By Ivor Jones
From a single club formed in Sydney, 45 years ago to 1550 groups with 110,000 members nationwide Australia’s Probus clubs have come a long way. It that time it has fostered new interests and friendships for tens of thousands of retired and semiretired people.
A past President of the Winston Hills Northmead Combined Probus Club, Ivor Jones, is keen to sell the benefits of Probus.
“I worked for many years in the Public Service and then later started my own business in partnership with my wife. We built up our business to become a leader in our chosen industry serving registered clubs, credit unions and associations throughout New South Wales. After we sold our business and retired we decided that we would join Probus” he said.
“When we first went along there was this immediate good and welcoming feeling and we quickly made friends. Probus gives people a reason to get out and about and mix socially. There is laughter and a lot of fun. When people join, their whole circle of friends expands.”
As well as hosting a monthly meeting with a guest speaker, clubs organise activities and groups reflecting the interest of their members.
At Winston Hills Northmead there is a book club, Opal outings, a garden club, Walking group, craft group, museum visits and a luncheon club as well as organised coach trips.
There is also a club newsletter that keeps members informed on what is happening. Anyone interested in joining Winston Hills Northmead Probus can attend up to three meetings or activities without obligation before joining.
Meetings are held at 10am on the second Thursday of the month at Toongabbie Sports Club, 12 Station Rd.,Toongabbie Winston Hills Northmead restricts membership to 120 people, but currently has a few vacancies.
Call the membership officer on 0421 410 305 or go to winstonhillsnorthmeadprobusclub.com.au to discover more about the club.