon had problems entering Mexico, suspecting this could have been avoided by paying a bribe. However, he continued illegally, then finally had things sorted out personally by the Australian Ambassador with help from an ex-school friend of Simon’s in ASIO! Through the US to Kentucky for a mammoth MG Car rally, and finally to Los Angeles where they handed the car to Ian and Elaine for the final leg to Canada.


And its December!  Celebration Time ......

Funky Dancing Breakup

The last Funky Dancing for the year and finishing with a few drinks and nibbles.  Andrew George really in the Christmas Spirit.



Book Group Breakup

December book group fareweled the year with a lunch at Sue Rintoul's home.  We thanked Sue for her effors as coordinator, and welcomed Leonie as the new coordinator for 2019.   


Don Beacom Cup Day

The Don Beacom Golf Cup day was held at Bembridge Golf  Course  on Nov 23.  

The winning team was  Jill Duboudin.Peter Cole and Sandra Shiel.   The Putting Competition for The Golden Putter was won by Patsie Coates.  A great day was had by all.

Visit to the Mornington  Rose Garden on November 27th

Final Finance Group meeting for 2018

After a fascinating year learning how to make and save money, we also found out how to loose it!  Both teams in the Share Game finished the year having lost money, but this didn't dampen the spirits as the end of year dinner. Many thanks to the two teams leaders, Daryl Cowen and Michael Pringle.

November Food Lovers:

The visit to Pure Peninsular Honey was very interesting and enjoyable.  A range of products were tasted including the Manuka Honey Cider and Honey Ice-cream cream.  Sweet!

November Speaker:  Greg Hood from the Bendigo Bank

We’ve been hearing rather a lot lately about the unfriendly activities of banks, so it was a pleasant change this month to hear of the friendly activities of the fifth biggest Australian retail bank, the Bendigo Bank. Greg Hood, the manager of the Balnarring Branch, took us back twenty years when the emphasis on profits led to the closure of many smaller, less profitable bank branches, mainly in country towns. Without a bank, many of these towns suffered economically, and residents struggled to overcome the problems. The CEO of the Bendigo Bank at that time recognised that it was not in the interest of big bank shareholders to maintain branches which didn’t reach the bank’s return on capital guidelines, but it was vitally in the interest of the residents and businesses where these branches were closing to maintain banking services.  

Thus emerged the “Community Bank” concept, where the bank would be owned by those people who needed its services. Each Bendigo Community Bank Branch is a separate company whose shareholders are local people in the district who obviously expect a return on their investment, but also aim to benefit their community. However, whilst each branch is relatively small, each is a franchise operation, and is backed by the balance sheet of the “parent” Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd., which also provides all back-room operations. To cover the cost of this support, 50% of income is paid to the “parent”, but the special feature of the community bank concept is that 10% of profits are paid to worthwhile community activities. Obviously the bigger the profits the bigger the benefits to the community, so there is a strong incentive for the community to support its bank.

Greg described many of the local activities aided by community grants, and of particular interest after our last month’s speaker is the combined support by the Mornington Peninsula branches of special leadership training camps for teenagers. The Balnarring Branch has now been in operation for ten years, and in June celebrated this birthday with a donation which brought its total community grants to $1 million.

Jeremy Grant

Greg Hood with Pat Pringle

Garden Group's October Visit to Mulberry Hill

On the 24th October, the Garden Group visited Mulberry Hill, former home of Sir Daryl and Lady Joan Lindsay.  

The National Trust’s webpage notes that this magnificent American Colonial style-home was built in 1926 as an extension to a pre-existing 1880s weatherboard cottage and was designed by Harold Desbrowe Annear.

Sir Daryl Lindsay was Director of the National Gallery of Victoria from 1941 to 1956, and was knighted in 1957 for his services to Australian Art. A member of the famous Lindsay family of artists, he was an accomplished painter and print maker. He also assisted in founding the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) in 1956 and was its first president.  

His wife, Lady Joan Lindsay was an artist and writer, best known for her novel, Picnic at Hanging Rock. Her autobiographical novel Time without Clocks is about the Lindsay’s life together at Mulberry Hill and includes commentary about the arts and social history of the time.

The house and its contents, a collection of Australian art, Georgian furniture and glassware and Staffordshire ceramics, was bequeathed to the National Trust by Sir Daryl and Lady Joan Lindsay.

Below are a selection of photos kindly provided by Clare Baldwin and Jeremy Grant.


From left to right: The front of Mulberry Hill; The Dining Room with the original crockery and cutlery bequeathed to the National Trust by Lady Joan Lindsay;  Sir Daryl Lindsay’s Studio; Lady Joan Lindsay’s Study where she wrote “Picnic at Hanging Rock"; In the Gardens after our guided tour of the house; Patsie Coates resting; Tour finished and thanks to Marg Harwood for organising the outing.



New Activities Coordinators:

After a break of some months, we have new Activities coordinators:

The Travel group will now be coordinated by  John Copeland, ably assisted by Barry Price.



June Cowen will co-ordinating activities.  She will produce a calendar listing planned activities. Leaders will need to contact June or use the calendar so that we can minimize the clashing of activities and outings.

Birthday Girl:

Amongst all the birthdays celebrated in October, Di Price celebrated her birthday by running the Octover meeting in Stephen Teh's absence


October Speaker:  Peter Clifford

Our speaker was “local boy” Steve Clifford, the CEO of DOXA, a not-for-profit organisation helping young people overcome disadvantage and live full lives. It was formed over forty years ago on the single principle that all children, regardless of their backgrounds, deserved to have positive experiences outside the confines of their socioeconomic background.

Steve spent many years with Allens, one of Australia’s largest and longest established law firms, as  a partner specialising in the high pressure corporate field, but also found himself doing considerable pro-bona legal work and providing strategic legal advice for not-for profit organisations. Through one of these connections he took on the voluntary task of mentoring promising young people from backgrounds which gave them no support, and otherwise may have continued the family history of very low achievement.

