President’s Report

Gerald King
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 or please come to one of our monthly meetings at the  Greythorn Community Centre 2 Centreway Balwyn North on the 2nd Tuesday of the month commencing at 10 am – 12 pm

The Probus club of North Balwyn celebrated their 35th Anniversary at their recent November meeting

Mr David Cheney (Left), North Balwyn Rotary Club, presenting the 35th Anniversary Certificate to Mr Gerald King (Right), President, North Balwyn Probus Club.

In attendance and presenting the 35th Anniversary Certificate to President Gerald King was Mr David Cheney from North Balwyn Rotary Club. David was instrumental in the establishment of Probus Club of Balwyn North having overseen the necessary paperwork over a 10-week period that culminated in the first meeting of the Club on 13 November 1984.

Probus Club of Balwyn North 70 member’s meet each second Tuesday at the Greythorn Hub, 2 Centre Way, Greythorn. This is a club with a proud history of welcoming men who have retired & who would enjoy partaking in social & personal interests that cover a range of activities from – investment, photography, computers, heritage/genealogy, woodcraft, walking, dine outs, theatre events & bridge. A range of trips are also on the menu to meet members’ interests.

If you fit the category of retired male & you would like to join this outgoing group, then visit the club’s website ( for further information & contact details.

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

Special Interest Group of the Month

Photography/Travel SIG: Photography SIG consists of a group of members who meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at North Balwyn Uniting Church: Duggan Street, North Balwyn for 2 hours starting at 10.00 am.  It is a very informal gathering, promoting the art of photography with hands on demonstrations for Compact Cameras, DSLR’s, Mirrorless & Smartphones. Sharing our various experiences, knowledge and talking about photography. 

We also go on Photographic Walks e.g. “Frankston Big Picture Fest:”


as well as conduct Workshops e.g. “Portraiture.
It has been decided to incorporate a Travel aspect into our SIG as this goes “hand in glove’ with photography. To develop the interest in Travel, our SIG has organised a Guest Speaker Danielle Herlihy from the Travel Industry “Flight Centre” to give us a talk by way of a Question and Answer on any aspect of travel the members would like to cover.

Everyone is welcome to bring partners, friends and neighbours and enjoy a friendly & informative meeting on Tuesday 17th. March. 

 “The world is your Oyster” The phrase was created by William Shakespeare in his play ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’: … “I can do anything I want to do and go anywhere I want to go-

 Guest Speaker

Brian Williams Regional Officer, Consumer Affairs Victoria (Box Hill Justice Service Centre) will be presenting Scams & Fake Tradies Information.

Many older Victorians are attractive targets for scammers because they often own substantial assets and have access to life savings and superannuation.
Older Victorians are also the fastest growing online user group in the country, using online channels to keep in touch with children, family and friends, to correspond via email, watch YouTube videos or catch-up TV or to research and book travel.
Consumer Affairs Victoria is working to reduce the detriment caused by scammers by building greater awareness and understanding of online & phone scams amongst older Victorians.

Topics to be covered will include: 

  • Identifying Scams
  • Financial Cost of Scams
  • Different Types of Scams
  • Identity Theft
  • How to Protect Yourself 
  •  Telemarketing
  • Fake Tradies
  • The Role of Consumer Affairs Victoria

Previous Guest Speakers 2018 -2020


Guest Speaker


 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