History & Management

The Rotary Club of Windsor formed a Probus Club in the Hawkesbury District on 18th May 1989. Rotary Clubs had originated as clubs for men only so it was common for Probus clubs to cater for men and women separately. This club became known as Hawkesbury Men's Probus Club.

Another club was then established for women as Hawkesbury Women's Probus Club on 17th September 1990.

As the point of Probus was to allow people to socialize together rather than undertake service work it became obvious that for Probus clubs to be really popular they would need to have mixed memberships. It was natural for husbands and wives to socialize together with friends, so why not at Probus?

By 2007 both clubs were struggling. Elsa Balch from the women's club and Graham Swain from the men's club decided that a merger would invigorate membership as a combined club. Their solution was to open the women's club to men and rename it Hawkesbury Combined Probus Club Inc. The move proved popular with most of the women and presumably all of the men, who either joined for the first time or transferred from the men's club. There was however strong resistance from the men who wished to retain their club with only male members.

The first meeting of the combined club was in April 2008 at the Richmond Club, Richmond. At that meeting the seventy-four people who attended had doubled the previous membership and Barbara Crook was elected as the first president. Barbara later told the Hawkesbury Gazette that the addition of men had lifted the tone of the club. "There was much more hilarity than normal. Much more camaraderie", she said.

​Foundation Members who are still members of the club​ are: Elsa Balch, Audrey Blood, Maureen Bourke, Lorna Clare, Barbara Crook, Paula de Hair, Margaret Ewell, Brian Fallon, Jenny Fallon, Joan Glanville, Anne Gordon, Ian Gordon, Brenda Harrold, Vivien Hill, Christina Locke, Bob Newland, Dorothy Phipps, Judy Rout, Merv Shaw, Lyn Smyth, Bea Stone and Graham Swain.

Since that time the Combined Club has continued to thrive and more activities continue to be added to the program. The popularity reached the point where membership reached 200. In 2015 a second combined club in the Hawkesbury was formed in Windsor and in 2016 a third, at North Richmond.

The Presidents of Hawkesbury Combined Probus Club

2008                   Barbara Crook
2009                   David Horn (to end of June) Gale Hill (from July)
2010                    Gale Hill

2011                     Kevin Meredith
2012                    Jenny Fallon
2013                    Paul Clarke
2014                    Gay Oatley
2015                    John Vincent
2016                    Lyn Smyth
2017                    Eric Dickinson
2018                    Chris Skurray
2019                    
Jim Berrell
2020                   Julie-Ann Coates (President Elect)

 

The Management Committee

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LEFT TO RIGHT:   Jim Berrell, President   Julie-Ann CoatesVice President   Tony Fogarty, Secretary   Owen Miller, Treasurer Chris Skurray, Immediate Past President   ​​ Linda Reinhardt, Membership    John Butler,  Welfare Officer Lyn McNab Interest Groups   Lester Vincent, Technical Officer & Club Historian   Kris Veldon, Newsletter Editor   Graham Wilcox, Programs & Guest Speakers                   

 

The Conveners of the club's activities

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LEFT TO RIGHT:   Johanna Wilcox, Outings   Graham Wilcox, Last Carriage Club & Webmaster   Lyn Smyth, Australian Tours   Debra Mavin, Overseas Tours    Margaret Novak, Chatterbox Coffee Club   Deirdre Dehn, Restaurant Lunches   Delia Myers, Book Club   Deb Gersbach, Caravan & Cabin Group   Kevin Meredith, Tennis Group   Kevin Johnson, Snooker Group   David Fleetwood, Ten-Pin Bowling Group   Glen Prichard, Bridge Group   Brian Bird, Target Shooting Group       

 

The Hawkesbury Probus Club Website 

​This website owes its existence to the following local businesses which have supported it with their generous donations. Members are asked to think of them when choosing services that are available from these donors. They are:-

Bendigo Bank - General banking facilities with personal and friendly staff at Richmond and North Richmond
www.bendigobank.com.au
Richmon​d Travel Centre - Your local travel experts for all holidays and travel
www.richmondtravel.com.au
Riverside Gardens Retirement Village -​ Providing a local independent secure lifestyle​ beside the Hawkesbury River
www.riverside-gardens.com.au
JW Chandler - A Guardian Funeral provider proudly serving the Hawkesbury for over 120 years
www.guardianfunerals.com.au/richmond
Pegasus Coach Tours - Luxury coach travel for local, extended or individual tours
www.pegasuscoachtours.com.au
Wheelchairs & Stuff ​- A One-Stop Mobility Shop that does lots more than just wheelchairs
www.wheelchairsandstuff.com.au
ONE AGENCY Hawkesbury/Rouse Hill 
- Experts in the sale of homes through internet marketing
www.oneagency.com.au/consultant?consultant_id=244HH
Turnbull Law ​- Hawkesbury based law firm practicing in most areas of the law
www.0414lawyer.com
Rhys Pope Photography - As the header image shows Rhys Pope has captured the beauty of the Hawkesbury


To open the website of any of the above supporters, click on their website address or moving images

 

About this Website - www.hawkesburyprobus.com.au
Designed, built and hosted by Stralia Web and launched by the club on Monday 16th January 2017
​Content design and construction by Graham Wilcox and Lester Vincent​
​Website enquiries may be made to Sylvia Ong Stralia Web www.straliaweb.com.au 1300 550 212

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Webmaster:  Graham Wilcox, gjrwilcox@gmail.com
For all new member enquiries please go to the New Members page