Melbourne Sunrise Probus meets on the First Thursday of each month at 10am at:
THE LIBRARY AT THE DOCK
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands.
Located on the waterfront at Dock Square near where Bourke Street west meets Collins Street. Take Tram 48 in Collins Street to Collins street west terminus or the 70 or 75 to stop D3. 100 m walk to Library.
NEXT CLUB MEETING FOR 2017
April 6th,May 4th, June 8th (2nd Thursday), July6th, August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd.
PO Box 23308
Membership Officer - Sue
Mobile: 0425 831 953
Secretary - Jill
Mobile: 0418 562 181
Its that time of year again, FOOTY!!!
Christmas Party and another sparkling year to celebrate
A jolly group left Docklands for our end of year event, travelling down the Mornington Peninsula to Sorrento where they boarded the ferry to Queenscliff.After indulging in a cocktail or two and spotting dolphins they docked in delightful, historic Queenscliff. Dinner was at the Vue Grand, in the elegant, ornate Victorian ballroom. Jenny and Di conducted a trivia quiz which introduced a high level of competition in the room, followed by some spirited singing.
Barb Elderfield made some delightful table decorations and we all agreed the food was excellent. Reluctantly we piled onto the bus and made our way back to the city and the famed Ivanhoe Christmas lights. Thanks to Di Hardisty for planning the event and Jenny Ferneyhough for the entertainment and other unsung heroes!
Then to the the Royal Society of Victoria. This institution was established in the early 1850s to promote science. The Society is probably best known for the funding of the Burke and Wills expedition. The building has under gone many extensions over the years, including the construction of the first tiered lecture theatre, still in use today, with many and frequent lectures still held today.
Next, ANZAC House. The home to the RSL since the 1930's. The RSL is currently celebrating 100 years of service to Australia's veteran community. This is the first time that the RSL has opened, to the public, their state headquarters.
Lunch at Chine on Paramount in China Town was interesting.
Onto Gordon House. This building was established in 1883 by Gordon Coppin ( who among projects built Sorrento's Continental Hotel) to provide family lodgings for respectable poor working class families. Accommodating some 400 people. The building has gone through many changes over the years and is now operated by Quest, with about 30 privately owned units. Gordon House was one of Melbourne's first high rise ( at 4 floors) apartment towers.
By now we were down to 6 happy members. We headed, on Clive's suggestion, to the State Library and Queen's Hall, also built around the 1850's, when Melbourne had money. Queen's Hall is quite spectacular but will now be closed for several years for a major refurbishment. Whilst in the State Library the current art exhibition of works by William Strutt visited.
Then it was home for a quiet rest, with thoughts of return visits, especially to The Victorian Society and The Royal Society.
Degas-More than ballet dancers!
Woo Hoo! 5th Anniversary celebrations
Love, Revenge and Haute Couture.
To top off the morning we all enjoyed an ample Devonshire tea served in the converted stables in the grounds. Another successful Probus outing!
Cruising the Maribyrnong
Onwards we sailed and calmer waters prevailed as we turned into the Maribyrnong. Our group consensus is that the Maribyrnong is much more picturesque that the Yarra. We sailed past Riverside Golf Course (text Gay Edgecombe 0407 508 303 if you want to join us there on 23 May) and docked at Anglers Tavern for some great meals.
Our return home on Tram #57 provided its own adventure as we zigged and zagged our way through the streets of Ascot Vale, Flemington and North Melbourne. Most of us made it safely home before the heavens opened around 4pm. At 5am the next morning, the water main in North Melbourne opened a 4 metre hole and stopped Tram #57 in its tracks.
JAYCO Factory Tour
Our Probus group enjoyed a hugely informative tour of the sprawling Jayco manufacturing plant at Dandenong today! We had been informed of the importance of suitable footwear & after walking several kilometres through the facility, I can say amen to that! We started the tour in the staff gym, which included a quasi-hypobaric room, to allow training at the equivalent of high altitude conditions, before moving on to the seamstresses who assemble the upholstery fabrics & external weatherproofing panels. We then moved on to see the remarkable process whereby foam cushions are vacuum-compressed, to help operators insert them into the prepared fabric covers. We watched aspects of the entire assembly process for the best-selling Outback range, specifically designed for offroad adventures, then the new compact J-Pod model (for those who require instant access to a double bed whenever they’re on the road), before moving on to the luxurious Silverline range & finally, the new motorhome models. Some members were particularly impressed by the inclusion of luxurious bathrooms & even washing machines, not to mention the slide-out room extensions! Prices ranged from about $10,000 to $200,000 & I’m sure a few of our members have already got one on their wishlist! What a fantastic morning & thanks to Di & all the team for arranging it!
Albury with Marilyn, Rake and Fruit Flies.
Golf: Captain, Gaye Edgecombe 0407 508 303