A club whose membership reads like a who’s who of Hunter business and industry leaders over the past half a century is celebrating its 35th anniversary.
Newcastle Men’s Probus Club’s circle includes former BHP executives, RAAF officers, manufacturers, university academics, retailers and more.
Retiring president Keith Lynch said the club’s membership in recent months had included representatives of the NorthConnex tunnel project at the Sydney end of the M1; Revitalise Newcastle; as well as former radio sports broadcaster, Gerry Collins.
“While there are a number of special-interest activities for members, including a walking group, bowls and visits to places of interest, the major interest for members is the monthly meeting to hear our guest speakers,” Mr Lynch said.
At the club’s annual president’s luncheon tomorrow (Friday 29 March), one of the original members, Oscar Westbury, and new president David Brown will cut a celebratory cake in front of about 70 members and guests.
Mr Brown said Probus provided an opportunity for retired and semi-retired professional and business people to gather regularly to exchange ideas, listen to guest speakers and enjoy social events.
He will be presented with a certificate acknowledging the milestone by a representative of South Pacific Probus.
Club secretary Frank Rice said Probus had its origins in the United Kingdom in the 1960s.
“Most clubs have their origins in Rotary Clubs, as did ours, when in 1984 Newcastle Rotary called a meeting at which Mr Harry Le Marchant, was elected first president of the Probus club,” he said.
“The original meeting to form our club was held at the Newcastle Masonic and City Bowling Club above King Edward Park, and later at Newcastle Jockey Club.
“In January 2018, the meetings moved to the ANZAC rooms at Souths Leagues Club.”
Newcastle Men’s Probus Club welcomes new members. Go to newcastleprobus.org