Our club was formed after a visit to Nelson Bay (NSW) in 1982 by Lloyd Collins who talked with members of their recently formed Probus Club. He became enthusiastic regarding the possibiltiy of a Club being formed on the Southern Mornington Peninsula. On his return he met with the Rotary Club of Sorrento and suggested they might wish to sponsor a Club in the area. Sorrento Club Rotarians Ern Turner and Ralph Parry, and their President Neil Briggs together with Lloyd Collins, called a meeting and sought foundation members to establish a Probus Club. This meeting was held at the Sorrento Golf Club on the 15th November 1982 with Rotary President Neil Briggs in the chair. At this meeting a committee was elected. The members were Lloyd Collins (President), David Weymouth-Wilson (Vice President), Lindsay McCallum (Secretary), Ern Turner (Treasurer), Murray Jones, Ralph Parry and Roy Hammond (Committee). All invitees present- some 65 in number-became foundation members. As a result, the all male, Southern Peninsula Probus Club was formed and it was to be the first in Victoria outside the Metropolitan area.
The Club commences it’s year in March with an Annual General Meeting at which the new President and Committee is elected. All new members are encouraged to participate in all aspects of Club activities and to consider either nominating for the Committee or assisting committee members in sub group activities.
The Club banner was produced at our 25th Anniversary, and a new banner was introduced at our 30th Anniversary luncheon in November 2012.
A range of activities are offered to members. These include Theatre and Film Nights, Luncheon outings, Bay Trips, Annual Golf Day, Garden Visits, Caravan and Cabin Trips (usually 3-4 days) plus visits to Places of Interest,etc, Wives and/or partners are welcomed to all Club activities and Events. Suggestions for activities are welcomed by the Activities Director.
A Club newsletter is produced monthly and distributed to all members either by email or printed copy. Printed copies are available at the attendance/welcome desk each meeting. In 2012, the Club established this website, for the benefit of members and prospective members.
The Club meets second Monday of the month at the Blairgowrie Community Hall, William Street,Blairgowrie at 10.00am. Reports from the President, Secretary, Welfare Officer and Activities Director are followed by a a segment titled “Man behind the Badge” which is a short talk by a member giving information of his life and career that may not be known to all members. We have a 15-20 minute Fellowship break with morning tea served. This is a valuable time for conviviality amongst both new and old members.
We welcome applications to join our Club, and prospective applicants should note that our membership is capped at 100 plus Honorary Life Members