Probus Club of Blacktown City Combined
What IS Probus? Probus is an association of active retirees who join together in clubs, the basic purpose of which is to provide regular opportunities for them to keep their minds active, expand their interests and to enjoy the fellowship of new friends.
These pages give a glimpse of how Blacktown Probus achieves that purpose, and how you can be part of it!
Originated in the United Kingdom in 1965, Probus is now a world-wide movement in twenty three countries;
it is a community service activity of Rotary Clubs. New Zealand joined its ranks in 1974, Australia in 1976, and Blacktown Probus was formed on October 25, 1994; we celebrated our 20th birthday
at our monthly meeting on October 28, 2014 - with an impressive number of Foundation Members in attendance!
The monthly meetings of Probus Club of Blacktown City (Combined) Inc. are held on the last Tuesday of each month, commencing at 10.00a.m., and the venue is Blacktown Workers’ Club, 55 Campbell Street, Blacktown, in the Ballroom (first floor), now also known as Events @ 55.
The next General Meeting will be held on
TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016, at 10.00a.m.,
and will include an ANZAC commemoration: all who have been in the armed forces are requested to wear their medals.
Usually, after the opening business component (sometimes funny business??) of monthly meetings is completed, everyone looks forward to a brief talk by a member about their history or interests or experiences; then comes morning tea, followed by a guest speaker - who, on April 28 was Susan Lewis from Pressed Flower Designs, who demonstrated an express method of flower pressing using a microwave oven and also spoke on “the secret language of flowers”. On June 30 our guest speaker was John Parsonage, who lived in China for several years and named his talk “China, it is not what you think”. On July 28 our speaker was Mr. Brent Gordon from Shirley Road Chiropractic, from whom we gained a revelatory range of information and insights into the fascinating workings of our bodies - and what we can do to safeguard them,and at the last General Meeting, on August 25, MR. JONATHON BRANSDON, a volunteer with The Australian Heritage Fleet, spoke on Sydney's Heritage Fleet including the inside story of the restoration of the barque James Craig. In September BARBARA BONFIELD from GUIDE DOGS NSW/ACT was our Guest Speaker, accompanied by her seeing eye dog Samara: Barbara's talk was extremely interesting, and seeing Samara at work and then, out of harness, at play, was truly wonderful.