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									                      COMBINED PROBUS CLUB OF QUEENSCLIFFE INC
                                                     No.A0037423Z
                                         Address: PO Box 149 Queenscliff 3225
                                     www.probussouthpacific.org/pcqueenscliffe
                        Founding Club of Rotary Club of Ocean Grove District 9780

President               Vice President              Secretary                        Treasurer
Jim Cotton              Annette Milnes              Gianna Varasdi                   Geoff Peters
5258 3064               5258 2025                   5258 3775                        5258 4029

      Private and confidential for Probus Club Members only, and not to be used for any other purpose.

                    MEETINGS :            1st Monday every Month, except January
                    NEXT MEETING :       3rd December 2012 at 9.45am
                    VENUE :              Gill Hall, Albert St, Point Lonsdale


                                     PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2012


PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Dear Active Retirees,

  We are fast approaching the festive season but to temper your enthusiasm I have to tell
you that at the December Meeting we have to advise Head Office of our decision on several
proposed Constitutional changes. The details are attached to this Bulletin so please read
them before the Meeting. The Committee is not favourably inclined to the 4 suggested
changes to our Membership definitions so that we can be considered a tax free Club. The
other changes are cosmetic and are not troubling.
Also, to get in the Christmas spirit we will enjoy a guest speaker who knows about snow and
white landscapes. Just remember to bring to our December meeting a Christmas Kringle- $5
max-which is for our lunch on 10th Dec and a donation for the Hamper for a worthy cause.
For our newer members and those who have not experienced a really good week I
recommend that you all consider the Caravan and Cabin Club week away in early March
2013 at Bright and/or October 2013 at Echuca ( provided it can be booked). So far 40 are
going to Bright, but vacancies exist.
Congratulations to Bill Wood on the well organised Cup sweeps last month. Linda was well
pleased with the Jumbo result and has already invested the proceeds wisely.
A special thanks to Geoff Peters who spent hours after the November meeting sorting
money that came from everywhere and involved switching change, but in a tribute to his
skill everything balanced.
Well done Geoff and Bill.
Finally, at the recent meeting the health of our Club was considered and the Committee
believes that we are robust and in good shape but we need everyone to take their turn in
helping us to stay that way. Keep safe and well sheltered from the sun.
Yours Actively,     Jim Cotton
                                Minutes of Monthly Meetings
    Reminder! The Minutes from the previous meeting will be available for viewing from 9.30am
            prior to each monthly meeting. Copies will be located on the front table.



Proposed amendments for Standard Probus Club Constitution – dated February 2008.

Proposal 1: Article 11 – Aims and Objectives – (a)

Existing wording:

         a. The purpose of this club shall be to advance intellectual and cultural interests among
         adult persons who have retired or are semi-retired from their former occupations.

Change to:

         b. The purpose of this club shall be to relieve isolation and loneliness associated with
         ageing by providing mental stimulation, health related activities and advance intellectual
         and cultural interests among adult persons who are no longer working full time or who
         have retired or are semi-retired from their former occupations.

Rationale: The new wording more appropriately describes the intent of the article.

Combined Queenscliffe Probus Group members opinion on Proposal 1.

        No –the committee felt that the original wording is simple and to the point and sufficiently
describes the Aims of Probus.

Proposal 2: Article 11 - Aims and Objects(heading)

Existing wording:

        Aims and Objects

Change to:

         Aims and Objectives.

Rationale : The word objectives is more appropriate to the content of the article.

Combined Queenscliffe Probus Group members opinion on Proposal 2.