Steve recognised what a difference his small effort made, and several years ago decided to “change sides”, and become a full time helper. He first switched to Save the Children Australiawhere he served as Head of Australian operations. Here he often accompanied operators on field visits, particularly to indigenous communities, where he observed vicious cycles of hopelessness, and saw how basic intervention could often break this cycle. However, he admitted that not every intervention met with success, but operators had to be optimistic and celebrate the successes, and recognise they were making a concrete contribution.

Apart from DOXA, Steve also spent time as CEO at national youth charity Whitelion, which seeks to help rehabilitate youths (mainly males) who have been in trouble with the law. Finally to DOXA which started by establishing a camp at Malmsbury where kids from disadvantaged families spent a week in structured activities which they greatly enjoyed, made new friends, but which also increased their self-confidence, and encouraged them to aim high. DOXA works in conjunction with schools with many pupils from families which may have experienced multi-generational unemployment, are struggling financially and place low emphasis on the value of education. In conjunction with these schools, promising young people are selected to be mentored and encouraged to further their education, and guided in seeking employment. They are doing a wonderful job, but only scratching the surface, and part of Steve’s role is seeking more assistance from the corporate world.      

Steve's talk was inspirational and he left some of us feeling a little uncomfortable about our comfortable lives.

Steve with Anne Dann and Shirley Nutting

September speaker: Dr Stephanie Burke

Do we live in a Blue Zone? Probably not, but our speaker, Dr. Stephanie Burke informed us how we might move towards this. Her talk, “How to Live a Long and Happy Life”, dealt with research into five “Blue Zones” (Sardinia, Okinawa, Nicoia in Costa Rica, Loma Linda in the USA and Ikaria in Greece) whose residents enjoyed greater longevity than those in the general population. This has prompted Dan Buettner of the National Geographic to lead the “Happiness Project” to discover why. 

After extensive surveying of the residents’ lives, nine key influencing factors were identified:

1.  Regular natural exercise (no gym or  high pressure regimes).

2.  Have definite purpose in one’s life. 

3.  Manage stress.

4.  80% Rule – only eat until one is 80% full. They mostly had big breakfasts, moderate lunches and minimal evening meals. 

5.  Healthy whole food diets with little meat or fish. 

6.  Wine at Five – all drank regularly, but in moderation. 

7.  Strong family support. 

8.  Belonging – most belonged to some faith based community. 

9.  Mix with people with common ideals – the behaviour of people around one is contagious!

Well, how do we rate? Stephanie provided links to two web-sites which can help us examine our own vitality and test our level of happiness.They are: and

Our vitality appears to depend on our biological age, overall life expectancy, healthy life expectancy, and the years we are gaining/losing because of our habits. And what is happiness? This depends on our health, emotions, the way we evaluate our life goals and the extent to which we are living out our values. Beneficial factors include living near water, in a mid-sized city, not being isolated, having sidewalks and bike paths (!), and concentrating on experiences and not material possessions.

Stephanie is a doctor of Chinese Medicine from RMIT University, and operates the local Woodman Estate Wellness Clinic, where apart from Acupuncture and herbal medicine, she can advise on lifestyle choices discussed above.


September Football Lunch:

Chris Thompson and her band of helpers organised a fabulous footy pie lunch with a wide range of pies and pasties, great salads and well chosen wines, delivered with amazing efficiency,  which was well received by all.   Thanks to all involved! 




August Speaker - Kendra Greg (Mornington Peninsula Library Service)

Kendra is obviously a booklover, and passionate about reading in all its manifestations! 

The Mornington Shire operates four static libraries – Mornington, Rosebud, Hastings and Somerville – and the very popular mobile library. Most of our members are also members of the Hastings Library, and a recurrent theme was how different today’s library is from the ones we knew in our youth.  

Library resources now include paper books, talking books (great for travelling), e-books, magazines and DVDs, and if a desired title is not available at Hastings but is at another library, for a small fee an inter-library loan can be arranged. Reports of the pending demise of libraries are greatly exaggerated (with apologies to Mark Twain), and last year Hastings Library had 626,000 visitors who borrowed over 1 million paper books, 35,000 e-books and 32,000 talking books. And whilst in the “old days” libraries were places of strict quiet, nowadays they are popular meeting places, and present a wide variety of activities – Book Chat Group and Poetry Readings are just two examples. The Library also produces a regular newsletter e-mailed to all members, which details all the latest activities.

Why do we read? Kendra explained her own feelings by drawing an analogy with Alice’s (In Wonderland) venturing down the rabbit hole – it’s an escape, but also expands our vision. Without reading we are not alive! She also emphasised the need “to catch them young”, and the library has a number of activities tailored for kids. These days by the time they’re teenagers they’re pretty hooked on their electronic devices, and it’s usually too late to inculcate a love of reading. To encourage kids to read, the library no longer charges overdue fees for kids’ books, so there is no pressure to keep reading.

Finally, for those seeking to go to the source as it were, Kendra recommended the forthcoming Melbourne Writers Festival to be held at the end of August – there is much interesting information on its web-site.

Canasta Group Gathering for July

Jeremy and Jean Grant hosted the July meeting of the Canasta Group.  A great time was had by all! 

July Speaker: Tony Duboudin


Tony entertained us at the July meeting talking on life in journalism and the demise of newspapers: fortunately much more about the former rather than for most of us the rather depressing expected demise. 

Tony spent his first three working years in advertising (with Saatchi), but wasn’t very happy so set off back-packing around Europe. In Paris he met up with an old school friend whose father was the local head of United Press International and offered Tony a job. This was convenient as Tony had dual British and French citizenship when work permits were hard to obtain. He was mainly on the sports desk, but was there for many notable occurrences, including the JFK assassination, and met many famous/interesting people - both formally at work and informally at Harrys New York Bar. 

