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 Kew Golf Club.
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 8th March 2022 at 10.00am
All SIG meetings – Commencing from respective dates in February/March 2022. (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.
I commenced my Presidency from the April 12th, 2022, at the Change-Over lunch Meeting, having served as Senior Vice President in the year before. My time on the Committee has been special. The Committee’s commitment to the Club surviving Covid has been extraordinary.
The outcome of our Zoom year has been a remarkable success and it has been a pleasure to be part of that team effort, 2022 represents a different challenge. The recruitment of new members in the 2020 – 2022 years has been impossible and natural attrition, apart from anything else, demands we maintain our membership level. to ensure the Club’s ongoing vitality.
My commitment in the 2022 year is to redouble our efforts to attract new members to our special Club, support and strengthen our Special Interest Groups, visit succession planning about Committee and SIG Conveners positions and see a longed-for return to those captivating social events we’ve enjoyed so much in the past – in which we have importantly included our partners.
After the last 2 years it will require a bit of effort and commitment to get to where we want to be this year. In this, our website will be an essential element of our communication strategy.
PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE – OFTEN!
Special Interest Group of the Month
The Investment Special Interest Group (SIG) meets at from 10am to 12noon on the
2nd Thursday in each month
(Except December and January)
This SIG is open to all members of PCNB and guests. Discussions cover a very wide range of topics, from personal share portfolios, SMSF portfolios, Industry Super Funds etc., to matters involving change of Government, Government decisions on taxes, benefits, fuel costs, energy supply, solar panels, wind generation, etc. and many other matters, such as Covid, electric cars, food supply chains, resource exports (coal, gas, iron ore, rare earths, etc.), and even overseas travel.
On some rare occasions, we may also even drift into discussions about politics.
The aim of the Investment SIG, is to keep members up to date and aware of changes which might affect their financial investments and taxes and ultimately their way of life.
Occasionally the SIG invites a guest speaker to provide background information on subjects as diverse as care-homes, the stock market, property prices, etc.
All PCNB Members are encouraged to attend and participate in open discussions on any aspect of the very wide range of topics covered.
If you have not attended previously and would like to participate in this very topical SIG, please contact the Convenors for details of the meeting venue.
Our guest speaker for our General Meeting 14th February 2023 will be Matthew Etty-Leal and the topic “Tibet”
Tibet “the land of snows’. We arrived at Kanding Airport, 4,280 m above sea level in April 2014, having flown over the Himalayas. For the first week, we walked twenty metres before stopping for a break.
The tour was organised by Don Cullen, a regular visitor to Tibet since 2000. I travelled with four other Victorians. Tibet is also the principal source of six rivers, i.e., the “Water Tower of Asia”. We greatly increased our understanding of Buddhism, visiting temples, monasteries and nunneries, later schools, and medical clinics. One Buddhist tradition is the hoisting of prayer flags on rooftops, tents, hilltops, & almost anywhere a Tibetan can be found, another tradition the use of prayer wheels.
Forty percent of Tibet’s cash income comes from the sale of fungus, contributing US$225m p.a. to Tibet’s GDP. “Himalayan Viagra” has been used for about 1,000 years as an aphrodisiac. Yaks are everywhere and every bit of a yak is used for food, blankets, butter, tea, cheese, curtains etc. Tibetan nomads, called drokpa, graze several forms of domesticated livestock, including yaks, dzos, (yak-cattle hybrids), sheep, goats & horses, often living in tents.
Previous Guest Speakers 2018 – 2022
|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|