ARE there yowies around Batemans Bay? Many members probably had that possibility in mind as they left the June meeting of Moruya Probus club, held ay Moruya Golf Club on Tuesday.
They had heard member Terry Fuller pose the possibility during a talk on all sorts of creatures that go bump in the night…and sometimes daytime.
Before that the meeting had dealt with some routine business…after hearing some well-received jokes.
Netta Behringer spoke of the trials and tribulations of planning Club outings, adding, though, that once under way the outings proved lovely times. While on that subject, president Diane Montgomerie said that discussions were taking place regarding the possibility of Moruya Club combining with others in the area for combined tours.
Treasurer Bruce Imrie presented his monthly report, adding that 36 members had signed up for the Christmas In July luncheon at Tomakin Sports and Social Club on July 9, and he expected more would.
Activities officer Carol Imrie said the possibility of a social luncheon at Tilba Winery in August was being looked into, adding “there’s a fire there.”
Membership officer Carolyn Winters said there were 38 members present, out of 49, and one visitor.
Terry Fuller then took centre stage, clad with appropriate footwear, to talk about the legends in many parts of the world of mysterious creatures.
He began with the Yeti describing the finding of very large footprints in snow by members of an Everest expedition in 1951. One theory was that they were those of a tree bear. The Nepalese Government officially declared the creature an animal, but interest in it has faded away…for the time being.
Terry then turned to the Sasquatch in North America that had been described as a big man, seven to eight-foot tall and covered in brownish hair living in forest areas. There had been about 23,000 reported sightings, he said, detailing some anecdotal accounts of some of them.
Then our own Yowie, the Australian version of the above. There were reports of one being sighted near Dignam’s Creek in the 1980s, and of the finding by local oyster farmers of foot prints of a creature with a very long stride on an island at Batemans Bay.
“Just because there is no direct evidence of their existence,” Terry said,” we can’t say that they don’t exist.”
Moruya Probus meets at Moruya Golf Club at ten-o’clock on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
There are many advantages with being a member of Probus. Apart from meeting new friends, and sometimes some old ones, there are opportunities of being involved in outings. There are discounts for some members with restaurants and hotels and more reasonable travel insurance rates that seniors may otherwise be offered. Anyone considering membership should call president Diane Montgomerie on 4471 8629.