Club a place to find friends
Geoff Burnside knows a place where he can always find a friend.
And that's what keeps him going back to Papakura Men's Probus Club.
The founding member will soon be celebrating the club's 25th anniversary.
It was first formed on April 28, 1989.
Ninety-eight men signed up to the club and today there are 100 members, with six foundation members still on the books.
"At the time there weren't many organisations where you could just go and be yourself," Burnside says.
The 91-year-old was the first vice-president of the club, later became the president and is now the welfare officer.
As part of the role he writes letters to members who are sick or dealing with death in their families.
"I think it makes all the members feel they are part of something special," he says.
The men meet on the last Friday of every month at the Papakura RSA.
A guest speaker talks at the meeting and club members get up to speak a bit about themselves.
"I find it very interesting. There are men from all sorts of backgrounds and careers."
Members also enjoy many activities such as golf, bowls, croquet and snooker.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary there will be a mid-day dinner at the Papakura RSA next Wednesday.
Call Peter Foster on 298 3295 if you would like to become a member.