After 18 months he was called up for National Service, and as France was still involved in a number of uncomfortable confrontations, he decided to move back to the UK where he joined The Times. He later worked for some regional papers, met and married Jill, and after the birth of their first child decided to move to Australia. In Melbourne the famous Graham Perkin offered him a position with The Age. Then for a change, by this time with three children, he and Jill moved back to the UK in 1979 where he joined The Times Foreign Desk. 

After three fascinating years he returned to The Age where he worked as the late sub-editor, which meant that he saw the paper to bed, but also sometimes had to decide to delay printing to accommodate a newly breaking important story. As this resulted in publication delays and additional costs which he had to justify, it could be very stressful. However, this was a great time for journalism (now a memory?). 

Readership of newspapers has fallen dramatically, and this in turn has led to a decline in the quality of the news we read. Ironically, the move from manual typesetting to computer driven printing has slowed the process significantly! Journalism has revealed many scandals, and is our last line of defense against wrong, and whilst newspapers are only one source of review, their demise would leave us more open to abuse. Tony believes newspapers will probably disappear within five years, or if they are to survive, we will have to be prepared to pay much more. 



Food Lovers and Garden Group.

On Thursday 14th June the Garden and Food Lovers groups combined for a tour of ‘Heritage Hill’ house and garden at 66 McCrae st, Dandenong at 10.30am. This was an absolute gem, hidden in the heart of Dandenong.

After leaving the beautiful gardens we had a 10 minute walkto ‘Belletis’ Italian restaurant, where we had a fabulous lunch and a glass of wine and coffee. Belletis was also a great find on the main street in Dandenong.

June Speaker.

We were enthralled if not overwhelmed by our speaker on Friday – Dr Eli Mrkusich, Senior Applied Genomics Segment Manager at Illumina, a large international company based in the US, which specializes in Genomics. What exactly is Genomics? Basically it’s the study of the structure of genes and chromosomes, and their manipulation. It all started in 1968 with the discovery of the double helix – the collection of chromosomes that make all living things what they are. Eli’s interest is in the human genome, which is incredibly complex. There are 3.2 billion items in a human genome, and identifying these is extremely involved– the first sequencing by synthesis took12 years and cost $3billion – today it can be completed in one hour at a cost of $1,000, and it is hoped to reduce this to $100. Illumina produces seven sequencing machine models from basic to extremely sophisticated. We are aware of the use of DNA as an aid to criminal investigation and tracing relations or ancestors, but it has much wider application. Of particular interest to Eli is the ability to identify peoples’ predisposition to health problems, and when they occur, as all are different, there will be the ability to tailor drugs and treatments to each unique situation. This will lead to pro-active health management. Most medicos are unaware of this, and much education is needed. Apart from providing valuable information about people, genes can also be manipulated. Many genetic defects are inherited, but it is now possible through IVF to remove the faulty chromosomes and replace them with normal ones. This technique could also be used to produce “designer” children (Hitler’s ambition). This, of course, raises the fundamental issue of ethics. The wider scope of Genomics are categorized as: Reproductive health, Oncology, Population sequencing, Complex disease research, Consumers, Infectious diseases, Forensics, Agriculture, Genetic health and Bio-Pharm. The importance of Genomic research is recognised by the Federal Government which has allocate $500 million to research.We have seen the future!

Notes by Jeremy Grant


Wine Appreciation.

The wine appreciation Group went to Nazaaray Estate Winery at Flinders on Wednesday 23rd May. The bus delivered everyone to the Nazaaray Estate which was established in 1997. We were greeted in the tasting room by the wine maker, Paramdeep Ghumman,who gave us a very interesting talk about the winery's history and the wine making. The wines are made in small batches and cellared on site. The grapes are handpicked and the wines are handmade. Nazaaray is Persian and it means ‘beautiful visions’ and was chosen because of the magnificent, sweeping views of the Mornington Peninsula. This is the Peninsula’s southernmost vineyard. We enjoyed a wonderful Indian feast and some lovely wines. It was a fun filled day with fabulous food, interesting wines, all capped off with an explosion of Bollywood, as seen below! Thanks to Stephen and Senga for a great day.




Jenny Ferguson arranged a lunch at Merricks Store for all the Mustang owners
in the club.
She also invited her Financial adviser who is also a Mustang owner. They had a lovely lunch and were joined by a few other Probus members. A great day with lots of talk about Mustangs!


Food Lovers

On Thursday 17th May we met for lunch at ‘Café Remuce’ 2680 Frankston Flinders rd, Bittern. Eleven of us enjoyed a lovely meal organized by Karen George, thanks Karen.


May Speakers:Max Bryant and Dave Hoare 


 Max Bryant  Dave Hoare  HMAS Otama
 HMAS Otama  Princess Anne  Robert Bartholomew thanking our guest speakers



This month Max Bryant and Dave Hoare told us the story of the submarine at Crib Point. Twenty years ago, the RAN was decommissioning the Orion Class submarines, and disposing of them. Possibilities were retention as floating targets for naval gunnery practice, or sale for scrap. Max, as an ex submariner, felt use as a tourist attraction was preferable, and approached MP Peter Reith for support. This led to the establishment of the Westernport Oberon Association, and a search for funding. HMAS Otama was put up for tender, and 35 bids were received. The WAO bid of $50,000 was successful, but the RAN then demanded prompt removal of a privately owned submarine from an RAN Base. A $500,000 grant was received from the Government, but this was fully expended in 2002 in bringing the sub to Hastings, where it still lies! Princess Anne is the Patron of the Association (she launched Otama in 1978) and has visited the group in Hastings.

