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

Self-guided tour of Parramatta Park – Friday 6 November 2020

This self-guided tour takes in many of the park’s historic sites & monuments, including its gatehouses, the Crescent, the Observatory Transit Stones, the Bath House and the Boer War Memorial.

Maps will be given out on the day. This is a walking tour and will involve an easy flat walk 1.4 km from the wharf (or you can take the free shuttle) to the park & return. The loop of the park is 3.2 km and is a shared path with stops along the way to look at sites.

We will have time for lunch afterwards in the Park. Weather dependent. Continue reading Self-guided tour of Parramatta Park – Friday 6 November 2020

Picnic in Cabarita Park – Friday 13 November 2020

Pack your chair or rug and join us for a picnic in beautiful Cabarita Park. Weather dependent.
BYO food and drinks. No sharing of food and drinks please. Remember the social distancing rule of 1.5m.

Where: Cabarita Park, meeting place to be determined later.
Time: Between 11:00–11:30 am

Cost: Bring your own food and drinks. Note: parking fee required if a member parks within the grounds.

Convener: Judy Mitchell
Bookings: Important that you book as there is a limit of 30 people only. Use this online form to book.

Booking closes Thursday 12 November.

Additional information:
Please bring your own sanitiser. Due to COVID19 restrictions we can’t allow more than 30 people on the day, so no walk-ups allowed.

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Outings Policy
By booking an outing/tour, you confirm that you have read and accept the ‘Outings Policy’of the Probus Club of Cabarita and Breakfast Point Inc.

Walking Group restarting on Monday 12 October 2020

Dear Fellow Probians

I would like to invite you all to join our regular Morning Walking Group. We meet outside the Breakfast Point Country Club at 7:00 am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We will re-start our walks, which were put on temporary hold due to Covid, on Monday 12 October.

This activity has been authorised by the Probus Management Committee, provided we adhere to government regulations like social distancing and keep an attendance list.

The approximately 4.2 km circuit walk is over fairly flat terrain and everyone is free to walk at their own pace while still exercising in great company.

Feel free to contact me via the email contact form if you have any questions or want further information.

Looking forward to seeing you on Monday 12 October at 7:00 am outside the gates to BPCC.

Kind Regards
Elisabeth Parrague
Morning Walking Group Coordinator

Celebrating Probus Day – 1 October 2020

Hello Everyone

Today, 1 October 2020, marks a very special day in our calendar as we celebrate our inaugural Probus Day.

1 October or any day during the month of October, Clubs and Associations across Australia and New Zealand will celebrate and reflect on the wonderful friendship, fellowship and fun Probus has given us all as we continue to stay connected and active.

Probus South Pacific’s theme for this year is:

Staying Connected and Active with Probus –
the key to happy retirement

Our Newsletter will goes out to you all tomorrow, the day we would normally have been meeting, and I hope you all thoroughly enjoy everything within this issue as we, the Probus Club of Cabarita & Breakfast Point celebrate past and present memories and events etc.


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

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

NEWSFLASH # 6 – 24 June 2020

Message from the President – UPDATE on Probus Activities

The Management Committee is currently working through risk management documentation from Probus South Pacific regarding when and how we may gradually resume group activities.

Until this work is completed, we are not in a position to approve recommencement of any additional Probus activities. We expect to have clarification within two weeks and ask for your patience in the meantime.

Members who are unwell should not attend any Probus group activities.

If you have any queries regarding this matter please contact the Secretary.

Keep safe and well.

Kathy Beresford

NEWSFLASH # 5 – 20 June 2020 Update regarding Interest Groups

Message from the President

As Government Guidelines change regarding COVID-19 restrictions, this does not automatically mean that all Interest Group Activities can recommence.

The Management Committee has overall responsibility for risk management of our Club and any decisions made to recommence are underpinned by Government regulations and guidelines.

The Committee will undertake a risk assessment for each interest group applying for permission to recommence prior to any decision.

Conveners wishing to recommence must email their request to Connie Fraser, Interest Group Facilitator, specifying date, numbers involved, venue and how social distancing rules will be achieved and maintained. Once a risk assessment has been completed, Conveners will be notified of the Committee’s decision.

Currently there are only 6 groups approved to recommence – Golf, Walking, Photography, Kayaking, Cycling and Tennis.

The Management Committee will continually review requests from interest groups wishing to recommence.

Paramount is the health and safety of our Members.

If you have any questions regarding Interest Groups recommencing, please contact the Secretary.

Keep safe and well and look after each other.

Kathy Beresford