Keep in Touch – Newsletter Issue 8, February 2021

I can’t believe we are already in the 2nd month of this New Year 2021 – wherever did 2020 go!

I do hope you were all able in some way to celebrate Christmas and New Year with family, friends and/or your neighbours.

To start us back into 2021 with a vibrant, happy and enthusiastic rhythm we travelled prior to COVID – ‘Outings’ and ‘Movies’ are to re-commence along with the 11 activities already up and going as noted on our website home page. Slow and steady and we will win the race.

Sue Colubraile, our Outings Facilitator, has given us some options in this Newsletter to “wet the appetite” – of course we will need Conveners.

Sue will convene the first 2 outings to set the pace, however she needs support from members to put up your hand and contact Sue so other outings can be organised.

Here the link to the February 2021 ‘Keep in Touch’ newsletter.

Warm Regards
Kathy Beresford,

Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Agenda – BOOKINGS ARE NOW CLOSED

Hello Everyone,

As you know our first get together of the year will be held at the Strathfield Golf Club for the AGM and lunch. The agenda together with the minutes from the 2020 AGM are attached.

Please be sure to wear your Outings Badge (if you’re like me you’ll remember faces but not necessarily names – it has been a year since we’ve had the chance to meet after all!).

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Jan Sayers
Secretary, Probus Club of Cabarita and Breakfast Point Inc.

If you are unable to attend, please send your apology via this link:
Meeting Apology

Membership Renewal 2021 – Reminder

Membership Renewal Letter – Print Version

22 January 2021

Dear members

Membership renewal 

The 2020-2021 annual membership fee is $20.00 and is due no later than 1st April 2021. Usually, the annual membership is $50, but as only a few interest groups are operating, due to COVID-19, only insurance and other on-going costs need to be paid – hence the lower membership fee. Continue reading Membership Renewal 2021 – Reminder

Committee Position 2021-2022

As incoming President of the Cabarita and Breakfast Point Probus Club it falls to me to put together a committee for the coming 2021 year. A number of our current committee members have served for some years and have decided they need to step back and whilst nominations for most roles have been received, we are looking for the ‘committee’ role of Secretary and a ‘support’ role to assist our Web Manager.

As you know, the Club relies on volunteers to ensure it can continue to function and be in a position to resume normal activities once restrictions are eased. We encourage you to review these two positions on our website home page under ‘About Us: Management Team & Officials’ and please don’t hesitate to call me to discuss these more fully.

Secretary’s role – Jan Sayers is stepping down and has worked to streamline this job to make it easier for the next incumbent. If you would like to know more of what is required (and even in these times of Covid there is still work to do to keep the club running smoothly) please feel free to email Jan ( who will contact you to discuss in more detail.

Web Manager’s assistant – this is a ‘site support role’ to work with Pam Floyd to keep the web site fresh and functioning. This is a key component of keeping in touch with the club members and for dissemination of things like the newsletters, notices to members etc. If you have some interest in this area please get in touch, as Pam would welcome some spreading of the load.

If you want to have a chat about these roles please feel free to give me a call on 0417235901.

Colin Peterson

NEWSFLASH # 8 – 21 December 2020

Message from the President – COVID-19 Update

Dear Members

It has been many months since I have sent a “Newsflash” re COVID-19.

This one, I thought would not be necessary as we moved towards 2021 and the possibility of recommencing our monthly meetings.

We would all be aware of the increasing COVID-19 ‘clusters’ primarily on the Northern Beaches and now throughout Greater Sydney.

More than ever we all need to do everything possible to maintain the health and wellbeing of our families, friends, neighbours and our members.

Please be aware of and comply with all Government requirements as they come into force. Maintain social distancing particularly if gathering at public or social events.

If you are unwell or have any flu like symptoms, please, get tested to safeguard everyone in and around you especially as most of us are hoping to meet and greet our loved ones over the Christmas and New Year period.

Continue to be safe and look after each other.

Kathy Beresford

President’s Update – 21 October 2020

Hi and Hello to you all

I do hope you all enjoyed the October Newsletter celebrating Probus Day reflecting on the wonderful times our Club has shared and enjoyed during our 6 years of growth – Yes, we turned 6 last month!

Given the many restrictions placed on us with COVID-19 and being unable to meet at the Community Hall, our aim for the past 7 months has always been to ‘keep in touch’.  Our Newsletter, ‘Keeping in Touch’, was the way to chat to you on a monthly basis with so many members sharing their interesting and captivating articles.

To all contributors, I sincerely thank you for your input in making the Newsletter such a success.

Our Newsletter will be in recess until perhaps early 2021 and again I cannot thank enough ‘my helpers’ – Jan Sayers, Connie Fraser and, for October, Sue Colubraile, for their most amazing input, diligence and constant attention to detail to ensure these Newsletters ‘kept you in touch’ on the day we would normally meet at the Community Hall.