Submarines elsewhere have proved very popular tourist attractions, and a business plan was developed to bring the sub ashore and combine it with a marine museum and tourist facilities – The Victorian Maritime Centre. Estimated cost was $15m, but projected visitor numbers would enable this to be recouped in four years. As a not-for-profit organisation, eventual surpluses would be distributed to worthwhile causes in Hastings, building activities would provide valuable work to locals, and the tourism generated would help the ailing Hastings economy. There would also be a symbiotic relationship with the nearby HMAS Cerberus whose expansion plans have just been announced. The Association has also had a retired Pilot boat (Wyuna) donated, and a huge amount of volunteer labour has restored it to pristine condition, but it is currently moored in Tasmania unable to secure a temporary berth in Melbourne, until it can be moved to the proposed Maritime Centre.

Huge, and so far unsuccessful, effort has gone into seeking funding. Commonwealth and State Governments and the Navy have shown no interest, and the Mornington Shire Council has been considering the request for a very long time. Where to from here?

We finished with a fascinating talk by David Hoare of life serving in an operating submarine – I doubt he’ll get a job as a recruiting officer for submariners! 

April Speakers: Simon and Madeleine Boadle

Following a fascinating talk by Simon and Madeleine Boadle last November, they came back to tell us about the highlights (and lowlights!) of their next MG trip with from Cape Town to the UK. On this occasion the Boadles had split the trip in half and travelled only as far as Nairobi in Kenya, where their car was taken over for the rest of the expedition by a friend. Fortunately, their friend had also taken photos, and we were able to see some of the second half of the journey.

On a trip like this, everything must be intricately planned. There has to be accommodation for ten couples (they were joined by four South African cars), and secure parking for the cars – sometimes security guards had to be hired! On the other hand, wherever they went they were greeted most enthusiastically by the locals. As before, obtaining suitable accommodation sometimes meant very long days, and with old cars and sometimes atrocious roads, breakdowns were not uncommon. In all 16 countries were traversed in 77 days – usually driving for 3 to 4 days, then resting and visiting local spectacular scenery for a couple of days. By the end of the trip 1 car and 1 marriage were broken beyond repair!

Many pictures were shown, including one which showed almost desert conditions in Namibia, just over the border from rich agricultural land in South Africa. Highlights included a visit to the Okonjina Reserve where rescued cheetahs had become accustomed to humans and roamed freely close to the visitors. Particularly appreciated by Madeleine was an overnight ferry trip from Botswana to Zambia, a lovely change from continually getting shaken in the car! However, it was not all natural scenery. Fascinating was the lush Kapisha Hot Springs in the middle of the desert, and Africa House in Zambia. This is a grand English-style manor house and estate built a century ago, but now run as a tourist resort replicating the life of the English ruling class in what had been Northern Rhodesia.

After leaving the expedition, Simon and Madeleine went for a trek in Ethiopia, and their photos showed incredibly rugged mountain scenery – most spectacular. We have still not heard about their trip through the Americas, so perhaps we can look forward to that sometime.




March Wine tasting:

The March meeting of the wine appreciation group was held at Rob and Meredith Brewer's. Around 50 participants enjoyed the stunning view from their house on a glorious balmy evening. A great time was had by all.


Annual General Meeting:

2018 -2019 Committee

Our returning President Stephen Teh was presented with his badge of office by Tim Rintoul. Stephen presented outgoing committee members Steph Schwarz, John Copeland, Peter Cole and June Cowen with a bottle of wine  each and thanked them for their contribution. Stephen also thanked the new Committee members Georgie Minton, Diane Price, Sue Darcy, Nigel George, Robert Bartholomew and Sue Rintoul for taking up their roles.


March Speaker

Our scheduled speaker for March had been Magnus Mansie, who was to speak to us about his proposal for organising a local co-operative to negotiate better power deals, and to encourage us to go solar and perhaps share any generated surpluses. Unfortunately he became ill in the morning, cancelled, recovered sufficiently to actually make it to our meeting, but then had to be rushed off to hospital by mum Sue.

John Copeland then stepped into the breech, and prompted contributions from the members. We had only one contribution to the question of who had an unusual hobby – Alan Costello has recently taken up camp drafting and tent pegging, and gave us a brief description of what is involved.

The next topic was “Holidays from hell”, and the first contributor was Peter Witnish who reminisced about a memorable cruise on the Hawksbury in a compact Halvorson cruiser with four young children. His unfortunate experiences were totally overshadowed by Bella Sloman’s description of an extremely rugged “cruise” to the Antarctic, where they spent much of the time literally bouncing around in their cabins, or occasionally in the public spaces. Graeme endured much of the voyage with cracked ribs – an extremely painful condition. They really had been holidays from hell!     (notes provided by Jeremy Grant)


On Wed.28th Feb. we Were supposed to visit Phillip Island via the Westernport Ferry, departing from Stony Point at 7:45 am.


 We arrived early and liked the look of this ship!

 We then looked into the dawn sky and saw this coming towards us.



 This was the ferry! But there was a problem, the wind was increasing, they could take us but couldn't guarantee getting us back! Lottie looks worried!

                This is the ferry leaving without us! 



 We rode to Jack's Beach and took the boardwalk towards Hastings.

                We rode through Warringine Park and                 we are now all smiles. 

 We needed coffee! There were boats and coffee in Hastings Marina!

        Georgie and Grahame enjoying the area.
 We arrived at Hastings and the wind was getting stronger.

         We made it to Tyabb. A few spots of rain            and a black sky had us heading back                    towards Crib Point.


  We had a great day, well organized by Dennis. We plan to try going to Phillip Island again but would like Dennis to organize the weather a bit better next time! We finished the day with a lovely lunch at the Crib Point Coffee shop.

February Speaker - Peter Fitzpatrick.

Peter Fitzpatrick, who has written a biography “The Two Frank Thrings”,  jogged our memories with a most entertaining talk. The one we all remember was Frank Thring Junior the Melbourne actor from the late 50s to the 80s, but his father Frank Thring Senior, though now almost totally forgotten, was a also a significant figure in his time.

