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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Dec-Jan 2012
PROBUS INTEREST GROUPS 48 | www.probussouthpacific.org O n the last Wednesday of every month, members of the Attadale Mixed Probus Club in WA gather for an evening of good food and good company. From Chinese to fish and chips, the dining group has chartered great culinary terrain in its 12 years of operation. Under the coordination of Margaret Pavlinovich and Moira Adams, the monthly event has become a staple part of social life for Attadale Probians. “The group really has gone from strength to strength,” Margaret enthuses. “We try to go to new places, but the restaurant attached to the TAFE is a popular favourite; the service is great, the food is always wonderful and there’s plenty of room for a group our size.” From little things, big things grow Initiated by Kathleen Hudson in 2000, the group began with a humble assembly of 12 members. Today, their outings can attract a crowd of up to 35. Part of the attraction, Margaret believes, is the company and comradeship fostered by a more intimate setting. The dining group is a great opportunity for new members to connect with individuals and couples through conversation and breaking bread together. “Newer members can find it hard to get to know people in club meetings,” Margaret explains. “But sharing a meal with a smaller group of friendly, welcoming people makes them feel more like part of the club.” The dining group also established a morning tea group for members who weren’t partial to going out in the evening. Many members attend both, which has provided a foundation for friendships to flourish within the club. Through the dining group, a number of couples have also organised their own outings. Ray and Thelma Campbell, who have been members for eight years, have made firm friends with a circle of couples who dine out more regularly. “The more people you know on a close basis, the easier it is to move around the club,” Ray says. “We’re Breaking bread Monthly dinner outings strengthen the bonds of friendship at the Attadale Mixed Probus Club. By Ann Luff
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