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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

“Be in it” says Probus chief.

PROBABLY because of the lingering effects of Easter, and the school holidays, and possibly because it was held a week earlier than usual to avoid a clash with Anzac Day, there was a small attendance at the April meeting of Moruya Probus Club.

Only 29 members were at Moruya Golf Club on Tuesday, about half of the membership.

At his first monthly meeting as president, Vince Fisher drew members’ attention to a photo competition run by Probus through its magazine Active Retirees. He told them that the latest winner of the competition was Jenny Kohlhagen from the Batemans Bay Probus Club. A photograph of fellow Club members Audrey Picker, Barry Hart, Maureen and Martin Daniels kayaking on Cullendulla Creek had won her a $25,000 Mediterranean cruise, Vince said, urging members to enter the new competition that has a theme of Young at Heart, closes in December and also has Mediterranean cruise as the first of several prizes.

Earlier in the meeting Tours Officer Barbara Dorman had told members there were still some vacancies on the one-day bus tour to Albion Park in June. She was working on an outing to Eden for two days, probably in September. A decision had yet to be made as to whether it would by bus or members’ cars.

The president said it had been decided to hold the “Bring a Friend” day in May. “People will be able to come and see what we do and find it is about fun, fellowship and friendship…without any obligation to join,” he said.

As the proposed guest speaker was unable to be there Guest Speaker Officer David Petts filled in by giving an outline of his life, so far, from his birth in London, his experiences in the London Blitz, and other wartime events including his family having two German prisoners-of-war as guests for Christmas dinner in 1944.

He covered his school and early work experiences and his experiences in Australia since he arrived “as a ten-pound Pom” with his family in 1965.

He had obviously had some ups and downs, but judged “it’s been a great life”.

The next meeting of Moruya Probus will be on May 23, at Moruya Golf Club starting at ten-o’clock and, as usual, prospective members will be welcome.

Above:Guest Speaker Officer David Petts

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