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Presidents Report for January 2024   Robin Hearder. 

Welcome back everybody, and I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and Happy New Year with your families and friends. Thank you Wendy for organizing Lamingtons for our January meeting to celebrate Australia Day. We start off 2024 with our traditional Fish & Chips at Toowoon Bay Park on Wednesday 7th February and thanks to Wendy & Jenny B. for sending out the order forms from the excellent Fish & Chips shop over the road.  This is a friendly catchup as some members will still be involved with holidays.  

The AGM is due on Tuesday 26th March, and I will again print out  copies of the descriptions of the various Officebearers and Committee positions for next year so that members can think about them, particularly a new President & new Secretary., and how You can help our Happy Club by nominating for a position before the AGM.  

We have a new member Coralie Carr to induct in January , and I understand 2 more in February.

  Many thanks again to Helen Taylor, Diana Cooney, and Jenny Blair for organizing our fabulous Christmas lunch at Mingara Recreation Club with good food, music from About Face duo, some carols led by Wendy & Rod, a fun pass-the-parcel game from Diana, raffle bags from Diana, Jenny, & Stan, financials by Julie, and MC by Ken. Well done everybody. ! Unfortunately there was a bigger deficit than budgeted for, as some expenses were also overlooked.  The Committee has agreed to go back to Mingara Recreation Club for our Christmas Lunch next year. Our Guest Speaker this month is a return visit by the superb Chinese Brush painter Stephen Cassatari.  

For all members who enjoyed reading books over the holidays, please remember to bring used books along for our Book Swap Table.

Treasurers Report .Julie Commins OAM

November 2023  - Julie Commins
Income for November 2023 was $$1676.00 which mainly consisted of Melbourne
Cup Lunch Takings $555.00 , Raffle takings $136.00  High Tea @Parliament
House $65.00, Christmas Lunch $820.00 and Membership badge fees $90.00
There were expenses of 6505.18  Consisting mainly of :  raffle prizes $27.00

 Equipment repairs $150.00, Christmas Raffle Expenses $152.50, Parliament

House visit $975.00 and Christmas Lunch @Mingara $4625.00
Net operating balance of  $1974.88.
The Cash reserve account stood at $3712.44 Total club funds at end of November 2023 - $5687.32

Treasurers Report - December 2023

There was no formal meeting in December, rather a Christmas Lunch
Celebration which was very successful. A huge thank you to all those who
organised this event. Subsequentially there was little financial activity.
Income for December was a refund of Probus Sharing Day expenses. $32.00 
Expenses of $780.75 Consisted of Raffle Prizes $37.00, Further Christmas
Raffle bag expenses $139.00,  Wine for Christmas raffle bags $144.75, WRLCG
M/Tea November $110.00, Payment of Entertainers @ Christmas Party $350.

At the end of  there were 91 Financial members including 5 life members.
In general it would be greatly appreciated if you could make payments on
line ensuring you include your name(s) and the event.
If you wish to deposit funds directly into the Probus Account please give
your Probus number to the teller.

 Westpac Account BSB: 032 525  A/C 751399. Give your surname and item description (eg: Smith)


A  message from Diana Cooney who looks after the attendances. Could members who are not able to attend a meeting please contact her prior to the meeting on 4332 9064 or 0423988102



27th January   David Campbell 

7th February. Fish n’chips in Toowoon Bay Park. 4.30pm

25th February  Robertson BrotherS, Art House Wyong

28TH February , 4 Day Cruise

3RD March Wizard of Oz. Laycock Theatre  1.30pm

5th March Champagne Brunch. Toowoon Bay Park  10am

24th March. Riverboat Postman 11am

4th April. Canton Beach Sports Club  11am Lunch & Entertainment.


BBQ REPORT –  Wendy McRobie 

Wednesday 7th February 4.30pm.

Fish ‘n’ Chips in the Park, Toowoon Bay. The menu will be distributed at General meeting along with an order form. Members orders and money to be collected at General meeting if possible. The shop needs to know in advance re ordering. I will arrange for orders to be ready for collection around 5pm.

Chairs, tables, glasses, plates, cutlery, drinks and any salads to be supplied by members.

This is the ‘first‘ Probus get together for 2024.


Tuesday 5th March, 10.00am……$15 per person

Champagne Brunch, Toowoon Bay Park. The menu to include: juice, champagne, bacon, eggs, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, hash brown & a fruit kebab.

   Plates, glasses and cutlery to be brought by members.







Social Report…. Helen Taylor
Happy New Year to all.
Dates for your diary for 2024.
February 28th : 
4 night cruise on Carnival Splendour to Moreton Island .For those attending we will meet on board at 5.50pm near the entry to Your Time Dining Deck 4 ,for dinner together on our first night. Wishing you all a fun time on board. .For return trip via train home if you’d like Miranda to drive you to your home from Tuggerah Station at $15 pp please let Jenny know and she will liaise with Miranda.
March 24 th : Sunday.
Riverboat Postman 3 hr lunch Cruise ( this cruise is in reverse to Postman’s run) Departs wharf at Hawkesbury River/Brooklyn at 11am .Cost p.p. $ 55. Morning tea plus Ploughmans lunch .
Train leaves Tuggerah 9.08 am Gosford 9.27am arrives 9.53. Hawkesbury River.
Departs Hawkesbury River 2.49 pm arrives Gosford 3.15pm Tuggerah 3.35pm.

