Probus Club of Balwyn NorthPresident’s Welcome


Ken Mitchell
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”.


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 two new members Michael Siles, John Hyson (right to left) at our General Meeting 10/10/2023. Please make yourself know to them at one of the future meetings.

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.

We have established Probus Ladies Group 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

Computer SIG

Convenor: Rodney Manser 041 816 4432

The Computer SIG (Special Interest Group) consists of a group of members who are keen on all aspects of IT (Windows & Apple formats)

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

All members and partners are welcome to join us, to contribute to the meeting by developing their skills. As we all can learn from each other.

Question and answer section is in the monthly Agenda to discuss the challenges that are being experienced.  

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 14th November 2023 will be Denis Davis and the topic “The Kokoda Trail”.

Umpired AFL at all levels for 50 seasons, has run 18 full marathons and 8 ultra marathons, last challenge Rialto Stair climb 88 floors in 34 minutes. took on Kokoda Track in 2010 on found it physically and mentally challenging. The Track is the basis of my presentation.

Tour | The Kokoda Track with Indigenous Kokoda Adventures | Indigenous  Kokoda Adventures | xxx1THE KOKODA TRAIL: Eight Day Jungle Trek in Papua New Guinea - YouTube

kokoda trail images:

Previous Guest Speakers 2018 – 2023

October 2023Leigh HayHenry & Louisa Lawson
September 2023Pamela O’BrienGoldfields Presentation
August 2023Stephanie McCullochNeighbour Disputes
July 2023Bruno ZielkeAstronomy
June 2023Matthew Etty-LealTibet – Part 2
May 2023Tony ShawAFL Football Coach & Player
March 2023John BarlowWill your next car be Electric
February 2022Matthew Etty-LealTibet
November 2022Ken DavisMelbourne Suburban Signalling System
October 2022Graham O’RourkeMacpherson Robertson
September 2022Graham O’RourkeThe State Library of Victoria: The first 60 years 1853-1913″ 
August 2022Max HarrisSeniors Stepping Out Safely
July 2022Hazel MaynardVolunteering
June 2022Matthew Etty-LealCobb & Co
May 2022Ted Baillieu AOSir John Monash
February 2022Andrew CampbellCould Ageing be a treatable disease
November 2021 Dr Janet PatfordLiving – Apart – Together (Lat) Relationships
October 2021Ross McMullinFarewell Dear People
August 2021Rohan BrownMy Story – Personal Stories
July 2021Megan GouldingSwanston Street Excavations
June 2021Tim RobertsDiabetic and general foot care
May 2021Bev MossCome Fly with Me
April 2021Elida Brereton Travel to Antarctica & South Georgia
March 2021Ken ParkerElectric Vehicles, Renewable Energy
Andrew CampbellHearing and Brain Health
November 2020Ross McMullinPompey Elliott – in his own words

October 2020
Vikki PetraitisCrime stories “ Hodsons and Nicola Gobbo ” 
September – 2020
August – 2020
Julian Battistella

Andrew Mitchell
Estate Planning

Electric Cars and Clean Energy – Why?
July – 2020Anthony CaruanaHome Automation
March – 2020Brian WilliamsScams and Fake Tradies
February – 2020Radha Raghunath`Add Years to Your Life
November – 2019Gary FergusonElder Abuse and Seniors Rights
October – 2019Fiona CampbellThe Spencer Street Bridge
September 2019Thorold MerrettStory of Collingswood Premiership 1958
August 2019Rodney RichardsAngel Flights
July 2019Beverley MossBuckingham Palace in my underwear
June 2019Lloyd PhillipsPoetry can be fun
May 2019Joffa CorfeMy life and Gold Coat
April 2019No SpeakerChange over lunch
March 2019Kevin TraskMyself and the media and the Australian singer Diana Trask
February 2019Madryn Sanderson & Alex CarterPersonalised In-home care and health
December 2018No SpeakerChristmas Luncheon
November 2018U3A ChoirSongs of Screen and Stage
October 2018Jacqueline DinanRacing the Boys
September 2018Anthony KnightBeleura House Mornington
August 2018Cliff HardyThe London Blitz
July 2018Natalie DurkovicShen Yen Performing Arts and Traditional Chinese Culture
June 2018Jessica WattsBladder & Bowel Health
May 2018Ross McMullinVillers Bretonneux
April 2018No SpeakerChange Over Luncheon
March 2018Don McQueenThe Bush Balladeer
February 2018Elida BreretonTravel Stories