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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Feb-March 2013
PROBUS INTEREST GROUP Going solo Fancy a trip but don’t have the twin for the twin-share accommodation? Members of the Coonara Cherrybrook Probus Club have solved the problem, teaming up with fellow travelers for the Solo Travellers’ Group. KEELI CAMBOURNE Q Do you have to be single to join? No. We have about 20 active members, three of whom are men – and we are trying to encourage more of our single male members but they are more reticent about joining in but we aren’t a matchmaking group. Some couples come to our lunches and join us on trips. My husband doesn’t like travelling so I often go on my own. It is really a group for people who like doing things. Q When did the Solo Travellers’ Group start? Probus is all about active retirees and our club is extremely active. The Coonara Cherrybrook Probus Club started in April 2007 and we have over 200 members and a waiting list. It is so popular because we offer so many activities and interest groups. I had tried to start something similar to the Solo Travellers’ Group a few years ago but it didn’t get off the ground. We restarted it in April 2010 and it took off. Q Q What is the Solo Travellers’ Group? We found there were people in our Probus Club who were widows or widowers or those whose partners were not well enough to travel or had no interest in travelling. We decided that there was a need to form a group that did something for these members. It was initially just a coffee meeting once a month during the week and then some of the people who came along said they didn’t do much on weekends so we decided to hold a Sunday lunch each month. We tried a couple of different venues for our monthly meetings and now meet at the Castle Hill RSL on the third Tuesday at 10.15am and have coffee afterwards. The Sunday lunch venue varies according to member recommendations, and these are planned a couple of months in advance and details placed in the Coonara Cherrybrook Chatter, our monthly newsletter. So apart from lunches what do the Solo Travellers’ do? At first it was just the monthly coffee meetings, and then the Sunday lunches once a month were introduced, but then someone proposed a trip to the Southern Highlands. When we looked into it, we thought it was a bit expensive for what was offered so that one lapsed. It is hard for a small group to organise coaches or group discounts. But we then decided to try and find trips that we could do by carpooling – not too far away or expensive – and short breaks that included activities or tours. Q What kinds of trips do you plan? We like to have something reasonably close so there isn’t too much » Active RetireesTM | 51 Vision House Creative Studios
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