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Probus hears from aviatrix, and of need for new tricks

MORUYA Probus at its October meeting heard from a speaker described by president Vince Fisher as “inspirational”, with members agreeing and being told they will hear more from her one day.

Sarah Leaver, now of Bingie, spoke of her early days in aviation, “early” in this case meaningful as she flew in her father’s Cessna 150 while she was still in primary school, sometimes from her then Canberra home to Moruya for weekends. She obtained her pilot’s licence when she was 18, having been taught aerial navigation before she turned 13. Sarah went on to earn her commercial pilot’s licence by age 20 and then the very-difficult-to-acquire flying instructor’s licence.

In her career she had struck gender problems, she told Probus but “if I hadn’t learned to fly I would not have been able to put up with the downs of life…flying has helped me cope with life.”

After the applause died down president Vince said he would like to have Sarah back to speak about her later life, and she said she would do so.

Earlier in the meeting members discussed concerns about membership and the not always good attendance at meetings by those who were members.

On Tuesday out of a membership of 47 only 29 were there, at Moruya Golf Club, with 14 apologies.

Members were told some prospective members were hesitant to join, seeing Moruya Probus not active enough, especially with regard to tours. President Fisher pointed out that members of Moruya Probus were entitled to join in tours organised by Probus Clubs at Batemans Bay and Narooma.

Moruya Probus was formed in 1964, at first with men only but becoming a mixed club in 2006. It meets at Moruya Golf Club every fourth Tuesday in the month, starting at ten-o’clock but has many more social gatherings during the year. There are many advantages to belonging, including discounts related to travel and accommodation, including travel insurance.

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