In 2006 the Rotary Club of Manningham called for an expression of interest in the formation of new Probus Clubs in Manningham particularly in the Donvale/ Doncaster areas. A meeting was held on 4th April 2006 at the Doncaster East Baptist Church Hall with some 151 people attending. Three Probus Clubs were formed on this day -
1. Donvale Hill
2. Bulleen Heights
3. Donvale Central with 38 foundation members.
A committee of 6 volunteered and the Probus Club of Donvale Central was formed. By November our Club membership had reached 78 members
In the preceeding years Donvale Central Probus Club has flourished with a membership approaching our current limit of 140.
April 4th, 2006
Minutes of the Foundation Meetings of the Provisional Probus Clubs of 'Donvale Hill, Donvale Central
and Bulleen Heights' called by the Rotary Club of Manningham.
Pat Taylor is awarded a Life Membership of Donvale Central
Pat Taylor is a foundation member of Donvale Central.
She was its first Secretary and remained on the committee for the next 9 years. Her knowledge of the Probus Constitution, Standing Resolutions and all things Probus has been of great assistance to all members.
Pat has 100% membership record and the club members were delighted to make her a life member on the date of the club's 10th birthday - 17th May 2016.
DONVALE CENTRAL PROBUS CLUB
10th Birthday Party
Once a group of 'Oldies' thought they'd like to socialize.
They gathered together at the Baptist Church Hall;
With the help of the Rotary they formed our first Committee
We started the Probus group that welcomes us all.
Chorus: Donvale Central, Donvale Central,
Donvale Central, the Probus Club for me.
And we chat and laugh and enjoy each other's company
Donvale Central is the Probus Club for me.
Then that group of 'Oldies' started having lots of fun
Going on holidays and outings here and there
Walking and bowling and hitting golf balls in the sun
Making new friends while exploring everywhere.
As we know its food that goes with Fellowship
Thanks to the ladies in Hospitality
Add the Coffee Club and Dineouts, BBQ's and Chat and Chews
We're all very well fed I'm sure you can see.
Once our minds were muddles and needed inspiration
So excellent Speakers have come and had their say;
With trips to the theatre and stimulating Crazy Whist
We know that our Club helps our minds not to stray.
Don't forget the people who've served on our Commitee
Counting our money and writing all our news;
Looking after Welfare or checking our apologies
Is the Sec. or the V.P. the next place for you?
Tune: 'Waltzing Matilda'
The Victorian Probian
The Club has celebrated 10 years of fun and fellowship.
Most of the130 members attended the anniversary party
at Natalie's Restaurant in Ringwood to celebrate the birthday
and success of the last decade. Ken Falconer (OAM) represented
the Rotary district and the Manningham Interest Group on the
day also past Presidents along with the current president Jan Altman. Many activities made it an exciting day. Included was a specially formed group of 'Pop-up Singers', tutored by past Secretary June Smith. The club has continued to grow in numbers over the past 10 years due to the very busy schedule of events, some to suit everybody including day trips, musicals, plays, dine-outs, caravan and camping trips, films, crazy whist, ten-pin bowls, walks and ambles, also a coffee club. A welfare officer and meet and greet folks keep members' health and well-being a priority. A visit to the web page www.donvalecentralprobusclub.com provides an insight into a very happy busy club full of fun, friendship and fellowship.
Cynthia Smith is awarded Life Membership of Donvale Central
Originally from England, emigrated to Western Australia and 12 years later emigrated from W.A. to Victoria.
Cynthia enquired about joining a Probus Club just after she retired as she wanted to meet people in the area and was informed a new club was forming and went to the meeting held to start a club. However, so many people went they started 3 new clubs. As she didn't know anyone she volunteered to be on the committee and became the first Treasurer and continued in that role for four years. She also served on the committee as Outings Co- Ordinator, Membership Officer, Vice president for 2 years, then onto President and Past president and now back again as Treasurer.
Cynthia is still enjoying being a member of Donvale Central.