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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Oct-Nov 2012
56 | www.probussouthpacific.org C harles Stimson may joke he was an ‘an easy target’ when the Combined Probus Club of Cairns/Marlin Coast needed someone to organise morning teas and tours, but his fellow members must be glad the offer hit the mark and he accepted. His events regularly attract an impressive 40-plus attendees and range from local tours, day trips to historic landmarks and a five- course Christmas lunch (with Charles in a Santa suit!) to a seven- day train trip to Caloundra. UK-born Charles, who always works in partnership with his wife Inge, admits to having a little advantage. “Organising events has become second nature from experiences in our earlier life,” explains the 72-year -old former chartered surveyor who retired in Australia to be with family. He could draw plenty of ideas too from his daughter, who works in tourism in Cairns. “She continues to try to persuade us to go whitewater rafting or bungy jumping but to date we’ve declined the idea,” Charles says. Instead, he and Inge have organised a series of memorable trips since taking over the morning tea and tours organisation in 2010. “At the end of last year we visited The Rodeo drive-in movie theatre in Mareeba for a private viewing of Mama Mia and a huge buffet supper,” Charles recalls. “The Christmas luncheon in December attracted over 60 people last year – although I suffered wearing a traditional fur -lined costume in 33-degree heat and the humid climate! And recently we met in the Railway Station Hall at Freshwater on the outskirts of Cairns, the only station stop before climbing the McAllister Range.” Again, the trip attracted over 40 members, but for Charles it isn’t just the growing attendance that keeps him enjoying the role. “I am always amazed at the pleasure this gives to all the members. Many openly express their appreciation, which is certainly rewarding to us both.” Judy Miller is just one member of the group who appreciates Charles’ efforts. “It’s quite unique and gives people an opportunity to learn about things that are new to them, like the Aboriginal community here,” she says about the tea club. “Charles goes to a great deal of trouble to look at unusual and reasonably priced trips that we enjoy going to. Everyone looks forward to seeing what the next trip will be.” Fellow member Gilda Feldman agrees: “[The tours and trips] are enjoyable because they are reasonably priced, good value for money, excellent company and, usually, good food. Finally, Charles is the perfect raconteur.” And he certainly isn’t running out of ideas; a traditional Aussie My ambition is to encourage our membership to take a day charter and perhaps get the record for the oldest group of snorkellers. ProBuS inTErEST grouP Tea for tour Probus member charles Stimson relishes in surprising his tea and tours group with left-of-centre tour and trip ideas. By leanne mezrani
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