Maryborough Combined Probus foundation members (from left) Fay Goodall, Ailsa Jones, Harvey Battley, Bev Battley, Win Cordie, Gloria Kruske, Adele Rampton, Stan Rampton, and Hazel Smith celebrate 20 years.   

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Maryborough Combined Probus foundation members (from left) Fay Goodall, Ailsa Jones, Harvey Battley, Bev Battley, Win Cordie, Gloria Kruske, Adele Rampton, Stan Rampton, and Hazel Smith celebrate 20 years. Photo Contributed Contributed

Retirement group celebrates 20th birthday

A GROUP who started out as a “retirement village for ex-Rotarians”, now a gateway for professional and business retirees has celebrated its 20th birthday.

Celebrated 20 years in May.

12 foundation members still active.

It orginated, for want of a better word - sponsored by Rotary. It is a group for retired people

reitred people getting together - there is no fundraising attached to it

We have a meeting once a month -

Within the club there is a book group, coffee and chat group, cards and social trips.

the group are heavily into travel at the moment - a lot of it being local and district,” Peter Jackson said.

The Maryborough Combined Probus Club currently have 97 members, with a few from Hervey Bay.

There is also the Maryborough City Ladies Probus Club with 57 members, the Maryborough Probus Club (men only) with 70 members.

“We both are members of the Combined Club and Ailsa is also a member of the Ladies Probus and I am a member of the Maryborough Probus,” Peter said.

“I joined the Ladies Probus 19 years ago and joined combined club a couple of years ago.

“Clubs organise different trips and it is nice to be able to go on other clubs trips - we had the opportunity of all three.

“Tour organisers are doing a trip to Wondai for Christmas in July with morning tea on the way and Christmas in July luncheon.

“We have had such a good reception we now have two buses,” Ailsa said.

“We have members from all clubs coming along which makes for a successful trip - this way everyone benefits.

“Some of the highlights are the trips

“The highlights aren’t only the trips and the sightseeing but the intergration is great.

“On a coach trip there is lots of laughter - we go out to enjoy ourselves.

The club held a morning tea with cake to celebrate the event. There was also a change of committee.

Probus was formed by Rotary Clubs in Maryborough as its was started off as a retirement village for ex-Rotarians.

It has changed over the period of its existence and now we still get Rotarians joining but we have members who are tradespeople, business people - responsible people.

There is a monthly magazine called The Probian

The club has grown

There used to be two mens clubs in Maryborough - one was called North and one was called Heritage but as numbers dwindled they amalgamated to Maryborough club.

Ailsa Abbs was a clerk and Peter Jackson was an electrical contractor, both born and bred in Maryborough.

Ailsa is also a member of the Maryborough Computer Users Group and U3A and Peter was a member of the MCUG.

The more you are involved - keep yourself active - you can’t sit at home - there is only so much mowing and cleaning you can do.

the fellowship with Probus is great - I think its the biggest attribute.

“We joined the club after having such a great time on one of their trips to Brisbane to see The King and I.

“With both our families so far away you just have to get out and do something for yourself

There is no such thing as retirement - it’s just change of occupation.


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