Welcome to The Probus Club of North Balwyn Inc. A0016781Z website, you are encouraged to visit the various pages within. Should you find an interesting topic please use our Contact Us page for further information on any topic that might be of interest.
You are also warmly invited to come to any one of our MONTHLY GENERAL MEETINGS at the Greythorn Community Centre, 2 Centre Way, Balwyn North, with ample parking onsite, map, (Melways map 46 ref H2) held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10.00am – 12.00pm, and afterwards for a casual lunch get-together at The Jolly Miller Café 315 Doncaster Road, Balwyn North.
President Ken Mitchell presented Neil Smart with his certificate for the services and for their valuable contributions to our club as Treasurer 2014- 2021 and Secretary 2022 Secretary/Treasurer.
We also extend a warm welcome to attend any of our SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, (SIG’s), noted on the Website which can be facilitated by calling the respective coordinators. The SIG’s give a special dimension to membership.
We also regard the SIGs as a wonderful opportunity for non-members to become acquainted with the activities, substance, and benefits of becoming a member.
We are always keen to attract new members to maintain the Club’s ongoing strength and vitality going forward into the future.
Our commitment, – “You will be a stranger but once”.
RETURN TO FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS, (assuming no reintroduction of Covid restrictions): The Committee is pleased to confirm the following arrangements
Monthly General Meetings – Commencing Tuesday 14th February 2023 at 10.00am
All SIG meetings – Commencing from respective dates in February/March 2023. (Please refer to Newsletter for further updates)
It is expected it will be possible for these meetings to revert to pre-Covid formats with the opportunity for members to have social interaction, enjoy Guest speakers, presentations, and interactive discussions, as well as coffee breaks.
In addition, we are conducting hybrid meetings, face-to-face & Zoom, to allow members who are not able to physically attend to still participate.
The Club during the whole of the pandemic period, with the aid of Zoom, has remained extraordinarily vital and connected, but with the emergence from Covid our challenge is to re-engage personally and bring back the benefits of in-person interaction and captivate Member’s interests and involvement back to pre-Covid levels and more.
Our Guest Speakers have traditionally been of extremely high quality and interest and the activities of the SIG’s, such an important part of Club membership, we intend to support and foster to another level.
By agreement with Bob Haydon, I became President for 2023/24 with Bob to take over is 2024/25. With Peter Muir-Smith becoming Treasurer two key roles have been filled and the near future of the club has been assured.
As we are now able to promote the Club based on administration and financial certainty, we have four new members to be inducted in May and we expect to increase membership by over 20% in the current year.
We inducted three new members Harold Ball, Peter Barker, Bruce Holmes (left to right) at our General Meeting 9/5/2023. Please make yourself know to them at one of the future meetings.
Sadly July was not a good month for our club when two of our loved and respected wives died after extended illnesses. Yvonne Manser and Clare O’Callaghan will be greatly missed at future functions.
During July we had two good speakers.
Firstly, as our man behind the badge Bruce Mc Inerney described his Plumbing Company which in employing 85 people was strong enough to withstand a bad debt of $450,000 without suffering fatal consequences.
Bruce Zielke another of the experts from U3A gave a mind blowing description of the universe in which we live and used extensive charts and photos to tell the story. He put a lot in perspective with a picture showing the planet earth as a tiny speck in the total universe.
New members have been introduced to our club recently with the contact points being Golf and retirement accommodation. We have been delighted with the welcome offered to the new members and also their enthusiasm in accepting our club.
A new initiative this year has been the use of the Jolly Miller restaurant to cater for a friendly meeting after our monthly meetings.
In the last two months we have established a Special Interest Group made up of wives of our members and they have responded magnificently. New members to our club in future will be pleased to see the welcome that their wives receive to their club.
PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE – OFTEN!
Special Interest Group of the Month
Convenor: Rodney Manser 041 816 4432
We meet on the 4th, Tuesday of each month @ 10am at the North Balwyn Uniting Church to discuss topics such as: –
- Microsoft 365 Office applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, One Drive & Microsoft Edge.
- We have had various live demonstrations on these Microsoft apps with You tube tutorials are being introduced to further develop the skills of the members.
- Other applications TeamViewer, Zoom, WordPress, Various Internet Security platforms, VPNs, & NBN -plans have all been discussed and demonstrated.
- A Guest speaker has been arranged to cover topics as NBN & Computer security.
- At the Monthly meeting a Members Choice Presentation has been introduced where a member is asked to talk about their IT experience and what software they are using, challenges they have experienced. Richard Heal is presenting this month.