        Yes – this was a grammatical error

Proposal 3: Article 111 – Membership – (a) (b) and (c)

Existing wording:

             (a) Membership of this club shall be open to retired and semi-retired professional and
                 business people and others from any vocation and who appreciate and value
                 opportunities for social contact with others in similar circumstances.
             (b) Applicants for membership, with the exception of the foundation members, must be
                 sponsored by two members of the club and approved by the Management
                 Committee.
             (c) No person shall be denied membership of the club for reasons of race, religion or
                 political persuasion.
Change to:

        (a) Membership of this club shall be open to members of the community who may be
            suffering from isolation and loneliness as a result of ageing or are at risk of suffering
            from these. This would include retired and semi-retired professional and business
            people and any other members of the community who appreciate and value
            opportunities for social contact with others in similar circumstances; such as senior
            members of the community or those persons no longer working full time.
        (b) The Management Committee shall accept an application for membership of the club
            based on meeting the criteria in clause 3a(above).
        (c) No person shall be denied membership of the club for reasons of race, religion or
            political
            persuasion. Any person of ‘worthy vocation’ is eligible to be a member of this club:
            ‘worthy vocation’ is deemed to be any vocation that has a positive influence on others
            through either paid or non-paid work.

Rationale : The new wording clearly describes the intent of the organisation.

Combined Queenscliffe Probus Group members opinion on Proposal 3.

        No – the committee that this change of proposal contained unnecessary wording.

Proposal 4: Article 1V – Management – (a)

Existing wording:

        The club shall be managed by a committee comprising a president, one or two vice
        presidents, a secretary, a treasurer and committee members as provided in the by-laws.

Change to:

        The club shall be managed by a committee comprising a president, one or two vice
        presidents, a secretary, a treasurer and officers provided in the by-laws.

Rationale: The new wording more appropriately describes the intent of the article.

Combined Queenscliffe Probus Group members opinion on Proposal 4.

        Yes – this is a simple change from committee member to officers.

Proposal 5: Article V – Meetings – (b)

Existing wording:

       An annual general meeting for the election of officers shall be held before March 31 of each
       year
Change to:

       An annual general meeting for the election of officers shall be held on or before March 31 of
       each year

Rationale: Allows club to hold AGM on or before March 31 each year.

Combined Queenscliffe Probus Group members opinion on Proposal 5.

        Yes – this assists with date of AGM

Proposal 6: Article V – Meetings – (c)

Existing wording:

        Newly elected management committee shall take office from April 1 each year.

Change to:

         Newly elected management committee shall take office at the conclusion of the Annual
         General Meeting.

Rationale: the amendment removes the need for a caretaker period.

Combined Queenscliffe Probus Group members opinion on Proposal 6.

         Yes – committee felt this facilitates hand- over of new committee

Proposal 7: Article V1 – Information – (a)

Existing wording:

        On formation and thereafter each year, the club shall provide the information required by
        the Probus South Pacific Ltd. concerning membership, meeting arrangements and officers
        for the ensuring year.

Change to:

                On formation and thereafter each year, the club shall provide the information
        required by the Probus South Pacific Ltd. concerning membership, meeting arrangements
        and officers for the ensuing year.

Rationale: Typo correction – ensuring to ensuing.

