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Treasurers Report

The Treasurers Report For This Month can be read here

Trea$urer’$ Report for February: David Brown

As usual a couple of puns to hopefully get you smiling now that the gloss of the new year of 2024 might have slightly worn off.

What does the man with no hair sing on New Year’s Eve...? Bald Lang Syne!

My resolution for 2024 ...                                is to buy Bitcoin in 20]].

Our Club finances have reduced somewhat since my last report as we have had to pay for our Christmas Lunch. The total cost was $6250. This was partly covered by the $3800 paid by members and a City of Boroondara community grant of $1500.

Thanks to all members for heeding my plea in my December report. Unlike last year no one has paid their fees for 2024/25!! That’s good as they are not due yet (1st April) and your Committee have not yet set the fees for the next Probus year.

To finish up

My New Year's resolution is to procrastinate.            I'll start tomorrow.

Yours financially

David Brown




 Boroondara Symphonic Band

Auburn Probus Club supports the Boroondara Symphonic Band

Booroondara Symphony Band

Colin Richards

The concerts this year have moved up a level following the appointment of new conductor Giuliano Di Ienno. An average of eight members attended the concerts and we enjoyed some great music. There was always time to adjourn to the local cafe for coffee and a chat. The band will be performing at the Surrey Hills Music Festival on Saturday 24th February. Details can be found on the Surrey Hills Music Festival web site, mark this date in your diary.

Future Performances:

17th March 2.30 pm March Concert - Holy Trinity Kew

16th June 2.30 pm June Concert - Holy Trinity Kew

8th September 2.30 pm Annual Concert - Holy Trinity Kew

24th November 2.30 pm--November Concert - Holy Trinity Kew



Golf Group - Gary Jackson

Golf to restart in February at Wattle Park Golf Course, 1012 Riversdale Rd Surrey Hills

Tee off time for Tuesday February 6th at 9.32 am, and Mondays at 10.12 am on 12th, 19th and 26th.

If you intend playing, please let me know.


Weekly Winner

Longest Drive

Nearest the Pin

Best off the stick


Trevor Mackey

Ian Bourke


Mike Pavey


Brenda Mackey

Tom Fenemor

Trevor Mackey


Mike Pavey


Benda Mackey

Ian Bourke

Ross King


Ian Bourke

Following our last game for 2023, 16 players and partners enjoyed Christmas lunch at The Manningham Hotel and Club for the presentation of our 2023 champion winners and Einhart Lincke was presented with his hole in one mounted Golf Ball trophy.

Best off the Stick                              John Phillips with 18 wins

Nearest the Pin                                Ross King with 5 wins

Longest Drive                                   Ross King 7 wins

2023 Probus Golf Champions are Peter Matthews and Trevor Mackey who both had 9 Green Jackets wins in 2023.

Congratulation to all our champions and all our players who participated in 2023. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all on a golf course in 2024.

Nearest the pin - Christine Mavrodoglos, Trevor Mackey, Ian Bourke and John Phillips tied with 3 each       

Longest Drive  - Trevor Mackey with 7 wins

Best off the Stick - John Phillips a clear winner with 15 wins h at Melissa Café.



Brew & Chew

Brew and Chew

Meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday

Brew and Chew

Ian Philips

As this is the first commentary for Brew and Chew in this new year, it is perhaps appropriate to return to our roots and reflect.

The Brew part of our name was in response to a perceived enthusiasm for home-brew, driven from sampling some of Einhart’s excellent product.

It is clearly time that this aspect of our interest was revived. With the impending indexation of excise, the price of beer will increase yet again. It is reported that the beer tax will increase to over $60 per litre of pure alcohol due to indexation on February 1. This means the excise on a pint will increase to about 90 cents. The price of a pint over the bar could be $15! In case you missed that, $15! (In about 1956, I was drinking at Christmas in a city pub and my mate found a ten bob note on the floor – he said let’s see how quickly this will last at the bar!). So, we will have to start saving empty long-necks again, assuming the PM does not seek to address both inflation and his sagging popularity by removing the excise altogether. After all, it never has been popular - Dr Johnson in his dictionary in 1755 defined excise as : “A hateful tax levied upon commodities ...”.