Frank Junior who was born in 1926, became obsessed by the theatre. Funded by his wealthy mother Frank established and ran The Arrow Theatre in Albert Park for three years. He later moved to the UK where he  performed in Titus Andronicus. This led to major parts in a number of famous films – “Ben Hur”,  “King of Kings”, “El Cid”, “Salome” and “King Ayolah”. After a disastrous marriage to Joan Cunliffe he returned to a hugely successful career with the MTC in Melbourne, and was crowned King of Moomba in 1987. He died in 1994.

His father, Frank Snr., started as a juggler in side shows, but became fascinated by movies, and from 1907-09 he travelled around Western Tasmania showing films. He became the manager of a waxworks in Melbourne, which he converted to a movie theatre. He progressively acquired a succession of movie theatres until he became the biggest owner in Australia and chairman of Hoyts. He became interested in actually producing movies, and formed EFFTEE Film Productions which made nine full length films and 250 shorts. He travelled to Hollywood, where he struck a great deal with 20th Century Fox, but died suddenly with the deal uncompleted thus changing the future of the Australian film industry.  Whilst his business operations were no more, there was ample wealth to fund young Frank’s dreams.

Welcome to new members.

New members Claire and Peter Witnish,  were inducted by Stephen Teh at the February meeting.

February Sausage Sizzle

  Thanks to Pat Pringle and her band of master cooks, salad makers and the wine master who helped lubricate the sausage sizzle held at Coolart after the meeting. Rudi and Michael were fabulous cooks and provided perfectly cooked sausages. Weather was fantastic and a great time was had by all.

January Probus

On the 12th of January 2018 we had our usual Family Fun Day, commencing at 4.30 approx @ Stones Pavilion. It was a bring your own affair with lots of fun, food, bar-b-queing and the occassional glass of wine. Barry had been very busy making Kittles from wood donated by Bunnings. The game invoved throwing a stick at some set up Kittles, each with a number on it. The participant had to add up the numbers on the Kittles he or she  knocked over. When they totalled 50 the person won the game. If they went over 50, they had to start again. There was lots of fun, laughter and frivolity and some peoples maths skills were tested to the limit! The overall winner was Patsie Coates, a magnificent effort, and she was presented with the golden stick award. We had a great afternoon and evening, some people missed the Aylwards but not the winners! Hopefully we will have the Aylwards back next year for another hot competition. Thank you again Barry Price for a momentous January activity, it was a huge success as usual.

Christmas Break-up.

What a wonderful time we all had at our Christmas lunch at the Yacht Club. A special thanks to all those who contributed in making this such a great event. The food from Vic was again delicious and complemented by some very nice wines.

Funky Dancing

On Thursday 21st December 16 Fabulous funky dancers had their Christmas break up dinner at Basil Blue in Hastings. We enjoyed a delicious set menu and a few bubbles.

We were all able to thank Brooke, our funky dancing instructor, for a year of fun and fitness; and Sue Mansie who made it all happen. 


Panorama Garden Estate

On 9th November the Garden and Photography groups visited Panorama Garden Estate in Boneo Rd. Everyone agreed it was a very good day out. The photos provided by Clare Baldwin tell the story well.
Before we went on the tour of the gardens-Morning Tea
The beautiful lake
Ann-Marie getting Sylvie the pig to sit, whilst Bullwinkle the miniature Belted Galloway cow look on plus the dog!
Lilly.  Val in action with a golf club trying to clear the lake
Albino kangaroos
One of the beautiful gardens that have taken Nick and Ann-Marie 20 years to complete, looking out to Port Phillip.
Alpacas.   One of the many commissioned statues from Bali
The windswept lady                                  The end of the tour



Food Lovers

On Tues 24th October we visited the Casuarina Restaurant at Chisholm Institute, Rosebud. The cost was $25 for three courses and we had a choice of three Entrees - Crab Bisque, Tomato Gazpacho or home made Gnocchi with Kale and Cherry Tomatoes. The main course was a choice between Beef Rump Steak au Poivre, Pomme Guafrette with steamed vegetables, or Crispy Snapper Fillets on a bed of sauteed leek and srping potatoes. Both were delicious, the steak was tender and the fish was crispy and beautifully cooked. Dessert was homemade Tiramisu. The vegetables were picked in Dromana at Torello Farm. The young chefs in the making, did an amazing job, the service was good and the food delicious. 


Wine Group,Wed 11th October.


We spent a most enjoyable evening at the home of Bob and Jane Welsh discussing value for wines and sampling one or two, or perhaps more, proving that wines do not have to be overly expensive to be enjoyed.
Thanks to Jane and Bob for their hospitality.

Food Lovers Thursday 27th July

This month food lovers visited Blue Bay Cheese in Mornington for a factory tour, demonstration and shopping.


Food Lovers

On 22nd June the food lovers went to Luv a Duck in Port Melbourne for a cooking demonstration followed by lunch and wine.    

Funky Dancing

Some of our members getting Funky!

Funky Dancing continues at the Somers Yacht Club from 4.30pm -5.30 pm. each Tuesday until 27th June at $10 for each session. Term 3 begins on Tues. 18th July.Payment details are in this newsletter. Wear comfortable loose clothes, nonslip footwear or bare feet and bring a bottle of water. If you have any questions you can ring Sue Mansie 5983 5298.

New Members

Our president, Sue Darcy, inducted 5 new members to our club at the June meeting. Our new members are ( from the left). Nigel George, Karen George, Peter Thompson, Chris Thompson and Robyne Campbell. We welcome them to our club and look forward to getting to know them better in the future.

