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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Oct-Nov 2012
50 | www.probussouthpacific.org Happily ever after Newlywed Como Combined Probus Club member Bev margetts has no plans to slow down. By leanne mezrani B ev Margetts is a very busy example of how ‘retirement’ can mean anything other than retiring. If anything, she’s more active than ever. When the 55-year -old member of the Como Combined Probus Club in WA sold her business five years ago, she launched into new experiences. “I couldn’t wait to do all the things that I never had the time to do,” says Bev. “I visited lots of friends interstate and went on 15 cruises, which resulted in me being able to say I’ve stood on every continent. “I met lots of interesting people and went to loads of fabulous places, took thousands of pictures, bought too many books (and shoes!). I’ve no idea how I ever had time to go out to work!” It was through one of her many cruises that Bev came across Probus and, as with everything she does, threw herself into her local club with enthusiasm. “I thought I would give Probus a try after belonging to another ‘retirees’ association which did not provide any fun or friendship,” she recalls. Since then she has become the welcoming officer at meetings, the membership secretary and, most recently, has been organising speakers. And Como members shouldn’t be surprised if the speakers include a few racing drivers and car enthusiasts. Apart from her Probus commitments, Bev is a member of the Mercedes Benz Car Club of WA, organising mid-week outings every few months. Changing gears Cars are a hobby that first caught Bev’s imagination in the 1960s, fuelled by the time she spent around racetracks because of her and her late husband’s model car import business. “We made many Aussie muscle car models, so of course there were race car models from the late 60s onwards and we needed permission to produce them.” This meant Bev had to spend time at racetracks talking to drivers about reproducing their cars. “Doing business with drivers, we had stood behind the fence at Bathurst, Warwick Farm and Oran Park cheering; it was like a dream come true,” she recalls. Retirement only meant Bev had more time to pursue car clubbing, which can take her all around Australia. “In the car club movement we have national rallies. I’ve been to several Jaguar events, a Citroen – I had a much loved 2CV Charlston for many years – as well as the past two Mercedes Benz rallies. The most recent one was in Adelaide during Easter this year.” Finding love Somewhere along the line, busy Bev found time to invite love back into her life in the shape of new husband, Lloyd. “We met through friends, then emailed each other a lot prior to Lloyd coming past my house most days after work to ‘help walk my dog’,” says Bev. “We were very comfortable with each other and decided we should be forever, which I think is much better than being on your own, especially when there is someone so wonderful to be with.” The pair married recently at Millbrook, in the picturesque Perth we decided we should be forever, which I think is much better than being on your own, especially when there is someone so wonderful. mEmBEr ProfilE
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