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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Dec-Jan 2013
12 | www.probussouthpacific.org NEWS Rendezvous 2012 Probians from all over Australia and New Zealand piled into the Palmerston North Convention Centre on Sunday 16 September to register for Probus Rendezvous 2012. We collected our bags and lanyards, and headed out to explore Palmerston North. We found a beautiful town square, cherry blossom trees in full flower and friendly locals, so we liked what we saw. The Opening Ceremony saw 240 attendees, 130 from New Zealand and 110 from Australia, with all states represented except Northern Territory. The Mayor of Palmerston North welcomed everyone to the city. Entertainment throughout the week was local and varied: a high school orchestra and a violin trio from a girls' secondary college at the opening, and a journalist and storyteller relating humorous stories about his life at the Welcome Dinner. At the dinners duos of musicians played during the meals and for dancing afterwards, and a classical tenor sang for us. A country and western band played for the hoedown. At the Closing we all enjoyed a Victor Borge- style artist and an 84-year- old poet who performed her own poems, satirised some nursery rhymes and concluded with a hilarious poem given in an 'under the weather' style. Outings over the three days showcased the local region, including Tawhiti Cultural Museum, a Whanganui River Boat Cruise, Along a Country Road, Woodville Country Ramble, Hato Paora Boys' College, Foxton and Feilding, and a local was always on hand to provide commentary. On one of the trips we passed through the town of Bulls, which is promoted in a unique way using its name. The local police are the constabulls, the school has knowledgeabulls, the doctor is the cureabull and the plumber is the fixabull. Apparently there are 75 such references in the town, and it is, apparently, the only town in NZ where you can get butter from bulls. On the final day, we wrapped up Rendezvous with an ecumenical service and candlelight procession, a Q&A forum, lunch, official handover to Albury Wodonga's Pat Corcoran for Rendezvous 2013, and closing, ending a very busy and full five days. Although the numbers were smaller compared to previous years, it was very friendly and the New Zealand welcome and hospitality were great! RENDEZVOUS 2013 Albury Wodonga is hosting Rendezvous 2013. A beautiful region of northern Victoria and southern New South Wales, Albury Wodonga is close enough to Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney to extend a trip to any, or even along the Murray into South Australia. A warm welcome is promised! See page 3 for more information. Probus members from Albury Wodonga were proactive in promoting our area in the lead- up to hosting next year's Rendezvous. We are hoping for good numbers next year. JACQUI BARKER, ALBURY WODONGA By Jacqui Barker
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