Dear Fellow Members
With Christmas fast approaching and those “green shoots of normal life” that I mentioned last month sprouting everywhere, I thought it appropriate to reflect on how far the Club has come this year.
In terms of numbers, we have grown from 25 members at foundation back in February, to 54 members in early December, which is nearly 120% growth. In terms of actions, we have consistently been one of the leading Probus clubs by enthusiastically conducting online meetings and activities which have enabled members to get to know each other well, despite the social distancing limitations in place over most of the last 10 months.
Now that the restrictions on group assembly have been lessened, we are well positioned to transition from an “online club” to the more traditional “face to face”  model, involving one general meeting a month with a quality speaker and numerous activities/event during the month. 
All the groups operating to date including the Book, Film, Wine Appreciation, Golf, Lunch, Cycling and Coffee groups will continue in a “face to face” mode, but to be a truly “member-driven group” as our Vision Statement suggests, we need more ideas for activities and events from the membership. Please contact me or any other member of the Management Committee, with your ideas, so we can work together to make it happen. 
I would also like to wish all members and your families best wishes for a happy and peaceful Christmas and a wonderful 2021, as we boot 2020 into history!
Best Regards – President Mel.
PS When reading our stories in this bulletin, don't overlook the "read more" link at the bottom of an item, there's often a lot of content spilled over.