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When we reflect on the past twelve months, it certainly has been one of the most turbulent and uncertain times most of us can remember.

Although it has been challenging to maintain regular social contact with all our members, mainly due to lockdowns and rigid restrictions curtailing group numbers, we still managed to increase our membership by 32 during the March 2020 to September 2020 period.  We are now maintaining our ceiling number of 120 members with a waiting list eager to join us.

Our Committee and Group Co-Ordinators worked hard during COVID disruptions to maintain regular group activities and small social gatherings. Our monthly Newsletter was a regular source of reference and the Club's website proved very beneficial. Mary Ellen & Glenn Durrance did a magnificent job keeping our members well informed during this difficult period. 

Just to refresh our memories I have highlighted below a brief sequence of events which we managed to stage during the past twelve months:

MARCH 9th 2020= Annual General Meeting.

MARCH 13th =Group excursion to “Senior Moments 2”, Merrigong Theatre Wollongong.

MARCH 23rd =Caravan & Camping group visit to White Sands, Huskisson  cancelled.

MARCH 12th=Group outing to Watsons Bay & Hornby Lighthouse.

MARCH = Walking Group formed.

APRIL = A quote from our Newsletter “Take a deep breath, it’s just a bad time, not a bad life”.

Another quote: “Never in my whole life would I imagine my hands would consume more alcohol than my mouth”.

APRIL = All meetings and Group Activities suspended.

MAY = Club Website launched.(Glenn Durrance Webmaster).

MAY = Pat Howard volunteered to replace Margaret Wolfe as Club Welfare Officer.

JUNE = Proposed trip to Floriade, Canberra for September 

Young Cherr Blossom trip proposed.

JULY = Held first of three small group luncheons/socials at Club Thirroul.

JULY = Club Activities resume on a regular basis.

AUGUST = Road trip to Canberra cancelled.

AUGUST = All Activity Groups active.

SEPTEMBER = All Groups active.

OCTOBER = 1st. First International Probus Day celebrated at Club Thirroul 

OCTOBER = Group Luncheon at New Coledale RSL.

NOVEMBER = 9th First General Meeting since March 2020 with 72 members in attendance.

NOVEMBER = 19th & 20th = Two groups attended “High Tea” in Woonona.

NOVEMBER = 30th A new group started Barefoot Bowls at Club Thirroul with 22 in attendance.

DECEMBER = 18 new members inducted.

DECEMBER = 7th Caravan & Camping Group trip to Lake Conjola.

DECEMBER = 21st. Christmas drinks/social at Club Thirroul.

DECEMBER = All activity groups back to normal.

JANUARY 2021 = 9 new members inducted.

JANUARY = 10th Theatre group to “Pippin” Lyric Theatre, 22 in attendance.

JANUARY = 4th. Sadly lost our foundation member DOROTHY SEFTON aged 99 years.

JANUARY = Small Group Dining and all social activities resumed.

FEBRUARY = Visit, tour and lunch at Resin Brewery Bulli.

FEBRUARY = New Group formed TRIVIA at Club Thirroul.

MARCH = Proposed Group Outing/Coach Trip to Menangle Paceway

To summarise, I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate our past Committee members and Co-Ordinators for the wonderful work they have achieved during the past twelve months;without their commitment the Club could not have provided the above program.

I am confident the incoming Committee elected today will take our Club on an exciting pathway in the next twelve months.

Thank you members, for making our Club an example of what can be achieved from humble beginnings.

Mike Brennan 

President 2020-2021.