The Club of Melbourne North was formed in 1994 (Registration number A0030616K) and had its foundation meeting on 9th November. It currently has a combined male and female membership of around sixty. Although the Club is nominally based in the North Melbourne area, its members come from nearly thirty different postcode areas around Melbourne. There is presently no waiting list for membership.
After meeting at the Waterloo Cup hotel, Moonee Ponds, for some years, the meeting location was changed to the Anglers Tavern, Maribyrnong. During flooding of the Maribyrnong River in early October 2022, the Angers Tavern was inundated.
The current meeting location is Windy Hill, Napier Street, Essendon (Melways Map No. 28 Reference E8). Free parking is available in Napier Street and the car park opposite Windy Hill. Using public transport, use the Airport West tram (No. 59), alight at stop No. 41 (Napier/Fletcher Street) and walk up Napier Street.
General meetings of members are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month except December. The last meeting of each year takes the form of a Christmas luncheon and this year it will be held on Tuesday 13th December. There is always fellowship before the general meetings, but the formal meeting commences at 10.30 am. and run until 12.30 pm. Typically they start off with about a half hour devoted to Club business, then a half hour for morning tea. Then follows up to an hour to take in a presentation from a guest speaker or other person of particular interest. The majority of members at each meeting like to remain for lunch.
Spouses and guests of members are welcome at all Club meetings and other activities, and at the same cost, if any, as members pay. Any person interested in learning more about Probus is invited to attend a regular monthly meeting, without any obligation, and as a guest of the Club.
It is the Club’s policy (and embodied in its constitution) that all activities will be conducted at the lowest practicable cost to members. There is a joining fee of $20 to pay for stationery, a name badge and a lapel pin or brooch. Currently, the annual subscription is $60. The Club’s financial year commences on the 1st of March but a person joining pays only the pro-rata amount for the unexpired portion of the financial year. There is no separate charge for participation in a door prize or Probus publications. Organised social activities (outside of monthly meetings) that require a payment (e.g. for bus hire) are priced to recoup the estimated costs and not to generate profit.