As to Chew, at B+C the idea of shared recipes has never really taken off. Nevertheless, in the spirit of the Hogmanay, I will pass on here a recipe for Aberdeen Sausage – an appropriately Scottish item – from my mother’s collection circa 1920’s.

1 lb lean steak, 1 lb bacon, all the crumbs from loaf of bread, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, salt, pepper to taste, 2 eggs: mince steak and bacon, mix well together, boil for two hours, when boiled, roll in dried breadcrumbs.

Rather to my surprise, at NY it worked (after modification), such that someone asked where I had bought it!

However, it will not be on the menu when we meet at Camberwell Library, on Jan 24 (the fourth Wednesday, not the last) at 1000 hours, or, if you miss that, on Feb 28.


Armchair Travel

Armchair Travel

Convenor: Shirley Fenemor

We are off again on February 28 at 7.30 pm, Manningtree – 20-26 Manningtree Road, Hawthorn. Parking available in the forecourt.

Trevor Mackey will present on their recent West Australian trip with APT, travelling from Broome to Perth returning to the east coast on the Indian Pacific to Sydney.

New folk are always welcome – ring me if further information is needed.




Walking Group

The Walking Group meets twice a month usually on the 2nd and 4th Monday.

 Walking Group : Janene Marshall

Walking Group

Up Coming Walks

12th February  -  Alphington  -  Leader Chris Tyrrell  -  Meet in View Street Alphington, near Alphington Park at 9.50am (Melways 31 C12).    Coffee TBA.

26th February  -  Heidelberg  -  Banyule Flats Reserve (Warringal Park).  Meet in car park, right turn off Beverley Road (Melways 32 C4). There is an oval, children’s play area (Possum Hollow).  Coffee at take away coffee shop (if open) or the Greenery  Garden Centre (they have a new area for coffee now).

I have 24th June, 22nd July, 26th August and 9th September available for Volunteers to plan and lead a walk for 2024.



Jenene Marshall


Outings Group


Jan Lester

This year’s Outings calendar begins with something a little different..... an outing on a SATURDAY for lunch followed by a guided tour of H Division in Pentridge Prison.

Parking (at own cost) is available under the shopping centre and I will meet you in the playground area at the back of the shops and inside the prison walls at 12.15pm before walking a short distance to North & Common restaurant for a 2 course lunch at 12.30pm.

After lunch, at 2.30pm, we will be given a 90 minute guided tour of the famous H Division.

Saturday 2nd March at 12.15pm. $69.00p.p which includes 2 course lunch and tour.

Payment can be made at next meeting or by EFT to Club’s bank account no later than Thursday 22nd February to enable final numbers to be advised to venue.

Please advise Jan any dietary requirements.

N.B. No refunds will be given if cancelling after final numbers advised.

Numbers are limited, so “first in, best dressed” applies.

Other Outings in the pipeline for 2024 include :

  1. A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon
  2. Parliament House and lunch
  3. Werribee Rose Garden, (and maybe Zoo) 
  4. Flinders Ranges

Please come and see me if you have any suggestions for an outing.


Dine Out Group

The Dine Out Groups arranges bookings for either Lunch or Dinner at various restaurants and cafes in the area 

Susan and John Hutchins   

Our first Dine-Out function for the year was dinner at the Box Hill RSL on 15th January and the maximum number of guests came along to welcome in the new year. Thank you to John McIntosh for looking after arrangements for this night out.

Dinner at the RSL has been very popular over the years and we have made a regular booking for the third Monday of each month.

We have not yet made any firm arrangements for any other Dine-Out functions but watch this space for details of future events.


John & Susan Hutchins





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