Probus is an Association of active retirees who join together in Clubs, the basic purpose of which is to provide regular opportunities to keep their minds active, expand their interests and enjoy the fellowship of new friends. All Clubs are sponsored by Rotary Clubs (Essendon Central Combined Probus is sponsored by Rotary Club of Essendon). On forming they become self governing but remain within limits of their constitution.
Membership: As Essendon Central Probus is now a "Combined" Club (i.e.men & women), membership is open to men, women & couples of good character, who have had some measure of responsibility or achievement in any field of worthy endeavour.
A Brief History: Probus originated in the U.K. in 1965, the first Australian Club was formed in 1976, Essendon Central Probus Club was formed in 1990. Probus has filled a need for today’s active retirees, so much so that the growth has been phenomenal. It is now a world wide movement in 22 countries
The Emphasis is on Clubs: Probus Clubs are simple in structure - they are free from the constraints & obligations of service Clubs; membership cost is minimal (Essendon Central Combined is $30 pa); their focus is mainly directed at providing an opportunity to extend acquaintances and interests; and they seek members compatible with one another.
Club Structure: Whilst Probus Clubs are self governing, they must adhere to a basic set of rules of operation in order to preserve their integrity and reputation – thus they are non political and non sectarian, they are non profit making and non fundraising, and as their office bearers change annually they provide for a variety of leadership.
Our Club's Activities fall into three parts:
Monthly Meeting: This is held at at 10.00 am on the top floor at Windy Hill on the third Monday of every month. This comprises a Club business session, a friendship/coffee break, a Guest Speaker and lunch in the Windy Hill Bistro.
Outings: Our Club arranges Outings (between meetings) to places or organizations of interest to members – day tours, theatre, sporting occasions.
Activity Groups: Our Club has formed several Activity & Special Interest Groups – Walking, Films,Pool, Golf & Book Swap groups are fully active. The formation of other Groups is under consideration.
Essendon Central Combined Probus – Events Calendar
General Meeting: Every third Monday of the month at 10.00am then lunch in the Windy Hill Bistro at 12.30pm. An interesting Speaker is scheduled to speak for an hour at our meetings.
Outings: Our Club schedules a minimum of one outing monthly. Examples of past outings include: Phillip Island/ Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Films/Luncheons at the Sun Theatre, Yarraville; V Line trip to Bendigo / Shamrock Hotel Lunch / Local Touring; Extended 3 Day Trip to Echuca/ Paddle Steamer Motel / Local Touring; Probus Clubs' Raceday at Kilmore; Native Botanic Gardens Complex, Cranbourne; Tour - MCG and National Sports Museum; Extended 3 Day Trip - Grampians; Xmas in July; Tour - Parliament House and Old Treasury Building
Activities - Times: Walking Group - 9.00am, Tuesdays - River Walk - meets beside Boatside Cafe
Movies -10.00am, third Wednesday of every month - Hoyts, Highpoint (confirm film & exact time with Club)
Pool Group - 10.00am, 2nd Monday of Month at Moonee Ponds.Club; then lunch at Flemington Racecourse
Golf - 9.00am , Wednesdays - forms part of "Veterans" Golf Group at Riverside
Book Swap takes place at Monthly Meetings.
Contact: Alan Landgren on 9337-7396 or Lawrie Gowan on 9337-7052, or be our Guest at our Monthly Meeting at the above Venue and Address