Celebrating 19 years

The birthday cake was cut by Shirley and Murrey Burnley, along with Barbara Weckert.
The birthday cake was cut by Shirley and Murrey Burnley, along with Barbara Weckert.

The November meeting was a celebration for Hutt River (Clare) Probus' 19th birthday.

Guest speakers included our own club members Barry and Judy Budarick and Barry and Marie Spinks, who had been to China and showed their photos to the group.

Some of their highlights were Tienemen Square, a forbidden City. Lots of marble in buildings and wood in temples. Along with the queues of people - there's 24 million people in Beijing.

Beautiful wisteria only to find it was plastic!

The Great Wall was fascinating, at 4000km and 2000 years old, Barry Budarick climbed part of the wall.

Other highlights included cruises on canals and rickshaw rides.

Joan Bruce then gave an interesting talk on the "Last Man Standing" - a book about Herb Ashby a 21year old Digger in WWII fighting in the desert of North Africa, the famous victory of El Alamein, where he saw all his fellow diggers felled by enemy fire.

Mr Ashby said his survival was "pure luck'. He kept his experiences to himself until his old age when he thought people should know.

Being close to Remembrance Day it was very appropriate.

On a lighter note, Joan recited a poem of hers for us: "Sending you happy wishes as bright as the flowers in Spring and hoping this day is just a part of the joy it will bring. Happy Birthday 2019"

The Birthday cake was cut by Shirley and Murrey Burnley, along with Barbara Weckert.

A lovely lunch followed of cold meat and salads.

Joan Bruce reads a poem to the audience.

Joan Bruce reads a poem to the audience.