Probus 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 first meeting of the Probus Club of Melbourne North was held on Wednesday 9th November 1994. It celebrated its 25th Anniversary in November 2019.
Normally the Club meets regularly on the fourth Tuesday of each month (excepting December) at 10:30 am. For some years, meetings were held at the Waterloo Cup Hotel, Moonee Ponds. From February 2021, meetings will be held at the Anglers Tavern, 2 Raleigh Road, Maribyrnong. Ample free parking is available in the car park, with access from Raleigh Street. Easy public transport is available [stop 42 on tram route 57]. 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 Anglers Tavern.
At the first regular meeting for 2022 – on Tuesday 25th January – the speaker will be Richard Smith, for 10 years the Project Officer for the East Timor Friendship Project, a joint aid project of the Moreland and Hume City Councils. His role included coordination of project partners both in Australia and East Timor to support the development of the community in the districts of Bacau and Aileu. Professionally, Richard had 25 years with the ABC as a journalist, presenter and station manager. For a time, he ran his own communication and training consultancy following terms in all levels of Government and the corporate sector on career and organisation development. His talk for us will touch on the political strife and disorder affecting the struggle for independence in East Timor.