The August meeting of the Tollgates Probus Club Batemans Bay was attended by 75 members and 16 visitors and was a very busy one with one gold star winner, two new members, twelve lucky door prize winners and a very entertaining performance by Keith Potger an original member of “The Seekers” talking about his life in the music industry.
Phil Marley won the coveted gold star (it's better than a Brownlow) to commemorate the three very busy years he has served on the Board of Probus NSW/ACT.
Our two new members are Valerie Brandenburg and John Foulis and their induction brings the number of members of Tollgates Probus Club up to 118, now just two short of the maximum 120 members we are allowed.
Everyone received a lucky door ticket as they arrived but ten of them found that they had a suspiciously spotty one, little knowing what the spots meant. It turned that they meant they were the lucky winners of one of the President's Mystery Prizes. What the prizes were remains a bit of a mystery.
Keith Potger then talked about his family's migration from Ceylon, as it was then, to Melbourne, his early days as a musician starting at school and the formation of the Seekers.
He finished by playing his twelve string guitar and singing Morning Town Ride accompanied by a 91 voice choir of sort-of aging Seekers fans.
Above: Gold Star winner Phil Marley with Club President Claudia Dixon.
Above: The President's Mystery Prize winners with their prizes.
Above: Keith Potger signing off after he and the club raised the roof by singing Morning Town Ride.
Above: New members and sponsors (L to R): Jim Clarke sponsoring Valerie Brandenburg; John Foulis sponsored by John Carpenter and Club President Claudia Dixon.