Guest Speakers

 Alan Costello spoke to us about Landcare. Landcare first started with a small group of farmers in a small town in central Victoria, then in 1989 the Hawke Government provided $320 million to fund the activities of the newly formed Landcare Australia and the concept has now spread overseas to 20 other countries. Individual Landcare groups are formed in local areas which share a common environment and challenges. There are 11 such groups on the Mornington Peninsula and the local groups are supported by peak bodies in each state. They operate on a “bottom-up” philosophy, starting by identifying problems regarding protecting and restoring the natural environment and are made up of local people who work together to develop and implement appropriate solutions. Grants are available from local, state and federal governments and Landcare Australia. The local group covers Balnarring, Balnarring Beach, Merricks, Merricks North, Somers and part of Red Hill. Alan then introduced Chantel Kelly who is on secondment to the local group and is working particularly on protecting indigenous fauna in high quality Merricks North bushland. Local landholders are co-operating and a grant of $27,800 has been received for pest control – mainly foxes and rabbits but also feral cats and pigs! A second drive of fox poisoning will start in July.

Alan Costello and Chantel Kelly, receiving a small token of appreciation after their very interesting talk.

If you are interested in joining the Land Care group click on the following link or ring:

Alan Costello
Merricks Coolart Catchment Landcare Group  
0412 549994



On Wednesday the 7th of June, 10 members gathered at Stones Pavillion to car pool to Frankston. We parked at the station and boarded the train to Melbourne.  We met 5 more of our group outside the National Gallery of Victoria and went in to see the “Van Gogh and the Seasons “ Exhibition. We all enjoyed it immensley and would recommend it to other Probus members, the exhibition finishes the 9th of July. After a delightful lunch at the Chocolate Buddha, in Federation Square, we returned to Somers. Thanks John for organizing and Barry for taking the activity.

Meet and Greet at the tennis club rooms on Sunday 21st May.

A meet and greet session was held for our recent new members as well as Activity Leaders.  Activities and ideas for potential new ones were discussed . Drinks and nibbles were supplied by the club. 


Wine Group, MAY 3, 2017 at 11.15 am. 166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North.

The wine group enjoyed a wonderful wine tasting at The Jackolope - Willow Creek Winery and lunch at the Rare Hare Restaurant. We were given a very informative talk by the wine maker before we headed into the restaurant for a 4 course lunch and a lovely glass of wine. This function was very well attended and I think enjoyed by all. Thanks Rob for some great organization.


Trip to Echuca 23rd to 25th April.

We set off from Somers in two small buses very early on Sunday morning on 23rd of April. We arrived at the  Southern Cross Station in plenty of time to get a coffee before boarding the train.

We arrived in Echuca around 1pm and loaded our luggage into the small bus organized by our fearless leader John. We then set out to find some lunch. After lunch we met at the Old Police Station Museum and had a very informative guided walk around the area.

We stayed at The Settlement Inn Motel  which was within walking distance of the Port area, where we spent most of our time. We settled in there and then enjoyed a “Happy Hour “ together.

On Sunday night we had a great dinner at The Rich River Golf Club.

On Monday after breakfast we met at the Discovery Centre and we were taken on a conducted tour of the Port where we learnt how important the river system was to the development of Australia.

We then took a bus out to the Heritage and Beer Museum where we spent a few very interesting hours.

After lunch we met at the Museum at the Old Police Station and spent some time exploring the history of the area.

We made our way back to the motel in time to have a happy hour and then get ready for the evening.

That night we went on a Dinner cruise /light show on the P.S. Pride of the Murray. The river certainly is different at night and the light show was very entertaining.

On Tuesday morning we had the opportunity to go to the dawn Anzac service but as it was raining heavily only 4 people attended. We then packed up and headed for the station.

It was a fantastic trip, well organized by John and supported by our other group leader Barry.

Thanks for a wonderful trip.





April speaker Simon McKeon AO


At our April meeting, we were entertained by an impassioned talk from 2011 Australian of the Year and polymath Simon McKeon. He is currently Executive Chairman of the Melbourne office of Macquarie Bank, Chancellor of Monash University, but deeply involved in the not for profit sector. This arose from his experience growing up in Dandenong. His father was a pharmacist, and they lived a very comfortable life.

Simon with Peter Darcy.

At his local primary school there were children from fifty different ethnic backgrounds, but he was unaware this was in any way unusual, and enjoyed the best aspects of multi-culturalism. However, many of the families suffered financial stress, and whilst this fostered a culture of helping each other, there were sometimes clashes. He became very aware of disadvantage, and the need to help others.At this time he enjoyed a change from industrial Dandenong by visiting his grandparents in Sandringham, then later his father built a holiday cottage in Dromana. When he was appointed Australian of the Year in 2011, he was approached by Qantas proposing to fly him anywhere in the world of his choice, and to make a promotional film of it. He declined, and instead a film was made of his favourite place in the world to visit – our own Mornington Peninsula. Unfortunately our technology malfunctioned, and we were unable to see this, but it is hoped to post it on our website.

Many people are surprised that a top corporate executive from the for-profit sector should get involved in the not-for-profit sector. However, Simon believes that whilst it is the first priority of businesses to make a profit, it is totally wrong for them to ignore the society in which they operate, and on which they depend. Furthermore, the skills required to run a successful business for profit are also required in the not-for-profit sector.

Simon, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis over a decade ago, was the Founding Chair of MS Research Australia from 2004 until 2010 and has also previously served on the Boards of MS Australia and MS Victoria. In 2010, Simon received the John Studdy Award which is MS Australia's highest honour.

Society needs a lot more people like Simon encouraging greater co-operation between the for-profit and not-for profit sectors, as well as Governments.                                                             

Jeremy Grant

To watch Simon McKeon's video click here

For more about Simon click here


The Cycling Group of the Somers Combined PROBUS Club, March Activity.