April 4th .Thursday

Canton Beach Sports Club ,11 Hibbard st,Toukley.10am .$20 p.p.
Lunch,entertainment,Bingo, followed by Entertainer.

July 17 th Wednesday.
Xmas in July aboard Nova Cruises Newcastle.Cost $70 pp. 3 hour Cruise plus Entertainment . Have been advised by other Probus Clubs that this was an amazing day out.
Departs Lee Wharf Pontoon,Honeysuckle.5 Honeysuckle Drive,at 11am.
Train from Gosford leaves at 8:36am Tuggerah 8.50am arrives Newcastle 10.02 am.
Departs Newcastle 3.34 pm arrives Tuggerah 4.43 pm Gosford 5.01 pm.

September 25th 26th 27 th….. Oberon.
Accommodation at Highland Motor Inn 77-79 Dart St, Oberon. Phone 02 63361866 . Booking is in my name Helen Taylor Entrance Probus Club.
There are only 15 rooms at Motel so first in best dressed!
Prices are $190 pn for queen room with 1queen and 2 singles.3 available.
5 queen at $170 pn.
4 king at $190 pn.
3 queen2 ? At $210 pn.
If wishing to join us on this self drive trip please phone Motel and book your room .

October 15 th ..Tuesday.
Lunch at Japanese Gardens East Gosford .Top Point Cafe . Arrive 11.45 for lunch 12 noon.

… Christmas Party date to be decided. Robin will organise same.
I may not be at General Meeting on 23rd, I have asked Lynne Beale to take names for
Riverboat Postman and Xmas in July. I need those names to confirm and will be taking money for same at the February Meeting. Thanking you .Helen.



Happy New Year everyone, more adventures to come.

Upcoming theatre events   .David Campbell Saturday 27 January Art House 8 pm. A mix of members and friends attending. Bookings closed.

ROBERTSON BROTHERS Sunday February 25 th 2 pm.Tickets $74.75 Concession. This is an interactive theatrical TV experience, music and memories of the fabulous 60’s. Includes tributes to FRANKI VALLI and the FOUR SEASONS, NEIL SEDAKA and JOHN FARNHAM. Featuring SIMON BROOK Mc LACHLAN from the original cast of the Jersey Boys.

   Payment required at January meeting $74.95 concession.

  JOHN WILLIAMSON Friday 22 nd March 8pm Art House John is an Australian country and folk music     singer songwriter. He writes and performs songs that relate to the history and culture of AUSTRALIA.

His best known hit is “TRUE BLUE”.Payment due by 20th February.


WIZARD OF OZ Sunday 3rd March 1.30pm  Laycock Theatre $45.

Gosford Musical Society invites you to travel the yellow brick road with this enchanting production known for its charm and mesmerising storytelling, following the journey of Dorothy who finds herself transported to a magical realm after a tornado carries her away.

Payment due by Friday 2nd February. $45


I’m also checking out two more local theatres for variety.



PM (4 days ago)










WELFARE  - Margaret Mahoney

Welcome back everyone.

 I had no news of anyone being sick over the holidays except me. I got Covid 2 days after Christmas

 and I don’t wish it on anyone.

 Jim Wade who has not been well has improved which is good to hear.

 Bill Daniell is not so lucky from his fall last year. He is still in a lot of pain and we wish him well.

 Stan Taylor had a cancer cut off his foot and skin graft and has to be off his feet for a while.

 Unfortunately Ron Massey still has his arm in a sling and in a lot of pain. Seeing specialists this week

 with a view to surgery.







GUEST SPEAKERS –  Jenny Blair 2024

JANUARY 23  -         Stehen Cassatari. Chinese Painter

FEBRUARY .27 -       Mike Cruise. Ukraine-Russia Conflict

MARCH-   26 .-          AGM.. No Guest Speaker

APRIL – 23 -               Lance Godwin  - Maritime History

MAY – 28                  Rik Hart- Central Coast Administrator



Our next game against Glengara at Glengara is on Monday 15th April 2024.

Names and money ($15) needed at March meeting. 21 players needed plus reserves.

 Make up a team of 3 and give to me.

Non-players are welcome for lunch



Next Committee  Meeting in 13/2/2024  10.30am

Next General Meeting  27/2/2024   10am



Treasurer. Julie Commins   OAM   0429608050

Vice-President. Helen Taylor  0418612900

Jenny Daniell Secretary 0418211081         

Assist Sec. Judi Hearder    0414868955

Social Convenor. Helen Taylor  0418612900

BBQ Convenor. Wendy McRobie 0439811831

Theatre. Lynne Beale. 0401071195

Welfare. Margaret Mahoney  0408624086

Bowls. Rod Greenaway. 43339792

Raffles. Mary Anne Greck. 0403715497

Bulletin . Jenny Blair  0407206557

Guest Speakers Jenny Blair   0407206557

Diana Cooney Attendances & Membership  0423988102

Julie Bowd. Probus Cluster Representative



  Meetings:  4th Tuesday of each month 10 a.m..Venue  The Bateau Bay Bowling Club                      



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Committee Meeting.   11/7/2023 10.30am    General Meeting  25/7/2023 10am