General meetings of members are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month except December. Meetings are now held at the Anglers Tavern, in Maribyrnong. The last meeting of each year takes the form of a Christmas luncheon. There is always fellowship before the general meetings, but the formal meeting commences at 10.30 am and runs until around 12.30 pm. Typically meetings start off with about 45 minutes 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 in the bistro at the Anglers Tavern.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday August 24th. Our speaker will be Peter McPhee AM. He is an accomplished speaker who has spoken at numerous conferences and conventions in Australia and overseas. He has been involved in many community organisations including Rotary (the Mitcham Club and Rotary International), the Whitehorse Historical Society, the Migrant Information Service, RSL, Jaycees, the Australia Day Council, Scouts and the City of Nunawading. Recently he completed 20 years as a Director of the Federal Government’s Migrant Information Centre, Eastern Suburbs. He has received many awards for his service to the community including a Member of the Order of Australia award in the 2021 Queens Birthday Day Honours. He now gives talks on a broad range of topics but specifically on Australian History with particular reference to veterans of WW1 and the Kokoda Track. In 2002 he walked the Kokoda Track and his talk for us is titled “Walking in the Footsteps of Warriors and Angels“. This is a memorial to, or recognition of, those who have walked the Track.
The meetings scheduled for June and July 2021 were cancelled due to the lockdown restrictions. At the May meeting, the speaker was Lorraine Milne, a composer and music educator. For 15 years, Lorraine was a member of Music Branch (Education Department of Victoria) teaching music in inner suburban schools, and producing many new resource materials and curriculum documents. She has worked extensively as a composer, arranger and musical director for a wide range of ABC radio programs and publications and was the Musical Director of the ABC SING series from 1986 to 1992. Since 1993, she has been writing curriculum materials and presenting Professional Development courses for Musica Viva In Schools, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Opera House, Opera Australia, Australian Society for Music Education, aMuse, the Song Room and the National Gallery of Victoria. She also gives guest lectures and classes at Melbourne University. A recent project for Lorraine was composition of Maiden Voyage. This is a cycle of 13 songs and the lyrics trace the experiences and achievements of ordinary and extraordinary Australian women in historical and contemporary settings. The music reflects Lorraine’s background as a classically trained musician overlaid with her deep love of Jazz and experience as a theatre composer. Lorraine excellent presentation to our Club included most of the songs from the Maiden Voyage cycle, along with most interesting commentary. For more information about Lorraine Milne, please click here. For more information about the song cycle, including samples of the songs, please click here.
The first General Meeting after suspension of Club activities during 2020, was held in February 2021 at the Anglers Tavern. The speaker was Club member Bronwyn Stokes. She spoke about the contact history of the various people who entered the area and the indigenous dwellers in the West Kimberley region, especially around Broome. After early explorers (Tasman and Dampier), Macassans from Sulawesi arrived in in 18th Century, followed by pastoralists, pearlers and missionaries in the 19th Century. Many different ethnic groups have merged in Broome, and the resulting population is unique in Australia.
The Annual General Meeting of the Club was held in March. There were reports on activities over the 2020-2021 year, and the Committee for the 2021-2022 year will be elected. For information about the 2021-2022 Committee, please click here.
At the regular meeting in April, our speaker was Kathie Jones from helloworld Travel, Ascot Vale. Her travel industry experience has been varied from airline reservations, airline operational roles (Melbourne airport) and industry teaching/training. Some of her favourite destinations include Cuba, Africa and Morocco.
For comments or suggestions about speakers for regular meetings, contact Bob here.
In September, October and November 2020, meetings of the Club were held online using the zoom platform. At these meetings, there were fascinating presentations on trips to the North Pole on a nuclear Russian ice breaker, to Iran and to Burma (Myanmar). The presentations used excellent photographs and included interesting information about the history of the locations and countries.
The last regular meeting for 2019, in November 2019, was a special celebration to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Club. The inaugural meeting of the Probus Club of Melbourne North was held at North Melbourne Football Club rooms on Wednesday 9th November 1994. The shortened “business” part of the meeting allowed time for the President to present some history of the Club and to recognise the founders and those who have made major contributions. An extended version of this presentation is available through the ‘Club History’ page. Please click here.
The Anniversary was toasted with bubbles and finger food, and founding members cut an Anniversary cake. Instead of our normal speaker we had some musical entertainment. Most members and guests remained to enjoy a convivial lunch together. For further photos from the Anniversary celebration, please click here.
The first meeting for the 2020 New Year was held on Tuesday 28th January. Our guest speaker was Bev Moss, returning a year after her wonderful presentation to us in January 2019. Last year she explained why she was in her underwear in Buckingham Palace. At this meeting she explained another intriguing tale … living the high life in New York and being saved by Princess Diana!
At the meeting of the Club in February 2020 our guest speaker was Mark Hariman, from Absolute Care and Health Services, an independent organisation based in Melbourne that provides in-home Aged Care Services, for example disability support, respite care, palliative and 24 hour care, nursing and domestic support. It also advises on eligibility for in-house government funding and Mark concentrated on this information, particularly applying for Home Care Packages. For a full copy of his PowerPoint presentation, please click here.
Other regular meetings in 2020 were suspended due to the Covis-19 pandemic.