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Issue 12 - September 2015

Update from Chairman Denys Boshier

Probus New Zealand Incorporated (PNZI) and its associated clubs are in good heart if the activity at our first AGM held at the Holiday Inn, Mangere at 11am on Saturday August 29th is any indication. Initially we expected that about 30 PNZI-affiliated clubs might send their representatives; but we had some 110 attendees, representing clubs from both the North Island and the South Island. There are now 277 Pro-bus clubs affiliated to PNZI - just on 67% of all the New Zealand clubs. We were delighted to see such interest in how PNZI is progressing since the inaugu-ral PNZI meeting on April 17/18 when the Steering Committee handed over the responsibility of the PNZI Centre to the new, democratically-elected Council of six members.
My Report to the AGM is sent as a separate attachment with this newsletter.
In my AGM report, I drew the members' attention to the 15 topics
seen by Council as being basic to the provision of a PNZI Support Centre which would be available through our website to the clubs, District Associations and the public. The members attending agreed that expecting six Councillors to fulfil this task was unreasonable and accepted the challenge that the Centre members, that is the affiliated clubs and the District Associations, would have to increase the number of Councillors or undertake to contribute to the administration of the PNZI Centre. This matter is to be considered further by Council and the Centre members.
Other matters considered from the Agenda included the necessity for more efficient communication be-tween the Council and the clubs. Council will consider this and support the Councillors in their efforts to communicate with their clubs at least monthly. Clubs must make their own arrangements for the dispersal of these communications and the PNZI newsletters to their members.

AGM copyFrom Left: Denys Boshier (Pres.), Jim Taylor (Secr.), Russell Tether, Mike Healy, Graeme Pierson. Absent Lenore Townsend

Recognition of the contribution to the development of PNZI by Dr Gurney and the other members of the Initial interim committee was expressed and will be acknowledged by Council on behalf of the clubs. The recent retirement of Dr Gurney from the Council was also noted with regret and with appreciation for his enormous contribution to the development of PNZI.

The final Report from the Interim PNZI Committee and its final Financial Report as prepared by its past Chairman, Dr Ross Gurney, were adopted by the meeting.

A number of remits for the consideration of the meeting were presented by several clubs. It was agreed that the venue of the AGM should change annually, that Club Affiliation/Accreditation Certificates be available to clubs desiring them, and although the specific motion addressing gender imbalances in our society was lost, there was general agreement that decisions re gender balance and skills offered in committee structures be left to the individual clubs. Some remits addressed items already being investigated by Council, so the Movers of such mo-tions spoke to their motion; but no vote was taken. The latter motions all affirmed Council decisions and actions already taken.
It was very reassuring to Council that there was general agreement within the meeting that Council is ad-dressing the issues important to the clubs and is progressing in the right direction.
With Probian greetings and best wishes to you all,
Denys P Boshier (Dr),
Chairman, PNZI,
31 August, 2015.

Special Recognition

Selwyn Thompson copySelwyn Thompson 100 years!

In the last issue of Highlights, mention was made of a Probian who celebrated his 99th birthday. He was Brian de Latour of the Palmerston North club. But he has been eclipsed by Selwyn Thompson of the Kerikeri Mens Club who recently turned 100.

He is seen here being presented with his life membership award by President Clive Blake.


Aotea Combined Probus Club

On May 25th, this club celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Cashmere Club. They were entertained by artist and writer from Lake Hayes, Da’vella Gore, who built her own home out of recycled wood from demolished churches.
The club has 150 members with a very active social programme.

Aotea copyAotea members at their 20th celebration


Jubilee Celebrations

Recently, there were two 25th anniversary celebrations marking the formation of their clubs, namely, Temuka Ladies Club and Caroline Ladies Club.

Caroline Bay Jubilee

CarolineBay copyCaroline Bay 25th AnniversaryThis club celebrated its jubilee anniversary on June 24th at the Gleniti Golf Club. The club still has many active foundation members. Four past presidents returned for the occasion.
The club has a garden group as well as Mah Jong, movie and theatre/drama groups.

Temuka Ladies Club Jubilee

In May this year, the Temuka Ladies Probus Club celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a lunch held at the Grey Way Lounge, Timaru. President Lois Caldwell welcomed 43 members.
The celebration started with a presentation of sprays to 8 foundation members present followed by a Certificate in Recognition of the Distinguished Service of President, for 2013/2014, presented to Past President Renee Jones. Certificates of Appreciation were presented to past committee members Brenda Prescott and Pat Cameron.


