New blood needed after 30 years

WHILE the "big 30" can have a tendency to bring on an early mid-life crisis, there is no chance of that happening to members of Camden's Men's Probus Club.

Members aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s celebrated the club's 30th anniversary at their recent monthly meeting held at Carrington Centennial Care.

Past and present club presidents, founding members, current members and the vice chairman of Probus South Pacific, Gary Blackler, attended the meeting.

Incoming president Keith Bainbridge joined the local organisation in 1997.

He said the club provided retirees and semi-retirees with an opportunity to socialise with others in a similar position.

"When you retire you have to be involved with something and Probus helps you continue with the social aspects of the area," the 84-year-old said.

The club was formed on April 21, 1983, under the sponsorship of Camden Rotary.

The inaugural meeting was held at the Camden Bowling Club and chaired by the Camden Rotary president Terry O'Donnell.

Former president Lionel Stein says there are currently 32 men involved with the club but there is always room for more.

"We are an ageing group so we have trouble attracting young guys to join," the 76-year-old said.

To inquire about joining Camden Men's Probus Club call 4655 6161 (Keith) or 4655 7074 (Lionel).

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