We drove to Williamstown on Wednesday the 29th of March, 2017.  Seven participants in 2  cars. We arrived at Williamstown Beach and were met by 2 local cyclists, who led our group along the Hobson Bay cycling and pedestrian pathway, through the coastal haven of the Jawbone Marine Sanctuary and passed the TRUGANIA Explosive Reserve, which was in active use from 1901 to 1962 and is now a Public Reserve.                    

After a short detour up the Hobson Bay Hill, we experienced great views of the City and Hobson Bay, prior to lunch at the Waterstone Restaurant at Sanctuary Lakes.  Due to time restraints, to miss peak hour traffic, we returned by the same route, completing a cycle of 42 kilometres .  A special thanks to our local guides Geoff and Barbara, a great day despite the wind.    

Written by the organizers,

Dennis and Lottie. 


Food Lovers.

On Mon. 27th March we met at the Stone Pavilion to car pool to Sorrento for lunch at The Baths. The restaurant was light and airy with beautiful view of the water, we watched the Sorrento Ferry come and go and all the other water activities. The food was deliciuos. Thanks to our organizers Sue and Barb for a lovely outing. We look forward to our new leaders, Jenny and Margaret, taking us on more food aventures.

March. AGM and New Committee.

Introducing our new president, Sue Darcy, pictured with our immediate past president, Peter Cole.


The 2017-18 Committee (Peter Cole, Steph, June, John, Jill, Sue, Adrian and Steven (Sue Mansie and Peter Darcy were absent).




Vivienne and Kerry, volunteers representing the Hastings Police Senior Citizens Register gave a very interesting presentation. This organisation is separate from, but sponsored by the Hastings Police and is run by 40 volunteers, and its aim is to promote confident and secure living for senior citizens.

As part of the  Senior Citizens Registrartion in Hastings each client is provided with an ID card which contains their name and identity number, as recorded on a secure computer data base at Hastings Police Station. This enables police and other emergency services to obtain the personal information of a client, should such information be required in an emergency. Where appropriate, regular phone calls are made to check members are OK. They will also check on your property if you let them know you are going to be away. Members were encouraged to enrol.



Cycling in February

The cycling enthusiasts rode from McCrae to Blairgowrie on Wednesday, 22nd February. The weather was perfect with dappled sunlight shining through the trees along the foreshore track. There was a coffee stop at Rosebud West and a brief visit to the site of the limestone kiln followed by lunch and a little shopping at Blairgowrie before heading back. Daryl only managed to ride to and from Rosebud West due to equipment malfunction.



Fabulous Funky Dancing

Funky dancing has taken off in a big way. The first two sessions at the yacht club were well attended. Funky dancing involves lots of movement to music, lots of laughs and plenty of valuable physical and mental exercise. Efficiently organised by Sue Mansie and presented by Brooke funky dancing is well worth attending.


February Walking Group

This month Marg Howard took the walking group from Balnarring Beach to Merricks. This is a lovely treed path with regular views of the sea.


February Speaker Janus Karnowski

February Speaker: Janus Karnowski

We were entertained by Janus Karnowski reminiscing about his early days in Somers. He was born in Poland where his parents Barbara and Ottomar were well-to-do, but decided to leave this for a new life in Australia. In 1950 they migrated to Australia, and were first accommodated at the Bonegilla Migrant Camp, but were later moved to what is now the School Camp in Somers. Janus’ father, an accomplished artist, had been educated at the prestigious Bauhaus School in Germany. He worked as a theatre set designer and painter in Melbourne. The family moved to a rented house in Crib Point, then a very basic fishing village. Ottomar continued to work in Melbourne during the week, but was eventually persuaded to move full-time to Crib Point where he became a house painter.

In Crib Point, Janus started school at St Joseph’s, where his “independent spirit” and  limited grasp of English, gave rise to a number of interesting (and looking back, very amusing) incidents. We doubt the nuns of St Joseph’s proposed a St Janus! At one stage he was accused of pinching a pen belonging to one of the nuns, but after much carry-on by the school authorities, the pen was discovered by the nun, caught in her habit.

In 1956 the family bought a house in Somers for £3,500, and Janus moved to the Somers State School, then situated in Tasman Road with fewer than 40 pupils. At that time there were only 250 to 300 families living full-time in Somers which was still very rural, with a relaxed life style. Janus’ entrepreneurial spirit first showed here when he set up rabbit traps which he checked each morning, selling the rabbits for 2/- each. It’s a great pity he gave up this activity!  

Janus’ talk was accompanied by a fascinating collection of historic photos, ably projected by his wife Brenda.  

Jeremy Grant


January Games Night

 Each January, Barry Price organizes a family barbecue and activities night. This year it was  held on Friday 13th Januarystarting at  5pm at the Stone Pavilion.  Quoits was the activity chosen for this year, followed by a BYO BBQ or Picnic.
All members and their families are welcome. A number of people took advantage of the time to have a great social evening, meeting up with friends. The victors were again from the Aylward troupe (pictured) with the runners up being 
the Tansleys. Thank you to all members who participated. Next Year ?????( Possibly hookey).


More photos in the Newsletter.

Food Lovers    

 Barbara Schwarz, Sue Rintoul. 

On Thurs. Nov. 24th the food group lunched at Volpino Pizzeria & Wine Bar in Mt Martha. 



Marg Harwood 


Marg Howard


Glenda Culley
 Steph Schwarz 

These three groups  combined for a visit to the Cranbourne Botanic Garden on Wed. Nov. 16th. They met at 9am at the Stone Pavilion to car pool.  They had a choice of a guided walk (cost $6.90) or the Hop On Hop- Off bus ($8) or doing their own thing (free). Theymet together for a very enjoyable lunch at the cafe.


CYCLING: Wednesday 23rd November

The Probus cyclists enjoyed a morning ride to Hastings Marina with a brief stop at Crib Point for coffee on the way.

After a long leisurely lunch we emerged to RAIN. Here we are overlooking the marina in our wet weather gear ready to make a soggy dash for home.

