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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Dec-Jan 2012
Active RetireesTM | 53 A self-declared ‘people person’, Jock Psaros has been active in clubs and community groups in his home town of Inverell since his early years. His love for motorsports not only brought about a career in car sales management, it also drove him to initiate a sporting car club in Inverell which continues today. Jock embraced his move to Toowoomba following retirement. “Toowoomba is an incredible place to live,” Jock says. “Beautiful people, beautiful gardens, wonderful health facilities and, of course, we are close to our families in Brisbane, which is so important.” Family extends beyond bloodlines for Jock. He and his wife of 50 years, Viola, have hosted exchange students from all over the world, adopting them as part of their extended international family. “T ravelling to visit them has been a very important part of our lives,” says Jock. Jock sees his service to the community as a two-way street. “I gave 100 per cent and got even more back,” he says. Capturing the moment Jock’s lifelong love of photography had humble beginnings. As a teenager, he experimented with his father’s Kodak folding postcard camera. After spending time in Sydney, Jock’s interest in photography flourished. “I made some close friendships with a couple of camera buffs who made me serious about the hobby,” he says. “They showed me how to develop film and make prints.” In 1969, Jock’s photography skills landed him a position as photographer for the Inverell Times, where he spent many hours in his dark room processing film. Today, Jock may have given up his darkroom, but developments in technology have not hindered his passion. Always looking for new opportunities, Jock now uses his photographs to make postcards. Taking in history As historian for the Probus Club of Toowoomba City, Jock combines his passion for photography with his social nature. “I record all club activities photographically and ensure the albums are kept up to date,” Jock explains. Every time the club meets, photographs of the previous month’s activities are circulated for members to peruse. But for Jock and Viola the most important part of Probus is the friendships they have formed. “We really enjoy the fellowship, whether it be at a meeting or on a social outing, as we have a very happy club with all members enjoying each other’s company.” Jock’s involvement in Probus is also another way of giving back. “Service to the community has always been a top priority in my life.” •• DAVID HACK CLASSIC MEET Indulge in Jock's passion for motorsport when the Rotary Club of Toowoomba North hosts the classic car and warbird meet over the May long weekend, with exhibits from all over Qld and NSW. What: David Hack Classic Meet featuring classic cars and warbirds When: Sunday 6 May 2012 Where: Toowoomba Contact: Brian Douglas, Rotary Club of Toowoomba North W: www.rotarydavidhack.org E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 0417 630 774 MEMBER PROFILE Jock Psaros Growing up in rural NSW, Jock Psaros from the Probus Club of Toowoomba City has always enjoyed an active and social lifestyle. By Lara Pearce
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