Hello Everyone

It was so good to see so many people stay back and listen to our last speaker, who was most entertaining and educational. I’m sure we are all looking at things a little differently now and remembering the 4 F’s - Fibre, Fluids, Fitness and Feet. Wonder who is our speaker for June?

I hope that everyone is keeping well and staying safe from all the colds and flu’s that are around at the moment. Of course we can’t forget that Covid is still lurking around.

I can’t believe that we are in the middle of the year, where has the time gone? I suppose when you are busy time does fly and our club has had some great away and day trips. Lots of things to do and see. Keep looking at our website because there is plenty more to come.

We will have some new people joining our club at the next meeting so we will be able to introduce them to fun, friendship and fellowship.

Till next time.


One day Mystery Coach Tour on 28th June. $66.00 per person. The outing filled in under 2 days and almost all have already paid by EFT.


This was one of the largest vessels to dock at the Cabarita wharf to pick up and drop off about 120 Club members to see Vivid. We had a buffet dinner on the boat while we sailed around the harbour. Then the lights were dimmed and we saw our beautiful harbour lit up for Vivid.

It was a very cold night but some people made it onto the outside deck to take photos. It was a great way to celebrate 10 years as a Probus Club - even if it was a year later than originally planned. What a great night.
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After the Covid delays we finally left for Gloucester on the XPT. It was comfortable in our own carriage and the railway staff couldn’t have been more helpful.

At Gloucester we met Lindy our local guide and Mal our bus driver. They were both very knowledgeable about the area and kept us interested with their stories. The motel was comfortable, with breakfasts at the golf club next door before we set off on daily adventures.

Unfortunately, the road up to the Tops was closed for repairs. However, there was so much to see and do that we were kept busy all week. We travelled through spectacular countryside with rolling green hills and the Bucketts Range in the background, visited the Great Lakes and experienced wonderful country hospitality. At the end of our week away we needed 4 F’s to describe our trip- Fun, Friendship, Fellowship and FOOD (lots of).
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Unfortunately the scheduled Festival for Saturday afternoon was cancelled due to the ground being so wet, Trade Travel managed to organise other interesting venues for us to visit and did a very good job on such short notice.
29th April saw an excited group head to the Festival of Falling Leaves in Tumut.
Our first major stop was at Harden to see the bronze statue of the famous horse from WW 1 “Bill the Bastard”, we were entertained by the story of Bill by the sculptor who was passionate about the history of the horse and his handler’s, one being none other than Banjo Patterson.
Adelong was another impressive part of our wonderful country along with a visit to the Yarrangobilly Caves and with superb weather we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. As usual happy hour took place each afternoon before retiring to the dining room where each meal was met with enthusiasm.

I would have no problem offering this trip again next year, the leaves were colourful, the countryside green and the weather perfect as was the company. Phil Turley


One of Sydney’s newest museums, the Chau Chak Wing Museum opened on November 18, 2020. It is located at the main entrance of Sydney University’s Camperdown Campus, on University Ave, opposite the Quadrangle. It was designed to bring the Nicholson (largest collection of antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere), Macleay (including some of Australia’s most significant natural history objects) and the University’s art collection (comprising more than 8,000 historical and contemporary works) under one roof. It comprises 2,000 square metres of exhibition space over 4 levels and it will allow 3% of the collections to go on show at any given time.

We met our knowledgeable guide at the reception area, where we were shown 3 Aboriginal spears (Kamay spear) taken by James Cook from the Dharawal people in 1770 and which have recently been returned to Australia from Oxford University. From there we spent considerable time in the Antiquities display of Egyptian, Greek and Roman artefacts. We were informed of the difficulties that archaeologists face when piecing together broken pottery especially as there are no pictures to be used as a guide. Super glue is not an archeologist’s friend when it is discovered that pieces have been put in the wrong place! Prize pieces include the head and torso of Horemheb (one of Tutankhamen’s generals, before later becoming Pharaoh himself),the Goddess Hathor and an array of mummies.
Equally impressive were the exhibits on Level 1 (the China Gallery) and Level 4 (Light and Darkness; Late modernism and the Power collection).

The museum has an excellent cafe (Sounds of Sydney) where we had coffee on arrival and lunch after our tour. Everyone appeared to enjoy their lunch and coffee selected from a very good menu. At the conclusion of our visit we strolled through the Quadrangle, had a sneak visit to the Great Hall and walked back to the Ross Street exit where we caught a bus back to Burwood and then on to Breakfast Point.

Many thanks to Ross Beckhouse for organising this activity, which did have to be rescheduled a number of times due to Covid restrictions. The museum is open 7 days per week and is free of charge. It is easily accessible for people with mobility issues.
Jill Lawrenson


Jenny worked at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for over 40 years as a Nurse with the last 20 years as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in charge of the Colorectal Clinic at RPA. Jenny is known to many of us as she lives in Breakfast Point and is a member of our sister Probus Club. Her talk was about the golden rules of good bowel functions. She made a difficult and taboo topic entertaining, with lots of conversation afterwards as to what constituted fluids - beer and wine don’t count!

The Golden Rules are the 4 “F”s
Fibre – you need to eat 30 grams of fibre per day; fruit vegetables, nuts, bread.
Fluids – you need to drink 6-8 fluid drinks per day; water, soda water, cordial, decaffeinated coffee and tea
Fitness – “you don’t move, IT won’t move”
Feet – positioned so you lean forward, in other societies they squat which is preferable.

If you have any bleeding or there are changes to bowel habits, consult your doctor.



Wendy reported to the May meeting that donations of 2 shelter boxes were made by Rotary for refugees escaping the war in Ukraine.

The Director of International Programs at Shelterbox reports "the number of people that have fled Ukraine, becoming refugees, has topped five million. It’s a grim milestone that does little to capture the devastating impact this conflict is having on families who, day after day, are being uprooted from their homes with little idea of when they may be able to return.
“ShelterBox continues to be part of the massive humanitarian effort to help those in need.
We have mattresses being used in collective centres, shelter kits helping people repair their damaged homes, and thermal blankets, water carriers and solar lights helping people to survive.”

Rotary also organised the sale of bacon and egg rolls at St Pats Church on Election day.

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