TemukaLadies copyTemuka committee "Choir" entertaining at the 25th celebration

Fitzherbert Club  Fitzherbert copyAbove is a group from Fitzherbert Club celebrating their 18th birthday in August with, coincidently, 18 foundation members remaining in the club. Celebrations included an organized quiz on general knowledge

Interesting Visits

Polish Heritage and Trust Museum, Howick
Mt Hobson Ladies club reported on this interesting visit (
On display are Polish history and culture, arts and crafts, dolls in national dress, a feature wall of famous people, war memorabilia and various ornamental souvenirs.
But the highlight of our visit was the film. Over morning tea our hostess, Ellen, told us the little-known WWII background and then screened Poles Apart, the story of 733 Polish orphans who came to New Zealand in 1944. Forced from their homes and country at short notice, these children began their new life in a former POW camp in Pahiatua. In this poignant and inspiring documentary many of them, now elderly, talk about their experiences in their new country, their successes and their sheer gratitude for being alive.

The Great War Exhibition

Karen Bengosi, sales channel specialist for The Great War Exhibition, advises that they have had many Probus groups showing interest and booking to come and see this exhibition in Wellington. With this in mind, she invites inquiries to check on the options and special group discount rates.
Contact: Karen Bengosi,DDI 04 978 2505, Mob 022 1406242.
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From Opotiki Probus Club

Opotiki College head girl, Caitlin Papuni McLellan, created history at a recent Opotiki Probus Club meeting . When she delivered the prepared speech that won her the nationwide ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC annual speechmaking competition it was greeted to what was believed to be the Opotiki copyclub’s first standing ovation.
The 17 year old was one of eight young people to win an all-expenses paid trip to the centennial celebrations in Gallipoli as well as $1000 and a smart phone.


A note from Nth. Auck. Mahurangi Club

At a time when some clubs are struggling for membership, the Mahurangi mixed club is thriving having reached its maximum number of 140 members and now with a waiting list.

Eden Epsom Probus Club Life Membership Award to Graham Gauld

EdenEpsom copyGraham receiving his award from president Joan HookGraham joined the Eden Epsom Club in 1999/2000. He soon became the Treasurer and remained Treasurer until 2003 when he was then asked to become Vice President and ultimately President in 2004. During this period, Graham was instrumental in the Club gaining funding from COGS. This funding assisted the Club in keeping the cost of trips at a low level. Graham represented the Club at the Launceston (Tasmania) Rendezvous and after his term as President and Immediate Past President, the position of Trips Organiser was Graham’s next involvement, which he held until 2012. Graham also relieved in the position of Newsletter Editor for a short time and often as a Club Speaker, with both Mini and Main presentations. His involvement still continues as the reviewer of the Club’s financial books. With such a long, continued and dedicated service, the club had no hesitation in bestowing a Life Membership award upon Graham Gauld, during the Club’s Annual July Birthday Luncheon.

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Notice, Lost Property

After the AGM, Jim Taylor was handed a little pink l'Occitane notebook with names and addresses in it. If the owner would like to contact him he will see that she gets it back.
Jim Taylor, 09 959 1022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Warkworth Probus Club Celebrates 30th, 40th and 50th Anniversaries

Warkworth copyBruce Kissling (longest serving member) and President Rick Taylor cut the 30, 40 and 50 cakeWarkworth Men’s Probus Club held a special lunch after its normal meeting on Monday 20th July at the Shoesmith Hall, Shoesmith Street, Warkworth, to celebrate several anniversaries. The Men’s Club was founded 30 years ago; the first Probus Club in New Zealand was started at Kapiti Coast 40 years ago, and the Probus movement was started in Welwyn Garden City, UK, exactly 50 years ago.
70 members and wives were joined by invited guests from Probus NZ Incorporated, Probus North Shore and Northern Association,and representatives from the Warkworth Ladies Probus Club (who are also celebrating the 15th year since founding) and the Mahurangi Combined Probus Club from Snell’s Beach.Catering was provided by the volunteers from Warkworth and Wellsford Hospice in aid of their fundraising.Peter Stewart (President of the North Shore and Northern Probus Association) presented certificates to Ruth Harvey for the Ladies Probus, and to Rick Taylor, President of the Warkworth Men’s Club.

The Probus Club of Orewa, Celebrating their 28th Birthday

Orewa copyEric Cockerton, President Norm Smith, John Rea, Ken BoonOn Tuesday 10th August The Probus Club of Orewa celebrated their 28th birthday with 93 members attending the meeting.
Their story began on March 19th 1987 when The Rotary Club of Orewa held a meeting to propose that a new club be set up. There were 36 men present. In 2008/2009 women were invited to join the club and in 2014/2015 the first woman President, Yvonne Ambler, was elected.
Significantly in 2014/2015 the Club deregistered from PSPL (Probus South Pacific Limited) and registered with PNZI (Probus New Zealand Incorporated).
The club has 130 members and their monthly meetings are renowned for excellent morning teas. They have have a range of activities involving walking, theatre, cinema and lunches.

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