Probus Life Membership awarded

A proud moment for David Rees (centre) with the award of Life Membership of Crookwell Probus Club. With him (left to right) are Chris Norwood (who as District Probus Chairman assisted David in forming the Crookwell Club), his wife Gwen, Club President June Dennis and Rosemary Rees.CROOKWELL Probus Club marked its tenth anniversary with a special luncheon on Monday – and the award of Life Membership to David Rees.
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As Club President June Dennis outlined in announcing the award, David was the driving force in forming Probus at Crookwell, had led the way as President for three years and had played an important part in Club activities for all ten years.

A major part of the Club activities are the regular trips away to theatre and other events, and David has a leading role in organising these.

The anniversary luncheon was held at the Crookwell Golf Club and was attended by more than seventy members and guests.

Special guests were Chris Norwood and his wife Gwen from Canberra.

Chris is a past chairman of the South Pacific Region of Probus, and in his official capacity had overseen the establishment no fewer than 69 clubs.

Rotary is the sponsoring organisation for Probus, and Chris in his then official capacity as Probus District Chairman assisted David in calling the first meeting which formed Crookwell Probus ten years ago.

David recalled that he first heard of Probus during a visit to England, where the organisation began.

In fact, the organisation, which was the brainchild of two Rotarians, started in the town of his own birthplace, Welwyn Garden City.

Rotary became the sponsoring organisation for Probus, and when David returned to Crookwell as a Rotarian he investigated the possibilities here.

From an initial membership of 51 the Club has now grown to more than a hundred

And as Chris observed, from the early days in England Probus has been taken up in many parts of the world, but most particularly in Australia and Canada.

In fact, of the world’s 300,000 “Probarians” nearly half, 130,000, are in Australia.

It was thus obvious that the aims and activities of Probus filled an important niche in community life, particularly among the elderly retired sector.

David, in accepting his Life Membership certificate and medallion from Chris, said he was flattered and humbled by the award, pleased by the enjoyment that members were taking from Probus activities, and hoped that this would continue on into the years ahead.

The luncheon concluded with the presentation of baskets of local produce (apples and potatoes) to Chris and Gwen Norwood by Club secretary Ieva Wilson and immediate past President Tony Prell.

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