- Apple environment is encouraged, and presentations arranged to display the features of their applications. i.e., iOS, Safari, iWork, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote
Morning tea & coffee is provided at each meeting to be able to share their stories and challenges with your fellow Probian’s. A small fee is collected to cover the hire of the hall and the provision of the refreshments.
Our meetings/outings are always conducted in the spirit of Probus philosophy of Fellowship, Friendship & Fun.
Our guest speaker for our General Meeting 10th October 2023 will be Leigh Hay and the topic “Henry & Louisa Lawson”.
Leigh Hay is a published author and poet. A former May Gibbs Writer-in-Residence, she is a freelance editor of manuscripts and poetry anthologies.
Leigh is a member of Wordsmiths of Melbourne and Nandina poetry groups and is on the editorial committee of Poetica Christi Press – an independent Melbourne-based publisher of poetry. She is also currently the editor of The Lawsonian – member magazine for the Henry Lawson Society.
Along with her husband David, Leigh initiated Tales from the Treehouse, a publishing and writing cooperative to help promote authors, and her own published works include a novel, poetry collections, two musical librettos and books for children.
Previous Guest Speakers 2018 – 2023
|September 2023||Pamela O’Brien||Goldfields Presentation|
|August 2023||Stephanie McCulloch||Neighbour Disputes|
|July 2023||Bruno Zielke||Astronomy|
|June 2023||Matthew Etty-Leal||Tibet – Part 2|
|May 2023||Tony Shaw||AFL Football Coach & Player|
|March 2023||John Barlow||Will your next car be Electric|
|February 2022||Matthew Etty-Leal||Tibet|
|November 2022||Ken Davis||Melbourne Suburban Signalling System|
|October 2022||Graham O’Rourke||Macpherson Robertson|
|September 2022||Graham O’Rourke||The State Library of Victoria: The first 60 years 1853-1913″|
|August 2022||Max Harris||Seniors Stepping Out Safely|
|July 2022||Hazel Maynard||Volunteering|
|June 2022||Matthew Etty-Leal||Cobb & Co|
|May 2022||Ted Baillieu AO||Sir John Monash|
|February 2022||Andrew Campbell||Could Ageing be a treatable disease|
|November 2021||Dr Janet Patford||Living – Apart – Together (Lat) Relationships|
|October 2021||Ross McMullin||Farewell Dear People|
|August 2021||Rohan Brown||My Story – Personal Stories|
|July 2021||Megan Goulding||Swanston Street Excavations|
|June 2021||Tim Roberts||Diabetic and general foot care|
|May 2021||Bev Moss||Come Fly with Me|
|April 2021||Elida Brereton||Travel to Antarctica & South Georgia|
|March 2021||Ken Parker||Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy|
|Andrew Campbell||Hearing and Brain Health|
|November 2020||Ross McMullin||Pompey Elliott – in his own words|
|Vikki Petraitis||Crime stories “ Hodsons and Nicola Gobbo ”|
|September – 2020|
August – 2020
Electric Cars and Clean Energy – Why?
|July – 2020||Anthony Caruana||Home Automation|
|March – 2020||Brian Williams||Scams and Fake Tradies|
|February – 2020||Radha Raghunath`||Add Years to Your Life|
|November – 2019||Gary Ferguson||Elder Abuse and Seniors Rights|
|October – 2019||Fiona Campbell||The Spencer Street Bridge|
|September 2019||Thorold Merrett||Story of Collingswood Premiership 1958|
|August 2019||Rodney Richards||Angel Flights|
|July 2019||Beverley Moss||Buckingham Palace in my underwear|
|June 2019||Lloyd Phillips||Poetry can be fun|
|May 2019||Joffa Corfe||My life and Gold Coat|
|April 2019||No Speaker||Change over lunch|
|March 2019||Kevin Trask||Myself and the media and the Australian singer Diana Trask|
|February 2019||Madryn Sanderson & Alex Carter||Personalised In-home care and health|
|December 2018||No Speaker||Christmas Luncheon|
|November 2018||U3A Choir||Songs of Screen and Stage|
|October 2018||Jacqueline Dinan||Racing the Boys|
|September 2018||Anthony Knight||Beleura House Mornington|
|August 2018||Cliff Hardy||The London Blitz|
|July 2018||Natalie Durkovic||Shen Yen Performing Arts and Traditional Chinese Culture|
|June 2018||Jessica Watts||Bladder & Bowel Health|
|May 2018||Ross McMullin||Villers Bretonneux|
|April 2018||No Speaker||Change Over Luncheon|
|March 2018||Don McQueen||The Bush Balladeer|
|February 2018||Elida Brereton||Travel Stories|