Two decades of getting together

It has been two decades and countless good memories since the Blenheim Probus Club began.

Members of the club celebrated its 20th anniversary on Wednesday last week at the Mondrians Restaurant and Bar, with several recounting their most memorable times.

"We have had some really good outings and seen a great number of interesting places and things as well as hearing talks from a number of guest speakers," said long- time member, Joan Irving who has taken on the job of arranging the majority of their outings.

The Blenheim Probus Club falls under the auspices of the Blenheim Rotary Club and is primarily a social club for Rotary members, past and present.

The first meeting was held on November 4, 1992 with 77 charter members, 13 of whom are still active in the club today.

People do not have to be a Rotary member and membership is open to retired and semi-retired people. The membership has been as high as 150, but is currently about 120.

Probus Club holds monthly meetings where club and visiting guest speakers provide interesting programmes.

The club also has monthly outings to places of interest such as to Kaikoura, Nelson, the Sounds, vineyards and historical businesses as well as sporting and cultural activities.

"The main aim of Probus is to provide fellowship and friendship. When I came to Blenheim I didn't know anyone but through Probus I have a wonderful group of friends," Joan said.

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