Combined Queenscliffe Probus Group members opinion on Proposal 7.
CARAVAN/CABIN CLUB – HALLS GAP – OCTOBER 2012
On arriving in Halls Gap and getting settled in, we met at 5pm for our group hug and happy hour
which included the drawing of our teams for bocce, before heading off for a lovely meal at the Halls
Gap hotel. Next morning a group of us went for a walk into town for coffee where on the way we
met up with Kangaroos, an echidna, emus and someone even saw a deer. On Tuesday afternoon we
enjoyed our Bocce tournament in the sunshine loads of laughter and fun our winners this trip after
a very exciting game were Betty Cosford and Bill Wood and our Runners up were Heather Peters and
Geoff Dunn - Congratulations.
Wednesday and Thursday were our free days and people set out exploring the area, some going to
Horsham and Stawell, others taking walks to the Reed Lookout where you could view Lake Wartook
and the Moora Moora Reservoir. Also taking the walk out to the Pinnacle( where you feel you are
standing on top of the world), going to Silverband Falls and the MacKenzie Falls. The walking track
from the carpark leads to the Broken Falls and a lookout above the MacKenzie Falls.Some people did
descend the track down to the rock pool at the base of the falls but it was a long way down and hard
going coming up. A drive along Mount Difficult Road leads to the Boroka Lookout where
spectacular views over the Halls Gap town centre (and the caravan park) can been enjoyed. From
there we could also see who was in or out of the park . Some people also enjoyed a trip to the Zoo.
On all the walks the wild flowers were beautiful. Wednesday evening was a dinner at the Quarry
Restaurant which was very pleasant. Thursday saw the weather change but no rain. In the Afternoon
we lit the fire in the hall and all enjoyed happy hour and a BBQ dinner with lots of talk and laughter.
Who were the couple who didn’t like their Unit so went and got a flat????
Someone also lost his credit card, so after an 80+ km drive it was his wife who made the find and
received all the credit.
The next Next trip is to Bright in March 2013
Thank you to all the men who helped Terry set up the Bocce tournament and to everyone for making
the trip a success.

Nanette and Terry.




                  Our Bocci Winners – Bill Wood and Betty Cosford
         The Bocci Spectators




     Helen Tozer & Peter Griffin                              Keith Potter’s Apple Pie




                                               Let’s Go Walking
                 With grey sky’s threatening and a strong northerly wind blowing 20 Probus
members set out for the Geelong Botanical Gardens the fourth oldest in Australia going back 151
years. They have been continually cultivated and maintained since the curator Daniel Bunce in 1850
designed them. Upon arrival we made our way to the Kiosk for morning tea/coffee and cakes etc, as
we sat and waited to be served, a strong wind swept in from the east creating a down pour of seeds
and blossoms from the canopy of trees above, the sky cleared and we began our walk. What a
wonderful display of Native plants, bulbs both familiar and unusual, a good display of shrubs,
conifers large and small, Proteas, Rhododendrons, Camellias, Fuchsias all in full bloom, also a great
display in a Rotunda full of Pelargonium a mass of colours. The Tree species registered on the
National trust are magnificent they include the Chinese Maidenhair Tree, Chilean wine Tree, and the
Bunya Bunya Pine, and many more dating back to the mid 1850’s.
                                                     Unfortunately the conservatory was closed so
                                                     we were unable to see the Tropical garden
                                                     and Edible garden, plus Herbs and vegetables.
                                                     The 21st Century Garden, is blended with the
                                                     “Old” using modern materials and sculptures
                                                     with its landscape entrance and layout .
                                                     Everyone should see and use the wonderful
                                                     facilities. We then made our way to the
                                                     modern s/s BBQ’s with enough tables &
                                                     seating for all and enjoyed our lunch and chat.

                                                     Our last walk for 2012 will be on Dec 17th ( this
                                                     is the 3rd Monday due to the Xmas luncheon
                                                     on the 2nd Monday) we will meet at Royal Park
                                                     at 7.30 am for our walk to the Ferry Kiosk for
                                                     Breakfast, please let us know if you are
                                                     coming just for Breakfast so we can include
                                                     you when we ring.




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Merry Xmas to all and good walking Terry Wood.



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CUP DAY AT THE BOWLING CLUB
                                           Fashions on the Field




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Our Winners    !st Susan Falk and Runner-up Rosemary Brown
WELFARE REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2012
A very happy birthday to all who celebrate their birthdays this month.
Val Holmes              5       Rosemary Brown           17
Deryk Russell           6       Keith Smith              23
Pru Kellam              7       Rick Profitt             30
John Morgan             13      Bett Martin              30
Bill Brown              14
And congratulations to these folks celebrating their wedding anniversary in December.
Merv & Vauna Jaensch 10
Helen & Graham Mason 13
Elidia & Burnie Rymer 17

Health Report
Fran Brown is beginning physio to help with her walking and is doing OK.
Val Morgan has not been well and hopes to be back attending meetings next year.
We all wish anyone not feeling well, including these friends, a quick road back to health.