Probus South Pacific has a Newsletter ‘Staying Connected with Probus’ sharing wonderful articles to read and many ideas for home and outdoor.  There are Club Stories, Tai chi VS. Qigong to enjoy in the comfort of your living room or in a park (Issue 27); virtual board games (Issue 26); Crafts such as knitting, soap and candle making, woodwork or painting(Issue 19) and so many more to view.

In addition to the Newsletter the Active Retiree Magazine which was always available at our monthly meetings is now in digital form and the link takes you to the September/October issue and previous publications.

In closing, as I reflect on all the many contributions made to our Club’s Newsletters, it is evident that we are enthusiastic, happy and diverse members who enjoy wonderful times of Fun, Friendship, and Fellowship.

Kathy Beresford

Keeping in Touch – Newsletter Issue 6, September 2020

Hi Everyone

The months are passing too quickly which is both good and not so good. Good because I am always hopeful that government restrictions and regulations will be relaxed as each month progresses, and not so good as our Club meetings are not able to be held and I do miss seeing all your smiling faces.

Probus South Pacific has announced an annual Probus Day with the Inaugural Day on 1 October 2020. This event can be celebrated any day during the month of October.

As our next Newsletter will go out on the 2nd October, we will revisit some past activities, social connections and previous functions reminding us how our Club has enriched our lives with… Friendship, fellowship and fun.

I hope you are all well and remaining strong and positive while adhering to all the COVID-19 rules and regulations set by the government including ‘social distancing’. Please, don’t become complacent as ‘hotspots’ around our area appear to have increased.

Enjoy this month’s ‘Keeping in Touch’ and above all, keep well.

Warm Regards,
Kathy Beresford

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NEWSFLASH # 7 – 18 July 2020

Message from the President – COVID-19 Risk Management Framework

Dear Members

This Newsflash is to update you regarding decisions made by the Management Committee yesterday as part of our risk management in response to COVID-19 and recommendations by our head office – Probus South Pacific.

With the increasing spread of COVID-19, please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure your health and safety when attending Probus activities. At this point in time, we do not anticipate that many groups will be able to resume nor is it likely that we can get together for a Probus meeting for many months. But we will continue to stay in touch via the Newsletter.

Potential risks to the Club and members have been identified, and an action plan has been developed and is being implemented to address these risks. For all activities, conveners will be required to complete a risk assessment prior to any activity being authorized by the Management Committee to resume. This is to ensure the health and safety of members and that government guidelines are complied with.

Until further notice, the Management Committee has determined, no groups are to meet in homes.

In addition to these measures we have adopted an Incident Response Plan which identifies member, convener and Management Committee responsibilities in the event that a member tests COVID-19 positive after attending a Probus activity. These documents will be available on the website as soon as possible.

A list of specific issues relevant to members follows:

Activity Attendance

  • Members are not to attend any activity if they are unwell.
  • Members are required to notify the group convener whether or not they are attending each activity and have their name marked off on an attendance list when they arrive at the venue. This is to ensure we have accurate attendance records in the event of a member testing COVID-19 positive.
  • Members are encouraged to download the COVIDSafeApp.

Venues/ Hygiene/Food

  • Members are required to use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving venues.
  • No food is to be brought into venues being used in the Admin Bldg at Breakfast Point other than take-away drinks or water. Members attending outdoor activities may bring their own food and drink but are not to share this with other members.

Conveners please note the following additional information that applies to you:

  • Requests for interest groups to recommence will be on a month to month basis and should reach the Secretary by the 2nd Friday of the month in order to be assessed by the Management Committee’s monthly meeting on the 3rd Friday of every month.
  • Conveners of currently approved activities or conveners of other groups wanting to recommence in August, are to complete the risk assessment checklist and return it to the Secretary by next Friday – July 24th. If you have any queries regarding any of the questions on the form, please email Connie Fraser, Interest Group Facilitator.
  • The checklists, together with the evaluation criteria that will be used by the Management Committee to determine whether or not an activity will have approval to recommence, will be forwarded to conveners over the weekend.
  • The convener of any group that has previously been meeting in a home may apply to the Management Committee to meet in available venues at Breakfast Point, or use Zoom if appropriate, or a restaurant where Government guidelines /restrictions are adhered to.
  • Conveners will be notified of the Management Committee’s decision via an email.

If anyone has any queries or concerns regarding any of this information, please contact the Secretary.

Meanwhile, stay well and safe and please remember to be mindful every day of the care and well-being we must all take with ourselves and all those in and around us – staying apart keeps us together.

Kathy Beresford