cropped-probelogo1.gifProbus Clubs exist to fill a need of retired persons in the community who have been accustomed to high levels of vocational activity and decision making in their working lives. The principal objective of every Probus Club is to create and maintain a homogeneous group that provides the fellowship and intellectual stimulation that otherwise tends to be lost in retirement.

The Probus Club of Melbourne North meets regularly on the fourth Tuesday of each month (excepting December) at 10:30 am at the Waterloo Cup Hotel, at the corner of Maribyrnong Road and Scotia Street, Moonee Ponds. Ample free parking is available in the car park behind the hotel, with access from Scotia Street. Members of the club enjoy many other activities – explore the links above. Guests are welcomed at general meetings and activities of the Club. A Club business meeting is held first, followed by morning tea and then a guest speaker. The majority of members at each meeting like to remain for lunch in the bistro at the Waterloo Cup Hotel.

89628cranbrookdailydr_andrew_mclean_webbfg10598_ccd9090b69c3a8ff764b2d70905885e6The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday 26th February. Our speaker will be Dr Andrew McLean, PhD (Equine Cognition & Learning), BSc (Zoology), Dip Ed. Andrew is the winner of the highest Australian science award, the Eureka Prize for Science, and is in great demand as a trainer, coach and speaker on equitation science. In addition to establishing the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre, he has written 5 books, including an international best seller, and authored 35 peer-reviewed journal articles. He also has an impressive record of personal riding achievements. Andrew also began training elephants in Nepal in 2007, which led to the establishment of the not-for-profit H-ELP Foundation (Human Elephant Learning Program), of which he is now Senior Vice President. This cooperative project focuses on the optimal management, welfare and training of elephants in Asia using innovative training techniques based on learning theory and the elimination of punishment. To find out more, click here. It is this work with elephants in Asia that Andrew will tell us about.