President’s Report

James Kimpton President

James Kimpton
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Special Announcement from the Committee 

As a result of information concerning the Corona virus, the Committee has passed the following resolution.

That all  Face to face meetings, functions and events, including general meetings, Special Interest Groups have been cancelled until further notice as a result of the increasing threat from the Corona virus.

The Committee in making this decision believes it is acting in the best interest of members particularly considering the age group of our membership. Our first Zoom Conferencing General Meeting will be Tuesday 14th July at 10am.

President’s Report continued

I became President of Probus Club of North Balwyn in April 2020.
Almost immediately the Governments (Federal and State) imposed requirements flowing from the need to avoid the spread of corona virus. “Covid-19” We have been concerned to comply with those requirements and believe that we have done so, notwithstanding the short-term impact  upon our activity. Thus we have been unable to meet whether to discuss our interests via special interest groups or as an entire membership to hear a speaker of interest to all of us.

As the situation improves we look forward to returning to normal. The special interest groups will flourish, and our entire membership will enjoy meeting together again.

Meanwhile, we have been using the Zoom Video Conferencing over the internet to keep in touch for our committee meetings and our Sig  meetings. It is proposed that our General meeting on 14th July will also be conducted by Zoom Video conferencing facility.  

This web site has an important role in keeping us all up-to-date. It sets  out all the activities that we encourage, and members can use it to see  what we are doing. In these ways our membership is always active.

The Probus Club of North Balwyn looks forward to meeting you very soon.

Special Interest Group of the Month

New Special Interest Group “SIG” has been set up called Zoom Lunch and Chat.

Graydon Findlay is hosting the above new Sig to fill the void whilst we are not able to go to Dine-Out venues, Cinemas or Theatres. Further Lunch & Chat zoom meetings will be held on the fourth Thursday of the month while these restrictions are in place. 

About a fortnight before the zoom lunch meetings, two or three movies are selected and details sent to participants so they can decide which films to watch at home in comfort prior to the zoom lunch.

An invitation is emailed to participants with a link so they can join the zoom lunch meeting at home. While having a light lunch they talk about the films thy have watched and chat about what they have been doing and how their families have been coping during the changing COVID-19 restrictions.

The Zoom group that joined on the 25th June

Two Zoom Lunch & Chat SIG meetings have already been held.

The first in May with the following movies:-

  1. Opal Dream – SBS OnDemand
  2. Love Alaska – Beamafilm (using your Council Library card to view)

The Second Sig during June with the following movies: –

  1. Charlie and  Boots – SBS OnDemand
  2. Florence Foster Jenkin – SBS OnDemand
  3. A Street Cat Named Bob – SBS OnDemand

 Guest Speaker

 Our guest speaker for our First Zoom General Meeting on Tuesday 14th July will be presenting “ Home Automation” 
Anthony Caruana

Anthony forged a successful career as an IT executive before turning his communications skills to the media. He has written for every major technology masthead in Australia, covering consumer tech, information security and enterprise systems. He’s been a Lifehacker contributor for many years as well as editing Macworld Australia. He has appeared on every major TV network in Australia and is a regular commentator on radio as well as countless podcasts.

Further details will be provided in our newsletter.

Previous Guest Speakers 2018 – 2020

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