Xmas Hamper Donations.
If you forget to take your non-perishable goods for the Hamper to the December meeting please
phone me on 5258 2025 and I will call in and pick them up. The bins will be outside the hall at the
meeting for donations, which we will donate to the ‘The Lodge’ a supportive residential care facility
in Queenscliff.

Because of the Christmas Lunch on the 2nd Monday in December, we will not have a lunch to follow
the General Meeting this month.
And some quotes to ponder:
“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up”
Paul Keating
“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork”
Mae West
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go”
Oscar Wilde

Keep Healthy, Annette


FORTHCOMING ACTIVITIES
THE FOUR LOCAL PROBUS CLUBS HAPPY HOUR                           Wed 13th February 2013
There is to be a Happy Hour (or two) of the four local Probus Clubs on the foreshore at Point
Lonsdale, opposite Williams Street. Time allotted is 5.30-7.30pm. Please bring your own chair, food
and drinks.
GENERAL MEETING                                       JAZZ BY THE BAY
Monday 3rd December 2012                               SUNDAY DEC 9TH, JAN 13TH
Guest Speaker: Rod McKenzie speaking on his           Venue : Portarlington Bowls Club. Cost $10
Antarctic Expedition.                                 Doors open : 12 noon Music : 2pm until 5pm.
Club Speaker :Bill Walton

                                                      BELEURA TOUR
MONDAY MORNING COFFEE                                 Thursday 29th November
Meet at Pasquini’s Pt Lonsdale, at 10.30am,           Leaving on the 9am Ferry . Please park your
except on day of the monthly meeting.
                                                      car legally. Ferry Tickets will be organized.

CRAFT GROUP
Wednesday -2pm                                        CHRISTMAS LUNCH
Queenscliff Neighbourhood House                       Monday 10th Dec, 12.15
Cost is $3 for venue and a cuppa.
                                                      At Barwon Heads Golf Club
Please ring Jenny Sanford 5258 1790


BOOK CLUB                                             THE FOUR LOCAL PROBUS CLUBS
Monday 3rd December                                   HAPPY HOUR
We are meeting this month at the                       Wednesday 13th February at 5.30pm
“Queenscliff” Courtyard for Coffee and Cake           Venue: Point Lonsdale Foreshore opposite
as our Xmas treat .                                   Williams Road.
Book this month is “Unpolished Gem” by Alice          Bring own chair, food and drinks
Pung.
We are looking for new members (gender is
not important) if interested in joining the Book
                                                      SOUTHBAY ECO ADVENTURES
Club please ring Judith Powell 52582307               EXPLORER TOUR.
                                                      THURS FEB 21ST--2013 DEPART 10-30 AM
SCRABBLE                                              TIME...2.5 HOURS
In recession until February 2013                      Go where the Sea Pilots go!
                                                      Cost : $68. PAYMENT DUE AT DEC MEETING
Scrabble at 2.00pm at the Queenscliff
Neighbourhood House.
 Please ring Barbara MacLaren on 52581462 if
you wish to join the group.                           ACTIVITIES PLEASE READ, NOTE DATE, TIME,
                                                      COST OF ACTIVITY AND PAY ON DATE
                                                      REQUESTED OR ACTIVITY MAY BE CANCELLED
MONTHLY DINNER                                        Any queries please contact
In Recession until February 2013                      Keith Potter 5258 2147     or
                                                      Brian Milnes 52582025
CARAVAN and CABIN TRIP
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd March
Destination : Bright.
Contact . Nan Wood 0412945176


                                  POINT LONSDALE PHARMACY
                                          Proudly Supporting Our Local Community’
                                     55 Point Lonsdale Road, Point Lonsdale, Victoria, 3226

								
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