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INNISFAIL Probus Club recently held their AGM at the Russ Hinze Hall, Innisfail Showgrounds, and elected the new Committee for 2021 – 2022.

30/July/2021
Innisfail Probus Club’s new Committee for 2021 – 2022, after they were elected at the AGM.

INNISFAIL Probus Club recently held their AGM at the Russ Hinze Hall, Innisfail Showgrounds, and elected the new Committee for 2021 – 2022.

Jim Brown was elected the President and the Committee also includes Jill Sorensen (Vice President), Marianne Pearce (Secretary), and Joyce Said (Treasurer).

Other officials elected include Carolyn Broom (Welfare), Catherine Caltabiano (Birthdays/Anniversaries), Col Ritchie (Publicity/Guest Speaker Organiser), Maria Pozzebon, Josie Vecchio and Vittoria Sceresini (Attendance), Lance Pearce (Historian/Photos), Francis Lagana and Judi Rees (Dine Outs/Trips), Frank Agli (Newsletter Editor) and Alan Curtis (Committee).

Innisfail Probus Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Secretary, Marianne Pearce, at the Club’s AGM for being a fabulous Secretary during COVID-19 in 2020.

The onset of COVID19 in March 2020, with its health regulations, restrictions, and limitations, became a new part of the Probus lifestyle. 

There were changes of venues, the way their AGM was conducted, as well as many cancellations including meetings, dine outs, day trips, the Warrina games, movie matinees, and interaction with other Probus clubs. 

Outgoing President, Colin Ritchie, especially thanked his committee and attendance ladies for their valuable input over the past year.

These were Marianne Pearce, Jim Brown, Joyce Said, Frank Agli, Carolyn Broom, Catherine Caltabiano, Lew Phillips, Alan Curtis, Lance Pearce, Josie Vecchio, Mel Barry, and June Sue Yek.

He also thanked Frank Agli (newsletter editor), Lance Pearce (photos/historian), Eddie and Maureen Dimech, Shirley Nayler, Jean McMillan, Judy Edwards, Wendy Sheils, Sheryl Scott, Clare and Lee (caterers), Innisfail Show Society President, Lou Zahra, and Secretary, Maddalena De Brincat, Geoff Duffield, Fay Stephens, Federal Member Bob Katter’s office, and all volunteer members. 

During the past year, Joyce Said was nominated and endorsed as a Life Member.

Bev Snow, Maria Pozzebon, Mary Emmi, Elaine Harrison, Rhonda Thomas, and Margaret Johnston were welcomed into the club, which currently has 96 members.

Sadly, the club lost current member, Duncan Paterson.

Helene Laws, Josie Toogood, Frances Lagana, Errol Wing, Betty Westbury, and John and Del Beare received their 20-year pins.

The past year’s highlighted included a trip to Cobbold Gorge and four dinners out at Paronella Park / Mena Creek Hotel, Christmas lunch at the Brothers Leagues Club, the 36th birthday at Russ Hinze Hall, and lunch at Goondi Hotel.

There have been five guest speakers, with three of those being members, Geoff Duffield, Alan Curtis, and Col Ritchie, together with Mark Evans and Andrew Portelli. 

After 20 years as the club’s auditor, Herb Layt has retired, and he will be acknowledged.

Probus meetings are held in the Russ Hinze Building, Innisfail Showgrounds, at 9.00am on the fourth Thursday of each month, and their highlights include the morning tea and guest speakers. 

Social events such as trips, dinners out, and movie matinees are regularly organised. Transport can be arranged if required.Please contact the Secretary on 0429 653 775 or via email: probusclubofinnisfail@gmail.com for further information.

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