Yes, a small group of us (20) found our way to Horsham in Victoria's Wimmera region for a fantastic 5 days of Fun, Friendship and Fellowship, thanks to Lyn and Jan who once again organised a wonderful fun filled adventure into country Victoria for us all.

Our days were filled with education, inspiration, adventure and after 5.30 pm the rich rewards of a good day's "work" 

i.e happy hour(s)!! lots of laughs, some stories/jokes, nibbles and drinks.

DAY ONE saw us arrive and settle in followed by happy hour (s) and dinner in the Marquee which were compliments of our caravan hosts.

DAY TWO We set off for a drive to Mt Arapiles in the a.m. which involved a short climb up to the Telstra Tower Lookout.  This provided views to the north (Horsham Wind Farm), east to the Grampians Mountains and west (Little Desert N.P and Mitre Rock) for many miles to see the vivid yellow Canola crops, excellent Wheat crops, flowering Faba beans (these look just like Broad Beans), Lentils and Soya Beans.  Sorry to any crops I've missed!!

P.M. Day two included golf at Horsham Golf Club (a very good course) for a few and a visit to a Goat Farm at Drung Drung for others where an education into the life of a goat together with some "goaty products" were to be had.

DAY THREE Today was possibly a highlight of the trip with a drive through the Wimmera to view some of the regions old wheat silos that have been beautifully painted to depict local farming identiities young and old at places like Rupanyup, Dimboola, Brim, Sheeps Hills, Lascelles, Patchewollock etc, etc, etc (don't you love the old names)

DAY 4 was an interesting adventure into the past. A tour of the Stick Shed at Murtoa, a 1940's two-hectare (5 Acre) 265m long by 60m wide and a 19m high (mountain ash poles) structure clad in corrugated iron which in 1943 held 92,500 tons of FAQ wheat.  The building is heritage listed being the only one left of 22 similiar structures built throughout Australia in the 1940's.  A must see for anyone interested in amazing engineering feats.

P.M took us further into the past when we lunched at and wandered through, around and over several acres of sheds at Woods Brother's Farm and Vintage Museum at Rupanyup.  The brothers were farmers who collected anything and everything old - yes everything!! Just ask anyone who has been there.

DAY 5 Last day of leisure.  Drive home.

The accompanying photos really do tell the story of treasures that our State/Country holds which we often miss as we pass through our country towns or just bypass them.

Thanks again to Lyn and Jan for availing us of the opportunity to "stop and smell the roses" (in the country) for a few days in the company of great Probus friends.

Trish and Brian

Probus Friendship Golf Day:

Box Hill Golf Club again played host to the Probus Friendship Golf Day.  The weather was perfect for golf and a number of teams from many different Probus clubs enjoyed a game of Ambrose.  This is a social game where each member of the team hits their ball from the same spot and the next shot is chosen from the best of those hits, so a team has 4 chances to hit a good shot.  Fortunately with Geoff Smith's home club advantage and with his and Brian Licence's long hits,  Ralph and I were able to cruise along and contribute only when needed.  Our team must have done alright though as at no time did we have more than a 5 on any hole and we managed to win the mixed competition with a net score of 62.4.

Many thanks to Geoff for entering our team and to the sponsers and organizers of the day.


Crazy Whist:

We had our biggest win ever at our Crazy Whist game.  Our newest member, Audette, came along for her first game in September and was a little embarrassed at winning the "Tail Ender prize", but this month she really bolted from the blocks, winning with a huge score of 132.  Audette left our second place getter, Allan, miles behind with his very good score of 122.  Now for the Tail Ender who was Fred this month with a score of 78, just pipping Lyn with her score of 82.  Players know that it requires just as much skill to win as it does to be the biggest loser.  Joan Akins was a new player this month, so come along and enjoy some fun and friendship while exercising the brain.  

Our last game for the year is on Thursday, 21st November.  See you then.


Sue's Walk Report:

On the 22nd October we had our Breakfast Walk!!  Meeting at 8.15 am (thanks everyone for joining us so early) we had 14 enjoy a nice walk through the park and along part of the Koonung/Freeway trail, before heading back to "Evangeline's Cafe" where another 6 members were waiting to join in for Breakfast.  With plenty to choose from on the menu and good service from the staff, a lovely morning was enjoyed by all.  I must admit, it was a bit hard getting up so early, but the weather was perfect for an early walk and the company was exceptional.  Thank you to everyone for joining in and making this such a great morning.

Our next walk is on the 14th November, meeting at Petty's Orchard, walking along the river towards Eltham returning to have our "cuppa" at the Orchard Cafe.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Sue's Coffee thought for the day: "Life happens. Coffee helps."

And for our tea lovers: "Have tea and let it be"

Now for the cake lovers: "A balanced diet is having a cupcake in each hand."


The afternoon of our first Daylight Saving BBQ on Wednesday,23 October, was quite hot weather and 17 members arrived at Ruffey Lake Park to enjoy company and camaraderie.  Meats were cooked, salads appeared, drinks at the ready, and a most pleasant time was had.

Bernie and Barbara

      River's Nursery

27 members attended to enjoy a talk by staff member David, about different plants and gardening in general. This was followed by an excellent lunch with hostess, Fiona.

We then left to wander around the Nursery and Gift Shop or to feed the ducks if you wanted.

A great day for all.


Yarra Valley Oaks Day

November Ruffey Lake Barbecue

Even on a chilly November evening our Probus barbecues are always fun. 

"Brr!! It's cold"

" Come on Jack, you

   can't holiday in          Queensland                forever" 


Our visit to Monsalvat was very interesting as Bob (who is a volunteer there) guided us through the many buildings and explained to us the history of Monsalvat. 

This great tour was followed by lunch at Lower Plenty Hotel.

A very enjoyable outing.


Donvale Central Probus Club Pop-Up Singers

During October-November an enthusiastic group of Probus members met weekly for four sessions of singing. We enjoyed singing a number of old songs and then practised a tribute to Doris Day for presentation at the November General Meeting.  Members attending the meeting were a kind and encouraging audience as the Pop-Ups went through their repertoire. A few singers then attended Donwood Nursing Home to sing with the residents. Singing is a feel - good at any time. 


Here are a few comments collected by the members who went to 'Chat and Chew'

Great fun, knew all the songs.

Loved it. Well done.

Well done - contract available for next year.

Brilliant after so few lessons.

Bloody fantastic.

Really good.

Great choir - blokes made it.

A few of my least favourite songs, but I loved it.

An enjoyable time.

The first song was very clever and we could understand every word sung.

Great presentation by everyone, we look forward to next time.  Well done!!

Loved watching a few ladies do bump and grind.

Well done!! Pop Up Fab, loved the guys participating.

Should be our Christmas Entertainment Christmas 2020.

They were great. could have sung more Christmas carols and have a sing-a-long.

Thought they were terrific, all looked so happy and sang so well.

Congratulations to the pianist and Coordinator June