Photos and thumb courtesy of Daryl Cowen.


GOLF: Friday 18th November

Bembridge Golf Club


 Picture of the two winners with organiser Peter Watkin

Jill Dubodin receiving the Don Beacom Trophy  … overall winner

Adrian Ross receiving the Golden Putter  ( Least Putts on the Day)


Players and Guests


Garden Group.

On Wed. October 19th Marg Harwood booked a visit and tour of The Garden Vineyard Winery in Graydens Rd. The gardens were magnificent and the morning tea they provided was stupendous! The sponges cakes were fabulous and the cheeses and sough dough bread ( made by a local winemaker, sliced very thinly and crisped with olive oil) combined beautifully.



OCTOBER SPEAKER : Eileen Wilson - Brain Plasticity

Eileen presented information about the historical development of our understanding of the brain and its ability to heal or develop new neural pathways under the right conditions. Conditions that we can create with determination and by exercising mind and body. She gave us much food for thought. We can all enjoy our next red wine and dark chocolate knowing we are benefitting mind and body. Many people could relate brain plasticity to events in their own lives. 

Click on the pdf link below to view Eileen's presentation





On Sunday the 9th of October we set off on a large bus to tour North East Victoria. We headed north along the Hume Highway to Benalla, where we stopped for lunch, visited the Rose Gardens and viewed the Edward "Weary" Dunlop statue. We then visited the Milawa Cheese Company, located in the historic Murray Goulburn Butter Factory, for a tasting. Our visit to Milawa also includes a visit to EV Olives where we enjoyed a talk about the produce, a walk in the olive grove and a chance to sample the olives, oils and tapenades. We also viewed the very high water level of the creek behind the property.



On day 2 we headed over to Beechworth with a stop along the way at the tiny village of Eldorado to take a look at the only remaining gold dredge in Australia which is still moored in the creek. In Beechworth we were joined by our locally based guide who showed us around this imposing historical town, with many landmarks of the gold rush era still surviving. We then headed over to Bright and Wandiligong. In the afternoon we travel through to Myrtleford, with a stop along the way at the little township of Eurobin to visit the Red Stag Deer Farm for afternoon tea where they served the biggest scones I have ever seen!. The farm was established in 1987 as a commercial Deer Farm. It is situated on a 375 acre property, bordering the Mt Buffalo National Park, it was quite amazing. In Myrtleford we visited the Myrtleford Museum which was very interesting.





On day 3 we visited Corowa, the small town on the New South Wales side of the Murray River. We stopped in at the Federation Museum to see the collection of material relating to the Federation of Australia and the part Corowa played in its development. Following our tour we headed to Yarrawonga where we joined the Paradise Queen for  more scones, jam and cream and a  cruise on Lake Mulwala. We lunched in Yarrawonga and the headed to Rutherglen where we stopped at Reaissance Chocolates where we had afternoon tea ( and more scones!). The chocolate was handmade and very delicious. 



On day 4 we headed home travelling through the historic Mitchell Shire to Nagambie, the ‘geographical heart” of Victoria. The town is home to legendary race horse Black Caviar and we viewed a full-size statue of the racehorse. From there we headed to Seymour where we visited the Vietnamese War Memorial. A great time was had by all, thanks to John and Daryl for their organization.



Photos by Steph Schwarz (and a couple from Jeremy Grant and Diane Price).  


SEPTEMBER SPEAKER : Kevin Reed and a Great Aussie Pie Lunch.

Our speaker this month was Kevin Reed, who based his talk around his book, “From the Goldfields to the G.” His tales were about his ancestors’ and family’s brushes with the famous. His family came from the bush, and he had grown up in  small country towns. Cricket and Aussie Rules were a large part of life there. The late 19th Century was a period of great rail building in Victoria, with the policy that no home should be more than 11 miles from a railway station. Footy teams needed competition, and groups formed along rail routes. Kevin’s grandfather was born in the small mining town of Guildford, near Castlemaine, and family friends were the Barassi family. Kevin’s great-grandfather as a policeman transferred to Russell Street, and one of his jobs was to be on duty at football matches. He later transferred to Maryborough where he met George Wills, the founder of Australian Rules Football. Kevin certain gave us some very interesting facts and stories and his talk was followed by a great Aussie meat pie  lunch. Thanks to Sue Darcy and her team for some really tasty offerings and as usual Rob Brewer produced a drop of wine to remember.



To our newest members: Diane and Alan Costello and Jayne Morris.


Wine Appreciation Group.

Nazaaray Winery - Wine appreciation group lunch on 13th July. A most inclement start to the day but the sun was shining at the Flinders winery- Nazaaray- owned and managed by a wonderful Sikh family, Nirmal and Paramdeep Ghumman.The hospitality of the family.......the generosity of the wine tasting.....the quality of the wines.....the excellent presentation by Nirmal.....the magnificent array of Northern Indian style curries and freshly baked nam bread.....the dancing of the merry Proberians after the meal and the excellent bus trip back to Somers. Wow.





Cycling group. 

Cycling activity for Wednesday 27 April was the Woori Yallock to Warburton rail trail.
The group drove to Woori Yallock and then cycled the rail trail to Warburton where they enjoyed lunch and then returned to Woori Yallock. Total distance of the ride was 34 km.




The D and C Group.

AKA: The Dog and Coffee Group. Met for the first time with four dogs in attendance,Satchmo, Gem, Duncan and Zoe. A great time was had by all the dogs and their owners, who also enjoyed coffe in the General Store at Somers.


Wine Group.

A very enjoyable wine lovers afternoon and a tasting of some unusual varieties at Vale winery, Balnarring.



Visit to Heronswood by the Garden Group.

On Wednesday 20 April the garden group visitied Heronswood in Dromana for morning tea followed by a guided tour. Beautiful gardens!