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Probus Club of Carseldine Queensland

Monthly Trips 

Carseldine Club has a program of monthly outings usually held on the third Tuesday of each month.  These monthly outings include places of interest and a lunch, and can be anywhere in South East Queensland within a comfortable day’s coach trip.  Examples include visiting the Majestic Theatre Pomona, Maleny Dairies, Lone Pine, the Outback Spectacular (nighttime) and riding the Mary Valley Rattler steam train.  As well the club has visited places of significance such as Parliament House, Suncorp Stadium, Tangalooma and St Helena Island.

The Club has a good record of maintaining a regular program of interesting monthly trips at reasonable cost to members.  We welcome and in fact require prospective new members to join us on a couple of our monthly trips so we can get to know each other before the membership application is considered.  From the point of view of prospective new members this attendance and attendance at a monthly meeting enables new members to make an assessment of our Club’s suitability before committing to applying for membership.

Guest Speakers

At most monthly meetings a Guest Speaker is programmed to address the meeting for 45 minutes to one hour including question time.  The Guest Speaker program is one way the Club responds to the need to provide intellectual stimulation for its retired members.  Experts in a particular field are sought to provide talks on their area of expertise.  On other occasions a talk with an emphasis on providing information of relevance to retirees is scheduled.  From time to time one or a panel of members will fill the guest speaker spot and talk on subjects of special interest to the members. Recent guest speakers have included a Bush Poet, an RACQ representative speaking on road safety, a spokesperson informing the Club about Queensland Rail holidays and an information session on Diversicare (keeping older people in their own homes).

 Special Events

From time to time instead of a monthly trip Carseldine Club holds what have become traditional events.  These are spaced throughout the year and in April we celebrate the foundation of the Club with a special lunch.  In January a breakfast BBQ by the bay is held to mark Australia Day and an evening Christmas Dinner is held towards the end of each year.    

Extended Trips

The Club arranges an extended trip from time to time, not more frequently than once each year.  In recent years trips have been arranged such as visiting the Mt Isa Rodeo within a trip to the Gulf and Northern Queensland, Macksville and northern New South Wales surrounds, Adelaide and wineries and in 2016 a three day Tangalooma stay was enjoyed in August and later in the year the club members flew to Cairns to cruise to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. In 2018 a trip to Lightning Ridge was undertaken and enjoyed by a number of Club members.

In May 2019 forty six members travelled to Bright for nine days and enjoyed the many scenic and tourist delights of the Victorian Alpine region.

Small Group Activities

In order to promote further interaction between Club members a few smaller informal activities such as a "Singalong"; sessions on how to play cards and chess as well as "Trivia made easy" have been introduced.  A lending library of donated books is also in operation.