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Active Retirees : Active Retirees April-May 2012
8 | www.probussouthpacific.org lettersYour Have your say! Send us your letters and photos, your club and member news for Around the traps, and your writing for the Smile section. Post Probus South Pacific Ltd. PO Box 1294 Parramatta NSW 2124 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Guest speakers Almost every month in almost every Probus club throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines there is an invited guest speaker, adding up to hundreds and hundreds of guest speakers! The subjects are varied and interesting, and many of our club members enjoy their memberships and retain active interest because of these diverse speakers. By the way, this model is not unique to Probus clubs; in our communities, University of the Third Age, Schools for Seniors, Rotary, Lions clubs, church groups and many others have regular speakers as we do. Now, a Probus club is not a business; however, it should run its meetings in a friendly and businesslike manner. The following suggestions may help. • Prior to coming to the club the guest speaker should be made ver y aware of the time limits for the presentation and other arrangements. • Great care and planning should be directed towards the use of audio-visuals. Maybe there is the opportunity here for a specific role for a club member interested and skilled with these gadgets; • Each guest speaker should be met at the venue entry and later introduced in a respectful manner. Approximately 90 seconds should be sufficient, and would take just a little research. An ultimate insult would be to introduce someone (even a fellow member) by saying: “Everyone knows Billy Bloggs, so he doesn’t need any introduction!” Members need to be alerted to just who the person is and why they have been invited to speak. • During the presentation, members should show further respect by listening attentively. Your club committee members have judged this person to be worthwhile. In turn we must always remember that the guest speaker has given considerable personal time to attend our meeting and present their story. • At the presentation's conclusion an appropriate thank you should be offered; approximately 60 seconds would be sufficient. There could be a bonus if a non- Probus speaker is impressed with the way we operate and some time later is invited to join Probus. It may not be your club, but it could be for the overall benefit of Probus if they do join. When we do the right thing by our guests, it makes everyone feel good; we can be proud of our club and enjoy the meetings more. Dr John G. Thorne AM Probus Club of Hobart Macquarie A small world, after all As we Taswegians know only too well, it is a small world. I know a little of the history of Perth House, the property PSP is relocating to next month. Around the 1920s it was a boarding house run by a Mrs Weeks. Two coincidences occurred around then. My father, a single chap, decided to move from Lithgow to work in the Ford assembly plant in Auburn and was looking for somewhere to stay. His sister was a nurse at the Cumberland Hospital. About the same time, my mother, also single, decided to leave the Wingham area on the Manning River. Her older sister was running a cottage hospital in Wentworthville. My two aunts, the sisters I mention, never met, let alone knew each other, but by chance both my parents found themselves boarding at Perth House and married in 1930. After a couple of years, my father built a cottage for us in Gore Street and, as a child walking to school, I passed Perth House every day, but as far as I know, I have never been inside it. By the late 1930s Mrs Weeks had retired and moved to a smaller residence in the Harris Park area, and it is years since I have been in Parramatta. I have often wondered at the fate of Perth House, so I'm pleased to know it is still going strong. Colin Balmer
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